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Gun Policy News, 20 October 2009


20 October 2009

ABC News (Australia)

Police are investigating the theft of high powered hand guns from a security firm in Morley. Police say 12 semi automatic glock hand guns were stolen from the premises of the security firm West-Sure. The offenders gained entry to the building in Catherine Street by cutting a hole in the iron roof and cutting the alarm. Once inside, they cut open the safe, containing the hand guns and $5,000 coins. Detective Senior Sergeant Nick Fucile says the theft of so many... (

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20 October 2009

Swazi Observer

Prime Minister Dr Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini has assured MPs that it is hard for one to acquire a firearm in the country. He said the procedure involved was long and winding with tough checks and balances so that not everyone acquired a firearm at the end of the day in a bid to protect citizens. The PM said this in response to a question from Hlane MP Mduduzi Magagula who wanted to know the procedure in place for obtaining personal firearms. He also sought to know if... (

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20 October 2009

Advertiser (Adelaide)

A SA Police computer program counted firearms which had been destroyed, causing incorrect data on registered handguns to be made public, it has emerged. It was reported today that there were 41,519 registered handguns in South Australia, but it has now been revealed that this figure was based on wrong information given by SA Police to the Australian Institute of Criminology. AdelaideNow has been told that more than 20,000 handguns which were handed in under the... (

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United States

20 October 2009

Times-Union (Florida)

JACKSONVILLE, Florida — A mishandled gun and an inadvertent shot led to a woman's death Monday afternoon at an Allied Veterans of the World center in Jacksonville. Lt. Larry Schmitt of the Sheriff's Office said the unidentified woman in her early 40s was at the entertainment center in the 5800 block of Normandy Boulevard with several other customers about 3:30 p.m. when she was shot. He said the bullet came from a gun that belonged to another patron — a man who... (

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United States

20 October 2009

Albany Times-Union (New York)

ALBANY — The state's highest court has agreed to hear an appeal by the Hearst Corp., which owns the Times Union, on a state appellate panel's decision not to release the names of current and former Albany police officers who secretly purchased machine guns through the department. The court case centers on the newspaper's challenge of arguments by the city and police officer's union that portions of the records are "personnel" records. In June, a state appellate... (

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20 October 2009

La Voix de l'Est (Quebec)

Translated Summary: Judge denies bail 'without hesitation' to trucker/gun collector caught with 84 smuggled, unregistered, prohibited firearms, noting the accused threatened to blow up the police tipster's house if she reported the guns, as well as the 72 boxes seized for which matching firearms could not be found. The man left Switzerland to avoid paying spousal support to an ex-wife. GRANBY, Quebec — Le tribunal a refusé hier de remettre en liberté un homme... (

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20 October 2009

Winnipeg Free Press (Manitoba), Opinion

The homicide rate had fallen impressively before 2001, but has remained relatively stable since. In 1991, the homicide rate was 2.7 per 100,000; in 1996, the homicide rate was down to 2.1; and by 2000, it had slid to 1.8. By 2005, the rate had risen to 2.0. The gun registry had no impact on suicide rates either. Canadian suicide rates have declined more slowly after 2001 than before. The national suicide rate was 12.6 per 100,000 in 1991, 13.3 in 1996 and 11.7 in 2000.... (

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Costa Rica,United Nations,United States

20 October 2009

Daily News (Costa Rica)

President Oscar Arias is viewing the United States' interest in an Arms Trade Treaty as one more trophy to put on his wall. The disarmament advocate celebrated a statement made by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, which announced the commitment of her country to the establishment of international standards for arms trading. Arias said the U.S. interest "is encouraging" because it represents "a radical" change from previously held positions. But it is also... (

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United States

20 October 2009

Express (Milwaukee)

Milwaukee officials united behind a major new effort to reduce the devastation caused by handguns in Wisconsin until, inexplicably, some of those same officials began negotiating against themselves. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Police Chief Ed Flynn and Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm put together an impressively coordinated campaign against handgun violence after tracing the last six shootings of Milwaukee police officers back to one gun store in West... (

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Saudi Arabia

20 October 2009

National (Abu Dhabi)

JEDDAH — Saudi Arabia has said it will allow the sale of personal firearms in an attempt to undercut the illegal arms trade in the kingdom, in a move many see as aimed at militants and Yemeni arms dealers who are benefiting from the current insurgency in Yemen. The decision, however, has raised concerns that the greater availability of weapons could lead to an increase in violent incidents among ordinary Saudis. Arms smuggling is on the rise in the kingdom,... (

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20 October 2009

Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines — Some 700 old and unserviceable firearms were burned at the Philippine National Police headquarters in Camp Crame on Monday to be recycled into farming tools and implements. These 700 firearms, said PNP spokesman Senior Superintendent Leonardo Espina, consisted of rifles, shotguns and handguns that were confiscated from criminal groups. Some of these firearms were also unserviceable government-owned firearms. The burning was held in... (

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