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Gun Policy News, 17 August 2007

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17 August 2007

Daily Nation (Nairobi), Opinion

The events that happened exactly three years ago on that date will always haunt me. I was accustomed to starting the day with the morning radio bulletin — which rarely bore good tidings in Burundi where I was working at the time — but nothing prepared me for the bloody events that had occurred during the night. One hundred and fifty six refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, mostly women and children, including a three-month-old baby, had been shot and... (

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17 August 2007

El Tiempo (Latin America)

[Translated summary: More than 1.5 million Colombians have signed a petition calling for tougher restrictions on civilian gun possession, due to the increasing number of accidental deaths involving guns kept at home. Last week a 12-year-old boy playing with a shotgun killed his 9-year-old cousin and severely wounded a baby. The petition demands that local governments be given the power to regulate the keeping of guns at home]. Con las firmas se busca promover un... (

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United States

17 August 2007

Star-Ledger (New Jersey)

Newark Mayor Cory Booker yesterday outlined a series of measures designed to monitor the flow of guns in and out of the state's largest city and to prevent gun dealers from opening shop in residential neighborhoods or near schools. Booker, joined by Gov. Jon Corzine and Attorney General Anne Milgram at a news conference yesterday afternoon, admitted the initiatives may not stop the bloodshed overnight, but called them necessary steps in order to curtail violence.... (

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United States

17 August 2007

New York Times

NEWARK — In the latest in a series of law-enforcement steps following the killing of three people here 12 days ago, Mayor Cory A. Booker unveiled what he called a "model ordinance" on Thursday that would make it easier for the police to track illegal firearms back to the places where they were purchased. The new policy calls for local laws that would require the registration of all firearms in Newark and the reporting of lost or stolen guns. And though there are... (

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United States

17 August 2007


NEW YORK — New York City has struck a deal with more than half of the 27 gun dealers it targeted in its bid to thwart the flow of illegal weapons into the city, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Friday. Bloomberg's fight against illegal guns has made him into something of a pariah among influential gun-rights groups in the United States. In April, he was portrayed as an octopus on the cover of the National Rifle Association's newsletter. Bloomberg said John's Gun &... (

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United States

17 August 2007

Philadelphia Daily News / AP

PHILADELPHIA — Authorities on Thursday announced arrest warrants for 17 people accused of illegally buying guns for felons, part of their effort to round up people known as straw purchasers. The warrants were issued, and 51 weapons, including a machine gun, were seized , through the efforts of a gun violence task force formed in December, state Attorney General Tom Corbett and Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham said at a news conference. Felons are... (

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United States

17 August 2007

Associated Press

Troops training for and fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are firing more than 1 billion bullets a year, contributing to ammunition shortages hitting police departments nationwide and preventing some officers from training with the weapons they carry on patrol. An Associated Press review of dozens of police and sheriff's departments found that many are struggling with delays of as long as a year for both handgun and rifle ammunition. And the shortages are... (

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United States

17 August 2007

Record (New Jersey), Editorial

It should not have taken the murders of three Newark college students to remove a major obstacle to gun control. A coalition of hundreds of mayors, including 40 in New Jersey, has been fighting for federal gun tracking information for some time. But the gun lobby and its friends in Congress prevailed — until now. In the wake of the Newark murders, New Jersey will become the first state in the nation to be able to trace all guns recovered in crimes through a... (

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17 August 2007

Calgary Herald (Alberta)

Calgary police have laid criminal charges against an 18-year veteran of the service who allegedly bought 51 firearms that were supposed to be turned over and destroyed during last fall's provincial gun amnesty. Investigators arrested Const. Dean Pankewicz on Thursday and charged him with breach of trust, hazardous storage of a firearm, unauthorized possession of a firearm, trafficking firearms and possession for the purpose of trafficking. Pankewicz, 43, has been... (

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