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Gun Policy News, 20 June 2008

Canada,United States

20 June 2008

Windsor Star (Ontario)

A former Chicago-area gun dealer looking to divest himself of his firearms stock crossed the Ambassador Bridge in a minivan in 2006 carrying 220 guns that he loaded in a Windsor storage locker before they found their way to the hands of criminals elsewhere in the province. Ugur "Mike" Yildiz was arrested by agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) near his home in Park Ridge, Ill., on Thursday... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Canada

20 June 2008

Franklin Park Herald-Journal (Illinois)

A former Franklin Park gun shop owner was charged Thursday with violating the federal Arms Export Control Act, allegedly for exporting 220 firearms to Canada. Agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms took Ugur Yildiz into custody without incident near his home in Park Ridge, said federal law enforcement agents in a press release. He is in federal custody pending a detention hearing Monday. Yildiz... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Canada

20 June 2008

Chicago Sun-Times (Illinois)

The former owner of a controversial suburban gun store is charged with illegally exporting hundreds of firearms — two of which were used in attempted murders in Canada, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Thursday in federal court in Chicago. Ugur Yildiz, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Turkey, ran Chicagoland Bells gun shop in Franklin Park until 2005, when the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives revoked his license. His store was accused of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada,United States

20 June 2008

City News (Toronto)

Near the end of what's been one of the most violent months Toronto has seen for some time, police say they've crippled the operations of various organized crime groups that banded together to smuggle guns into Ontario from the United States in exchange for drugs. On Friday the Ontario Provincial Police released more details about the two-year investigation dubbed Project Blackhawk that authorities say dealt a serious blow to the large criminal network. "We arrested 38... (GunPolicy.org)

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Sudan

20 June 2008

Afrol News (Norway)

Southern Sudanese authorities have embarked on a massive campaign to disarm civilians in possession of weapons to end decades of civil war, which has killed hundreds of thousands in the country. The region's Internal Affairs Minister Paul Mayom said few guns had been handed in voluntarily, calling for a new army backed search for weapons, further promising that even communities nearby would also be disarmed to avoid bloodshed. "This new approach is comprehensive... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

20 June 2008

Toronto Star (Ontario)

Of 2,603 firearms recovered by Toronto police last year, 817 were classed as "crime guns" — meaning they had been used (or were suspected to have been used) in a crime, were illegally owned or had the serial number obliterated. About 45 per cent, or 366, of the 817 crime guns were pistols or revolvers, weapons that Mayor David Miller wants to ban, along with evicting gun clubs from city property and restricting the manufacture and assembly of guns in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Sudan

20 June 2008

BBC News

Southern Sudanese authorities have begun a campaign to collect large quantities of weapons held by civilians following decades of civil war. South Sudan's Minister of Internal Affairs, Paul Mayom, said only a few guns had been handed in voluntarily and new measures were required. Disarmament had to be backed by the army and take place simultaneously across communities, he said. Sudan's north-south civil war cost an estimated 1.5 million lives. After 21 years of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

20 June 2008

Chicago Tribune, Column

That Washington, D.C., gun ban that the Supreme Court should toss out any day now because it is unconstitutional is often compared to the handgun ban in Chicago. But what's not often reported by the decidedly pro-gun-control media is that since Chicago's anti-handgun law went into effect in 1982, only two classes of people have had ready access to firearms: The criminals. And the politicians. Cynics who scoff at everything decent suggest these are one and the same,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

20 June 2008

Winnipeg Free Press (Manitoba)

A man accused of letting two dozen high-powered guns fall into the wrong hands has walked free on a legal technicality, the Free Press has learned. Terry Gale was arrested in 2002 following a raid on his Fort Rouge home. It was the largest weapons investigation in Manitoba history. Gale's case finally made it to court this month — but the case abruptly collapsed earlier this week when a judge ruled Winnipeg police breached his rights and conducted an illegal search... (GunPolicy.org)

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Sudan

20 June 2008

Reuters

JUBA, Sudan — South Sudanese authorities have begun to collect thousands of guns amassed by civilians during decades of war to try to end tribal conflicts which claim dozens of lives each year, officials said. Since a 2005 north-south peace deal ended Africa's longest civil war, efforts by the semi-autonomous southern government to disarm civilians have claimed an estimated 1,500 lives because they took weapons from some tribes leaving them vulnerable to neighbouring... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

20 June 2008

BBC News

A teenager has been jailed for three years after his father told police he had found bullets in his son's bedroom. Paul Metcalfe's father discovered 11 bullets in the room and called police — who also found a handgun under the bed. The 19-year-old, of Hibson Road in Nelson, Lancashire, pleaded guilty to possession of a weapon and the ammunition at Burnley Crown Court. His father Neil Metcalfe, 43, said he had "no regrets" about his decision to call the police.... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papua New Guinea

20 June 2008

TVNZ News / AAP

A Papua New Guinea court saw more evidence than it wanted when a handgun exhibit was accidentally fired, leaving a bullet hole in a courtroom wall. Police are now under investigation after the confiscated gun went off in Port Moresby District Court, in PNG's capital, on Thursday. The gun had been taken from senior public servant Anton Semoko, who was in court at the time to answer a charge of unlawfully possessing the weapon. PNG's National newspaper reported... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

20 June 2008

Jackson Citizen Patriot (Michigan) / AP

At a time when even nail files and pocket knives are barred from courts, Hillsdale County has reopened its historic courthouse to citizens who legally pack weapons. Circuit Judge Michael Smith recently ordered the "no guns" signs removed at the courthouse in downtown Hillsdale, saying the ban is against state law. Smith said that courthouses are not exempt from state concealed-weapons laws, so there's no way to lawfully stop people from carrying a concealed weapon... (GunPolicy.org)

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