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Gun Policy News, 28 June 2007

United States

28 June 2007

New York Sun

The members of the Senate Appropriations Committee are scheduled to vote today on the Tiahrt amendment, a piece of legislation that has been in the crosshairs of Mayor Bloomberg since the beginning of his campaign against illegal guns in 2006. Lobbyists for and against the amendment said in interviews that they were scrambling to talk to lawmakers and their aides as the vote approached. "This is our no. 1 legislative priority on Capitol Hill," the executive director... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 June 2007

Philadelphia Inquirer

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — Anger about the lack of action on gun-control bills boiled over onto the House floor yesterday, with several African American Democrats from Philadelphia vowing to hold up passage of the state budget unless their bills are considered. With the city's death toll approaching 200 this year, six members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus made impassioned pleas for help during an unexpected two-hour discussion about gun violence and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 June 2007

Boston Globe, Column

The Dominos pizza arrived at the home of Liquarry Jefferson about the same time as Boston police. The night the 8-year-old died of a gunshot wound was just another night in the life of a typical dysfunctional American family. Go ahead, rail against their dysfunction. That won't stop it. Now, how about trying to stop the flow of illegal guns into homes like this across America? This tiny first-grader was accidentally shot by his 7-year-old cousin. The handgun used in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 June 2007

Philadelphia Daily News, Editorial

The more law enforcement officials learn about the flow of illegal handguns to the city's streets, the safer will be those neighborhoods where murder sometimes seems as common as a skinned knee. In Washington, Harrisburg and Trenton, lawmakers are considering proposals that would shed greater light on gun trafficking — and thus save lives. Doing something as simple as making it a crime to fail to report a lost or stolen weapon would help. It could alert police to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 June 2007

Munster Times (Indiana)

RIVERDALE — Village President Zenovia Evans is fed up with the protests in front of Chuck's Gun Shop costing Riverdale. "Everyone has a right to protest," but protestors shouldn't target one Chicago suburb and one business, she said. The Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Michael Pfleger have held three protests outside the gun shop at 14310 Indiana Ave., Riverdale, and they plan to hold a prayer vigil at noon on Friday. The protests cost village taxpayers thousands... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 June 2007

Baltimore Sun, Editorial

Through its influence and lobbying in Washington, the National Rifle Association in the past has been able to limit the use of federal data that trace the ownership of guns used in crimes. But this year, the NRA has run into a small problem: Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski is using her power and influence to block reauthorization of the gun-trace restrictions — and it's worth the fight. Gun violence is ravaging cities like Baltimore, where nearly all murder victims are... (GunPolicy.org)

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Uganda

28 June 2007

New Vision (Kampala)

KAMPALA — The Justice Peace and Human Rights Commission of Arua Diocese has launched a six-month project to fight the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the district. The project officer, David Okello, said the programme funded by the German Technical Services, would encourage the voluntary return of illicit arms through awareness campaigns. He said they would also advocate for the proper use of arms held by legitimate government forces. Okello... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 June 2007

Philadelphia Daily News, Opinion

It's the first week of summer. As heat and humidity rise, gun deaths and injuries continue to climb in Philly, Camden, Reading, York, Harrisburg and elsewhere. Police and community organizers worry that summer's heat will fuel the fire. Two critical opportunities have arisen during this portentous week for local legislators to step up, show some courage and act to lower the flame of gun violence. Sadly, one such opportunity was missed on Tuesday, as Pennsylvania House... (GunPolicy.org)

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