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Gun Policy News, 21 January 2009

United Nations

21 January 2009

New York Times, Movie Review

"I'd rather lose one son than my gun, because with a gun I can save my family," declares a frightened Congolese villager in "Dealing and Wheeling in Small Arms," a depressing, scattershot survey of the spread of weaponry around the world, especially in Africa. This Dutch film, directed by Sander Francken, shifts abruptly back and forth between a ground-level view of how small arms have affected poor countries and a throw-up-your-hands analysis of the inability of any... (

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United States

21 January 2009

Seattle Times

A 65-year-old Spokane man has been ordered held in custody on federal charges of illegally possessing automatic weapons and illegally storing explosives in a Bellevue commercial storage shed while agents investigate how he came to possess a huge military-grade arsenal that included grenade launchers, machine guns and plastic explosives. Ronald Struve, heavyset and bearded, appeared in Seattle before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary Alice Theiler on Tuesday after being... (

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United States

21 January 2009

Oak Ridger (Tennessee)

OAK RIDGE, Tennessee — Oak Ridge police are investigating where an assault rifle with a loaded clip may have come from, after a Wal-Mart employee found it outside the store, among the shopping carts. Deputy Police Chief Alan Massengill said law enforcement personnel searched the area around the store for a young black teenager who may have been associated with the gun — but didn't locate him. Massengill said a "loss prevention employee" called the Police... (

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United States

21 January 2009

WBOC-TV News (Maryland)

DENTON, Maryland — Maryland State Police have arrested four suspects on illegal firearms charges following an undercover sting operation that occurred in a parking lot near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Police say that shortly before 3 p.m. Wednesday, an undercover state trooper met with 23-year-old Michael A. Lednum of Denton and the three other suspects in a parking lot on Kent Island, just east of the Bay Bridge. According to police, Lednum sold the undercover... (

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