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Gun Policy News, 18 June 2010

New Zealand

18 June 2010

New Zealand Herald

A Christchurch gunman was issued a gun licence - despite a referee's concerns - just two years before he turned his guns on police, wounding an officer and a neighbour. A report from the Independent Police Complaints Authority released today found that Shayne Sime's own referee raised "some concerns" with police when he was interviewed before issuing Sime with a gun licence in 2007. Sime was shot by police last year after he riddled a neighbour's house and car with... (GunPolicy.org)

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Germany

18 June 2010

Deutsche Presse Agentur

An anti-weapons action group protested to the German parliament Friday, a year after Germany's gun laws were strengthened in response to a high-school massacre. The group insists that the changes are too weak. The anti-weapons campaign group "Keine Mordwaffen als Sportwaffen" (No murder weapons as sports weapons) presented a petition of over 185,000 signatures to parliament on Friday in Berlin as part of a campaign to ban large-caliber handguns in Germany. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 June 2010

Fox News (USA)

CHICAGO - Chicago's law banning handguns is under fire at City Hall, as the City Council Committee on Police and Fire is considering ways to change the city's ban on handguns if it is struck down by the Supreme Court. The committee Friday heard expert opinions on gun violence and how it relates to the city's ban, and how the law could be changed if the Supreme Court rules on a challenge to the law. So far, witnesses have said more guns mean more violence. Chicago's... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 June 2010

Portland Press Herald (Maine)

Thomas Mayne, the member of the Outlaws motorcycle club who was shot Tuesday during a raid by federal agents, was clutching a .45-caliber pistol when he was found dead in his house in Old Orchard Beach, authorities said Thursday. Thomas Benvie, president of the Outlaws' Maine chapter, bought that gun, prosecutors said during Benvie's detention hearing Thursday in U.S. District Court. Benvie, 41, of Sanford, was trying to convince Judge George Singal that he should be... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 June 2010

Fox News (USA)

A leader within the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas gang with previous felony convictions has been sentenced to prison, according to a statement released by the U.S. Department of Justice. Steven Walter Cooke, 47, pleaded guilty on Feb. 16 to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, which is prohibited under federal law. U.S. District Judge Gray H. Miller sentenced Cooke to eight years in federal prison without parole and three years of supervised release... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kenya

18 June 2010

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

NAIROBI — A man on the police list of gun runners in Kenya has been arrested and is being questioned in connection with Sunday's grenade attacks at Uhuru Park. Undercover officers from the Special Crime Prevention Unit arrested him at a roadblock at Matuu on the Nairobi-Garissa highway on Thursday night. They found him with seven guns and 27 rounds of ammunition. He was travelling to Nairobi from Garissa on a bus. The officers used gun detectors to uncover the... (GunPolicy.org)

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