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Gun Policy News, 26 August 2009

United Kingdom

26 August 2009

BBC News

The coroner who conducted the inquest into the deaths of Christopher Foster, his wife Jill and their daughter Kirstie in Shropshire called for changes in the way shotgun and firearms licences are issued and renewed. The British Medical Association (BMA) and Association of Chief Police Officers have discussed ways in which doctors can be made aware of patients who own firearms. The BMA's plan to "tag" — or highlight — the medical records of patients who have... (

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West Africa

26 August 2009

Voice of America

DAKAR — West African countries are working to stem the flow of illegal weapons linked to years of conflict and illegal drug trafficking. The Economic Community of West African States is working to reduce the number of illegal weapons in the region. Mohamed Lamine Coulibaly heads the ECOWAS Small Arms Control Program. He says it is a problem linked to both good governance and poverty that is too broad for any individual country to tackle alone. "We have to take... (

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26 August 2009

Courier-Mail (Brisbane)

Victorian police fear a gang has built up a cache of weapons from two separate home invasions in which guns and ammunition were stolen. Police believe the raids at Trafalgar, in the state's southeast, and at Hampton Park, southeast of Melbourne, are linked. On August 19, five men, all wearing balaclavas and one brandishing a gun, forced their way into the Trafalgar home at about 9.15pm. Police say the bandits forced a 35-year-old man to open his gun safe, stole... (

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26 August 2009

NSW Police Force, Media release

Police in Wollongong have arrested three men over the sale and possession of illegal firearms, including a World War Two machine gun. Strike Force Bowl was formed in April to investigate the supply of illegal weapons within the Wollongong Local Area Command. Investigations over several weeks led detectives to seize a cache of 12 firearms, including: - A World War II Bren Light Machine Gun - A home-made machine gun - A 12 gauge shotgun - A number of pistols. The Bren... (

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26 August 2009

Associated Press

The Mexican army and prosecutors announced Tuesday they have started destroying 79,074 firearms seized a decade or more ago. They will hold on to tens of thousands more weapons seized during the current offensive against drug cartels. Authorities launched the program by destroying some weapons at a ceremony at a military base in Mexico City. The weapons being destroyed have all been held at government warehouses for years. The Defense Department said it will retain a... (

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United States

26 August 2009

Christian Science Monitor / Patchwork Nation, Blog

Even in down economic times, there are winners. Amid the rubble of failed companies, there are bright spots. In 2009, some of the highest wattage has come from weapons manufacturers. Earlier this month, Alliant Techsystems Inc., a major ammunition manufacturer, predicted higher profits for 2009 than previously expected. A rise in gun sales, and in applications for concealed-weapon permits, has been detailed in numerous stories — such as this one and this one and... (

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United Kingdom

26 August 2009

Times (UK)

A five-year-old boy has died after being shot with an air rifle while playing with friends in the garden of a country home. Jonathan Cooke, who was hit in what his family called a tragic accident, was airlifted to hospital shortly after the incident but died on Monday afternoon. It was not clear last night whether Jonathan — known as Joe — had mistakenly walked into the line of fire or if the air gun went off accidentally. Wiltshire police are investigating but... (

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