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Japan

Greater Gun Use Puts Bystanders in Line of Fire

14 August 2000

Daily Yomiuri (Japan)

A shooting incident Monday involving more than 10 armed gang members, who attacked the office of a right-wing organization in central Tokyo, killing two people and wounding five others, showed that guns are now becoming more of a threat to the lives of ordinary citizens. However, although the number of guns in the possession of gangs is believed to have increased in recent years, police have been confiscating fewer firearms. This indicates that current efforts to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Straw May Permit Pistol Shooting at Manchester Games

14 August 2000

Times (UK)

The Home Secretary is considering proposals for pistol shooting to be reintroduced as a sport at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester without compromising the controls brought in after the Dunblane massacre. Home Office officials have confirmed that the Government has received applications from overseas sporting organisations to bring pistols into Britain for the competition. It is looking at ways of allowing the British team to train in this country rather than... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Webb Renews Call for Sensible Gun Laws

14 August 2000

Denver Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)

LOS ANGELES — Denver Mayor Wellington Webb stood before a memorial to gun-violence victims Sunday as he renewed his fervent call for Congress to act on "common-sense" gun-control measures. Webb joined other mayors in a huge hall at the Los Angeles Convention Center, standing before a backdrop of 4,001 names that make up the Wall of Gun Deaths — a precise listing of victims killed in 100 selected cities since the April 20, 1999, shootings at Columbine High... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Control Becomes Issue for Campaign

14 August 2000

New Jersey Star-Ledger

The movement started last August, when a Short Hills woman on a Long Island Rail Road car scribbled three words on an envelope: "Million Mom March." Nine months later in May, hundreds of thousands of people in pink-lettered T-shirts, pushing strollers and toting signs, brought those words to life in the nation's capital. The goal was to make gun control an issue in the 2000 elections. On the one-year anniversary of the march's conception, the movement is still... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Health Experts Pointing to Dangers of Violent Video Games

14 August 2000

Join Together Online gun violence web site (Boston)

Whether or not Democratic vice-presidential nominee Joseph I. Lieberman chooses to make an issue of media violence, as he often has in the past, his candidacy may add momentum to a growing movement that sees a demonstrable link between electronic entertainment imagery and gun violence. Sen. Lieberman's involvement with the issue dates at least to 1993, when he called for the first hearing on the impact of violent videos on children. While little of substance emerged... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

Shot Officer Inquiry Launched

13 August 2000

INL Newspapers

An inquiry is under way to discover why live ammunition rather than drill ammunition was used during a police training exercise in which an officer was shot in the stomach. The uniformed police sergeant was shot at 4am on Wednesday during a training exercise at the Auckland Central Police Station. The unnamed officer, who has a wife and child, was instructing two other officers in safety procedures for loading and unloading the police Glock 9mm semi-automatic pistol... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Gun Ban Threatens British Games Prospects

13 August 2000

Sunday Telegraph (UK)

British shooters are threatening to boycott the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester because the Government's ban on handguns prevents them practising. They claim the ban puts them at a severe disadvantage to foreign rivals, who are able to hone their skills freely on shooting ranges. In the run-up to the Games, they are asking Jack Straw, the Home Secretary, to use his ministerial powers to give British team members special permission to use their guns. Mr Straw has... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

The Guns of Texas

13 August 2000

Washington Post

George W. Bush's acceptance speech included a promise "to strictly enforce the nation's gun laws." Not a bad idea. But, in the words of George W. Bush, "He had his chance. He did not lead." A new study shows that the Brady law, requiring background checks on gun buyers, hasn't been as effective as hoped in preventing murder, partly because loopholes make it easy for criminals to get guns illegally. Illicit gun traffickers have developed a simple way to evade the Brady... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Victims' Shoes Tell Grim Story of Rising Toll

13 August 2000

Los Angeles Times

The little black baseball cleats belonged to 7-year-old Evan Foster. He was shot twice in the head after signing up for a basketball league in Inglewood's Darby Park. The strappy sandals with chunky heels belonged to Chloe Baker. The 18-year-old was gunned down in her car this June, the night the Lakers won the championship. The new pink satin ballet slippers with wings on the heels belonged to Lori Gonzalez, granddaughter of Los Angeles Police Chief Bernard C. Parks.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Smoking Barrels

12 August 2000

Economist, Editorial

It was the kind of thing you might expect in Dodge City, but not in Slough. On August 3rd, as three defendants stood in the dock of a magistrate court in Slough (a small town just outside London), a gang of gun-toting men swaggered in. They fired into the ceiling, sent officials and lawyers diving for cover, and freed two of the accused. Together, they sped off, reportedly shooting into the air as they went. The audacity of the crime was startling. Although police... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Court Says City Can't Sue Gun Makers for Damages

12 August 2000

Reuters

CINCINNATI — Saying it did not want to open a "Pandora's box" for lawsuits against other industries, an appeals court has upheld a judge's decision to throw out a suit by the city of Cincinnati seeking to recover millions of dollars from gun manufacturers. In its unanimous decision Friday, the Ohio First District Court of Appeals likened the city suit to the "absurdity" of suing the makers of matches because of losses from arson. Cincinnati had joined with more than... (GunPolicy.org)

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Japan

Gun Use Intrudes on Japanese Serenity

11 August 2000

Washington Post Foreign Service

TOKYO — A crowd gathered as the sound of gunplay boomed across a downtown business district here Monday, and bloody gangsters tumbled out of an office building. In their trademark dark suits and aloha shirts, the mafiosi barked into cell phones and charged back up the stairs to return to the fray; one grabbed two golf clubs from a car to add to his arsenal, witnesses said. It was street theater for the crowd. Gunfire is rare here, and the perception that only... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kenya

Police Unearth Arms Syndicate

10 August 2000

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

NAIROBI — Detectives in Nyeri have broken an arms and ammunition trade syndicate which has been supplying weapons to Nairobi and elsewhere. The weapons are sourced from Eastern and North Eastern provinces. Nyeri District Criminal Investigations Officer Kimaro arap Chumo said four suspects had been arrested in connection with the racket following month-long investigations. Disclosing the breakthrough in Nyeri Mr. Kimaro, who was flanked by the Nyeri police boss, Mr.... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

Here We Go Again

10 August 2000

Rodney Times (New Zealand), Editorial

This time it is the Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control, Matt Robson, advocating tougher gun controls. It's a familiar refrain which in the past has generally heralded yet another move by the government to crank firearms licence revenue. There have been at least two 'lifetime' firearms license schemes in the past decade, each intended to ensure only the squeaky clean could obtain them. The first was discarded for obscure reasons probably dreamed up by some... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

US Gun Lobby Ads to Blast Democrats at Convention

10 August 2000

Reuters

WASHINGTON — Calling President Clinton's administration "the most anti-gun White House in history," the National Rifle Association vowed to run a barrage of television advertisements blasting Democrats at their party convention for trying to erode Americans' right to bear arms. The NRA, one of the most powerful lobbies in U.S. politics, has made no secret of its anger at Democrats' efforts to enact even modest gun-control laws and said Thursday the TV ads would begin... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Makers Sued Over Hate Shootings

10 August 2000

Los Angeles Times

Parents of three children wounded at the North Valley Jewish Community Center one year ago today and the mother of the postman killed after the attack are suing gun makers for allegedly allowing weapons to fall into the hands of the accused gunman, Buford O. Furrow Jr. The suit, filed Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, contends that Glock Inc. and other makers of guns in Furrow's possession carelessly marketed and sold their weapons and share some of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

'Gun Camp' Targets Safety

10 August 2000

USA Today

RATON, New Mexico — In many ways, it's like any other summer camp: the bugs biting, the sun blazing, the kids' cabins a petri dish of moldy sleeping bags and dirty T-shirts. But then there are the 14-year-olds firing high-powered rifles, the boom-plunk of bullets hitting steel echoing through the camp. And there are the nighttime powwows where kids tell tales of their first deer kills instead of ghost stories. Back home, not everyone understands these teenagers'... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Report: Concealed-Gun Licensees Arrested More

10 August 2000

Austin American-Statesman (Texas)

WASHINGTON — Texans with licenses to carry a concealed handgun have been arrested for weapons-related crimes at a rate nearly double that of the state's overall adult population, the Violence Policy Center reported Wednesday. But the gun-control advocacy group's report was described as distorted and politically motivated by Texas state Rep. Suzanna Gratia Hupp, R-Lampasas, and Gov. George W. Bush's office. From 1996 to 1999, the Washington-based center reported that... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

NRA to Condemn Democrats During Convention

10 August 2000

New York Times

WASHINGTON — The National Rifle Association said today that it planned to run newspaper and television advertisements during the Democratic National Convention next week attacking the party for wanting "to destroy the Second Amendment," in what the association's leaders called an effort to divide the Democrats' conservative and liberal wings over gun control. In the television spot, which is expected to begin running on cable television news shows this weekend, the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

New York Governor Signs Comprehensive Gun Law

9 August 2000

Associated Press

GARDEN CITY, N.Y — Gov. George Pataki on Wednesday signed into law a sweeping gun-control bill that requires mandatory trigger locks, a sophisticated tracking system for weapons and background checks at gun shows. "This is something the rest of the nation should take a look at," Pataki said. "I hope this serves as a model." With the new law, New York becomes the first state in the nation to close a loophole in the federal Brady Law, which requires gun sales by... (GunPolicy.org)

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