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Gun Policy News, 20 November 2009


20 November 2009

Age (Melbourne)

The personal aide to Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Simon Overland carried a semi-automatic pistol, police confirmed last night. A spokesman said Mr Overland, who has headed inquiries including the anti-underworld Purana Taskforce, was a public figure and had a high profile as a result of his position. He said the aide had undertaken appropriate training courses to use the firearm, believed to be a Glock 9mm pistol. Mr Overland has spearheaded anti-violence... (

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20 November 2009

IRIN (UN News)

HARARE — The recent "suicide" of a senior army officer in the wake of a break-in at a military armoury in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, is sowing fears that the missing guns may be used to fuel instability. In late October, 20 Chinese manufactured AK-47s and a number of shotguns were stolen from the armoury at the Pomona army barracks in Harare. The deputy commander of Pomona barracks, Major Maxwell Samudzi, had "committed suicide" while being held in solitary... (

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Northern Mariana Islands

20 November 2009

Pacific News Centre (Guam)

GUAM — Authorities in Saipan confirm that a lone gunman has killed 5 people including himself. Two of the victims were boys. Initial reports say the first shooting occurred about 1pm this afternoon at a gun range in Kannat Tabla where 3 people were killed, including the 2 boys. A number of other children were also injured. The shooter then reportedly drove to the north end of Saipan to Marpi Point where he reportedly shot another person and then turned the gun on... (

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United States

20 November 2009

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Tennessee's new law allowing people with handgun permits to be armed in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol is unconstitutionally vague, a judge ruled on Friday. Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman said the law, enacted earlier this year over the veto of Gov. Phil Bredesen, is "fraught with ambiguity." She ruled after an hour of arguments in a lawsuit brought by a group of plaintiffs, many of them restaurant owners. More than 257,000 people have... (

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Northern Mariana Islands

20 November 2009

BBC News

At least five people have died in a shooting incident on the Pacific island of Saipan. Eight were wounded in the incident, including a group of South Korean tourists. The gunman was among the dead. Saipan is part of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, which is administered by the US. The islands have a population of 90,000, and lie between Hawaii and the Philippines. Their economy relies largely on tourism. 'Isolated case' Saipan's Deputy... (

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20 November 2009

Kenya Broadcasting Corporation

The government will mop out all illegal firearms in the insecurity prone areas of North Rift and Upper Eastern parts at the country in order to improve security in those areas. The minister for state in charge of internal security and provincial Administration, Prof. George Saitoti said over the years, the country had experienced proliferation of small and light fire arms due to its porous borders with her unstable neighbours. He said prolonged drought and instability... (

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