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Gun Policy News, 29 August 2007

Australia

29 August 2007

ABC News (Australia) / AFP / Reuters

Australia has one of the lowest rates of gun ownership in the world, according to the annual Small Arms Survey, released in Europe overnight. The independent research project, based at the Graduate School of International Studies in Geneva, catalogues weapons production, stockpiles and illicit arms transfers. In recent decades the Government has tried to reduce civilian gun ownership, notably through a weapons buyback scheme after the Port Arthur Massacre in 1996.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

29 August 2007

Washington Post, Column

Not long ago, I brought my gun to Realco Guns in District Heights for cleaning. It is a vintage, J.C. Higgins .22-caliber rifle that my dad purchased from Sears around 1964. We belonged to a father-and-son club in my home town, Shreveport, La., and this was the gun we used whenever the group went out to shoot at tin cans. In the middle of so much gun violence, it's not easy to cling to fond memories of those days. During my visit to Realco, several young African... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

29 August 2007

Evening Bulletin (Philadelphia)

PHILADELPHIA — On the 44th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s March on Washington for freedom, Mothers In Charge and several other community groups rallied at 9th and Spring Garden streets yesterday to protest the wave of killings by illegal guns. Joined by Men United for a Better Philadelphia, Islamic leaders, the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and the NAACP of Philadelphia, the crowd that gathered at the intersection spilled into the street, requiring traffic... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

29 August 2007

Washington Post

More than 100 people rallied against gun violence yesterday outside a gun store in Prince George's County that has been linked to scores of weapons used in crimes. The event near Realco, in the 6100 block of Marlboro Pike in District Heights, was sponsored by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence along with local chapters of Million Mom March and the support of the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson and the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. Similar rallies were held across the United... (GunPolicy.org)

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India

29 August 2007

Hindustan Times (Delhi)

Taking a serious view of proliferation of illegal firearms, the Allahabad High Court has directed the state DGP to file a reply, giving details about the factories or other units manufacturing illicit arms and ammunition which have been unearthed in the last three years. The HC also directed the DGP to mention the number of accused who had been found in possession of illegal arms in the past one year and the progress of investigations and trial of the cases against the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Nigeria

29 August 2007

Daily Champion (Lagos)

LAGOS — Governor Timipre Sylva of Bayelsa State has urged the Federal Government to stem the influx of small arms into the Niger Delta region through improved security. He made the call yesterday during a retreat for Bayelsa State executive council, special advisers, and other top government officials at the Eko Tourist Beach Resort Lekki, Lagos State. Sylva stressed that proliferation of arms in the region has heightened militancy in the area and called for... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Iraq,Turkey,Kuwait

29 August 2007

Reuters

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon's independent watchdog has launched a probe into the military's inability to account for weapons in Iraq after reports that Kurdish militants were using U.S. arms to attack Turkey, the Defense Department said on Wednesday. Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said the department's inspector general will go to Iraq next week with an 18-member assessment team to investigate the problem. "Since January, the inspector general's office has been... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

29 August 2007

Philadelphia Inquirer

Forty-four years after the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington, dozens of Philadelphia community activists yesterday marked the day with a street-corner rally to decry gun violence in the city. Organizers said the gathering of about 200 people at 10th and Spring Garden Streets was held a few doors from Colosimo's gun store to emphasize the problem of straw purchasers of guns, those who buy firearms legally and transfer... (GunPolicy.org)

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Uganda

29 August 2007

New Vision (Kampala)

KAMPALA — The Government has restricted the import of firearms by private security organisations in a bid to control the number of guns brought into the country. Maj. Gen. Kale Kayihura, the Inspector General of Police, said some of the guns that were imported were sold to private citizens. "From around 1996, it became a fashion for some wealthy people to own pistols. If you did not possess one, you were seen as someone out of fashion," Kayihura noted in a speech... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

29 August 2007

San Francisco Chronicle / AP

RICHMOND, Virginia — Advisers had counseled Seung-Hui Cho against going to a large university because of concerns he would be unable to communicate and function socially, a student who survived the Virginia Tech rampage said Wednesday. That was a key revelation in a private teleconference to brief injured students and their families on a report by a panel investigating the attacks, said Derek O'Dell, who was one of the 23 injured in the April 16 attack that left 33... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

29 August 2007

San Francisco Chronicle / AP

RICHMOND, Virginia — Seung-Hui Cho's violent essays — including one similar to the Virginia Tech massacre he carried out — weren't widely shared with law enforcement, the governor said Wednesday in a preview of a key report on the shootings. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine said officers' lack of access to the student gunman's class compositions before the attack is "a significant feature" in the report, due for release Thursday by the panel Kaine appointed to review Cho's... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bosnia & Herzegovina,Iraq

29 August 2007

Independent News Agency (Skopje)

SARAJEVO — Police and intelligence agencies in Bosnia and Herzegovina have launched a massive investigation into export of Bosnian arms to Iraq, local media said on Wednesday. The same sources said the initial inquiry reveals names of Bosnian citizens and foreign nationals suspected of doing mistakes in the course of export of thousands of rifles and hundreds of thousands rounds of ammunition to Iraq in the period 2004-2005. US Government Accountability Office (GAO)... (GunPolicy.org)

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