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Gun Policy News, 24 October 2010

United States

24 October 2010

Washington Post, Series

Outside a baby shower in Landover three years ago, Erik Kenneth Dixon snapped. As he argued with his sister and her boyfriend in a parking lot, the 25-year-old man whipped out a .45-caliber Glock and shot her in the leg. Then he chased down her boyfriend, firing between cars and at the running man's feet until he slipped on wet grass. As the prone man held his hands up in futile defense, Dixon executed him, firing seven times. By law, Dixon was prohibited from owning... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

24 October 2010

Washington Post, Series

Under the law, investigators cannot reveal federal firearms tracing information that shows how often a dealer sells guns that end up seized in crimes. The law effectively shields retailers from lawsuits, academic study and public scrutiny. It also keeps the spotlight off the relationship between rogue gun dealers and the black market in firearms. Such information used to be available under a simple Freedom of Information Act request. But seven years ago, under... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

24 October 2010

Washington Post, Series

The Hidden Life of Guns is a year-long effort by four Washington Post reporters to document the way guns move through U.S. society, from sales at retail dealers to crimes on city streets. At the urging of the gun lobby seven years ago, Congress removed from public view a federal database that traced guns back to stores. The blackout helped cut off a growing number of lawsuits against and newspaper investigations of gun stores. To break this secrecy in Maryland,... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

24 October 2010

New Zealand Herald

A young woman on a camping holiday has been shot in the head and killed while brushing her teeth by a hunter who thought she was an animal. Her partner and others spent a desperate 90 minutes trying to keep her alive in a remote area of bush near Turangi. The woman was Rosemary Margaret Ives, a 25-year-old secondary school teacher from Lower Hutt. "People were around the girl's body and her partner was doing CPR on her," said Youthtown Trust Rescue Helicopter pilot... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

24 October 2010

Daily Mail (UK)

Kristi Noem, a Republican candidate for next month's elections to the U.S. House of Representatives, spent last weekend doing what she loves doing best -- leading a party of hunters. Kristi is running in the state of South Dakota, a vast expanse of bleak, undulating prairie that is so thinly populated it has only one Congressional seat. Around here, the start of the pheasant-shooting season is a pretty big deal. For Kristi, however, pheasants are second-best. 'I... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

24 October 2010

Arizona Republic

A 4-year-old girl fatally wounded Saturday near Wickenburg was accidentally shot by her 8-year-old sister, authorities said. The 8-year-old was target-shooting with a .22-caliber rifle and her parents in the open desert between Wickenburg and Morristown, said Jeff Sprong, a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokesman. "There were two families in that area doing some target-shooting practice," Sprong said. "The 8-year-old was practicing on a .22-caliber firearm. While... (GunPolicy.org)

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