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Gun Policy News, 16 June 2007

Australia

16 June 2007

Maitland Mercury (New South Wales)

The National Coalition for Gun Control is calling for tougher firearm laws than those recommended by the deputy State coroner following the murder-suicide of an East Gresford family in the NSW Hunter Valley 2004. Coroner Jacqueline Milledge wants changes to gun laws — including mandatory reporting by health professionals to police if they believe a person who has access to firearms is at risk to themselves or others. But the gun control lobby has called for firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

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South America,Central America

16 June 2007

Tiempos del Mundo (Latin America)

[Translated summary: Julio César Torales, president of Amnesty International, Paraguay, speaks on behalf of CLAVE, the regional NGO coalition to curb gun violence in Latin America]. Julio César Torales es el presidente de Amnistía Internacional en Paraguay y también el secretario de comunicaciones de la Coalición Latinoamericana para la Prevención de la Violencia Armada (Clave). En diálogo con Tiempos del Mundo, este médico residente en psiquiatría clínica... (GunPolicy.org)

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South America,Central America

16 June 2007

Tiempos del Mundo (Latin America)

[Translated summary: Feature on gun homicide and firearm violence in Latin America, and on CLAVE, the regional NGO gun control campaign]. Howard Ludwig tiene 11 meses y 68 centímetros de estatura. Todavía no ha completado sus primeros dientes, pero ya adquirió una licencia para portar armas. Las autoridades de Illinois, Estados Unidos, se la otorgaron después de que su padre hiciera el trámite por Internet y enviara los cinco dólares que cuesta el procedimiento.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 June 2007

New York Times, Opinion

A narrowly divided Congress will vote in the coming days on whether to renew legislation that stops the federal government from sharing with local police departments and prosecutors crucial information about guns used in crimes. The Tiahrt amendment, first passed in 2003, prohibits Washington from releasing crime data about guns that used to be provided to state and local law enforcement. If House members reauthorize the measure, they will harm efforts to curtail gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Mexico

16 June 2007

Arizona Republic

MEXICO CITY — Federal authorities do not have enough agents to regularly patrol gun shows, a major source for U.S. weapons used in Mexico's drug wars, a top official said Thursday during a visit to the Mexican capital. Mexican officials have complained about how easy it is to buy firearms from private, unlicensed sellers at such shows. U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales vowed last week to crack down on such gun-running. Top officials from the Bureau of Alcohol,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jamaica

16 June 2007

Jamaica Gleaner, Editorial

Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller, among many other promises, announced during her Budget speech in May that an effort would be launched to get rid of the illegal guns barking non-stop throughout the country. In this regard, the Prime Minister was echoing her predecessor P.J. Patterson who also talked about getting the guns. The Minister of National Security, Dr. Peter Phillips, who is directly responsible, gave some semblance of a progress report in the Sectoral... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

16 June 2007

Montreal Gazette (Quebec)

"At the end of the day, no gun — no gun crime. No gun — no tragedy. There are places in this country where guns — particularly handguns — do not belong. "Handguns have no place in our cities. Finding a place to store them is not enough. We must rid our streets of handguns — period." Ontario Attorney-General Michael Bryant is just a guest at these proceedings. But given the amount of blood his office has had to mop up recently, he has as much right as anyone... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

16 June 2007

Montreal Gazette (Quebec), Opinion

A rapper who performs under the name Jiggy sounded a discordant note at yesterday's news conference at Dawson College to announce the Charest government's firearm control measures. Jiggy said it "might not be a good idea" for the government to name its proposed legislation after Anastasia De Sousa, the Dawson student killed in a shooting spree at the college last September, "in case anything goes wrong with the bill." And he thought it would be wrong for the National... (GunPolicy.org)

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India

16 June 2007

Sangai Express (Manipur)

IMPHAL — The only moments when married women and their children regale themselves enjoying the bliss of existence, it is said, is while they are under the protective care of their husbands and fathers. But in Manipur, many women and children are living under the gloomy shadow of exigencies of life encountering numerous difficulties each passing day after their beloved husbands or fathers fell victims of the prevailing culture of gun-violence. The Global Week of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Fiji,Oceania

16 June 2007

Fiji Times

In marking the Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence, the Pacific Foundation for the Advancement of Women (PACFAW) and the Pacific Concerns Resource Centre (PCRC) feel concerns over the misuse of guns is very real. Ema Tagicakibau of the PCRC Peace and Disarmament Desk said Fiji was fortunate to allowed license for people to carry guns. "We want to focus on what we can learn from the coup cycle and gun violence. The security forces should be reminded of the Code... (GunPolicy.org)

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