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Gun Policy News, 11 January 2008

United Kingdom

11 January 2008

Agence France Presse

LONDON — The government said Thursday that it plans to ban deactivated firearms by the end of the year after a huge increase in the number of model and pellet guns that have been converted to fire live ammunition. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith announced the ban during a visit to Liverpool where 11-year-old schoolboy Rhys Jones was shot dead in August 2007 as he walked home from playing in a game of football. The unprovoked murder shocked the nation and Smith said the... (

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United States

11 January 2008

Waynesboro News-Virginian (Virginia)

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's proposal to require instant background checks for sales at gun shows breaks a campaign promise not to enact gun control legislation, a gun show company official said Thursday. "My first thought is that our governor is a moron and a liar," said Steven Elliott Elliott, president of C&E Gun Shows in Blacksburg. C&E, along with Showmasters — run by Elliott's wife, Annette — will host gun shows April 26-27 and Sept. 27-28 at Augusta Expoland in... (

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11 January 2008

Vanguard (Lagos)

LAGOS — A Superintendent of Police, said to be an armourer in Jos, an Inspector and three other rank officers in the same department have been arrested by the Police for allegedly supplying police AK-47 rifles to a deadly gang of criminals. The SP who was picked up following confession by the robbers after some of them were nabbed was said to have reached agreement with the robbers that any time they went for an operation; the loot will be shared on a 50-50... (

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