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Gun Policy News, 12 April 2010

South Africa

12 April 2010

South African Press Association

Crime Line on Sunday appealed to the public to "blow the whistle" on the use and trade of illegal firearms as the gun amnesty deadline expires. "Time has run out for gun-owners to surrender their legal and illegal firearms as the gun amnesty period draws to a close today [Sunday]," the head of Crime Line, Yusuf Abramjee, said. "Now is the time for South Africans to join hands with the police in ensuring a safer South Africa by ridding our streets of illegal... (

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12 April 2010

Namibian (Windhoek)

Police at Aranos have arrested a farmer who allegedly shot and killed his wife with a revolver. Hardap Police Deputy Commissioner Kobus Meyer said the 57-year-old man was drunk when he allegedly gunned down his wife in the sitting room at the farm Chorus on Friday night. According to Meyer, the woman died instantly from a single gunshot to the head. Meyer said although the couple had been drinking that night, preliminary investigations showed that they had not been... (

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United States

12 April 2010

Associated Press

DOUGLAS, Arizona - Gun and ammunition sales are up at a Douglas store following the murder two weeks ago of a southern Arizona cattle rancher. Authorities believe an illegal immigrant - most likely someone working for a smuggling cartel - shot the 58-year-old Rob Krentz on March 27 on his ranch near Douglas. Krentz managed to drive away in his all-terrain vehicle before dying from his wounds. Nothing had been stolen from him, his gun was still in its holster and his... (

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United States

12 April 2010

Mt Pleasant News (Iowa)

A new law approved last month by the Iowa House and Senate will standardize conceal and carry laws across the state, stripping county sheriffs of most of their discretion in restricting issuance of hand gun permits. Currently, permitting law varies from county to county. Henry County Sheriff Allen Wittmer said he is concerned about the changes to the law, and opposed it. "An overwhelming number of sheriffs were opposed to these changes," Wittmer said. "There's nobody... (

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United States

12 April 2010

ABC News (USA)

DUMFRIES, Virginia - A 12-year-old Potomac Middle School student brought a handgun to school with the intention of taking his own life on campus, Prince William County. Police spokesperson Erika Hernandez said the gun was unloaded. A teacher saw the boy with the gun and took it away from him. "It could have turned out, definitely with the loss of one life," Hernandez said. "But, then again, if the gun had been loaded, we don't know what would have happened if the... (

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12 April 2010

Sydney Morning Herald

Asia, Jarius and Grace Osborne were clever children. They were friendly and they were never too shy to say hello. Today was supposed to be their first day back at school. Instead, a team of grief counsellors was hurriedly assembled to talk to their school friends about their deaths. As emotional tributes poured in on the social networking site Facebook yesterday, the principal at the primary school all three attended (Asia had just started high school this year) spoke... (

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New Zealand

12 April 2010

New Zealand Herald

Waitakere Mayor Bob Harvey is planning to run gunslingers out of the West. Mr Harvey no longer wants Waitakere City to host the Auckland Arms Fair, which held its 26th annual show at the council-owned West Wave Recreation Centre in Henderson three weeks ago. He said complaints about the show, rising violence and recent shootings in Nelson and Hokitika which left four people dead had led to his decision. "There's growing unrest in this country about the escalation of... (

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