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Gun Policy News, 26 October 2009

United Kingdom,Scotland

26 October 2009

Times (UK)

Shotgun and rifle crime has more than doubled in Scotland because police have been so effective in cracking down on handgun smugglers, it emerged yesterday. Gangs finding it harder to access the smaller weapons are instead arming themselves with shotguns and rifles stolen from licensed holders. The Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency says that a recent rise in illegal handgun trade led officers to crack down on smugglers. In response, many criminals have been... (

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Trinidad & Tobago

26 October 2009

Trinidad and Tobago Express

A massive search was launched last night to recover 15 loaded guns which were stolen from a Woodbrook security company by two men, one pretending to be a police officer. Roadblocks were set up as far as Chaguanas and other areas throughout the country within 60 minutes after the robbery as the police fear the distribution of the cache of weapons into the hands of criminals could prove to be a major stumbling block in their war against crime. Police said, at around... (

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26 October 2009

London Free Press (Ontario)

OTTAWA — A federal spending watchdog group is picking up arms in the brewing battle to kill the gun registry, but the pro-control side is fighting back. The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is flooding its 60,000 supporters with letters today urging them to lobby MPs and party leaders to help abolish the 14-year-old gun registry. The debate is heating up before a scheduled Nov. 4 vote on private member's bill C-391 to repeal the registry. CTF federal director Kevin... (

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United States

26 October 2009

Florida Today

PALM BAY, Florida — A convicted felon fired a shotgun blast through his bedroom wall Sunday morning, striking an unsuspecting 50-year-old woman in the head and face in the apartment next door, Palm Bay police said. The shooting occurred at 9:15 a.m. in Building 1500 of the Windwood Apartments, a complex just northeast of the Palm Bay Road-Babcock Street intersection. Police arrested William L. Santana, 53, and charged him with possession of a firearm by a convicted... (

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United Nations,United States

26 October 2009

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia), Blog

The folks at United Nations headquarters in New York City, and our "allies" at Number 10 Downing Street in London, must be rubbing their hands with glee. Gun control groups here and abroad likewise are at last quietly cheering. Why? After a decade and a half of pushing unsuccessfully to secure America's support for a legally-binding, international instrument to regulate the marketing, transfer and brokering in firearms, they are now on the brink of success. The process... (

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United States

26 October 2009

Tri-County Times (Michigan)

FENTON TOWNSHIP — The Genesee County Sheriff's Department recovered several firearms on Sunday, some of which were stolen from a Fenton Township home on Monday, Oct. 19. Sheriff Robert Pickell, said a home in the 4100 block of McFarlan Drive, off Rolston Road, was burglarized sometime before 5:46 p.m. on Oct. 19. The suspects broke into the attached garage and entered the inside of the home through an unlocked door, said Pickell. Once inside the home, the suspects... (

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26 October 2009


KLIMOVSK, Russia — Approaching 90, the inventor of the Kalashnikov assault rifle has one big regret: The almost unstoppable Kalashnikov, designed in 1947, has become the weapon of choice for militants and rebels from Liberia to Afghanistan as well as gangsters and drug traffickers. "It is painful for me to see when criminal elements of all kinds fire from my weapon," Mikhail Kalashnikov said in a videotaped address to a conference of Russian arms traders and... (

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United States

26 October 2009

Sun-Sentinel (Florida)

FORT PIERCE — A 39-year-old Vero Beach man was arrested Saturday after being found with a short-barrel assault rifle outside a gun show at the Havert L. Fenn Center in Fort Pierce, according to a recently released arrest affidavit and a sheriff's official. James Mathew Kennedy, of the 1000 block of 27th Avenue Southwest, took the AR15-type rifle into the gun show, where he went to buy parts, officials said. They gave this account: The rifle had a barrel length about... (

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Mexico,United States

26 October 2009

Las Vegas Sun (Nevada)

A man has pleaded guilty to using straw buyers to purchase at least 28 rifles and handguns in Las Vegas, knowing that the weapons were going to be taken to Mexico for criminal activity, U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden of Nevada said today. Claudio Caesar Penunuri, 34, pleaded guilty Friday before U.S. District Judge James C. Mahan to dealing in firearms without a license, Bogden said. Penunuri, also known as "Zorra" and "Arturo Cardenas," is scheduled to be sentenced... (

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