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Gun Policy News, 4 August 2010

United Kingdom

4 August 2010

Sun (UK)

The schoolboy son of an aristocrat pal of David Cameron shot himself dead over a lover's tiff as police tried to talk him out of suicide. Troubled Alexander Codrington, 16, had been speaking to cops on his girlfriend's mobile for an hour when a bang sounded on the phone at 5.20am. Cops scouring woodland in the Prime Minister's constituency of Witney, Oxfordshire, then found the lad's body next to his own shotgun. An officer had been pleading with Alexander, a former... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 August 2010

Belfast Telegraph

A warehouse driver has killed nine people, including himself, and wounded others in a US shooting rampage. Omar S Thornton (34) reportedly entered the warehouse in Manchester, Connecticut, and fired at staff with a .223 calibre semi-automatic rifle. The driver had worked at the beer distributor in Manchester for a couple of years and had been called in for a disciplinary hearing, said John Hollis, of the Connecticut Teamsters labour union. Mr Hollis, who was with... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 August 2010

New York Times

It was the busiest time of the day at Hartford Distributors, the morning shift change. And among the dozens of warehouse workers, sales representatives and executives inside the sprawling building in Manchester, Conn., was the company's newest truck driver, about to lose his job. The driver, Omar S. Thornton, 34, came in at 7 a.m. on Tuesday for a disciplinary hearing. Mr. Thornton had been with the company for two years, still new in a family-run workplace where... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 August 2010

CNN

MANCHESTER, Connecticut - As police investigate the deadly shooting spree at Hartford Distributors and prepare to identify its victims, the company will meet Wednesday with employees, some of whom have been with the company for more than 30 years. "They want to meet in private, an opportunity for people to grieve and to come together and to address the remainder of their family members, meaning their employees," said James Battaglio, a spokesman for the family that... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 August 2010

Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

MANCHESTER, Connecticut - Nine people were killed Tuesday in a workplace shooting rampage at a family-owned beer and wine wholesaler, police said. The shooter was identified as Omar S. Thornton, 34, a driver for the company, Hartford Distributors, and was described by a Teamsters Union official as a recent hire and a "disciplinary problem." "The union was bringing him in to meet with the company to remedy the problem," said John Hollis, a Teamsters official. "He... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 August 2010

New York Times

When Omar S. Thornton came to the Hartford Distributors warehouse Tuesday morning, his lunch pail contained not one but two 9-millimeter handguns that he often used at a nearby shooting range. According to investigators, Mr. Thornton stashed the lunchbox in a kitchen next to the office where, in minutes, he would learn if he was to be fired from his job as a driver for the Manchester, Conn., company. Once inside the office, the disciplinary hearing went about as... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

4 August 2010

Courier-Mail (Brisbane)

Any item that looks like a gun will have to be licensed under several changes to the Weapons Act being considered by the Queensland State Government. Even guns made out of materials as unlikely as soap or plastic may have to be kept under lock and key if they could "reasonably be taken to be a weapon". The draft act says an imitation is a "reasonable copy" of a weapon that is not capable of causing death or injury. "If it looks like a gun and feels like a gun, it... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 August 2010

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin)

A judge has ruled that a Shawano gun dealer should lose its license for repeatedly failing to keep accurate records and for making suspected straw gun sales, supporting the action a federal agency took nearly three years ago. Despite the ruling from U.S. District Judge William Griesbach in Green Bay this week, Shawano Gun and Loan continues to sell guns - and might be able to do so for months or even years depending on a possible appeal. Griesbach issued an order that... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 August 2010

Tampa Tribune (Florida)

CLEARWATER - A 6-year-old boy's accidental shooting of his 3-year-old brother in February led to their father's arrest Tuesday, Clearwater police said. Rockny G. Carpio, 35, was charged with culpable negligence in Tarpon Springs, where he now lives. On Feb. 20, at 1781 N. Fort Harrison Ave., 6-year-old Goivanni Carpio found an unsecured semi-automatic firearm in his father's bedroom, underneath a pillow, according to court documents. The boy racked a round into the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

4 August 2010

Calgary Herald (Alberta)

A man who collaborated with his common-law wife to steal four restricted handguns from a Calgary sporting goods store where she worked as a clerk has been sent to prison. Steve Claudio Todd, 25, was given three years jail on Tuesday, while Cara Patricia Gavin, 27, got a conditional sentence of two years less a day to be served in the community -- the first year under house arrest at their Airdrie residence. Both had earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of theft... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 August 2010

Associated Press

SOUTH APOPKA, Florida - A central Florida man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and leaving it within reach of his 10-year-old son, who accidentally shot his younger cousin with it earlier this year. The judge noted on Thursday that Robert Lee Hart had seven prior felony convictions dating back to 1993. That was before a jury found him guilty Wednesday of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and culpable... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 August 2010

Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh)

A self-proclaimed white supremacist who praised the killings of three Pittsburgh police officers and encouraged more of the same was sentenced to 30 months in prison Tuesday on federal firearms charges. Hardy Lloyd, 32, of Crafton pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in April. He was arrested in May 2009 after state probation officers received a tip from an FBI agent who saw a photograph of Mr. Lloyd posted on his blog in which he was holding... (GunPolicy.org)

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