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Gun Policy News, 16 August 2007


16 August 2007


BERLIN — Police in Germany found six young Italian men shot in the head execution-style outside a train station in the western city of Duisburg Wednesday in an attack officials believe was part of a feud between organized crime clans. Five of the victims were dead when authorities arrived on the scene. The sixth died en route to the hospital. All were aged between 16 and 39, police said. Shots were heard outside the train station after 2:30 a.m. (8:30 p.m. ET... (

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United States

16 August 2007

New York Sun

In a decision that could prompt large cities around the country to pursue legal action against out-of-state gun dealers, a federal judge in Brooklyn yesterday wrote that he has jurisdiction to rule on a lawsuit brought by New York City against out-of-state stores that sold guns used by criminals in the city. The decision handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Jack Weinstein "shows that cities can hold those who cause harm to innocent people and the police who protect... (

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United States

16 August 2007

Star-Ledger (New Jersey)

An agreement announced yesterday between federal and state officials will allow the State Police to trace the origin of every gun recovered from a New Jersey crime scene, boosting the state's efforts to combat illegal weapons trafficking. The agreement with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is the first of its kind in the nation, giving troopers direct access to gun-purchase records so they can look for patterns in the flow of weapons to New... (

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United States

16 August 2007

New York Law Journal /

A lawsuit by New York City charging 15 out-of-state gun retailers with facilitating the illegal sale of guns in the city will go forward following a Brooklyn federal judge's denial of defendants' motion to dismiss on personal jurisdiction grounds. In a decision that stretched to exactly 100 pages, Eastern District of New York Judge Jack B. Weinstein set out in extensive detail the statistics supporting the city's claim that the defendants "de facto serve" the New York... (

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16 August 2007

New York Times

MOSCOW — A proposed contract between Russia and Venezuela that could transfer thousands of sniper rifles to Venezuela has raised concerns in the United States about the potential use or regional distribution of the weapons by the socialist-inspired government of President Hugo Chavez. The rifle in question is the latest variant of the Dragunov, a long-barreled, semi-automatic design with a telescopic sight. It is derived in part from the much more widely circulated... (

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16 August 2007

SEESAC (Belgrade) / Vreme (Skopje)

170,000 citizens of the Republic of Macedonia illegally own various kinds of weapon, according to the evaluation and the statistics of the Macedonian Ministry of Interior and UNDP. This information is even more worrying if we take into consideration the fact that total of 160,000 citizens who legally own weapon and have license for it are registered in our country. As of the beginning of this year the police in organized actions seized total of 258 pieces of weapon... (

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16 August 2007

Calgary Sun (Alberta)

Five criminal charges have been laid against a veteran city cop after high-profile allegations of attempting to make deals for several guns during the 2006 Gun Amnesty Program. The charges laid today against Const. Dean Pankewicz follow a nearly seven-month criminal investigation and a recommendation by Alberta Justice after allegations of deals done for guns. The 18-year veteran faces charges of trafficking in firearms, possession of a firearm for the purpose of... (

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