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Gun Policy News, 14 January 2013

New Zealand

14 January 2013

Radio New Zealand

A post-mortem has revealed an 18-year-old killed in an airgun accident in Auckland was shot through the heart. Shaun Townsley was fatally shot while he and a group of friends were drinking and firing air rifles and air pistols at cans at his home in the South Auckland suburb of Manurewa on Saturday evening. Police say the shooting appeared to be accidental but an investigation is looking at whether charges relating to careless or dangerous use of a firearm should be... (

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England & Wales

14 January 2013

BBC News

The number of people killed with knives in the West Midlands has halved since 2002, according to police figures. West Midlands Police said the number of fatal knife incidents dropped from 20 between April 2002 and March 2003 to 10 in the same period in 2011 to 2012. However, 12 people died in knife-related incidents between April and December 2012, and on Friday, two men were stabbed to death in Birmingham. Ch Insp Simon Wallis said fatal incidents were "mercifully... (

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14 January 2013

Local (Sweden)

A shooting on Sunday night has Örebro police investigating the deaths of three people, including one suspected gunman, while a 19-year-old woman has been seriously injured. A gun was involved in the incident but the police would not give any details, nor would they specify what the woman's injuries were. The suspect is believed to have killed himself after fatally shooting at least one other man, also in his twenties. The police were alerted at about 1am on Monday... (

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14 January 2013

Global News (Canada)

Canada's gun control system has failed to keep up with a changing arms industry, leading to a bewildering and inconsistent series of loopholes, a Global News investigation shows. Critics say that the system, based in part on restricting and prohibiting specific firearms, hasn't been updated since the 1990s, while the gun industry has been offering more and more exotic and envelope-pushing designs - not only of the guns themselves, but also components like... (

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