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Gun Policy News, 9 June 2008

United States

9 June 2008

Huffington Post (USA), Blog

Imagine a bullet fired from a semiautomatic pistol, moving through the night darkness faster than the speed of sound — more than 1,200 feet per second or four football fields end to end. Now imagine that bullet slamming into the body of a child like a brick through a picture window. Hold that image in your mind as you consider some of the leads of recent news articles of child firearm victims: -Chicago, May 3 -Cortney Rogers, Jr., 5, accidentally shot himself in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

9 June 2008

Record Searchlight (California) / Scripps News

In the future, you may have to leave a copy of your driver's license if you want to buy .22-caliber rounds from your local big-box store. The California Assembly further reinforced the state's reputation as having the most stringent gun laws in the nation by passing two bills late last month that would put more restrictions on buying and selling handguns and handgun ammunition. Both bills must now win state Senate approval. One bill, AB 2235, would require any new... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

9 June 2008

Telegraph (UK)

NEW YORK — A growing number of Americans are exercising their right not just to own guns but to carry them around in public. As a debate continues in Washington over the constitutional right to gun ownership, supporters of the so-called "open carry" movement argue that sidearms should be precisely that — a common accessory to be worn freely. Their right to wear their gun, usually on a holster at their hip, as they go about their day is protected in state laws... (GunPolicy.org)

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Philippines

9 June 2008

Philippine Daily Inquirer, Opinion

MANILA, Philippines — The challenge before the President, Congress and the Philippine National Police is not to "get tough on crime" but to get tough on guns and to get serious about crime prevention. Guns were made for one purpose only: to kill. A gun is a tragedy waiting to happen. Each violent incident, each senseless killing (like the massacre at the RCBC branch in Cabuyao, Laguna), each tragic story muffles a moral voice that, in this troubled world, needs to be... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

9 June 2008

Chicago Sun-Times

A man carrying a loaded Glock up to communion at a South Side church Sunday morning, apparently for protection, was arrested by a high-ranking police official who happened to be attending the same Catholic mass. David Kucia, 57, was charged with a weapons violation after his arrest by Deputy Chief James Keating and Sgt. Joseph Kipka at Nativity of Our Lord, the Bridgeport parish where the Daley family was reared. Keating was kneeling in his pew, having just taken... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

9 June 2008

News Journal (Delaware)

The man shot and killed by a state trooper after a lengthy standoff south of Milford had ten loaded guns in his possession, police said Sunday. Delaware State Police homicide detectives recovered the weapons from the home of Richard D. Redmond, a 52-year-old former California Highway Patrol officer who was killed early Saturday. The guns found were: a Smith and Wesson 10mm Pistol, Glock 26 pistol, Glock model 17 pistol, Smith and Wesson .38 revolver, Bushmaster... (GunPolicy.org)

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Turkey

9 June 2008

Turkish Daily News

Turks are already regrettably accustomed to media reports about victims of stray bullets at wedding ceremonies and New Year's parties, where some people lose their lives and others — sometimes even children — become murderers in a heartbeat. The percentage of those using licensed guns in crimes in Turkey has increased, police data reveals, while experts who spoke with the Turkish Daily News warned that the state must not give over its responsibility to protect the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bangladesh

9 June 2008

New Nation (Bangladesh)

DHAKA — Director of Bangladesh Development Partnership Centre (BPDC) on Sunday said more than 25,000 out of 1,30,000 licensed arms in the country, are being used in various illegal means. "We carried out a survey across the county which showed that around 25,000 to 30,000 arms under legal arms licences are being rented to criminals," BPDC director Sharif K Kafi said at a press conference. The press briefing jointly organised by BPDC, Bangladesh Network on Small... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

9 June 2008

BBC News

A pub landlord has been jailed for three years for keeping a sawn-off shotgun by his Carlisle bedside. Armed police swooped on Michael Charlton's home in Richmond Green, following a tip-off in March. He told officers he needed the weapon to defend himself after a masked gang had raided his house in 2002. The 44-year-old, who until arrest ran the Golden Lion in Botchergate, was jailed at Carlisle Crown Court after admitting two firearms offences. The court heard... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

9 June 2008

Telegraph (UK)

A police officer has accidentally been shot dead by a colleague during a training exercise in Manchester. Pc Ian Terry, 32, was struck in the chest as he and other members of the Greater Manchester Police (GMP) firearms unit practised in a disused factory on Monday. GMP said Pc Terry was taking part in a "reasonably routine" tactical manoeuvres exercise when a weapon being held by one of his colleagues was fired. As he lay dying, other officers ran to his aid and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

9 June 2008

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Both violent and property crimes declined in 2007 from the previous year, the FBI reported Monday. But one expert warned the figures could mask rising murder rates among young black men. In preliminary figures for crimes reported to police, the bureau said the number of violent crimes declined by 1.4 percent from 2006, reversing two years of rising violent crime numbers. Violent crime had climbed 1.9 percent in 2006 and 2.3 percent in 2005, alarming... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

9 June 2008

Daily News (New York), Column

Bullets get around, and so do the high-speed limousines that propel them around: guns. Bullets and guns make a very cold team — notorious for not caring about the identity of the target. When the gun is fired, anyone who is not wearing armor and is hit will go down. Bullets aren't concerned with important or unimportant, good or bad, brilliant or stupid. The bullet's job is mechanical indifference to identity, the persistent ignoring of essences. Bullets have never... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

9 June 2008

CKFU Radio (British Columbia)

FORT ST. JOHN — Backcountry Sports was the target of a brash robbery early Sunday morning. At just before 4 am, suspects drove right through the front doors of the store, and continued to about half-way through the building. They then pried open some of the showcases and made off with an undisclosed amount of hand guns. The suspects then backed the vehicle out of the store causing more damage on the way out. Now, one resident did witness the truck leaving the... (GunPolicy.org)

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