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Gun Policy News, 14 June 2007

United States

14 June 2007

Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON — The House, in a rare display of converging interests of gun control advocates and the gun industry lobby, overwhelmingly passed a bill today that would have kept the Virginia Tech shooter from buying the two handguns he used to kill 32 students and teachers before taking his own life in April. The House acted by voice vote after a parade of legislators from both parties praised the measure. Only one lawmaker spoke against it. The bill would require... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 June 2007

AM New York

Gun control observers were wondering Wednesday if Mayor Michael Bloomberg's efforts to stem the flow of illegal guns into the city will get a boost from a House vote. "The bill that passed today and the Tiahrt Amendment are two sides of the same coin," said John Feinblatt, the mayor's criminal justice coordinator. Bloomberg and hundreds of other mayors have called for the end of Tiahrt, which they say makes it harder to share information about gun crime. "It's all... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 June 2007

New York Times

WASHINGTON — The House voted Wednesday to close a loophole in gun control laws that allowed the Virginia Tech gunman to buy firearms even though he had been committed to a mental hospital. The Senate is likely to follow suit, marking the first time since 1996 that Congress has approved a measure strengthening gun control. The bill's approval, on a voice vote, came on the same day as the release of a report President Bush ordered after the shootings in April at... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

14 June 2007

Border Mail (New South Wales)

A NSW coroner has recommended tightening gun licence regulations after examining a 2004 triple murder-suicide in the Hunter Valley. The bodies of Michael and Roxanne Richardson and their children Luke, 3, and Grace, 20 months, were discovered in a bedroom of their East Gresford home on July 12, 2004. Ms Richardson, 30, suffered stab wounds to the chest and was then suffocated, as were the two children. All three of their bodies were then arranged in bed. The coroner... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 June 2007

Agence France Presse

WASHINGTON — The US House of Representatives approved a bill Wednesday designed to tighten gun ownership, nearly two months after a disturbed student went on the deadliest ever US school shooting rampage. The House passed the bill the same day the government issued a report on the Virginia Tech massacre, in which 33 people died, that omits any talk of tougher gun control laws. The bill, approved by a voice vote, is designed to ensure that states promptly report to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Namibia

14 June 2007

Namibian (Windhoek)

Representatives of civil society have called on Government to urgently review the Fire Arms Act of 1996 and to submit its views on the Arms Trade Treaty. The Namibia Non-Governmental Organisations Forum (Nangof), International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) and the Gun Free Southern Africa observe this week as the Global Week Against Gun Violence. In a statement yesterday, Pauline Dempers of Nangof said gun crime was real in Namibia and had a negative impact... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 June 2007

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (Indiana) / AP

WASHINGTON — After 52 years in Congress, John Dingell knows it sometimes takes a "rather curious alliance," such as between the National Rifle Association and the House's most fervent gun control advocate, to move legislation. That's what took place Wednesday when the House, by voice vote, passed a gun control bill that Rep. Dingell, D-Mich., helped broker between the NRA and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y. With the NRA on board, the bill, which fixes flaws in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Africa

14 June 2007

Concord Times (Freetown)

FREETOWN — Kalashnikov assault rifles, commonly known as AK47 riffles, are now being sold freely in Africa for US$50, according to findings released by International Network on Small Arms, IANSA. The survey coincided with this year's Global Week of Action, which runs from 11-17 June, and is being observed by anti-gun campaigners worldwide. The event in Sierra Leone is being coordinated by the Sierra Leone Action Network on Small Arms (SLANSA) and this year's... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 June 2007

Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Editorial

It took 33 people dying in one horribly pointless tragedy at Virginia Tech before we got what we needed: the end of a loophole in gun laws that allowed the mentally ill to gain access to firearms, harming others as well as themselves. The U.S. House vote on Wednesday brings us one step closer to a system wherein law enforcement agencies, health care professionals and schools can share information — without violating privacy laws — in cases such as that of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Mexico

14 June 2007

Reuters

MEXICO CITY — Mexico's government, which complains violent drug cartels are battling each other with firearms bought in the United States, slammed slack U.S. gun laws as absurd on Thursday. Mexico complains most of the often high-powered weapons used by warring Mexican traffickers come from gun shops in the United States and Mexican Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora said there was not enough control over their sale. "I think the American (gun) laws are absurd... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Mexico

14 June 2007

Kansas City Star (Missouri) / AP

Mexican Attorney General Eduardo Medina called U.S. policies on drugs and firearms "cynical" and "absurd," some of the toughest language used by Mexican officials prodding Washington to cut U.S. drug demand and stem the flow of guns they say fuel violence here. "American law to me is absurd because people can easily acquire firearms," the newspaper El Universal newspaper quoted Medina as saying at a conference on Wednesday. Medina's office on Thursday confirmed he had... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 June 2007

Newsday (New York)

WASHINGTON — Rep. Carolyn McCarthy got her son a present yesterday, a day before his 40th birthday. It was wrapped and delivered by the House in a voice vote that morning, as lawmakers approved what would be the first major federal gun control measure in 13 years. The bill toughens the national background check system for gun buyers, improving screening for criminal records and mental health problems in the wake of April's shootings at Virginia Tech. "This has been... (GunPolicy.org)

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Guinea-Bissau,Guinea,Gambia,Senegal

14 June 2007

Guineeconakry / AGP

[Translated summary: In Guinea-Bissau, the prefecture of Koumbia publicly incinerated 354 guns and light weapons]. Conakry — Dans la sous préfecture de Koumbia à Gaoual, les autorités civiles et militaires ont procédé samedi 9 juin dernier, à l'incinération de quelques 354 armes légères. Selon les observateurs, ces armes, circulaient dans les différentes frontières entre la Guinée , le Sénégal, la Gambie et la Guinée Bissao , il y a 60 ans ! … La... (GunPolicy.org)

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