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Gun Policy News, 29 July 2004


29 July 2004

The Hill (Washington, DC)

Gun-control advocates say that Sen. John Kerry's presidential campaign is divided about how vocal the senator should be in calling for the assault-weapons ban to be renewed. Kerry's reluctance to mention the controversial issue on the campaign trail has agitated proponents of the ban, which is scheduled to expire Sept. 13. Kerry supports the ban, and, earlier this year, he changed his campaign schedule to vote for it to be extended. But some gun-control advocates say... (

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29 July 2004

Press Association (UK)

The alleged leader of 70 suspected mercenaries accused of plotting a coup in Equatorial Guinea has pleaded guilty to attempting to buy weapons in Zimbabwe, but denied they were for use in the takeover attempt. Former British special forces member Simon Mann, acting for a legal firm of firearms dealers known as Military Technical Services, admits dealing with the Zimbabwe state arms maker for nearly five years, defence lawyer Jonathan Samkange said. But he says his... (

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29 July 2004

Copley News Service (California)

WASHINGTON — More than six years after former President Bill Clinton and former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo signed an agreement to help stop the flow of illegal arms in the Western Hemisphere, the U.S. Senate still has not ratified it. But experts say that a changing world — with the advent of increased terrorism threats and the war in Iraq — has added urgency to the pact. The Federation of American Scientists, a Washington-based nonprofit group working to... (

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29 July 2004

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

NAIROBI — Women and children are used as conduits for trans-border trade in guns and ammunition in the northern Kenya, a new study reveals. The guns and the bullets are then transported to various parts of the country including Nairobi by donkey carts, trucks and, sometimes, government vehicles. The research, which is a campaign against small arms by Oxfam — a British development and charitable organisation — says that the weapons come from Ethiopia, which... (

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29 July 2004

Indo-Asian News Service

KATHMANDU — Assault rifles extensively used by the Indian Army and paramilitary forces and offered as a friendship gesture to Nepal have triggered a controversy. The INSAS (Indian National Small Arms System) rifle, manufactured at the Ichhapur Rifles Factory in West Bengal and in operation for nearly a decade, is being provided to the Nepalese government by New Delhi at a highly subsidised rate to fight the Maoist insurgency. India is footing 70 percent of the... (

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29 July 2004

Federal News Agency (Bosnia-Herzegovina)

BANJA LUKA — Based on BiH Defence Minister Nikola Radovanovic's decision to establish a moratorium on the sale of surplus small arms and light weapons made last week the RS Army started today the first phase of the pilot project of destroying surplus small arms and light weapons. The destruction of 2.500 pieces was carried out in the "Jelsingrad" factory in Banja Luka and an additional 2.500 pieces will be destroyed on Monday. This is in accordance with the common... (

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29 July 2004

Knight Ridder / Tribune (USA)

WASHINGTON — When former President Bill Clinton sought to frame differences between Democrats and Republicans in his prime-time convention speech Monday, he made a point of citing the soon-to-expire federal ban on semiautomatic assault weapons. "Our policy was to put more police on the street and to take assault weapons off the street — and it gave you eight years of declining crime and eight years of declining violence," Clinton said to Democratic cheers. "Their... (

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29 July 2004

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS — Missouri's concealed gun permits will not be honored in Texas because of concerns that Missouri permits can be issued before a federal fingerprint criminal background check is complete. Texas officials notified Missouri Gov. Bob Holden of the policy on Wednesday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported in its Thursday editions. Missouri's concealed-weapons law requires a sheriff to conduct a criminal background check on applicants before issuing a license.... (

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