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Gun Policy News, 23 January 2009

United States

23 January 2009

Reason (USA) February issue, Book review

Ricochet: Confessions of a Gun Lobbyist, by Richard Feldman, New York: John Wiley & Sons, 296 pages, $24.95. In September the National Rifle Association unveiled a $15 million advertising campaign urging voters in key states to "Defend Freedom" and "Defeat Obama." It declared that the Illinois senator "would be the most anti-gun president in American history.", a nonpartisan project of the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Public Policy Center,... (

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United States

23 January 2009

San Antonio Express-News (Texas), Editorial

Mexico is in the midst of a bloody conflict. That conflict is being fought over drugs and drug profits. And it is being fought with guns from the United States, many of which are purchased in Texas and illegally shipped across the border. In the three-part series, "Texas' Deadliest Export," Express-News reporters Todd Bensman and Guillermo Contreras put a spotlight on the steady flow of weapons and ammunition from Texas to Mexico. For Mexico, it's a double affront.... (

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United Kingdom

23 January 2009

Telegraph (UK)

The wife of a Conservative councillor told police about an arsenal of handguns he kept at his sprawling country home in revenge for having to give him £180,000 in a divorce settlement, a court has heard. Alison Meurice called in police two days after she was forced to hand over part of her estimated million pound fortune to former husband Nick, who sat on Hythe Town Council and was chairman of his local crime-fighting group Hythe Against Crime. The court has heard... (

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23 January 2009

BBC Worldwide Monitoring Service / Defense Express, Web page

Ukraine has earned at least 1-1.2bn [US?] dollars from the export of special goods and services in 2008, expert Serhiy Zhurets writes. Despite a certain rise in sales year on year, the profitability of Ukrainian arms exports has been decreasing, due particularly to higher prices for ferrous metals and workforce and the hryvynya's depreciation, he noted. Analyzing exports by sectors and providing statistics, Zhurets concluded by saying that aircraft engines and other... (

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