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Gun Policy News, 11 August 2009


11 August 2009

Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines — In its first month of implementation, the Philippine National Police's gun amnesty program has already attracted almost 20,000 gun owners with expired licenses, Director General Jesus Verzosa said on Tuesday. As of July 31, a total of 19,824 expired firearms licenses had already been renewed out of the estimated 559,326 loose firearms with expired licenses, Verzosa said. The final gun amnesty of the PNP is expected to last until... (

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Thailand,Russia,United States

11 August 2009

Deutsche Presse-Agentur

BANGKOK — A Thai court Tuesday dismissed a case against Russian national Viktor Bout, an alleged gun-runner dubbed the 'Merchant of Death,' allowing the prosecution 72 hours to appeal the verdict. 'If the prosecution doesn't appeal within 72 hours, then Viktor Bout is free,' judge Kittakorn Phattanasiri said. Bout was arrested at a Bangkok hotel in March 2008 in a joint US-Thai sting operation that caught the Russian negotiating a deal to sell arms to the... (

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South Africa

11 August 2009

South African Press Association

The Freedom Front Plus says it is talking to Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa about allowing firearm owners who failed to re-register their weapons earlier this year, as required by law, an opportunity to do so. In terms of the Firearms Control Act, gun owners had until March 31 this year to re-register. This deadline was later extended to June 30. FF Plus police spokesperson Pieter Groenewald said in a statement on Tuesday that there were "serious problems" with the... (

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Thailand,Russia,United States

11 August 2009

Guardian (UK)

Had Hollywood not already fictionalised Viktor Bout's extraordinary life in the arms-dealing blockbuster Lord of War, events today might have provided a fitting closing scene and set it up nicely for a sequel. For in front of a febrile media throng, a grinning, mustachioed Bout, 42, allegedly the world's biggest gunrunner, flashed a victory sign as he sauntered from a Bangkok court after a Thai judge refused to extradite him to the United States. Pursued for years by... (

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