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Gun Policy News, 16 January 2008

New Zealand

16 January 2008

Dominion Post (Wellington)

More New Zealanders are arming themselves with firearms licences for sport, recreation and pest control, showing what police believe is a healthy attitude toward gun use. Police figures issued to The Dominion Post under the Official Information Act show that about 16,000 people got firearms licences for the first time in the past two years — up from 5320 in 2002. Police national manager of firearms licensing and vetting Inspector Joe Green said there was more... (

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United States

16 January 2008

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The stands of these 2008 presidential candidates on a selection of issues: Democrats: New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama. Republicans: Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Arizona Sen. John McCain, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson. (Snip) GUN Control: Clinton: Supports gun control. Edwards:... (

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United Kingdom,Northern Ireland,France

16 January 2008

Irish News (Belfast)

In November 2003 police in France arrested five people in connection with a Real IRA arms-smuggling ring after a small arms cache was discovered close to the Port of Dieppe. However, while attention was focused on allegations of a plot to bring weapons in from the continent a massive haul of arms was already on route to Northern Ireland. Purchased from International arms dealers the haul, which included rocket launchers and automatic assault rifles, had been sourced... (

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16 January 2008

Globe & Mail (Toronto)

A Scarborough man accused in the shooting death of an innocent bystander outside a Yonge Street strip bar on the weekend became a full member of a target-shooting club north of Toronto last October. As such, Edward Paredes, 23, had successfully completed eight probationary shoots under close scrutiny of fellow members of The Grange Firearms Association. The club is one of seven, with a combined membership of about 2,000, that convene at the Target Sports Center in... (

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16 January 2008

Toronto Star (Ontario)

The shooting death of an innocent bystander on Yonge St. has escalated calls from Premier Dalton McGuinty for a Canada-wide ban on handguns. In the wake of revelations that one of the men charged with killing John O'Keefe, 42, was the legal owner of a handgun, McGuinty said enough is enough. Echoing Mayor David Miller, the premier implored Prime Minister Stephen Harper to prohibit the private ownership of handguns. "We have a shared responsibility, both Mayor Miller,... (

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United States,Mexico

16 January 2008


MEXICO CITY — U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey on Wednesday promised tougher controls on guns flowing illegally over the U.S. border to Mexico, where drug cartels have murdered 115 people already this month. Visiting Mexican counterpart Eduardo Medina Mora in his first foreign trip since taking office in November, Mukasey said the spurt in violence in the first two weeks of 2008 dramatized the need to keep up pressure on what he called "drug... (

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United States,Mexico

16 January 2008

Dallas Morning News (Texas)

Faced with spiraling drug violence along the border, senior U.S. officials met with their Mexican counterparts Wednesday and announced steps to stem the flow of illegal weapons into Mexico. Officials said that many of the weapons — including powerful handguns and semiautomatic assault rifles — are purchased legally at shops and gun shows, and that Houston and Dallas are two of the top sources. The guns are typically carried south across the border by multiple... (

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United States

16 January 2008

Hampton Roads Daily Press (Virginia)

WASHINGTON — Basketball star Allen Iverson is donating $100,000 to support the Newport News Police Department's "Gun Buy Back" program, U.S. Rep. Robert C. Scott announced Wednesday night. The program, used in many major urban centers, offers money to residents who turn in guns to police, with no questions asked. The Newport News program is a joint effort of the police and the Peninsula Community Foundation. Iverson, a Peninsula native, pledged support for the... (

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