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Gun Policy News, 15 June 2007

Australia

15 June 2007

Newcastle Herald (New South Wales), Editorial

On July 12, 2004, East Gresford farm fencer and rodeo rider Michael Richardson stabbed and suffocated his wife, Roxanne, suffocated his children Luke and Grace, then lay beside the three bodies and shot himself dead. Those are the findings by Deputy State Coroner Jacqueline Milledge, set out in a coronial report that recommends tighter controls on gun licences for people with histories of self-harm. Ms Milledge also wants the type of anti-depressant that Richardson... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

15 June 2007

Newcastle Herald (New South Wales)

The Hunter Urban Division of General Practice and National Coalition for Gun Control are in agreement that those with a history of self-harm should be prevented from having access to firearms. Dr Arn Sprogis and Samantha Lee agree with the recommendations Deputy State Coroner Jacqueline Milledge made from the inquest on the death of an East Gresford family three years ago. The inquest heard that Michael Richardson murdered his wife Roxanne and their children Luke, 3,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

15 June 2007

Canadian Press

QUEBEC — The Quebec government tabled legislation Friday that imposes tougher controls on the use of firearms in the province. Bill 9, dubbed "Anastasia's Law" in honour of the student gunned down last September at Montreal's Dawson College, prohibits all firearms from educational institutions. "This bill restricts the possession of all firearms on the grounds and the buildings of educational institutions and child-care facilities," Quebec Public Security Minister... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

15 June 2007

CTV News (Toronto)

The Quebec government introduced legislation today that calls for tougher controls on the use of firearms. The proposed legislation, formally known as Bill 9, is going to be more commonly called "Anastasia's Law" after Anastasia De Sousa — who was killed last September in a shooting rampage at Montreal's Dawson College. "Gun control is not a provincial jurisdiction and this bill is a very clear example of how it is not," CTV Montreal's John Grant said Friday.... (GunPolicy.org)

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Namibia,United Nations

15 June 2007

Namibian (Windhoek), Editorial

This week is being observed as Global Week against Gun Violence by several non-governmental organisations including the Namibia Non-Governmental Organisations Forum (Nangof) and other southern African groups. Gun control is of course a vitally important issue in not only Namibia, but other southern African societies, especially those that have emerged from struggle and war, and where there is a proliferation of small arms. It would be difficult to quantify the number... (GunPolicy.org)

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Cambodia

15 June 2007

Deutsche Presse-Agentur

PHNOM PENH — Cambodian military officials Friday unveiled decreased gun-related crime rates, saying the government's strict weapons control policy had led to the drop which they claimed benefitted not only Cambodia but the entire region. Officials from the Defence Ministry hosted the conference and released figures from the Working Group on Weapons Reduction which recorded 866 shooting related crimes in Cambodia in 2006, down from 921 in 2005. Most shootings... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

15 June 2007

Sun-Sentinel (Florida)

Two shootings in west Orange County last week and the shootings of two deputy sheriffs a week earlier have the same thing in common: stolen guns. The pistols linked to both sets of shootings were taken from motorists, who are permitted by Florida law to store loaded firearms in unattended vehicles — something many police agencies prohibit their own officers from doing. The rationale of police is simple: Hundreds of guns are stolen each year in the more than 20,000... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

15 June 2007

Times Reporter (Ohio) / AP

COLUMBUS — Trying to build on success that began in Florida and spread to 17 other states, the National Rifle Assn. started a push in Ohio on Wednesday that would give people more authority to use deadly force to defend themselves both in and outside their homes. People who injure or kill an attacker in self-defense no longer would shoulder the burden to prove their actions were justifiable under a bill introduced Wednesday by Republican lawmakers. The proposal also... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

15 June 2007

ABC News (Australia)

The National Coalition for Gun Control has called for a mandatory 10 year cancellation of a firearm licence if a licensee attempts self-harm. The call comes after a coroner's inquest into the murder-suicide of a family at East Gresford, in the New South Wales Hunter Valley, three years ago. Michael Richardson, 32, killed his wife and children before shooting himself — he had previously attempted suicide, but had been reissued with a gun licence. Coalition... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

15 June 2007

Chicago Tribune

If the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq equaled the number of people — including children — cut down by guns on America's streets, the outcry would resound across the country, Mayor Richard Daley said Thursday. But Daley questioned why there seems to be little concern for the approximately 30,000 victims of U.S. gun violence each year and so little effort to push for firearms controls. "If 30,000 people were killed in Iraq, there would be demonstrators... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

15 June 2007

Montreal Gazette (Quebec)

Louise De Sousa held back tears at Dawson College on Friday as Premier Jean Charest announced steps to restrict the kind of semi-automatic weapon that killed her daughter Anastasia last fall. "It puts a smile on my face that we have a government that's trying to do something so that my daughter will be remembered," De Sousa said after Charest announced details of Bill 9, dubbed Anastasia's Law. "This is a good law," her husband, Nelson De Sousa, told reporters of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Argentina

15 June 2007

Inter Press Service News Agency

BUENOS AIRES — With strong support from peace and disarmament groups and the families of shooting victims, the Argentine government launched a programme Friday that encourages people to voluntarily swap their legal or illegal firearms for cash. The disarmament campaign, similar to one that was carried out in Brazil in 2004, forms part of a comprehensive violence prevention policy, which includes stricter controls on both the legal and black market for guns. In... (GunPolicy.org)

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Tanzania

15 June 2007

Daily News (Tanzania)

BUKOBA — A resident of Lusahunga Village, in Biharamulo District, Philbert Kanyanya (32), was yesterday sentenced to 15 years imprisonment by the Bukoba Resident Magistrate's Court after he was convicted of unlawful possession of a sub-machine gun (SMG) with 29 rounds of ammunition. Prosecuting, Police Inspector Shaweji Alawi told Kagera Resident Magistrate Wilbard Mashauri that on August 25, 2005, the accused together with another person, who was not brought in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

15 June 2007

San Francisco Chronicle, Editorial

Through the years, we've had our differences with the National Rifle Association. For the moment, we'll set aside our conflicting opinions of whether the Second Amendment's declaration of the "right of the people to keep and bear arms" should be interpreted to preclude any meaningful regulation of assault weapons, "cop killer" bullets that penetrate Kevlar and gun shows that become bazaars for the criminal element. We'll hold the arguments about whether manufacturers... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

15 June 2007

Tribune (San Luis Obispo)

ARROYO GRANDE, California — Automatic rifles, military ammunition and tear gas grenades were allegedly sold to gangs by a man arrested on illegal weapons charges. Alan Dale Garrison, 50, was arrested this week after a three-month investigation by local and federal authorities into illegal sales of weapons. The seizure of more than a dozen automatic and semiautomatic guns and various ammunition was the largest weapons bust in 17 years in San Luis Obispo County, Sgt.... (GunPolicy.org)

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