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Gun Policy News, 23 June 2008

Papua New Guinea

23 June 2008

Radio New Zealand International (Pacific shortwave)

The Papua New Guinea Police Minister, Sani Rambi, says his Government is planning a nationwide gun buyback scheme as part of efforts to reduce crime. He says too many illegal guns are in the hands of the wrong people. Mr Rambi told the Post Courier newspaper he is weighing up on the issue of time and cost to attack the root cause of an upsurge in organised crime. The paper quotes the Minister saying he is for the idea of buying back guns from people who illegally... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 June 2008

Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas)

If Duane Suddeth had his way, he could strap on a handgun and wear it — anytime, anywhere — without concealing it. That day has not come in Texas, but the 42-year-old Bedford man is among thousands hoping it is on its way. "This is the public's right," Suddeth said. "Whether they choose to exercise that or not is up to them." Texas, despite its independence and frontier reputation, is one of only six states where handguns cannot — in some form — legally be... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 June 2008

News & Observer (North Carolina)

The U.S. Supreme Court is on the brink of issuing what could be its most important ruling ever on the controversial Second Amendment right to bear arms. Gun rights and gun control advocates alike are anxiously awaiting the high court's ruling, the first time since 1939 that the nation's top justices have tackled the Second Amendment. A decision could come this week. "I feel the founding fathers gave us this right," said Henry Williams, 54, a Raleigh resident who... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 June 2008

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah), Editorial

There's a gunfight shaping up in the Utah Legislature. Gun advocates who want Utah to continue to arm the nation versus government bureaucrats and gun-control advocates who see the dangers in Utah's permissive concealed-carry permitting system. Utah permits are the Tootsie Pops of concealed-carry permits: easily obtained, inexpensive, long-lasting and unhealthy, for Utahns and the nation as a whole. More than a third of Utah's 100,000-plus permits are in the hands of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 June 2008

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia), Editorial

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to soon issue a ruling in the Washington, D.C. gun case and Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin worries that cities may be hampered in their crime-fighting efforts if the justices strike down the D.C. gun control laws. "If the justices agree with the lower court's ruling, cities and states throughout the country may face challenge after challenge to the constitutionality of firearm regulations enacted to protect the public and prosecute... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 June 2008

Daily Advance (North Carolina)

The Camden Sheriff's Office's three-year-old weapons arrangement with a private military contractor has attracted federal attention, but Sheriff Tony Perry said he is not aware of anything wrong with the deal. According to Perry, the sheriff's office was trying to put together a SWAT team in 2005, but lacked the necessary weapons. Blackwater Worldwide, which is headquartered in nearby Moyock, helped the sheriff's department by donating funds to purchase 17 automatic... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 June 2008

Associated Press

MOYOCK, North Carolina — Private security contractor Blackwater Worldwide has been able to keep 17 AK-47s at its armory under a deal that sidesteps federal laws prohibiting private parties from buying automatic weapons, a newspaper reported Sunday. The News & Observer of Raleigh found Blackwater purchased 17 Romanian AK-47s and 17 Bushmasters — and then gave ownership of the guns to the Camden County sheriff. Sheriff Tony Perry said his department has only used... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 June 2008

Tennessean (Nashville), Opinion

Current laws on possession of handguns by juveniles are fine and appear to be enforced, from my vantage point in Juvenile Court. But as we all know, handguns continue to be available to Nashville kids. Something more needs to be done. The current laws are not curing the problem. They are a Band-Aid. Kids are still carrying handguns, still being charged with robberies using handguns, and kids are still being injured by handguns. The most practical and effective method... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papua New Guinea

23 June 2008

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

Minister for Internal Security Sani Rambi is looking at curtailing organised crime and the guns issues in the country. Mr Rambi made it clear last Thursday the Government was fully conscious of the recent rise in organised crime together with the increasing number of illegal guns threatening the internal security of the country. He said the Police Department was addressing these issues which were the major threats to the internal security of the country. "As Minister... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papua New Guinea

23 June 2008

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

The Government is willing to buy back illegal guns from the possession of the ordinary Papua New Guinean Minister for Internal Security Sani Rambi has said. Mr Rambi recently said unlawful guns in the hands of wrong people with criminal instincts must be removed as they were doing lots of damage and holding back the positive development progress of the country. "As Minister responsible, I'm for the idea of buying back guns from people who illegally possess them," Mr... (GunPolicy.org)

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