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Gun Policy News, 13 October 2010


13 October 2010

Australian (Sydney)

Tony Abbott's office requested that the Defence Department "vet" video images of the Liberal leader firing a Steyr assault rifle in Afghanistan. This action ensured broadcasters were denied access to the pictures. The Opposition Leader's office confirmed that the images captured by a Defence video journalist were not released "on our instructions", sparking claims by television broadcasters last night of censorship. The Defence Department did not indicate the... (

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United States

13 October 2010

Baltimore Sun

The Baltimore Police Department has been selected as one of six cities to receive a federal grant to fund and evaluate gun suppression efforts, officials announced Wednesday. The $300,000 Smart Policing Grant will be used to support the work of the department's Violent Crime Impact Section, a plainclothes deployment of officers focused in East, West and Northwest Baltimore, and the gun offender registry, which helps keep tabs on people convicted of gun offenses. It... (

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United States

13 October 2010

Foster's Daily Democrat (New Hampshire)

PORTSMOUTH — A Hampton man already convicted of having a loaded handgun in his vehicle on the day he illegally bypassed security during an August 2009 visit by President Barack Obama is requesting his weapon be returned to him. Richard Young appeared in Portsmouth District Court on Tuesday and told Judge Sawako Gardner he is a "shooting enthusiast" who made a mistake on the day he brought the weapon to the Portsmouth High School parking lot during the presidential... (

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13 October 2010

Australian Associated Press

A series of police raids in Sydney's west has netted 10 submachine-guns, magazines, silencers, a revolver, ammunition and cash. Firearms and Organised Crime Squad detectives arrested three people and seized the firearms during an operation targeting the illegal manufacture of prohibited weapons. They were investigating a syndicate allegedly involved in the making and supply of submachine-guns and other prohibited firearms. About 8.30pm (AEDT) on Tuesday detectives... (

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United States

13 October 2010

Associated Press

A rising hip-hop record executive was arrested driving through New York City on Wednesday with a gun loaded with hollow-point bullets in his car, authorities said. RCA Music Group senior vice president Bryan Leach, who has worked with a roster of rappers including Lil Jon and the bilingual Spanish/English artist Pitbull, didn't enter a plea at his arraignment on weapons-possession charges. Leach was pulled over for driving erratically in Manhattan shortly after... (

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New Zealand

13 October 2010

Voxy (Wellington)

Faster and easier access by police to firearms looks likely to become a reality once a review of the issue by Police Commissioner Howard Broad is complete. Mr Broad has been working on proposals to ensure officers have firearms close at hand if they need them and is due to report back to Police Minister Judith Collins before the end of the year. Ms Collins said an option was likely to be to have lock-boxes in the front of patrol cars, and work was already being done... (

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