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Gun Policy News, 22 October 2009

United Kingdom

22 October 2009

Telegraph (UK)

A hand-picked team from CO19, the Metropolitan Police's elite firearms unit, will walk the beat in gun crime hotspots where armed gangs have turned entire estates into "no go" zones. Local politicians and anti-gun campaigners have reacted with anger at the news that the officers will carry Heckler & Koch MP5 submachine guns — capable of firing up to 800 rounds-per-minute — and Glock semi-automatic pistols. CO19 currently provides armed support in volatile... (

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United States

22 October 2009

New York Times

Cerberus plans to float the gun maker Freedom Group soon. It better hurry. President Obama's election victory sent weapon sales — and the valuations of firearms producers — higher. Falling backlogs hint that sales could plunge. This gun bubble may backfire. Two sparks set off this speculative burst. First, fears of economic calamity inspired sales of weapons. The assault-rifle-style autoload SR-556 is useful for shooting varmints and for "personal defense,"... (

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United States

22 October 2009

Washington Times

For a decade, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been forbidden by Congress from doing research on gun-control issues. Such piddling hurdles as federal law don't matter to the Obama administration. With a wave of a hand, the CDC has simply redefined gun-control research so the ban no longer applies. They're not researching guns; they're researching alcohol sales and their impact on gun violence, or researching how teens carrying guns affect the rates... (

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United States

22 October 2009

Boston Globe

BRAINTREE, Massachusetts — Once a month on a Saturday, the Braintree Rifle & Pistol Club hosts the Second Amendment Sisters, a national organization that advocates and provides firearms training for women. Women who have never held a gun before are invited to learn to shoot. The club provides the weapons and ammunition, and the cost to the woman learning typically does not exceed $10. The novices will have different goals: Some want to feel safer when walking... (

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United States

22 October 2009

Charleston Gazette (West Virginia), Editorial

CHARLESTON, West Virgiunia — Since 2000, Kanawha County has issued 13,272 five-year permits to carry concealed pistols, according to Lt. Rick Rose in the sheriff's department. Cabell County has issued perhaps 4,000 in that period. Statewide, the grand total probably is over 100,000. Presumably, all those West Virginia pistol-packers carry hidden guns because they think it makes them safer. But a new federal study concludes that people with concealed pistols are four... (

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Canada,United States

22 October 2009

KFYR-TV News (North Dakota)

BISMARCK, North Dakota — A man has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison for buying about two dozen handguns smuggled into Canada by two North Dakota college students who traded the pistols for cash and drugs. Gokhan Ozturk was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Bismarck on charges of conspiracy to export firearms and conspiracy to distribute the drug Ecstacy. Ozturk, 23, of Winnipeg, was given a 57-month sentence with credit for nine months already... (

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22 October 2009

Tri-City News (British Columbia)

The former owner of a Port Coquitlam gun store received two years' probation and a 10-year firearm ban for illegally possessing a prohibited weapon without a licence. Several other charges against Shahriar Tavazoie and his common-law wife Maryam Behagh were stayed by the Crown. Tavazoie and Behagh, who operated Sureshot Hunting and Tactical on Prairie Avenue in PoCo, were arrested in February and initially charged with importing firearms knowing it is unauthorized... (

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22 October 2009

Red River Valley Echo (Manitoba)

The first hour of debate has passed and the second hour is scheduled for Oct. 28 on Portage-Lisgar MP Candice Hoeppner's private members bill that seeks to eliminate the long gun registry for rifles and shotguns. The first vote on the issue could be as soon as Nov. 4. Hoeppner said support seems to be high, adding if party leaders allow a free vote, the long gun registry requirement for businesses and individuals could be gone. "That's what we're hoping for," she... (

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22 October 2009

Edmonton Sun (Alberta)

The Edmonton man charged in connection with today's hostage-taking drama at the WCB headquarters is an angry crack cocaine abuser, says his fearful ex-wife. And, in a recent court-filed affidavit in support of a restraining order, Kristy Clarke, the former common-law wife of Patrick Charles Clayton, alleges he has harassed her and vandalized her home since they split up in 2005. "I am afraid that (Clayton) will continue to send me degrading and threatening text and... (

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United States

22 October 2009

Boston Herald

Bay State gun shops operate under some of the strictest laws in the nation when it comes to providing firepower to the public. Federal investigators said that in the case of Tarek Mehanna, the inability to get an assault rifle likely jammed his alleged plot to pull off a shopping mall massacre somewhere in Massachusetts. "Massachusetts is not a firearm-friendly state," said Robert Kalil, who manages Gun and Sport North. Since 1953, the shop had been located in... (

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22 October 2009

Taiwan News / CAN

TAIPEI — The government will not consider legalizing gun ownership by the country's citizens, Minister of the Interior Jiang Yi-huah said Thursday. Jiang said the disadvantages of allowing gun ownership outweigh the benefits and that the ministry will only consider allowing security guards to carry firearms. He was responding to a call by opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Yu Tien to allow law-abiding citizens to own handguns to protect... (

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22 October 2009

RIA Novosti (Russia)

KLIMOVSK — Russia is working to reach an agreement with China on copyright protection of Kalashnikov assault rifles, the head of Russia's state arms exporter Rosoboronexport said Thursday. "We have received China's national patent for Kalashnikov products. The documents have been handed to the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation to prepare and conclude an intergovernmental agreement in the field," Anatoly Isaikin told journalists. Isaikin said the... (

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22 October 2009

West Australian (Perth)

Semi-automatic handguns such as the 12 stolen during a sophisticated break-in at a Morley security company on Tuesday morning were being shopped around Perth's underworld black market within hours of the theft. The West Australian has spoken to an underworld associate who says he received a telephone call shortly after 9.30am on Tuesday from a known criminal. The man was offering Glock handguns for about $3500 each with ammunition. The newspaper can also reveal that... (

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South Africa

22 October 2009

Times (South Africa)

Despite police promises to curb shopping mall robberies, there have been at least three armed heists in the past week — including a large-scale assault on Menlyn Retail Park, in Pretoria. In the latest incident, a security guard was injured and a shopper had a close encounter with death. The drama began at 9am yesterday when at least 12 armed men simultaneously robbed a jewellery store and a bank in the mall. Police said the suspects drove around Menlyn Retail... (

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