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WorldViews: In one day, more people were slain in New Zealand than are usually killed in an entire year

“Until recently, police in New Zealand have not felt the need to carry firearms on duty” writes Foreign Affairs Reporter for washingtonpost.com. While New Zealand has had some cases of residents joining jihadist militant groups, the threat of terrorist attacks has consistently been regarded as low.By comparison, civilians in the United States are estimated to own nearly 400 million firearms, or about 120 per 100 people. Source: washingtonpost.com

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Where can you buy guns if Dick’s stops selling them? Almost anywhere

“Analysts think Dick’s has sent the message that it’s moving away from firearms sales, and those sales are moving elsewhere” reports washingtonexaminer.com. And even if more bricks-and-mortar retailers do stop firearms sales, there are plenty of digital alternatives.In the meantime, Almasi doesn’t expect stores like Bass Pro, Gander Outdoor or Walmart, which has more than 5,000 U.S. stores, to stop selling guns or ammunition. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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Gunmaker stocks slide after House tightens firearm restrictions

“Stock in U.S. gunmakers dropped on Thursday after a new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives passed its second bill in as many days tightening restrictions on firearms sales” reports washingtonexaminer.com. The National Rifle Association, which represents the firearms industry, was equally click to condemn the legislation. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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TSA says it stopped more than 4,239 people from boarding planes while carrying guns last year

“Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Denver International Airport, Orlando International Airport, and Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport all followed, with at least 100 guns seized at each location” reports washingtonexaminer.com. The agency announced Thursday its officers seized 4,239 firearms from passengers and their carry-on baggage last year, for an average of nearly 82 guns per week.One-third of the total number of guns had a round in the chamber, an indication the gun was ready to be immediately used. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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Brazil’s president-elect vows to loosen gun laws

“The loosening of gun laws was a central component of his election campaign” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s President-elect Jair Bolsonaro says that on taking office, he will issue a decree guaranteeing citizens without a criminal history the ability to possess firearms.A 2005 referendum asked Brazilians if the sale of firearms should be banned. Source: seattletimes.com

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Pentagon: Air Force failed to stop Texas church shooter from buying guns

“The US Air Force repeatedly failed to hand over information to the FBI that would have stopped Texas church mass shooter Devin Kelly from buying guns, the Pentagon says in a scathing new report released Friday” reports nypost.com. Kelley — a former airman who massacred 26 people in Sutherland Springs last November before killing himself — should’ve been banned from buying firearms due to a 2012 conviction for assaulting his wife and baby stepson, the Pentagon Inspector General writes. But during the investigation, Air Force officials failed on four occasions…

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Iowa council gives final approval to ‘toy’ firearms ban

“He has said people carrying toy firearms tend to be teenagers or young adults seeking personal protection or street credibility” reports thebusinessjournal.com. published on November 28, 2018 – 12:47 PM Written by Associated Press (AP) — A city council in northwest Iowa has banned people from carrying some types of “toy” firearms.The Sioux City Council voted Monday for a third time to adopt an ordinance that bans pellet and BB guns.The ordinance doesn’t ban Nerf or squirt guns, or guns that shoot suction-cup darts. Source: thebusinessjournal.com

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High noon for Washington state and NRA’s legal gunslingers

“NRA’s legal gunslingers will be coming after state’s tough new firearms law Washington voters just approved tough new gun regulations, passing I-1639 by a margin of more than 60%” writes David Horsey for seattletimes.com. Since they can no longer convince the public that unfettered access to firearms is a good idea, the gun lobby will hope they can find sympathetic judges who will overturn the will of Washingtonians. Source: seattletimes.com

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State law-enforcement groups oppose firearms Initiative 1639, but top King County officials support it

“Some Washington law-enforcement groups contend that Initiative 1639 is unconstitutional and won’t reduce gun violence” writes Joseph O Sullivan for seattletimes.com. OLYMPIA — Gun-rights advocates are touting opposition of state law-enforcement groups to Initiative 1639 as they seek to build a case against the firearms-restrictions measure on the November ballot. Source: seattletimes.com

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Theresa May Shelves Acid Attack Bill ‘To Avoid Upsetting Brexiteer Tories’, Labour Claims

“The Offensive Weapons Bill, which contains tougher new sentences for violent crime, had been due complete its remaining stages on Monday night” writes Paul Waugh for huffingtonpost.com. Theresa May has been accused of putting her fear of being toppled by Tory Brexiteers above tackling acid and knife attacks after a key Commons vote on crime-fighting legislation was shelved. Source: huffingtonpost.com

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