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Gun Policy News, 4 June 2010

United States

4 June 2010

Sacramento Bee (California)

California would keep a permanent record of anyone buying a shotgun or rifle under legislation passed Thursday by the Assembly. The measure would expand state law by adding long-gun buyers to a state Justice Department database that currently can identify only handgun purchasers. Opponents contend the bill is the latest in a long line of bureaucratic hurdles designed to discourage gun ownership. "It's none of government's flippin' business what guns I own, or why I... (

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4 June 2010

Canadian Press

OTTAWA — A Commons committee has voted not to proceed with a private member's bill to scrap the controversial long gun registry. Tory MP Candice Hoeppner's bill has been given a thumbs down by Liberal, NDP and Bloc Quebecois members of the committee. However, it's not dead yet. The committee's recommendation must still be put to a vote in the Commons, where MPs could choose to ignore the committee and pass the bill. It passed at second reading in the Commons when... (

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United Kingdom

4 June 2010

Mirror (UK)

Two days after the shooting spree, crucial ­questions about the police operation and contact with Derrick Bird remain left unanswered. Senior officers have refused to discuss several issues surrounding their pursuit of the taxi driver, insisting they would not "speculate" on what happened. Despite huge admiration for officers' efforts in dealing with the aftermath of the massacre, Cumbrians expressed concern that Bird roamed free for three hours, increasing his grim... (

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United Kingdom

4 June 2010

STV (Scotland)

A national amnesty for owners of a revolver commonly used as a starting gun has come to an end. On Friday, the Olympic .380 BBM firearm was reclassified as a prohibited weapon, following fears it could be easily converted to carry live ammunition. The gun is most commonly used to start races and to train dogs, and has traditionally been available from hobby and model shops as well as firearms dealers. However, a test carried out by the UK's Forensic Science Service... (

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United States

4 June 2010

Honolulu Advertiser

Hawai'i has the lowest gun death rate in the country, according to figures released this week by the Washington-based Violence Policy Center. The center, which defines itself as "a national educational organization working to stop gun death and injury," cites just-released data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control for the year 2007 — the most recent available — in drawing conclusions about... (

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New Zealand

4 June 2010

New Zealand Press Association

A New Zealand gun lobby group is warning against knee-jerk reactions to firearms controls in the wake of the mass shooting in Britain yesterday. Taxi driver Derrick Bird killed 12 people and injured 25 in a rampage through Cumbria before turning his gun on himself. Council of Licensed Firearms Owners (CLFO) chairman Michael Dowling said today that while the tragic killings came as a shock, it was unclear why the country's strict new gun ownership laws did not... (

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United Kingdom

4 June 2010

New York Times

LONDON — Prime Minister David Cameron said Thursday that Britain "should not leap to knee-jerk conclusions" about the need for tougher gun laws in the wake of the shooting rampage in northwestern England on Wednesday that left 13 people dead, including the gunman. Mr. Cameron spoke at a news conference as the police released new details about how the gunman, Derrick Bird, 52, a taxi driver, left a trail of death with few precedents in Britain's modern history through... (

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United States

4 June 2010

Daily News Tribune (Massachusetts), Editorial

In some states, gun owners and ideologues have convinced themselves that everyone would be safer if more people were packing heat. They are making concerted efforts to repeal laws against openly carrying weapons in churches, bars and other public places, with some success. They have embraced the romantic Old West idea of the straight-shooting civilian stepping up in an emergency to save the innocent from the bad guys. They forget that the wild West was eventually tamed... (

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United Kingdom,Ireland

4 June 2010

Irish Times (Dublin)

THE STATE'S gun laws are as stringent as they can be to prevent a mass shooting similar to the one in Cumbria this week, according to a senior garda. Supt John Gilligan said at Garda headquarters in Dublin yesterday that there was as much "legislation as you can have" to deal with such an eventuality. The Garda announced yesterday a national firearms licensing awareness day for June 16th in advance of a deadline for people holding firearms to switch over to a new... (

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United States

4 June 2010

Mercury (Pennsylvania)

MARLBOROUGH — The mother and son found dead in a residence in the Green Hill Homes mobile home park Tuesday died of gunshot wounds in what officials have confirmed was a murder-suicide. Officials confirmed the killings occurred about 15 hours before the bodies were discovered by a family member. Montgomery County Coroner Dr. Walter I. Hofman said an autopsy confirmed Lorene Good, 78, died of multiple gunshot wounds fired by her son, Michael Good, 45. Michael Good... (

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United States

4 June 2010

Associated Press

SACRAMENTO - Lawmakers in the California Assembly have evoked "Joe the Plumber," Japanese internment and the late novelist Ayn Rand as they battle over a gun control bill that would extend the same reporting requirements and regulations that govern handguns to rifles and other long guns. On Thursday, the measure, AB1810, passed the Assembly on a 43-10 vote. It now moves to the Senate. Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles, sponsored the bill, saying it would help law... (

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United States

4 June 2010

San Francisco Chronicle, Editorial

Supporters of the "open carry movement" are proving to be their own worst enemies. In their high-profile display of weaponry, they have led many Californians to question the sanity of a law that allows people to openly carry unloaded handguns in public places. They certainly caught the attention of the California Assembly, which voted 46-30 this week for legislation by Lori Saldaña, D-San Diego, to repeal the open carry law that has been on the books for four... (

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