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Gun Policy News, 7 August 2007

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7 August 2007

Press Association (UK)

The Government must close loopholes in arms export regulations to prevent weapons falling into the wrong hands, an influential group of MPs said. The MPs called for closer monitoring of UK arms fairs after it emerged stun guns which could be used for torture were being openly sold. They also said there should be "more vigorous prosecution" of arms dealers caught flouting the rules and tougher licensing measures for the export of small arms. The all-party... (

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United States

7 August 2007

Ventura County Star (California)

A new gun control law is slowly winning approval in several Ventura County cities, giving authorities a unique way to crack down on the illegal sale of firearms. So-called lost or stolen gun laws require owners to report missing weapons within 48 to 72 hours of their disappearance or face misdemeanor charges. Thousand Oaks passed a law in March. Port Hueneme and Simi Valley recently adopted similar measures. Both require second readings before taking effect. The Port... (

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United States

7 August 2007

Newsweek / MSNBC (USA)

The Second Amendment tells us that 'a well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.' Two hundred years later, in 1999, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives estimated that there are about 215 million guns in America — at least one firearm in half the households in the country. The anti-gun Brady Campaign, however, puts that number at 192 million guns,... (

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United States

7 August 2007

Washington Post

Brian H. Kennedy, whose son drove into a Fairfax County police station parking lot last year and fatally shot two officers, pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to two gun charges involving the weapons used in the killings. Kennedy, 50, of Centreville, did not make any statements during the hearing in U.S. District Court in Alexandria and declined to comment afterward. He was allowed to remain free on $100,000 bond until his sentencing Oct. 26, at which he will... (

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United States

7 August 2007

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The last memory Mike Hartley has of his father is one he wishes he could forget: the moment his father — a retired lieutenant and chronic alcoholic — put a gun to his head and squeezed the trigger. From that point on, Mike's memory goes understandably black. After all, the suicide bullet — which ripped through his father's head and accidentally into his own — killed Mike, too. Clinically dead, Mike was brought back to life on an operating table. He emerged... (

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7 August 2007

Globe & Mail (Toronto)

EDMONTON — The Wild West Shooting Centre is a popular place for birthdays, stags and people just looking to blow off steam by firing a few rounds. But the gun range at the West Edmonton Mall was recently the site of a police investigation after a man walked in, rented a gun and fatally shot himself. The public suicide has triggered questions about whether Canada's 582 gun ranges need stricter rules for firearm rentals, particularly for unlicensed shooters. While... (

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United States

7 August 2007

Agence France Presse

PELHAM, New Hampshire — "That's pretty damn cool," shouts Scott Major, holding his earplugs as a 10-second burst of automatic gunfire rips through an otherwise tranquil forest clearing in New Hampshire. Around him, spent shell casings litter the ground and gun enthusiasts with an eye for the kind of military hardware normally reserved for private armies slowly obliterate cutouts of rabbits and retired bowling lane skittles. The machinegun fundraiser for the New... (

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United States

7 August 2007

KVIA-TV ABC News (Texas)

EL PASO, Texas — Shots ring out in the emergency room of an El Paso hospital. It happened just after 8:30 Monday night at Sierra Medical Center. Officials with the El Paso Police Department say an elderly man was taken to the emergency room because he was complaining of shortness of breath. While there, the man was hooked up to a monitor. Police say that monitor was making a beeping sound that apparently agitated the man — and that's when he allegedly pulled out a... (

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United States

7 August 2007

Times Herald-Record (New York)

Dave Baskin believes that there is nothing he can't do. As the man in charge of the National Rifle Association's disabled shooting program, that's a job requirement. Baskin's mission is to find ways to help disabled hunters continue to enjoy hunting. Not long ago, Baskin received a phone call from a cardiologist with a patient who was an avid hunter. The only challenge was, this patient had suffered from a major stroke, which ended his hunting career. Hunting was a... (

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