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Gun Policy News, 4 October 2011

Caribbean,Central America,South America,Honduras,El Salvador,Mexico,Guatemala,Venezuela,Colombia

4 October 2011

UN Dispatch (new York)

As the drug trade — and the organized crime it spawns — spread through Latin America, the region is facing an epidemic of gun violence, according to new U.N. data. Speaking at a conference on the subject in Lima, Peru, Camilo Duplat of the Regional Center for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean announced that some 740,000 Latin Americans are dying annually in gun violence, and 500,000 of those deaths are linked to organized crime.... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bahamas

4 October 2011

Nassau Guardian (Bahamas)

Calling his address last night "one of the more distressing national addresses" he has ever given, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham announced an amnesty period for illegal weapons to be turned in, tougher penalties for people found guilty of gun crimes and the addition of two gun courts. Ingraham advised that for a period of 30 days following the introduction of amendments to the Firearms Act tomorrow, all citizens and other persons are requested to turn in to police any... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

4 October 2011

Manchester Evening News (UK)

A gun dealer was trapped after police set up a fake shop selling combat clothing. Undercover cops posed as shop workers who were looking for lethal weapons in the elaborate sting. The store was set up after police became concerned at the number of firearms on the streets of Manchester. After weeks at the store on Princess Road, Moss Side, a gang member customer introduced the plain clothes officers to Marc Billingham, who supplied them with two working guns, an air... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 October 2011

Tulsa World (Oklahoma) / AP

TULSA, Oklahoma — Police say a Kansas man has killed himself at an indoor gun range in Tulsa. Officers say the 35-year-old man tried to purchase a gun Monday at Tulsa Firearms on south Garnett Road, but rented one instead after being told about Oklahoma's gun laws. Police told the Tulsa World (http://bit.ly/qzofgC) the man waited until other people who were using the range had left before he shot himself in the head about 4 p.m. The man, whose name wasn't released,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Philippines

4 October 2011

Manila Standard Today

An anti-gun group on Monday called for a gun ban for civilians even during off-election period. The Gunless Society, represented by its secretary general Norma Cabrera, raised the need to enforce a gun control amid the spate of crimes. Cabrera blamed gun ownership of private individuals for the proliferation of crimes. "We believe that to be able to control crimes, we have to control the criminals, and to control criminals, we have to control guns," he said. Despite... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

4 October 2011

Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

Charges have been approved in connection with the shooting death of 17-year-old Fernie resident Michael Voth. Voth was fatally shot by a 10-year-old boy during a gathering at a home in Jaffray, B.C. on June 16. Police determined that the child found a shotgun in the home, and accidentally fired it at Voth while he held it in his hands. Voth was killed instantly. The owner of the gun, 51-year-old George Lewis Phillips, who is the boy's stepfather, has been charged... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

4 October 2011

News and Star (UK)

People given suspended prison sentences might be refused a firearms licence following a report in the wake of the Derrick Bird shootings, the Home Office has said. Bird, 52, shot dead 12 people and seriously injured 11 others after going on a rampage in west Cumbria on June 2, 2010. He then turned the gun on himself. Last December, the Home Affairs Select Committee made a series of recommendations, saying current gun law was "a mess". Responding, the Home Office said... (GunPolicy.org)

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Netherlands,Norway

4 October 2011

Auburn Journal (California)

A majority of Members of the Netherlands Parliament are supporting a recommendation from the public security council that applicants for a gun ownership license prove they are psychologically healthy before they can obtain a license. In the Netherlands gun ownership is not a right but a privilege, with hunting and target shooting the only two legitimate reasons for owning a gun. Self-defense is not considered a legitimate reason for owning a gun and only the police may... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

4 October 2011

West Australian (Perth)

A double-barrelled shotgun a Perth man gave to a gunsmith for disposal has been found by police at the home of a suspected criminal almost 18 months later. The gunsmith had modified the weapon so it was unusable. But former owner Rod, who did not want his surname revealed, said he was concerned because it would look like an operating gun to a potential crime victim. "It was taken off my licence and I thought it would be crushed or given to police," he said. "But... (GunPolicy.org)

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Somalia,Tanzania

4 October 2011

Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

TARIME - The government in Tarime District, Mara Region, has warned traders who import firearms from neighbouring countries after they exchange them with maize they smuggle out. Briefing the deputy minister for Industry, Trade and Marketing, Mr Lazaro Nyalandu, the Tarime District commissioner, Mr John Henjewele, said district authorities have established that some traders exchange maize they smuggle out with the firearms from Somalia. "This puts the district, the... (GunPolicy.org)

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