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Gun Policy News, 14 October 2009

Thailand,United States,Russia

14 October 2009

Associated Press

BANGKOK — A senior U.S. Justice Department official on Tuesday told Thai officials the extradition of suspected arms dealer Viktor Bout is "a matter of great importance to the United States." U.S. Deputy Attorney General David Ogden told reporters he was "disappointed" by the decision of a Thai lower court in August to reject a U.S. extradition request for the Russian and was hopeful an appeals court would rule to extradite him. No date has been set for the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 October 2009

Pocono Record (Pennsylvania), Editorial

STROUDSBURG, Pennsylvania — "Guns don't kill people, people kill people." Problem is, people with guns ready at hand sometimes use guns as a way to resolve problems. Witness last week's domestic tragedy involving the gun-toting soccer mom from Lebanon whose husband shot her to death, then turned his gun on himself. Two parents dead, three young children, 2, 6 and 10, orphaned. Maybe a gunless 33-year-old Scott Hain would have found another way to kill his... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mexico,United States

14 October 2009

Associated Press

MEXICO CITY — The United States should reinstate a Clinton-era ban on assault weapons to prevent such guns from reaching Mexican drug cartels, former officials from both countries said in a report released Tuesday. The group, which includes two former U.S. ambassadors to Mexico, also said the U.S. should do more to stop the smuggling of firearms and ammunition into Mexico by stepping up investigations of gun dealers and more strictly regulating gun shows. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations,United States

14 October 2009

Reuters

WASHINGTON — The United States reversed policy on Wednesday and said it would back launching talks on a treaty to regulate arms sales as long as the talks operated by consensus, a stance critics said gave every nation a veto. The decision, announced in a statement released by the U.S. State Department, overturns the position of former President George W. Bush's administration, which had opposed such a treaty on the grounds that national controls were better. U.S.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 October 2009

Seattle Times

A ban on guns in certain Seattle park facilities went into effect Wednesday, according to the mayor's office. The move, implemented to protect children, and which has drawn criticism including questions about its legality, will eventually affect hundreds of playgrounds, community centers, sports fields, swimming pools and water-play areas. "When children and families visit a Seattle Parks and Recreation pool, playground, community center or other facility, they are... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 October 2009

San Mateo County Times (California)

DALY CITY — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has shot down a bill that would have prohibited the sale of firearms and ammunition at the Cow Palace. The governor vetoed Senate Bill 585, which sought a ban on gun shows at the state-owned entertainment venue. "I'm just disappointed because we're dealing with high-crime communities being affected by gun violence," Shawn Richard, founder of the San Francisco-based nonprofit Brothers Against Guns, said Tuesday. "Cow Palace gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 October 2009

WHIO-TV News (Ohio)

DAYTON, Ohio — Some changes have been announced by the Bill Goodman's Gun & Knife Show that's been operating at Hara Arena for years. Bill Goodman said he has conducted over 2,500 shows and he is looking into allegations by Mayor Michael Bloomberg's undercover operation and welcomes any law enforcement officials to take a closer look at his operation. Just last week, the Mayor of New York said he uncovered illegal gun sales at several gun shows around the country... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations,United States

14 October 2009

US Department of State (Washington, DC), Media release

Conventional arms transfers are a crucial national security concern for the United States, and we have always supported effective action to control the international transfer of arms. The United States is prepared to work hard for a strong international standard in this area by seizing the opportunity presented by the Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty at the United Nations. As long as that Conference operates under the rule of consensus decision-making needed to... (GunPolicy.org)

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