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Gun Policy News, 21 January 2008

United States

21 January 2008

Associated Press

RICHMOND, Virginia — Survivors and families of the victims of the Virginia Tech shootings faced off Monday against gun-rights advocates over a bill that would prevent criminals and the mentally ill from buying firearms at gun shows. About 100 supporters of the measure lay on the Capitol lawn to honor the victims of gun violence, as about 200 opponents stood nearby, holding signs that read, "Here Lie Disarmed Victims." At one point, Jeff Knox, director of operations... (

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United States

21 January 2008

Baltimore Sun, Blog

A shooting war of sorts has broken out between gun rights advocates and the Bush administration in the D.C. gun-ban case currently before the Supreme Court. Although both support the notion that the Second Amendment creates an individual right to bear arms, the Justice Department isn't going as far as the pro-gun forces would like in embracing that view. The case before the court involves Washington's ban on handgun ownership, among the strictest in the nation. A... (

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21 January 2008

Sun Star (Philippines)

LINGAYEN — A total gun ban will be implemented in the province of Pangasinan effective Tuesday, said Pangasinan Governor Amado Espino Jr. This directive was triggered by the January 18 shootout in Tayug town between two alleged bodyguards of Tayug Vice Mayor Janet Zaragoza and other two guards of Mayor Carlos Trese Mapili. The incident allegedly started with a heated argument. Tayug Police Chief Sotero Soriano Jr. said Joven Bautista and a certain Lakay... (

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21 January 2008

Toronto Star (Ontario)

They stood on the stairs inside their family home today in shock and in tears. Zuo Xi, 23, and Yun Yam, 19, spoke quietly to the media about their father — what kind of man he was and how they're trying to cope with his senseless death. Their father, Hou Chang Mao, 47, was killed Thursday by a stray bullet while he was stacking oranges outside Fu Yao Supermarket on a strip of Gerrard St. E., near Broadview, known as Chinatown East. Mao, who worked at the store,... (

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21 January 2008

Vanguard (Lagos), Editorial

LAGOS — Court martial of 15 soldiers, among them three colonels, two lieutenant colonels, one major and nine non-commissioned officers may just reveal a tip of the ease with which arms get into unauthorised through official sources. It is a matter for a larger enquiry than the confines of a military trial. There are civil or non-military components of these matters that are often discarded as if we are still under military rule. Seven years ago, the Auditor-General... (

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United States

21 January 2008

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

Seven states take guns away from a person covered by a domestic violence protection order. In another 12, judges issuing the orders are explicitly allowed to ask police to seize a gun. Utah isn't among them. While federal law bars anyone under a protection order from having, possessing or buying a firearm, it does not set up a mechanism for states to confiscate weapons. Utah relies on an honor system that assumes a person under a protection order will stay away... (

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