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Gun Policy News, 30 June 2008

United States

30 June 2008

Washington Post, Editorial

In appealing to the Supreme Court to save the D.C. handgun ban, local officials rightly thought of what was best for the people of Washington, D.C. A lower court had already invalidated the ban, and there was a chance — albeit limited — of prevailing. Instead, the high court agreed that the ban is unconstitutional. Officials again must think of those citizens in fashioning the strongest legal protections against gun violence. Even before the court issued its... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 June 2008

Hartford Courant (Connecticut), Editorial

Count us among those who believe the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution means what it plainly says. A common-sense reading of that famous single sentence — "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" — construes it as creating a collective, not individual, right to possess firearms. But a 5-4 majority of the Supreme Court held otherwise last week in a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 June 2008

Sacramento Bee (California), Editorial

A sharply divided Supreme Court has settled the issue for now. The Second Amendment to the Constitution does confer upon individuals the right to bear arms. In the wake of the ruling, big-city mayors across the country are expressing alarm that their gun-control ordinances will be set aside, unleashing a new wave of urban gun violence. That may be an exaggeration. Local gun ordinances have had limited impact. As crime statistics show, gun violence is often most... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 June 2008

Washington Post, Column

After months of claiming he had insufficient information to express an opinion on the District of Columbia's gun law, Barack Obama noted with apparent approval Thursday that the Supreme Court ruled that the 32-year ban on handguns "went too far." But what would he have said had the high court's 5 to 4 majority gone the other way and affirmed the law? Obama's strategists can only thank swing Justice Anthony Kennedy for enabling Justice Antonin Scalia's majority opinion... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 June 2008

Palm Beach Post (Florida), Editorial

Last week, the Supreme Court gave the National Rifle Association a split decision. By a vote of 5-4, the court ruled that firearm ownership is an individual right, even though the Second Amendment links that right to service in a militia. But beyond that rewriting of the Constitution's clear "original intent" that most of the justices in the majority usually stress, the ruling does not mean that anyone can carry a Glock wherever and whenever he or she wants. Writing... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 June 2008

Hartford Courant (Connecticut) / AP

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut — New Haven officials say a woman has died after she was apparently hit by a stray bullet from nearby gunfire. Police say the fatal shooting Sunday apparently happened during an exchange of gunfire in the area of Winthrop and Derby Avenues. One of the shots hit the woman in the chest outside a home. A city hall spokeswoman says police believe the fatal bullet was fired from "several hundred feet away" and that the victim may have been an... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 June 2008

New York Times

A 15-year-old boy was killed early Sunday by what appeared to be a stray bullet while walking with a friend in Harlem, the police said. Nathan Allsbrook may not have been the intended target, the authorities said. The boy, Nathan Allsbrook, was shot about 2:30 a.m. at the corner of 127th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, near a deserted site where an apartment building was under construction, the police said. The victim's family described him as a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,United Nations

30 June 2008

Associated Press

ATLANTA — The Supreme Court's landmark ruling on gun ownership last week focused on citizens' ability to defend themselves from intruders in their homes. But research shows that surprisingly often, gun owners use the weapons on themselves. Suicides accounted for 55 percent of the nation's nearly 31,000 firearm deaths in 2005, the most recent year for which statistics are available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There was nothing unique about... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 June 2008

Cox Newspapers (USA), Column

The gun lobby has finally won its dream ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court, but could it be that this is just the breakthrough which can finally lead to sensible gun control? Going beyond even what the Bush administration had asked of it, a 5-4 majority of the justices has held that "the right to bear arms" is a personal right and not, as federal courts have largely ruled since 1939, a provisional right pegged to maintaining public safety. Writing for the majority,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 June 2008

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

OLYMPIA — A U.S. Supreme Court decision on a Washington, D.C., gun ban combined with Seattle's attempt to restrict guns on city property has sparked a legislative discussion about an issue Washington Democrats have consistently avoided. On Monday, six Democrats from rural state legislative districts called on Attorney General Rob McKenna to issue an opinion on a city's authority to ban people who legally possess firearms from city property and facilities. "The... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 June 2008

New York Times / Campaign Stops, Blog

The Obama campaign Web site's "In the News" section, which chronicles Barack Obama's recent statements on the 36th anniversary of the passage of Title IX and the Juneteenth holiday celebration, does not include his reaction to the United States Supreme Court decision last week to strike down the District of Columbia's ban on handguns. Though I couldn't find it on the Web site, the campaign did issue a statement — albeit a fairly tepid one — on the Court ruling. "I... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 June 2008

Wall Street Journal, Opinion

Finally. After decades of ideological debates over the meaning of every word and comma contained in the U.S. Constitution's one-sentence Second Amendment, the Supreme Court has issued a ruling that should largely settle the matter. In District of Columbia v. Heller, the court found that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to bear arms, while also affirming the constitutionality of reasonable restrictions aimed at preserving public safety and deterring... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 June 2008

Associated Press

HARTFORD, Connecticut — FBI Director Robert Mueller on Monday criticized the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling that Americans have a right to own guns for self-defense and hunting, saying it may harm efforts to deter violent crime. Speaking at a convention of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators in Hartford, Mueller said the ruling "does throw a lot of things up in the air." By a 5-4 vote last week, the nation's highest court... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 June 2008

Washington Post

D.C. resident Anthony Mason walked into Atlantic Guns in Silver Spring on Friday afternoon and asked a question the staff had heard all day: "How can I buy a small handgun?" "With the overturn of the gun ban," the retired Metrobus driver began to explain to the sales associate behind the counter. "We're telling everyone to wait 30 days," said Atlantic manager Dale Metta, something he's repeated dozens of times in the past few days. "We can't do anything until the D.C.... (GunPolicy.org)

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Yemen

30 June 2008

Yemen Post

Two weeks ago, Yemen took its biggest step yet in fighting the existence of weapons as a nationwide campaign begun with a goal to close down all weapon shops throughout the country. Until today, 209 weapon shops have been closed down. The government's policy in its campaign was to close down the shops and reimburse weapons dealers by buying their weapons from them, therefore causing the dealers no losses. However, over 148 shop owners refused to hand in their weapons to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 June 2008

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia)

You could call it the Atlanta version of "High Noon." Top city officials will announce Tuesday that despite a new state gun law that went into effect at midnight, they will have anyone carrying a weapon at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport arrested. The state lawmaker who sponsored the new gun law says if they do, the city will immediately be sued. And state Rep. Tim Bearden (R-Villa Rica) said the plaintiff in the lawsuit could be himself. "I have a permit,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

30 June 2008

Advertiser (Adelaide), Editorial

Almost anyone who wants a firearm in Australia can get one. It is possible, and legal, to buy a gun and obtain a licence to use it. While most gun dealers are scrupulously honest, it is also possible to obtain weapons on the black market. One dealer appeared last week in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on charges of possessing illegal gun parts. The case has yet to be heard and the dealer has not entered a plea, but it is alleged he tried to sell gun accessories,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 June 2008

Politico (Washington, DC), Web Page

The National Rifle Association plans to spend about $40 million on this year's presidential campaign, with $15 million of that devoted to portraying Barack Obama as a threat to the Second Amendment rights upheld last week by the Supreme Court. "Our members understand that if Barack Obama is elected president, and he has support in the Senate to confirm anti-gun Supreme Court nominees, [the District of Columbia v. Heller decision] could be taken away from us in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 June 2008

Dayton Daily News (Ohio)

Depending on whom you ask, the price of ammunition has gone up 25 percent, 50 percent, or has even doubled in the past several years. The cause, like the price, seems to vary, from the soaring cost of commodities metals, like the brass, copper and lead used to make ammo, to the Iraq war and the need for more production of small-caliber ammunition to supply U.S. troops. Distribution has also been a problem, affecting police departments as well as recreational shooters,... (GunPolicy.org)

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