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Gun Policy News, 24 November 2009

Honduras

24 November 2009

Deutsche Presse-Agentur

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Honduran authorities began disarming voters in a bid to avoid violent confrontations at Sunday's presidential and parliamentary elections. The order to hand in weapons also applies to gun owners with licences, authorities said Monday. The firearms are due to be returned after the polls. Meanwhile the Honduran army began the distribution of election materials across the country. De-facto leader Roberto Micheletti said Thursday he intended to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Switzerland

24 November 2009

SwissInfo

Questions are being raised in Switzerland over exports of weapons and war material — and not only by the pacifists behind the nationwide vote on November 29. The government in its official information brochure for voters describes its policy of trading war material as restrictive, transparent, tough and not open to frequent abuses. Throughout its campaign the pacifist group for a Switzerland without an Army has tried to undermine the clean Swiss image. It has... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

24 November 2009

New York Daily News

The great state of South Carolina is putting its own sick twist on Black Friday with a tax holiday on firearm purchases. Not cars. Not clothes. Certainly not books. Just guns. For the 48 hours following Thanksgiving, gun buyers will enjoy a break of up to 9% in state and local taxes. Firearms traffickers are not expected to pass the savings on to New York criminals, but what is called "the extrava-gun-za" and "Second Amendment Weekend" is sure to help South... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

24 November 2009

Associated Press

NEW YORK — New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy are introducing a bill to crack down on illegal gun trafficking. They said Tuesday the bill would make it a crime to traffic in firearms and would also go after middlemen who buy a gun for someone else so that person can evade background checks. The bill would provide funding for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to hire 1,500 agents and investigators. Gillibrand said the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

24 November 2009

Philadelphia Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police is seeking to confiscate all 19 guns registered to Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. over his alleged connection with the slaughter of 57 people in Maguindanao last week. The Civil Security Group (CSG) has revoked all gun licenses issued to Ampatuan on orders of PNP Director Gen. Jesus Verzosa, said the CSG director, Chief Supt. Ireno Bacolod, in an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer over the phone... (GunPolicy.org)

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