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Gun Policy News, 12 June 2008

Australia

12 June 2008

Sydney Morning Herald

A proposal to wind back the gun laws enacted by Bob Carr after the Port Arthur massacre will be taken to cabinet by the Police Minister amid accusations the Government is doing a deal with the Shooters Party to win its support in the upper house for key legislation. The police ministry has provided advice to the Shooters MP Roy Smith on drafting a private member's bill he has introduced that would allow people renewing their gun licences to forgo the 28-day waiting... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

12 June 2008

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia)

Georgia gun stores supplied more guns that were later recovered at crimes in other places than any other state in the nation, according to a Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence review of 2007 federal data. As a source for guns, Georgia outranked much more populous states such as Florida, which was second, and Texas, which was third. According to the Brady Center, federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives data showed 2,631 crime guns recovered in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Mexico

12 June 2008

Dallas Morning News (Texas), Editorial

For every ounce of cocaine and heroin smuggled through Mexico into the United States, an equally deadly instrument of death moves south. Each year, virtual arsenals cross illegally from Texas into the hands of murderous drug cartels. The illicit weapons trade provides the muscle behind the Mexican cartels' brazen campaigns of kidnapping, torture and murder on both sides of the border. While some weapons are swiped from the Mexican military, these aren't the drug... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

12 June 2008

Albany Times-Union (New York), Editorial

The community that still mourns the death of Kathina Thomas in Albany's West Hill has a new battle to wage. It must act upon the unsettling possibility that not only was a 10-year-old girl murdered by a stray bullet, but one from a stray gun. The battle to prevent another death like this begins in earnest only when the community makes it clear that it won't tolerate the availability of illegal guns, particularly among young people. That especially includes guns... (GunPolicy.org)

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India,United Nations

12 June 2008

Statesman (Kolkata), Opinion

The campaign to reduce small arms and to eliminate the use of landmines and cluster bombs can save millions of lives. In addition, animals and birds can also be protected. Although attention is generally focussed on heavy weapons, greater destruction is caused by "small arms and light weapons", a technical term (generally abbreviated to 'small arms') which covers revolvers, pistols, rifles, carbines, machine-guns, ammunition, shells, grenades, landmines and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

12 June 2008

Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — Pro-business lobbyists gained an edge in their fight with the National Rifle Association when the House blocked a floor vote on an NRA-backed bill as time ran out in the legislative session today. The bill by Senator Joe McPherson of Woodworth would give employees the right to keep a legally owned firearm locked in their car in a parking lot at their workplace. Under the bill, the employer would get some protection from civil liability if the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

12 June 2008

ABC News (USA)

The nation's leading gun control group filed a "friend of the court" brief back in January defending the gun ban in Washington, D.C. But with the Supreme Court poised to hand down a potentially landmark decision in the case, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence fully expects to lose. "We've lost the battle on what the Second Amendment means," campaign president Paul Helmke told ABC News. "Seventy-five percent of the public thinks it's an individual right. Why... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

12 June 2008

Associated Press

GENESEE TOWNSHIP, Michigan — Authorities say more than 50 guns have been stolen from a Flint-area firearms dealer. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says surveillance cameras show at least four suspects breaking into Bullock's Guns N More Inc. in Genesee County's Genesee Township early Thursday and stealing the weapons. The ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mali,West Africa

12 June 2008

IRIN (UN News)

BAMAKO/TIMBUKTU — Mali has become an established transit route for weapons heading from West Africa's increasingly peaceful coastal states to active conflicts in West and Central Africa, an ECOWAS expert has warned. "There are two factors on the supply side — stabilisation in Cote d'Ivoire and in Guinea Conakry," said Jonathan Sandy, small arms programme manager with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Bamako, who says regional monitoring has... (GunPolicy.org)

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