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Gun Policy News, 12 January 2009


12 January 2009

Canadian Press

THUNDER BAY, Ontario — A New Democrat member of Parliament is taking aim at Canada's long-gun registration program. Northwestern Ontario MP John Rafferty wants the program scrapped. He says he intends to introduce a private member's bill to that end when the House of Commons resumes sitting. Rafferty says the money that goes to the program now would be better spent on police enforcement initiatives. He admits many in his own party have different views, but says he... (

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United States

12 January 2009

Fox News (USA), Opinion

Despite a huge Democratic Senate majority, Eric Holder's confirmation hearings are going to be difficult. He has a long record to defend. Whether it is his involvement and inconsistent statements about Bill Clinton's pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich's or his pushing Clinton's clemency of the FALN terrorists or his failure to disclose his work for troubled Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich after Blagojevich's legal problems surfaced, he faces tough questions. But... (

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United States

12 January 2009

Associated Press

ELYRIA, Ohio — Although a teenager's obsession with a violent video game may have warped his sense of reality, the boy is guilty of murdering his mother and wounding his father after they took"Halo 3"away from him, a judge ruled Monday. " firmly believe that Daniel Petric had no idea at the time he hatched this plot that if he killed his parents they would be dead forever,"Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge said. Nonetheless, Burge rejected the defense... (

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United States,Mexico

12 January 2009

San Antonio Express-News (Texas)

Lawmakers used the meeting of President-elect Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon today to file legislation in the Senate and House to reduce drug-related violence on the U.S.-Mexico border. The bill, introduced by Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, would provide $30 million over two years to expand the Justice Department's "Project Gunrunner Initiative" that targets gun-smuggling networks. "The increasing violence in... (

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United States

12 January 2009

Roanoke Times (Virginia)

A group formed shortly after the April 16, 2007, shootings at Virginia Tech that advocates for stricter gun laws plans to hold a demonstration today on the lawn of the state capitol in Richmond. was formed by Abigail Spangler, a mother of two from Alexandria, less than a week after shootings that resulted in the deaths of 33 people on Tech's campus. The group has organized "lie-in" protests across the country to symbolize people who have died as a... (

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United States,Mexico

12 January 2009

Houston Chronicle (Texas)

WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama promised Mexican President Felipe Calderon during a summit Monday that the U.S. would take stronger action to stem the flow of weapons smuggled from Texas and other border states to drug lords in Mexico. Obama, outlining for the first time his plans for U.S.-Mexico relations, pledged to find ways to collaborate more effectively with Mexico to reduce drug-gang violence, including curtailing the smuggling of guns bought in... (

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United Kingdom

12 January 2009

Liverpool Daily Echo

The number of guns recovered in two Liverpool estates hit by teenage gang crime nearly doubled in two years. It is three times more likely a hidden firearm will be seized in Croxteth than neighbouring Norris Green. New figures obtained by the ECHO revealed police discovered 16 guns in L11 and L12 this year, compared with nine two years before that. Among the illegal haul were a sub-machine gun, revolvers and rifles. Statistics obtained under the Freedom of... (

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