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US Weapons Resurface in Solomons

14 June 2000

Associated Press

NGALIBIU, Solomon Islands — The bullets were made for the carbines U.S. soldiers battling Japanese troops in the jungles and mountains of the malaria-ridden island of Guadalcanal — a pivotal battlefield during World War II. Once buried in ammunition dumps around the island, the shells have been dug up and pressed into service in a new conflict: the fighting between Isatabu militants who want to push migrant Malaitans off Guadalcanal, the South Pacific nation's main... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Man Convicted in Xerox Shootings

14 June 2000

Associated Press

HONOLULU — Byran Uyesugi's attorneys took two weeks laying out their claim that the former Xerox copier repairman was legally insane when he fatally shot seven co-workers last November. It took jurors less than 90 minutes Tuesday to reject that defense and convict him of first-degree murder and attempted murder in the second degree in Hawaii's worst mass killing. Uyesugi, 40, who showed no emotion as the verdicts were read, faces a mandatory life prison term without... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Firefighter Shoots Wife, Kids, Self

14 June 2000

Associated Press

LAKEVILLE, Massachusetts — A veteran firefighter shot his wife and two young children to death, then killed himself with the same gun, authorities said. The bodies of Paul Riley, 53, a fire lieutenant in nearby Brockton, and his family were found Monday on the second floor of their home. Authorities went to the house after learning that the family had not been seen since Friday. Riley's wife Alicia, 37, was found in a bathroom. The children — Matthew, 6, and Erin,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

AG Charges Gun Lobby Behind Bill to Curb Regulatory Power

14 June 2000

Boston Herald

Attorney General Thomas Reilly is fighting a move by House lawmakers that could dilute his authority to regulate guns and other consumer products. A bill that would require legislative approval on many new regulations from the AG appears headed toward approval in the House, after an initial OK last week from the Joint Commerce and Labor Committee. With his power under siege, Reilly yesterday blamed the gun lobby for targeting his office. "We expected this attack,"... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Felon Owned Gun Child Used to Shoot Himself, Police Say

14 June 2000

Cleveland Live

Cleveland police believe the .45-caliber handgun found by a 6-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself in the head Monday belonged to a four-time felon. The boy, Steven Goggins, apparently found the loaded gun under a bed in the Dunlap Ave. house where the felon, Michael Gibson, lived with the boy's mother, Police Chief Martin L. Flask said. Police said the semiautomatic weapon shouldn't have been in the house. As a felon, Gibson is prohibited from owning a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Pro-Gun Groups in Big Squabble

14 June 2000

Denver Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)

Not all pro-gun groups are alike. They may look to outsiders like peas in a pod, but they go after each other like those long-ago podmates, Trotskyites and Stalinists. Nothing brings their feuds to the surface faster than the suspicion that one is claiming credit for the work of another. That's what happened in the wake of the booing of Gov. Bill Owens at the Republican State Convention June 3 and the election of a preponderantly pro-gun slate of delegates to the GOP... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

State Police Defend Handgun Purchaser Database

14 June 2000

Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh)

State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, a gun owner and member of the National Rifle Association, claims the Pennsylvania State Police are breaking the law by maintaining a database of everyone who has legally bought a handgun in the commonwealth since 1923. Metcalfe, R-Cranberry, and 19 other legislators sent a letter last month to the state police expressing their concerns and requesting an explanation. "It appears to us they, in fact, are not keeping the law they are charged to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Ireland

Irish Gun-Runners Convicted in US

14 June 2000

Telegraph (UK)

Three Irishmen, including two Sinn Fein members, were convicted in a Florida court yesterday of illegally shipping at least 122 handguns to the Provisional IRA last year as Tony Blair was attempting to persuade Gerry Adams to agree to the decommissioning of terrorist weapons. Conor Claxton, 27, Anthony Smyth, 43, both from Belfast, and Martin Mullan, 30, from Dunloy, Co Antrim, face up to 10 years in jail. They were all aquitted of the more serious charge of conspiring... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

White House Calls GOP Insincere on Gun Laws

14 June 2000

Washington Post

The White House accused Republican leaders in Congress yesterday of being insincere in their calls for tougher enforcement of gun laws because they have refused to fund several of President Clinton's initiatives in that area. The rhetorical exchange over gun control has left some activists pessimistic that Congress will give final approval to a package of stiff regulations that the Senate passed last year in the wake of the Columbine High School killings. The latest... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Smith & Wesson to Shut Down 2 Plants

13 June 2000

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts — Smith & Wesson plans to shut down two of its manufacturing plants for a month partly because of the fallout from its landmark gun-safety deal with the government. The nation's largest handgun maker said in a statement that an unspecified number of workers would be placed on unpaid leave from July 3 through July 28. Other parts of the company, including customer service and shipping, will continue to operate. About 500 workers at plants... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

The NRA Triggers a Times Square Showdown

13 June 2000

Washington Post

NEW YORK — Just the thought of it has New York political and business leaders going ballistic: A National Rifle Association theme cafe in Times Square? With computer-simulated shooting games, a menu of wild game meat and a gift shop of weapons-related trinkets and gadgets? When the NRA announced its plans for a Times Square cafe late last month, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said it would send New York back toward being "Dodge City." Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani (r)... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

The NRA and the Voting Booth

12 June 2000

Reuters / Zogby

UTICA, New York — As the National Rifle Association continues to be a key player in the debates over gun control political platforms, a recent Zogby poll of 1,002 adults nationwide reveals that 56.7% of those surveyed said they support positions held by the NRA when they head to the polls. The survey revealed that 41% of voters said they never support NRA positions. As expected there was a sharp contrast down political lines. An overwhelming 75% of Republicans... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Moms to NRA: Grow Up!

12 June 2000

Nation (USA)

In the end, after months of waffling, I violated my principles and went to the Million Mom March for gun control-make that "common-sense gun control." I've never liked maternalist politics: It relies on an image of women as basically apolitical homebodies, roused from the stove only by a threat to the nest and the nestlings. Maternalism takes the ancient sexist categories that exclude women from the public realm and uses them to win women a hearing there-children, it is... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Attorney General Candidates Differ Sharply on Gun Issues

12 June 2000

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

The candidates seeking election as Utah's top legal officer and prosecutor are brimming with ideas to curb violent crime — from assigning every Utah school a full-time police officer to encouraging more law-abiding residents to pack guns. Gun violence is an issue that reveals sharp contrasts among the four men who aspire to be the next state attorney general. Only one — Democrat Reed Richards — supports the failed initiative petition to ban legally concealed... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Some Moms Keep Trying for Stricter Gun Control

12 June 2000

Detroit Free Press

A month after standing shoulder to shoulder with half a million mothers marching in Washington, D.C., for stricter gun control, Shikha Hamilton cast a lonely shadow on the steps of the federal courthouse in downtown Detroit. Wearing her Million Mom March T-shirt, Hamilton, a local march organizer, waited for other mothers to gather for a post-march planning session last week. Of the 200 Detroit women who rallied at Mother's Day marches in Washington and Michigan,... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

South Africans Killed by Guns Skyrocketing, Alarming Officials

11 June 2000

Earth Times (New York)

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — "The equivalent of an entire school is wiped out by guns each year," David Newby, the Western Cape chairman of Gun Free South Africa, warned recently. David Newby told members of the National Assembly's portfolio committee on education that 819 youngsters under the age of 18 were killed by guns in 1998. Quoting police statistics, the anti-gun activist disclosed that only 63.8 percent of schools in South Africa's worst affected crime areas... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Texas Case Could Affect Gun Ownership

11 June 2000

USA Today

It began as a marital dispute in western Texas and became a debate over Timothy Emerson's right to keep a gun after a court told him to stay away from his estranged wife, Sacha. Now, courtesy of an unusual ruling by a Texas judge, it has blossomed into a gun-rights case that could have enormous impact on gun-control policy in the USA. When gun-rights advocates and gun-control supporters square off Tuesday before a federal appeals panel in New Orleans, the issue will... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

NRA Flap: Eagle Ruffles Feathers

11 June 2000

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia)

WASHINGTON — Some call him a champion of gun safety. Others call him "Joe Camel with feathers." His name is Eddie Eagle, and several million children have seen him in coloring books, videos and posters as the cartoon star of the National Rifle Association's gun safety program. The brown and white mascot, who flies around in high-top sneakers, has one constant message for children who see a firearm: Stop. Don't touch. Leave the area. Tell an adult. "It's a gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Fantasy World of the Gun Fanatic from Death Row

10 June 2000

Times (UK)

A gun enthusiast who was once on death row in America for a killing that inspired the film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was jailed yesterday for possessing an arsenal of firearms. Robert Kleasen, a US citizen, was sentenced to three years and recommended for deportation at Grimsby Crown Court by Judge Michael Heath, who described him as "an intelligent but devious man" and said he had no doubt he would reoffend if he remained in Britain. Kleasen, 68, made up grandiose... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

'Patriot' Scene Stuns Audience

10 June 2000

Drudge Report

A screening of Sony's "Patriot" in Los Angeles on Thursday night left the audience jumping about scenes in the Revolutionary War film that depict young children carrying guns-and using them! The controversial scene begins when Gibson's character reaches into a chest and gives his sons rifles. "They go into woods and ambush the Redcoats, killing around 15 men. One son is around 13 years old, the other is 10," says an insider. A loud "gasp" was heard in the screening... (GunPolicy.org)

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