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Brazil

Brazil Bans Firearms Sales

22 June 2000

Associated Press

SAO PAULO, Brazil — Marco Aurelio Sprovieri is the owner of one of Sao Paulo's largest gun stores and cannot sell firearms. "The government just declared my bankruptcy," Sprovieri said. As part of a sweeping anti-crime package announced Tuesday, the government issued a decree forbidding issuing gun permits for six months in a nation where recent statistics say a killing takes place every 13 minutes. The decree, which went into effect Wednesday, in effect imposes a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Cambodia

AK-47 and Death Threats Win Bride's Hand

22 June 2000

Reuters

PHNOM PENH — A Cambodian man who was denied his lover's hand in marriage eventually won it after backing up his proposal with an AK-47 assault rifle and a bucket of gasoline. After his lover's family refused his marriage request, 35-year-old Hout Sitha reacted by taking his would-be bride Nha Thavy and her entire family as hostages, the Koh Santepheap newspaper reported Friday. Sitha held them at gunpoint for hours in the incident on Wednesday, threatening to shoot... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

'The Patriot' is Right

22 June 2000

New York Post, Opinion

It takes a lot to shock today's jaded movie audiences, especially those at a Hollywood preview. Yet Mel Gibson's new film on the Revolutionary War, "The Patriot," drew loud gasps at a recent screening. The outrageous scene? Gibson's character hands over guns to his 10- and 13-year-old sons to help fight off British soldiers. Few critics were soothed when the screenwriter noted that the scenes accurately portrayed the complexities of war, or when Gibson said that he... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Boulder Gun Debate Lures Crowd

22 June 2000

Denver Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)

BOULDER — The gun debate brought hundreds of impassioned opponents and supporters to Boulder's City Hall on Wednesday night. Boulder took its first steps toward consideration of seven gun- control ordinances. Opponents, led by the Tyranny Response Team, and supporters from the Million Mom March joined other Boulderites and non-residents. No City Council members attended the administrative hearing, run by City Manager Ron Secrist and Deputy Police Chief Dave Hayes.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Sales Are Up, No One Notices

22 June 2000

San Francisco Chronicle

Guns and good news. They do not often mix. The Justice Department reported the other day that Brady Law background checks stopped 204,000 people from getting guns last year-people who should not be in possession of weapons. They are felons and people under felony indictment. They are people who have histories of domestic violence. And some people with histories of mental illness in states that keep good records about such things. This is the good news about guns. Since... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Dealer Offers Florida Permit Papers

22 June 2000

Denver Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)

Firearms dealer Rich Wyatt stocks his Wheat Ridge store mostly with typical gun merchandise — handguns in glass cases, old-timey Wild West paraphernalia lining the walls, neat rows of rifles. Then there are the Florida concealed weapons permit applications stacked on a bottom shelf. Wyatt, who also is a firearms instructor for the Aurora Police Department, thinks Colorado gun regulations are too strict. So he provides a way to help people who cannot legally carry... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Brady Law Glitches Let 6,000 Felons Buy Weapons

22 June 2000

Pioneer Press (Minnesota)

Even though the 7-year-old Brady law has prevented tens of thousands of felons from buying guns, at least 6,000 people slipped through the system and purchased firearms over the past 18 months because of state crime reporting deficiencies, a top FBI official said Wednesday. Although authorities were able to get some of those guns back, FBI Assistant Director David R. Loesch told senators there may be thousands more who were allowed to keep their guns because state... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Experts Propose Greater Awareness of Gun Suicides

22 June 2000

Join Together Online gun violence web site (Boston)

Late last year, John W. Johnson traded in his 33-year career as a mechanical engineer in the nuclear-power industry for a new one in gun-violence revention as president of Iowans for the Prevention of Gun Violence (IPGV). The differences between his old career and his new one are profound, he says. "In engineering," he says, "if your bosses are serious, they want problems solved. If you're an engineer, it's your job to solve problems. And when you do, you can't go... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

House GOP Fails to Undermine Clinton's Landmark Gun Deal

22 June 2000

Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON — Conservative House Republicans took a shot at President Clinton's landmark gun-safety deal with Smith & Wesson Corp. and missed, failing to prevent the federal government from implementing the pact. But the pro-gun lawmakers managed to eke out a victory on a related issue, as lawmakers voted 218-207 to bar the government from helping to attract more muncipalities to the pact with the gun maker. On the issue of the government's enforcement of the pact,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

Brazil Bans Gun Sales After Public Outcry Over Crime Wave

21 June 2000

New York Times

RIO DE JANEIRO — Faced with growing public alarm over a wave of crime, the Brazilian government decreed an immediate ban today on the sale of firearms. The move came as part of a broader $1.7 billion "national security plan" intended to reduce urban violence and reform the police during the next three years. The weapons restrictions will remain in effect until the end of this year, Justice Minister José Gregori announced at a news conference in Brasilia. By then,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

FBI: Gun Checks Go Smoothly

21 June 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Despite last month's breakdown, the FBI computer system used for criminal background checks on gun buyers nationwide works virtually all the time without fail, an FBI official assured lawmakers Wednesday. In the 18 months that the National Instant Criminal Background Check System has been used, computers have only been down 3 percent of that time, said David Loesch, assistant director of the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services. "The NICS has... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Treasury Makes Case for Gun Show Clampdown

21 June 2000

Reuters

WASHINGTON — A new Treasury Department report added ammunition on Wednesday to the Clinton administration's long-stalled effort to get Congress to clamp down on illegal trafficking of firearms at gun shows. In the report sent to the White House, Treasury's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said that of the 1,500 firearms trafficking investigations from July 1996 and December 1998, 14 percent stemmed from trafficking at gun shows. As part of a broader effort,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

ATF Report Cites Corrupt Gun Dealers

21 June 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Large numbers of firearms are illegally distributed by corrupt gun dealers and at gun shows, according to a government report that also found that a quarter of traffickers are convicted felons. The Clinton administration quickly seized upon Wednesday's report by the Treasury Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to bolster its case for stricter gun controls. But the National Rifle Association said the administration should focus on... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Control Group's Web Site Hacked

21 June 2000

Associated Press

A nonprofit gun-control group had its Web site defaced and Web address hijacked by a pro-gun hacker, according to the group and independent registration records. "If you take my guns, I still have my computer. VPC just got shot in the head," the defaced Violence Policy Center site read. "This is the most readily available public face of the VPC," Josh Sugarmann, the group's executive director, said Tuesday. "Now they're (site visitors) being greeted by a picture of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

FBI's Gun Check Full of Bugs

21 June 2000

Wired News

WASHINGTON — The FBI computer that performs background checks on prospective gun buyers is sluggish and prone to unexplained failures, experts told Congress on Wednesday. Glitches in the massive database that records information on about 38 million Americans have blocked law-abiding citizens from purchasing firearms for personal protection and delayed one-quarter of all such transactions, witnesses said during a hearing of the Senate Judiciary committee. "Instead of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ecuador,Colombia,Israel

Israeli, Colombian Forces Thwart Huge Illicit Gun Deal in Latin America

20 June 2000

St Petersburg Times (Florida)

MIAMI - A joint operation by U.S., Israeli and Colombian authorities may have thwarted one of Latin America's largest illegal arms deals, interrupting alleged plans to ship as many as 50,000 AK-47 automatic rifles, as well as other weapons, to armed groups in Colombia. Police in Colombia and Israel who infiltrated what they described as a $100-million arms smuggling ring say the deal was being underwritten with large sums of counterfeit dollars being manufactured in... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

Gun Comments 'Destructive'

20 June 2000

Press (Christchurch)

Gun-toting mental health patients are a stereotype that is being exploited by the gun lobby, says a Health Funding Authority spokesman. Last week, the president of the New Zealand Council of Licensed Firearms Owners, Michael Reeves, said the extra $257 million earmarked for mental health in the Budget would help prevent gun owners from being stigmatised by the "misuse of firearms". Health Funding Authority project manager Warren Lindberg heads a public health project... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

NYC Sues Gun Makers for Negligence

20 June 2000

Associated Press

NEW YORK — Belatedly adopting a strategy pursued by other major U.S. cities, New York sued more than two dozen gun makers Tuesday, accusing them of letting weapons fall into the hands of criminals. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Brooklyn, accuses gun makers of intentionally feeding a black market for illegal handguns by not monitoring how their products are distributed. Similar lawsuits have been filed against the gun industry by other cities, including New... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

House Shoots Down Gun Ban for State Buildings

20 June 2000

New Haven Register (Connecticut)

HARTFORD — A measure that would have banned loaded firearms from state buildings failed Monday after provoking three hours of debate and backroom maneuvering. The state House of Representatives initially backed a measure by a single vote, but then reversed itself after angry Republicans threatened to seek repeal of a different gun control law in retaliation. The measure was included in a budget bill. The General Assembly met in special session Monday to pass several... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Texas Case Could Redefine Gun-Control Laws

20 June 2000

Christian Science Monitor

Like many spouses going through a messy divorce, Timothy Emerson was placed under a restraining order, forbidding him to have contact with his wife. But when Dr. Emerson took a gun and used it to threaten his wife and daughter, the physician from Lubbock, Texas, didn't just violate that restraining order, prosecutors say. He also violated a federal law that prohibited someone under a restraining order from even possessing a gun. Now, the case of US v. Emerson, under... (GunPolicy.org)

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