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Gun Policy News, 2 April 2007

Bahrain

2 April 2007

Gulf Daily News (Bahrain)

MANAMA — Calls went out for tougher gun control measures yesterday in the wake of the suspected shooting of nightclub security guard Abbas Ali Salman Hadi Al Shakhoori. Bahrain Human Rights Society assistant secretary general Dr Abdulla Al Derazi said that he hoped that the incident, along with the shooting of Bahraini Madhi Abdulrahman Mohammed last summer in Muharraq, are not the beginning of a new crime trend. "These types of crimes are new to Bahraini society.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 April 2007

Associated Press

A uniformed flight attendant was arrested at Dulles International Airport after she turned herself in for allegedly carrying a concealed handgun aboard a flight from Atlanta, authorities said Saturday. The Transportation Security Administration, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies were investigating how the gun passed through security unnoticed in Atlanta, TSA spokesman Barry Phelps said. Flight attendants have to go through the same security procedures as all... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 April 2007

Macon Telegraph (Georgia), Editorial

Like the proverbial bad penny that keeps resurfacing, a measure that would prohibit a business owner from forbidding employees from bringing firearms onto company property is not as dead as was believed. The state Senate was unable to debate SB 43 last Tuesday, the deadline for approving a measure in either the House or Senate, thereby permitting the measure to remain eligible for further vote this session. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a workplace... (GunPolicy.org)

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Uganda

2 April 2007

New Vision (Kampala)

KAMPALA — Parliament yesterday asked the ministry of Internal Affairs to explain the rise of the number of guns in civilian hands. The debate was sparked off by Kasilo MP Elijah Okupa who complained that men in civilian clothes armed with AK47 guns executed the operation in which squatters on Makerere University land in Katanga near Wandegeya were evicted. "I am concerned with the number of arms in civilian arms. It means I can also be attacked and evicted by armed... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

2 April 2007

Canadian Press

TORONTO — A 60-year-old woman who has been described as a greedy gunrunner was sentenced yesterday to 3½ years in prison by a judge who blamed the woman's husband for getting her into the clandestine business. "She was clearly drawn in by her husband," Justice Andromache Karakatsanis said in meting out punishment to Ingeborg Anna Richter. The judge said she couldn't ignore "the influence" that Richter's husband, Charles Yanover, had over his wife in getting her... (GunPolicy.org)

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Philippines

2 April 2007

Philippine Star / ABS-CBN, Opinion

We have a deeply entrenched gun culture. Why the right to bear arms is not enshrined in the Constitution may be due to the country's ugly experience with martial law. Or maybe there's an unwritten best-efforts pledge to work for a gun-less society. As in the past, an election gun ban is in place. And as in the past, candidates and their supporters are being gunned down across the country. This is due not just to a failure of law enforcement, although security... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

2 April 2007

Canadian Press

MONTREAL — Federal questions about the ability of mental-health services to predict tragedies such as last fall's college shooting spree have pointed the finger at gun control. A report prepared for Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day after the shootings at Dawson College questions whether the provincial mental health system could prevent such violence. The family of Kimveer Gill, pictured, has blamed mental illness for his storming the Montreal school, killing one... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 April 2007

St Petersburg Times (Florida), Editorial

Who says the Florida Legislature doesn't look out for the working stiff? A bill (SB 2356) that so far is breezing through the Senate would stop employers from banning guns in their parking lots. Imagine the persuasive power of a worker (particularly if he is disgruntled) mentioning that his AK-47 is only a few steps away when asking for — no, demanding! — a raise. Actually, there is nothing funny about this bill and a similar one (HB 1417) in the House. It's just... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

2 April 2007

Inside Toronto

Police arrested four men, laid 228 charges and seized several rifles after investigating the occupants of a van that was allegedly being driven suspiciously in the Port Union Road and Sheppard Avenue area Sunday. Police allege officers found seven rifles, including an AK-47, in the rear of the van. Police also found a revolver and 1,000 rounds of ammunition. Most of the firearms were stolen in September during a break-in at a storage locker, police allege. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 April 2007

Sandusky Register (Ohio)

PERKINS Township — A Sandusky man was charged with improper handling of a firearm even though he had a license to carry it. Larry F. Fearing, 54, was charged with improper handling of a concealed weapon for the incident at an area gas station. He was there to pick up his wife from work. He was reportedly seen carrying his hand gun in his front pants pocket, even though he said he was trying to keep it out of sight. When Perkins police arrived, they ordered Fearing... (GunPolicy.org)

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Congo (ROC)

2 April 2007

IRIN (UN News)

BRAZZAVILLE — Large numbers of illegally-held small arms remain in circulation in the Republic of Congo posing a security risk to the central African country which has been plagued by conflicts in the recent past, officials said at a meeting convened to discuss the problem. "Illegally-held arms remain one of the country's main problems," said defence minister Gen. Jacques Yvon Ndolou, at the meeting organised last week by the United Nations Development Programme... (GunPolicy.org)

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