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Gun Policy News, 9 October 2009


9 October 2009

Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

A teenanger who said he was "playing" with a gun and "just showing off" when he shot his friend in a Sydney bedroom will be released in 2010, a court has heard. The boy, who was 16 at the time of the shooting and cannot be named for legal reasons, was sentenced in the NSW Supreme Court on Friday to a maximum of four years for his friend's manslaughter. He was sentenced to a two-year non-parole period and with time already served he will be eligible for parole on... (

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9 October 2009

Cumberland Courier (New South Wales)

Northern Beaches Police will be turning up on the doorstep of every licensed gun owner in the area over the next four years to check their firearms are stored correctly. Operation Aston follows the gun amnesty that ended on May 31 and will target guns stored incorrectly and the security of gun safes, Northern Beaches Commander Doreen Cruickshank said. "Gun owners have a responsibility to ensure their weapon is safely stored at all times when not in use," Supt... (

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United States

9 October 2009

Philadelphia Inquirer

LEBANON, Pennsylvania — Amid the domestic stillness of just another evening at home, the Hain family's troubles exploded into homicide Wednesday with a mutual friend powerlessly looking on via the Internet. Meleanie Hain, 31, a mother of three and latter-day national symbol of the gun rights movement for her insistence on openly carrying a loaded Glock handgun, was unarmed, in her kitchen, and idly Web-chatting with a family friend. She was, her mother said, about... (

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9 October 2009

News International (Karachi)

ISLAMABAD — The government has categorically said that no foreign diplomat, whether American, Dutch or from any other country, is permitted to carry weapons within the territorial limits of Pakistan. However, recent incidents show the US diplomats in particular have been violating the law of the land frequently. Although, in case of two Dutch diplomats who were caught red-handed on Tuesday while carrying weapons, including hand-grenades, a formal complaint has been... (

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