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Gun Policy News, 7 May 2010

East Africa,Uganda,Sudan,Ethiopia,Kenya

7 May 2010

IRIN (UN News)

ISIOLO-SAMBURU (Kenya) - Thousands of security personnel have been deployed across northern Kenya to confiscate weapons after a voluntary disarmament exercise netted only a small fraction of the 50,000 guns thought to be in civilian hands. Firearms are widespread among pastoralist communities in east Africa, where police are rare and cattle theft and intercommunal conflict is common. Similar operations are taking place in neighbouring Ethiopia, Sudan and Uganda.... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

7 May 2010

Kingston Whig-Standard (Ontario)

With Kingston officials leading the charge, a coalition of groups battling government plans to axe the gun registry have come out firing. They claim the registry has helped catch killers, prevent mass murders and foil the plans of disturbed citizens. "To eliminate it at this point in time, we think represents a huge risk to public safety as well as to the safety of our officers," Carol Allison-Burra said, at a news conference Thursday in Ottawa. Allison-Burra is the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

7 May 2010

Kamloops Daily News (British Colombia), Editorial

The case of a father who wants to take possession of the rifle that killed his son presents an interesting conundrum for the courts. Paul Vallely, whose 17-year-old son Joshua killed himself with a .22 owned by the father in January, wants the rifle back from the RCMP. The elder Vallely argues the firearm is an heirloom that's been in the family for generations. Other family members, including Joshua Vallely's mother and stepfather, feel differently — they want the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Russia,Italy

7 May 2010

RIA Novosti (Russia)

MOSCOW - State Technology Corporation Rostekhnologii plans to embark on a joint small arms production venture with Italian firearms company Beretta, Kommersant business daily reported on Friday. Director General of Rostehnologii Sergei Chemezov told Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Thursday the state corporation is negotiating with the Italian company on the production of "hunting and sporting arms, and handguns for the special services and police." A source... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

7 May 2010

San Francisco Chronicle / AP

A gunman angry at a former girlfriend rampaged through her family home, killing the woman and two relatives but six others escaped by hiding on a roof, authorities said. Joseph Mercado, 26, is accused of killing the 25-year-old mother of his infant son, Serena Tarin, her 20-year-old brother Alfredo Tarin, and their 53-year-old father Alfredo Tarin Sr. Her mother, Luciana Tarin, was wounded. Sheriff's homicide Lt. Don Slawson said Thursday's violence appeared to be a... (GunPolicy.org)

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