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Gun Policy News, 27 October 2009

United Kingdom,Scotland

27 October 2009

BBC News

Gun crime in Scotland has fallen to its lowest level in a decade, while the number of deaths and injuries from such weapons reached a 30-year low. Offences involving guns dropped 17% to 949 in 2008-09, compared with 1,144 the previous year, official figures showed. But police solved fewer gun-related crimes, as the offence clear-up rate fell from 64% to 59%. Scots ministers welcomed the figures, while using them to again call for gun control to be devolved to... (

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United Kingdom

27 October 2009

Evening Standard (London)

The Met this afternoon halted the deployment of regular armed patrols in London gun crime hotspots. The announcement came after the Evening Standard revealed the anger of residents' groups and Metropolitan Police Authority members. Opponents said there had been no consultation and there were fears it could lead to the arming of all police. Pilot patrols from the CO19 firearms unit have been sent to estates in Tottenham, Haringey and Brixton, senior officers in CO19... (

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