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Gun Policy News, 14 October 2010

New Zealand

14 October 2010

Press (Christchurch)

Prime Minister John Key says he wants police to have more ready access to Tasers in a bid to head off a possible drift towards more officers being routinely armed with guns. Police Minister Judith Collins yesterday said she supports equipping all police vehicles with lock boxes for firearms. The shooting of Senior Constable Bruce Lamb and Constable Mitchel Alatalo during a routine callout in Christchurch in July high lighted the risks officers face from armed... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

14 October 2010

Sydney Morning Herald

Michael McGurk was shot dead with one bullet outside his home. Now police have laid murder charges in a case that has shocked a city. Kate McClymont, Vanda Carson, Tom Reilly and Bellinda Kontominas report. It was time to move. After 13 months of painstaking investigation, Strike Force Narrunga was ready to roll. Its members had discovered the price they believed was paid for the assassination of the standover man Michael McGurk: $300,000. And they had the alleged... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 October 2010

Cincinnati Enquirer (Ohio)

Catherine Hollie went Thursday to the Hamilton County Courthouse to support her brother who was in court on a drug charge. What she did there may result her in becoming a convicted felon, police said. Hollie, 32, of East Westwood, had a loaded 9mm semiautomatic handgun in her purse when she went through the courthouse security area at about 8:50 a.m. Thursday, police said. Hamilton County Sheriff's Deputy Glenn Scott saw the item in the purse - it passed through a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

14 October 2010

Montreal Gazette (Québec)

After David Abitbol's arrest two weeks ago -- accused of making threats on the Internet -- one of his colleagues approached police and said Abitbol's odd behaviour reminded him of Marc Lépine, who killed 14 women at Ecole Polytechnique in 1989. Abitbol, he said, complained of seeing elves everywhere and was often caught talking to himself. Police found references to elves on Abitbol's computer, Surete du Quebec Sgt.-Det. Mathieu Bouliane testified yesterday at the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 October 2010

Gun Reports (USA)

The upcoming issue of Esquire magazine, due to subscribers in about two weeks and due on newsstands several days later, carries an exclusive adaptation from The Gun, an examination of the origins of the world's most abundant weapon -- the Kalashnikov assault rifle -- and the consequences of its spread. The Gun and the adaptation of the book in Esquire, entitled "How They Were Betrayed," are written by C.J. Chivers, a former Marine Corps infantry officer and now a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 October 2010

NBC News (USA)

On Wednesday, October 20th at 9PM ET/PT, CNBC will air, "Remington Under Fire: A CNBC Investigation," reported by Senior Correspondent Scott Cohn. The Remington Model 700-series rifle — with more than five million sold — is one of the world's most popular firearms. Famous for its accuracy, the rifle is now the target of a series of lawsuits alleging that it is unsafe and susceptible to firing accidentally. This CNBC piece examines allegations that the Remington... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 October 2010

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, California - A police raid on an ex-convict's Southern California home has uncovered a weapon's stockpile, including at least 21 high-powered firearms and body armor. Los Angeles police Lt. Thomas Zaku says Wednesday's early morning San Fernando Valley raid may have prevented tragedy. Nearly a dozen officers, serving a weapons search warrant on the Tarzana home, were looking for two shotguns and a handgun that federal records showed were registered to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 October 2010

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS - Two teens whose bodies were found in a heavily wooded area died in an apparent murder-suicide, according to autopsy results released Thursday. Preliminary autopsy results indicate Jacob Zachary Campbell, 14, of Lakeland, shot Lisa Marie Grijalva, 15, of Oak Park Heights, before turning the gun on himself. Their bodies were found Tuesday night in a park about 25 miles east of Minneapolis. Washington County Sheriff Bill Hutton said a long barreled gun was... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 October 2010

WTKR-TV News (Virginia)

SUFFOLK - A local gun store owner is out thousands of dollars and now 21 stolen guns are on the street. The break-in happened last Wednesday. Thieves stole six guns and then broke in again two nights ago, determined to make off with more guns. They took long guns, including rifles, shotguns, and muzzle loaders. "It worries us. You know, there's 15 more guns that are out on the street now," Dixon says. A total of 21 guns are now missing. Police aren't sure if the same... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 October 2010

Columbia Missourian (Missouri)

COLUMBIA — If Columbia voters decide on Nov. 2 to outlaw Taser use in the city by approving Proposition 2, private residents as well as law enforcement would be prohibited from using them. Tasers and stun guns are available for private use, and they can be purchased at sporting goods and electronics stores for $50 to $360, depending on the model. Because they are sold as self-defense weapons, a ban on Tasers and similar devices could violate the Second Amendment,... (GunPolicy.org)

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