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Gun Policy News, 18 June 2008

Nigeria

18 June 2008

Daily Trust (Abuja)

MINNA — A 14 year old boy, Abubakar Onifade was killed in Minna on Monday night by a stray bullet from a police officer while watching television in his father's sitting room. Our correspondent gathered that the stray bullet which went through the door of the sitting room hit the boy, an SS2 student of Hill Top Secondary School Minna on the chest and shattered the television screen. It was also gathered that the tragedy occurred as the police officer on patrol of a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 June 2008

National Public Radio (USA) / AP, Web Page

In its first comprehensive look at the Second Amendment right to bear arms, the Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of Washington, D.C.'s ban on handguns. The District of Columbia's ban is considered the nation's strictest gun-control law. A ruling by the court to strike it down could threaten other gun-control measures across the country, including laws that ban machine guns or assault weapons. Although the Second Amendment was ratified in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Liberia

18 June 2008

News (Monrovia)

MONROVIA — As the proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons continue unabated in Liberia and the sub-region, the Center for Peace, Education and Democracy (COPE) has intensified its campaign strategy against the illegal use of the deadly instruments among local officials. A three-day workshop held under the theme: "Building New Front against Small Arms in Liberia," in Bensonville, Montserrado County, brought together 30 participants including... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 June 2008

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

WEST VALLEY CITY — With his Smith & Wesson .40-caliber semi-automatic holstered on his right hip, Travis Deveraux addressed the mayor and City Council on Tuesday. Deveraux says he has been harassed by West Valley City police for carrying that gun and treated like a criminal. "A criminal does not want [police] attention, and they will not openly carry a gun," Deveraux said. With 10 other gun-toting civilians — who came from as far as Bountiful, Santaquin and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 June 2008

Los Angeles Times

Newly appointed Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said Tuesday that she intends to review all the concealed-weapons permits that her indicted predecessor issued and revoke those of gun owners who can't prove a legal need to carry the weapons. When former Sheriff Michael S. Carona resigned in January to focus on his upcoming federal corruption trial, he had issued more than 1,100 active carry permits — among the most issued by any sheriff or police chief in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 June 2008

Ledger-Enquirer (Georgia), Column

I received an informative e-mail from Alice Johnson regarding "Fights Turn Fatal." I wrote the column on June 12 about the shooting deaths of Ashley Bruce of LaGrange and Sarahonica Thrasher of Columbus. Police said Bruce was shot by her ex, and Thrasher by the father of her then-unborn child. Johnson was in Columbus Monday to appear on the panel for the 100 Black Men forum on HB 89 concerning concealed firearms. She is director of Georgians for Gun Safety, a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Mexico

18 June 2008

BBC News

MEXICO CITY — So far this year more than 1,400 people have died in Mexico as drug cartels battle one another for control of the illegal drugs trade to the US, and battle the authorities trying to stop them. The dead include more than 400 police officers and other public officials. This follows 2,500 deaths last year and the same number in 2006. Estimates by the US Drug Enforcement Agency suggest the drugs trade is worth $20bn (£10.3bn) a year. US law... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

18 June 2008

Sydney Morning Herald / AAP

New gun laws passed in NSW parliament will start unravelling strict measures brought in after the Port Arthur massacre, the NSW Greens say. A bill, passed on Thursday by the upper house, removes the 28-day waiting period for people with a registration waiting for a second or subsequent gun. The Shooters Party-initiated bill also removes the need to register guns made prior to 1900 and introduces more exemptions for people without a licence to participate at shooting... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

18 June 2008

Calgary Sun (Alberta)

Vigilant airport staff were able to prevent a man from boarding a Saskatchewan-bound flight allegedly with a pistol in his luggage yesterday afternoon. It's not clear what the man, who was promptly arrested by Calgary Police Service members stationed at the airport, intended to do. Security staff at Calgary International Airport noticed a pistol and rounds for the weapon allegedly stowed in the man's carry-on luggage, as he went through a pre-screening terminal at... (GunPolicy.org)

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