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Gun Policy News, 6 October 2009


6 October 2009

Sydney Morning Herald

The Shooters' Party is pushing for the state's gun laws to be overhauled to allow children of any age to fire air rifles on approved shooting ranges if they are under the supervision of an adult. A private members' bill will be introduced in the next session of Parliament to change the laws to remove any age restrictions that currently only allow children over 12 to shoot air rifles, the Shooters' MP Roy Smith said. Mr Smith said the proposed amendments to the state's... (

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United States

6 October 2009

Los Angeles Times, Editorial

Last year, the Supreme Court declared in a Washington, D.C., case that the constitutional right to keep and bear arms belongs to individuals and not, as gun-control advocates had hoped, just to state militias. Last week, the court agreed to decide whether that broad, and debatable, interpretation of the 2nd Amendment applies to states as well as the federal government. At issue is a Chicago law imposing stringent restrictions on gun ownership, including a ban on the... (

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6 October 2009

Halifax Chronicle Journal (Nova Scotia)

YARMOUTH — RCMP say a man was shot in the back while riding an ATV early Sunday in Carleton Village, Shelburne County. Michael Laurie Goulden, 49, appeared in Yarmouth provincial court Monday after he is alleged to have shouldered a 12-gauge shotgun and opened fire at close range on two ATV riders in the pre-dawn darkness. He is charged with assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm, pointing a gun and careless use of a firearm. He was released on $500... (

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6 October 2009

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

Owners of illegal guns and police officers who rent their firearms to criminals could soon face the death penalty. Law enforcement agencies are pushing for tighter gun control and have proposed a raft of tough measures to be discussed by the Cabinet soon. These include an amendment to the Firearms Act, the law governing the legal ownership of guns. According to the latest proposals contained in the National Policy on Small Arms and Light Weapons, no one will be... (

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6 October 2009

Graphic (Ghana)

A former Technical Advisor and National Co-ordinator of the Small Arms Commission, Nana Frema Busia, has urged the Government to investigate the circumstances under which the commission was closed down and her appointment terminated by the Kufuor administration. At a press conference in Accra, Nana Frema Busia who is a daughter of former Prime Minister Kofi Abrefa Busia, said the commission was established to mop up small arms in the country, which according to... (

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United Nations

6 October 2009

Agence France Presse

LONDON — Some 2.1 million people have died either directly or indirectly from armed violence over the last three years as talks on a global arms trade treaty have stalled, campaigners said Wednesday. More than 2,000 people have died from such violence every day since 2006, when governments agreed on the need to regulate the arms trade, said British charity Oxfam and 11 other non-governmental organisations. "Eight out of every 10 governments want to get an arms trade... (

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6 October 2009

ABC News (Australia)

In New South Wales, laws that restrict young people from using air rifles at shooting ranges are being targeted by the small but powerful Shooters Party. It will introduce what it says are common sense amendments to the next sittings of Parliament to allow kids under 12 to go shooting with their families. But the Coalition for Gun Control says it is a dangerous scenario and has accused the gun lobby group of trying to recruit young people. Roy Smith from the Shooters... (

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