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Gun Policy News, 9 May 2011

United States

9 May 2011

New York Times, Editorial

Here is a chilling and potentially lethal fact of life: A person on the F.B.I.'s terrorist watch list is barred from boarding an airplane yet is quite free to buy high-power firearms and ammunition at any American gun shop. This bizarre "terror gap" is starkly underlined by the latest federal data showing that 272 individuals on the terrorist watch list attempted to buy firearms last year, and all but 25 were cleared to make purchases. Those rejected had records for... (

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United States

9 May 2011

San Francisco Chronicle / AP

GREENVILLE, South Carolina - A high school sophomore in South Carolina shot his mother to death and critically injured his brother after a family argument on Mother's Day, police said Monday. Joshua David McEachern, 17, was ordered held without bond on a murder charge after a brief court appearance. It was not clear if he had an attorney. Sheriff's deputies did not release details of the dispute that led to the shootings around 9:30 p.m. Sunday at the McEachern home... (

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United States

9 May 2011

Daily Mail (UK)

A deranged father shot dead his girlfriend and their two children inside a car before turning the gun on himself. Salvador Acevedo, 45, murdered Iris Oseguera, 33, and their six-year-old twins - a boy, Michael, and a girl, Michelle - while his three other teenage children were in the car with them. Acevedo then drove the three surviving children to a relative's house and released them, before driving to a separate location and shooting himself. Police in Los Angeles... (

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United States

9 May 2011

Boston Herald / AP

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick is hoping to curb youth violence in communities across Massachusetts by proposing tougher gun laws and pushing other measures aimed at limiting the activities of gang members and others who use guns in gang and drug crimes. Patrick said Monday that his bill would tighten existing weapons laws by giving police new criminal sanctions and investigative tools. The bill would create three new gun-related crimes: assault and battery with a... (

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