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Gun Policy News, 7 January 2011

United States

7 January 2011

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts — A teenager who supervised an 8-year-old who shot himself with an Uzi submachine gun at a 2008 gun fair testified Friday that he told the boy's father that "it wasn't a good idea" to let the child fire it. Michael Spano was a witness in the trial of Edward Fleury, whose company co-sponsored the exhibition at the Westfield Sportsman's Club. Fleury has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and other charges in the death of... (

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United States

7 January 2011

KCRG-TV News (Iowa)

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The defeat Thursday night of a proposed Marion ordinance prohibiting openly displayed firearms in municipal buildings did not mark a turning point in local efforts to regulate the carrying of weapons, according to gun rights activist Sean McClanahan. "Despite success this week in Marion and Kalona, we are not seeing a let-up" in attempts by cities and counties to prohibit handguns in their facilities, said McClanahan, president of the Iowa Firearms... (

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United States

7 January 2011

Washington Times, Editorial

Fourteen years after being forced to plead guilty to the "crime" of owning a gun in Washington, the blot against the record of Dave Magnus may be cleared. On Thursday, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals recognized that one should not bear a stigma for the past possession of a firearm in the nation's capital for the purpose of self-defense. "A conviction for conduct that is not criminal, but is instead constitutionally-protected, is the ultimate miscarriage of... (

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South Africa

7 January 2011

Independent (South Africa)

Police are confident that goodwill on the part of antique gun owners will have them register their firearms, but they have no idea how many thousands of such guns or their modified or lethal replicas are in the country. This was the admission by national police commissioner Bheki Cele and some of his senior staff in Pretoria on Thursday. Cele made the announcement at a news conference on an amendment to the Firearms Control Act which comes into effect on Monday. The... (

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