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Gun Policy News, 30 April 2012


30 April 2012

Brisbane Times (Queensland)

Illegal firearm traffickers will face a mandatory minimum term of five years in jail, with the Newman government spelling out reforms to clamp down on bikie-related crime in Queensland. Premier Campbell Newman's embrace of a raft of mandatory minimum sentences mark a shift since last year, when the Liberal National Party leader explained why they were a bad idea. His post cabinet-announcement of tougher penalties for serious offences comes in the wake of Saturday's... (

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30 April 2012

CNews (Canada)

OTTAWA – Ontario is telling sellers of shotguns and rifles to keep paper records of all the people who buy long guns at their stores — a move one firearms advocate is calling a "back-door" long-gun registry. The province's chief firearms officer has gun sellers writing down buyers' names, numbers and addresses. "The long-gun registry was used to target gun owners and confiscate their firearms. That was one of the reasons for scrapping it in the first place,"said... (

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30 April 2012

Dawn (Karachi)

On January 25 this year, 32-year-old Waqas, a garment factory employee was hit by a bullet in New Karachi and he died. The bullet was not fired from the gun of a target killer, but by friends of a bridegroom amidst late-night wedding celebrations. Two children aged 10 and 12, died in Sialkot in a similar incident on February 20, when the jubilant brother of a bridegroom unleashed a burst of bullets. Such accidents, almost an every-day affair in Pakistan, never make it... (

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30 April 2012 (Canada)

[Translated Summary: Germany is currently putting together its own firearms register, conform to a law to be respected by all E.U. Member States. The Bundestag made the decision following the 10th anniversary of the massacre that took place in the town of Erfurt.] OTTAWA – L'Allemagne est en train de bâtir son propre registre des armes à feu, se conformant ainsi à une règle que devra respecter l'ensemble des pays de l'Union européenne. La chaîne internationale... (

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