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Gun Policy News, 30 June 2010

United States

30 June 2010

Sydney Morning Herald

CHICAGO — American cities began wrestling with how to reshape their handgun laws after the US Supreme Court placed limits on such local ordinances. The justices, voting 5-4 along conservative-liberal lines in a challenge to Chicago's handgun ban, ruled that cities and states must abide by the US constitution's Second Amendment on the right to bear arms. The decision strengthens the rights of gun owners and opens courthouse doors nationwide for gun rights advocates to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

30 June 2010

Sydney Morning Herald

The use of firearms to kill people remains at historic lows in Australia, and well below gun-related murder in other countries, the Australian Institute of Criminology says. Statistics to be published next month show that 12 per cent of Australian homicides in 2007-08 were performed with firearms. The use of handguns has reduced dramatically. About half of all murders with firearms were committed with handguns in 2006-07, but this fell to 20 per cent the following... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 June 2010

New England Journal of Medicine, Opinion

In 2007, a total of 12,632 people in the United States were murdered with firearms, and it is estimated that another 48,676 were treated in hospitals for gunshot wounds received in assaults. Guns are frequently used to commit crimes in the United States, partly because they are so easy to get. This ease of access, in turn, is partially attributable to the fact that there are two systems of retail gun commerce in this country, one involving licensed gun retailers and the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Paraguay,Mexico

30 June 2010

Associated Press

PRETORIA — Paraguay's players are dedicating their success at the World Cup to Salvador Cabanas, the team's striker who is back home recovering from a gunshot wound to the head. "What we are achieving is for him," said forward Cristian Riveros after a penalty kicks shootout victory over Japan pushed Paraguay into its first World Cup quarterfinal. "We called him from our room last week, and we'll continue to do so." Cabanas was attacked on Jan. 25 in Mexico, and a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 June 2010

Tyee (Vancouver), Opinion

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision overturning a Chicago handgun law. It was the latest in a string of moves by the courts that have made Americans' right to own firearms as secure today as they were in the days of the Wild West. The 5-4 decision established that all Americans have a fundamental right to bear arms that constrains not only the actions of the federal government, but states and municipalities as well. It was a long-sought victory... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 June 2010

Philadelphia Daily News, Opinion

A change has got to come. We can't read another article about one more shooting in our neighborhoods or near our schools. We can't watch another TV clip about a promising high school graduate murdered by a stray bullet shot from an illegal gun in the hands of a teenager. We can't listen to another story about a 2-year-old struck fatally in the head when a gunman fired shots through the closed front door of his Chester home. Guns take young lives from us every day.... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

30 June 2010

Times (South Africa)

The police's watchdog body is so concerned about officers who kill their wives and girlfriends with their state-issued guns that it has recommended forcing policemen to leave their weapons at work. The Independent Complaints Directorate conducted a three-year study, the results of which were released last month. It revealed that 49 women romantically involved with police officers were killed by them between 2005 and 2007. But not included in the report were the... (GunPolicy.org)

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