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Gun Policy News, 25 October 2009


25 October 2009

Edmonton Sun (Ontario)

OTTAWA — Conservatives are ramping up their fight to kill the gun registry with a series of hard-hitting ads targeting a dozen or more opposition MPs, Sun Media has learned. The series of radio spots to hit airwaves Monday will directly call on Liberal and NDP MPs in designated rural ridings to stand up for their constituents in a Nov. 4 vote to repeal the registry. Conservatives expect the vote on C-391, a private member's bill sponsored by Manitoba Tory MP Candice... (

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United Nations

25 October 2009

Inter Press Service News Agency

UNITED NATIONS — The impact of global weapons trafficking on children and their recruitment as fighters should be on the agenda of talks for an international Arms Trade Treaty, say United Nations experts and non-governmental organisations. Formal negotiations on the treaty have not gotten off the ground since the vast majority of U.N. member states approved a proposal to target illicit small arms trafficking three years ago. But a group of seven countries, led by... (

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United States

25 October 2009

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin)

Badger Guns sold a .38-caliber revolver to a 55-year-old woman, despite warning signs that she was buying the gun for her felon boyfriend, according to court records. Sherrill Worthy went to Badger in November 2008 to buy a gun for James Funches, a convicted drug dealer who was wanted on a weapons charge in Arkansas, records show. The clerk at Badger stood behind the counter and asked Worthy which gun she wanted, she said. "(Funches) picked it out. He told me which... (

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New Zealand

25 October 2009

Sunday Star Times (New Zealand)

Drive 10 minutes over the hill from Upper Hutt and you emerge in Whitemans Valley, a pleasant little settlement of lifestyle blocks and farms, with pine forests dotted over the surrounding hills. It's an idyllic setting, but all is not well in paradise, as evidenced by the home-made billboard at one gate: "Real men 'hunt' fenced deer — yeah right". The subject of signwriter Andrew Walker's sarcasm is a safari park on his neighbour's property, approved by the Upper... (

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United States

25 October 2009

The Hill (Washington DC)

A push in Congress for broader gun rights is threatening to derail Amtrak and stall a transportation spending bill. Gun-rights advocates in Congress are pressing appropriators to keep a provision that would let Amtrak passengers check in handguns with their baggage. The provision, which calls for withholding $1.5 billion in Amtrak funding if the policy isn't implemented before April, was inserted into the $68.8 billion Senate transportation and housing and urban... (

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South Africa

25 October 2009

South African Press Association

JOHANNESBURG — President Jacob Zuma has raised concerns about current guns laws, saying there were too many guns in South Africa, SABC News reported on Sunday. "This country which has such a high level of violent crime, has too many guns in the hands of the citizens," he said at a rally outside Tzaneen in Limpopo. "We need to look at the law, whether we should all have guns." Zuma said even people who had legal firearms could have them stolen by criminals. "They... (

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United States

25 October 2009

Associated Press

NASHVILLE — A landlord can legally prohibit tenants who hold handgun carry permits from bringing their weapons into a rented apartment, according to an opinion from Attorney General Bob Cooper that was released today. The opinion came in response to a request from state Rep. Tony Shipley, R-Kingsport, who said he had thought the answer would have been to the contrary. Shipley said the question was raised by an adult University of Tennessee student who had been... (

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