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28 September 2011

Moscow Times

The Defense Ministry said Tuesday that it has suspended purchases of the legendary Kalashnikov rifle and is expecting the manufacturer, Izhevsk machinery plant, to present it with a new model of the weapon. Mobilization reserves of Kalashnikov assault rifles, which the Soviet armed forces began using in 1949, are too big, and the ministry is not satisfied with the quality of the current firearms arsenal, General Staff chief Nikolai Makarov said. The current reserves... (

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South Africa

28 September 2011

East Coast Radio (Durban)

Midlands police say despite their efforts of phoning, sending messages and visiting applicants' addresses - a large number of applicants, including security officers, still have not picked up their licences and competency certificates. Applicants have 90 days to collect their documents before they are returned to the National Central Firearm Registry Office in Pretoria. The police's Joey Jeevan says there is currently a huge backlog at the centre, which could lead to... (

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28 September 2011

Asia One (Singapore)

KAJANG - A police constable is fighting for his life after accidentally shooting himself at the district police headquarters here yesterday. Constable Syaiful Nizam Zamaluddin, 24, was about to surrender his duty gun, a revolver .38, after finishing his shift, when the gun accidentally went off in the incident at 7.50pm. District police chief Assistant Commissioner Ab Rashid Ab Wahab said the victim who had been admitted at the Intensive Care unit of the Kajang... (

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28 September 2011

La Seigneurie (Canada)

[Translated summary: With automn's arrival, many Quebecers take out their hunting equipment. The Director of Public Health would like to take this opportunity to remind hunters to be vigilant when handling their firearms to ensure their safety and that of their loved ones. Indeed, no less than 85% of suicides and 17% of homicides with firearms in Quebec are committed with a hunting carbine or shotgun.] Avec l'arrivée de l'automne, de nombreux Montérégiens sortent... (

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South Africa

28 September 2011

Democratic Alliance (Cape Town), Media release

The Draft Dangerous Weapons Bill was drawn up in response to a Constitutional Court ruling and is a necessary piece of legislation. In its current unamended form, the Bill leaves a great deal open to interpretation. Despite the various statements that have been made about the proposed new Bill, it must be remembered that it is still in its draft form. This draft legislation has been made available for public comment before being submitted for approval to Cabinet. Only... (

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United States

28 September 2011

New York Times / AP

HELENA, Montana — Firearms dealers in states that allow medical marijuana can't sell guns or ammunition to registered users of the drug, a policy that marijuana and gun-rights groups say denies Second Amendment rights to individuals who are following state law. Federal law already makes it illegal for someone to possess a gun if he or she is "an unlawful user of, or addicted to" marijuana or other controlled substances. A Sept. 21 letter from the Bureau of Alcohol,... (

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28 September 2011

Au Fait (Morocco) / AFP

[Translated summary: 'Everyone in Tripoli has at least one gun'; Teenagers brandish AK-47 to armed combatants; An AK-47 now costs $650. The proliferation of weapons in Libya worries the new authorities and the international community.] Des adolescents brandissant des kalachnikovs dans les rues de Tripoli aux combattants armés de lance-roquettes sur le front, les armes sont partout en Libye et mettent en péril l'assise des nouvelles autorités. Hors de Libye,... (

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