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Gun Policy News, 9 January 2009

United States,Canada

9 January 2009

Calgary Herald (Alberta)

Border officers found 10 illegal handguns and 300 rounds of ammunition hidden inside a vehicle trying to re-enter Canada at a southern Alberta crossing. Authorities announced the seizure Thursday, saying it was part of an ongoing investigation involving law agencies in Canada and the United States. "It was a combination of a few things, between the intelligence that was available, plus the intuition of the officers involved," said Bill Axten, the Canada Border Services... (

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South Africa

9 January 2009

Times (Johannesburg), Opinion

The horrific shooting of ANC councillor Jimmy Mohlala has again ignited concerns that the 2010 soccer World Cup will be blighted by security problems. There has been much speculation about a possible political motivation for the killing because Mohlala blew the whistle on alleged corruption in a 2010 construction project last year. This of, course, must be investigated thoroughly by the police. To the outside world, his murder reinforces many countries' misgivings... (

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United States

9 January 2009

WJBF-TV News (Atlanta)

COLUMBIA, South Carolina — A South Carolina pawnshop owner accused by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg of recklessly selling a rifle to an ex-convict has pleaded guilty to a federal weapons charge. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin McDonald says Larry Mickalis pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to failing to keep appropriate firearms sales records. Mickalis was sentenced to two years of probation. Mickalis was charged last year with illegally selling a rifle to an... (

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9 January 2009

Press Association (UK)

Up to 30 firearms have been stolen in a robbery at a gun shop in Carrick-on-Suir, garda said. Four men, one of whom was armed, lay in wait for the owner of the licensed firearms dealership to return home with his wife and they were then taken into the house. About 30 firearms, including pistols and rifles, were taken, along with the family car — a beige/champagne-coloured Honda Civic saloon, registration 03WX5048. No shots were fired and nobody was... (

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United States

9 January 2009

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — A motorist with 30 handguns, seven rifles and fully loaded ammunition magazines in his pickup truck has been arrested at Los Angeles International Airport. Airport spokeswoman Nancy Castles says the truck was stopped Friday by airport police officers at an entrance to the passenger terminals area. Castles says the man was arrested for investigation of weapons transportation violations. His name was not immediately released. Airport police official Jim... (

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United States

9 January 2009

Alexandria Times (Virginia)

Like many other Alexandria moms, Abby Spangler's day begins by getting her family out the door amid all the craziness entailing every morning. But then her day promptly takes a radical turn from most of the rest of us as she juggles running her recently-formed organization Protest Easy Guns with practicing her cello concertos. From the time she arrives at the small office of Protest Easy Guns, she turns her attention to planning the official launch of a national... (

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