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Gun Policy News, 4 June 2007

United States

4 June 2007

Boston Globe / AP

HARTFORD, Connecticut — Gun owners who fail to report their lost or stolen firearms to police within 72 hours could face penalties ranging from an infraction to a felony, under a bill debated in the House of Representatives Monday night. The debate marked the continuation of a three-year effort to stem the tide of stolen guns used in crimes in Connecticut by making gun owners criminally accountable for their firearms. Proponents were hopeful they could sway some gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 June 2007

Times-Herald (California), Editorial

Our golden, trend-setting state of California, already leading the way on issues ranging from global warming to high-tech computers, is poised to push — or drag — the nation along on another worthy journey. It's about sensible gun control legislation Californians can live with, it's not a knee-jerk reaction to the horrors of Virginia Tech, and it's about time. Last week, the Assembly, in an effort to curb deadly gun violence, voted to require all new... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 June 2007

New York Times

NEW YORK — In New York, Michael Bloomberg is known as the billionaire media mogul who became mayor. But in many parts of the United States, he is the man who would take away your guns. An editorial writer in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, accuses him of "ranting" about illegal firearms. A conservative publication in Florida, NewsMax, asserts, "Bloomberg's hatred of guns has twisted roots." And on the Web site of The Wichita Eagle, one writer wonders why a New York mayor... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 June 2007

Houston Chronicle (Texas)

A man who accidentally shot himself in the hand during the High Caliber Gun & Knife Show at the George R. Brown Convention Center may face misdemeanor charges and revocation of his concealed handgun permit. The incident occurred Saturday about 2:30 p.m. when the man tried to disassemble the Glock .40-caliber handgun while shopping for a new part, said event organizer Todd Bean. "He pulled the trigger barrel over his hand and shot himself in the fatty part of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 June 2007

Philadelphia Inquirer

LANCASTER — A first grader is hit in the crossfire of rival gangs. Surgeons save her life but have to remove a large piece of one lung. An angry man shoots at his girlfriend — misses her — but wounds a neighbor on a porch. A 19-year-old is shot to death by a 21-year-old after an argument at a late-night party. An 11-year-old boy with a loaded pistol tries to rob a convenience store. If you think this is another story about Philadelphia violence, think again.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 June 2007

Tennessean (Nashville)

Many parents who own firearms do not keep them locked up, nor do they keep the bullets locked away seperately, according to a new survey conducted by a Vanderbilt University Medical Center researcher and her team. More than 3,700 parents across the country were surveyed for the research. While fewer parents reported having a firearm in the home than in previous studies (23.3 percent as compared with 35 percent), 49 percent reported the firearm was not locked up and 20... (GunPolicy.org)

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Dominican Republic

4 June 2007

Dominican Today

SANTO DOMINGO — The Justice Minister said on Monday he agrees with a disarmament of the civilian population, though partially, and for the military and Law enforcement to meticulously investigate any person who requests a gun permit, and to seize them from those who carry them illegally. Although he didn't specify when such disarmament would begin, Radhames Jiménez said he agrees with the various sectors who've come forth to comment on the several bloody crimes... (GunPolicy.org)

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Dominican Republic

4 June 2007

Dominican Today

SANTO DOMINGO — The head of the Latin America Psychiatric Association (APAL) said yesterday that people are being certified to obtain gun permits without a previous evaluation, and even without seeing a psychiatrist directly. Cesar Mella, without citing names, said there are several psychiatrists who are in this practice and that a probe is underway to determine if disciplinary action is warranted. He said in the 1990s a psychiatrist examined those who wanted a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

4 June 2007

Daily Telegraph (Sydney), Opinion

The unfortunate irony of two stories in yesterday's newspaper was hard to miss. Page 3 of The Sunday Telegraph featured a piece highlighting the fears teachers at Crookwell High School have about the prospect of two 16-year-old students accused of planning a Virginia Tech-style massacre returning to class. Just four pages later a headline screamed "All children need to learn how to shoot" above an account of plans by the NSW Shooters Party to lobby Parliament to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Uganda

4 June 2007

Daily Monitor (Kampala)

MOROTO/KAMPALA — The world's cheapest but most effective gun, the Russian designed AK47 assault rifle that sold for less than Shs200,000 five months ago, now goes for Shs800,000 to Shs1 million on the black market in Kampala and Karamoja. A bullet for the AK47, which previously went for Shs300, now goes for Shs1,500. The army says the gun rackets are doing brisk business at Uganda's border points with Sudan and Kenya. "We have information that a gun costs between... (GunPolicy.org)

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Liberia

4 June 2007

Analyst (Monrovia)

MONROVIA — In an effort to help make Liberia a gun-free nation after 14 years of civil war, the Liberia Action Network on Small Arms (LANSA), is calling on Liberians to join ongoing campaign by the UNDP Small Arms Control Programme to make Liberia a gun-free society. Speaking recently in Monrovia at a three-day capacity-building workshop held under the auspices of the UNDP, the head of the Secretariat of LANSA, Nicholas Faryombo, said the objective of the workshop is... (GunPolicy.org)

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Nigeria

4 June 2007

This Day (Lagos)

MINNA — The police in Niger State, have discovered a local blacksmith who specialises in arms manufacturing at Pandogari Village, Rafi Local Government Council of the state and recovered 40 pistols during a raid. The local arms manufacturer, Ahmadu Magaji, was arrested during investigations into a case of armed robbery involving 16 suspects caught last week, one of which confessed to have bought a pistol from Magaji. The state commissioner of police, Haruna John,... (GunPolicy.org)

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