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Gun Policy News, 23 August 2007

Australia

23 August 2007

Sydney Morning Herald

The Minister for Planning, Frank Sartor, says he is willing to consider reclassifying gun shops as restricted premises, making it harder for them to receive planning approval from councils. His comments follow outrage by Roseville residents after Ku-ring-gai Council said it was unable to prevent a planned gun shop from opening on Babbage Road opposite a child-care centre. "If councils come to me with a proposal to introduce prohibitions for gun shops near schools I'll... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

23 August 2007

Guardian (UK) / AP

LIVERPOOL, England — It is a tragedy becoming too familiar for a country where gun crime is still relatively uncommon and where limits on gun ownership are strict — an 11-year-old boy shot to death, allegedly by a hooded teenager on a BMX bicycle. Rhys Jones, a cherubic-faced boy who liked playing tag and video games, was in a pub's parking lot kicking a soccer ball around with friends Wednesday when two youths rode by and fired shots. Rhys died of a single... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

23 August 2007

Times (UK)

Rhys Jones, the 11-year-old shot dead as he played football in a pub car park in Liverpool last night, is the latest victim of a spate of gun crime against teenagers and children in recent months. Official crime suggest that firearms offences are actually falling — by 13 per cent last year — but there are no separate statistics for gun crimes involving minors and anecdotal evidence suggests that guns are becoming easier to get hold of and are losing their... (GunPolicy.org)

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China

23 August 2007

People's Daily (China) / Xinhua

China's Ministry of Public Security (MPS) has called for greater public cooperation in helping to crack down on illegal gun production and trade. Wu Dongli, director of the ministry's public order management bureau, said in an online interview on Wednesday that a handful of rural people in remote and backward areas were illegally producing firearms to make money. The guns were sold to criminals, putting the public at serious risk. Wu said gun-related crimes had... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 August 2007

High Springs Herald (Florida)

FORT WHITE — A Fort White man who had fired several shots from an AK-47 automatic rifle at a Columbia County Sheriff's deputy two years ago has been charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement officer. Thomas Vinson had originally been arrested and charged with with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and with shooting into an occupied vehicle. Those charges were made after a deputy showed up at Vinson's house to check on his well-being in early... (GunPolicy.org)

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Montenegro,Afghanistan,Croatia,Albania,Bosnia & Herzegovina

23 August 2007

SEESAC (Belgrade) / South East European Times, Transcript

Montenegro's government is defending its decision to send surplus weapons and ammunition to Afghanistan as a contribution to the global fight against terrorism. On August 14th, the cabinet agreed to donate around 1,500 automatic rifles, 100 machine guns and 250,000 bullets to Afghan troops battling the Taliban. The explanation was that Montenegro wants to help stabilise Afghanistan and contribute to global security. Opposition parties have questioned the move. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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