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Gun Policy News, 26 July 2007

Australia

26 July 2007

Sydney Morning Herald / AAP

The alleged kingpin of a multi-million dollar 'golden gun' cocaine syndicate, his wife and another man have been arrested on drug charges and money laundering. The arrests last night followed the discovery by police of $3 million in cash allegedly belonging to the syndicate's boss. NSW Police have so far arrested ten people in connection with the syndicate and seized more than $18 million cash, $3.5 million in assets, two kilograms of high-grade cocaine and numerous... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 July 2007

Roanoke Times (Virginia), Editorial

Norfolk got a civics lesson at this year's Harborfest. The city can't keep people from bringing guns. The General Assembly took that public-safety tool out of the hands of localities years ago. In Virginia, cities and counties get their powers from the state, and the state mainly bows to gun-rights advocates. Roanoke came up against the gun lobby back in 1995, and lost, when it asked the General Assembly for permission to amend its charter so the city could ban... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

26 July 2007

Cape Times (Cape Town), Poll

Firearms are used in a third of domestic violence incidents in the Western Cape, research by the University of the Western Cape's Community Law Centre has found. Although not scientific, the study, "Does he have a gun?", provided a reasonable reflection of the extent to which firearms were used in domestic disputes, Helene Combrinck, the centre's gender project co-ordinator, said on Wednesday. Police statistics did not specify whether assaults and attempted murders... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 July 2007

Herald (South Carolina)

The same type of gun commonly used by Iraqi security forces is legally being sold to civilians in Rock Hill. Surprised? Don't be. It's been happening for years in York County, and more stores are offering AK-47 assault rifles as their popularity grows among collectors since federal restrictions on their sales were lifted in 2004. But law enforcement officials say they've found shell casings at crime scenes recently, and gun-control advocates claim the guns weren't... (GunPolicy.org)

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Argentina

26 July 2007

La Nacion (Argentina), Editorial

La posesión de armas de fuego por la población mayor de edad es objeto de particular preocupación para una ciudadanía consternada ante trágicos episodios de honda repercusión. Esos hechos demostraron una vez más que la tenencia de medios ofensivos y defensivos, como los aludidos, constituye un peligro latente que se convierte en real cuando obran la imprudencia, el descontrol o la súbita descarga agresiva. Para reducir esos riesgos, organismos estatales y no... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 July 2007

Associated Press

NEW YORK — A pistol used to kill a New York City police officer was originally sold by a Virginia gun shop notorious for putting weapons into the hands of criminals. Investigators still don't know when or how the .45-caliber semiautomatic was acquired by the man charged with using it to ambush Officer Russel Timoshenko during a July 9 traffic stop in Brooklyn. The gun's initial owner, who bought it legally in 1999, died several years ago. Authorities are trying to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 July 2007

Associated Press

EDWARDSVILLE, Illinois — He seemed in many ways a typical college student — president of his fraternity at Southern Illinois University, an aspiring rapper who wrote about finding a girlfriend who could cook. His said his favorite book was the Bible. But Olutosin Oduwole also had not-so-typical interests, like buying and selling guns on the Internet. He allegedly sold a fully automatic M-16 assault rifle he never owned. And a court document says he was seen walking... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 July 2007

WLS-TV ABC News (Chicago)

For years, one of the best known gun shops in Chicago had a secret customer: the Chicago mob. Testimony in federal court Thursday afternoon claimed that Bell's gun shop in west suburban Franklin Park was a supplier of automatic weapons to the outfit. Information on stocking the mob's gun arsenal came out during the Operation Family Secrets trial of five top-ranking Chicago crime figures. Two of the outfit's top assassins were supplied with machines guns and other... (GunPolicy.org)

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Guyana

26 July 2007

Caribbean Net News

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Guyana has been able to keep gun-related crimes under control despite sporadic burst of criminal activities during the first half of the year, Acting Police Commissioner, Henry Greene said this week. So far, police have recovered 80 illegal firearms, 10 more than the entire 2006 period, while instituting charges against 63 persons. "There has been an increase in robbery with violence and aggravation. This tells you that there is less firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

26 July 2007

Albany Times-Union (New York)

A man arrested after a "lethal" arsenal of weapons was found under a toddler's bed has been jailed for five years. Marvin Wallace, 29, was identified from DNA evidence on the trigger of a sawn-off shotgun, a court heard. Four handguns, a silencer and 97 rounds of ammunition were also seized in a raid on the flat in Elephant and Castle, south London, in October 2005. Wallace, from Elephant and Castle, was found guilty of possessing the shotgun at Inner London Crown... (GunPolicy.org)

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