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Gun Policy News, 5 June 2008

United States

5 June 2008

Boston Globe, Opinion

I'm convinced there are greater societal problems in need of attention than the plight of the inconvenienced gun enthusiast, highlighted on the front page of the May 29 Globe West and other regional editions ("Under the Gun"). Imagine having to submit three letters of recommendation in order to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon, or a letter from your physician stating that you aren't mentally ill. How unreasonable! Police chiefs are in the best position to know... (GunPolicy.org)

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Vatican,United Nations

5 June 2008

Vatican Radio, Audio

The Global Week of Action Against Small Arms, which began on Monday and ends June 9th, aims to link commitments by the International Action Network on Small Arms at the regional and global level with actions by national governments. The project aims to raise awareness, campaign for better gun laws and push for stronger regulation of the global arms trade. One of the organizations participating is Pax Christi International. Senior Policy Advisor Father Paul Lansou... (GunPolicy.org)

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Zimbabwe,Southern Africa

5 June 2008

Reuters

JOHANNESBURG — A coalition of African-based civil society organisations urged southern African countries on Thursday to freeze arms shipments to Zimbabwe to avoid plunging the country into deeper political violence. Led by the International Action Network on Small Arms, the organisations said politically motivated violence in Zimbabwe was escalating ahead of a June 27 presidential run-off and any transfer of arms and military equipment could worsen the crisis. They... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

5 June 2008

Miami Herald, Opinion

The shock was in the weight of the thing. Less than six pounds. It was a cop's weapon, a semiautomatic assault rifle of dull anodized black steel, stripped down to an unadorned functionality. How light it felt in my hands. Like a toy gun. I thought how easy it would be for some kid, some 110-pound wild-dog street punk, to heft an AR-6520 and wield it to hellish effect. No wonder Fort Lauderdale is spending $82,000 for guns designed to kill enemy soldiers. Police... (GunPolicy.org)

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India

5 June 2008

Kangla Online / Imphal Free Press (Manipur)

NEW DELHI — Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence was successfully observed on June 5, 2008 at the deputy chairman's hall, Constitution Club in New Delhi. The function was graced by Dr Thokchom Meinya, MP, Lok Sabha. Other MPs present included Francis Fathome and Dr Karan Singh Yadav of the Lok Sabha. The distinguished MPs commended the control arms movement that is going on in the country and reiterated that as parliamentarians their role is to legislate so... (GunPolicy.org)

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Namibia,Southern Africa

5 June 2008

Namibian (Windhoek)

Civil society in Namibia will today hand over a global petition of 110 000 signatures, which demands an immediate Southern African Development Community (SADC) moratorium on weapons transfers to Zimbabwe. The petition will be presented by representatives of the Legal Assistance Centre, the National Society for Human Rights, Breaking the Wall of Silence, International Action Network on Small Arms (Iansa) and Gun Free Namibia at 13h30. The groups will meet at Windhoek's... (GunPolicy.org)

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