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Gun Policy News, 16 January 2009

United States

16 January 2009

Fox News (USA)

President-elect Barack Obama's election has spurred a surge in gun sales, firearms retailers and enthusiasts say, as gun owners brace for what they believe will be a new era of gun control in Washington. An electronic news service that covers outdoor news has even named Obama its "Gun Salesman of the Year." Firearms associations began to suspect that political considerations were driving gun sales late last year as the number of background checks increased. But... (

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United States

16 January 2009

Lake County News-Sun (Illinois)

A North Chicago man accused of terrorist conspiracies against Americans and U.S. military personnel pleaded guilty Thursday in Ohio. Zubair A. Ahmed, 29, and his cousin, Khaleel Ahmed, 27, of Chicago, also pleaded guilty before U.S. District Chief Judge James Carr in Toledo to one count of conspiracy to provide material support and resources, including the defendants themselves as personnel to terrorists. The Ahmeds face a statutory maximum of 15 years in prison and a... (

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16 January 2009

Sault Star (Ontario)

A local man nabbed by conservation officers in 2007 with an unlicensed rifle will not only lose the firearm, but must also pay a $200 fine. Nolan Gibbs pleaded guilty Thursday to possessing the 303-calibre rifle without having the required firearms licence when he appeared in court. The 46-year-old man also pleaded guilty to three unrelated offences — resisting police (Dec. 15, 2007), failing to attend court (Nov. 5, 2008) and not attending for fingerprints (Jan.... (

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South Africa

16 January 2009

Voice of America

South African missionary and author Charl Van Wyk says law-abiding citizens have the "right and duty" to bear firearms to protect themselves and their loved ones. In his book, Shooting Back, he makes the argument based on his unique experience: First, he's been working for almost two decades in some of the most dangerous places on earth. And second, Van Wyk is a survivor of one of South Africa's most notorious criminal attacks. At the time, police credited him with... (

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