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Gun Policy News, 19 August 2009

United Kingdom,Russia

19 August 2009

BBC News

UK-based arms dealers may have been selling former Soviet weapons from Ukraine to blacklisted countries, a cross-party group of MPs has warned. The MPs said they were "extremely concerned" the UK government had not been aware of a list of arms dealers licensed by the Ukrainian authorities. Foreign Secretary David Miliband has ordered an investigation into the alleged transactions. The MPs are calling for tougher restrictions on arms exports. The MPs — known as... (

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United States

19 August 2009

Washington Post

Armed men seen mixing with protesters outside recent events held by President Obama acted within the law, the White House said Tuesday, attempting to allay fears of a security threat. Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, said people are entitled to carry weapons outside such events if local laws allow it. "There are laws that govern firearms that are done state or locally," he said. "Those laws don't change when the president comes to your state or... (

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United States

19 August 2009

Time (USA)

WASHINGTON — The fact that protesters at President Obama's political events have begun showing up bearing arms may be disquieting, but it's perfectly legal — and the Secret Service, charged with protecting the President, insists that it is not unduly alarmed by the development. That's because while the Second Amendment guarantees Americans the right to carry guns, federal law also gives the Secret Service the right to keep gun-toting folks away from the President.... (

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19 August 2009

Herald (Harare)

HARARE — A security guard at Domboshawa Training Centre yesterday shot and killed his wife and four-year-old daughter after an argument over his alleged infidelity with a minor, before turning the gun on himself. Eyewitnesses said the dispute started when Tichaona Chisvo's wife, Patricia Musona, got information that her husband was having an affair with a 13-year-old schoolgirl. She went to the girls' house and dragged her to her own homestead and reportedly... (

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United States

19 August 2009

CBS News (USA) / Taking Liberties, Blog

An appeals court in Chicago has ruled that the federal, state or local government can require all citizens to register their firearms under penalty of law. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals said that, even after the Supreme Court's high-profile gun rights decision last year, the Second Amendment is no obstacle to mandatory gun registration. The case arose out of the Chicago-area town of Cicero's mandatory registration requirement for... (

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United States

19 August 2009

Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Florida — Florida's "stand-your-ground" law allows the use of deadly force for self-protection even if an attacker or intruder is in retreat, an appellate court said Wednesday. A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal issued that explanation for last month releasing Jimmy Hair from jail, where he had spent two years awaiting trial on a first-degree murder charge. Hair, 28, was charged with fatally shooting Charles Harper, 26. Harper had... (

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19 August 2009

Times of India / TNN

MUMBAI — Post-26/11, the Mumbai police have tightened the screws for issuing arms licences to the public. While last year, from January to July, the police issued 116 arms licences, this year, the figure has gone down to 96. The police said after the terror attack, they received around 150 applications for revolvers and guns from builders, celebrities, hoteliers, politicians and security agency staff. However, they did not issue licences to all as they followed very... (

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19 August 2009

Agence France Presse

MANILA — Philippine police on Tuesday warned political warlords to turn in unlicensed firearms ahead of the May 2010 presidential vote to prevent bloodshed among rival candidates. National police chief Director General Jesus Versoza said there were an estimated 1.11 million unlicensed guns in the hands of civilians, private armies and Muslim and communist insurgents. This is on top of the estimated 1.8 million firearms in the hands of the police, military and... (

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United Kingdom

19 August 2009

al Jazeera

The British government should do more to ensure UK arms exports are not used against civilians in conflict zones, an influential group of legislators in the country has said. The Committees on Arms Export Controls has called for closer scrutiny of export licences after confirmation by the UK government that Israeli weapons systems, used in the Gaza conflict, almost certainly contained British-built components. The annual report from the group, which is made up of... (

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United States

19 August 2009

ABC News (USA)

Gun sales in the United States have soared in recent years. According to statistics compiled by the FBI, background checks for gun purchases jumped to nearly 13 million last year, up from 8.9 million in 2005. This year the FBI is on pace to process a record 16 million background checks for gun purchases. Most of the sales are to law-abiding citizens. But criminals are in the market, too, say experts. Some of the methods the criminals use to illegally obtain guns are... (

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