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Accused NZ shooter claimed he used guns to provoke US race war

“There were five guns used by the primary perpetrator,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reported at a Saturday morning press conference in Wellington” reports washingtonexaminer.com. He didn’t settle on five firearms because he thought they’d cause maximum damage, however — he allegedly used guns in an attempt to provoke a race war by sowing further division in the United States. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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What we know about the gun used in the mosque massacre in New Zealand, where gun laws are some of the most lax in the developed world

“In comparison, Australia’s famously strict gun laws ban all semiautomatic rifles and shotguns, and require lengthy waiting periods and background checks before purchases” writes Michelle Mark for businessinsider.com. That figure dwarfs Australia’s per-capita gun ownership rate, where there are just 3.6 million guns among a population of nearly 25 million.If New Zealand does crack down on guns in the wake of Friday’s massacre, it wouldn’t be the first time. Source: businessinsider.com

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New Zealand’s gun laws last updated in 1992

“The shooting, which was conducted by a man with two military-style semi-automatic rifles and killed 13 people, caused the country to adopt an amendment to its gun laws in 1992 that regulated military-style semi-automatic firearms” reports washingtonexaminer.com. New Zealand, which is estimated to have 1.5 million firearms in the country, last updated its guns laws more than 25 years ago, following the country’s last major mass shooting. Source: washingtonexaminer.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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The Army’s Guns Will Feature Onboard Computers

“The same issues that plague tank guns also affect individual soldier’s weapons, including infantry carbines and squad automatic weapons” writes Kyle Mizokami for popularmechanics.com. The U.S. Army’s next assault rifle and machine gun will have built-in computers to give soldiers unparalleled firing accuracy.The NGSW weapons will seamlessly incorporate ballistic computers while rugged and capable of surviving the rigors of combat. Source: popularmechanics.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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Two duffel bags filled with 17 long-arm rifles, shotguns, handguns, and ammunition were found on a private Texas ranch and confiscated by border officials.

“Two duffel bags filled with 17 long-arm rifles, shotguns, handguns, and ammunition were found on a private Texas ranch and confiscated by border officials” writes Photo Courtesy Customs for washingtonexaminer.com. An unnamed citizen called the agency after seeing a group of suspected illegal immigrants carrying large bags on nearby land Friday. The guns were turned over to the Dimmit County Sheriff’s Department. [Also read: New crisis: 43 percent of illegal immigrants skip court hearings, 49 percent for minors]. The agents who responded to the ranch found four handguns and 13…

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Brazilian women recoil at Bolsonaro’s relaxation of gun laws

“Despite this and other robust laws to protect women, domestic violence in Brazil is rampant” writes Jo Griffin for theguardian.com. Some point out that laws making it easier to own a gun wouldn’t help poorer women to protect themselves, since they couldn’t afford to buy one anyway.A pledge to make it easier for “good citizens” to buy guns for self-defence helped sweep Jair Bolsonaro to power. Source: theguardian.com

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Sensible next steps on Washington gun regulations | Editorial

“Washington citizens have demonstrated their support for sensible gun regulations” writes The Seattle Times for seattletimes.com. Lawmakers should consider other proposed gun regulations including Senate Bill 5143, which would allow law enforcement to temporarily remove firearms and ammunition from a home during and after domestic-violence incidents. Source: seattletimes.com

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GOP lawmakers push to allow guns on US Army Corps of Engineers sites

“Army Corps sites are among the few federally-controlled lands where gun-carrying isn’t allowed” reports washingtonexaminer.com. The Army Corps, which controls 12 million acres of land around lakes and rivers, banned carrying loaded guns on its lands in the early 1970s.A Nixon-era prohibition of guns on federal property controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would be lifted under a proposal offered by a group of House Republicans.Gibbs and House Republican co-sponsors contend the areas shouldn’t be treated differently than other federal lands where guns are permitted for recreational purposes. Source:…

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