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Gun Policy News, 7 May 2011


7 May 2011

Associated Press

The government began a gun buyback campaign on Friday that officials hope will take more than one million guns off the streets by the end of the year. The campaign started one month after a gunman shot and killed 12 children in a Rio de Janeiro school before killing himself. In similar campaigns in 2003 and 2009, 1.1 million firearms were turned in. The Justice Ministry says on its Web site that gun owners can turn in their guns and ammunition with no questions... (

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United States

7 May 2011

National Public Radio (USA)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is expected to sign a bill that will make the state the first in the nation to prohibit doctors from asking patients if they own guns. The bill is aimed particularly at pediatricians, who routinely ask new parents if they have guns at home and if they're stored safely. Pediatricians say it's about preventing accidental injuries. Gun rights advocates say the doctors have a political agenda. An Invasion Of Privacy? As parents know, pediatricians... (

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United States

7 May 2011

Russia Today

The number of shootings in the schools and streets of America has done little to dampen the enthusiasm of thousands to assert their Second Amendment rights. The movement to bear arms publicly at all times is significant and growing. Some even see their semi-automatics as a last line of defense against the government. Craig Rutherford, member of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, spent years carrying a gun in the Balkans and in Iraq as a defense contractor. So when... (

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