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Gun Policy News, 13 July 2007

United States

13 July 2007

New York Times

A key Congressional committee dealt a major blow to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's campaign against illegal firearms yesterday, refusing to allow police departments broader access to data that tracks guns sales. The bill restricting release of the information, approved by the House Appropriations Committee, must still be passed by the full House and reconciled with a similar Senate measure. But since the Senate bill is considered even more beneficial to the gun industry,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 July 2007

Richmond Times-Dispatch (Virginia) / AP

WASHINGTON — Gun-rights Democrats teamed with House Republicans yesterday to block local governments and law enforcement agencies from gaining routine access to gun-purchasing data. The House Appropriations Committee defeated two attempts by gun-control advocates to strip four-year-old restrictions on the use of information from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives tracing gun sales. Gun-control advocates say the gun sales data are essential to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Philippines

13 July 2007

Manila Bulletin

Director General Oscar C. Calderon, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), yesterday assured the country's major gun manufacturers and dealers that police will track down syndicates involved in gun smuggling, which has contributed to the proliferation of unlicensed highpowered weapons. Calderon made the assurance in the wake of complaints by the Association of Firearms and Ammunition Dealers (AFAD) that smuggling of firearms remains unabated which deprived the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 July 2007

Detroit News

DETROIT — Weusi Olusola was 16 when four nearly fatal bullets knocked him to the ground while he was walking down a street in west Detroit. Twenty years later, Olusola found himself on the ground again — only this time, it was by choice. He was one of 32 kids and adults dressed in black who lay down Thursday in front of Cobo Center to bring gun control to the attention of the nine presidential candidates participating in a forum as part of the last day of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 July 2007

Philadelphia Daily News

Put the gun down, Elmo. That's the war cry of gun-control advocates after learning that a National Rifle Association Web site is offering discounted tickets to Sesame Place and other kid-friendly theme parks — in return for donations to the NRA's political arm, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA). "This is a very strange thing, the connection between guns, the NRA and Sesame Place," said Bryan Miller, executive director of Ceasefire NJ. "It looks to me like a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

13 July 2007

Courier-Mail (Brisbane), Opinion

The Queensland courts website includes a scarcely used sub-section called "sentencing remarks" in which judges record wise things they think might be of particular significance or public interest. One who thinks her remarks are worthy of recording is north Queensland judge Sarah Bradley, who recently presided over the trial of Dr John Di Palma, who she let walk away with a two-year suspended sentence after he pleaded guilty to owning a small arsenal. Bradley spelled... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 July 2007

Buck County Courier Times (Pennsylvania)

Police are investigating an apparent suicide Thursday night at the Classic Indoor Pistol Range in Upper Southampton. Detectives declined to discuss the incident or identify the man. Police said they had yet to notify his family about the death. The shooting occurred about 9 p.m. Located at 1310 Industrial Boulevard, Classic Indoor Pistol Range has 15 shooting lanes where members can test shotguns, rifles and handguns of any caliber, according to a company Web site.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 July 2007

Associated Press

LANGHORNE, Pennsylvania — The country's largest gun lobby is no longer offering free tickets to get to Sesame Street. The National Rifle Association had been giving away free tickets to Sesame Place, an amusement park that caters to children, and other theme parks in return for online donations to its political arm, the Institute for Legislative Action. Parent company Anheuser-Busch Cos. Said Sesame Place should not have been included in the promotion, which had... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Mexico

13 July 2007

Reuters

PHOENIX — When machinegun-toting hit men fought a bloody battle with police and troops around the Mexico town of Cananea that left 23 dead in May, it at first seemed to be the latest chapter in a very Mexican drug war. But as U.S. and Mexican detectives subsequently traced powerful assault weapons recovered from the battlefield to Texas and Arizona, it raised the curtain on a deadly and controversial flow of arms from the United States. A war without quarter for... (GunPolicy.org)

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France

13 July 2007

Associated Press

MALAKOFF, France — A police officer killed his 11-year-old twins and a fellow officer Friday before turning his gun on himself at his Paris home, officials said. The killings occurred at a gendarme compound that includes officers' housing at Malakoff, on the southern edge of the French capital. Gendarmes carry out policing functions, but under the Defense Ministry. The killing was apparently linked to a "personal conflict" between the two officers, said State... (GunPolicy.org)

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