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Gun Policy News, 15 April 2010

United States

15 April 2010

Associated Press

Federal prosecutors say 11 gang members have been charged for their roles in a gun and drug trafficking operation. U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said Thursday that seven members of the Newark-based Grape Street Crips have been arrested, while four others were still being sought. Fishman said the investigation, which involved state and federal authorities, began in May 2009 when a confidential informant arranged undercover drug buys in Essex County. Undercover agents... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

15 April 2010

Associated Press

WASHINGTON, DC - The Pentagon will adopt a broad policy governing how privately owned guns can be carried or stored at military installations following the shooting deaths of 13 people last year at Fort Hood, Texas. A disgruntled Army doctor is charged in the deaths. Maj. Nidal Hasan had little or no access to military firearms in his job as a psychologist, but was able to buy two handguns and bring them onto the base. Defense Secretary Robert Gates ordered this week... (GunPolicy.org)

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Philippines

15 April 2010

New York Times

MANILA, Philippines — Election violence erupted again in the Philippines on Thursday as a grenade attack killed two people and injured a dozen during a meeting of local candidates. Police officials said an unidentified man lobbed a grenade into the meeting in Datu Odin Sinsuat, a town in Maguindanao, the southern province where 57 people were massacred in November in the worst election-related violence in the country's history. Violence caused by political bosses... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

15 April 2010

Associated Press

CHICAGO, Illinois - A man arrested after a woman and three children, including an infant and a toddler, were found shot to death in a Chicago home told police voices encouraged him to kill his family and he was sorry he had run out of bullets, a person close to the investigation told The Associated Press. Those killed inside a brick home on the city's southwest side early Wednesday included the suspected gunman's wife, his 7-month-old son and his two nieces, said the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

15 April 2010

Daily Camera (Colorado)

Judges with the Colorado Court of Appeals say students and employees at the University of Colorado should be able to pack heat on campus. In a ruling issued Thursday, the court sided with Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, a gun-rights group that sued CU and argued that a 1994 university policy banning concealed weapons from its campuses violates state gun laws. Attorneys for the group pointed to the Concealed Carry Act of 2003, a state law that prohibits local... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

15 April 2010

Associated Press

RICHMOND, Virginia - Three Virginia congressmen are asking their colleagues to support closing the so-called gun-show loophole. Democrats Jim Moran, Bobby Scott and Gerald Connolly sent a letter to members of the House of Representatives Thursday asking them to support a bill to require private sellers to perform background checks on buyers at gun shows. The letter went out a day before the third anniversary of the shootings at Virginia Tech, where a student gunman... (GunPolicy.org)

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Africa,Nigeria

15 April 2010

Nigeria First (Abuja), Media release

Shortly before departing Washington D.C. on Wednesday April 14, Acting President Goodluck Jonathan called on members of the Black Caucus in the US Congress to stem the tide of proliferation of small arms and light weapons in Africa. The Acting President, who met with the Group at the Capitol Hill in the US Capital City, urged the caucus to come up with a draft bill for the control of the dumping of small arms and light weapons in Africa. Dr Jonathan said attributed... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

15 April 2010

US News & World Report, Opinion

There are only three states, Florida, Texas, and Illinois, and the District of Columbia that outright prohibit the open carrying of handguns. Only three! Now, contrary to public perception, I have never been against people owning guns for protection, hunting, or sport. But there are days when I read the newspaper or am watching the news and it seems as if our country is back in the Wild West. Brazenly carrying firearms into restaurants and bars and schools and churches... (GunPolicy.org)

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