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Gun Policy News, 3 August 2007

Australia

3 August 2007

Australian Associated Press

Police are hunting two men they believe are responsible for a robbery at the Gold Coast Pistol Club on Tuesday night. Eight Feinwerkbau (FWB) model 65, .177 calibre pistols and two laptops were stolen during the robbery of the club shortly before midnight on Edmond Rice Drive, Southport. A police spokeswoman said officers now had descriptions of two men believed to have been involved in the robbery. They are described as having olive skin and in their late 20s to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

3 August 2007

Hobart Mercury (Tasmania)

Police seized 2000 guns worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in a swoop on a New Town firearms business yesterday. About a dozen uniform, forensic and plain clothes officers spent several hours removing the large haul of shotguns, rifles and ammunition after the early-morning raid of two properties owned by long-running licensed firearms dealer Stuart Woods. Police first swooped on a red brick home on an internal block in Bishop St about 9am. The residence is... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,Africa,United Nations

3 August 2007

National News (UK)

A gun used to kill more than a thousand African elephants has sold for £66,000 at auction in London. The .577 double-barrelled rifle was used by infamous professional hunter James Sutherland to claim the tusks of 1,200 bull elephants on his safaris. It fetched more than four times the estimated sale price of £12,000 to £16,000 at Bonhams auction house on Wednesday night. Scot Sutherland — a British intelligence officer in the First World War — hunted in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

3 August 2007

KPLC-TV News (Louisiana)

LAKE CHARLES, Louisiana — Shortly after midnight Thursday, one Lake Charles man died while engaged in sexual behavior involving a firearm. The Calcasieu Parish sheriff's office has charged 36 year old Kimberly Grosset with negligent homicide in connection with the shooting death of her boyfriend. Officials say she and 49 year old Robert White were engaged in consensual sexual behavior when he was shot in the head with a gun at his McCindy road home. No bond has... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa,Africa

3 August 2007

South African Press Association

The daughter of long-time gun control activist was shot and wounded during an attempted hijacking in Johannesburg, the International Action Network on Small Arms said on Friday. Joseph Dube's daughter Ntombifuthi Mbatha was shot in the back by one of two armed men outside her home on Tuesday. "The bullet lodged next to her spinal column, requiring four hours of neurosurgery to remove it. Ntombi remains in a critical condition in hospital," the organisation said in a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

3 August 2007

Centre Daily Times (Pennsylvania) / AP

PHILADELPHIA — A federal grand jury has subpoenaed gun-shop records dating back to 1997 as it investigates whether a police department improperly sold seized weapons, a newspaper reported Friday. Hundreds of firearms seized by Upper Darby police made their way back into circulation, sometimes after police supplied them to local gun dealers. The weapons included assault rifles and an illegal, sawed-off shotgun. The grand jury last month subpoenaed Lou's Loans and... (GunPolicy.org)

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West Africa,Nigeria

3 August 2007

AfriCast

ABUJA — The second Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Small Arms Control Programme Steering Committee takes off in Abuja, Nigeria on August 6 to review progress on the process for ratification of the Convention on Small Arms in the Sub-region. The ECOWAS Small Arms Control Programme (ECOSAP) is a capacity building programme aimed at establishing a sustainable system for the control of small arms and light weapons (SALW) in West Africa. In an... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kosovo

3 August 2007

BBC Worldwide Monitoring / Beta News Agency, Transcript

There are over 400,000 guns in Kosovo of which as many as 80 per cent are in the unlawful possession of citizens, according to a study conducted for SEESAC, the South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons. Furthermore, according to SEESAC, which is a part of the UN Development Programme, of the total amount of arms in Kosovo a little under 34,000 are held by citizens while another 45,000 firearms are in the possession... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kosovo

3 August 2007

BBC Worldwide Monitoring / RTKTV, Transcript

Kosovo Police Service [ShPK] in cooperation with Kfor [NATO-led Kosovo Force] last night [Wednesday] seized over 500 small firearms; this is one of the most successful operations carried out by the anti crime police unit. [Reporter] KPS exhibited on the table its latest success, they showed 506 small arms of different calibres; most of the pistols were Berretta type 6.35 calibre, hunting riffles, close to 2,000 rounds, two magazines for AK-47 and 8,000 in cash. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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Cook Islands,New Zealand

3 August 2007

New Zealand Herald / NZPA

Cook Islands police holding a former Aucklander who shot three locals on the remote atoll of Pukapuka in the northern Cooks have not disclosed his motives. The man, 19, sent out to Rarotonga as a teenager, shot Niua school principal Bob Tearetoa, his wife Ngatere Tearetoa, both from the Aitutaki community, and another man, Kiriti Mataora, Radio Niu FM reported. The man went on a shooting rampage in Pukapuka at 2am on Saturday, when he entered the home of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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