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Gun Policy News, 22 June 2007

Côte d'Ivoire,West Africa

22 June 2007

Shabelle Media Network (Mogadishu)

ABIDJAN, Côte d'Ivoire — Some 10 million small arms are circulating in the West African sub-region, according to Désiré Godefroy Adjoussou, chair of the Ivorian National Commission on the proliferation and illegal circulation of small arms. Speaking Wednesday at the opening of an ECOWAS forum on small arms circulation, Adjoussou blamed the problem on the many military coups in the sub-region, conflicts, porosity of borders, and ineffective arms control. It was... (

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West Africa,Côte d'Ivoire

22 June 2007

Daily Observer (Banjul)

ABIDJAN, Cote d'Ivoire — The first sub-regional small arms-sensitive civil society consultative forum on the implementation of the Economic Community of West African States Small Arms Control Programme (Ecosap) opened on Wednesday at the Hotel Ivoire in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. About a 100 members of the civil society, including delegates from 13 Ecowas member states are participating in the two-day Waansa (West African Action Network on Small Arms) and the Ecosap-... (

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Canada,United States

22 June 2007

National Post (Toronto)

Guns used by Toronto criminals are being purchased legally in the United States, smuggled across the border and then traded for Canadian marijuana, U.S. and Canadian authorities said yesterday after a major bust. "We are the source state of Ontario crime guns," said Special Agent Regina Lombardo of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). "I know there's a direct exchange for the homegrown hydroponics. It seems to be the demanded exchange... (

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22 June 2007

ABC TV News (Australia) / Lateline, Transcript

The shooting in Melbourne this week has renewed calls to ban semiautomatic hand guns from Australian sporting shooters clubs. ELEANOR HALL: The man killed in this week's shooting in Melbourne today received a hero's farewell at his funeral. Brendan Keilar was shot dead with a handgun as he tried to rescue a woman who was being attacked on a busy city street. The murder has renewed calls to ban semiautomatic weapons from shooters' clubs. John Stewart reports. JOHN... (

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United States

22 June 2007

Fayetteville Morning News (Arkansas)

FAYETTEVILLE — A leader of a Washington County militia group was sentenced to six years in federal prison Friday for possessing a machine gun. Hollis Wayne Fincher, commander of the Militia of Washington County, was arrested after federal agents raided his home in the Black Oak community south of Fayetteville. The agents found a number of machine guns there and at the nearby militia headquarters. Fincher, 61, was convicted in U.S. District Court in January on a... (

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