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Gun Policy News, 23 May 2011

United States

23 May 2011

San Francisco Chronicle / AP

PEARL CITY, Hawaii - A loaded handgun brought to a Hawaii middle school by a student was fired on campus before school started Monday, narrowly missing one student and leaving another with minor injuries, police said. The .45-caliber Glock went off after the student carrying the handgun pointed it at another student, and the second student pushed the gun away, Honolulu police Capt. Lester Hite said. The bullet ricocheted off a lava rock wall and went through the jacket... (

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United States

23 May 2011

Washington Post / AP

SHALER, Pennsylvania — A man fatally shot his girlfriend, her daughter and their 1-year-old child before turning the gun on himself, and authorities said what lay behind the shooting was still being investigated. The shootings happened late Sunday night in a home rented by the family. Police believe that Barry Hardesty, 43, shot his 38-year-old girlfriend, Lynette Gasparre, and then her 7-year-old daughter, Quinn Gasparre, and the couple's 1-year-old daughter, Nina... (

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United States

23 May 2011

Seattle Times / AP

With eight days left in May, Seattle police have investigated only three confirmed homicides so far this year — half the number committed in the city during the first five months of 2010. Based on an analysis of Seattle crime statistics for the past five years, roughly one-third of homicides in any given year are committed between January and May. If the trend holds true this year, Seattle could potentially see a single-digit homicide rate. "Knock on wood," said... (

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United States

23 May 2011

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin)

MADISON - The effort to allow people to carry concealed weapons without getting training or a permit is gaining traction in the state Senate. The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on a revamped version of a bill to do that at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. It would allow people to carry concealed guns without registering with the state, but would also allow them to get optional permits that would allow them to carry weapons closer to schools. Those optional licenses would... (

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