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Gun Policy News, 30 August 2010


30 August 2010

Sydney Morning Herald

Ten years of suicide data after John Howard's decision to ban and then buy back 600,000 semi-automatic rifles and shotguns has had a stunning effect. The buyback cut firearm suicides by 74 per cent, saving 200 lives a year, according to research to be published in The American Law and Economics Review. A former Australian Treasury economist, Christine Neill, now with Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada, said she found the research result so surprising she... (

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30 August 2010

CBC News (Canada)

The federal government has given MPs on a parliamentary committee copies of an RCMP evaluation report on the long-gun registry that the Conservatives are trying to eliminate. The report, conducted with the help of outside auditors and completed six months ago, has been in the hands of the government since February and concludes the program is cost effective, efficient and an important tool for law enforcement and public safety. Opposition MPs on the House public... (

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30 August 2010

Globe, Globe & Mail / Ottawa Notebook (Toronto), Blog

Jack Layton will not tell his MPs how to vote on a motion to kill a Conservative private-member's bill that would scrap the gun registry. His refusal to whip his caucus, as Michael Ignatieff has done with the Liberals, virtually assures the motion will fail and Bill C-391, which was introduced by Tory MP Candice Hoeppner to end the long-gun registry, will succeed. Mr. Layton is in a difficult spot: 12 of his MPs from rural ridings have told their constituents that... (

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30 August 2010

Orangeville Citizen (Ontario)

Next month, the House of Commons will be voting on Bill C-391, a Conservative private member's bill aimed at scrapping Canada's controversial long gun registry. But retaining the registry has the support of police chiefs across the country, including those in Orangeville and Shelburne. During the annual meeting of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police in Edmonton Monday, the former head of the association, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair, said its members have... (

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30 August 2010

Toronto Sun (Ontario)

LONDON, Ontario - Fred Preston was seeking revenge after his wife left him when he opened fire on provincial police, killing one officer and shooting at the slain officer's partner before being felled by six bullets. A vengeful 70-year-old Preston drove to the home of his wife's sister before he was pulled over in northern Huron County by a 15-year police veteran whose life, until then, had been one of overcoming obstacles. Provincial police Const. Vu Pham survived... (

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30 August 2010

ABC News (Australia)

Australian researchers have found there has been an almost 80 per cent drop in firearm suicides since former prime minister John Howard's gun buyback was introduced in 1997. The figures equate to about 200 lives each year. The 1997 gun buyback saw 650,000 semi-automatic rifles and shotguns destroyed, and is estimated to have halved the number of gun-owning households. The new study, published in the American Law and Economics Review, found the largest falls in... (

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30 August 2010

República (Kathmandu), Opinion

One of the most challenging 'epidemics' in the post-conflict period in Nepal has been that of gun violence. The staggering rise of criminality in the country denotes the illegal possession of firearms by civilians, which means the ascending magnitude of deaths, maiming, abductions and extortions. The recent high-profile murders of two media entrepreneurs Jamim Shah and Arun Singhaniya or the near fatal shooting of a medical professor and litterateur Dr Hemanga Dixit... (

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