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Gun Policy News, 15 August 2009

New Zealand

15 August 2009

Timaru Herald

A 'Check Your Stock' campaign by police is riling licensed firearm owners, who say police hierarchy are "wrongfully" trying to do the job of a High Court judge. A new group called the National Shooters Association has complained to the Independent Police Complaints Authority since the $60,000 campaign was launched by the New Zealand Police. Gun owners have been told that if they own a semi-automatic firearm with a 'military pattern, free-standing pistol grip', it is... (

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United States

15 August 2009

Associated Press

BIG SKY, Montana — Family in tow for a tour of national treasures far from Washington, President Barack Obama is trailed by criticism from gun opponents and parks advocates for allowing firearms into such majestic places as Yellowstone. "There is still time for Congress and the president to take steps to keep loaded firearms away from the valleys of Yellowstone, the cliffs of Yosemite, and the Statue of Liberty — but they need to act quickly," said Paul Helmke,... (

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15 August 2009

Jamaica Gleaner

Police in St Elizabeth were kept busy up to late yesterday, as they traded bullets with approximately nine gunmen in the Lacovia area for hours. Three of the gunmen have been shot dead while two AK-47 rifles and 27 live rounds were recovered. Late last evening, police say they were only able to release the name of one of the dead men as Alric Green, alias 'Bulla'; 'Scar Face' and 'Bun Up', 35, of Dry Harbour, Lacovia. He was positively identified by relatives. The... (

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United States

15 August 2009

Washington Post, Editorial

If Tom Palmer and his fellow plaintiffs have their way, they'll soon be carrying loaded handguns through the streets of the nation's capital. Mr. Palmer, three other individuals and the Second Amendment Foundation sued the District last week, arguing that city laws that "ban registration of handguns to be carried for self-defense by law-abiding citizens" are unconstitutional. Mr. Palmer, a resident of the District, is asking Judge Henry Kennedy of the U.S. District... (

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15 August 2009

New York Times

TSKHINVALI, Georgia — For years, there was not much difference between a civilian and a soldier in South Ossetia, which was embroiled in a long struggle to separate from Georgia. David G. Sanakoyev, for example, wore a tie during the day. As South Ossetia's ombudsman for human rights, he handled complaints about prison conditions or unlawful firings. Three times a week, after work, he changed into camouflage and took up a position at the territory's border, rotating... (

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Thailand,United States,Russia

15 August 2009

Nation (Bangkok), Editorial

On the surface, the court decision earlier this week to deny the extradition of world-famous mercenary Viktor Bout seemed to be a logical one. Bout had done Thailand no harm, the court argued. He might be a bad guy somewhere out there, arming rebels, outlawed groups and political organisations, except these people have never hurt Thailand. However, upon deeper scrutiny, the ruling was faulty on every count and will end up having huge ramifications on the Thai national... (

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15 August 2009

Mehr News Agency (Tehran)

TEHRAN — Compared to the same period in the last year, there has been 13% decrease in murders committed with firearms in the country over the first four months of the current year (began March 21, 2009), Iran's deputy police investigator said here on Saturday. According to Mostafa Rajabi, murders with firearms comprise 24% of the country's total homicide rate. In comparison to the same period in the year 1387 (March 2008-March 2009), there has been a fall of 5% in... (

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15 August 2009

Vanguard (Lagos)

The Chairman of Moba Local Government, Mr Akinwale Alebiosu, and five others have been arrested by the Ekiti State Police Command over alleged gunrunning. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) learnt that Alebiosu and others were arrested at Otun-Ekiti on Friday at about 11p.m. with 13 guns concealed in a vehicle. Alebiosu was also alleged to be hiding thugs in his house at Otun-Ekiti. The Acting Commissioner of Police, Mr Fabian Ojiri, confirmed the arrest of the... (

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