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Gun Policy News, 24 January 2012

Uganda

24 January 2012

New Vision (Kampala)

The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party has asked government to explain the Sunday shooting incident at Port Bell, Luzira that left two people dead and one injured. During the eviction exercise by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) officials, a guard to George Agaba, the authority's director of planning, went on a shooting spree when the exercise was met with resistance from the locals and shot dead two men and injured a woman in the arm. Addressing journalists... (GunPolicy.org)

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India

24 January 2012

Reuters

GUWAHATI - Hundreds of separatists in India's northeast handed over automatic rifles and other weapons to the home minister and senior paramilitary and army officers on Tuesday, signalling the government remains open to peace talks in the region. More than a dozen insurgent groups have been fighting the government for decades in Assam and neighbouring states of northeast India, killing thousands in attacks on civilians troops and paramilitary. The groups blame the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

24 January 2012

Sydney Morning Herald

The state government yesterday said there was no evidence to suggest guns used in the recent spate of drive-by shootings were stolen from licensed owners and defended its resistance to providing knee-jerk responses to law and order issues. The Attorney-General, Greg Smith, said it was "a worry" that the number of gun permits issued in NSW had almost doubled in the past five years, as reported in the Herald yesterday. However, he said guns used in shooting crimes were... (GunPolicy.org)

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Uganda

24 January 2012

Monitor (Kampala)

KAMPALA - Opposition Forum for Democratic Change party has asked government to strengthen laws governing the safe and proper use of firearms. The comments came a day after Santos Komakech, a police bodyguard attached to the Kampala Capital City Authority physical planning director, Mr George Agaba, allegedly shot dead one person and injured several others in Luzira when an eviction exercise turned bloody on Sunday morning. 'We demand that police institutes rules on... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

24 January 2012

Edmonton Journal (Alberta)

Canadians own more than half a million more firearms than they did in 2006, according to the 2010 annual report from the RCMP's Canadian Firearms Program. But while federal firearms data show that the number of registered gun owners in Canada is dropping, the arsenal of each is getting bigger and bigger. But many gun owners - and a Tory MP - say the government's estimates are off the mark and that there may be twice as many firearms, and firearms owners, in Canada as... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ireland

24 January 2012

Independent (Dublin)

Pressure is mounting on the Government to launch an inquiry after one of the country's most senior gardai admitted altering application forms for firearms licences. The alterations by Crumlin Chief Superintendent John Manley, described last week as "disturbing" by a High Court judge, took place after legal action was brought by almost 200 shooting enthusiasts who were refused firearms licences. Another senior garda responsible for issuing gun licences has admitted, in... (GunPolicy.org)

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