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Gun Policy News, 19 August 2010

United States

19 August 2010

Star-Ledger (New Jersey)

ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP — A Superior Court judge today ruled a blind gun collector from Rockaway Township who accidentally shot himself while cleaning a weapon could keep his collection. Judge Thomas Manahan, sitting in Morristown, ruled that Steven Hopler may keep the six handguns he still has in his home, but he must store them in a safe pending an evaluation of his alcohol use. Manahah also ordered Hopler, 47, to complete a course dealing with the maintenance and care... (

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Thailand,United States,Russia

19 August 2010

Associated Press

THAILAND - The suspected Russian arms dealer known as "The Merchant of Death" is tired of prison life but optimistic a Thai appeals court will rule in his favor Friday and refuse to extradite him to the United States, his lawyer said. Viktor Bout, a 43-year-old former Soviet air force officer, is reputed to be one of the world's most prolific arms dealers. He has been linked to some of modern history's most notorious conflicts, allegedly supplying weapons that fueled... (

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West Africa

19 August 2010

Daily Graphic (Accra)

Importation of weapons by member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) now needs the approval of the ECOWAS Commission. The move is to ensure transparency and ensure that each state is aware of the arms brought into the sub-region and the purpose for which they are procured. The acting Chairman of the Ghana National Commission on Small Arms (GNACSA), Mr Baffuor Dokyi Amoah, stated this when some members of the commission called on the... (

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19 August 2010

National Post (Toronto), Opinion

There are poor excuses, bad rationalizations, feeble fabrications or, when all else fails to justify inexplicable behaviour, pathetic lies. When RCMP Commissioner William Elliott dumped Chief Superintendent Marty Cheliak as head of the Canadian Firearms Program, the move was justified because this senior officer was a tad too unilingual for a bilingual position. This job change came nine months after Supt. Cheliak was presumably interviewed and promoted to that post... (

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United States

19 August 2010

KFOR-TV News (Oklahoma)

DEL CITY, Oklahoma - A woman is dead after police say a stray bullet went through her apartment wall and killed her. They also say it took three days for it to be reported. Friday around 7 p.m., Del City Police say the woman living in apartment 15 at Cedar Hills Apartments was killed by a stray bullet. They say 65-year-old Marilyn Cory was in her home when her neighbor's gun went off. They say Cory's neighbor is a 24-year-old airman who works at Tinker Air Force... (

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