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Gun Policy News, 12 August 2009

Nouvelle Zélande

12 August 2009

TV3 News (Auckland)

Thousands of licensed gun owners may soon have to buy an expensive new safe to store their weapons, or get rid of them. Police have broadened the definition of 'military style semi-automatic weapons', but the gun lobby says police have acted simply because they do not like the look of the new style of weapons. With more of the military style semi-automatics coming on to the market, police have decided to make it harder for people to own them. "For some time now,... (

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12 August 2009

Nation (Bangkok), Editorial

The criminal court has rejected a request by the United States for the extradition of Viktor Bout, an alleged Russian arms dealer dubbed the "Merchant of Death". Bout, who is said to have inspired the Hollywood film "Lord of War" starring Nicholas Cage, has been fighting extradition since his March 2008 arrest in Bangkok on charges of peddling weapons. While the decision may have surprised some, given the close diplomatic ties between Thailand and the US, not to... (

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12 August 2009

Associated Press

BANGKOK — A Thai court on Tuesday rejected a U.S. request to extradite a Russian arms dealer who allegedly sold weapons to dictators and warlords around the world, raising the prospect that he could be freed by the weekend. The unexpected ruling in favor of Viktor Bout was welcomed by Russia. The United States, which had mounted the sting operation that led to his arrest at a Bangkok hotel, said it was "mystified" by the court's decision. Bangkok Criminal Court... (

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12 August 2009

Islands Business (Suva)

Three years and 10 months after a government committee looked into the gun issue in Papua New Guinea, Sir Michael Somare's government has finally tabled the committee's report in Parliament. Internal Security Minister Sani Rambi when tabling the report with its 244 recommendations admitted the country has a very serious gun problem that needs to be tackled as a matter of urgency. The widespread use of illegal guns throughout PNG has affected every sector of the... (

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12 August 2009

New York Times / International Herald Tribune

BANGKOK — A Thai court stunned American officials here on Tuesday by rejecting the extradition of Viktor Bout, a Russian businessman who is accused of global arms trafficking. Viktor Bout was escorted from a courthouse in Bangkok on Tuesday after a judge refused a request that he be extradited to face arms trafficking charges in the United States. The United States says Mr. Bout agreed to sell millions of dollars worth of weapons to agents posing as Colombian... (

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12 August 2009

International Herald Tribune

BANGKOK — A Thai court stunned U.S. officials here on Tuesday by rejecting the extradition of Viktor Bout, the Russian businessman accused of global arms trafficking. Mr. Bout, the inspiration for the 2005 Hollywood film "Lord of War," was arrested in a March 2008 sting operation at a hotel in Bangkok after allegedly agreeing to sell millions of dollars worth of weaponry to undercover U.S. agents posing as rebels from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or... (

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12 August 2009

Toronto Star (Ontario), Column

"There's not enough outrage," lamented one women's rights activist at a candlelight vigil for the three women cut down last Tuesday night in a Pittsburgh-area aerobics class. As the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette noted, only 75 people showed up to mourn Heidi Overmier, 46, Elizabeth Gannon, 49, and Jody Billingsley, 38, massacred by a man, who didn't know them, simply because they were women. That's unusual as the vast majority of femicide victims are killed by their... (

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