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Stricter Controls on UK Arms Dealers

28 September 2000

BBC News

Trade and Industry Secretary Stephen Byers has announced that the government is to introduce a licensing system for companies that deal in weapons and munitions. Speaking at the Labour conference in Brighton, Mr Byers said: "The arms industry in the UK employs many thousands of workers, it's an important part of our manufacturing base. "But there is a dark and unacceptable side to the arms trade. This is the irresponsible, immoral trafficking and brokering of arms to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Asking About Guns Need Not Be Rude

28 September 2000

Boston Globe

It's the fourth week of school and your first-grader has an invitation to play with a new friend. For the first time, you don't know the parents of a playmate. Are you going to ask, "Is there a gun in your home?" This was once a subject that rarely made a parent's radar screen. For most of us, Columbine changed that. For Laura Hill of Wellesley, it was something closer to home. Last spring, a mother and daughter attending a recital in the Wellesley middle school... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Measure 5: What it Would Do

28 September 2000

Oregonian (Portland)

Measure 5 would close the "gun-show loophole," requiring criminal history background checks on all gun sales at events where more than 25 guns are for sale. Under current law, private sellers and collectors at Oregon's 160 gun shows are not required to run background checks on people buying firearms. Only federally licensed dealers must run the checks. Measure 5 expands background checks of gun buyers by incorporating private sales at gun shows. It also brings sales of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Violence Campaign Has Question for Parents

28 September 2000

St Petersburg Times (Florida)

This summer, PAX, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending gun violence in America, launched the ASK Campaign (Asking Saves Kids). This is a national public health initiative that encourages parents to ask relatives, friends and neighbors whether there is a gun in their house before sending their children over to play. Experts on children's safety around the country are joining together behind the ASK message to urge parents to help put an end to these tragedies... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Canada

Canada to Charge Gun-Toting Visitors $33

28 September 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — People driving through Canada with rifles or shotguns will have to make a written declaration describing their guns and pay a fee of roughly $33 to Canadian Customs starting Jan. 1. The new requirement is part of a nationwide gun owner licensing and registration law passed by Parliament in 1995. Visitors who pay the fee and declare their guns will be given a firearms declaration that serves as their license while in Canada. Currently, people visiting... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Interest Groups Give Gore Ad Boost

28 September 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Interest groups, notably unions and the gun control lobby, spent more than $1 million in a single week on television ads aiding Al Gore, overwhelming the outside money spent to help George W. Bush. The AFL-CIO, Handgun Control Inc. and other pro-Gore groups spent $1.15 million in the 75 largest markets during one week, according to an analysis of spending data by the University of Wisconsin. That compares to just $17,000 in pro-Bush ads. It's been the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Pakistan

Pakistan Government Wants to Regularize Arms Trade in Tribal Area

27 September 2000

News (Karachi)

ISLAMABAD — The government wants to regularise arms trade in Darra Adamkhel, an official told The News here on Tuesday. He said an official Task Force will finalise deweaponisation policy on Wednesday. The government will unfold the policy for debate to elicit public opinion before getting it approved from the federal cabinet, he said. He said: "The basic objective is to cleanse the society of illegal arms, which will automatically help curb crimes." Among others, the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

US Judge Sentences Irish Gunrunners to Prison

27 September 2000

Reuters

FORT LAUDERDALE — A U.S. judge on Wednesday sentenced three men to prison terms ranging from 36 to 56 months for buying and shipping weapons in a gun-running scheme operated by the Irish Republican Army (IRA). U.S. District Court Judge Wilkie Ferguson imposed the toughest penalty — 56 months-on Conor Claxton, 27, the mastermind behind the 1999 plot to send weapons disguised as toys, VCRs and computers from Florida to Northern Ireland through the U.S.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Pro-Gore Groups Outspend Republicans on TV Ads

27 September 2000

Reuters

WASHINGTON — Labour unions and other groups backing Democrat Al Gore for president have spent $3.2 million more than their pro-Republican counterparts on television ads over the past three months, according to a study released on Wednesday. The review of political ad buys by the Brennan Centre at New York University law school showed Handgun Control, the AFL-CIO labour federation and other pro-Gore organisations spent more than $1.1 million on TV spots last week... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Two Die in Highway Shooting

27 September 2000

San Francisco Chronicle

A troubled marriage came to a violent end on northbound Highway 101 in Redwood City yesterday, police said, when a man killed his estranged wife one day after her birthday and then turned the gun on himself. The 7:40 a.m. shootings were witnessed by a tow truck driver and the trainee accompanying him, who had pulled up on the shoulder of the freeway behind the woman's 1991 Toyota sedan to offer assistance. The investigation of the crime scene, just past the Maple... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Anti-Violence Rally Draws Fire from Bethlehem Pro-Gun Group

27 September 2000

Lehigh Valley News (Pennsylvania)

A verbal shootout between organizers of a Bethlehem anti-violence rally and a group of area gun owners could leave the Bethlehem YWCA caught in the crossfire as it kicks off its own fight against violence. In weeks leading up to Monday's dueling rallies at Bethlehem's Fahy Bridge and Rose Garden, both sides have accused each other of misdirection and exaggeration. Helen Ruch, coordinator of First Monday 2000, said her event is not intended to restrict anyone's right... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Control Group Plans October Protest

27 September 2000

Maryland Gazette

A newly created chapter of the Million Mom March plans to organize a demonstration against gun shows at the Montgomery County fairgrounds on Oct. 21 and 22, when the next show is scheduled to take place. "We object to the fact that tax dollars help support the Montgomery County fairgrounds while there are gun shows there," said Tierney O'Neil of Chevy Chase, who organized the Montgomery County chapter of the Million Mom March. The chapter is one of about three dozen... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

New Ad Tells Gun Owners to Lock Up Their Weapons to Save Children

27 September 2000

New York Times

The commercial opens on crayon drawings and the tiny voice of a child talking lovingly about her little sister. Then the camera zooms in on a stick figure lying on the ground, part of its body covered in red marker. The next frame shows the speaker's self-portrait, her face violently scribbled out in black. "I found a gun in the drawer; it went off," the small voice says, cracking. "I made Kalie go away. I hate me." The commercial, which ends on the line, "An unlocked... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Daley, Madigan Push GOP on Guns

27 September 2000

Daily Herald (Chicago)

SPRINGFIELD — Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley said Tuesday that Republican lawmakers from the suburbs are the reason Illinois doesn't license gun shops or limit gun purchases. His comments came as Daley and House Speaker Michael Madigan, a Chicago Democrat, announced that there will be a vote on just such a proposal during the legislature's fall session in November. Though legislators won't convene until after the general election that month, key Republicans were... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

IPS Officers to Get Guns, Board Votes

27 September 2000

Indianapolis Star (Indiana)

The Indianapolis Public School Board unanimously approved a measure Tuesday that puts semiautomatic weapons in the holsters of all the district's police officers-but not without criticism from parents and teachers. The seven board members said they were acting on the "community's wishes" in voting to arm 87 officers full time. "Nothing changes my opinion that this is about public safety for our students, teachers, staff, parents, the entire IPS community," said board... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Report Claims Guns More Plentiful at Schools

27 September 2000

Education Week

Thousands more students are bringing guns to school than U.S. Department of Education statistics show because principals, afraid to tarnish their schools' reputations, are underreporting the problem, a new report contends. The report, released this month by the Hamilton Fish Institute, a federally financed research group affiliated with George Washington University, compares data from several leading national and state studies to reach its conclusions. Nationally, the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Teen to Face Charges for Supplying Gun

27 September 2000

Yahoo News

A 13-year-old New Orleans boy will attend a detention hearing Wednesday for supplying the gun that injured two classmates at Carter G. Woodson Middle School. New Orleans police told WDSU NewsChannel 6 that Alfred Anderson passed a .38 caliber revolver to 13-year-old Darrell Johnson through a chain-linked fence Tuesday. Just before noon, police say that Johnson used that gun to shoot 15-year-old William Pennigton in the chest. Pennington was able to wrestle the gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Many Parents of Depressed Teens Do Not Give Up Guns

26 September 2000

Reuters Health

NEW YORK — The majority of gun-owning families whose adolescent children are receiving treatment for depression do not dispose of their household weapons-even after being counseled about the link between firearms and suicide, according to researchers. Over a 2-year period, investigators surveyed and interviewed the families of 106 adolescents who participated in a 3-month treatment program for major depression. Just over one quarter of the families had firearms in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Students Shot at New Orleans School

26 September 2000

Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS — Two teen-age boys shot each other with the same gun during a fight at their middle school Tuesday after a 13-year-old expelled student slipped the weapon to one of them through a fence, authorities said. The wounded boys, ages 13 and 15, were in critical condition. Witnesses said the eighth-graders had argued before the shootings at the school where students must pass through a metal detector to enter. The younger boy got the gun from outside the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

List of Recent US School Shootings

26 September 2000

Associated Press

Other recent school shootings: - Sept. 24, 2000: A 16-year-old boy was shot in the ankle in apparent drive-by shooting as classes let out from Federal Way High School outside Seattle. - July 17, 2000: A 13-year-old boy allegedly fired a shot into the ceiling at a middle school cafeteria in Renton, Wash., then ordered summer school students onto the stage. The students scattered and no one was hurt. - May 26, 2000: A 13-year-old honor student killed his teacher, Barry... (GunPolicy.org)

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