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Gun Policy News, 19 June 2007

Australia

19 June 2007

Western Australian (Perth) / AAP

The federal government has defended its record on gun control, in the wake of Monday's fatal shooting in Melbourne. Justice Minister David Johnston rejected accusations made by some commentators that the government was somehow culpable in the control of firearms, particularly concealable weapons and handguns. "Of any government in Australia through its history, the Howard government has one of the proudest records in being proactive in ensuring the safety of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

19 June 2007

Australian Associated Press

The rising use of guns by outlaw motorcycle gangs is of grave concern to anti-crime bodies, a senior intelligence officer says. Bikie gangs are under scrutiny after yesterday's fatal shooting in Melbourne, allegedly by a member of the Hells Angels. Chris Keen, director of intelligence at Queensland's Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC), said the CMC had worked with police and the Australian Crime Commission in investigating gangs and some individual members with a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,United Nations

19 June 2007

Khaleej Times (Dubai) / Agence France Presse

LONDON — Britain's International Development Secretary Hilary Benn on Tuesday called on world leaders to make a priorty the concluding of a treaty regulating the trade of weapons. Writing a comment piece in The Guardian daily, Benn said that there "is an opportunity — for the first time — for a global deal to control the movement of small arms, such as AK-47s and anti-aircraft rocket launchers, as well as heavier weapons like battle tanks." Benn wrote that "the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,United Nations

19 June 2007

Guardian (UK), Opinion

Small arms kill one person every minute. I believe this is neither inevitable nor acceptable. So today I am calling on the world to take action to stop weapons getting into the wrong hands and to prevent thousands of brutal, unnecessary and unjust deaths. There is an opportunity — for the first time — for a global deal to control the movement of small arms, such as AK47s and anti-aircraft rocket launchers, as well as heavier weapons like battle tanks. Next year,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

19 June 2007

San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has looked to New York City for guidance in a number of areas — from removing homeless people from Golden Gate Park to establishing a court to prosecute perpetrators of quality-of-life crimes. Now, he and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg are aligned on another policy issue: gun control. The two are part of a coalition called Mayors Against Illegal Guns, created by Bloomberg last year and now boasting 225 members from around the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

19 June 2007

Arizona Republic

John Travolta says psychiatric drugs are to blame for tragic high school shootings. The outspoken Scientologist believes "psychotropic" medication "is at the bottom of" the Virginia Tech massacre, the Columbine shootings, and other similar incidents. Travolta told W magazine, "I still think that if you analyse most of the school shootings, it is not gun control. It is psychotropic drugs at the bottom of it." However, the 53-year-old actor isn't planning to jump on... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

19 June 2007

Philadelphia Inquirer

Pennsylvania lawmakers should follow the good example of the New Jersey Assembly by moving ahead on a one-handgun-a-month law. If Harrisburg officials finally were to set handgun-buying limits, they could make a world of difference in stemming gun trafficking not just in Pennsylvania but also in the Garden State. Even as it toughens its own handgun laws, New Jersey needs nearby states with less-restrictive gun laws to tighten their rules, too. The streets of Camden... (GunPolicy.org)

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West Africa,United Nations

19 June 2007

This Day (Lagos)

LAGOS, Nigeria — President of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas, has called on West African states to support the global move towards an Arms Trade Treaty. He made the call at the ECOWAS recent Heads of State Summit in Abuja, Nigeria. The call was also made during the Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence (11-17 June) when governments, UN agencies and civil society groups highlighted the problems of gun violence and discussed preventive measures. ... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

19 June 2007

Cleveland Plain Dealer (Ohio)

Even at 69 years old, Russ Geis has enough vitality to bike through Stark County's remote nature trails. He said the .380-caliber handgun on his handlebars will ensure he's doing it at 70. Geis is among a growing number of seniors licensed to carry a concealed firearm. Because of the way the state collects such information, it's hard to determine exactly what portion of concealed-carry permit holders are 60 or older. However, some local permit data and anecdotal... (GunPolicy.org)

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Peru

19 June 2007

San Francisco Chronicle / AP

WASHINGTON — The musket blast was sudden and deadly, the killing nearly 500 years ago of what may have been the first gunshot victim in the Western Hemisphere. "We didn't expect it. We saw this skull and saw the almost round hole and thought people must have been shooting around here recently," said Guillermo Cock, an archaeologist who found the remains near Lima, Peru. But he realized that the skull was ancient, and a recent bullet strike would simply have... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

19 June 2007

San Francisco Chronicle

BERKELEY — The Berkeley family of four found dead in a parking lot at Tilden Park in the East Bay hills have been identified as Kevin Morrissey, 51; his wife, Dr. Mamiko Kawai, 40; and their children, Nikki Morrissey, 8, and Kim "Elena" Morrissey, 6. Police say that Morrissey, despairing of money problems related to the couple's Albany skin-care company, apparently shot his two young daughters and wife to death before turning the gun on himself Monday evening.... (GunPolicy.org)

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