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Gun Policy News, 6 January 2009

Papua New Guinea

6 January 2009

Australian Associated Press

A rocket launcher and nine grenades have been found in the luggage of a passenger on a flight in Papua New Guinea. The unnamed man was being questioned at the Mt Hagen police station, PNG's National newspaper reported today. Police seized the weapon and ammunition after discovering them at the Mt Hagen airport in PNG's Highlands region last Wednesday. They also discovered a scope that is believed to be part of the rocket launcher. Police arrested the Southern... (

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6 January 2009

Wall Street Journal

LAHORE, Pakistan — After escaping kidnappers who chained him to a bed for 25 days, Mohammad Javed Afridi pressed Pakistani law enforcement for swift justice. The police offered him something else: temporary permits for four automatic assault rifles. Since Mr. Afridi's ordeal ended in mid-October, police in his hometown of Peshawar, in northwestern Pakistan, haven't made an arrest in his case. They raided the kidnappers' hide-out, but the captors got away, a senior... (

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United States

6 January 2009

WTXF-TV News (Philadelphia)

PHILADELPHIA — Investigators have expressed growing concern over two major gun rip-offs that have put dozens of machine guns, sniper rifles and handguns on the street. It now looks like more than 70 high-powered weapons and handguns were taken in the two thefts. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, as well as the FBI and the Secret Service, have been alerted. Federal investigators tell Fox 29's Dave Schratwieser they're hot on the trail of the... (

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6 January 2009

New Vision (Kampala)

KAMPALA — The Government has been urged to disarm civilians to curb the increasing cases of homicide. The Archbishop of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Pr. John Wani, condemned the rampant murder cases of spouses, saying Police should augment its investigations so that culprits do not go free. "Many Ugandans have proved to be blind to the gospel we preach. Husbands are slaughtering their wives," he lamented. The Police recently reported that over 86 Ugandans were... (

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United States

6 January 2009

Associated Press

JACKSON, Ohio — Police say an angry 4-year-old Ohio boy grabbed a gun from a closet and shot his baby sitter. Nathan Beavers, 18, was hospitalized Sunday with minor wounds to his arm and side after the shotgun attack. Police say another teen was also injured. Witnesses told police the child was angry because Beavers accidentally stepped on his foot. Beavers was watching the child at a mobile home in Jackson with several other teenagers and several other... (

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6 January 2009

Live Mint TV / Hindustan Times (New Delhi), Transcript

FARRUKHABAD, Uttar Pradesh — At first sight, there's nothing to set apart this small yet bustling town on the Ganga, located near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh. The chaotic medley of traffic — cycles, scooters, auto-rickshaws, cars, buses and tractors — bouncing along potholed roads could be a scene from any town in India. Yet, Farrukhabad, about a 9-hour drive from New Delhi and the headquarters of an Uttar Pradesh district, has the distinction, albeit dubious, of... (

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6 January 2009

Daily Afghanistan (Kabul), Editorial

A source in the Defence Ministry has been quoted as saying that the national army will be equipped with light and modern US weapons. Officers of the ministry have reported that soldiers of Army Corps No 205 of Kandahar have been equipped with M-16 weapons, and other army corps of the National Defence Ministry will reportedly be equipped with similar weapons in the near future. Speaking in this respect, the Defence Ministry spokesman also says that the commando... (

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