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Gun Policy News, 10 June 2007

United States

10 June 2007

Agence France Presse

WASHINGTON — Leading US Democratic lawmakers have struck a deal with the powerful National Rifle Association to authorize stricter background checks on people who purchase guns, US media said Sunday. The deal could lead to the first federal legislation on gun control since 1994 and was negotiated after a mentally ill student went on a shooting rampage at the Virginia Tech university in April, the Washington Post reported. The talks began shortly after 23-year-old... (

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United States

10 June 2007

Washington Post

Senior Democrats have reached agreement with the National Rifle Association on what could be the first federal gun-control legislation since 1994, a measure to significantly strengthen the national system that checks the backgrounds of gun buyers. The sensitive talks began in April, days after a mentally ill gunman killed 32 students and teachers at Virginia Tech University. The shooter, Seung Hui Cho, had been judicially ordered to submit to a psychiatric evaluation,... (

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10 June 2007

Brazzil Magazine

The murder rate in the state of São Paulo has been cut in half since 2000. This will come as a surprise to many readers because there has been so much news coverage of brazen attacks by organized criminals on police stations and public transportation in São Paulo as well as in Rio de Janeiro and other Brazilian cities. These attacks are intended to generate media coverage, embarrass officials and intimidate law enforcement. They disrupt the life of the community and... (

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10 June 2007

Herald Sun (Melbourne)

Gun lessons will be introduced into primary schools if the Victorian firearms lobby has its way. The state's biggest pro-gun group wants children as young as 10 to be given firearms safety lessons and a chance to shoot. Combined Firearms Council of Victoria president Bill Paterson said controlled use of real guns would counter damage done to children who use firearms for virtual killing in video games. A $200,000 government pledge for gun safety education in this... (

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