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New Zealand

Trentham Rifle Range Shut Down Permanently

1 December 2000

Evening Post (Wellington)

Trentham Rifle Range has been shut down permanently. The closure of the country's most famous shooting range was announced today by Army chief Major General Maurice Dodson. He said the Trentham: range would be shut because it did not meet current safety standards. He also announced the permanent closure of ranges at Gisborne, Hastings and Dunedin for the same reason. The Trentham range was established in 1892 after it was gifted to "the shooters of New Zealand" by... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Study: Lots of Guns Getting Into PA from South

1 December 2000

Philadelphia Inquirer

WASHINGTON — Interstate 95 is more than just a conduit for trucks and travelers: It's a veritable thunder road for gun-runners, a new federal study said. Firearms traffickers bring guns to Philadelphia and other northern cities from such states as North Carolina and Virginia, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. The study found that 14 percent of the weapons used in gun crimes committed in Philadelphia last year originated in six Southeastern... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Report Bolsters Calls for Gun-a-Month Limit

1 December 2000

APB News

WASHINGTON — Some gun policy experts are calling for states to give new consideration to one-gun-per-month laws in the wake of a government report showing almost a quarter of all guns used in the commission of a crime recovered in 1999 were originally part of multiple purchases. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms' annual report on gun traces released Thursday also shows that 11 percent of all guns recovered were legally bought by offenders from... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Family Killer's Term Bid

30 November 2000

Hobart Mercury (Tasmania)

A teenage boy who shot his family 11 years ago because his parents would not let him go swimming, was unlikely to offend again, a court was told yesterday. The boy, now aged 26, applied to the Supreme Court in Hobart to be resentenced to a fixed jail term for the murders, under Tasmania's truth in sentencing legislation. A former Grade 9 student at Kings Meadows High School, the boy warned his classmates he would kill his father if he was refused permission to go... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Study Finds Increase in Weapons Use

30 November 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — One in four youths has used a gun or knife or has been in a situation where someone was injured by a weapon in the past year, according to a large national study of adolescents. The survey funded by 18 federal agencies and analyzed by researchers at the University of Minnesota Medical School also found that teen-agers who are failing school and "hanging out" unsupervised with friends are at the highest risk of a number of dangerous behaviors. But it... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Clinton Expands Crack Down on Illegal Gun Sales

30 November 2000

Reuters

WASHINGTON — President Clinton announced initiatives on Thursday to help local police keep guns out of the hands of felons, stepping up pressure on the Republican-led Congress to close loopholes in the nation's gun laws before he leaves office in January. Marking the seventh anniversary of the Brady law, which requires handgun sellers to make background checks and institute waiting periods for buyers, Clinton directed Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers and Attorney... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Study Finds Laws Driving Gun Dealers Out

30 November 2000

Reuters

CHICAGO — The number of legal gun dealers in the United States has dropped by 72 percent since enactment of the 1994 Brady law, which required handgun sellers to make background checks on buyers, according to a report released on Thursday. Most of those who abandoned the business were small, one-person operations selling guns out of homes or garages, according to the Violence Policy Center which compiled the figures. It found that the number of federally licensed... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Concealed Weapon Process Should Be More Restrictive

30 November 2000

U-Wire, Editorial

EAST LANSING, Michigan — A proposed concealed weapons bill in the state Legislature is way off target. New legislation debated Tuesday in the state House would make it easier to obtain an unrestricted concealed weapons permit in Michigan. State law requires all concealed weapons license applicants to go before a county gun board. To obtain a restricted permit, an owner must specify a purpose for his or her gun ownership, such as hunting or business. An unrestricted... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Youth Videotaping Skateboarders Shot to Death

30 November 2000

Associated Press

SAN DIEGO — Religious figurines and bright chrysanthemums stood beside the bloodstained sidewalk where a 17-year-old boy fell dead when a neighbor opened fire on a group of skateboarders, authorities said. Ray Huffman, a high school senior, had been videotaping friends skateboarding as part of a project for his drama class Tuesday evening when Ruben Tadepa, 44, allegedly shot at the teenagers with whom he often clashed. Huffman had been preparing to tape a final few... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Michigan House Aims at Bill to Give Easy Access to Firearm Permits

29 November 2000

U-Wire

EAST LANSING, Michigan — The Michigan House of Representatives may make it a little easier to get that new firearm for your loved one. As the House went into its lame duck session Tuesday, debate began on a bill that some say would allow for thousands of gun permits to be issued in the state of Michigan. Members of the Million Mom March held a candlelight vigil Monday evening to voice their opposition to the proposed bill, and people everywhere were quick to comment... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Court Reviews Boy's Drawings of Teacher, Gun

29 November 2000

Associated Press

BOSTON — The state's highest court is reviewing two drawings by a 12-year-old boy to determine whether they represented a threat to his teacher. The drawings, made two years ago, depict a boy holding a gun pointed at a teacher as she says "please don't kill me" and sobs. A lower court sentenced the boy last year to more than five years of probation. The Supreme Judicial Court heard arguments in the case Nov. 7 and is expected to rule soon. Kathleen Kelly, the boy's... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Owner Held in Death

29 November 2000

Detroit Free Press

Terry Walker was nearly 50 miles from the Warren City Jail the night a drug suspect smuggled in a gun and killed Warren Police Detective Christopher Wouters, but authorities say Walker, as owner of the weapon, is to blame for the killing. During his arraignment Tuesday in Warren's 37th District Court, Walker, 49, was charged with involuntary manslaughter. He is accused of failing to legally transfer ownership of his 9mm semiautomatic. He was also arraigned on two... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Columbine Settlement Aired

29 November 2000

Denver Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)

The families of the Columbine killers and one of the young gun suppliers have offered dozens of victims a blanket $1.6 million settlement. The money, apparently coming from homeowners insurance policies, could be divided among as many as 37 families of those killed and injured in the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history. That's about $43,000 per family, if the settlement is eventually accepted and funds are equally divided. The settlement offer was laid out in a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Mick North, Dunblane Survivor

28 November 2000

Telegraph (UK)

"I only had Sophie, we were very close." Two and a half years after his wife died, Mick North lost his only child at Dunblane. He talks to Cassandra Jones about rebuilding his life By the cooker in Mick North's kitchen sits a book of slimming meals for one. It serves as a poignant reminder of how his life — if not his waistline — has been whittled away. He lives alone now, in a beautiful but remote stone house looking south over a Scottish loch, an hour's drive... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Tougher on Guns

28 November 2000

Kansas City Star (Missouri), Opinion

The gun lobby is wrong. Jackson County Prosecutor Bob Beaird is right. Beaird is working toward more aggressive prosecutions of those carrying concealed firearms. That's good. His two-strikes-make-a-felon initiative, announced Monday and now in effect, will catch some armed and dangerous people off guard. Like the Kansas City police officers who joined him at the Monday news conference, Beaird knows there are too many guns on the streets, too many of them in the wrong... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Owners Say Law Lets Them Tote Guns in Fanny Packs

28 November 2000

Chicago Tribune

A growing number of registered Illinois gun owners believe they've found a legal loophole that allows them to carry concealed handguns and ammunition in public, tucked in specially designed fanny packs. Fanny pack proponents say the trendy gun pouches, some of which are designed to look like day planners or cell phone cases, are a breakthrough for personal security. Gun control activists see their use as a legalistic ploy that threatens public safety. Legal experts,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

The horror of 'baby-faced killers'

27 November 2000

Ottawa Citizen (Ontario)

It's the kind of tragedy that is certain to create shockwaves around the country. It will be the cause of deep soul-searching in a small Quebec community. It may spark debate about guns, violence, young offenders and the state of the nation's children. But the apparently intentional shooting of a 64-year-old Montcerf man by an eight-year-old boy isn't likely to produce any clear answers quickly, or ever, if previous cases in which children commit violent crimes are any... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

New Gun Policy Could Get Repeat Offenders a Five-Year Sentence

27 November 2000

Kansas City Star (Missouri)

For years, carrying a concealed gun in Jackson County generally got you a city ticket and a fine. That changed Monday. Jackson County Prosecutor Bob Beaird and U.S. Attorney Stephen L. Hill announced a tougher approach that could get repeat offenders five years in federal prison. "We have allowed guns to be almost an accepted way of life," Beaird said. Guns are one reason Kansas City ranks fourth in the nation in crimes per capita, he added. Under the new policy,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

'Signal' Sent on Gun Control

27 November 2000

Denver Post (Colorado)

WASHINGTON — National gun-control advocates are pointing to Colorado and Oregon voters' decision to "close the gunshow loophole" as a sign that chances are improving for new gun-control measures in Congress. "When you have voters in states like Colorado and Oregon voting in large majorities in favor of this, that sends a pretty strong signal," said Mike Barnes, the former Maryland congressman who heads Handgun Control Inc., the nation's leading gun-control lobby. "I... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

New County Police Guns Begin to Arrive

27 November 2000

Baltimore Sun

The Baltimore County Police Department received its first shipment of new .40-caliber handguns this month, starting a conversion from 9 mm weapons that will give officers more firepower. The change comes at little cost to taxpayers because the 9 mm pistols could be resold in other countries. Although such resales are forbidden under a new state law, county police officials say the department is exempt from the ban — part of a gun-safety bill pushed by Gov. Parris N.... (GunPolicy.org)

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