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Gun Policy News, 30 July 2007

United States

30 July 2007

Legal Times / Law.com (USA)

The case of District of Columbia v. Heller is barely at the Supreme Court's starting gate, yet nearly everyone involved has a growing sense that this will be the Big One. It is shaping up as the case that finally forces the Court to decide one of the most keenly debated issues in constitutional law: the full meaning of the right to keep and bear arms declared by the Second Amendment. Washington, D.C., Mayor Adrian Fenty is appealing a March 9 ruling by the U.S. Court... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 July 2007

New Yorker

Tom Wales was not supposed to be home on the night of October 11, 2001. Wales, an Assistant United States Attorney in Seattle, had planned to have dinner and spend the evening with his girlfriend, Marlis DeJongh, a court reporter who lived downtown. But that afternoon Wales called DeJongh and said that he had projects he needed to work on at home. In the evening, after leaving his office, near the federal courthouse, he returned to his Craftsman-style, wood-frame house... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 July 2007

New Yorker

[Continued from Part 1 of 2] Wales's work on gun control apparently also failed to produce suspects. The fight over the statewide gun-control initiative had taken place four years before his death, and after that he had not been as involved in controversial issues. "It was kind of like proving a negative, ruling out all these possibilities," Charles Mandigo, the former F.B.I. special agent, said. "We pursued every possible lead. There were some girlfriends; those were... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 July 2007

Los Angeles Times, Editorial

Fulfilling its duty to defend its laws, the District of Columbia has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a federal appeals court decision striking down the district's gun-control ordinance, which bans the registration of handguns acquired after 1975 and effectively prevents citizens from legally keeping guns in their homes. The danger — and one that extends beyond the sometimes mean streets of the nation's capital — is that the high court will endorse not only... (GunPolicy.org)

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Solomon Islands

30 July 2007

Australian Associated Press

The Solomon Islands police chief has put off controversial rearmament plans just days after Guadalcanal MPs threatened to quit the government over the issue. Police Commissioner Jahir Khan said he withdrew his request to government for money to buy guns for Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare's close protection unit and the police patrol boats. But he said the rearming of some police would proceed next year following a major image-rebuilding exercise for the force. His... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 July 2007

Pittsburgh Courier, Opinion

A federal appeals court recently struck down Washington, D.C.'s 70-year long handgun ban, calling it unconstitutional. The District now plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case and uphold the ban. The legal battle could set the stage for a larger, national debate about gun ownership and restrictions. Handgun bans have reduced crime and saved lives, including the lives of many children, in cities across this country. Depending on how the chips fall, strict... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 July 2007

National Review (USA)

In March, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg issued a challenge to Nancy Pelosi. "The Democrats have said repeatedly that they blame the Republicans for no gun legislation," he said on his radio show. "Well, now they're in charge. Okay, stand up. And if not, I'm going to tell everybody." Bloomberg, together with the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and allied groups, wants Congress to repeal the "Tiahrt amendment." They say that the amendment keeps local law... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 July 2007

State Journal-Register (Illinois) / Gatehouse News Service

Earlier this month, Ron Holt stood in the crowded basement of a Chicago church and — in front of several television cameras — spilled his grief. "I stand here symbolically … for all the parents who lost children before me — all the parents who have lost children to senseless gun violence," Holt said at a news conference with Mayor Richard Daley to encourage residents to turn in firearms for cash. "I get up every morning just like the other parents do,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

30 July 2007

National Post (Toronto)

A decision to close an 88-year-old indoor shooting range at the University of Toronto is a matter of "values" and not safety, the school said yesterday. "The debate had gone on for almost decade," said Rob Steiner, an assistant vice-president of the university. "It was generally felt that the presence of a gun range on campus 80 years ago might have been consistent with our academic values … In the last 10 years those values started to deviate. "This is really a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

30 July 2007

Globe & Mail (Toronto)

Concerns about the "sinister uses" of guns in society have prompted University of Toronto officials to rid the campus of its 88-year-old sport shooting range, despite its continued popularity and spotless safety record. "In today's world, even the perception of tolerance of guns and gun violence is seen as a negative," said Catherine Riggall, the university's vice-president of business affairs, who approved the decision recently. "This is the last university in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 July 2007

Lansing State Journal (Michigan)

The day before 18-year-old Chris Stragier left his foster brothers alone on April 3, he said he had taught them about guns and gun safety. Stragier went to work at 5:30 a.m., leaving Thomas Mack, then 15, and Daniel Austin, 14, in his apartment with an assault rifle and a 12-gauge shotgun. "I told (Mack) not to point a gun at anyone unless his life was in jeopardy," Stragier testified Monday in Ingham County District Court. "I told him a gun is not a toy. Guns are... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 July 2007

Newsweek (USA) / MSNBC

The District of Columbia has the most restrictive gun laws in the country. But that's a distinction the nation's capital will soon lose — if Robert Levy prevails. Levy was born in Washington, but left years ago; a resident of Naples, Fla., who made a fortune as an investment analyst, he is now a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the libertarian Cato Institute. A critic of what he sees as unnecessary government regulation, he rounded up six D.C. plaintiffs... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ghana

30 July 2007

Ghanaian Chronicle (Accra)

HO — The minister for Interior, Mr. Albert Kan-Dapaah has called on Ghanaians to join the fight against the manufacturing and the use of illicit of small arms in order to protect the fragile democracy being enjoyed as well as to help sustain the country's development. The Minister noted that the proliferation of small arms and light weapons posed a threat to democracy and development in Ghana and the sub-region in view of the implications it would have on human... (GunPolicy.org)

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Serbia

30 July 2007

SEESAC (Belgrade) / VIP News Service

A 38-year old male, apparently in a state of nervous breakdown, killed nine and wounded two people on Friday afternoon in an eastern Serbian village before police managed to arrest him. Nikola Radosavljevic, who came one week earlier from Austria where he lives with a wife and two underage children to his native village of Jabukovac nearby Negotin, first beat up his wife without reason and then took his hunting rifle and a larger amount of ammunition and went through... (GunPolicy.org)

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