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Gun Policy News, 3 January 2009

Australia

3 January 2009

ABC News (Australia)

The Institute of Criminology says gun theft figures show that owners are still not complying with security rules. More than 1,500 guns, mostly rifles and shotguns, were stolen in the 2006-07 period, only slightly more than the previous year. Head of research Dr Judy Putt says more than 60 per cent of theft victims were prosecuted for breaching firearms regulations. "The main issue that's identified is the safe storage of firearms, because of those that were stolen... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

3 January 2009

Las Vegas Review-Journal

The gunshot that killed a 6-year-old Las Vegas girl Wednesday night was fired by her 7-year-old brother, who told police he found the gun in a bedroom closet and thought it was a BB gun. The girl, who was identified by the Clark County coroner's office Friday as Jorden Jackson, died of a gunshot wound to the chest in what has been ruled an accident. The handgun had been in the home for three weeks and was purchased by the children's father, Jevell Jackson, a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mozambique

3 January 2009

Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique

MAPUTO — Five policemen from the Maputo City Police Command have been arrested on charges of extortion and of supplying firearms to gangs of criminals, according to the Maputo director of the Criminal Investigation Police (PIC), Dias Balate. One of those detained is a PIC officer, Balate said. This man used to hire out police guns to criminals, and was paid with a share in the proceeds from armed robberies. "We found him out because of our work to locate and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

3 January 2009

Los Angeles Times

Investigators believe Bruce Jeffrey Pardo was buying guns at least as far back as June to prepare for the Christmas Eve shootings of his ex-wife and her family. Covina Police Chief Kim Raney said that Pardo had five handguns registered to him and that four were used to kill his former relatives and one was used to kill himself. "He was purchasing in June over the counter the registered handguns," Raney said. Investigators also found shotguns and high-powered rifles... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

3 January 2009

Washington Times, Opinion

In the summer of 2008, police in the District set up military-style checkpoints to stop vehicles without a "legitimate purpose" from entering the city's Trinidad neighborhood. It was a bold attempt to stop the murders and violent crimes plaguing the area. During this month's inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama, that same police force is already warning it will not be able to provide adequate protection to revelers taking advantage of extended drinking hours... (GunPolicy.org)

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Benin

3 January 2009

Punch (Lagos)

Rise in violent crimes threaten to further impoverish Benin by choking off small businesses, according to law enforcement and arms control officials. Police in Benin's economic capital, Cotonou, link this year's rise in armed robbery and violent crimes to small arms trafficking and the growing desperation of people who can no longer afford their basic needs. In the past two months, no fewer than seven people have died while dozens were seriously injured in a series... (GunPolicy.org)

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Liberia

3 January 2009

Liberia Broadcasting System

The National Chairman of the Community Policing Forum of Liberia, Nyenati Kaffay says, the Forum has embarked on the exposure and collection of small arms in the communities. Mr. Kaffay said the project is being supported by UNDP to buttress the effort of the Liberian Police. Speaking Friday in an interview in Paynesville, Mr. Kaffay noted that the exposure of arms in the various communities is crucial to the development of Liberia. The head of the Community Policing... (GunPolicy.org)

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