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Gun Policy News, 25 October 2011

United States,Taiwan

25 October 2011

Taipei Times

The Taiwan Defensive Firearms Association (TDFA) earlier this month became a member of the International Association for the Protection of Civilian Arms Rights (IAPCAR), a global gun rights association working to protect and expand the ability to keep and bear arms around the globe. In a press release, IAPCAR said the TDFA was joining 16 other groups from nine countries on five continents that represent millions of firearm owners and citizens concerned about civilian... (

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United States

25 October 2011


NEW YORK - Eight New York City policemen were charged on Tuesday with helping run a gun-smuggling ring in a city whose mayor, Michael Bloomberg, is leading a national campaign against illegal guns. The men were accused of exploiting their experience and credentials to take part in schemes to illegally transport guns, slot machines, cigarettes and counterfeit goods across state lines, a criminal complaint released by the U.S. District Attorney's Office said. Five of... (

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25 October 2011

Toronto Star (Ontario)

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Stephen Harper has acted to kill any attempt by a provincial or future federal government to recreate the doomed long-gun registry. In a surprise move aimed at putting a bullet in the registry for good, the Conservative government bill tabled Wednesday orders the commissioner of firearms to destroy "as soon as feasible" records related to 7.1 million long-barreled guns collected over the past 15 years. If passed, Bill C-19 would, as promised,... (

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United States,Canada

25 October 2011

Associated Press

TORONTO — Canada's Conservative government introduced legislation Tuesday to scrap a controversial law that requires the registration of rifles and shotguns. Canada has long required registration of hand guns, but the long-run registry law passed in 1995 faced bitter opposition from rural Canada, the Conservative party's base, which considered it an overreaction to the problem of urban crime. Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said they don't want laws targeting... (

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Guatemala,El Salvador,Caribbean,South America,Central America,Mexico,United States

25 October 2011

Southern California Public Radio (USA)

State and local officials were joined by Mexican law enforcement in Los Angeles Tuesday to discuss California's role as a pipeline for illegal weapons to Mexican drug cartels. Authorities say California actually ranks much lower than other border states in gun trafficking. But the state's highways are often used to transport the weapons. State Senator Kevin De Leon chairs the Senate Select Committee on Immigration and the Economy. The L.A. Democrat says federal... (

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Scotland,United Kingdom

25 October 2011

BBC News

The total number of offences involving firearms recorded by police across Scotland decreased by 24% between 2009-10 and 2010-11. There were 154 shootings in which people were killed or injured last year, a drop of 28%. The justice minister praised the efforts of Scotland's police forces in getting guns off the streets. Kenny MacAskill said: "The message appears to be getting across that guns put lives at risk and anyone caught using them can and will be punished... (

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25 October 2011

Montreal Gazette (Québec)

The Harper government has pledged to alter Canada's laws governing self defence, with an eye to giving citizens increased latitude to protect themselves and their property. In recent years, Canadians who have used violence - and especially firearms - have often faced criminal charges for their actions. When Ian Thomson awoke one night in August 2010 to find three men throwing firebombs at his rural home in southwest Ontario, he got out his revolver and fired a few... (

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25 October 2011

Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines – Even priests, bank tellers, nurses, accredited media practitioners and businessmen whose lives are in danger will be allowed to carry firearms outside of residence once a proposed legislation on this in the Senate is passed into law. Senate Bill 2933, which seeks a comprehensive law on firearms, light weapons and ammunitions filed by Senator Panfilo Lacson, listed at least eight professions and occupations that should be given permit by... (

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United States,Canada

25 October 2011


OTTAWA - The government pressed ahead on Tuesday with plans to scrap a registry of shotguns and rifles, brushing off police complaints the move will make their life tougher. The Conservatives - who enjoy considerable support in rural areas - have long argued that the long-gun registry is wasteful, does nothing to cut crime and unfairly targets law-abiding farmers and hunters. "Our government will continue to uphold our commitment to effective gun control measures that... (

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25 October 2011

Afriquinfos (Barcelona) / Agence Xinhua

[Translated summary: The Defence Bureau under the Ministry of Interior announced a 20% increase each year of the number of applications to carry firearms, by civilians. This would be due to general insecurity in the Antananarivo province. According to the law, civilians are allowed to purchase firearms of the 2nd and 3rd categories - firearms designated 'for defence': handguns, automatic pistols - hunting firearms: shotguns.] ANTANANARIVO (Xinhua) - Le nombre de... (

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