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Gun Policy News, 24 July 2007


24 July 2007

Herald Sun (Melbourne)

Taxpayers will foot the bill for the spouses of federal MPs to fly to Canberra for a gun shooting party. The Parliamentary Partners Association has organised the get-together at the Canberra National Pistol Club, promising "friendship, laughter and a great time". The flights of those attending will be paid for by taxpayers under a nine-trip allowance for parliamentary spouses each year. At least a dozen have already signed up for the outing, to be held on August 8.... (

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24 July 2007

East African Standard (Nairobi)

NAIROBI — Tougher measures to curb proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the country have been proposed. Stakeholders have called for the revision of the Firearms Act to ensure offenders are denied bail and harsher penalties for those who possess guns illegally. Opening a two-day National and Provincial Firearms Officers sensitisation workshop in Nairobi on Monday, Director of Police Operations, Mr David Kimaiyo, said criminal incidences involving... (

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24 July 2007

Victoria Times-Colonist (British Columbia), Editorial

The death of an 11-year-old boy in Toronto on Sunday, caught in the crossfire of a gang-related shooting, begs the question: What does it take for Ottawa to come to its senses and outlaw handguns? A handgun's purpose is to be small, lethal and potentially concealable. There is a limited market for such a product, but it's safe to say it falls into three main categories: Police and security personnel, including those who carry large sums of cash and need an easily... (

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24 July 2007

Toronto Star (Ontario)

OTTAWA — Don't look to the federal Conservative government to ban handguns. Despite renewed calls for a national ban in the wake of the shooting death of 11-year-old Ephraim Brown in Toronto on the weekend, the Tory government is not swayed. "Effectively, there is already a ban on handguns in Canada. They are already extremely tightly controlled and are only available to those requiring them for employment purposes (such as police and armoured car guards),... (

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United States

24 July 2007


BOSTON — A planned Republican fundraiser in New Hampshire aims to promote gun ownership in America by letting supporters fire powerful military-style weapons — from Uzi submachine guns to M-16 rifles. The Manchester Republican Committee is inviting party members and their families to a "Machine Gun Shoot" where, for $25, supporters can spend a day trying out automatic weapons, said organizer Jerry Thibodeau. "It's a fun day. It's a family day," said Thibodeau of... (

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24 July 2007

Canadian Press

The Conservative government's efforts to clamp down on the gun violence plaguing some of Canada's big-city streets are being thwarted by the Liberal-dominated Senate, the country's justice minister said today. In an interview, Rob Nicholson said keeping people accused of gun crimes behind bars pending trial and raising minimum jail terms for gun-related offences are part of an "extensive" crime agenda that he says is being stymied by Liberal senators. "The Liberals... (

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Canada,United States

24 July 2007

International Herald Tribune / AP

TORONTO — A Canadian provincial premier wants to negotiate a deal with U.S. border states to stop drugs from heading south and stem the flow of guns coming into Ontario from the United States. Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty said Tuesday that in exchange for U.S. participation in gun control, Ontario will have to address the concern expressed by American state governors that the province is "sending illegal drugs" across the border. "I think they've got a point,"... (

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24 July 2007

Toronto Star (Ontario) / CP

GUELPH — Ontario wants to negotiate a deal with border states to keep drugs from heading south and stem the flow of guns coming into the province, Premier Dalton McGuinty said today as he reiterated his call for Ottawa to ban handguns outright. As Toronto continues to mourn an 11-year-old boy killed in gang crossfire, McGuinty said he's interested in bringing the governors of border states together to help eradicate the growing number of guns on city streets. But,... (

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24 July 2007

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

NAIROBI — A Ministry of Health employee has been arrested in Webuye on suspicion of trading in firearms. Police yesterday laid a trap for the clinical officer attached to Webuye hospital after a tip-off and allegedly found a pistol in his possession. According to Webuye East district commissioner Julius Ngumo, police approached the health worker and asked to buy a firearm. The clinical officer, believing that he had secured a good deal, walked right into the... (

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Antigua & Barbuda

24 July 2007

Antigua Sun

Commissioner of Police Delano Christopher has warned residents with licensed firearms that they must exercise due care to ensure that their guns do not fall into the hands of criminals. Expressing concern that stolen weapons may be fuelling the number of illegal guns in the society, the police commissioner stressed the responsibility of gun owners to secure their weapons. Speaking of the guns which have been seized this year, Christopher said that they may have been... (

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United States

24 July 2007

WZJ-TV CBS News (Baltimore)

BALTIMORE — There is new legal trouble facing a convicted sex offender who lives in northwest Baltimore. As Peggy Lee reports 61-year-old Orlando Yarborough now faces a number of new charges after police seized more than three dozen weapons from his home. More than three dozen guns were piled on a table at Baltimore City Police headquarters. In total, the newly formed gun-tracing task force seized 30 handguns, eight long guns, and thousands of rounds of... (

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24 July 2007

Montreal Gazette (Quebec), Opinion

Maybe they'll call it Ephraim's Law. By now you've probably heard all you need to know about the short life of Ephraim Brown. He was the 11-year-old Toronto boy who was fatally shot through the neck Sunday morning after rival gang members attending a birthday party (yes, that's right, a birthday party) decided to blaze away at each other. You've heard all you need to know because once again, a child was shot dead along a notorious stretch of Toronto's Jane St. All... (

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United States

24 July 2007

Daily News (New York), Opinion

The funeral of Officer Russel Timoshenko last week following his violent shooting death in Brooklyn served as yet another stark reminder that New York City still suffers from gun violence. But his tragic death should also remind us that our police officers and citizens are constantly being put at risk by unscrupulous gun dealers in other states, and that we desperately have to do something about it. The three guns used in the shooting of Timoshenko and his partner,... (

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24 July 2007

Kenya Times

The Kenya police has decried the leniency of penalties meted out to offenders of illicit weapons and called for a comprehensive review of the Firearms Act Cap 114 with an aim of imposing harsher penalties to criminals. The Director of Operations David Kimaiyo said yesterday the Act is outdated, hence the need for a drastic review that would mete out harsher penalties to offenders of illicit firearms. "It is the considered opinion of Kenya Police that effective... (

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United States

24 July 2007

Associated Press

NEW YORK — An Armenian immigrant accused of plotting to sell anti-aircraft missiles and other military weapons from the former Soviet Union to an FBI informant was convicted Tuesday along with five co-defendants. Artur Solomonyan could face up to life in prison on charges including arms trafficking conspiracy, firearms trafficking conspiracy, interstate firearms trafficking and illegal transfer and possession of a machine gun. The charges accused the men of... (

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United States

24 July 2007

Los Angeles Times

Jered Townsend had the distinction of being one of three dozen Americans whose video question for the Democratic presidential contenders was broadcast during Monday night's debate — and the further distinction of being the only one whose mental stability was questioned. Townsend, a 30-year-old from Clio, Mich., came next to last among the amateur inquisitors in the CNN/YouTube debate. But he made an indelible impression by asking the candidates if they would protect... (

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24 July 2007

Amherst Daily News (Nova Scotia), Editorial

A string of recent shootings in Canada's largest city as well as in Halifax has rekindled Canada's never-ending debate over the lengths the government should go to control just who has guns in this country. Two men have been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the weekend shooting death of 11-year-old Ephraim Brown at an outdoor party in Toronto. Brown's murder was one of just four gun-related deaths in Toronto over the weekend while a 37-year-old man... (

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24 July 2007

Globe & Mail (Toronto)

Politicians of all stripes stepped forward to condemn the shooting that killed 11-year-old Ephraim Brown this weekend. But on a host of proposed measures aimed at reducing gun violence — especially handgun bans — there is no such consensus. That's in part because the handgun debate quickly morphs beyond the boundaries of Toronto and into the often antagonistic world of Canada-wide politics. "It's an East-West issue," said Alok Mukherjee, chairman of the Toronto... (

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United States

24 July 2007

Morning Call (Pennsylvania)

PHILADELPHIA - Jarad Tomline, an unemployed car salesman from Northampton who sold the handgun that killed a Reading police officer, was sentenced moments ago to 21 months in federal prison. Tomline, 29, pleaded guilty in October to charges of selling firearms without a license, illegally possessing firearms and making false statements in the acquisition of firearms. One of the guns, a Ruger P94 .40-caliber pistol, was used in the Aug. 6, 2006 shooting death of... (

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24 July 2007

Islamic Republic News Agency

TEHRAN — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday presented a bill to Majlis calling for longer prison term sentence for those found guilty of possessing or smuggling firearms. The president said in the introduction of the bill that his call for severe punishment for firearms smuggling aims to prevent the crime which is on the rise owing to the security fallout in the eastern and western neighboring states of Afghanistan and Iraq. He said that availability of... (

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Spain,United States,United Nations

24 July 2007

Village Voice (New York)

On February 6, two representatives from the infamous Colombian left-wing paramilitary and drug-trafficking group FARC arrived at a palatial Renaissance estate in Marbella, Spain. While their compadres squatted in the jungle, the two soaked up the Mediterranean opulence of the place, noticing the pool shaped like a four-leaf clover and the mastiffs that patrolled the grounds each night. Their host, a 62-year-old Syrian named Monzer al-Kassar, a/k/a the "Prince of... (

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