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Gun Policy News, 29 June 2007

Nigeria,West Africa,United Nations

29 June 2007

Vanguard (Lagos)

The West African Action Network on Small Arms (WAANSA), has called on the Federal government to address the issues that have given rise to the increase in demand for small arms in Nigeria, noting that it has fueled and prolonged conflicts in the country. WAANSA, a members of the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA), the global movement against gun violence, is a network of 700 civil society organisations working in 100 countries to stop the proliferation... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

29 June 2007

Birmingham News (Alabama) / AP

WASHINGTON — A Senate committee on Thursday agreed, at the urging of Sen. Richard Shelby, to keep tighter restrictions on providing data about gun purchases to local law enforcement agencies. Five Democrats, including Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., sided with the National Rifle Association in support of Shelby's amendment. The vote was a defeat for Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., who was trying to loosen the restrictions that gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

29 June 2007

New York Times / City Room, Blog

Is Michael R. Bloomberg — the ex-Democratic, ex-Republican, now-independent mayor — a follower of the liberal thinkers Michael Moore and Al Gore? "If Michael Moore tried to do a movie, nobody would go see the movie," the mayor said this morning on his weekly call-in radio program on WABC-AM. "If Al Gore wrote the book, nobody would read it. Nobody would believe it. Nobody would believe that Congress would do something that explicitly says we're going to protect... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

29 June 2007

BBC News

A gun dealer specialising in antique firearms has been acquitted of selling weapons which the prosecution had claimed could have ended up in the hands of gangsters. The trial highlighted a "grey area" in the 1968 Firearms Act. On 13 September 2006, amid a great deal of media fanfare, police officers swooped on a house in Dartford, Kent, and claimed to have busted a huge gun-smuggling racket. The Daily Star used the banner headline "The Arsenal of Murder" while... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

29 June 2007

BBC News

A dealer in antique guns has been cleared of supplying illegal weapons to undercover police officers. Michael Shepherd, 56, was found not guilty at the Old Bailey of 13 charges involving vintage guns advertised on the internet. The Elvis fanatic and former carpenter was a registered gun dealer and sold his goods online. He was arrested when police raided his home in Dartford, Kent, in September 2006, where they found about 900 guns. Gun expert Mr Shepherd,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

29 June 2007

ABC-7 TV News (Chicago)

Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Michael Pfleger staged another protest outside a suburban gun shop Friday, less than one week after both were arrested for a similar demonstration. Now, Jackson and Pfleger have gained a high-powered supporter of their efforts outside Chuck's Gun Shop in Riverdale: Chicago Police Superintendent Phil Cline says the demonstrations bring much-needed attention to the firearms debate. There were no arrests in Thursday afternoon as marchers... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

29 June 2007

Cape Argus (Cape Town)

A police officer faces a murder charge after allegedly shooting dead his 18-month-old baby after an argument with his wife. The baby boy — Phumelela Odolo — died on Thursday in the Red Cross Children's Hospital in Rondebosch. Constable Zithobile Nicholas Odolo, 34, stationed at Gugulethu police, allegedly had an argument with his wife at their Mgwanqa Street, Mfuleni, home at about 1.30am on Monday. He allegedly drew a firearm and shot at his wife, who was... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

29 June 2007

New York Sun

In a blow to Mayor Bloomberg's campaign against illegal guns, a Senate committee yesterday voted 19-10 to pass an amendment that mandates prison time for police officers who use federal gun-trace data for anything except specific investigations. Mr. Bloomberg responded to the vote with a harsh statement, saying the senators who voted for the amendment made America less safe. "Today's vote … showed Congress at its most craven, buckling to pressure from the gun lobby... (GunPolicy.org)

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