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Gun Policy News, 16 November 2008

Canada,United States

16 November 2008

National Post (Toronto)

TORONTO — Canadian officials have told the United States they want to bring a Chicago gun dealer to Toronto to stand trial on charges of smuggling more than 200 handguns across the border. The case, which may be a first for Canada, appears to signal a harder line against gun smugglers as Toronto grapples with a rash of gang-related shootings that have claimed several innocent bystanders. Seventy per cent of the crime guns seized by Toronto police have been smuggled... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 November 2008

Sunday Paper (Atlanta)

Last summer, not long after Democratic presidential primary candidate Hillary Clinton told the people of Scranton, Pa., about how she'd learned to shoot at her family's cottage, while her opponent Barack Obama was counting up his likely electoral college votes and Republican John McCain was talking about buying insurance across state lines, the U.S. Supreme Court quietly issued an interpretation of the Second Amendment that firmly protects the rights of individual... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 November 2008

San Diego Union-Tribune (California)

The economy may be in the tank, but business has never been better at the El Cajon Gun Exchange. Semiautomatic rifles, handguns and short-barreled shotguns are moving off the shelves and into the hands of customers who share widespread fears that President-elect Barack Obama will restrict their right to own a gun. "Obama is the salesman of the month," said store owner Louis Baldridge. Bryan Watters, a Lakeside customer who followed the election rhetoric closely,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 November 2008

Tulsa World (Oklahoma)

COLLINSVILLE — Parked on Main Street in the middle of a weekday morning, a Rogers County farmer reaches behind the seat of his F-150 pickup and pulls out a pair of loaded guns. One is a 9 mm automatic pistol with a shiny silver finish and a leather holster. The other is a .22-caliber rifle, painted bright pink with a flower decal on the barrel. John Humboldt keeps one for self-defense, although he's never had any need to use it. The other, he gave to his... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations

16 November 2008

Disarmament Times (USA)

A wave of optimism swept over the United Nations small arms process in July, when progress on implementing the 2001 Programme of Action on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms in All Its Aspects received new momentum. (1) On 18 July, after seven months of preparation and five days of face-to-face discussions at the Third Biennial Meeting of States, 134 states voted to adopt a final outcome document outlining actions needed to counter the global illicit trade in a variety of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 November 2008

New West (Montana), Opinion

I'm not a gun nut. I'm a regular nut who owns guns, but only to hunt, not to defend my home and family, join the militia or fight the forces of tyranny. Gun nuts don't scare or intimidate me. Instead, I'm learning a few things from them. You can, too. I don't use the word, "nut," lightly. I mean it as a sincere compliment — no different than somebody calling me a "fishing nut" and making my chest swell. (It might even the best thing I've been called lately.) To... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 November 2008

Independent Mail (South Carolina)

Beginning the day after Thanksgiving, South Carolina residents will have a 48-hour period when they can purchase guns, shotguns, and rifles tax-free. The first annual Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday in the state is set to begin at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 28 and continue through 11:59 p.m. Nov. 29. The sales tax holiday, approved by the South Carolina General Assembly in June, will permit the purchase of fixed-cartridge handguns, shotguns, and rifles without state and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 November 2008

Chicago Tribune

A 63-item questionnaire for prospective members of Barack Obama's White House team has upset the Illinois State Rifle Association because it includes a question on firearms that the organization reads as hostile to gun owners. "Do you or any members of your immediate family own a gun?" asks Question 59. "If so, provide complete ownership and registration information. Has the registration ever lapsed? Please also describe how and by whom it is used and whether it has... (GunPolicy.org)

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Finland

16 November 2008

Helsinki Times / Helsingin Sanomat (Finland)

The national daily Helsingin Sanomat reports that the national weapons register is rife with mistakes and inaccuracies. "The Interior Ministry's weapons register is outdated and highly inaccurate. Many mistakes were made when the register's data was converted from file cards to an electronic registry in 1992. Already before this, White Guard rifles, for example, have been registered with a type number instead of a manufacture number. 'For God's sake, in Finland we... (GunPolicy.org)

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