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Gun Policy News, 12 August 2007

Australia

12 August 2007

Age (Melbourne)

The Australian Crime Commission has launched a special intelligence operation to crack down on a surging illegal firearms market. Bikie gangs are believed to be behind a sophisticated network smuggling illegal automatic and semi-automatic weapons. It is suspected there are as many as 20,000 illegal handguns in Australia. New handguns fetch up to $5000 and machine-guns more than $10,000 on the black market, with state law enforcement authorities struggling to control... (GunPolicy.org)

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Iraq,United States

12 August 2007

International Herald Tribune / AP

BAGHDAD — Since the U.S. invasion in 2003, when looters ransacked armories and deserting Iraqi soldiers took their rifles home, this bloodied land has been flooded by a sea of weapons fed from both the legal and illegal market. Besides more than 700,000 rifles and other weapons arming the new Iraqi army and police, at least 7 million guns are believed in the hands of civilians, including insurgents and sectarian militias, in a nation of 27 million, the Geneva-based... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

12 August 2007

Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas)

FORT WORTH — Don Burrows needed some cash for a recent scuba diving trip. So the East Texan drove to Fort Worth, taped a "For Sale" sign to his back and walked around a gun show, hoping to sell extra ammunition he had stockpiled. "I needed some extra beer money," he said with a grin. There, he was among gun aficionados privately peddling guns and ammo, saying it's a good way to cash in on belongings they want to unload. But in the wake of the Virginia Tech... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

12 August 2007

Boston Globe

The number of licensed gun owners in Massachusetts has declined by more than a quarter in the past six years, a falloff driven by restrictive laws, higher licensing fees, and cultural change, according to police officers and gun owners. The drop is especially dramatic in the eastern part of the state and in urban areas. The number of licensed gun owners fell at least 30 percent in Boston, Springfield, Quincy, Fall River, and Waltham. It dropped at least 20 percent in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

12 August 2007

Boston Herald / AP

BOSTON — The number of licensed gun owners in Massachusetts is falling. In the past six years, gun licenses have dropped by 25 percent, a decline driven by more restrictive laws, higher fees and a gradual change in culture, according to law enforcement and gun owners. Much of the drop-off is centered in the state's urban areas. In Boston, Springfield, Fall River and Waltham the number of licensed gun owners has fallen by at least 30 percent, according to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

12 August 2007

Boston Globe

To get a gun license in Massachusetts, an applicant must take a safety course and apply at their local police department. Local and state officials run criminal background checks. There are four levels of legal gun ownership in Massachusetts. They range from a Class A "license to carry," which can allow the owner to carry a concealed handgun, rifle, or shotgun with a large capacity for ammunition; a Class B "license to carry," which applies to handguns that carry less... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jamaica

12 August 2007

Jamaica Observer

National Security Minister Dr Peter Phillips yesterday pledged to use a new firearms agency being set up by government to ensure that only responsible individuals are granted licensed firearms in the future. The minister was speaking at the funeral service for 22-year-old Charraine Brown, who was killed by a stray bullet along Chisholm Avenue last month, after an enraged motorist allegedly tried to shoot at a man of unsound mind. Yesterday, Phillips told those who had... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

12 August 2007

Daily News-Miner (Fairbanks)

Recently, concerns have been expressed about mental health policies in Alaska. Citizen advocate Valerie Dewey wrote that our mental health system in Alaska is broken, and that elected officials are naïve and uncaring when it comes to the subject of mental illness and its treatment. Furthermore, mental illness was again in the press, when in the wake of the Virginia Tech shootings, it was proposed by Rep. Les Gara that Alaska start a list of mentally ill people who the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

12 August 2007

Press-Register (Mobile)

Operation Safe Gun opened for business shortly before 10 a.m. Saturday with $10,000 in Wal-Mart gift certificates, or enough to buy and remove 100 firearms from Mobile area streets and homes. In the next three hours, Mobile Police Chief Phillip Garrett and members of his staff made seven frantic trips to Wal-Mart, each time using their own money to buy more $100 gift certificates and feed the frenzy of gun-selling taking place at the old Dairy Queen location on Spring... (GunPolicy.org)

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Cayman Islands

12 August 2007

Caymanian Compass

A Grand Court judge was forced to sentence a man to 10 years jail for possessing an unlicensed firearm Friday, despite the judge saying the offence certainly warranted a lesser sentence. Maricelle Manahan, 27, of West Bay is just the latest person to receive a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years under an amendment to the Firearms Law passed by the PPM Government in 2005. "I have no option to give you any lesser sentence because the Legislature has spoken on the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

12 August 2007

Times News (Idaho)

TWIN FALLS — When somebody wants to shoot someone, the gun is almost always nearby. Jake DeGarmo stole a Rupert man's Winchester 12-gauge shotgun that Johnny Shores likely used to kill Jesse Naranjo in the winter of 2005. Juan Carlos Fuentes Pina allegedly plucked it from inside the meth home they frequented and stuck it in the hands of Shores. Adam Mower kept a clean record until months before December when he shot Idaho State Police Trooper Chris Glenn. The gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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Guyana,South America

12 August 2007

Stabroek News (Georgetown)

Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee believes that strong inter-agency cooperation in intelligence sharing could help stem the tide of the illegal arms trade. And he maintained that the recent launching of the task force on the trade in illicit arms and drugs could put a dent in the illegal business. Speaking last Saturday at a press conference on the Crabwood Creek shooting, Acting Commissioner of Police Henry Greene told reporters that the illegal weapons trade was... (GunPolicy.org)

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Italy,Iraq

12 August 2007

Associated Press

PERUGIA, Italy — In a hidden corner of Rome's busy Fiumicino Airport, police dug quietly through a traveler's checked baggage, looking for smuggled drugs. What they found instead was a catalog of weapons, a clue to something bigger. Their discovery led anti-Mafia investigators down a months-long trail of telephone and e-mail intercepts, into the midst of a huge black-market transaction, as Iraqi and Italian partners haggled over shipping more than 100,000... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

12 August 2007

Chicago Sun-Times

A group of about 70 people, all of whom could show the scar of a bullet wound, rolled down the parade route in their wheelchairs to prove a point Saturday. "We want other people to see us and put down their guns. And we want people at home who are paralyzed to see us on television and know that life is not over, and to come join us," said LeVon Stone. Stone, who was shot in the spine while trying to break up a fight 15 years ago, sets up sporting and social events... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

12 August 2007

Observer (UK)

There was no mistaking the sound of gunfire. Even in the most incongruous and unexpected of settings — a sunny, afternoon in a pub garden full of families and children — those eight loud cracks were wearily familiar. 'One minute I was opening a packet of crisps for my wee boy, and the next the world was exploding around us,' said one man, still so shaken by the memory of last Sunday's drive-by shooting at the Arch Bar in Manchester that he insists on remaining... (GunPolicy.org)

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