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Gun Policy News, 27 August 2009


27 August 2009

Sydney Morning Herald / AAP

Police raids and an undercover operation have netted more than 100 illegal firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition in a crackdown on an alleged Wollongong-based gun trafficking network. Three men — Michael Zarakas of Fairy Meadow, Aristos Dionys of Mangerton and Andrew Kafizas of Wollongong — face a total of 110 firearm trafficking charges between them. The trio appeared before Magistrate Paul Johnson at Wollongong Local Court on Thursday but did not apply... (

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27 August 2009

Deccan Herald

BANGALORE — The State administration has identified five districts where arms are not only manufactured illegally but constitute nodal points in a thriving and expanding inter-state trade in illicit weapons and ammunition — issues that have larger internal security implications. The five districts are Hubli-Dharwad, Belgaum, Mangalore, Bellary and Kodagu. Top police sources said that the decision to identify the districts followed a directive from the Union Home... (

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27 August 2009

Herald Sun (Melbourne)

Police are hunting armed bandits who have stolen more than $30,000 worth of guns in targeted home invasions in Melbourne's south-east. Police fear the guns could be sold on the black market or used to commit further violent crimes. The chilling ambush attacks on family homes in Trafalgar, on August 19, and Hampton Park, in June, are almost identical, with a crew of five masked men storming both houses in search for guns. In the Hampton Park attack, a woman and her... (

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United Kingdom

27 August 2009

Sky News (UK)

A five-year-old boy who tragically died after being shot in the head with an air rifle was playing on a shooting range set up by a friend's grandfather, it has emerged. Joe Cooke and his family were on holiday in Wiltshire Jonathan Cooke, known as Joe, was staying at the family friend's home with his mum and two brothers when he was hit. The owner, Bernard Allnutt, had helped Joe's brothers and two grandsons set up the firing range in the grounds of his £700,000... (

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27 August 2009

Illawarra Mercury (New South Wales)

Wollongong detectives posing as weapons buyers spent tens of thousands of dollars on machine guns and pistols to take down a group of alleged firearms traffickers operating in the Illawarra. The five-month investigation, known as Strike Force Bowl, featured six lead detectives from the Wollongong command and culminated in the arrests yesterday of three men, two from Fairy Meadow, aged 39 and 59, and a 55-year-old man from Cringila. During the investigation police... (

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United States

27 August 2009

Talking Points Memo (USA), Web page

Chris Broughton, the man who brought an assault rifle and a handgun to the Obama event in Arizona last week, attended a fiery anti-Obama sermon the day before the event, in which Pastor Steven Anderson said he was going to "pray for Barack Obama to die and go to hell", Anderson confirmed to TPMmuckraker today. Anderson also said Broughton had informed the pastor about his planned show of arms-bearing, but "he planned out the AR15 thing long before he heard that... (

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27 August 2009

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

The Kenya government has started harmonising crime laws to boost the war on small arms. Solicitor-general Wanjuki Muchemi said the Organised Crime Bill, Terrorism Bill and International Crime Bill are being amended to help combat crime. The changes include harsher penalties for illegal possession of guns, he said, adding that the amendments also seek to address the misuse of firearms by police officers. Light weapons "As a commitment to addressing transnational... (

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27 August 2009

Zimbabwean / Nyasa Times

Malawi is suffering from persistent attacks of gun violence involving small arms from neighbouring countries and within, Minister of Internal Affairs, Aaron Sangala (pictured) says there is need to put in place a National Policy and a National Action Plan to curb the proliferation of firearms. Sangala said the policy will guide decision making in the way the government would like to tackle issues of small arms and light weapons. "I am aware that the Drafting of the... (

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27 August 2009

Courier-Mail (Brisbane) / AAP

Police raids on outlaw motorcycle gangs uncovered an arsenal of weapons, including semi-automatic AK-47s, handguns, silencers, detonators and ammunition. The discovery of the weapons cache, allegedly belonging to the Odins Warriors organisation, comes as the State Government tightens laws to crack down on the gangs, vowing to destroy them by tearing down clubhouses and banning members from socialising if there was evidence of illegal behaviour. The new regulations... (

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