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Gun Policy News, 28 April 2011

Australia

28 April 2011

Sydney Morning Herald, Opinion

Fifteen years ago today, the largest gun massacre by a civilian - anywhere in the world - occurred in Tasmania. The weapons used by the Port Arthur murderer were designed for killing large numbers of people, and they delivered: 35 people lay dead and 18 wounded. As a result of the tragedy, those weapons were banned from civilian ownership and more than 640,000 were bought back and destroyed. The rules applying to firearms in general were tightened, making it harder to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 April 2011

Associated Press

WASHINGTON - More than 200 people suspected of ties to terrorism bought guns in the U.S. last year legally, FBI figures show. The 247 people who were allowed to buy weapons did so after going through required background checks as required by federal law. It is not illegal for people listed on the government's terror watch list to buy weapons. For years, that has bothered Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who is trying again to change the law to keep weapons out of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 April 2011

Washington Times, Opinion

PITTSBURGH - As you read this, about 75,000 members and friends of the National Rifle Association [NRA or US Gun Lobby] are streaming into Pittsburgh for the opening of the NRA's 140th annual meeting this weekend. Few Americans know all that much about the NRA's history, and if asked to describe the association, they probably would repeat the media description of it as "America's gun lobby." In fact, the NRA is the largest and arguably the most influential advocacy... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 April 2011

Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Senate on Thursday, by a succession of mostly party-line votes, approved a trio of bills that supporters say will ensure citizens' constitutionally-protected gun rights. One measure restricts doctors from asking patients about gun ownership, and another prohibits local governments from passing stricter gun laws than the state. Those two already have been approved by the House and await Republican Gov. Rick Scott's signature. The third, which... (GunPolicy.org)

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