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Gun Policy News, 23 June 2010


23 June 2010

Inter Press Service News Agency

BEIJING - China and guns have a long history. The country invented gun power and developed one of the world's first guns, known as the "fire spear." Rifles played a major role in China's modern history, from the fight against the Japanese army to the Communist's victory over the Nationalists. In 1938, Mao Zedong famously said that "political power grows out of the barrel of a gun." That comment perhaps foreshadowed the gun control laws later implemented by Mao and the... (

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Sierra Leone

23 June 2010

Awareness Times (Sierra Leone)

The House of Parliament of the Republic of Sierra Leone on Tuesday 22nd June 2010 approved the bill titled "The Sierra Leone National Commission on Small Arms Act 2010". The bill was introduced to the House by the Minister of Presidential and Public Affairs, Joseph Koroma. After its first reading, the bill went through several stages before it was finally passed into an Act of Parliament. Earlier the Minister told the Honorable House that the essence of such a bill... (

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23 June 2010

Edmonton Sun (Alberta), Column

When cops raided a suspected forgery factory in downtown Edmonton, they made a bone-chilling discovery. Among the fake documents they seized were licences to buy guns and ammunition. "This is a frightening prospect," said Gordon McGowan, owner of MilArm, one of the city's biggest firearms retailers. "If they're forging a (firearms licence), it's for a nefarious purpose. It's not to get a kid into a bar or allow a 14-year-old to buy a bottle. It's a clear-cut, outright... (

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United States

23 June 2010

WKTV-News (New York)

ALBANY, New York - State Troopers were sent to a Blossvale home Tuesday morning on a domestic violence complaint. Once there, officers witnessed Adam Theall shoot and kill his three-month-old baby boy. Wednesday, Assemblywoman RoAnn Destito touted pending legislation that she says would prevent tragedies like that from taking place in the future. The bill requires family court judges to inquire if defendants are in possession of any firearms. The alleged victim must... (

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23 June 2010

United Press International

LIMA - Continued Chilean arms purchases put fresh strains on ties with Peru amid signs the quake-hit country would go ahead with military regeneration plans that seemed in jeopardy when an 8.8 magnitude temblor devastated large parts of its infrastructure. Chilean President Sebastian Pinera also faced criticism that his handling of Peru in recent diplomatic contacts lacked a delicate touch and could undermine ties amid a tense series of talks on what Peru denounced as... (

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