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Gun Policy News, 13 April 2007

United States

13 April 2007

Associated Press

DETROIT, Michigan — Despite being denied a permit to buy a handgun last month, Anthony LaCalamita III had no trouble buying a shotgun a few weeks later. Police say the accountant bought the 12-gauge shotgun Friday, the day after he was fired. He allegedly used it Monday to shoot three people at his former office in a Detroit suburb, killing a secretary and wounding two executives. (Watch the aftermath of the shooting ) LaCalamita, 38, was able to buy the shotgun... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 April 2007

New York Daily News

CINCINNATI — Mayor Bloomberg is footing the bill for another major campaign, but this one won't put him in office. The mayor unveiled plans yesterday to pay for a national ad campaign against proposed federal legislation that he says would keep cops from tracing illegal guns. "We are trying to keep guns out of the hands of criminals," an impassioned Bloomberg said at the Cincinnati Police Academy. "They are killing our children and they're killing our police... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 April 2007

Courier Post (New Jersey), Editorial

High-powered military-grade weapons shouldn't be available in New Jersey gun shops. They've been called "Godzilla guns," massive rifles used by armies around the world that can easily blast through the protective body armor police officers wear. They're .50 caliber weapons, primarily a heavy-duty assault rifle invented two decades ago that's become a favorite of militaries around the world and has been purchased by terror groups such as al-Qaida and the Irish... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 April 2007

Associated Press

LANSING, Michigan — Last month, Troy police denied Anthony LaCalamita III a permit to buy a handgun. But there was nothing to stop LaCalamita, 38, from buying a shotgun April 6 at Target Sports in Royal Oak. Police said the general accountant, who had been fired April 5 from his job with the accounting firm Gordon Advisors, used the gun Monday in a shooting spree that left a secretary dead and two executives... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 April 2007

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia)

The National Rifle Association is attempting to re-shape its stalled guns-in-parking lots bill. The new version includes a highly tempting morsel for the Georgia business community. But it's also drawn a new player into the fight — the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. S.B. 43 ran into a brick wall on Day 30 of the legislative session. As written, the bill would have allowed employees to keep firearms in cars parked on company lots. Business organizations,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 April 2007

Times Leader (Pennsylvania)

It's a problem that Wright Township Police Chief Joe Jacob says never changes: criminals who commit crimes with guns usually obtain the weapons illegally. That's why Jacob feels a bill introduced in the state House of Representatives won't do anything to help police officers fight crime. House Bill 760, introduced by state Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Philadelphia County, would require gun owners to register all firearms with the state every year for a fee of $10 per gun. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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