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Gun Policy News, 3 June 2007


3 June 2007

Sunday Telegraph (Sydney)

Children should start firearms training from age 10 and shooting programs should be reinstated at schools, says the NSW gun lobby. At present children as young as 12 can gain a gun permit, allowing them to shoot semi-automatic pistols, bolt-action rifles and other firearms under supervision. NSW Shooters Party MP Roy Smith told the Sunday Telegraph his group would lobby parliament to allow 10-year-olds to gain two years' experience with air rifles before they sat for... (

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United States

3 June 2007

New York Times

Last February, Jim Zumbo, a burly, 66-year-old outdoors writer, got a phone call at his home near Cody, Wyoming, from the rock star — and outspoken Second Amendment champion — Ted Nugent. "You messed up, man," Mr. Zumbo says Mr. Nugent told him. "Big time." Two days earlier, Mr. Zumbo, a leading hunting journalist, outraged Mr. Nugent and many other gun owners when he suggested in a blog post that increasingly popular semiautomatic guns known as "black rifles" be... (

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United States

3 June 2007

Casper Star Tribune (Wyoming)

The Wyoming sun has just begun to set when Stuart Ruben opens up on the mini gun. In 15 seconds the powerful weapon spews out 1,000 rounds of tracers, incendiary bullets and starburst ammunition. It's not exactly a subtle gun. Onlookers standing nearby feel, rather than hear, it fire. Moments later, hundreds of shells casings lie at Ruben's shoes and an old sedan several hundred feet away bursts into flames. The voice of range safety officer Bill Black booms over the... (

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United States

3 June 2007

Washington Times, Opinion

Residents of Washington, D.C., have an individual right under the U.S. Constitution to own handguns and use them for self defense. This is hardly news to most Americans. But the ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Parker v. District of Columbia, which recognized this right, sent waves of shock and indignation through city officials and caused some trepidation among the criminal class — sad to say, a key constituency in D.C. politics. In... (

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United States

3 June 2007

Associated Press

Mayors Against Illegal Guns is led by the mayors of New York and Boston, but when the group wanted a spokesman for an ad campaign to change gun laws in Congress it turned to Scott Knight, chief of police in small town Chaska, Minn. Most members of law enforcement are in small towns, and Knight speaks for America, said John Feinblatt, the criminal justice coordinator for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. "People tend to try to make this sort of a big-city issue,"... (

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United States

3 June 2007

San Francisco Chronicle / AP

MEMPHIS, Tennessee — A domestic dispute between two off-duty police officers who had been romantically involved left one dead and the other injured, authorities said. Memphis Police Officer Jeremy Kyle kicked in the door of his ex-girlfriend's house, said Steve Shular, spokesman for the Shelby County Sheriff's Department. Officer Teresita Watson told detectives that Kyle walked into her bedroom and pointed a gun at her and another man who was with her. The other... (

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