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Gun Policy News, 3 June 2008

United States

3 June 2008

New York Times

Saying he could not afford what he feared would be an unfair trial, a Georgia gun dealer accused by New York City of illegally selling handguns that made their way to New York backed out of his federal trial on Monday, the day it was set to begin. The city will now negotiate with the dealer, Jay Wallace, to allow a "special master" to oversee gun sales at his store, potentially joining 20 other dealers who have settled lawsuits filed by the city. "This is an important... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

3 June 2008

Philadelphia Inquirer

A Philadelphia judge today sided with the National Rifle Association and struck down city ordinances banning assault weapons and limiting handgun purchases to one a month. In a blow to the city's attempt to write its own gun laws, Common Pleas Court Judge Jane Cutler-Greenspan ruled that Philadelphia should be permanently prevented from enforcing the laws that the City Council passed unanimously in April. But Greenspan gave city officials a consolation prize by... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

3 June 2008

Reuters

PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia judge struck down city ordinances banning assault weapons and limiting handgun purchases on Tuesday, in a blow to the city's attempts to make gun laws separately from the state. Pennsylvania state lawmakers, influenced by a strong rural gun lobby, have repeatedly rejected gun-control proposals from Philadelphia, one of the most violent cities in the United States. Judge Jane Cutler Greenspan of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

3 June 2008

CTV News (Toronto)

Gun enthusiasts voiced their displeasure on Tuesday over Toronto Mayor David Miller's plan to shut down the two gun clubs on city-owned facilities, while opponents and the police board threw their support behind the proposal. In his latest bid to tackle the problem of illegal guns, Miller has proposed closing the clubs, including the 40-year-old Scarborough Rifle Club. Some gun owners fired off at an executive meeting at city hall, saying closing the clubs won't... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

3 June 2008

Toronto Star (Ontario), Column

Not content with the call for a ban on handguns, Mayor David Miller wants to close down shooting ranges and gun clubs on city-owned facilities. And he wants changes that would prohibit the manufacture, warehousing, distribution and discharging of handguns anywhere. Earlier this year, Miller called for a nationwide ban on handguns. The majority of citizens responded with, "Me, too." Today, the mayor has moved a reasonable, supportable idea beyond the bounds of fairness... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

3 June 2008

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, South Carolina — Many of the Legislature's most fervent gun enthusiasts asked the National Rifle Association on Tuesday to stop opposing a hunting and fishing proposal and allow it to pass this year. "We ask the NRA to back off," said Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-Clinton, an avid hunter and chairman of the House Sportsman's Caucus. Members of the House and Senate Sportsman's Caucuses said a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would prevent gun control... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

3 June 2008

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A look at where Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain stand on a selection of issues as they go head-to-head for the presidency: … GUN CONTROL McCain: Voted against ban on assault-type weapons but in favor of requiring background checks at gun shows. Voted to shield gun-makers and dealers from civil suits. "I believe the Second Amendment ought to be preserved — which means no gun control." Obama: Voted to leave gun-makers and dealers... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

3 June 2008

Associated Press

A pregnant Philadelphia woman who was struck in the head by a stray bullet has died, and two men — including her live-in boyfriend — have been charged. Police say 26-year-old Bobbi Booker was shot in her left temple as her boyfriend exchanged gunfire through a window with another man outside the couple's apartment in the city's Germantown section. The boyfriend, 26-year-old Michael Thomas, and 22-year-old Lamar Johnson were each charged with two counts of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Angola

3 June 2008

Angola Press Agency (Luanda)

SAURIMO — About 787 firearms were handed over voluntarily, by citizens illegally owning them, to the National Police in the north-east Lunda Sul province since the beginning of the disarming process last April. According to the spokesperson of the provincial command of the Police in Lunda Sul, told ANGOP this Tuesday that the weapons were handed over in the districts of Saurimo with 440, Muconda with 136, Cacolo with 107 and Dala with 104. Among the materials, he... (GunPolicy.org)

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