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Gun Policy News, 16 June 2011

United States,Mexico

16 June 2011

Independent (UK)

The lethal fallout from a botched operation by the US Department of Justice which allowed almost 2,000 illegally purchased firearms to be transported from the streets of Arizona to drug gangs in Mexico has been laid bare in a scathing Congressional report, which concludes that it resulted in countless deaths. A mixture of arrogance, over-confidence, and staggering ineptitude by the Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives [ATF] was outlined in a... (

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United States

16 June 2011

Los Angeles Times

Gun owners: Don't shoot me, I'm just the messenger. I must warn you, though, that the findings on gun ownership and risky alcohol behaviors published this week in the British Medical Journal do not paint an altogether flattering picture. You're twice as likely as people who do not have a gun at home to down five or more drinks in a single sitting. You're almost two-and-a-half times more likely than people who do not have a gun at home to get behind the wheel of a car... (

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United States

16 June 2011

Daily Mail (UK)

Lawmakers in Ohio have voted to allow gun owners to carry guns in bars. The state has ruled that it is acceptable for drinkers to conceal their weapons as they prop up bars. The Ohio General Assembly passed the bill in a 55-38 vote despite opponents complaining that guns and alcohol would endanger public safety. Also included in the controversial law is a change to the restrictions on how guns can be transported within the Midwest state. The state Senate, which had... (

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16 June 2011

Vanguard (Lagos)

BENIN — The Edo State Security Service, SSS, and the State Police Command, Tuesday, paraded 48 suspected armed robbers and kidnappers, recovering N7.7million and cache of ammunitions with them. Among the suspected kidnappers paraded were persons alleged to be involved in the abduction of the father-in-law to the Deputy Governor of Edo State, Chief Felix Okungbowa. Also, some of the arrested armed robbers included the gang that carted away N7.7million after they... (

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16 June 2011

Washington Post / AP

MEXICO CITY — The dismissal of charges against a former Tijuana mayor allegedly caught with 88 guns at his home could set a worrisome example of allowing illegal weapons possession to go unpunished, Mexico's top organized crime prosecutor said Wednesday. Assistant Attorney General Patricia Bugarin said the judge who freed gambling magnate and former mayor Jorge Hank Rhon acted with "bias and subjectivity" in dismissing the federal charges. The ruling "could result... (

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Liberia,Côte d'Ivoire

16 June 2011

Washington Post / AP

MONROVIA, Liberia — Liberia's national police said Thursday it had unearthed a huge cache of arms in a region of the country straddling the border with neighboring Ivory Coast. The area in Grand Gedeh County where the arms were found is one of the places where mercenaries and militias employed by Ivory Coast's deposed ruler fled after he was toppled on April 11. A police statement said authorities had uncovered 1,439 AK-47 rounds, over 70 AK-47 magazines, 67 AK-47... (

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Germany,China,Nepal,Italy,India,United States

16 June 2011

MSN News / Indo-Asian News Service

KATHMANDU -- As over 70 countries in the world Thursday begin observing the Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence, peace activists rue that even five years after the end of an armed insurrection, Nepal is still wracked by gunfire, thanks to the 1,800-km open border with India. 'There have been 1,013 incidents of violence caused by small arms in the last 17 months,' says Subodh Pyakurel, chief of Informal Sector Service Center (Insec), Nepal's largest NGO that... (

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