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Gun Policy News, 1 June 2008

United States

1 June 2008

Baltimore Sun

The burglar known as "white boy" cut a hole in the roof of a Virginia gun store last July and took 40 weapons. Within a month, some of those guns began showing up on the streets of Baltimore — 100 miles from the tiny Shenandoah Valley town of Washington, Va. Police seized the first on West Lombard Street in August. A suspect fleeing from police tossed away another on Hollins Street in September. A third gun from that burglary garnered the most attention — a West... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

1 June 2008

Boston Globe

There was his birth certificate, driver's license, and the utility bill he handed over to prove who he was and where he lived, he says. Plus the letter verifying his membership in a gun club, and the copy of his safety certificate, and that passing grade on his marksmanship test. Not to mention being photographed, and fingerprinted for the background check. By the time he was finished with the process of applying for a license to carry a concealed handgun in Boston a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

1 June 2008

Vancouver Province (British Columbia)

In B.C., the RCMP's chief firearms officer can supply decommissioned guns to certified gun-safety course instructors, a federal RCMP firearms centre official told The Province. To be decommissioned, the weapons have their firing pins ground off or removed, or parts removed from the trigger mechanism. Those guns can come from border seizures, they can be handed over by the courts, or turned in by individuals, but are generally not weapons used in crimes, the official... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

1 June 2008

Vancouver Province (British Columbia)

A long-serving Vancouver police veteran and a Delta firearms-training company are at the centre of an RCMP investigation into the trafficking of guns, some of which are believed to be ending up in the hands of B.C. gangs. The secretive criminal probe involves the sale of decommissioned guns — easily reassembled and gunsmithed back into working order — to Lower Mainland gangsters, a police source told The Province. Gordon Bader, a 30-year veteran of the Vancouver... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

1 June 2008

NY1 News (New York)

In response to an increase in shootings throughout the five boroughs, Governor David Paterson attended a brainstorming meeting Sunday with leaders to see what can be done. When gunshots rang out through Harlem last Monday, they resonated all the way to the governor's office. "I wanted to come here today to send a message that government is listening and government is acting," said Paterson. Paterson joined dozens of other lawmakers Sunday for an emergency summit on... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,United Nations

1 June 2008

America's 1st Freedom / National Rifle Association of America

To say that the 2008 elections will be crucial for the future of the Second Amendment would be an understatement. Future efforts to preserve our gun rights and our hunting heritage hinge on who will take the helm at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue next January. NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre and NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox recently sat down with presumptive Republican nominee Senator John McCain. They asked him some direct questions about his record... (GunPolicy.org)

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Zimbabwe,China,Southern Africa

1 June 2008

Arms Control Today (USA)

In April, South African dockworkers refused to unload a Chinese cargo ship carrying more than 70 tons of small arms destined for Zimbabwe. The refusal set off international reactions that led to the recall of the shipment and calls for stronger international arms trade measures, such as a global arms trade treaty. The shipment, including three million rounds of ammunition for AK47s and 1,500 rocket-propelled grenades, was meant to be unloaded at Durban, South Africa,... (GunPolicy.org)

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