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Gun Policy News, 13 June 2007

United Nations

13 June 2007

Associated Press of Pakistan

UNITED NATIONS — A UN group of experts dealing with illicit arms brokering has produced a series of recommendations for combating the trade through legislation. The panel — officially called the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts to consider further steps to enhance international cooperation in preventing, combating and eradicating illicit brokering in small arms and light weapons — is composed of experts from 25 countries, including Pakistan. It... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 June 2007

Christian Science Monitor

NEW YORK — The deal to tighten up the nation's gun laws for the first time since 1994 is a proof that when the interests of a powerful lobby coincide with an equally powerful politician, Washington can do business. The bill, brokered between Democratic leaders led by Rep. John Dingell (D) of Michigan and the National Rifle Association, would close some gaping loopholes in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). It would also provide $250... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papua New Guinea

13 June 2007

Xinhua

Two men were reportedly injured when gun shots were fired at a rally staged by Papua New Guinea (PNG)'s Deputy Prime Minister Don Poyle. Poyle was speaking at the rally in the Eastern Highlands province, Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio reported Wednesday. PNG's local media reports described the incident as an assassination attempt on the deputy prime minister. Poyle said he was saved by his body guards who whisked him away in a car. In a separate... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 June 2007

Washington Post

The relatives of more than a dozen victims of the Virginia Tech massacre may want to hire their own private investigator to sit on the panel reviewing the shooting to guarantee its work is focused and objective, their attorney said yesterday. Thomas J. Fadoul Jr., a Vienna lawyer for the families, said relatives have asked that state officials appoint the investigator to the panel "but be responsible to us and take direction from us." Fadoul made his request late... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 June 2007

WBBM-TV News (Chicago)

CHICAGO, Illinois — Over a hundred children carried 31 caskets to symbolize the 31 Chicago public school students were killed at the hands of gun violence this school year. In the time the rally was organized, another student was killed, bringing the total to 32. The sound of footsteps was all that could be heard as the march made its way towards King Park where the 31 caskets will remain, a reminder of the violence. Father Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Church... (GunPolicy.org)

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Pakistan

13 June 2007

Frontier Post (Peshawar)

PESHAWAR — This week if the Global Week of Action against Gun Violence, and events are being held in 50 countries to draw attention to the human of small arms proliferation and misuse. Activities in Pakistan are joining their colleagues around the world in demanding policies to stem the flood of guns and make communities safer. The government has not established a National Commission to address gun violence, which is a requirement for the implementation of the 2001... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 June 2007

Agence France Presse

WASHINGTON — The US government report on the deadliest school shooting in US history called Wednesday for better information-sharing about possibly dangerous students, but omitted talk of tougher gun control laws. US President George W. Bush commissioned an investigation of US policy from several top aides after the April 16 rampage in which gunman Cho Seung-Hui massacred 32 students and faculty on the Virginia Tech campus. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 June 2007

United Press International

WASHINGTON — Leading Democratic presidential candidates probably will leave gun control out of their campaign issues, experts said at a U.S. forum this week. Even after the massacre of students and a faculty member at Virginia Tech earlier this year by a deranged student, the worst such mass killing in U.S. history, the issue was seen as distracting from other issues that offered more political traction, Benjamin Wittes, a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 June 2007

San Francisco Chronicle / AP

WASHINGTON — The House moved swiftly Wednesday to fix flaws in the national gun background check system that allowed the Virginia Tech shooter to buy guns despite his mental health problems. The legislation, passed by voice vote, was endorsed by the National Rifle Association, boosting its chances of becoming the first major gun control law in more than a decade. The measure would require states to automate their lists of convicted criminals and the mentally ill who... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 June 2007

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A panel that President Bush ordered to investigate the Virginia Tech shootings is scheduled to make its recommendations Wednesday on how the federal government can prevent future tragedies. The report by the departments of Health and Human Services, Justice, and Education is expected to address some of the shortcomings that allowed Virginia Tech student Seung-Hui Cho to skirt court-ordered mental health treatment and buy two handguns. Cho killed 32... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 June 2007

Chicago Sun-Times

As he usually did, Roberto Duran walked his mother to the door before she left for work Monday morning. He kissed her and told her he loved her. She had only walked a few steps from their Little Village home when the door opened and Roberto told her again that he loved her. "It was really surprising the way he was standing there," said his mother, Maria Duran. Less than 12 hours later, Roberto was shot and killed in the 4200 block of West 25th Street. He was the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

13 June 2007

Globe & Mail (Toronto)

OTTAWA — The Conservative government is spending just as much on the controversial gun registry as the Liberals did the year before they left office, even though rifle and shotgun owners are no longer forced to register those weapons. One year after Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day launched an amnesty so that long-gun owners no longer face penalties for failing to register with a system he called "costly and ineffective," the cost is the same as the $70-million... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 June 2007

BBC News

The US House of Representatives has passed a bill that would bolster background checks on gun buyers. If it passes the Senate, it will be the first major gun control law since 1994. It was drafted after April's Virginia Tech massacre, which exposed how gunman Cho Seung-hui was able to buy two guns despite having mental health problems. The new bill would close a gap by requiring states to automate reporting of mental health and criminal records to a database used... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 June 2007

Agence France Presse

WASHINGTON — The US House of Representatives approved new legislation Wednesday designed to tighten gun ownership, as the government issued a report on the massacre at Virginia Tech University that omits any talk of tougher gun control laws. House members approved by a voice-vote a bill granting financial incentives to states that report to a data base with information on people who are banned from owning guns, especially criminals and the mentally ill. The bill... (GunPolicy.org)

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Antigua & Barbuda

13 June 2007

Antigua Sun, Editorial

It must be a serious concern to the authorities of the country every time there is a gun-related crime reported. The matter becomes that much more serious if someone was injured in the incident or the worse happens and a life is lost. This has been something that has been happening with much frequency over the last few years and it is important to note how many of those killed as well as the assailants who are very young men of our society. It is also worthy to note... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 June 2007

Washington Post

Carolyn McCarthy was a content homemaker and a nurse before gun violence blew up her life. Yesterday, she found a moment of peace when a promising piece of gun-control legislation cleared the House. Fourteen years ago, the New York Democrat's husband, Dennis, was among six people killed when a deranged gunman opened fire on a Long Island commuter train. Her only child, Kevin, was shot in the head and injured. From that moment, McCarthy became one of the most vocal... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 June 2007

Virginian-Pilot (Virginia)

WASHINGTON — Congress and the Bush administration moved on two fronts Wednesday in an effort to head off future campus attacks like the one that claimed 32 victims at Virginia Tech in April. On Capitol Hill, the House approved a bill that would push states to add troubled and potentially violent individuals to a federal database of people barred from buying guns. It was hailed by supporters as the most important gun-control legislation in at least a decade.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 June 2007

KLTV News (Texas)

It's a seasonally slow time for gun sales at George's in Longview, but some models are selling well, semi-automatic M-16s, Russian made AK-47s, and AR-15's "They're cheap to shoot easy they're very reliable so people like them a lot of people use them for collecting, there's an unlimited number of accessories and items you can put on them" said Longview gunsmith Cory Clotz. Versatile and durable, the weapons, sometimes called "black guns" because of the machined... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 June 2007

Reuters

WASHINGTON — The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday responded to the deadliest shooting rampage in modern American history by passing legislation to help keep guns out of hands of the mentally ill. On a voice vote, the House sent the measure — which would be the first major gun control bill enacted since 1994 and bolster background checks for gun buyers — to the Democratic-led Senate for needed concurrence. The bill was drafted in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 June 2007

Fox News / AP

ALLIANCE, Ohio — Police in Alliance are accusing nine people of participating in a scheme to buy guns in Ohio and then illegally resell them in New York City. Investigators say 34-year-old Aaron Callock was the ringleader. He's been charged with trafficking firearms, conspiracy to traffic firearms and selling firearms to out of state, unlicensed buyers. Eight other people from the Alliance area were arrested yesterday and charged with conspiracy to traffic... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 June 2007

New York Times / AP

WASHINGTON — Schools, doctors and police often do not share information about potentially dangerous students because they can't figure out complicated and overlapping privacy laws, according to a federal report released Wednesday on the Virginia Tech shooting. As a result, information that could be used to get troubled students counseling or prevent them from buying handguns never makes it to the appropriate agency, the report by three Cabinet agencies... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 June 2007

San Francisco Chronicle / AP

OAKLAND, California — The step-uncle of a 5-year-old boy who shot himself in the head has been charged with weapons violations in connection with the gun that fired the fatal blast. Shawn Johnson, 28, of Oakland faces one count of criminal storage of a firearm and one count of destruction of evidence after allegedly throwing the pistol off the Bay Bridge following the shooting. Keonu "Nunie" Franklin was playing with a gun at his grandmother's house Friday when he... (GunPolicy.org)

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