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Gun Policy News, 24 June 2007

Australia,United States

24 June 2007

Age (Melbourne)

After he fired the shots that killed Brendan Keilar and wounded two others, the gunman placed the pistol barrel under his chin. For a moment, he seemed set to kill himself, but he lost his nerve and ran. If he had pulled the trigger, it would have blown his head off. It's that sort of gun. A court will formally decide who carried out the shootings but the handgun is already guilty. It is illegal in Australia on two counts: it combines a brutally heavy calibre with a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia,United States

24 June 2007

Age (Melbourne)

Police say it has always been relatively easy for bikie gangs to obtain handguns. One method is to order guns in parts from overseas via the internet on sites usually based in the United States. The incoming packages are marked as "plumbing" or "sprinkler parts". The guns are assembled part by part. This method relies on X-ray scanning not exposing the shape of the pistol frame. Police say other methods used to obtain handguns include: - Mail and phone orders (mostly... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia,United States

24 June 2007

Age (Melbourne), Editorial

"Something should be done" could be the catchcry of this or any age. Occasionally, maybe once every decade or so, a situation gets so bad so quickly or public outrage becomes such that governments do react. Usually that reaction is swift and seen to be decisive. Often it is to change laws amid strong rhetoric about crackdowns. The amnesty, buyback and crackdown on guns after the Port Arthur massacre was widely welcomed and seen to be successful. The model has been... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

24 June 2007

Chicago Tribune

Two of the city's best-known activists wound up in police custody Saturday after a protest against gun violence outside a suburban gun store. Revs. Jesse Jackson and Michael Pfleger, a South Side priest, were arrested about 1:30 p.m. for trespassing outside Chuck's Gun Shop in south suburban Riverdale, authorities said. Though the arrests resulted in a minor charge for each man, it provided yet another platform from which to denounce the gun violence they say is... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

24 June 2007

Canberra Times

When it comes to gun control in Australia, people usually have to be killed before something is done. Quite a lot of people, sometimes. Thirty-five people were shot dead by a disturbed Tasmanian loner in 1996 before the law tackled assault rifles. Two people were killed by gunman Huan Yun Xiang at Melbourne's Monash University in 2002 before the law clamped down further on pistols. And last week's fatal shooting in a crowded Melbourne street shocked the nation and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

24 June 2007

Antelope Valley Press (California)

PALMDALE — You might say that Santa Fe Gun Galleria owner Ron Bellville has hit a perfect bull's-eye in a niche market of Valley gun enthusiasts. "We have several customers who have been coming to us for the entire 17 years," since the shop's 1990 opening, said Bellville's son, manager Jason Bellville. Santa Fe is known for its extensive stock of firearms, knives, holsters, ammunition, cleaning kits and accessories. The business specializes in Colts and Winchesters... (GunPolicy.org)

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