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Peru

Weapons Flow to Colombian Rebels Halted

23 August 2000

International Herald Tribune

LIMA — The Peruvian authorities have broken up a multinational gun-running ring that sent weapons from Jordan to Marxist rebels in Colombia, according to President Alberto Fujimori. Mr. Fujimori said the ring had supplied Russian-made assault rifles through Peru to Colombia's biggest and most violent insurgent group, the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces. "The arms were acquired in Amman," Mr. Fujimori said at a press conference Monday. "They were then shipped on... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

Guns Bill Contradictory

23 August 2000

African National Congress

The intent and purpose of the draft Firearms Control Bill, which spells out the goal of crime prevention, was at cross purposes with the fact that the bill dealt mainly with curbing existing rights of law-abiding, responsible gunowners, the Professional Hunters' Association of SA (Phasa) said on Wednesday. In a submission to the National Assembly's safety and security committee, Phasa president Ronnie Rowland said the bill's purpose of "preventing the proliferation of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Safety 101

23 August 2000

Washington Post, Editorial

Today's dangerous facts of life include guns, and health courses in schools ought to teach children at least a little something about the hazards of firearms in their midst. In Maryland, two state lawmakers who differ sharply on the need for more gun controls do agree that gunfire-like drug abuse or HIV infection-is enough of a threat to public health that firearm safety should be addressed in the classroom. Democratic State Sen. Barbara A. Hoffman of Baltimore, who... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Mayors Ask for Free Time on TV to Respond to Ad by Gun Groups

23 August 2000

Philadelphia Daily News

WASHINGTON — Nine metropolitan mayors, including Wilmington, Del., Mayor James Sills, have demanded that CNN and Philadelphia's WCAU-TV and KYW-TV stations give them air time to respond to a recent run of firearm advocacy advertisements. The mayors charged that $10 million worth of advertisements produced and paid for by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Hunting and Shooting Sports Heritage Fund unfairly attacked their personal integrity, character and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Licensing Leads to Increased Crime, Lost Lives

23 August 2000

Los Angeles Times

Who could possibly oppose licensing handgun owners? Requiring training for potential gun owners both in a classroom and at a firing range before they are allowed to buy a gun seems obvious. Licensing, especially when eventually coupled with registration, will supposedly also help identify criminals and prevent them from getting guns. Yet, as usual with guns, the debate over licensing mentions just the possible benefits while ignoring the real costs to people's safety.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Judge Finds Teen Guilty in Friend's Fatal Shooting

23 August 2000

Washington Post

A Montgomery County judge ruled yesterday that a 16-year-old Gaithersburg youth committed murder when he fatally shot a 15-year-old friend last month while playing with what he called his "toys"-his father's gun collection. The youth, whose name is being withheld because he was tried as a juvenile, was found "involved"-the juvenile court term for guilty-in second-degree murder, manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment, first-degree assault and... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

Boy, 5, Kills Cousin With Father's Gun

22 August 2000

Cape Times (Cape Town)

A five-year-old boy who found his father's gun in a drawer killed his cousin and aunt with a single shot. Police in Atlantis near Cape Town, South Africa, say the youngster thought the firearm was a toy and cannot be charged with the killings. Detectives who questioned his father say the man earlier took the gun from his safe because he had seen some "unsavoury characters" nearby but he failed to lock it up again. The youngster found it, walked into a room where his... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Deal Reached in School Shooting Case

22 August 2000

Associated Press

FLINT, Michigan — A man reached a deal with prosecutors, avoiding trial on accusations he carelessly stored a handgun that a 6-year-old boy allegedly used to kill a classmate at school. Jamelle James, 19, agreed to plead no contest to an involuntary manslaughter charge in the death of 6-year-old Kayla Rolland, Cindy Gilliam of the Genesee County clerk's office said. His trial had been set to start Tuesday. James previously had pleaded innocent to the charge. He... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Car Dealer to Offer Gun Giveaway

22 August 2000

Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — With deer-hunting season fast approaching, car dealer Greg "Lumpy" Lambert took a shot in the dark with a new promotion: a gun voucher with every auto sale and a water pistol for every child. Gun opponents aren't happy about his planned "Second Amendment" sales campaign set for Saturday, but Lambert said that most of the calls he has gotten have been fairly positive or neutral. "We are in East Tennessee," he said Monday. "This is a sportsman's... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Ad Riles Mayors, Actor Sheen

22 August 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Mayors suing U.S. gun makers said Tuesday they deserve equal television time to rebut a firearms industry ad they allege attacks their patriotism. Actor Martin Sheen also jumped into the fray, accusing the gun makers of using his younger brother, Joe Estevez, to perform the ad's voice-over so viewers would believe it was him. Sheen and Estevez have similar voices. "I want to set the record straight and place the gun makers' despicable deception on... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Million Moms Get Million Dollars to Fight Gun Supporters

22 August 2000

Detroit News

WASHINGTON — A donation of at least $1 million to the Million Mom March could benefit pro gun control candidates running this November for U.S. House seats across the country, including those in Michigan. The donation, funneled anonymously to the Million Mom March's political action committee earlier this summer, will be used to hire a professional staff to educate voters about the importance of gun control in key congressional House races nationwide-and encourage... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Mayors Turn to 'President' in Gun Makers Fight

22 August 2000

Reuters

WASHINGTON — U.S. mayors stepped up their fight against gun makers they are suing, vowing on Tuesday to enlist actor Martin Sheen, currently best known for his TV role as U.S. president, to help them rebut advertisements they say attack their patriotism. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which organized a news conference with the mayors, said the officials were demanding free television air time to respond to the charges they said were made in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Schools Will Test Gun Safety Program

22 August 2000

Baltimore Sun

Beginning this school year, Carroll County, Md., public schools will experiment with a gun safety program that will be taught as part of the health program to students from kindergarten through high school. The program will be a mixture of the National Rifle Association's Eddie Eagle cartoon character program — minus the cartoon character — and the STAR program, Straight Talk About Risks, run by the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence. "The message is very, very... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Law Would Aid Gunshot Victim Suits

22 August 2000

San Francisco Examiner

Supervisor Alicia Becerril wants to make it easier for gunshot victims and their families to sue gun manufacturers, dealers and importers with a new San Francisco law that the National Rifle Association is dismissing as "lame brained." Becerril introduced legislation Monday that would allow people who are shot in The City to sue firearm companies just for making or selling the weapon used to injure them. Victims currently must show the gun maker or its partner were... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Moms' $1 Million May Help Fight Guns

22 August 2000

Detroit News

WASHINGTON — A donation of at least $1 million to the Million Mom March could benefit pro gun control candidates running this November for U.S. House seats across the country, including those in Michigan. The donation, funneled anonymously to the Million Mom March's political action committee earlier this summer, will be used to hire a professional staff to educate voters about the importance of gun control in key congressional House races nationwide-and encourage... (GunPolicy.org)

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Puerto Rico

In Puerto Rico, Another Columbine Tragedy Waiting to Happen

21 August 2000

Yahoo News

Puerto Rico has never had a Columbine-type tragedy, but all the ingredients are present in a dangerous, combustible mixture: troubled teens and plenty of illegal guns. Another near miss occurred just days ago when a 10th grader at a high school in Loiza, a coastal town east of San Juan, fired at an 11th grader after a confrontation about some students throwing water or pebbles or paper wads (these were among the conflicting accounts) at some other students from an... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

One Case for Guns

21 August 2000

Christian Science Monitor, Opinion

There are a lot of bad things that can happen with guns, and guns can make it easier for such things to happen. But guns can also prevent dangerous situations and make it easier for people to defend themselves. That's the story that's not being told. No matter what one's views are on the issue of gun control, one issue in the debate concerns us all: Will allowing law-abiding citizens to own guns or carry concealed handguns, on net, save lives? The answer is yes, it... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Guns in the Cross Hairs

21 August 2000

Christian Science Monitor, Editorial

A number of Democrats served notice during their convention that one issue they'd be targeting this fall is gun control. Indeed, they seemed downright confident they'd hit the bull's eye. After all, their opponent is a governor who signed laws allowing people to carry concealed weapons, even into hospitals and churches. He also backed a law preventing any cities in Texas from joining in lawsuits against gun manufacturers. And his running mate? Well, Dick Cheney during... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Government Poor at Stopping Gun Violence

21 August 2000

Minnesota Daily

MINNEAPOLIS — In 1994 Congress passed a bill calling for waiting periods on the purchase of handguns. The Brady Bill was aptly named for former press secretary James Brady, who was shot and subsequently paralyzed during an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan. Brady's tragic injury made him a figurehead for his wife and other anti-gun lobbyists to push the bill through, despite National Rifle Association protests. The bill itself calls for a five-day... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Led by US, Arms Sales Surge Globally

21 August 2000

New York Times

WASHINGTON — International arms sales surged last year to nearly $30.3 billion, the highest level since 1996, and the United States solidified its position as the world's biggest arms dealer, according to an authoritative government report. The report by Congressional Research Service, an arm of the Library of Congress, showed that American contractors sold nearly $11.8 billion in weapons in 1999 — more than a third of the world's total and more than all European... (GunPolicy.org)

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