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Gun Policy News, 11 May 2012


11 May 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

The city of Bogota has seen a significant reduction in homicides after passing a ban on carrying guns. If the two developments prove to be related, the ban could provide a model to other violence-plagued cities in the region. On February 1, newly-elected Bogota mayor Gustavo Petro introduced a three-month ban on carrying guns in public, saying that to carry a weapon represented "not a defense mechanism, but a risk." On April 30, Petro declared that the ban had been a... (

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11 May 2012

Globe & Mail (Toronto)

The head of the Mounties is warning chief firearms officers in the provinces and territories not to create their own lists of long-gun owners now that the federal government has scrapped its registry. But the edict created confusion Friday, with Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty saying he intends to ignore it until the federal government makes it clear whether the provinces can continue collecting their own information on firearms. The province's chief firearms officer.... (

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11 May 2012

Europe 1 (France)

[Translated Summary: Sentences ranging from 18 months to 4 years of prison were requested on Friday in front of the Pontoise Correctional Tribunal, to six men judged for trafficking weapons of war. Two of the men were accused of organising these transactions from their prison cells using a mobile phone.] Des peines de 18 mois à 4 ans de prison ont été requises vendredi devant le tribunal correctionnel de Pontoise contre six hommes jugés pour un trafic d'armes de... (

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