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Gun Policy News, 13 April 2012

Australia,United States

13 April 2012

Sydney Morning Herald / Australian Associated Press

NSW Police have allegedly seized gun parts that were illegally imported to assemble the same type of military assault rifle used in the Port Arthur massacre. Specialist officers raided a property at South Arm on the NSW mid north coast yesterday and allegedly found gun parts used to assemble AR-15 semi-automatic rifles and 20,000 rounds of ammunition. They also allegedly seized commercially available equipment to manufacture more of the same ammunition. Police also... (

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13 April 2012

Philippine Information Agency

COTABATO CITY -- The members of the Regional Peace and Order Council has decided to impose a gun ban and regulate the issuance of firearms in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). ARMM governor officer-in-charge regional governor Mujiv Hataman said that the council has unanimously agreed to pass a resolution proposing the imposition of gun ban in the areas under the autonomous region not only during the election period but also during voters'... (

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United States

13 April 2012


WASHINGTON - Most Americans support the right to use deadly force to protect themselves - even in public places - and have a favorable view of the National Rifle Association, the main gun-lobby group, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed. The online survey showed that 68 percent, or two out of three respondents, had a favorable opinion of the NRA, which starts its annual convention in St. Louis, Missouri, on Friday. Eighty-two percent of Republicans saw the gun lobbying group... (

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United States

13 April 2012

Washington Post, Opinion

Monday marks five years since the massacre at Virginia Tech, where a mentally ill student, Seung Hui Cho, used two handguns he had bought legally to kill 32 people and wound 25 others. Other than a relatively minor law to improve the national database used for background checks, no significant gun-control legislation followed that tragedy. Since then, there have been several mass shootings, including additional school rampages and the attempted assassination last year... (

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13 April 2012

Public Agenda (Accra)

The Ghana National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons has noted with grave concern the recent incidence of gun violence reported in the media. According to the Commission, the growing impact of Small Arms in the country especially as we approach the elections is worrying and must not be ignored by all peace loving Ghanaians. It therefore reminded all and sundry that the proliferation and misuse of small arms was a threat to the security of people and nations... (

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13 April 2012

Spiegel (Germany)

Using private security firms to protect ships from Somali pirates has long been a legal gray area in Germany. Conceding that it doesn't have enough soldiers to do the job, the German government is considering a draft law allowing shipowners to deploy private armed guards. But there's one caveat: Security personnel would be limited to using semi-automatic firearms. Shipping companies and Western governments have been struggling with the problem of piracy off the Horn of... (

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United States,Africa,Americas,Asia,Europe,Oceania

13 April 2012

C-Span / YouTube (USA), Video

Newt Gingrich, presidential candidate and former US House speaker (1995-99), speaks at the National Rifle Association Annual Meeting. Right To Bear Arms Is A Human Right (Newt Gingrich) Play video:... (

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