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Gun Policy News, 24 August 2010


24 August 2010

BBC News

A security analyst who has worked in counter-terrorism with the British Army and Scotland Yard, Charles Shoebridge, says the officers involved in Manila's bus siege showed great courage - but they were not properly trained or equipped for the task. Here are 10 areas where, in his view, they could have done better. 1. Determination The first officers who tried to storm the bus were driven out by gunshots from the hostage taker, former policeman Rolando Mendoza. "They... (

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24 August 2010

Sydney Morning Herald

Three separate shootings in just seven hours in which two people died have reignited questions about how people get their hands on guns. Official statistics from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research indicate gun crime is at a lower level than it was two years ago. However, a violent Sunday night in Sydney included a home invasion in Werrington in which Devril Leuthwaite, 17, was fatally shot in front of his family. It came just three weeks after senior... (

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24 August 2010

CBC News (Canada) / Canadian Press

The head of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police says members at the annual meeting have endorsed a national firearms strategy that includes a recommendation for a public relations campaign to explain the value of the long-gun registry — a program the Conservative government is trying to scrap. "A resolution for its adoption as the official policy of the CACP was put before the members and that resolution was passed without a single dissenting voice," Toronto... (

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24 August 2010

Telegram (Canada)

An avid gun lover, who says he made automatic weapons because it was the only way to collect them, will have to wait for his punishment on multiple firearms-related charges. Sentencing for Jason Patrick Loder, 26, was scheduled to take place after the facts of his case were heard at provincial court in St. John's Monday afternoon. However, due to trouble getting a photo presentation to work, there wasn't enough time for Crown prosecutor Dana Sullivan to question... (

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24 August 2010

Regina Leader-Post (Saskatchewan)

A former RCMP officer and firearms instructor walked away from court Monday with a criminal record, having previously pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars worth of ammunition from Depot Division in Regina. In handing Gary Faulconbridge a $1,000 fine, Judge Marylynne Beaton noted the 63-year-old has already paid a significant price for his wrongdoing. "He has lost his job, which has had a great impact on him," she said. Defence lawyer Aaron Fox had asked... (

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24 August 2010

Global News (Winnipeg)

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police voted unanimously on Monday to endorse a new national firearms policing strategy and repeats its support for the national firearms registry. The gun registry has been a controversial – and costly – political issue since it was first debated 15 years ago. Global News takes a look at the evolution of the federal government's long-gun registry. December 1995: The Senate approves the Firearms Act, requiring all gun owners... (

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