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Gun Policy News, 8 June 2010


8 June 2010

Toronto Star (Ontario)

A Toronto judge has handed out a 7½-year prison term illegal gun possession, one of the toughest such sentences in Canada and part of a growing trend. On top of this, Ontario Superior Court Justice Frank Marrocco gave Patrick Johnson 1½ years for breaches of weapons prohibition orders — a total of nine years. The previous high water mark for simple illegal gun possession is believed to have been set in 2005, when Ontario Superior Court Justice Ian Nordheimer gave... (

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8 June 2010

Canadian Press

OTTAWA — A Conservative victory over scrapping the federal long-gun registry could be reversed in the House of Commons as early as next week, but will more likely languish through the summer. Candice Hoeppner's private members' bill won rare passage-in-principle last November after gaining the support of eight northern or rural Liberal MPs, and a dozen New Democrats. But the bill to end the decade-old registry of shotguns and hunting rifles has faced emphatic... (

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United States

8 June 2010

Boston Globe

A proposal to limit the number of guns a person can buy in Massachusetts is being mulled by the Legislature's Judiciary Committee today, sparking hope among supporters that the bill may finally come to a vote. The bill, introduced by Governor Deval Patrick in May 2009, would prevent people from buying more than one gun a month. It is winding its way through committee as the state and the city of Boston grapple with the shooting deaths of two 14-year-old boys in the... (

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United States

8 June 2010

New York Times, Editorial

The gun lobby has been hard at work these past few weeks in Albany trying to block smart legislation that would help police officers solve violent crimes. The measure would require, starting in 2012, that all new semiautomatic pistols sold in New York State be equipped with microstamping technology that would allow police officers to quickly match empty bullet casings found at crime scenes to the weapons that fired them. California already has enacted a similar law.... (

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United States

8 June 2010

WDBO-AM Radio (Florida)

We learning more about the man suspected in Tuesday morning's shocking murder-suicide in Deltona. Court records obtained by WDBO show the suspect was recently arrested in a drug bust where cops seized a slew of high-powered guns. An anonymous tip led detectives to search trash bags at the curb of 51-year-old Johnnie Burke's home. After they found stems from marijuana plants, a judge granted investigators a search warrant. "They executed the search warrant on September... (

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Northern Ireland,United Kingdom,England & Wales,Scotland

8 June 2010

BBC News

Q&A: Armed Police in the UK Gunman Derrick Bird pointed a gun at two police officers during his rampage through Cumbria which left 12 people dead, it has emerged. The county's Deputy Chief Constable Stuart Hyde said the unarmed officers tried to pursue Bird but could do nothing to stop the killings. The incident has raised questions as to whether officers should be routinely armed on patrol. Q. Which UK police officers carry guns? With the exception of the Police... (

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