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Gun Policy News, 5 May 2010

United States

5 May 2010

Denver Daily News (Colorado)

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation would continue conducting firearm background checks, known as Insta-Check, under a bill that passed out of the House yesterday. Gun rights enthusiasts have blasted Insta-Check as being unnecessary and costly, while gun control activists praise the state background check as a way to prevent gun-related tragedies in Colorado. House Bill 1391 would extend the Colorado Bureau of Investigation's Insta-Check program indefinitely. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

5 May 2010

Winnipeg Free Press (Manitoba)

OTTAWA, Ontario — The RCMP officer in charge of the national gun registry says it is a misconception that only people who do not register guns ever use them for deadly purposes. Speaking to a parliamentary public safety committee hearing tasked with examining the bill that seeks to nix the long-gun registry, RCMP Chief Superintendent Marty Cheliak said Tuesday many of the guns recovered by police at crime scenes are, in fact, traced to an owner through the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

5 May 2010

Washington Post

New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg told a Senate panel Wednesday that he strongly supports congressional efforts to close a "terror gap" in the nation's gun laws, which currently allow persons on a federal terrorist watch list to buy guns and explosives legally in the United States. Testifying before the Senate Homeland Security Committee in the wake of the latest alleged terrorist plot against his city, Bloomberg (I) pointed to a new Government Accountability Office... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mexico,United States

5 May 2010

National Journal (Washington DC), Blog

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and her Mexican counterpart, Interior Secretary Fernando Gomez-Mont, talked tough on border security and counternarcotics cooperation at the Brookings Institute Tuesday. The two said they will keep pressure on the cartels even as the immigration debate bubbles up from the controversial law in Napolitano's native Arizona. Gomez-Mont, a former Mexican Justice Committee official, said he has "no sympathy for killers" as he... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

5 May 2010

Associated Press

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut - Police say the Times Square bomb suspect had passed a criminal background check and legally bought a gun from a dealer about two months ago in his former hometown in Connecticut. Shelton Chief Joel Hurliman says the owner of Valley Firearms confirmed Faisal Shahzad (FY'-sul shah-ZAHD') bought a Kel-Tec rifle and passed a 14-day waiting period for the background check. The shop owner declined to comment when contacted Wednesday by The Associated... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

5 May 2010

Colorado Springs Gazette, Opinion

The dangerous new gun ban at Colorado State University is gone, thanks to a wise decision by the university's board of governor's Wednesday to rescind it. Gun bans remain at most other campuses in Colorado for now, including the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said he will undermine the UCCS gun ban until it goes away. "Nobody's coming into my jail on that charge," Maketa told The Gazette's editorial department. "I will not... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

5 May 2010

United Press International

OTTAWA, Ontario - Royal Canadian Mounted Police Superintendent Marty Cheliak says despite its critics the country's gun registry does help protect people. Cheliak, who is in charge of the gun registry that is under legislative fire, told a parliamentary panel Tuesday it is a fallacy that only people who do not register guns ever use them for deadly purposes, the Winnipeg Free Press reported. Forty percent of guns police traced to owners last year were registered,... (GunPolicy.org)

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