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Gun Policy News, 11 May 2010

Russia

11 May 2010

Herald Sun (Melbourne)

Investigators believe a young Moscow cop died after scratching his nose with his loaded gun. The Moskovsky Komsomolets reports the 23-year-old policeman, who was not named, was found under a desk with a head wound. The investigation ruled out a murder and there was no note that would indicate suicide, the paper said. The alarm was raised when a supervisor couldn't reach the policeman by phone. A locked door was broken down and the man's body was located, the paper... (GunPolicy.org)

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Somalia

11 May 2010

Garowe Online (Somalia)

Security forces in Somalia's Puntland state have nabbed men carrying guns in the administrative capital of Garowe, police commander said. Abdirihman Haji Abshir, Nugal Police Commander said security officers manning a checkpoint in the east of the town arrested suspected Al-Shabaab men carrying 9 AK 47 rifles, who were on their way to the commercial city of Bossaso. "Police officers manning the checkpoint arrested two Al-Shabaab men who were trying to smuggle out... (GunPolicy.org)

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Uganda

11 May 2010

New Vision (Kampala)

The number of Ugandans applying for guns for personal protection is increasing rapidly, according to internal affairs minister Kirunda Kivejinja. The minister on Monday said before 2006, the Government licenced an average of three guns in a year, but currently, his office has received about 1,000 applications. "I have seen many young boys come to my office for guns but I have put them on hold. The number is growing very fast. There must be a reason for it," Kivejinja... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

11 May 2010

Advertiser (Adelaide)

Fearful victims and witnesses are withholding information from police investigating a shooting at Blair Athol that wounded two men last Friday. Police say they will re-interview the seven men who were playing cards in the reserved car park when two unknown men with their faces covered and armed with .22 calibre handguns attacked the group about 8.45pm. Holden Hill Superintendent Barry Lewis said the attackers "beckoned" to the group to come close then fired several... (GunPolicy.org)

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Scotland,United Kingdom

11 May 2010

BBC News

The number of legally-held firearms has reached a 10-year high in Scotland, despite a fall in the number of certificates being issued. Figures published by Scotland's chief statistician showed 70,856 weapons were held by people with certificates at the end of last year, up 2% on 2008. The number of certificates had fallen by 1% since 2008 to 26,072, a drop of 9% from the total in 2000. A certificate permits the owner to possess one or more weapons. Justice Secretary... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

11 May 2010

KVAL-TV News (Oregon)

WINSTON, Oregon - A man convicted of using the "Anarchist's Cookbook" to help make and mail a deadly bomb to a Nevada state trooper in 1993 was arrested in Oregon and charged with illegally possessing over 40 guns. Avrom Sander Finkel, 69, of Winston, Ore., was arrested Monday and charged with 43 counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Finkel was selling guns out of LOP Sports / Three Guys Thrift Shop in Winston, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's... (GunPolicy.org)

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Guyana

11 May 2010

Stabroek News (Guyana)

There are at least 150,000 persons in possession of illegal guns in Georgetown, General Secretary of the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) Glynis Beaton said yesterday, while pointing out that the local "arms race" has created levels of armed violence at epidemic proportions. "We are concerned about the increase in the levels and lethality of violence within our society, one within which our young people are learning the harsh realities of life and death... (GunPolicy.org)

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