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Gun Policy News, 2 June 2008

United States

2 June 2008

Tulsa World (Oklahoma) / AP

OKLAHOMA CITY — Police Chief Bill Citty called Monday for tighter gun control laws to curb the kind of gang violence that left six teenagers with gunshot wounds following a drive-by shooting in southeast Oklahoma City two days earlier. Citty, speaking at a news conference by a coalition of social services, clergy and community groups opposed to gang violence, said he believes in a citizen's right to carry firearms but that too many guns are reaching the hands of gang... (GunPolicy.org)

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Sudan

2 June 2008

Sudan Tribune (France), Opinion

In response to decades of armed violence and cattle rustling, the Government of South Sudan (GoSS) is planning a campaign to forcibly collect firearms from southern citizens. Government officials' motivations are understandable. Endemic pastoralist violence is reaching dangerous levels and there are widespread suspicions of outside support for the perpetrators as part of efforts to scupper the fragile north-south peace process. But coercive disarmament will not resolve... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

2 June 2008

BBC News

The grandson of prominent anti-gun campaigner Pat Regan has been arrested on suspicion of stabbing her to death. Mrs Regan, 53, was discovered at the property on Marlborough Grange in the Hyde Park area of Leeds on Sunday. The mother-of-six started campaigning against gun crime when her son Danny was shot dead in 2002. The 20-year-old man was being held on suspicion of murder, police said. It is thought he had been arrested earlier in the day over another... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 June 2008

New York Times

In New York City, where taking illegal handguns off the streets is high on the mayor's agenda, thousands of firearms make it into the hands of law enforcement officers each year. Once they've been seized in crimes, whether after long and ignominious careers or short but violent ones, and once their owners have been prosecuted, the guns must be destroyed, never to be used again. The New York field office of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 June 2008

Associated Press

NEW YORK — A Georgia gun dealer accused in a federal lawsuit of selling weapons that ended up in the hands of New York City criminals has opted not to go to trial this week. A lawyer for Jay Wallace, the owner of Adventure Sports Inc. in Smyrna, Ga., said in court papers Monday that his client decided that a trial would be a waste of time and money. He also claimed that pretrial rulings against the defendant showed he couldn't get a fair trial. Opening arguments had... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 June 2008

WLTV-25 TV News (Florida)

HOUSTON, Texas — A new, controversial gun store ad has some wondering about the real meaning behind, "Buy them cheap. Bury them deep." The radio ad, airing in the Houston, Texas area also says, "This is Jim Pruett calling from federal prison. Well, not yet." The ad is for Jim Pruett's Guns and Ammo in northwest Harris County, Texas. It then carries a political message, "Come this November, many could be incarcerated if a bunch of naive voters elect misguided,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Iraq

2 June 2008

Associated Press

SAN DIEGO - A Marine sergeant from El Paso, Texas, accused of bringing an AK-47 assault rifle home from Iraq as a war trophy accepted a plea deal Monday that will keep him out of federal prison. Sgt. Leonardo San Juan agreed to plead guilty to one felony count of possession of an unregistered firearm and pay a $100 fine, said his attorney, Joseph Low. San Juan accepted the deal shortly before jury selection was set to begin. A judge still must approve the deal. San... (GunPolicy.org)

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Serbia,Iraq

2 June 2008

B92 Radio (Belgrade)

KRAGUJEVAC, Serbia — The first consignment of CZ 99 handguns destined for the Iraq market will be shipped out of the Zastava factory three weeks ahead of schedule. Even though the first shipment was first planned for July, according to CEO Rade Gromovic, the weapons are ready and the permits necessary for exporting them have been secured, so the date has been shifted to June 11. This will mark the official beginning of the realization of an arms export agreement... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 June 2008

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia) / Cox News

NEW YORK — Smyrna gun shop owner Jay Wallace ended his current courtroom fight against a New York City lawsuit on Monday, saying that the trial was unfair and he accepted a judgment against him so he could appeal to a higher court. "I wasn't getting a fair shake here in this court, so why should I continue?" Wallace said after the morning's legal action. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg called the judgment a victory, but Wallace said his defense against accusations... (GunPolicy.org)

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