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Gun Policy News, 12 April 2012

Canada,United States

12 April 2012

Winnipeg Free Press (Manitoba) / Canadian Press

OTTAWA - As it prepares to destroy millions of long-gun records, the RCMP says the Conservative government's decision to scrap the registry will make it tougher to trace firearms used to commit crimes. The process that will lead to deletion of rifle and shotgun records in the registry is under way — with the exception of Quebec files at the centre of a court action, said Cpl. Laurence Trottier, an RCMP spokeswoman. "It is a complex IT project involving the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

12 April 2012

Australian (Sydney) / AAP

A new Firearms Intelligence and Targeting Team is to be established to link all available information on illicit firearms in a move to tackle rising gun crime. Home Affairs and Justice Minister Jason Clare said this was the same model used by Customs and Border Protection and other law enforcement agencies for counter-terrorism, counter-proliferation activities and illegal drug importation and it had proved highly effective. Mr Clare said work would start immediately... (GunPolicy.org)

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Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa

12 April 2012

Los Angeles Times

In a study of how people assess danger, participants who looked at photos of hands holding different objects thought the gun bearers were the tallest. The weapon may not make the man, but it certainly makes him loom larger, according to a new study by a team of UCLA researchers. Their study, released Wednesday in the journal PLoS ONE, shows that a person holding a gun seems taller and more muscular in the viewer's mind than a person holding a tool or other... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

12 April 2012

Washington Post / AP

WASHINGTON — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched a national campaign against gun laws that he said "justify civilian gun play." Bloomberg was joined by the leaders from the NAACP, National Urban League and other groups Wednesday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., as he announced "Second Chance on Shoot First." The campaign aims to repeal or reform the laws that eliminated a person's duty to retreat when threatened with serious bodily harm or... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

12 April 2012

ABC News (Australia)

NSW Police say progress is being made in the operation to crackdown on gang related gun violence in Sydney, despite ten reported shootings in as many days. The head of Operation Spartan, Assistant Commissioner Frank Mennilli says officers have seen some success however remain frustrated by the wall of silence around victims and witnesses. Operation Spartan has seen 36 firearms seized since January with 314 people arrested and more than 515 charges laid by... (GunPolicy.org)

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India

12 April 2012

Nagaland Post (India)

GUWAHATI - Several armed private security guards and criminals of Assam possess firearms bought using fraudulent arms licences procured from Kangpokpi in Manipur and Dimapur in Nagaland. Sources in the criminal investigation department (CID) of police, which is investigating the matter, said the arms and ammunition procured by using these licences, many of which were fake, had become a threat to public safety and a major concern for security forces. "If anybody... (GunPolicy.org)

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