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Gun Policy News, 17 October 2011

New Zealand

17 October 2011

New Zealand Herald / APNZ

A Waikato man who shot himself with a pistol down his pants was lucky he didn't hit an artery and die, police say. The 35-year-old shot himself while trying to hide a gun from police while returning from possum-hunting with his brother on Friday night. The man did not have a licence for the .22 pistol he had in his pants and was attempting to get rid of it before police saw it, Sergeant Jim Corbett of Thames Strategic Traffic Unit said today. Officers were called to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 October 2011

CBS News (USA)

How likely are children to be injured by firearms? A lot more likely than doctors used to think. In fact, a new study shows that the rate of non-fatal firearm injuries in kids is 30 percent higher than previous estimates. Each year, the study showed, there are 20,600 firearm injuries - including 8,368 injuries resulting in death - in people age 19 and younger. More than a third of these injuries - 37 percent - were unintentional. The study, based on the National... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bahamas

17 October 2011

Tribune (Bahamas)

Bishop Simeon Hall appealed to all persons in possession of an unlicensed firearm yesterday to turn them in to the authorities during the government's one-month amnesty period. According to the Minister of National Security, Tommy Turnquest, this firearm amnesty period, which began on October 5 comes to an end on November 4. Persons who have illegal firearms can hand them over to authorities without fear of prosecution to police stations in New Providence, Grand... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Libya,Germany

17 October 2011

African Press Organization (APO)

BERLIN, Germany -- The German Government is providing EUR 750,000 for the securing and destruction of small arms – including man-portable air-defence systems (MANPADS) – up to the end of this year. The money will be used to enable specialist Libyan and international teams to locate, secure and destroy small arms and ammunition arsenals. In Foreign Minister Westerwelle's view, supporting the securing and destruction of old weapons is an important task for the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 October 2011

Reuters

LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles police officials searched on Monday for a stolen cache of submachine guns and semi-automatic handguns that disappeared from a SWAT training facility, and said they were embarrassed by the loss. More than 30 Heckler & Koch MP5 submachine guns and M1911 pistols that had been stored at the training facility were stolen, Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Karen Rayner said. The weapons had been altered to fire blanks, and it would be... (GunPolicy.org)

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