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The Big, Bad, Fun Gun

26 November 2000

New York Times Magazine

The Black Rock Desert, about 100 miles north of Reno, Nev., gets its name from lava rocks the size of soccer balls that litter the desert floor. It is a vast and mountainous region, and few people venture here without a purpose. Mine was to join three guys trying to hit a rock, from two miles away, with a .50-caliber sniper rifle, the most powerful gun you can buy. When I arrived, the shooting party was camped near Crutcher's Spring, so named for a dribble of water... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Banning Gun Shows

26 November 2000

Washington Post, Editorial

Gun shows may not be huge draws in the Washington area, but twice a year for the past decade, good crowds have attended one at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fairgrounds. Now, however, county council members and state lawmakers are questioning whether the fairgrounds or any place in the county that receives public money should be open to gun shows. The county has a law that effectively bans such shows by creating gun-free zones near public places. But the county... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

Seven Out of Ten Canadians Support National Firearms Registry

24 November 2000

Gallup Canada

TORONTO, Ontario — 1995's gun control law requires that all firearms in Canada be registered by the year 2003, an idea that has received increasing support among Canadians since 1995: 64% of Canadians in a Gallup Poll conducted in June 1995, 72% in October 1998, and 73% in October 1999. The highest support was noted in November 1994, with 83% in favour of a National Firearms Registry. This year, according to a Gallup Poll conducted this month, 70% of Canadians support... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Mad at Daley, Gun Group to Fight Him on Stadium

23 November 2000

Chicago Sun-Times

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Rifle Association pledged Wednesday to fight the proposed $587 million overhaul of Soldier Field in a bid to punish Mayor Daley and House Speaker Michael Madigan for their gun-control positions. The group's entry into the escalating Soldier Field debate comes at a delicate time-just days before the General Assembly is expected to take up an issue that has drawn only lukewarm support from suburban and Downstate lawmakers. Richard... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Gun Shot Deaths Halved in Past Decade

22 November 2000

Australian Associated Press

The number of people dying at the hand of a gun has almost halved in the past decade. A new report by the Australian Institute of Criminology to be released Thursday says the number of suicides with a fireman is at its lowest level while murders with a gun are down to their lowest since 1950. But the report has also found elderly men are increasingly using a firearm to end their lives. Institute director Adam Graycar said tougher gun laws in recent years had helped... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Banned Goods Slip Through EBay's Net

22 November 2000

San Francisco Chronicle

Despite having banned all firearms and related goods from its site almost two years ago, online auctioneer EBay still lists numerous items that violate the company's prohibition. Visitors to EBay yesterday could find: - A barrel for Uzi submachine guns. "Will work in semi autos," the seller promised. - A semiautomatic BB pistol. "Ideal 'pocket protector' for defensive uses." - A life-size model of a Glock 33 handgun. "This baby will fool your friends for sure!" the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Report Offers Columbine Hindsight

22 November 2000

Denver Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)

Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold announced their violent plans for Columbine High School in veiled threats, cryptic clues and strange behavior — but nobody put all the pieces together until gunfire erupted. About 11,000 pages of police reports released Tuesday show numerous warning signs that were missed or ignored before the worst school shooting in U.S. history left 13 victims and the two gunmen dead on April 20, 1999. Witnesses recount to police many encounters with... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

San Francisco Supervisors Want Gunmakers Under Fire

22 November 2000

San Francisco Chronicle

SAN FRANCISCO — Gun dealers and manufacturers could be sued if their weapons cause injuries in San Francisco, under legislation approved yesterday by a Board of Supervisors committee. Arguing that gunmakers and those who sell them should pay for the cost of treating firearms victims, Supervisor Alicia Becerril said her legislation would impose "strict liability." That means gun manufacturers could be sued even if a plaintiff's injury did not result from a defective... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Buybacks Are Back in Style

22 November 2000

Fox News (USA)

When violent crime was on the rise in the early 1990s, communities across America tried to get guns off the streets by asking people to turn in guns in exchange for money or food. Lately, although violent crime is way down nationally, gun buyback programs are making a comeback. Activists in Boston are considering reinstating a program to combat a local rise in gun violence. And the trend jumped to the federal level in the spring when the Department of Housing and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Search Paralyses Airport

22 November 2000

Charlotte Observer (North Carolina)

A child's toy gun brought Charlotte/Douglas International Airport to a halt Tuesday after the metal pistol appeared real to guards at a security checkpoint. The ensuing 2½-hour search delayed the flights of thousands of passengers, many already on planes. Just after 8 a.m., a guard saw on a scanner what appeared to be a gun inside a knapsack at a US Airways security gate. The belt was stopped, but before the checker could call a security officer, the unsuspecting... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

'Ballistic Fingerprint' Legislation Unveiled

22 November 2000

Boston Herald

Gun control advocates joined state Sen. Cheryl A. Jacques (D-Needham) yesterday in unveiling new legislation to create a "ballistic fingerprint" database in Massachusetts. The bill would require gun manufacturers to provide the state's Criminal History Systems Board with sample shell casings and bullets fired from guns that are to be sold in the Bay State. Jacques and state Rep. David Linsky (D-Natick), a former prosecutor, said the database of samples would aid... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

LA Council Awards $15M in Shooting

21 November 2000

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — The City Council unanimously approved a $15 million settlement Tuesday for a man whose paralysis in a police shooting has come to symbolize the largest police scandal in Los Angeles history. Javier Francisco Ovando, 23, was shot in the back by officers who then allegedly planted a gun on him to deflect blame. He served more than two years in prison for assaulting an officer before his conviction was thrown out last year after the disgraced ex-officer... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Hunters Win Constitutional Cover

21 November 2000

Los Angeles Times

There's a tradition in North Dakota come winter: A few dozen sportsmen, shotguns at the ready, spread out in a giant circle up to four miles across. Slowly, they begin to walk in toward the center. This dragnet is designed to flush out red foxes. Ten foxes, a dozen, maybe even 20, skitter out in front of the men. The circle tightens around them. The men then pull their triggers. Reducing the fox population this way is vital, the sportsmen explain, because if foxes get... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Proposals Announced to Track Guns, Limit Purchases

21 November 2000

Associated Press

BOSTON — Gun makers would be required to provide a spent bullet and shell casing with every gun so officials could more easily track weapons used in crimes, according to legislation to be announced Tuesday. Every gun leaves a unique "fingerprint" or series of marks on a bullet and shell that allow police who find it to trace it back to the gun that shot it and to its original owner. "It's the firearms equivalent of DNA," said state Sen. Cheryl A. Jacques, D-Needham,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Girl, 8, Could Lose Arm to Injuries in Shotgun Blast

21 November 2000

Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)

McDERMOTT, Ohio — An 8-year-old girl who joined three young relatives on an unauthorized hunting excursion Sunday could end up paying a hefty price. "This morning, they gave her a 50- 50 chance of saving her arm," Leslie McKenzie, an aunt of Kayla Conschafsky's, said yesterday. Kayla was in critical condition at Children's Hospital yesterday, her left arm nearly severed by a blast from a shotgun. The shooting occurred about noon Sunday after Kayla and her 10- and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Concealed Weapons May Be Banned from CSU, Affiliates

21 November 2000

Denver Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)

People legally packing heat may have to think twice before stepping foot onto the Colorado State University campus, or any of its affiliates. The State Board of Agriculture, which oversees CSU, Fort Lewis College and the University of Southern Colorado, on Tuesday will discuss a proposal to ban all concealed weapons — legal and illegal — on campus property. A vote is expected early next year. "We want to try, to the extent possible, to limit the number of weapons... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun-Control Bid Scrapped in Legislature

21 November 2000

Chicago Sun-Times

SPRINGFIELD — Gun-control advocates are looking to next spring for possible legislative action on Mayor Daley's plan to license gun dealers and limit gun purchases now that the issue has been declared dead in the veto session. House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) is indicating he won't call Daley's legislation for a vote. Opponents in the GOP-led Senate had dismissed the mayor's plan as "election year posturing." After Chicago's lawsuit against the industry was... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Officer's Case Against Gun Maker Still Alive

21 November 2000

Associated Press

The state Supreme Court has agreed to review a lawsuit filed against a gun maker by a police officer wounded in the 1997 North Hollywood shootout. The lawsuit by former officer Martin Whitfield claims negligence by Heckler & Koch Inc., which made the gun used by assailant Emil Matasareanu, attorney John P. McNicholas said Monday. Matasareanu and Larry Eugene Phillips Jr. robbed a Bank of America and then died in one of the most dramatic shootouts in city history.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Mayor Brings Up Councilman's Firearms

21 November 2000

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Nevada)

The political theater at City Hall took a sudden plot twist Monday after Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman told a TV interviewer that Councilman Michael McDonald had a "chilling effect" on his 10th floor colleagues because he routinely displayed weapons. Goodman called Monday for a ban on all firearms at City Hall-a proposal that might conflict with state statutes allowing public employees who have concealed-carry permits to bring their firearms with them to work, even if... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Deadline to Register Assault Guns Under Beefed-Up Law Nears

20 November 2000

Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO — Like a mall display counting shopping days until Christmas, a little box on a state Web site is clicking toward Dec. 31, when California assault gun owners must register, make legal or get rid of their firearms. State Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer's "Reg A Gun" site, which has received thousands of visits, provides details on how to comply with California's toughened assault weapons law, enacted in 1999. It displays rules drafted to implement the new controls... (GunPolicy.org)

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