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Suicide by Cop

10 December 2000

Sunday Telegraph Magazine (UK)

Roger Gray is a tall, self-assured man with a grey moustache and blue eyes. A 54-year-old former sergeant in S019, the Metropolitan Police's Armed Response Unit, he speaks softly but firmly, and exudes competence and conviction. 'You do not know,' he says, 'you cannot know what is going on in a man's head when he is holding a firearm. Even if he tells you he is suicidal, how do you know he is telling the truth? How do you know he isn't going to kill you or the people he... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Debate: Enforcement Vs. Legislation

10 December 2000

Reuters

UTICA, New York — Most Americans agree that better enforcement of current gun laws will have a greater impact on limiting gun violence than adding more laws to the books, a Zogby poll reveals. In the Zogby American Values poll of 1,028 adults nationwide, 52% of those surveyed identified strictly prosecuting anyone that uses a gun during a crime as the single best means of cutting down on gun violence. Tied as the second most popular solution, at 15%, were banning... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Yoko may lead US anti-gun crusade Tom Rhodes, New York

10 December 2000

Sunday Times (UK)

Ever since John Lennon was shot dead, Yoko Ono has privately advocated measures to curb the millions of guns owned by Americans. But after marking the 20th anniversary of his murder last week with a poster to spread her message, she has been asked to become a figurehead for the nation's most influential gun control campaign. Ono, 67, watched from her penthouse in New York on Friday as thousands of mourners gathered around the part of Central Park dedicated to the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

'I'm Going to Die,' Kayla Told Classmate After Boy Shot Her

10 December 2000

Detroit News

MT. MORRIS TOWNSHIP — Kayla Rolland stared in the mirror of her first-grade classroom watching a small, crimson spot spread across her pullover shirt. "I'm going to die," the 6-year-old told a classmate. Nearby, tucked inside a classmate's desk, was a blue steel .32-caliber handgun. It was a small, cheap gun, costing less than some kids' tennis shoes. Yet a short time after it was assembled in a California factory and bought legally near Flint, it was involved in a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Rickreall Gun Show Tests New Background Check Law

10 December 2000

Oregonian (Portland)

RICKREALL — For hunter and collector Larry Dole, stepping into the era of Measure 5 was relatively painless. A .22-caliber revolver caught his fancy at Saturday's Rickreall Gun Show at the Polk County Fairgrounds. The pistol was part of a private seller's collection, which until a few days ago meant that purchasing it would have been about as easy as buying groceries. But that's changed with the voter-passed measure requiring criminal background checks on all buyers... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Ohio Must Shed its Tag as a 'Gunrunners' Paradise'

10 December 2000

Dayton Daily News (Ohio), Opinion

This is one distinction Ohio could do without: The Dayton Daily News analyzed U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms data for 1997 and 1998, the latest years available. The data was of guns the ATF knows were bought in one state and used in crimes in another. Only four states-Florida, Georgia, Virginia and Texas-sold more of such guns than Ohio. The ATF traced more than 3,500 questionable Ohio gun sales between 1995-'98, which represents just a fraction of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Judge: Can't Use Second Amendment to Appeal Stalking Case Charges

9 December 2000

Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge has denied a defendant's argument that the federal law prohibiting possession of firearms by those under domestic-violence protection orders violates the Second Amendment. U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball said the Supreme Court has made it clear the Second Amendment offers no guarantee to keep and bear firearms unless there is "some reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well-regulated militia." "(And) five... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Closing Gun-Show Loophole to Cost Up to $800,000

9 December 2000

Denver Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)

Closing the gun-show loophole won't be cheap, state lawmakers learned Friday. The price could be anywhere from $350,000 to $800,000, depending on whether a Web-based computer system is created to help speed the task. Members of the legislature's budget committee met with Public Safety Department officials to discuss the fiscal impact involved in voters approving Amendment 22 on Nov. 7 and other issues. The amendment, which goes into effect March 31, 2001, requires... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Check Initiative Keeps Oregon Cops Busy

9 December 2000

Associated Press

SALEM, Oregon — A State Police unit that performs background checks on handgun buyers at gun shows got a lot busier yesterday because of a voter-passed law that extends the checks to rifles and shotguns. Measure 5, an initiative measure probably best known for expanding required background checks for sales at gun shows, was easily approved by voters at the Nov. 7 election. The law that took effect yesterday requires criminal background checks, made by a call to the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Elgin Gun Shop Owner Says City Putting Squeeze on Him

8 December 2000

Courier News (Chicago)

Ordinance proposal: Measure mandates tougher security, notes break-ins at B&L ELGIN — A local gun store owner said he is closing his business at year's end after city officials on Wednesday released a draft ordinance that would require stricter security measures at city gun shops. The proposed ordinance — originally requested by the police department — would require gun shop owners to have gates and bars over windows whenever their shops are closed. In addition,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Solomon Islands

Solomons Agreement Imposes Fake Gun Ban

8 December 2000

ABC News (Australia)

No child in Solomon Islands will be getting a toy gun this Christmas. As part of the Townsville Peace Agreement that has brought the ethnic war in the Solomons to a halt, the Parliament in Honiara has passed a bill banning all imitation firearms. The Firearms and Ammunition Amendment Bill prohibits the manufacture, sale, carriage, possession and use of imitation firearms throughout the Solomons. Solomon Islands Police Minister William Haomae told Parliament the ban... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Time to Remember Horror of the Gun, Says Yoko

8 December 2000

Press Association (UK)

Yoko Ono, widow of music legend John Lennon, today called for the world to reflect on the horrors of "gun violence" in a message to mark the 20th anniversary this week of his death. With the hundreds of thousands of people who have continued to die from gunshots, she compared living in the US to "living in a war zone". Ono, 67, whose husband was murdered two decades ago on Friday, has been a fervent advocate of gun control over the years. In her message, given to PA... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Four Found Shot to Death; Police Report a Break in the Case

8 December 2000

Wichita Eagle

Police Capt. Robert Lee says someone in the community knows who shot the young people. "We want that person to have the courage to do the right thing and call us," he said. By Deb Gruver, Hurst Laviana, Tim Potter And Novelda Sommers The Wichita EagleFour Wichita teens were found shot to death Thursday morning in what was the city's worst multiple killing in almost 27 years. A 15-year-old cousin of one of the victims discovered the two women and two men inside a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Laws Being Foiled, ATF Says

8 December 2000

Dallas Morning News (Texas)

A new analysis of gun crime in Dallas concludes that local criminals are finding ways to thwart federal laws that were designed to keep modern firearms out of their hands. The third annual Crime Gun Trace Report, released last week by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, shows that weapons traffickers are making legal purchases and then reselling weapons illegally to buyers whom the law was supposed to screen out. More than a third of guns traced from... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Case Dismissal Denied

8 December 2000

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

A federal judge has ruled that a Utah man's constitutional right to bear arms does not negate a federal law that prohibits possession of firearms by those under domestic-violence protection orders. U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball said the Supreme Court has made it clear the Second Amendment offers no guarantee to keep and bear firearms unless there is "some reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well-regulated militia." "[And] five circuit... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Woman Kills Nephew While Aiming for Estranged Husband

7 December 2000

Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — A woman gunning for her estranged husband shot and killed her 5-year-old nephew instead as he sat in a car, police said. Amy Bankston, 24, pleaded innocent Wednesday to capital murder and was ordered held on $250,000 bail. Police Lt. Eric Higgins said Bankston approached her estranged husband's car at a traffic light Monday and fired into it, thinking he was in the vehicle. Instead, Bankston's sister-in-law and her family were. Bankston's... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

New Jersey County Suit Against Gun Makers Dismissed

7 December 2000

Reuters

NEW YORK — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Camden County, N.J., against the gun industry, concluding the county had no standing to sue, the National Shooting Sports Foundation said Thursday. The group said U.S. District Judge Jerome Simandle ruled Tuesday that Camden County could not show that the manufacturers' distribution of legal guns caused a public nuisance or caused the county to incur costs to prevent, prosecute and punish gun crimes. In his... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Courts misfire

7 December 2000

Washington Times, Editorial

As New York teen-ager Stephen Fox tells the story, he was simply having a conversation with a friend. He looked over at the friend and saw him raise his arm with a "black object." The next thing Fox knew he was in his mother's arms, unable to move his arms or legs. What happened that day in 1994 was that Fox's friend, Alfred Adkins, accidentally shot him with a .25 caliber handgun. Fox survived the shooting, permanently disabled by the bullet that remains lodged in his... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Guns in Fanny Packs Will Lead to Arrest

7 December 2000

Chicago Sun-Times

Anyone caught carrying a handgun in their fanny pack will be arrested and prosecuted, state's attorneys from Illinois' three largest counties warned Wednesday. A Web site run by Concealed Carry Inc. has been urging people to carry their guns in their fanny packs because they believe appellate court cases in Illinois clear the way for that. They are mistaken, Cook County State's Attorney Dick Devine said. He was joined by DuPage County State's Attorney Joe Birkett and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Measure 5: New Gun Show Law Goes Into Effect

7 December 2000

Channel 6000

A voter-passed state initiative that requires background checks for anyone buying firearms at Oregon gun shows goes into effect Saturday. But critics object to the state keeping the records for five years. Gun buyers in the small town of Rickreall will be the first to test out Measure 5, according to KOIN 6 News. Notices about the new law will be posted on every table. Anyone who buys or sells a firearm at the show has to fill out a form which asks questions about... (GunPolicy.org)

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