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Gun Policy News, 24 August 2007

United Kingdom

24 August 2007

BBC News

Two teenage boys have been arrested after an 11-year-old was shot dead on his way home from playing football. The pair, aged 14 and 18, are being held over the murder of Rhys Jones who was shot by a youth on a BMX bicycle at a pub car park in Croxteth, Liverpool. A family friend said Rhys spent his last moments with his mother, who raced to the scene when told of the shooting. Prime Minister Gordon Brown said it was a "heinous crime that shocked the whole of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

24 August 2007

BBC News

Another shooting, and more fears of guns on the streets of Britain — but what do we really know about the extent of gun crime in England and Wales? Since the start of 2007, eight young people have lost their lives in shootings — six in London, one in Manchester and now the killing of 11-year-old Rhys Jones in Liverpool. According to provisional Home Office figures, there were 58 firearms-related homicides in 2006-07 compared with 49 in the previous year. That is... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

24 August 2007

Financial Times (UK)

Gun crime and youth violence dominated the political stage on Thursday as Gordon Brown condemned the "heinous" murder of an 11-year-old boy gunned down while playing football with friends. Speaking ahead of a Downing Street summit on youth disorder and gang crime, the prime minister said the people responsible for the shooting that had "shocked" the country would be "tracked down, arrested and punished". The murder of Rhys Jones stoked growing public concern about... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

24 August 2007

Telegraph (UK), Opinion

Periodically, there is a national outcry about guns on our streets. It reached a climax 20 years ago this week when Michael Ryan shot and killed 16 people, including his mother, wounded 15 others, then killed himself. The massacre in Hungerford led to a ban on the ownership of semi-automatic centre-fire rifles. In 1996, the murder of 15 children and their teacher at a school in Dunblane, Scotland, led to a complete ban on handguns. Yet since then, the number of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

24 August 2007

Times (UK)

Senior police officers have been warning for several months that a growing number of teenagers in big cities are becoming involved in gun crime. The age of victims and suspects has fallen over the past three years as the availability of firearms in some cities has risen. Liverpool and Manchester are the cities where illegal guns are most readily available, with criminals claiming that some weapons are being smuggled from Ireland. Sawn-off shotguns are now being sold... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

24 August 2007

Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh)

HARRISBURG — Angry sportsmen and hunters fired a warning shot, and Gov. Ed Rendell heard it. Mr. Rendell said yesterday that because of objections from hunters, sportsmen's groups, gun dealers and some state legislators, the Pennsylvania Instant Check System may not be shut down Sept. 2-6 as originally planned. State police want to temporarily shut down the system, which allows gun dealers to do instant checks on would-be gun buyers so that guns aren't sold to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papua New Guinea

24 August 2007

National (Port Moresby)

Certain police officers have been implicated in drug and gun-smuggling activities in Western province and will be investigated by a senior officer from Port Moresby. The investigator was due to arrive in Daru yesterday. Southern region police chief Asst Comm Jim Wan said pending the investigations, the officers suspected to be involved would be placed on suspension. He said in a statement from Daru yesterday the officers were implicated by anti-narcotics detectives... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

24 August 2007

Times (UK), Editorial

The YouTube video starts with the road sign: Croxteth, City of Liverpool. A youth races a motorbike down a street, another encourages a snarling dog to harass a victim and a faceless young man points a shotgun to the camera, followed by more guns, street scenes and the rap boasting of gang culture. The video has been posted on the website since October, viewed perhaps by thousands attracted by the violence of gang culture. In February the Chief Constable of Merseyside... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

24 August 2007

Ottawa Citizen (Ontario)

Relatives of a man accused of possessing 30 firearms and stockpiling more than 30,000 rounds of ammunition in his Ottawa home said Friday he is nothing more than an "avid collector" who posed no risk to public safety. "He has an interest in firearms and weaponry and war," said Oz Shanmugadhasan, whose father, Siva Yogi Shanmugadhasan, is now facing four firearms-related charges after police seized the firearms and ammunition from Mr. Shanmugadhasan's Woodroffe Avenue... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

24 August 2007

Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas) / AP

LIVERPOOL, England — Police arrested a third teenager Friday in the shooting of an 11-year-old boy whose death has confronted a shocked Britain with the problem of youth violence and gang culture. The victim, Rhys Jones, was kicking a soccer ball around with friends Wednesday night when he was hit in the back of the neck by a bullet — reportedly fired by one of two youths riding by on a BMX bicycle. Police said they believed a long-barreled, black pistol was... (GunPolicy.org)

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