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Canadian Provinces Threaten to Resist New Gun Law

30 June 2000

Christian Science Monitor

The Supreme Court of Canada has spoken: Ottawa's new requirements for firearms licensing and registration are constitutional. Western Canada is not happy. Provincial government officials have openly announced their intention not to enforce the law. "We will leave it to federal prosecutors to enforce this federal gun registry," says Chris Axworthy, Saskatchewan's justice minister. Saskatchewan was one of several provinces and territories challenging the new federal... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Guns Blow a Hole in the Argument

30 June 2000

Telegraph (UK)

There was much indignation yesterday about the claim by CBS News. Believe it or not, Dan Rather is right. There are many more burglaries and thefts in Britain than America and, according to the most recent figures comparing rates across the industrialised world, "contact" crime is higher here. This includes assaults, robberies and rapes. The 1996 victimisation survey, conducted before big falls in American crime, showed the risk of contact crime as higher in England... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,United States

Crime and Punishment: Guns, Gangs and Segregation

30 June 2000

Telegraph (UK)

The veteran CBS London correspondent Tom Fenton this week described Britain as "one of the most violent urban societies in the Western world, where a person's chances of being assaulted, burgled and robbed are substantially greater than in the United States". His namesake Ben Fenton, who moved from London last year to become Washington Correspondent of The Telegraph, says mere crime figures tell only part of the story WE were sitting outside despite the sticky air of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Law Bans City, County Gun Suits

30 June 2000

Detroit News

LANSING — Gov. John Engler signed bills Thursday that protects farmers and one that strips the right of city and county prosecutors to sue gun makers. By signing the law that empowers only the state attorney general to sue gun producers or dealers, Engler has paved the way for a judge to toss out Wayne County and the city of Detroit's lawsuits against 24 gun manufacturers. The suits mirror others across the country that cities filed in the wake of the Columbine High... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Whose Right to Bear Arms?

30 June 2000

ABC News (USA)

When Dr. Timothy Emerson allegedly waved a gun in the face of his estranged wife and 4-year-old daughter in 1998, he seemed an unlikely poster child for a Second Amendment case that could give the U.S. Supreme Court reason to consider the scope of the right to bear arms. At issue is whether the Second Amendment says the right to bear arms is guaranteed to an individual, or to the states and their militias. The high court has not made a Second Amendment ruling for more... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Ohio a Booming State for Selling, Making Firearms, New Study Says

30 June 2000

Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)

It's the Wild West, Buckeye-style. Better known for farm fields than firearms, Ohio has been lumped with Texas and California in the large number of gun makers, gun distributors and gun shows within its borders, according to a report by the Violence Policy Center. The nonprofit center, based in Washington, D.C., studies violence in the United States. The center used data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and other agencies to compile the first... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Lack of Gun Control

30 June 2000

Philadelphia Daily News

Mike Masch has the brains to handle multi-billion dollar budgets with ease. From his days designing five-year plans for Mayor Ed Rendell to his current job overseeing the finances at the University of Pennsylvania, Masch has shown so much skill that John Street tapped him to tackle the School District's troubled finances. But when it comes to keeping track of guns, Masch has trouble. Four years ago, the former city budget director took his father's unloaded handgun,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Justices Uphold State's Assault Weapons Ban

30 June 2000

Los Angeles Times

SAN FRANCISCO, California — The California Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the state's 1989 assault weapons ban, the first such prohibition of semiautomatic assault weapons in the nation. The ruling, which overturned a lower court decision, will reduce the number of assault weapons allowed in California and make it easier for the attorney general to restrict newer varieties of the guns. The strongest weapons ban in the nation, the law bars about 75 models of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Assault-Gun Ban Stands, State's High Court Rules

30 June 2000

San Jose Mercury News (California)

Providing strong legal insulation to California's sweeping gun-control laws, the state Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the constitutionality of a 1989 assault-weapons ban and left little room for the gun lobby to challenge broader restrictions enacted by the Legislature last year. The justices, by a 6-1 vote, concluded that the Roberti-Roos Assault Weapons Control Act-enacted in the months after a Stockton schoolyard massacre 11 years ago-does not violate the rights... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Nathaniel Brazill's 'Grandfather' Thought His Gun Was Safely Stored in an Oreo Tin

30 June 2000

Sun-Sentinel (Florida)

Elmore McCray kept his gun in a tin Oreo cookie box in his desk, taking it out only to mark the passing of an old year and never showing it to any of the several youths frequently in his Boynton Beach home to visit. McCray, 75, a surrogate grandfather to murder suspect Nathaniel Brazill, kept the gun and the bullets separate inside the box tucked into a desk drawer in his bedroom. But McCray's efforts were not enough to keep the boy who called him "Gran" from... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

Military-Style Weapons Ban Would Be Ineffective

29 June 2000

Evening Post (Wellington)

Banning military-style weapons would not reduce serious firearm crimes. Instead the use of imitation firearms should be given more attention, research by Victoria University recommends. The Government is preparing to introduce a Bill to ban civilian ownership of military-style 'semi-automatic weapons and start a compulsory buyback of those weapons. However, the study of 747 firearm-related offences in 1996 revealed that none involved the use of military-style weapons,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Murder-Suicide at Washington Hospital

29 June 2000

Associated Press

SEATTLE — A resident pathologist who was about to lose his job fatally shot his supervisor and himself at the University of Washington Medical Center, police say. The two were meeting in the supervisor's closed office Wednesday when witnesses heard raised voices, as had happened in the past. Then they heard at least one gunshot, followed by another. Campus police found the bodies of Dr. Jian Chen and his boss, Dr. Rodger Haggitt, along with a handgun. Evidence... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

HUD Gun Safety Coalition Grows

29 June 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that support continues to grow for a gun safety coalition even though the House of Representatives recently voted to block federal funding of the program. Joined by Reps. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., and more than a dozen police officials from around the country, Cuomo said at a press conference that more than 500 communities have signed up for the Communities for Safer Guns Coalition. "The... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,United Kingdom

Outrage as US TV News Brands Britain Violent

29 June 2000

Guardian (UK)

A report that Britain is one of the most violent societies in the western world which makes the US look safe in comparison was last night dismissed by tourist chiefs and the Home Office. CBS News anchorman Dan Rather said in a report: "This summer thousands of Americans will travel to Britain expecting a civilised island free from crime and ugliness. "And in many ways it is that. But now, like the US, the UK has a crime problem. And believe it or not, except for... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Review of Gun Case for Jury Bias Ordered

29 June 2000

San Francisco Examiner

Deciding vote in trial involving boy's death subject to scrutiny A state appeals court has ordered a judge to examine possible bias on the jury that cleared Beretta USA Corp. of responsibility for the death of a 15-year-old from Berkeley who was accidentally shot by his best friend. One juror in the 9-3 majority that ruled in the gun maker's favor reportedly made statements during the trial that "strongly indicate … he prejudged the case," said the 1st District... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

The Conventions

29 June 2000

New York Times

A national gun control organization that has displayed thousands of gunshot victims' shoes around the country is planning an advertising blitz and special shows of shoes during the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. The organization, Silent March, says its advertisements against guns will appear on 100 city buses and 50 subway trains from July 31 through Aug. 3, though convention managers currently have no plans to make a big issue of gun control. "These... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Shop Owner Files Lawsuit Against US for Loss of License

29 June 2000

Sun Spot

A Fells Point gun shop owner, long targeted by law enforcement agencies as the most prolific source of guns used in Baltimore crimes, has sued federal authorities who pulled his license to sell firearms. The lawsuit, filed last month in U.S. District Court by the owner of Baltimore Gunsmith, Larry DiMartino, accuses the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms of acting as "investigator, charging party, prosecutor and deciding entity" during an administrative hearing in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

New Awareness of Guns

29 June 2000

San Jose Mercury News (California)

CHICAGO — Consuelo Quintero was cooking when she heard the shots. Although gunshots are hardly unusual in her westside neighborhood, Quintero, 50, bolted from her apartment into a nearby alley. Sprawled on the pavement, blood smeared on his shirt, was her worst fear confirmed. Despite her screams, her son Carlos, 16, would not open his eyes. "I thought he was going to die," Quintero recalled recently, her hand over her heart. Carlos survived the attack by rival... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

New York Joins the Gun Suits

28 June 2000

New York Times, Editorial

In two important new cases, New York State and New York City have filed lawsuits against gun manufacturers for injuries to their citizens from unsafe and illegal weapons. Attorney General Eliot Spitzer filed the first state lawsuit in the country on Monday with a forceful new argument that gun makers are contributing to a public nuisance by flooding the state with illegal firearms. Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's lawsuit against gun makers last week also lends a powerful... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Chicago Cops Get Gun Locks

28 June 2000

APB News

CHICAGO — Police Superintendent Terry Hillard believes officers should lead by example, especially when it comes to firearms safety. That is why Hillard has ordered the department's 13,500 sworn officers to accept gun locks, which he hopes they will use to secure their service weapons at home, a spokesman said. Officials cited the danger of children accessing firearms stored in homes, which often leads to accidental shootings and fatalities nationwide. Spokesman... (GunPolicy.org)

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