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5 June 2007

Japan Times

Japan, whose strict gun controls have long helped its image as the safest industrialized nation, has recently seen its reputation slip in the wake of headline-making shootings. Nagasaki Mayor Itcho Ito was gunned down by a yakuza during his re-election campaign on April 17; a mobster holed himself up April 20 in an apartment in Machida, western Tokyo, after fatally shooting a fellow yakuza; a former gangster in Nagakute, Aichi Prefecture, shot and wounded his two... (

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United States

5 June 2007

Deseret Morning News (Utah) / Bloomberg

Two-thirds of gun-owning families fail to store their firearms safely, posing a potential risk to children at home, according to a pediatric study that questioned parents on the topic when they brought children in for well-child doctor visits. Locking up all guns lessens the odds of firearm accidents or suicides among children, according to a team led by pediatric researcher Robert DuRant of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C. The... (

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5 June 2007

People's Daily / Xinhua

The Ecuadorean government on Monday began a police operation to seize illegally-owned weapons to boost citizens' safety, Ecuador's Interior Minister Gustavo Larrea said. Authorities will patrol highways, streets, squares and areas where crime is high, Larrea told a domestic televion on Monday. "Illegally bearing arms is a crime carrying a sentence of up to five years in jail," he said, adding that those with illegal guns should hand the weapons over to the nearest... (

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United States

5 June 2007

Buffalo News (New York)

When Wayne Brown of Buffalo walked into the True Bethel Baptist Church lobby to turn in a gun about 11 a.m. Saturday, he figured the elderly women standing in line were waiting for church services. He soon realized they had hundreds of dollars worth of armed weaponry in their hands. Brown was impressed. By the end of the day, so were city officials who organized the "No Questions Asked" Gun Buyback Program, which recovered more than 800 guns and paid out $42,490 in... (

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United States,Canada

5 June 2007

Port Huron Times-Herald (Michigan)

A Flint-area man and his Canadian cousin have been sentenced to serve time in a federal prison for smuggling guns across the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron. Dante L. Rison, 29, of Mount Morris was sentenced Thursday to four years and nine months in prison. His cousin, Kermit L. Reeves, 26, of Toronto, was sentenced Friday to three years and eight months in prison. Both had pleaded guilty to "making false statements to licensed firearms dealers during the purchase of... (

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United States

5 June 2007

Hartford Courant (Connecticut)

A controversial gun control bill requiring gun owners to report their lost or stolen firearms promptly or risk possible fines and criminal charges passed in the House of Representatives, just before midnight Monday. The bill, which faced strong opposition from the national gun lobby, requires gun owners to take reasonable precautions to reduce the risk of their firearms being lost or stolen and makes failing to report the loss or theft of a gun to police within 72... (

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United States

5 June 2007

WAVE-3 TV News (Kentucky)

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Investigators say a retired Jeffersontown police officer shot another driver in a parking lot Sunday, leaving him in critical condition, and it may have been a case of road rage. Police say the two men argued over the right-of-way at a 4-way stop at a Kroger store parking lot at at the Stonybrook shopping center. WAVE 3's Maira Ansari has the latest on the investigation. Police tell us the retired officer involved in the shooting, 50-year-old... (

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United States

5 June 2007

Spokesman Review (Washington), Column

The right to bear arms is one of America's most sacred rights, except when dopey teenagers start parading around with loaded weapons, which is why I've scratched Post Falls off my summer travel plans. I'm not sure Zach and Stephen Doty were what our forefathers had in mind when they came up with the Second Amendment. Zach began elevating the Post Falls community blood pressure last month after he turned 18. He strapped a loaded 9 mm Glock 19 handgun to his hip and... (

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United States

5 June 2007

Houston Chronicle (Texas) / AP

PHILADELPHIA — Bill Cosby called on parents and community elders to communicate with their children to help stop a wave of violence that has plagued the city for more than a year. Cosby spoke Monday to a crowd of several hundred people after joining an anti-violence group on an hour-long march through West Philadelphia. "You've got to teach your children how to think," he said. "You watch one blow the other one's head off and how can you feel good about... (

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United States

5 June 2007

Toledo Blade (Ohio), Column

Fred is dead. Long live Fred. Fred was a Monster Pig, a gargantuan among porkers — 1,051 pounds and 9 feet, 4 inches long. Hellacious. Humongous, even. He made the news a couple weeks ago because an 11-year-old boy — using his daddy's ponderous, equally humongous .50 magnum revolver — shot Fred eight times over three hours, converting him into one heavily laden truckload of potential sausage and no-foolin' tire-sized sugar-cured hams. Trouble is, Fred was not... (

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5 June 2007

Central News Agency /

Police in the Philippines have arrested Yamaguchi-gumi Akire Nemoto, believed to be the right hand man to leader Yasuo Takagi. He was arrested in Manila for arms smuggling, seizing weapons including a U.S.-made KG99 assault rifle, two mini pistols and numerous rounds of ammunition. Police also discovered that members of the Bamboo Union flew to Manila from Taiwan to meet with Nemoto to discuss deals involving drugs, firearms smuggling and cross-border money... (

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