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Gun Policy News, 16 August 2009

United States

16 August 2009

Tennessean (Nashville)

Some might question the wisdom of allowing Carlos Antwan Fletcher to carry a loaded handgun in public. He has a lengthy criminal arrest history, including being involved in a violent attack that sent a Metro Police officer to the hospital, a separate aggravated assault charge and various drug and gun arrests. Yet, the state has said it's OK for the 28-year-old Nashville resident to carry a gun. And, in fact, lawmakers expanded his rights this year to legally carry a... (

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United States

16 August 2009

Sunday Times (UK)

To the increasingly toxic American mix of racial anger, political frustration and economic despair, a frightening new ingredient was added last week — belligerent gun-owners on a mission to defy President Barack Obama. A series of minor but worrying incidents involving citizens carrying handguns to political meetings has raised new questions about the president's security and a potentially inflammatory gun control issue that he has so far managed to avoid. When... (

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Thailand,United States,Russia

16 August 2009

Bangkok Post

In a series of exclusive interviews, Viktor Bout talks to the press outside Russia for the first time about his arrest in Bangkok and the failed effort to extradite him to the US After the surprise court ruling in Bangkok last Tuesday when the United States was denied the extradition of Viktor Bout, the man they have dubbed the Merchant of Death flashed a "V" for victory sign as he was led in leg irons and an orange prison suit from the Criminal Court. The once... (

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16 August 2009

YLE (Finland)

New gun control legislation may give police new enforcement powers. The Sunday newspaper supplement Sunnuntaisuomalainen writes that new legislation, under preparation, will allow the police to inspect the homes of gun permit holders without the need to establish suspicion of a crime. However, they will have to inform the permit holder of their intention two weeks in advance. Tougher gun laws being formulated in the wake of school shootings in Finland will require... (

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Canada,United States

16 August 2009

Ottawa Citizen (Ontario)

On June 13, 2006, two men in an older-model four-door Mercury pulled up to Maine Military Supply in Brewer, Maine. Inside the store, one of the men, a Canadian named Andrew Porter, discreetly took a large wad of cash from his pocket and handed it to the other man, Lawrence Sears. Sears, a Maine resident, spoke to the clerk while Porter walked around the store. Sears then paid $1,427.92 in cash for eight Hi-Point pistols. He bought the handguns for Porter, who later... (

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