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Gun Policy News, 3 November 2009

United States

3 November 2009

FOX-5 TV News (San Diego)

LA MESA, California — Federal agents arrested a La Mesa man after finding 48 guns and more than 200,000 rounds of ammunition at his house, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced Tuesday. David F. Morgan, 55, was arrested last week after ATF agents searched his home in the 4300 block of Avon Drive. Investigators said that Morgan used falsified information and a phony address to obtain a legitimate Arizona state identification card. They say... (

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United States

3 November 2009

Orlando Sentinel (Florida)

It was a three-year fight, and gun-rights advocates won. The law even survived a legal challenge in federal court. So, are you allowed to bring your gun to work? Yes — sort of. "Florida's Preservation and Protection of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms in Motor Vehicles Act of 2008" isn't completely cut-and-dried. So don't put your pistol in your lunchpail until you know the rules. Permit, please First, not just anyone can bring a gun to work. Only those with a... (

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United States

3 November 2009

Washington Post

In a year of job losses, foreclosures and bag lunches, Americans have spent record-breaking amounts of money on guns and ammunition. The most obvious sign of their demand: empty ammunition shelves. At points during the past year, bullets have been selling faster than factories could make them. Gun owners have bought about 12 billion rounds of ammunition in the past year, industry officials estimate. That's up from 7 billion to 10 billion in a normal year. It has... (

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Central Africa,East Africa,Kenya,Rwanda,Somalia,Sudan,Uganda,Burundi,Congo (DRC)

3 November 2009


NAIROBI — The Regional Center on Small Arms (RECSA) has decried the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the Great Lakes region, Horn of Africa and bordering states. RECSA Executive Secretary Francis Sang noted that the center was working in collaboration with the UN Regional Center for Peace and Disarmament in Africa to promote disarmament. To address this problem, he said, the governments should support the national, sub-regional, regional and... (

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3 November 2009

National Post (Toronto), Editorial

It's a good time for the federal gun registry to die. After 11 years of low-calibre crime-fighting — shooting blanks at bad guys, backfiring financially or taking aim at all the wrong targets — the billion-dollar boondoggle uncovered in 2002 by the Auditor General will likely be placed on the de-registration block Wednesday afternoon. The magic number to send the gun registry kill bill off for committee scrutiny and sober Senate thought is 10 opposition... (

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3 November 2009

Globe & Mail (Toronto), Opinion

The House of Commons will vote today on Bill C-391, which is intended to eliminate the need to register rifles and shotguns. This private member's bill will require the destruction of more than 8,000,000 firearms records. The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police strongly opposes it. The chiefs believe the elimination of Canada's national firearms licensing and registration system for rifles and shotguns will make Canada less safe. We believe it will compromise... (

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Ghana,West Africa

3 November 2009

Ghana News Agency

ACCRA — President John Evans Atta Mills on Tuesday said government would soon put before Parliament the ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms for ratification. To this end, government has scheduled the Convention as one of the key issues on the agenda for discussion at the next Cabinet meeting. President Mills gave the assurance in a speech read for him by Mr Cletus Avorka, Minister of the Interior, at the inauguration of the Ghana Chapter of the West Africa Action... (

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United States

3 November 2009

New York Times / At War: Notes From the Front Lines, Blog

A post here yesterday explored some of the background to controversies surrounding the performance of M-16 and M-4 assault rifles in Afghanistan and Iraq. The latest controversy followed the leak of an Army historian's study that described weapons overheating and jamming in a July 2008 battle in Wanat, Afghanistan. Nine American soldiers died in that fight, at a remote post that insurgents almost overran. Similar reports of malfunctions, and concerns that the M-16 and... (

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3 November 2009

Toronto Star (Ontario), Column

OTTAWA — Some political gifts just keep on giving. Among the most generous is the long-gun registry. Parliament is to vote Wednesday on the future of a sound idea gone horribly wrong. Whatever the result, it will be win-win for Conservatives and lose-lose for public policy. Carelessly created by Jean Chrétien and cynically kept alive by Stephen Harper, the overly complex, needlessly expensive registry is now a national capital icon as well as a wedge political... (

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Mexico,United States

3 November 2009

Associated Press

SAN DIEGO — U.S. authorities on Tuesday reported a spike in seizures of guns and cash along the Mexican border since they began assigning more agents to stem the flow of southbound contraband. Nearly 600 illegal weapons were seized along the border by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials from March through September, an increase of more than 50 percent from the same period of 2008. The agencies seized more than... (

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