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Gun Policy News, 24 June 2008


24 June 2008

Toronto Star (Ontario)

It was attacked as a waste of time and "hullabaloo" but in the end Mayor David Miller's "city-based" measures to address gun violence in Toronto won council approval yesterday. The most controversial aspect of the 16-point plan is the cancellation of a lease and permit for two recreational gun clubs that operate separately in city-run facilities — one in a community centre in Scarborough, the other in Union Station. The city will be helping the two clubs... (

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United States

24 June 2008

Seneca Daily Journal (South Carolina)

WALHALLA — The Oconee County Sheriff's Office filed charges Monday against a 64-year-old Westminster man in connection with a cache of weapons confiscated by local and federal authorities last week. Sheriff's investigators charged James E. Smith Sr. with possession of a sawed-off shotgun and unlawful possession of pistols. Although it is not a crime in South Carolina to store guns, Smith's case was different because he is a convicted felon. Sgt. Gentry Hawk, the... (

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United States

24 June 2008

Village Voice (New York)

In 2006, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that he was filing suit against 27 out-of-state gun dealers. He called the gun sellers a "scourge on our society," and claimed that they were illegally selling weapons that kept ending up on the streets of New York. Most of the dealers Bloomberg sued quietly settled their cases, agreeing to allow the city to place monitors in their stores to oversee transactions. Others shut down their operations or had their cases tossed out... (

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United States

24 June 2008

New West (Montana), Column

Even when you're the biggest and toughest of them all there's always somebody there to challenge you, as the National Rifle Association (NRA) has learned. The NRA's two-year-old nemesis, the American Hunters and Shooters Association (ASHA) just won't go away. "I'm here to tell you we're alive and well and plan to continue being a viable alternative to the NRA," announced AHSA President Ray Schoenke at a news conference at the annual conference of the Outdoor Writers... (

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24 June 2008

Jerusalem Post (Israel)

A license to kill or a leg up for law enforcement — the verdict may still be out, but the Knesset approved the "Shai Dromi Bill" on Tuesday, an amendment to the Penal Law aimed at giving property owners more freedom to use fatal force against people who break into their homes, businesses or farms. The legislation, named for the Negev farmer who in January 2007 shot at a group of people who broke into his farm to steal livestock, killing Khaled el-Atrash. Dromi was... (

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24 June 2008

Globe & Mail (Toronto)

Two gun clubs on city property - including one in the rafters of Union Station — will get the boot under Mayor David Miller's new rules aimed at curbing the number of handguns in the city, approved yesterday by city council. After a near daylong debate, council voted 31-9 for a policy that prevents new gun clubs and manufacturers from setting up in the city. The two affected gun clubs — the Scarborough Rifle Club at the Don Montgomery Community Recreation Centre,... (

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United States,Albania,Afghanistan

24 June 2008


WASHINGTON — The State Department said on Tuesday it would review the conduct of the U.S. ambassador to Albania, after a congressman alleged the envoy knew about a case in which Chinese-made ammunition was falsely relabeled as manufactured in Albania and shipped to the Afghan army. In a hearing on Tuesday and a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice the previous day, Henry Waxman, chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government... (

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Sri Lanka

24 June 2008

ColomboPage, Poll

COLOMBO — Latest survey on small arms revealed that over half of the population (54%) in Sri Lanka thinks that abundance of small arms is a national problem. This was revealed at a launching ceremony of the survey report on the "Prevalence of Illicit Small Arms in Sri Lanka" held at the Lakshman Kadiragamar Institute today. This is the first comprehensive assessment on the small arms problem in the country. The survey has been compiled and published by the National... (

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United States

24 June 2008

Richmond Times-Dispatch (Virginia)

Michael Henderson, a former back-up quarterback at Virginia Union, was one of two men arrested on Monday on multiple felony charges involving the June 13 break-in of Green Top Sporting Goods in Hanover County. Henderson, 21, and Leon E. Waddy, 21, are charged with burglary, grand larceny, possession of burglary tools and conspiracy to commit burglary, according to Hanover County Sheriff spokesman Lt. Mike Trice. The two allegedly stole 34 handguns from the sporting... (

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Papua New Guinea

24 June 2008

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

The Opposition has praised Internal Security Minister Sani Rambi for taking a bold move to start acting on the recommendations of the National Guns Summit in dealing with the illegal gun issue. Member for Dei Puri Ruing commended Mr Rambi for taking the initiative even though the Government had not acted to take follow-up actions since it was presented with the report in 2006. However, Mr Ruing suggested that the full implementation of recommendations should be done... (

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