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Gun Policy News, 9 November 2009

Bangladesh,South Asia

9 November 2009

New Nation (Dhaka) / BSS

DHAKA — Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith on Sunday strongly suggested destroying all illegal arms for ensuring security and peace in the country. The Finance Minister said this while inaugurating a two-day regional seminar on small arms control in the city. He criticised candidly the practice of keeping all illegal arms and ammunition intact after capturing those from smugglers, illigaly arms traders and miscreants. "We see illegal arms and ammunition are... (

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India,China,South Asia

9 November 2009

Times of India / TNN

NEW DELHI — The government on Sunday indicated that China might be a source of small arms for naxalites who may be procuring them through smugglers. "Chinese are big smugglers… suppliers of small arms. I am sure that the Maoists also get them," home secretary G K Pillai said when asked if the naxals had links with China. He, however, made it clear that the government had no information that the Maoists had any links with China except getting arms. "I do not... (

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United States

9 November 2009

Age (Melbourne)

By now you will have heard of Major Nidal Malak Hasan, the US Army psychiatrist who shot 13 of his colleagues dead and wounded 31 inside the Army's largest base, Fort Hood in Texas last Thursday. Taryale Petter, John Herman, Jason Rodriques and Marcus Gonzalez are names you may not know. Taryale was only 15 years old. Early Friday morning, aboard his Philadelphia school bus, he pulled a handgun from his bag and shot another child. Hermann, a Minnesota cop, on Tuesday... (

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Gambia,West Africa,United Nations

9 November 2009

Daily Observer (Banjul)

Every year, millions around the world suffer as a result of the non-regulation of the global arms trade. This year, on 30th October, 2009 at the United Nations, after years of discussions and debates, the vast majority of governments — 153 in total — agreed on a timetable to establish a"strong and robust Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) with the highest common standards to control international transfers of conventional arms, a press release from WANEP-Gambia stated. There... (

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United Kingdom,Northern Ireland,United States

9 November 2009


Smith & Wesson Holding Corp (SWHC.O), known for its 157-year-old handguns business, expects to nearly double its annual sales in the next three to five years, the company said in a filing. The Springfield, Massachusetts-based company which forecast $650 million in yearly sales also expects gross margins of 35 to 36 percent by that time, boosted by its acquisition of privately held Universal Safety Response Inc (USR). It posted gross margins of 29.2 percent on sales of... (

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9 November 2009

Vancouver Sun

Will Canadians ignore the irony of Parliament scrapping the long-gun registry the day before two more mass shootings in the United States and just before the 20th anniversary of the massacre of 14 women by a man with a rifle at a Montreal university? Prime Minister Stephen Harper had better hope so because the stratagem of using a private member's bill is a transparent attempt to subvert what Canadians clearly want while evading accountability for the decision. The... (

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