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Gun Policy News, 13 January 2010

Philippines

13 January 2010

Associated Press

MANILA, Philippines - The first witness to testify against a powerful clan member accused of leading a pre-election massacre of 57 people in the southern Philippines said Wednesday he saw the defendant and his family firing guns as victims knelt and begged for their lives. The testimony came on the second day of the murder trial of Andal Ampatuan Jr., the top suspect in the Nov. 23 killings of journalists, relatives and supporters of a rival who was challenging... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

13 January 2010

Australian Associated Press

A TEENAGE boy in Brisbane has been accused of carrying a gun and planning to cause fear. Police said the 14-year-old boy had the gun while travelling on the Sandgate train line about 2pm (AEST) yesterday. The boy was charged with going armed so as to cause fear and unlawful possession of weapons. He will be dealt with under the provisions of the Juvenile Justice... (GunPolicy.org)

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Philippines

13 January 2010

The National (Abu Dhabi)

MANILA // The Philippine government imposes a total ban on carrying firearms throughout the country today in the run-up to the general elections on May 10. As well, police and military units are moving throughout the nation to dismantle private armies in an attempt to keep political violence down. Police and the military have identified between 90 and 132 private armies and have designated more than 500 towns and municipalities as "hot spots" prone to election... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 January 2010

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia)

A controversial bill to allow licensed gun owners in Georgia to carry concealed weapons most places other than the courthouse and the jailhouse is headed to a House subcommittee for closer scrutiny after a lengthy hearing Thursday. Rep. Rich Golick (R-Smyrna), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee on noncivil matters, said a subcommittee will be able to "hash out" some of the concerns about the bill, mostly centering on an expansion of the rights of licensed gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 January 2010

Baltimore Sun

Here's the tally from the Baltimore police commissioner's war on bad guys with guns during the opening minute of 2010: -A blue .38-caliber Smith & Wesson with four rounds in the chamber. -A 9 mm PA-63 semiautomatic handgun. -A .38-caliber Rossi revolver. -A Mossburg 12-gauge shotgun. -A chrome two-shot, .38-caliber Derringer pistol. Five guns, four suspects, two houses. These guns and arrests were made at rowhouses in East and Northwest Baltimore by police... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

13 January 2010

CBC News (Toronto)

A veteran Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officer is facing two firearms charges after his gun was stolen from his parked car in mid-December. A lawyer for Sgt. Campbell Feehan, 47, was in provincial court in St. John's Tuesday morning to hear a judge lay one charge of careless use of a firearm and a second charge of failure to properly store a firearm. Feehan's lawyer, Brad Wicks, is expected to appear in court again to enter Feehan's plea on Feb. 2. Police allege... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

13 January 2010

Sydney Morning Herald

Lax security at home, a spate of gun thefts from armoured van guards and people keeping weapons in unlocked cars and under their pillows has contributed to an 11 per cent jump in the national gun theft rate. In the latest Firearm Theft in Australia report from the Australian Institute of Criminology, researchers found that 1,712 firearms - including rifles, shotguns, pistols and even black-powder revolvers - were stolen between June 2007 and July 2008. Almost a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 January 2010

Associated Press

CRANBERRY, Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania state police believe a man fatally ambushed a state trooper responding to a domestic dispute, and also killed his wife before turning the gun on himself, investigators said Wednesday. Lt. Col. Lenny Bandy said a man police couldn't see yelled from a window as two troopers responded to a dispute at the home of Michael J. Smith, 44, shortly after 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. When the troopers yelled back for the man to present himself, a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 January 2010

Associated Press

PHOENIX - Authorities say they have arrested an Arizona woman who traded her 2-year-old daughter for a gun. Maricopa County sheriff's deputies arrested 33-year-old Tanya Nareau of Mesa on Tuesday after receiving a tip. Deputies say they spoke with a family friend who had the child and confirmed Nareau gave the girl to him for gun. Deputies say Nareau felt the friend would do a better job raising the child than she would. Authorities say Nareau has been charged with... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 January 2010

Associated Press

MARIETTA, Georgia - The rampage started when a camouflage-clad gunman parked his pickup at the Atlanta-area truck rental company, authorities said, and started firing his handgun into a crowd of ex-colleagues. By the time the attack at the Penske Truck Rental facility was over, three people were dead and two more were in critical condition. Jessie James Warren, a 60-year-old former technician who last worked at the facility six months ago, was arrested and charged with... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 January 2010

Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine - A gun collector who introduced several weapons into sexual play with two other men contends the fatal shooting of one of them in Maine last spring was an accident. The trial has shed light on a dungeon in a South Portland home filled with sex toys that three men used as a drug-fueled escape from reality. Assistant Attorney General Lisa Marchese (mahr-KAY'-zee) told jurors the focus should be on the handling of the gun — not the sexual acts in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 January 2010

Seattle Times

Allowing guns in Snohomish County parks got no support from the Democratic majority on the County Council Wednesday — even if state law suggests that the county's existing ban can't be legally enforced. The council's lone Republican, John Koster, said a 1971 county law that prohibits firearms and other weapons in parks is more restrictive than state law and should be repealed. He argued that state law doesn't allow cities or counties to enact firearm regulations, but... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 January 2010

Ely Times

CARSON CITY -- Judges throughout Nevada will conduct studies to determine whether additional security measures should be taken at local and state courthouses, Supreme Court Chief Justice Ron Parraguirre announced Thursday. "We have seen what can occur, and we need to be sure we can protect our judges, court staff and citizens," Parraguirre said. The announcement comes after Monday's gunbattle at the Lloyd George U.S. Courthouse in Las Vegas in which two people were... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 January 2010

MidHudsonNews.com

NEWBURGH – City officials say Newburgh will participate in Orange County's latest gun buyback program on January 16 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The buyback program is part of a countywide effort to get guns off the streets and keep them out of dangerous hands. In exchange for the weapons being turned in, no questions asked, the person turning the gun in will receive Shoprite gift cards. They range from $25 to $150 depending upon the condition and type of weapon turned... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

13 January 2010

BBC News

Four firearms have been anonymously handed in to Bristol police in one day as part of an operation to cut gun crime in the city The weapons, three handguns and a shotgun, were handed in anonymously to police at Trinity Road station. An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said criminals were handing over the guns as "they know the pressure's on". The operation, piloted in the city, will be rolled out across the force if it continues to be effective. Ch Insp Paul Mogg,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 January 2010

NewsAdvance, Opinion

Who needs to buy more than one handgun a month? And why? Those were reasonable questions raised 17 years ago when the General Assembly approved then-Gov. Douglas Wilder's proposal to limit the sale of weapons in the state's fight against crime. That limitation to the purchase of one handgun (or pistol, if you prefer) a month reduced the proliferation of weapons traveling up and down Interstate 95 and the violence that accompanied them. After taking a look at the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 January 2010

Examiner (Atlanta)

The scene of a mass murder yesterday afternoon is inside a "school safety zone." Few details are known about why an ex-employee of a Penske Truck Rental facility in Kennesaw entered his former place of business and shot five people, killing three. No motive is yet being discussed. Another thing that is not being discussed is the location of the murders. The Penske Truck Rental facility is located in one of Georgia's "school safety zones," an area extending 1,000 feet... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

13 January 2010

Courier-Mail (Brisbane)

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with firearms offences after stepping on to a train at Toombul on Brisbane's northside allegedly armed with an air rifle. Police were called to the station at about 2.20pm yesterday after concerned commuters on the southbound Sandgate-line train raised the alarm. The boy initially claimed he found the firearm but further enquiries revealed the air rifle was allegedly stolen. He was charged with going armed in public, stealing and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 January 2010

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia), Opinion

The time is now for Georgia's citizens to be given back their rights as protected by the Second Amendment and the Constitution of Georgia. Georgians have, since our founding, been allowed under state law to possess and carry firearms. In recent times, more and more restrictions have been placed upon our lawful citizens for many different and various reasons. Well-intended legislators, responding to single incidents, attempted to fix problems, real and perceived, with... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 January 2010

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia), Opinion

If your children are attending a university in Georgia, would you prefer their classmates and teachers be armed with handguns? Or would you prefer that everyone simply have books? As of July 1, 2008, Georgia lawmakers already increased the areas where guns can be legally carried to include public transportation, state parks and restaurants that serve alcohol. But now state Sen. Mitch Seabaugh (R-Sharpsburg) and another gun proponent, state Rep. Tim Bearden (R-Villa... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

13 January 2010

New Zealand Herald

Almost two thirds of people do not want police carrying guns on general duties, saying it is enough to have the armed offenders squad. In a Herald survey, 31 per cent of the 2296 respondents supported allowing all police to carry firearms at all times. But 65 per cent believed only the armed offenders squad should carry guns, showing strong support for current police practice. Only 1.2 per cent of those polled believed police should not be armed in any circumstances,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Philippines

13 January 2010

Time (USA)

An off-duty policeman with a .45 caliber pistol casually tucked into his trousers was the first person to be arrested in the Philippines' new six-month ban on carrying firearms in public — a measure aimed at reducing political killings during the election season that has only just started but is already violent. The hapless cop was reportedly stopped at a police checkpoint in the capital region's Quezon City just 30 minutes into the gun ban that began on Jan. 10. In... (GunPolicy.org)

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