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Gun Policy News, 4 August 2008

United States

4 August 2008

Huffington Post (USA), Blog

Intermittently for the past 25 years, the NRA has run a series of ads under the headline "I'm the NRA." Included are celebrities (like Washington Redskins legend John Riggins, cowboy entertainer Roy Rogers, and actor Tom Selleck), politicians, and ordinary members. Each ad profiles the NRA member, quoting the reasons why they joined the organization. Mary McFate will never be in an NRA ad. But she is the NRA. And reveals more about the NRA's leadership than any glossy... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 August 2008

Huffington Post (USA), Blog

In the aftermath of the shooting at Northern Illinois University in February of this year, Americans struggled to understand how Steven Kazmierczak could have perpetrated such a terrible tragedy. National media outlets quoted close friends of Kazmierczak who described him as "probably the nicest, most caring person ever." His professors said he was "a nice kid" and "extremely respectful." NIU Police Chief Donald Grady said that law enforcement had "no indications at all... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 August 2008

El Paso Times (Texas)

EL PASO, Texas — Two law enforcement officials suffered gunshot wounds Monday after one of their weapons accidentally discharged at the El Paso Federal Courthouse, U.S. Marshals Service in El Paso officials said. A U.S. Marshals' deputy discharged his weapon, fired one bullet, and injured himself and a Border Patrol agent in the federal courthouse at about 10:45 a.m. Monday, said Gerry Payan, supervisory deputy for the U.S. Marshals Service in El Paso. Both law... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

4 August 2008

BBC News

A man killed in a shooting at an east London pub was an innocent bystander, police have said. Carl Gbedmah, 47, was hit in the head by a stray bullet as he stood outside the Live and Let Live pub in Romford Road, Forest Gate, on 1 August. Police said the shooting happened when two groups of males clashed in nearby Sprowston Road. Mr Gbedmah was found by officers called to reports of a disturbance and the sound of gunfire at about 0345 BST. He was taken to... (GunPolicy.org)

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India

4 August 2008

Howrah News (West Bengal) / Asian Age

NEW DELHI — Four pistols have gone missing from an Army armoury at Dehra Dun and the Army has ordered a court of inquiry to probe the incident, the Army sources have confirmed. The loss of the pistols was detected after authorities at the armoury found that the seal on the lock of the armoury was broken. Army sources said that the Dehra Dun police had already lodged an FIR in the case. The four pistols are of 9 mm calibre and of Indian make, sources said. The Army... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 August 2008

Associated Press

HELENA, Montana — Very little separates Gov. Brian Schweitzer and Republican challenger Roy Brown when it comes to gun rights. Schweitzer, in a recent survey, said he will continue to keep a rifle on display in his office — despite a city ordinance that bans guns in the state Capitol. While the Helena city attorney says the governor is in a gray area, Brown thinks Schweitzer is breaking the law. Brown said he doesn't like that idea and would change state law so... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 August 2008

Palm Beach Post (Florida), Editorial

U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle said early on that he thought Florida's new take-your-gun-to-work law was "stupid." So is his ruling partially upholding the law. Not that it's Judge Hinkle's fault. Even the National Rifle Association admits that the law was sloppily written. But not every law that's stupid also is unconstitutional. Sometimes, stupidity stands. Here's the upshot of his ruling: Some businesses in Florida have to let employees who have... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

4 August 2008

Telegraph (UK)

Researchers at Surrey University have pioneered a technique of marking ammunition with sticky pollen from the oriental lily (lilium orientale) and the white trumpet lily (Lilium longiflorum), which sticks to the hands of those who handle the cartridges. The tags are invisible to the naked eye, but they can be detected by swabs and microscopes and could potentially link someone who had handled bullets with casings found at the scene of a shooting. Lily pollen is... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

4 August 2008

Asian News (UK)

The man who sentenced Kaleem Akhtar and his gang said gun crimes like theirs were 'ruling and ruining' the lives of decent people. Judge Clement Goldstone mounted a scathing attack on the seven men for giving criminals the means to maim and kill those who stood in their way. "For several years the city of Manchester has lived with an unwanted reputation as a centre of gun-related crime," he said. "Now it finds that it has been playing host to the operational... (GunPolicy.org)

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