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Gun Policy News, 4 October 2009

United States

4 October 2009

South Coast Today (Massachusetts)

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court is expected to decide whether a state law that requires residents to apply for gun licenses with their local police departments is unconstitutional. The challenge is being brought before the court by Paul W. Patten, a Fall River defense attorney who is representing Nathaniel DePina, 19, a New Bedford man serving a 2-year jail sentence after being convicted last year of illegally carrying a firearm. Patten is appealing DePina's... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 October 2009

New York Times, Editorial

Two innovative bills recently approved by the California Legislature are on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's desk. One would make the state's justice system fairer and more efficient. The other would improve public safety. Neither would add to California's fiscal woes, and both would set a worthy example for the nation. The first bill would expand legal services for the poor. The nation as a whole does a dismal job of providing the indigent with legal counsel in child... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 October 2009

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin)

The handgun used to shoot a Milwaukee police officer last week has been traced to Badger Guns, making that store the sole supplier of all the guns used to wound six officers in two years, police said. Detectives traced the 9mm Hi-Point used in Wednesday's shooting to a sale at Badger in 2007, and police suspect the handgun — a cheap model favored by criminals — was purchased by a "straw buyer," someone who buys a gun for a felon. Badger in West Milwaukee has been... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 October 2009

Washington Post, Opinion

We are now presented with a new challenge to our D.C. gun laws and regulations. In this new lawsuit, celebrated last month by a commentary on this page, the courts are asked to decide whether an individual's Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms includes the right to carry firearms openly or concealed in public for personal protection. This issue arises in the wake of the historic Supreme Court decision in Heller v. District of Columbia and the changes to the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 October 2009

Vacaville Reporter (California)

Vacaville police and fire department personnel rushed to a popular gun store and shooting range Friday afternoon after a report of a shooting. Just after 5 p.m., Vacaville police dispatch got the call that a person at Guns Fishing & Other Stuff on Butcher Road had been shot. Police arrived to find a Vallejo male in his early 20s suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Officer Mark Donaldson. According to police, the victim walked in, showed... (GunPolicy.org)

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