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Gun Policy News, 28 June 2010

United States

28 June 2010

BBC News

The US Supreme Court has restricted the rights of state and city governments to enforce controls on gun ownership. The US's highest court ruled by 5-4 that a ban on handgun ownership in the city of Chicago was unconstitutional. Justices said the US Constitution protected the right to keep and bear arms for the purpose of self-defence. The ruling could potentially change laws on gun ownership in many of the 50 US states. Debate over the exact meaning of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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28 June 2010

Politico (Washington DC)

A retired U.S. Air Force colonel charged in the 1980s in an Iran-Contra related weapons smuggling case has been indicted in a U.S. federal court in Miami with conspiring with an Israeli aeronautics engineer to illegally export 2,000 AK-47s to Somalia. The June 17 indictment against Joseph O'Toole, 79, now based in Claremont, California, was unsealed today. POLITICO earlier Monday reported on the indictment of his Israeli co-defendant, Chanoch Miller. Miller, an Israeli... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 June 2010

Christian Science Monitor

Gun-rights advocates say that a US Supreme Court ruling today will embolden them to challenge gun-control laws in cities across the country. The ruling says that the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms applies to every jurisdiction in the country – throwing doubt on a Chicago law that bans handguns in the home. But lessons from Washington, which had a similar law declared unconstitutional in 2008, suggest that if tough gun-control laws are rewritten... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 June 2010

Chicago Tribune

Q: Did the justices once and for all answer whether Americans have an individual right to keep and bear arms? A: There's no way to predict what a future court will do. But Monday's ruling was quite definitive that Americans have a basic right to own guns. "A majority of the Supreme Court believes that the federal constitutional right to keep and bear arms does not depend on service in an organized militia," said University of Chicago law professor Adam Samaha, who... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 June 2010

San Jose Mercury News (California)

California can expect a barrage of legal challenges to its many strict gun control regulations as a result of Monday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that state and local governments are bound to adhere to the constitutional right to bear arms. In a 5-4 ruling, the court found that a Chicago-area ban on handguns can be challenged on Second Amendment grounds, meaning that the law will not stand if it is found to trample on the right to self-defense inherent in the federal... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 June 2010

York Dispatch (Pennsylvania)

A convicted felony drug dealer and wanted fugitive is in York County Prison, charged with illegally trying to buy a handgun at the York Expo Center. Joseph Vieira, 41, of 217 S. Hartley St. in York City, was arrested Saturday afternoon in the Toyota Arena, where the Tri County Gun Show was being held. West Manchester Township Police said they were called to the arena by Rolf Rodtang, owner of RJR Sales and Service, who was operating a booth at the gun show. Rodtang... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 June 2010

Press Association (UK)

The top US court, in a blow to gun control advocates, has ruled that Americans have the right to own a gun. The ruling by a narrowly divided Supreme Court said states and cities cannot bar Americans from owning firearms in the US. It builds on a case decided two years ago in which the court found that the city of Washington's ban on handguns violated the US Constitution's guarantee of the "right to keep and bear arms". The earlier ruling applied only to Washington, a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 June 2010

Star-Ledger (New Jersey)

PARSIPPANY — A Parsippany man was sentenced today to five years in state prison for unlawfully possessing two machine guns. Adam Coughlan, 29, was arrested May 21, 2009 after a raid of his Lake Hiawatha home turned up more than 40 firearms and ammunition. Authorities said he was converting weapons into illegal assault weapons, and was captured on electronic surveillance arranging to sell an AK-47 automatic firearm at a Quick Chek in Parsippany. Coughlan faced a pair... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 June 2010

Associated Press

Marie Coleman plans to post a sign to alert potential customers at her restaurant in Albuquerque's historic Old Town because of a new state law taking effect next week. Her message: No guns allowed. Starting Thursday, people licensed to carry a concealed handgun can take their weapons into some New Mexico restaurants that serve beer and wine. However, restaurant owners and managers can stop it if they place a sign at the entrance prohibiting anyone from bringing a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 June 2010

Observer-Dispatch (New York)

Remington Arms and other manufacturing companies are now eligible to compete for the U.S. Army's contracts for M4 rifles – a change that could lead to a boost in business at the Ilion plant, officials said Monday. Jim Rabbia, the Ilion plant manager, said Remington Arms is interested in applying for the work. Such contracts could require the production of thousands of units per month and result in the company hiring new workers in Ilion to meet the demand, he... (GunPolicy.org)

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