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Gun Policy News, 4 June 2008

Canada

4 June 2008

Globe & Mail (Toronto)

Gun enthusiasts, including an Olympic sport shooter, confronted Toronto Mayor David Miller yesterday over his plan to shut down two shooting ranges on city property and ban all new gun clubs, persuading his executive committee to offer a kind of reprieve. After nearly six hours of hearings and debate, the mayor and his executive committee voted to recommend that city council allow the two gun clubs — one in the rafters of Union Station, the other in a Scarborough... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

4 June 2008

Toronto Star (Ontario)

Mayor David Miller's powerful executive committee has reversed course on part of a proposed anti-firearms policy after getting an earful from the gun lobby. A city report on measures to address gun violence in Toronto called for several steps, the most controversial being to terminate leases with two gun clubs that run shooting ranges on city property at Union Station and a Scarborough community centre. The committee instead asked staff to draft a report on options... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

4 June 2008

Toronto Star (Ontario), Letter

Re: Miller's new gun gambit misses mark; Column, June 3 I am writing to clarify the impact that Mayor David Miller's proposal to shut down sport shooting ranges would have on the Canadian sport system. This is an Olympic year and Canadians from coast to coast to coast will soon be cheering on Canadian athletes in their quest for excellence in Beijing. I believe it is incumbent on leaders at all levels of government to join in such support. Recreational shooting ranges... (GunPolicy.org)

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Sierra Leone

4 June 2008

Concord Times (Freetown)

FREETOWN — National Chairman for Amnesty International Sierra Leone Tuesday disclosed that gun violence claims the lives of more than 350,000 people and injuring scores of others. Violet Kawa said the global trade that fuels the scourge of armed violence was yet to be internationally regularised. She said they would organise radio discussion programmes and quiz competitions in Bo and Kenema districts to observe the Global Week of Action against gun violence, which... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 June 2008

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Dennis Farina has been charged with illegally having a gun in his luggage at Los Angeles International Airport. The city attorney's office on Wednesday charged the "Law & Order" actor with three misdemeanor counts involving possession of a concealed and loaded weapon. The charges carry a combined maximum sentence of 2½ years in jail and $3,000 in fines. Farina was arrested three weeks ago when a .22-caliber handgun was found in his carry-on luggage.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 June 2008

Washington Post

The director of corrections for Prince George's County was fired yesterday after four handguns were found to be missing from the county jail's armory, the latest in a series of security mishaps at the facility. Alfred J. McMurray Sr., a 25-year veteran of the county Corrections Department, was relieved of his post two days after the guns — 9mm Berettas, and their holsters — could not be accounted for during a regular inventory at the Upper Marlboro facility,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 June 2008

Chicago Tribune

Ald. Richard Mell got a City Council committee to approve a change to a Chicago law on his behalf Wednesday, but argued it would benefit thousands of other city residents who, like him, simply failed to renew their gun licenses. "It was probably good I didn't [renew], because there are an awful lot of other citizens" who had the same problem, Mell (33rd) said after the Police and Fire Committee approved an amendment to the gun registration ordinance. The change would... (GunPolicy.org)

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