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Gun Policy News, 8 August 2007


8 August 2007

Herald Sun (Melbourne) / AAP

As Melbourne remembers the 20th anniversary of the Hoddle Street massacre, the gun control lobby has called for a clampdown on gun ownership, saying shooting licences are too easy to obtain. Stronger gun laws were one of the outcomes following the slaying of seven people by failed army cadet Julian Knight in inner Melbourne on August 9, 1987 — Victoria's worst mass murder. Gun Control Australia says stronger laws have reduced the number of mass killings in... (

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United States

8 August 2007

New Haven Register (Connecticut)

EAST HAVEN — Gov. M. Jodi Rell signed a bill Tuesday that aims to squelch illegal gun trafficking by requiring owners to report any lost or stolen guns within 72 hours of discovering them missing. "What this law does is very simple: It targets irresponsible gun owners," Rell said at East Haven police headquarters. She was flanked by East Haven and state police — including Police Chief Leonard Gallo and state Public Safety Commissioner John A. Danaher III —... (

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United States

8 August 2007

Courier-Journal (Kentucky)

As police continued yesterday to investigate the accidental shooting death of 13-year-old Richard A. Quire, his mother struggled to understand how he got hold of a gun. The Taylorsville teen fatally shot himself Monday afternoon while he and two other youths were playing with a gun in a relative's home in the 200 block of South Spring Street in Louisville, police said. Richard died of a gunshot wound to the head just before 2:30 at Kosair Children's Hospital, said... (

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United States,Iraq

8 August 2007

Chicago Sun-Times, Editorial

Flabbergasted. That's how we feel about the United States' misplacement of billions of dollars in weapons meant to train Iraqi military and police. We aren't talking lost keys, here, but assault rifles and pistols — at least 190,000. The U.S. Government Accountability Office discovered that the weapons — mostly AK-47s and Glock pistols — were missing during a routine audit, released a few days ago. The weapons were mislaid between 2004 and 2005, and the Pentagon... (

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United States

8 August 2007

Seattle Post-Intelligencer / AP

MOSCOW, Idaho — The sheriff of a north-central Idaho county where a shooting rampage left four dead and three wounded last May wants more people to obtain concealed weapons permits and carry guns, including on the University of Idaho campus, to improve public safety. "In my opinion, if there were more students with (concealed weapons permits), the world would be safer," Latah County Sheriff Wayne Rausch told the Lewiston Tribune on Tuesday. "Just because we (law... (

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United States

8 August 2007

CBS-2 TV News (Chicago)

CHICAGO — Mayor Richard M. Daley is fuming Tuesday night, sounding off over what he says was not talked about at the Democratic presidential candidates' forum at Soldier Field. As CBS 2's Mike Parker reports, usually when Chicago marks the National Night Out against crime, Daley marches through the streets with hundreds of citizens and police. He didn't march Tuesday evening. He was late to the gathering because he watched the forum at Soldier Field, and he said he... (

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United States

8 August 2007

Las Vegas Sun (Nevada)

A proposal that Nevada teachers be allowed to carry concealed weapons garnered a lot of notoriety but little traction among state lawmakers this year. Now comes this idea: Give bonus pay to teachers — from kindergarten to college — who would be trained and armed as reserve school police officers. Faculty-turned-campus cops would supplement the thin ranks of campus police and be in position to respond quickly to campus emergencies, the two champions of the idea... (

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