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Gun Policy News, 20 August 2009

United Kingdom

20 August 2009

Daily Mail (UK)

The Ministry of Defence is unable to find £6.6billion of military equipment due to inadequate bookkeeping, a scathing report found last night. Checks on MoD warehouses revealed more than one in four weapons and basic items of kit used by troops could not be accounted for. Inspectors from the National Audit Office, which monitors public spending, also discovered up to 20 per cent of vital BOWMAN communication systems did not have the correct paperwork. The NAO... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

20 August 2009

Washington Post, Column

Try a thought experiment: What would conservatives have said if a group of loud, scruffy leftists had brought guns to the public events of Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush? How would our friends on the right have reacted to someone at a Reagan or a Bush speech carrying a sign that read: "It is time to water the tree of liberty"? That would be a reference to Thomas Jefferson's declaration that the tree "must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

20 August 2009

Barrie Examiner (Ontario)

Barrie police cleaned a 44-year-old Barrie man's gun collection out of his downtown home, yesterday afternoon. Members of the criminal investigations and guns and gangs units seized nearly 30 firearms from 58 Caroline St. home around 1 p. m., after executing a search warrant. "This size of a weapons seizure is not common," said Sgt. Robert Allan. "This is absolutely the largest weapons seizure I'm aware of for Barrie police." Allan said the home search and man's... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

20 August 2009

Daily News (New York)

Ex-Super Bowl hero Plaxico Burress took a surprise plea bargain Thursday that will land the talented but troubled wide receiver behind bars for two years. The unexpected agreement with the Manhattan district attorney came nine months after Burress, 32, shot himself through the thigh with an illegal .40-caliber Glock in a crowded nightclub. "Do you wish to plead guilty?" asked state Supreme Court Judge Michael Melkonian as a chastened Burress stood before him. "Is... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

20 August 2009

San Francisco Chronicle, Column

Those of us living in the Rocky Mountains are steeped in America's famous gun culture — and we therefore know well the binary debates surrounding the Second Amendment. Firearm enthusiasts — the vast majority of whom use weapons responsibly — believe the Constitution protects their right to bear arms. Gun control advocates counter that the Constitution doesn't give anyone the inalienable right to wield automatic weapons that can kill scores of people in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

20 August 2009

Hartford Courant (Connecticut), Editorial

Last week, it was a libertarian in New Hampshire asserting his right to bear arms by wearing a loaded pistol strapped to his leg outside a town hall meeting featuring President Barack Obama. This week, a man in a coat and tie with an assault rifle slung over his shoulder was among several gun-toting protesters at an Obama speech in Arizona. The two states are among several that permit people to carry loaded guns openly. This unprecedented display of loaded weapons at... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

20 August 2009

Reuters

NEW YORK — Former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress pleaded guilty to a gun possession charge on Thursday and agreed to a two-year prison sentence in what the Super Bowl hero's lawyer called an agonizing decision. Burress, 31, caught the winning touchdown in the Giants' Super Bowl victory in February 2008, but his career unraveled the following season when he accidentally shot himself in the leg in a New York City nightclub in November. He was released... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

20 August 2009

New York Times, Editorial

It is hard to know what is more shocking: the sight of a dozen Americans showing up to flaunt guns outside the venue for President Obama's speech in Phoenix on Monday, or the fact that the swaggering display was completely legal. We are all familiar with the right to bear arms and the noisome extremes indulged by its zealots. But is there no sense of simple respect due the nation's elected leader when he ventures forth among the citizenry? One man strutted through the... (GunPolicy.org)

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