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Gun Policy News, 20 June 2007

Australia

20 June 2007

Sydney Morning Herald / AAP

Four alleged members of an illegal gun supply syndicate have been arrested in an undercover sting in Sydney. The men, aged between 22 and 29, were secretly monitored by detectives for up to 12 months before they were arrested in a series of raids yesterday. Police allege the men sold illegal firearms to criminals in Sydney's south-west. They say they seized a semi-automatic rifle, two double-barrelled shotguns, ammunition and cash during the investigation. Police... (GunPolicy.org)

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Switzerland

20 June 2007

Neue Zürcher Zeitung / SwissInfo, Poll

Switzerland is preparing for a lively debate this summer over its long-standing tradition of keeping army guns and ammunition at home. Opposition to its guns-at-home culture seems to have gained momentum and critics are launching a people's initiative on the issue. On Wednesday parliament will discuss a compromise proposal — a ban on storing army ammunition at home. Attitudes towards firearms may be changing in Switzerland, which is well known for its militia army,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

20 June 2007

Arizona Republic

If you're tempted to fire a gun into the air this Fourth of July, you'll pay for it. That's the message from Mayor Phil Gordon, who joined law enforcement and other leaders Wednesday to urge residents against firing guns. "What goes up, comes down and kills individuals like 14-year-old Shannon Smith," said Gordon. "Random gunfire is a crime, a felony. Police will be out." On June 14, 1999 a bullet fell from the sky and killed Otis and Lory Smith's daughter Shannon,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Switzerland

20 June 2007

SwissInfo

The Swiss Senate has approved a revised law on weapons which forbids the carrying of dangerous objects and the anonymous purchase of arms over the internet. The chamber, which represents Switzerland's cantons, followed the example of the House of Representatives. A ban on keeping military weapons at home was rejected. Anonymous sales of guns over the internet or by advertisement are to be banned, but there are exceptions for hunters and members of Switzerland's... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

20 June 2007

San Francisco Chronicle / AP

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — The toll from stray bullets that rain down on Rio from the city's steep hillside slums as police and drug gangs battle with automatic weapons has grown sharply, with one innocent bystander killed or wounded every day. Businesses and schools in the line of fire have been shuttered. Thousands of children are staying home. Even air travel is affected — domestic jet routes were diverted from Rio's downtown airport when shooting flared up in a... (GunPolicy.org)

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