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Gun Policy News, 28 April 2010

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28 April 2010

Washington Post

Legislation introduced in Congress on Tuesday would weaken the District's gun-control laws and restrict the D.C. Council from regulating firearms. The effort comes a week after congressional officials, responding to similar pro-gun language in a D.C. voting rights bill, dropped the legislation, which would have secured a voting seat in the House for the District. The Senate version, sponsored by Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is intended to... (

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28 April 2010

Associated Press

CIUDAD JUAREZ - Gunmen stormed into a bar, dragged out eight people and killed them in the parking lot, the first of several shootings in this violent border city Wednesday that left 16 dead, including a man in a wheelchair. In one incident, a car chase and shootout killed three people in front of an elementary school, creating a panic among students, teachers and parents. Battles between rival drug gangs have made Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas,... (

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28 April 2010

Calgary Herald (Alberta)

OTTAWA, Ontario — The head of Canada's association of police chiefs says repealing the long-gun registry would harm police officers' work and "could get them killed." William Blair, chief of police in Toronto and president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, made the strongly worded comments this week as the fight over a private member's bill that would scrap the registry raged on inside and outside of Parliament. Conservative MP Candice Hoeppner's Bill... (

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28 April 2010

Toronto Sun (Ontario)

OTTAWA, Ontario — Scrapping Canada's long-gun registry would undermine significant gains in suicide prevention since the registry was put in place, emergency doctors and public health organizations say. In an open letter to MPs Wednesday, 28 medical and health organizations said most firearms deaths in Canada are suicides, and the guns most frequently used are rifles and shotguns. They argued gun-related deaths and suicides in particular have diminished since the... (

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