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Gun Policy News, 26 June 2008

United States

26 June 2008

News-Journal (Florida)

TALLAHASSEE — Wading into a battle about guns and property rights, a federal judge heard arguments Wednesday about the constitutionality of a new law that would force businesses to allow firearms in their parking lots. The Florida Chamber of Commerce and Florida Retail Federation are seeking an injunction against the law, which state lawmakers passed in April after lobbying by the National Rifle Association. The measure, scheduled to take effect July 1, would ensure... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 June 2008

Washington Post, Column

Allan Lucas discovered his passion nearly four decades ago, in the Marine Corps. Assigned to target practice at the range, he suddenly realized that everyone else had stopped shooting their M-14s. "It gets real quiet and I'm the only one shooting, and the general and the corporal are watching me," Lucas remembers. "I'm building a little circle of holes around the bull's-eye." During a 30-plus-year career with D.C. police, the U.S. Marshals office and the D.C.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 June 2008

Washington Post

With its term coming to an end, the U.S. Supreme Court this morning is expected to issue its ruling on the District's handgun-ownership ban in a case that could result in a landmark interpretation of the Second Amendment. In District of Columbia v. Heller, the city is challenging an appellate ruling that its 32-year-old handgun ban is unconstitutional. Advocates on both sides of the gun control debate have been bracing for the decision since the case was argued in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 June 2008

Associated Press

HENDERSON, Kentucky — It was swift and chaotic, witnesses said, as the plastics plant worker with a determined look opened fire, killing five co-workers then himself in rural western Kentucky. A man who called 911 from the plant described the violent scene early Wednesday when Wesley N. Higdon shot his supervisor outside the plant, then went inside and kept shooting. When the gunfire ended, police said, one of Higdon's co-workers was dead, four others were dying and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 June 2008

CBS2 TV News (Chicago) / AP

CHICAGO — Chicago officials will be watching the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday as the justices issue their ruling on a Second Amendment challenge to the gun ban in Washington, D.C. As CBS 2's Joanie Lum reports, the decision Thursday could yield the first concrete definition of the meaning of the Second Amendment in the Supreme Court's 216 years. The decision Thursday could have effects across the country, including in Chicago, where a ban on the sale and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 June 2008

BBC News

The US Supreme Court is expected to deliver a ruling shortly that could have a far-reaching effect on gun control laws in the United States. The nine justices have been considering whether a 32-year-old ban on handguns in Washington DC is unconstitutional. It is the first time in nearly 70 years that Americans' right to keep and bear arms, set out in the US Constitution, has been considered by the court. Debate over the exact meaning of the constitution has raged... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,United Nations

26 June 2008

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court says Americans have a right to own guns for self-defense and hunting, the justices' first major pronouncement on gun rights in U.S. history. The court's 5-4 ruling strikes down the District of Columbia's 32-year-old ban on handguns as incompatible with gun rights under the Second Amendment. The decision goes further than even the Bush administration wanted, but probably leaves most firearms laws intact. The court had not conclusively... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,United Nations

26 June 2008

CNN

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Washington D.C.'s sweeping ban on handguns is unconstitutional. The justices voted 5-4 against the ban with Justice Antonin Scalia writing the opinion for the majority. At issue in District of Columbia v. Heller was whether the city's ban violated the Second Amendment right to "keep and bear arms" by preventing individuals — as opposed to state militias — from having guns in their homes. District of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 June 2008

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Americans have a constitutional right to keep guns in their homes for self-defense, the justices' first major pronouncement on gun control in U.S. history. The court's 5-4 ruling struck down the District of Columbia's 32-year-old ban on handguns as incompatible with gun rights under the Second Amendment. The decision went further than even the Bush administration wanted, but probably leaves most federal firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 June 2008

Reuters

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday, for the first time in the country's history, that individual Americans have the right to own guns for personal use, and struck down a strict gun control law in the U.S. capital, Washington. Following are some facts about the case. - It marks the first time in nearly 70 years that the Supreme Court has taken up the meaning of the Second Amendment, the portion of the U.S. Constitution that addresses an individual's right to bear... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 June 2008

Economist

After 217 years, the Supreme Court appears at last to have settled one of the most hotly disputed questions in American constitutional law: who has the right to pack heat? The second amendment says: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." The odd punctuation makes it unclear what this means. Can anyone own a gun, or only those who serve in a militia? On Thursday... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 June 2008

Dallas Morning News (Texas)

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court tossed out a handgun ban in the nation's capital on Thursday, holding for the first time that the Second Amendment does protect an individual right to self-defense and gun ownership. But in its first hard look at gun rights in nearly 70 years, the court also held — in a narrow, 5-4 ruling — that the right is subject to some reasonable limitations. "Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 June 2008

Newsday (New York) / AP

NEWARK, New Jersey — The New Jersey attorney general and a gun control advocate said the state's tough firearms laws are not threatened by Thursday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down a handgun ban in the District of Columbia. "We believe the court affirmed the right of states to regulate gun ownership to protect public safety and endorsed commonsense licensing of firearms and concealed-weapons restrictions like we have in New Jersey," Attorney General Anne... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 June 2008

Baltimore Sun

Gun-related murder among young men has risen sharply in the United States even as the overall homicide rate remained flat, according to a new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Between 1999 and 2005, homicide involving firearms increased 31 percent among black men ages 25 to 44 and 12 percent among white men of the same age. The study appears in the Journal of Urban Health. "The recent flatness of the U.S. homicide rate... (GunPolicy.org)

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Germany,Switzerland,Italy,United Kingdom,Australia,South Africa

26 June 2008

Associated Press

GERMANY: Requires license to obtain and use firearms and stipulates a check on the "reliability and suitability" of holders at least once every three years. Under-25s must undergo psychological screening. Buyers must justify why they need a gun. Would-be buyers of recreational firearms must produce proof of regular membership in shooting club for at least one year. Legal age for owning recreational firearms is 21. That was raised from 18 in 2002, the year an alienated... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 June 2008

Associated Press

RALEIGH, North Carolina — Federal agents raided Blackwater Worldwide this week as part of an investigation into whether the private security company sidestepped federal laws prohibiting the private purchase of automatic assault rifles, the company said Thursday. Blackwater spokeswoman Anne Tyrrell said investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives searched Blackwater's armory at its corporate headquarters in Moyock on Tuesday as part of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 June 2008

News & Observer (North Carolina)

Agents of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have confiscated nearly two dozen automatic rifles from Blackwater Worldwide, the private security contractor and firearms training company in Moyock, N.C. The move came two days after a story in The News & Observer raised questions about the legality of Blackwater's deals to buy the guns for the Camden County Sheriff's Department. The security firm kept the rifles at its giant firearms training... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 June 2008

US News & World Report

The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling today upholding an individual right to bear arms is a clear victory for gun advocates. But the court's divided decision is unlikely to end debate over myriad other gun control proposals across the country. In a 5-to-4 decision, the majority opinion, written by Justice Antonin Scalia, held for the first time that the Constitution provides an individual right to bear arms, such as for self-defense, rather than a right that applies only to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 June 2008

Boston Globe / AP

HARTFORD, Connecticut — New England's prominent gun makers said Thursday's landmark Supreme Court ruling that affirms the right to keep guns at home for self-defense is a moral victory for their beleaguered industry and law-abiding gun owners. The 5-4 ruling affirms gun ownership at home as an individual right for self-defense. It overturned a 32-year-old ban in the District of Columbia, letting governments continue to set rules for gun ownership but striking down... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 June 2008

Bloomberg (USA)

A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled for the first time that the Constitution protects individual gun rights, striking down the District of Columbia's handgun ban and raising questions about weapons restrictions elsewhere. The 5-4 ruling resolves a constitutional question that had lurked for two centuries: whether the Second Amendment covers people who aren't affiliated with a state-run militia. "The enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 June 2008

Los Angeles Times

Emboldened by today's U.S. Supreme Court ruling affirming an individual's right to possess a firearm, gun advocates said they would immediately challenge a San Francisco law that prohibits guns in public housing. The lawsuit, which the National Rifle Assn. said it would file Friday, was one of several legal challenges gun groups said they would file around the country to enforce the court decision and determine its scope. "I expect there will be a significant number... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 June 2008

Time (USA)

The U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision overturning Washington, D.C.'s handgun ban is the biggest gun rights ruling since the Second Amendment was ratified in 1791. The Court had not waded into this divisive issue since 1939, when it declared, "We cannot say that the Second Amendment guarantees the right to keep and bear" arms. But on Thursday the Court broke its silence to do just that, ruling for the first time that the Constitution confers an individual right to gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 June 2008

Chicago Tribune / Clout Street, Web Page

State lawmakers said Thursday the Supreme Court opinion on gun control is likely to prompt a flurry of legislation in Springfield but at the same time will make it harder for any new gun restrictions to pass. Even before the decision, lawmakers struggled to find votes for bills aimed at reducing gun violence. Since 2004, when Congress allowed a 10-year federal ban on assault weapons to expire, lawmakers have been unable to muster enough support to restrict... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 June 2008

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Washington's blanket ban on handguns will fall and tight gun laws in places like Chicago and San Francisco are sure to come under attack. But most of the nation's firearms regulations will probably stay on the books, and some politicians said Thursday's Supreme Court decision won't hinder their efforts to prevent bloodshed. The high court struck down the District of Columbia's ban on handguns, ruling that Americans can keep guns at home for self-defense.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 June 2008

San Francisco Chronicle

SAN FRANCISCO — Americans have a constitutional right to own guns, the Supreme Court declared Thursday in a ruling that resoundingly endorsed the ability of an armed populace to resist tyranny but appeared to allow bans on military-style weapons and regulations on other firearms. The National Rifle Association immediately said it would use the ruling for a new round of legal challenges to gun-control laws, including a ban on handgun possession in public housing in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 June 2008

Reuters

The Supreme Court's ruling on Thursday that Americans have the right to own guns for personal use could become an issue in the U.S. presidential race. Here are the positions of the two candidates in November's election: DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE SEN. BARACK OBAMA Wants tighter background checks on gun buyers, making gun locks mandatory and holding parents criminally responsible for children who injure someone with a gun found at home. Supports reinstating assault-weapons... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 June 2008

Reuters

Thursday's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that individual Americans have the right to own guns is likely to revive the debate over gun ownership and violent crime — a debate that is periodically ignited by mass shootings in the country. Following is a chronology of some recent deadly mass shootings in the United States: April 16, 2007 — Virginia Tech, a university in Blacksburg, Virginia, became the site of the deadliest rampage in U.S. history when a gunman... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 June 2008

New Orleans Times-Picayune (Louisiana)

St. Tammany Parish deputies seized an arsenal from a Slidell-area home last week that included a military-grade machine gun and sniper rifle, submachine guns, assault rifles likely converted to automatic fire and dozens of other weapons including sawed-off shotguns. The seizure, which also included manuals on converting weapons to automatic fire, computers, a flak jacket and tactical webbing and more than half a million rounds of ammunition, came after the guns' owner... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 June 2008

Time (USA)

WASHINGTON — When the Supreme Court issues rulings on hot-button issues like gun control and the death penalty in the middle of a presidential campaign, Republicans could be excused for thinking they'll have the perfect opportunity to paint their Democratic opponent as an out-of-touch social liberal. But while Barack Obama may be ranked as one of the Senate's most liberal members, his reactions to this week's controversial court decisions showed yet again how he is... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Mexico

26 June 2008

National Public Radio (USA), Transcript

Violence across Mexico has intensified as the government has fought against the country's powerful drug cartels, often well-armed from the U.S. Host Bob Moon asks journalist James Verini what can be done to stem the cross-border arms trade. Text of Interview [Link to audio in the original] Bob Moon: It's now official: We've all got the right to own a gun. The Supreme Court settled the matter today for the first time in the country's history. The Second Amendment to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 June 2008

Washington Post, Column

In knocking down the District's 32-year-old ban on handgun possession, the conservatives on the Supreme Court have again shown their willingness to abandon precedent in order to do whatever is necessary to further the agenda of the contemporary political right. The court's five most conservative members have demonstrated that for all of Justice Antonin Scalia's talk about "originalism" as a coherent constitutional doctrine, those on the judicial right regularly succumb... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 June 2008

Associated Press

Chicago's handgun ban mirrors the Washington, D.C. ban struck down by the Supreme Court Thursday. Both require gun owners to register all firearms but prohibit certain firearms, including handguns, to be registered. The D.C. code states, "no person or organization in the District of Columbia ('District') shall receive, possess, control, transfer, offer for sale, sell, give, or deliver any … firearm, unless the person or organization holds a valid registration... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papua New Guinea

26 June 2008

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

Chimbu police are appealing to the public to give information on illegal firearms in the province. Provincial police commander Chief Superintendent Joseph Tondop made the call during an agreement signing ceremony in Kumbal near the Western Highlands-Chimbu provincial borders on Saturday. Mr Tondop commended local leaders for taking the initiative to broker peace and bring development by signing such pacts for peace and unity for member groups, which included more... (GunPolicy.org)

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