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Gun Policy News, 6 June 2008

Zimbabwe,Southern Africa

6 June 2008

South African Press Association

Civil bodies yesterday urged the Southern African Development Community governments to impose a moratorium on the supply of arms to Zimbabwe. At a briefing in Johannesburg, Obby Chibuluma of the Coalition for Peace in Africa said: "We are asking for the moratorium on Zimbabwe to make sure security is guaranteed before and after the June 27 runoff elections." More than 110000 people globally had signed a petition on the moratorium so far, he said. Minister in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

6 June 2008

New York Times, Editorial

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's campaign against illegal guns won a notable victory this week when a Georgia gun dealer decided to default rather than go to trial in a civil lawsuit that accused him of illegally selling handguns that were later used to commit crimes in New York. The last-minute retreat by the dealer, Jay Wallace, is new vindication of Mr. Bloomberg's strategy for holding irresponsible gun dealers accountable. It is part of the mayor's larger battle against... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

6 June 2008

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Two weeks after a shooting at Seattle's Northwest Folklife Festival, Mayor Greg Nickels reportedly plans to announce restrictions Monday on concealed weapons on city property. Nickels' office declined to offer any details about the executive order. A news conference was scheduled at the Police Department with Nickels, Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske and state legislators. In a news release, the initiative was described as aimed at "making the city safer from guns." It... (GunPolicy.org)

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Zimbabwe,Zambia,Southern Africa

6 June 2008

Daily Mail (Zambia )

The International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) has petitioned President Mwanawasa to immediately put in place a moratorium on the transfer of weapons to Zimbabwe because they can be used against the people. And Centre for Policy Dialogue executive director, Neo Simutanyi, has warned that violence in Zimbabwe could escalate to levels worse than what happened in Kenya if the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union (AU) do not take... (GunPolicy.org)

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Finland

6 June 2008

YLE News (Finland)

New rules governing the sale of air guns are being planned by the Ministry of the Interior. A licence would be needed for a type of air rifle, the fire power of which is equivalent to that of a small-bore rifle. The newspaper Turun Sanomat reports the Ministry is worried about the proliferation of small arms. The calibre of larger guns on sale is nine millimetres, which is equivalent to that of arms carried by the police. The Ministry says one alternative would be... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kosovo

6 June 2008

BBC Worldwide Monitoring / KosovaLive, Transcript

More than 300,000 illegal small weapons are in Kosova [Kosovo], based on a research by the UNDP, whereas 49 persons were killed and 57 were wounded by these weapons in 2007. This was said today at a debate in Mitrovice [Mitrovica] in the framework of the campaign, "World Week Against Violence With Weapons." The head of the project, Enver Kqiku, from the Kosova Centre for International Cooperation said that such debates are taking place in some cities of Kosova aiming... (GunPolicy.org)

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