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Gun Policy News, 23 October 2009


23 October 2009

Daily Nation (Barbados)

Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin has ordered a full-scale internal investigation into the theft of two police Glock guns. His comments followed the arrest and charging on Wednesday of Police Constable Ron Connell in connection with the theft of one of the guns from the Holetown Police Station. Connell, 29, of Golden Mile, St Peter, appeared at the Holetown Magistrates' Court yesterday to answer the charge. "I've ordered an internal inquiry into our procedures to... (

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23 October 2009

China Post (Taiwan)

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The government has decided to maintain the present tight gun control despite a call for liberalizing the regulations on owning lethal weapons to help people defend themselves. Legislator Yu Tien of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party urged the government yesterday to follow the U.S. practice of easing the rules to allow law-abiding citizens to own handguns to protect themselves. Yu said that gun smuggling is "quite common" in Taiwan, which... (

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United Kingdom

23 October 2009

Associated Press

LONDON — Wielding submachine guns and pistols, British police are making rare armed patrols in crime-blighted London neighborhoods — a change in law enforcement tactics that may prompt calls for the wider use of weapons by the country's traditionally unarmed Bobbies. London's police department said Friday that a new armed unit is carrying out regular sweeps of districts riven by gun battles between rival drug gangs. Unlike typical police procedure, the team of... (

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23 October 2009

IRIN (UN News)

ACCRA — Blacksmith Sarpong, 35, operates a small shop in Ghana's second largest city, Kumasi. He is trained to produce cooking utensils, but prefers to make guns as he can earn more money that way. When sales are good his shop brings in US$1,000 a week, he said. Foreigners paying better than Ghanaians. "Most of my buyers are from Nigeria or Sierra Leone." "I can make an AK for you if you have the money," he told IRIN. Sarpong sells to clients using a gun-runner... (

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