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Gun Policy News, 6 April 2011

Papua New Guinea

6 April 2011

IRIN (UN News)

PORT MORESBY - The proliferation and use of illegal guns in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is threatening security ahead of parliamentary elections slated for June 2012, and causing misery and trauma to gun crime victims, says the government. The police, the PNG Electoral Commission and the Inter Department Election Committee (IDEC), a government body overseeing election preparations, are aware of the risks in the run-up to and during the elections. "We are very much aware of... (

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United States

6 April 2011

Chicago Sun-Times

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House rejected efforts Wednesday by gun-rights supporters to give the state sole authority over how guns should be stored in what amounted to a test vote for legislation to allow gun owners to carry their concealed weapons in public. The gun-storage legislation pushed by Rep. Wayne Rosenthal (R-Morrisonville) would have blocked cities in Illinois with home-rule powers, such as Chicago, from establishing a patchwork of laws governing the way... (

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United States

6 April 2011

New York Times

A gun-rights-advocacy group sued Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on Tuesday, claiming that the city fee for obtaining a home-handgun permit was so excessive that it impinged on the Second Amendment. The group, the Second Amendment Foundation, based in Bellevue, Wash., is focusing on New York's fees because, according to the group, the city is one of the few places in the country that requires people to obtain permits to keep guns in their homes. The city's fee is $340,... (

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6 April 2011

Irish Times (Dublin)

A Romanian man who was armed with a pistol as he made a delivery to St Patrick's Institution has escaped a prison term after a judge accepted he genuinely believed he was allowed possess it. Sandor Hideg (33) was delivering a skip to the detention centre and handed the gun to guards because he thought he had to check it in before entering. The court heard the guards were "perplexed" and in the confusion, Hideg was handed back the gun. Hideg of Liffey Avenue, Liffey... (

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6 April 2011

Montreal Gazette (Québec), Opinion

Stephen Harper's promise in Wainfleet, Ont., on Monday to abolish the long-gun registry was entirely predictable. Harper's efforts to create a divide between rural and urban Canada, between "hunters, farmers" and "urban elites," is totally expected. The Conservatives have been waging a war against the gun registry for years, and Harper is now using it in an attempt to win his long-sought-after majority. The amount the Conservatives have spent on these election campaigns... (

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