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Gun Policy News, 12 June 2007

United States

12 June 2007

Angus Reid Global Monitor: Polls & Research, Poll

More people in the United States believe their country's current firearm legislation should remain untouched, according to a poll by Rasmussen Reports. 49 per cent of respondents believe there is no need to introduce stricter gun control laws, up 12 points since mid-April. The U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment guarantees Americans the right "to keep and bear arms." Some American states have enacted their own gun control regulations, independent of existing federal... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

12 June 2007

Newsday (New York)

WASHINGTON — Rep. Carolyn McCarthy's long-proposed legislation to toughen the nation's background check system for gun buyers may finally become a reality, with the help of a fellow Democrat who's a friend of the gun lobby. In an agreement that would become the first federal gun legislation in 13 years, Democrats came to terms Friday with the National Rifle Association on a bill to reward states for participating in the National Instant Check System — or punish... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

12 June 2007

WFTV-TV News (Florida)

DAYTONA, Florida — He has the weapons to protect himself, but a Volusia County gun store owner said crime has gotten so bad, he's closing up shop. When thieves stole 17 guns from Glenn Mortellito's store, he said he'd had enough. What's even more frustrating is that his gun shop is right across the street from the police department. It's possible, when cops first arrived, the thieves were still inside. The thieves knew what they were after, cops said, because the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

12 June 2007

National Post (Toronto), Editorial

After Saturday's fatal car-to-car shooting in the same troubled area of north Toronto that has also seen a deadly school shooting and three teens killed during a high-speed chase with police in the past three weeks, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty called on Ottawa to ban handguns. We recognize that Mr. McGuinty and his government are up for re-election this October, so the premier must appear to be doing something about crime in Canada's largest city. But why is it the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

12 June 2007

Toronto Star (Ontario)

Every Ontarian shares the concerns of a mother who lost her 15-year-son to gun violence, the premier said as he announced a review to get at the root causes. Former Ontario chief justice Roy McMurtry and former Liberal MPP Alvin Curling will lead an examination of what the province can do to combat youth violence, which is claiming too many lives, Premier Dalton McGuinty announced yesterday. "(Loreen Small) lost her son Jordan Manners to violence, now she wants us all... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

12 June 2007

Sacramento Bee (California)

A leading Sacramento researcher on gun violence is pushing to ban "private party" sales at gun shows after documenting that several troublesome transactions in other states are behind an apparent pipeline of guns used in crimes in California. The findings by Dr. Garen Wintemute of UC Davis Medical Center, scheduled to be published today in Injury Prevention, an international health journal, bolster recent suspicions among law enforcement officials in Sacramento that a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

12 June 2007

San Francisco Chronicle

SAN FRANCISCO — The police chief at City College of San Francisco has resigned after failing to persuade the school to let his officers carry firearms. The no-guns policy is unusual on college campuses but is a long-standing tradition at City College, Chancellor Philip Day said Monday. He said he had received Chief Carl Koehler's letter of resignation, dated May 29, last week. Koehler will officially step down June 22. "It was totally voluntary," said Day, adding... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Syria

12 June 2007

Associated Press

NEW YORK — A wealthy international arms dealer who once "considered himself untouchable" sought to supply millions of dollars in weapons to Colombian rebels to attack American forces there, U.S. officials said Friday. A federal indictment unsealed in New York charged Monzer al-Kassar, 61, with conspiring to support terrorists, conspiring to kill U.S. soldiers, conspiring to acquire and use anti-aircraft missiles, and money laundering. The Syrian weapons dealer was... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

12 June 2007

Reuters

WASHINGTON — Spurred by the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history, the Democratic-led House of Representatives is expected to approve a bill to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill, lawmakers said on Tuesday. The legislation — which the House is to take up on Wednesday — was drafted in consultation with the 4-million-member National Rifle Association, the country's biggest gun rights group, after a deranged gunman killed 32 others and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

12 June 2007

San Francisco Chronicle / AP

SACRAMENTO — Californians are buying guns illegally at out-of-state gun shows where weapons laws are more lax, then bringing them back to the state, a researcher concluded. The findings by Dr. Garen Wintemute of University of California Davis Medical Center bolster the suspicions of law enforcement officials, who believe many of the guns used in local crimes originated at shows in states such as Nevada and Arizona, where gun laws are less restrictive than in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

12 June 2007

North County Times (California)

SAN DIEGO — San Diego police Chief William Lansdowne is among hundreds of law enforcement leaders nationwide who urged Congress Tuesday to abolish legislation that they contend hampers their efforts to fight illegal gun trafficking. In a letter sent this morning to lawmakers in Washington, D.C., Lansdowne joined 32 police organizations and about 200 individual law enforcement leaders in calling for the repeal of the so-called "Tiahrt Amendment." The legislation is... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

12 June 2007

Washington Post / AP

ALBANY, Georgia — A police officer was shot in the wrist when the service weapon that she kept under her pillow went off. Albany police Sgt. Kinshishi Adams, 34, was lying in bed Sunday when a .40 caliber pistol she kept under her pillow discharged and struck her in her left wrist, Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek said. Adams was listed in good condition Tuesday at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, hospital spokeswoman Valerie Benton said. "She sustained an... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

12 June 2007

Washington Post

RICHMOND — After weeks of grieving largely out of public view, some of the families of victims of the Virginia Tech shooting emerged this week to inject themselves onto the political stage. The parents and relatives of 13 of killer Seung Hui Cho's victims met Sunday night at a Centreville hotel to begin strategizing over how they can become a force in the investigations into the April 16 massacre. "If they are on your side, they are a very strong ally to have," said... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

12 June 2007

Globe & Mail (Toronto)

OTTAWA — The Conservative government is holding back a bill to scrap the registry of rifles in order to avoid a defeat, while letting the system die slowly through amnesties, opposition politicians charged yesterday. Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day tabled a bill to kill the controversial long-gun registry nearly one year ago, last June 19, but the Conservative government has taken no steps to push it through the House of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Yemen

12 June 2007

Yemen Times

SANA'A — Within the framework of the week of global action against small arms and violence, Al-Salam Organization for Combating Revenge and Spreading Tolerance Culture and International Peace, over the period of June 11 to 17, launches a number of activities aiming to raise awareness among society members as to the risks posed by small arms and violence. Themed "Society Participation for Developing a Cooperation Strategy to Control Arms", the week activities include... (GunPolicy.org)

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