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Gun Laws Cause Coalition Friction in QLD

19 April 2000

ABC News (Australia)

The Queensland National Party is facing another rift with its Liberal Coalition partner — this time over gun laws. The Nationals have finished a review that recommends watering down the gun laws introduced by the Borbidge Government following the 1996 Port Arthur massacre. The changes include access to life-long gun licences. Opposition police spokesman, Mike Horan, says the suggested changes are yet to be put to the Liberal Party. "Well we have a process to go... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Thousands Backed Martin's Actions

19 April 2000

Press Association (UK)

The ordeal of Tony Martin touched a raw nerve in people across Britain. Thousands wrote to publicist Max Clifford, who is representing Martin, expressing their support for the farmer and his actions. Three files on the shelves of Mr Clifford's London office, brimming with messages and offers of financial help, bear testimony to the strength of feeling the case has provoked. Martin's solicitor Nick Makin has also received a flood of donations to a fighting fund set up... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Ex-SAS Man Jailed for Murder

19 April 2000

BBC News

A former SAS trooper accused of murdering his girlfriend has been has been jailed for life. Scots-born anaesthetist, Dr Thomas Shanks, 48, was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court over the death of Vickie Fletcher. Shanks shot dead Ms Fletcher, a 21-year-old nurse, outside a pub in Castleford, West Yorkshire, after she had started a relationship with another man. He had denied murder but admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. Sentencing, Mr... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Fight Against Guns Gives Moms a Cause

19 April 2000

Washington Post

Tierney Siegel figured her idea was a long shot. In fact, just getting an audience with sports mogul Abe Pollin was going to be tough. To her astonishment, he took her phone call and put her on his calendar. "I'm nobody," she told him when they met. "I'm just a mom." Yet something about this Montgomery County mom's appeal persuaded the Washington Wizards owner to bend-no, break-his own rules. The tragedy of gun violence and children, he decided, was too important to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Panama

Panama Becomes Bazaar for Central American Weapons

18 April 2000

Reuters

PANAMA CITY — Guns for cash or guns for drugs: Panama has become an arms bazaar for South American guerrillas and narcos looking to stock up on grenade launchers, high explosives or just plain machine guns. And officials say it is unlikely that Panama's hard-pressed border patrol will be able to do anything soon to stem the flow of weapons from formerly civil war-ravaged Central America to the hungry embrace of Colombian or Peruvian rebels. Panama's borders are "an... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Dealer Jailed for Gun Death

18 April 2000

Gloucester Citizen (UK)

A firearms dealer has been jailed for supplying live ammunition to a man who later shot his best friend dead with it by accident. David Partridge, 56, of Gable End House, Pitchcombe, near Stroud, told pensioner George Gleed that the six rounds of pinfire bullets he had given him for his 1865 Belgian revolver were blanks. Pensioner Mr Gleed was given the bullets after earlier buying the old pistol from Partridge's home based antiques shop and dealership for £85. Mr... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Massachusetts Gun Rules Affects Businesses

18 April 2000

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts — Vincent DelValle has guns — lots of guns. But like other gundealers in Massachusetts, he just can't sell all of them. DelValle, manager of Strictly Defense in West Springfield, has been forced to alter his business in the two weeks since the nation's toughest handgun safety regulations took effect. "It's killing the small dealers," said DelValle. "We are stuck with thousands of dollars in guns we can't sell." The only new handguns... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

… And the Gun Toll Rolls On

18 April 2000

Los Angeles Times, Opinion

This week marks a sad anniversary. It's been a year since two heavily armed students terrorized Columbine High School, killing 13 and wounding 23 others before taking their own lives. A year of unfathomable grief for the victims' families, Colorado and the nation. And a year of inexcusable stalemate in Washington. The Columbine tragedy was so horrific that it at first promised to shame lawmakers into tightening gun laws. The proposals President Clinton put before... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Violence in the US Costs More Than $100 Billion a Year

18 April 2000

Bloomberg (USA)

NEW YORK — There was a time, just six years ago, when Alfredo Valentin ran a prosperous real estate business in the New York borough of the Bronx. Commissions from house sales and apartment rentals provided the kind of affluence that bought Cadillacs and Caribbean cruises, with enough left over for private-school and college tuition for his three kids. Today Valentin faces financial ruin, a reversal of fortune that began one August night in 1994 when his son Derek... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Panel Buries Final Gun-Control Measure

18 April 2000

Denver Post (Colorado)

The last legislative effort to require background checks at gun shows went down in defeat Monday in a hearing that illustrated the frayed emotions of the gun debate. Sen. Pat Pascoe's legislation would have saved the gun-control group SAFE Colorado the effort of collecting more than 62,000 signatures to put its gun-show initiative on the November ballot. But the legislation was killed on a party-line vote in the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Shots Heard Round the World

18 April 2000

Denver Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)

John Head still remembers where the guns were kept in the Nebraska farmhouse of his boyhood. Rifle perched above the front door on a couple of nails, shotgun leaning in a corner. In 1950, when he was 9, he stomped through fields on his own, a .22 rifle slung over his shoulder. Forty years later, two boys with guns propelled Head, a Denver attorney, to help launch one of the most aggressive gun-control groups in Colorado. Conservative business lawyer. Vietnam Purple... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun-Control Movement Split by Ambition to Ban Handguns

18 April 2000

Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON — One year after the Columbine High School shooting, newly energized gun-control forces are grappling with a potentially critical split within their ranks over a key strategic decision: How far can they hope to go in reining in guns? For all the recent talk of "smart" guns, trigger locks and other innovations in weapons safety, an increasingly vocal minority in the gun-control community is arguing that nothing short of a ban on handguns will stem gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Congress Unmoved So Far by Flurry of Gun Bills

17 April 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Since the shooting deaths at Columbine High School a year ago, members of Congress have introduced dozens of gun control bills but not one of them has become law. Still, there's a stong election-year incentive to get something done and general agreement has been reached on several measures: trigger locks, bans on high-capacity ammunition clips and a bar against juveniles with criminal records from possessing guns. The biggest and most elusive prize has... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

At Gun Show, Closing Loophole Seen as Intrusion

17 April 2000

USA Today

AKRON, Ohio — At a gun show here, amid survivalist gear and "Gun control equals people control" bumper stickers, two men are selling semiautomatic handguns under different sets of rules. Jim Cyrus, a gun-store owner, is a licensed dealer. As at his store, he can sell only to buyers who pass federally mandated background checks, most of which are completed within a minute. About 10 tables away sits a retired Ford Motor pattern designer, who does a few shows each year... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Unmaking a Gunmaker

17 April 2000

Newsweek

Donald Zilkha never really planned to get into the gun business. In 1993 he turned 42, and had yet to make his own fortune. Success was expected of him: his family built one of the biggest banking empires in the Middle East before conquering New York. He worried aloud to friends that his father, a philanthropist and banker, disapproved of him. Zilkha was looking for a chance to prove himself, and suddenly there it was. Colt's Manufacturing Co.-known to the world as... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Year Later, Columbine is Learning to Cope While Still Searching for Answers

17 April 2000

New York Times

DENVER — Almost a year has passed since a killing rampage here by two students thrust an otherwise ordinary high school into the vortex of national debates over gun rights, parental responsibilities, cultural violence and the nature of evil. Yet for all the discourse, as well as the symbolism of 15 deaths inside a public school, including the gunmen's, little beyond the walls of Columbine High School in suburban Denver has changed since last April 20. Congress is... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Some Women Oppose Gun March

17 April 2000

Cincinnati Post (Ohio)

Catie Berry has a message for anyone hearing about the Million Mom March in Washington D. C. on May 14 — not all women share the paranoid hysteria she says is fueling the march's call for stronger gun control. The Amelia woman, who is the mother of four grown sons, joined the Dallas-based Second Amendment Sisters less than a month ago when she heard the grassroots organization was forming t o rally against the gun control efforts of the Million Mom March. She... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

In Do-Or-Die Letter, NRA Pleads for Cash to Launch Ad Campaign

17 April 2000

Denver Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)

The NRA is pleading for money in a militant us-against-the-world letter indicating the gun lobby is launching its most aggressive advertising campaign in years. The letter, which arrived in members' mailboxes late this week, calls for "emergency media" payments, above National Rifle Association dues. The group says it hopes to increase its advertising budget by nearly $3.3 million over what it planned to spend this election cycle. This is the most critical election... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Show Talk Flies Like Lead

17 April 2000

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

At the Crossroads of the West Gun Show at the Salt Palace on Sunday, the firearms cost money — about $200 for a .22-caliber Ruger, or nearly $2,000 for a classic bolt-action Winchester rifle — but the opinions were free of charge. A number of shoppers snarled at President Clinton's attempts to create longer waiting periods for gun show background checks. "We all know [Clinton's] track record. He has no credibility," said John Pickett of Salt Lake City, who... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Have Gun, Will Vote

17 April 2000

Weekly Standard (USA); Vol.. 5, No. 31

William Schneider couldn't believe his eyes. The CNN commentator and fellow at the American Enterprise Institute felt there must be something wrong with a recent CNN poll. It showed Americans are evenly divided on whether George W. Bush, who doesn't talk much about guns, or Al Gore, who has made gun control a theme of his presidential campaign, handles the "gun issue" better. Schneider requested the question be asked again. It was-with the same result. Meanwhile,... (GunPolicy.org)

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