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Gun Policy News, 15 April 2011

New Zealand

15 April 2011

New Zealand Press Association

The Government is to tighten import controls on airguns that look like real pistols, military style semi-automatic firearms (MSSAs) or restricted weapons. Police Minister Judith Collins said replicas were frequently used by criminals as they were easily mistaken for real firearms. "Police estimate that there could be up to one incident a week where a member of the public presents an airgun that looks like a real pistol, MSSA, or restricted weapon requiring an armed... (

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15 April 2011

Daily Record (Scotland)

The trainee gamekeeper who accidentally shot his girlfriend then killed himself had just been given his first hunting gun. It is believed Calum Murray, 18, had been cleaning the weapon when it went off, killing 16-year-old Sophie Taylor. Griefstricken Calum then shot himself in a cottage near the Highland village of Tomintoul on Tuesday. Last night, his devastated pal Allan Donald revealed: "He was kind, generous - a typical lad. He wouldn't have hurt a fly. "His... (

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United States

15 April 2011

New York Times, Opinion

By Monday, Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona must decide whether to sign a bill partly lifting her state's ban on guns on college and university campuses. Gun advocates insist that will make campuses safer by discouraging mass killers and giving students the ability to fight back. Gun control proponents warn the law will lead to more lethal violence. Both sides are probably wrong. Gun violence at colleges and universities — there are fewer than 20 homicides on campus per... (

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United States,Mexico

15 April 2011

Los Angeles Times

The investigation into a federal operation that allowed Mexican drug cartels to acquire U.S. weapons escalated Thursday with new revelations that an Arizona gun dealer repeatedly expressed fears that his guns were falling into the "hands of the bad guys" but was encouraged by federal agents to continue the sales. A series of emails released by congressional investigators showed that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives encouraged the gun dealer... (

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United States,Mexico

15 April 2011

USA Today

Federal agents and prosecutors last year encouraged Arizona gun dealers to sell firearms to buyers for Mexican cartels even after the store owners fretted that weapons might be used to kill Border Patrol agents, according to e-mails obtained by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa. Grassley, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder that the e-mails refute earlier Justice Department denials. The e-mails were exchanged... (

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United States,Mexico

15 April 2011


U.S. federal agents encouraged an Arizona gun dealer to sell weapons to suspected traffickers for the Mexican drug cartels, even after the dealer warned they would end up in the hands of "bad guys," according to correspondence released by a U.S. senator. Sen. Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican, released excerpts from an e-mail from an unidentified Arizona gun dealer to a supervisory agent of a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives operation targeting... (

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