Gun Licence Question Over Farm Killings in Scotland

Posted by admin on August 28, 2013 in Aimpoint |

Gun Licence Question Over Farm Killings in Scotland
The investigation into the deaths of two men in a farm shooting should centre on how the killer was able to obtain a firearms licence, the local MP has said. Robert McCormick, 53, is said to have gunned down 59-year-old Peter Thompson and injured his fleeing son John, 36, shooting him in the leg. McCormick then turned the gun on himself during the incident at Meadowhead Farm and equestrian centre in Auldhouse, South Lanarkshire on Tuesday. Michael McCann, the MP for… [Evening Times (Scotland), via GunPolicy.org]

South African Girl of Seven ‘Shoots Friend Dead’
A seven-year-old South African girl has shot dead her friend, aged six, with her grandfather’s revolver while playing at a farm, police say. A murder case has been opened after the dead girl, a daughter of a farm worker, was shot in the face, reports say. The alleged killer’s grandfather has been charged with failure to safeguard a firearm, police added. South Africa has tight gun ownership regulations but many people still possess firearms. ‘Great shock’ The… [BBC News, via GunPolicy.org]

Nepal Govt Collects Over 6,700 Illegal Arms
The government of Nepal has collected over 6,700 illegal arms used by the citizens as well as criminals after issuing public notices to surrender the weapons, Nepal’s Ministry of Home Affairs confirmed on August 22. “As of Thursday, the number of arms brought under the government’s control has reached 6,745 units,” Uddab Bhattarai, a Ministry spokesperson, told Xinhua. The arms include rifle, homemade gun, pistol and revolver, said Bhattarai, adding that they were… [Global Times (China), via GunPolicy.org]

Turkish Man Kills One, Injures Another and Self with Unlicensed Gun
A 63-year-old cleaner, Şeyhmus Yıldız, attempted suicide after shooting Özlem Görükmez and Özlem Akdağ in Diyarbakır on Wednesday, Turkish media reported on Thursday. According to media reports, the incident took place in Bağlar, where Yıldız shot Akdağ dead and injured Görükmez. Yıldız, a cleaner at a family health center in Bağlar, is thought to have been in love with Görükmez, who worked at the health center as a nurse. He decided to kill her… [Today’s Zaman (Istanbul), via GunPolicy.org]

US Convicted Murderer’s Case For Gun Control
It was swift and cowardly. Defenseless, distracted by music, Alex sat in the passenger seat of the rental as I made my way to the trunk. I remembered Frankie’s words: “It’s loaded, cocked, and the safety is off. All you have to do is pull the trigger.” At that point in our lives, Alex and I, both in our early twenties, were gun-toting thugs immersed in gangster culture. We were out on bail for separate gun charges. A few years before, Alex had been acquitted of murder… [Atlantic (USA), via GunPolicy.org]

Gun Permit Applications Increase in Newtown Since Sandy Hook Massacre
There has been a run on guns in the Connecticut town where a madman armed with a Bushmaster assault rifle turned a grade school into a slaughterhouse. Requests for gun permits are on track to double this year over last year in heartbroken Newtown, where 20 first-graders and six staffers were massacred at Sandy Hook Elementary School last Dec. 14, police said. And the surge appears to be fueled by worried residents like 66-year-old Nancy Ellis, a soon-to-be gun-toting… [New York Daily News, via GunPolicy.org]

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