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Gun Policy News, 7 January 2009

United Kingdom

7 January 2009

Independent (UK)

The number of deaths in Britain from gunshot wounds has fallen to a 20-year low despite concerns about levels of violent crime. Most of the 42 gun-related deaths last year took place in London, the West Midlands, Manchester or Merseyside, with swathes of the country recording no homicides, suicides or accidental deaths from firearms. One third of the victims were younger than 21 and four of them were female. The Gun Control Network, which campaigns for tougher... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

7 January 2009

KVLY-TV News (North Dakota)

Police are issuing a warning: No matter how concerned for your personal safety you are, taking your gun to bed with you is not a good idea. That is something one South Fargo woman and her neighbor learned the hard way. The neighbor called police after arriving home to discover a bullet hole in the apartment wall he shared with the woman. The gun had gone off in her sleep, and the bullet was lodged in the neighbor's headboard. Sergeant Jeff Skuza: "There are a lot of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

7 January 2009

Philadelphia Inquirer, Editorial

Even though New Jersey officials long ago put in place the nation's second-toughest firearms restrictions, many are prepared, with Gov. Corzine's backing, to kick it up a notch by enacting a monthly limit on handgun buyers. As soon as next month, the state Senate could vote on a measure approved by the state Assembly that would impose a one-handgun-per-month limit. At the same time, the Assembly's calendar contains another smart gun-safety measure that would ban... (GunPolicy.org)

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Algeria

7 January 2009

Ennahar El Djadid (Algeria)

According to sources of « Ennahar », units of research and investigations of the national police have begun extensive research operations and pursuit of a man wanted for his involvement in the trade of war weapons and ammunition. The same units have managed to seize weapons in the wilaya of Bordj Bouaréridj in an area bordering the road linking the wilaya of Bordj and Zemoura region. Intensive investigations around a trafficker suspected of having links with... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

7 January 2009

Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh)

Federal agents yesterday released pictures of 26 machine guns, sniper rifles and other weapons stolen last month from two Marshall gun dealers after a gun show in a Philadelphia suburb. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said the Dec. 21 theft of the guns in King of Prussia remains under investigation but would not reveal any details. Spokesman John Hageman said 23 of the weapons belonged to Arms and Ordnance and three to another dealer... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

7 January 2009

Record (New Jersey)

A new state program is gathering unprecedented information about illegal guns traveling into New Jersey, and police expect to tap that data this year as part of a statewide crackdown on weapons used in violent crimes. New Jersey has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, but they can't stop people from bringing weapons here from less regulated states. Almost three-quarters of guns recovered in New Jersey were purchased elsewhere, according to federal data... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Australia

7 January 2009

Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation / PR Newswire (USA), Media release

SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts — Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation, parent company of Smith & Wesson Corp., the legendary 157-year old company in the global business of safety, security, protection and sport, announced today that it has received confirmation from the South Australia Police Force (SAPOL) that it will arm its 4,000-officer frontline force with the Company's M&P40 pistols. SAPOL conducted a field trial during 2008 in which 502 operational country and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papua New Guinea

7 January 2009

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

A local businessman from Daru in the Western Province supporting the anti-gun coalition assisted police during the Christmas and New Year periods by airlifting 10 high-powered rifles. Provincial police commander Peter Philip who arrived in Moresby late Monday afternoon said despite a trouble free festive season, the guns trade between the Indonesian and PNG-Australian treaty villages (Maputawan, Sikabaduru and Kunini) was still going on due to the lack of... (GunPolicy.org)

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