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Oceania,Micronesia (FSM),United States

US Northern Marianas Sees Itself as a Model for Gun Control

20 April 2016

Radio New Zealand

The Governor of the Northern Marianas says he wants new gun laws to serve as a model for other states and territories who want some form of gun control. This month Ralph Torres signed a new act into law, emphasising the importance of putting strict regulations on owning firearms. The law defines the conditions a person can use a firearm, creates gun-free zones and stops convicted felons from legally owning guns. The move came after a March court decision allowed... (

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United States,Micronesia (FSM),Oceania

US Rules Pacific Island Gun Ban Violates 2nd Amendment

30 March 2016

Guardian, Agence France Presse

America's heated gun debate has reached a remote Pacific territory, with a court overturning a ban on handguns in the Northern Marianas after ruling it breached the US constitution's second amendment. In a ruling greeted with dismay by the island territory's leaders, the US district court found the right to bear arms enshrined in the second amendment also applied to the commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). "The second amendment … [is] the law of the... (

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United States,Micronesia (FSM),Oceania

Pacific Islands Rush to Replace Gun Laws Trashed by US

30 March 2016

BBC News

Lawmakers in the US commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are moving to enact "sweeping" gun control legislation, days after a court struck down its ban on handgun possession. For decades the Pacific islands' laws have prevented handgun ownership and imposed strict regulations on other firearms. But on Monday, a US district court with jurisdiction over the territory ruled that the prohibition violates the US constitution's second amendment, which guarantees the... (

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United States,Micronesia (FSM)

US Micronesian Community Shatters as Church Gunman Kills 3, Wounds 5

13 August 2007

Associated Press

GOODMAN, Missouri — The first man shot in the rural Missouri church sanctuary was a grandfather of three who had shepherded the local community of Micronesian immigrants for about 15 years. His uncle started apologizing to the gunman in an attempt to defuse the situation, a witness said. Instead he was shot next. Members of the tightly knit Micronesian community struggled Monday to comprehend why a gunman stormed into their church service, killed three religious... (

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