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Gun Policy News, 7 January 2008

United States

7 January 2008

New York Times, Editorial

Forty-seven United States senators recently wrote to the secretary of the interior, Dirk Kempthorne, asking him to lift the ban on carrying ready-to-fire weapons in national parks and wildlife refuges. Under current law, guns carried into or through a national park or refuge must be unloaded, taken apart, or cased in a way "that will prevent their ready use." According to the senators' letter, this rule infringes on gun owners' rights and is "confusing, burdensome and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

7 January 2008

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia), Opinion

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce is trying to defend the indefensible ("Armed, dangerous to common sense." @issue Jan. 3). The Chamber believes that corporate interests trump civil rights. The National Rifle Association doesn't. Let me state our position for the record. The NRA believes individual, constitutional rights are guaranteed by our Bill of Rights. We strongly believe in private property rights. We also strongly believe that the constitutional rights of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

7 January 2008

Macon Telegraph (Georgia) / AP

ATLANTA — A showdown between Georgia's powerful business interests and the national gun rights lobby is heating up again at the state Capitol and both sides came out firing on Monday. Wayne LaPierre, head of the National Rifle Association, made a rare appearance in Atlanta to push for passage of a bill that would protect the rights of employees to leave a licensed firearm in their cars while at work. The Georgia Chamber of Commerce is pushing back hard, arguing that... (GunPolicy.org)

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Yemen

7 January 2008

Yeman Times (Sana'a)

According to recent statistics, incidents of crime have decreased by an average of 43% in Yemen's urban areas. The decrease is explained as a result of implementing a government ban on carrying weapons. Mohammed Abudulah Al-Qowsi, the Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, confirmed that, "As a result of disarmament, cities are safer for people to live in, especially encouraging and opening better opportunities for investment in Yemen." According to Ahmed Hae'l,... (GunPolicy.org)

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