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Gun Policy News, 30 May 2011

United States

30 May 2011

Kansas City Star (Missouri) / AP

WICHITA - A national gun-control group has named Kansas as one of four states to receive its "Craziest Gun Laws" award because of a new measure the organization says allows guns in the state's schools. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence issued its annual ranking of gun laws earlier this month. Kansas, Virginia, Utah and Florida received the group's "Craziest Gun Laws" award. The Wichita Eagle reports state and local officials say a bill signed by Gov. Sam... (

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United States

30 May 2011

Morning Call (Pennsylvania)

HARRISBURG — When Florida lawmakers in 2005 made their state one of the first to significantly expand its citizens' self-defense rights, they hoped doing so would deter criminals and ultimately reduce violent crime. What they got instead was two years worth of increasing gun violence. By mid-2007, the incidence of murders, armed robberies and assaults had increased statewide by 42 percent, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement website. While few... (

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30 May 2011

Washington Post / AP

ACAPULCO, Mexico — Shootings and attacks in Mexico's Pacific coast resort of Acapulco left two police officers, three suspected drug cartel gunmen and two other men dead, police said Monday. The confrontations on Sunday began when gunmen traveling in a convoy of eight vehicles opened fire on an Acapulco municipal police patrol car Sunday, killing two officers. Federal officers responding to the reports of gunfire later located the convoy; in the ensuing gunfight,... (

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United States

30 May 2011

Fresno Bee (California) / AP

FRESNO, California - Police are trying to determine how a 2-year-old Fresno boy got ahold of a gun with which he accidentally shot and killed his 6-year-old sister. Sgt. Stephen Viveros tells the Fresno Bee the victim was playing with two other siblings in a bedroom in the family's home on Sunday when the toddler walked into the room with a loaded semi-automatic handgun. He says the boy fired a shot that mortally wounded his sister. Viveros says officers seized a... (

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United States

30 May 2011

Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)

When Rasi Robinson was arrested with a gun in 1999, he told Washington, D.C., police he probably would get more guns once that case was over. He kept his word. Robinson is now serving time for gun trafficking and manslaughter. Officials say his case illustrates how easily gun laws can be circumvented and how guns bought at a central Ohio store can be used in crimes both near and far. Robinson, now 33, called D.C. home, but he moved to Columbus around 2002 and started... (

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United States,Canada

30 May 2011

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

When Oliver King was arrested outside a storage locker packed with high-end, military-style weapons, he had, if cast in a particular light, all it would take to be a villain in a half-cooked terror thriller. Instead, as the investigation rolled on, federal authorities found King to be an entirely different sort. Rather than some sort of jet-set gunrunner, they had collared an odd man with a failed business, a tendency toward exaggeration – records show he once... (

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