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Australia

Gun Club Cheats Under Licence Scrutiny

2 March 2000

ABC News (Australia)

It is claimed that hundreds more gun owners in New South Wales could soon have to surrender their firearms. A review of the firearms act is underway to see whether people with firearms licences are still entitled to have them. Under the national guns buy-back scheme thousands of firearms were handed in across New South Wales, but an amendment to the State's Firearms Act allowed many people to keep their weapons by becoming members of a shooting club. Now, clubs... (GunPolicy.org)

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Pakistan

Govt. Seeks to Disarm Pakistanis

2 March 2000

Associated Press

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — It became a crime in Pakistan on Thursday to publicly display weapons — no small thing in a country awash in arms, where a rocket launcher can be bought in the open market. And that's just the beginning, said Interior Minister Moinuddin Haider, whose job it is to bring order to a nation wracked by sectarian violence, ethnic killings and assassinations. "They will not like it," the retired army general said of militant Islamic groups. "They... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

US Gun Laws Under the Spotlight

2 March 2000

Reuters

WASHINGTON — Each day 89 people in the United States die at the hand of the 200 million to 250 million guns circulating in the country and of these victims, 13 are children. Advocates for stricter U.S. gun laws say the statistics speak for themselves. But gun lobbyists argue the Second Amendment to the Constitution guarantees the right to keep and bear arms and that the problem lies with the enforcement of current gun laws. Deaths caused by guns are three times... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Shooting Down Gun Bills

2 March 2000

Deseret Morning News (Utah), Editorial

The 2000 Legislature is now history and this much is evident: The gun lobby's tail wagged the Republican lawmakers' dog. The only "gun" bills that passed this session were either backed by the National Rifle Association or the Utah Shooting Sports Council. Utahns need to be asking why. Some bills were dead on arrival. Despite some lawmakers' efforts to keep important issues at the forefront of the public debate, the majority wasn't going along with bills that would... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

More Gunfire

2 March 2000

Washington Post

Barely 24 hours after a first-grader shot another to death in an elementary school, the gun-horror spotlight shifted yesterday to a suburb of Pittsburgh, where a man went on a lunchtime rampage at two fast-food spots, then held hostages in an office building before surrendering. Unrelated incidents? Or can anyone in Congress connect the dots between the handguns in both places? Lawmakers no doubt will wring their hands about the violence, issue calls for a control here... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Society in the Cross Hairs

2 March 2000

USA Today

Even in a nation soaked with guns and violence, the murder Tuesday in Michigan of a 6-year-old girl by a 6-year-old boy with a .32-cal revolver provoked unique outrage. The destruction of two young lives-count both children as victims-speaks directly to the realities of communities saturated by firearms. Neither age nor innocence is shield enough. The same message was delivered in a different manner Wednesday in Pennsylvania, where a gunman shot five people, killing at... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Foes Rip 'Straw' Gun Bill

2 March 2000

Denver Post (Colorado)

State Sen. Bryan Sullivant says his "straw purchase" ban would have gotten Robyn Anderson prosecuted for buying three of the guns used in the Columbine High School massacre. But he can't say what she would have been prosecuted for. The bill would not ban any of the purchases Anderson made on behalf of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. Still, Sullivant told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that his bill "is the bullseye when it comes to Columbine." "This is... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Control Returns to Spotlight

2 March 2000

Baltimore Sun

Sen. John McCain had hit his stride yesterday morning, roaring through his stump speech in Riverside, Calif., when a seventh-grade girl stopped him cold. The shooting death of 6-year-old Kayla Rolland had scared her, she said. What would the Arizona senator do to keep it from happening again? McCain groped for an answer, stammering about the "huge problem" of youth violence, the promise of new gun-safety technologies, the "incredible impact" of Internet smut,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Violent Images Bombard US Kids

2 March 2000

Associated Press

The usually carefree world of first-grade has become a terrifying place for 7-year-old Vanessa Harden of Mount Morris Township, Mich. The little girl was down the hall from the first-grade classroom where a 6-year-old pupil was shot to death this week. Vanessa wants to see her friends again, but she's scared to return — so scared, in fact, that her family is considering moving to another state. Vanessa's grandmother, Rose Kelly, says there is no way to make the girl... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

The Prevalence of Guns in Grade Schools

2 March 2000

Christian Science Monitor

The shooting of a Michigan six-year-old by a troubled classmate on Feb. 29 is a distressing signal that even elementary schools are not safe from the scourge of gun violence. Since last year's tragedy at Columbine High School in Colorado, most school administrators have focused safety efforts on middle and upper grades. Junior and senior high schools across the nation have sprouted metal detectors, surveillance cameras, and security officers, and strict enforcement of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun-Law Debate Stalemated

2 March 2000

San Jose Mercury News (California)

WASHINGTON — The public outrage sparked by back-to-back shootings in Michigan and Pennsylvania got the attention of the White House and members of Congress on Wednesday, but a sympathetic ear is about all the federal government has to offer. The shooting death Tuesday of 6-year-old Kayla Rolland, a first-grader in Mount Morris Township, Mich., by one of her classmates, in particular prompted renewed calls on Capitol Hill for stricter gun laws. Before the echoes of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Whom Can We Blame for the Michigan Shooting?

2 March 2000

Time (USA)

When a first-grade student fatally shot classmate Kayla Rolland on Tuesday, people in Michigan — and around the country — scrambled to find someone to blame for the murder. As Genesee County, Mich., prosecutor Arthur Busch noted wryly Thursday, if this crime had taken place in 17 states other than Michigan, a case would have been opened against the owner of the gun used to kill Rolland. In those states, so-called Child Access Prevention laws hold gun owners... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Michigan Shooting Raises Big Questions

2 March 2000

Associated Press

A 6-year-old boy comes to school with a gun and allegedly kills a first-grade classmate. Within hours, he is calmly drawing pictures, and the debate begins: At what age can a child be held responsible for committing a crime? Tuesday's tragedy in Mount Morris Township, Mich., has stirred new questions about how much children understand when they kill and how authorities should deal with them. Genesee County Prosecutor Arthur Busch on Thursday brought an involuntary... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Stolen Gun Seized from Home of School Shooter

1 March 2000

Reuters

MOUNT MORRIS TOWNSHIP, Michigan — Police seized a stolen shotgun from the house of a 6-year-old boy who shot and killed a first-grade classmate in a Michigan school on Tuesday with a stolen handgun apparently brought to school from his home, prosecutors said on Wednesday. "It would appear he got the weapon from his home. They were stolen weapons," Genesee County, Mich. Prosecutor Arthur Busch said on The Early Show on CBS television. "Police discovered (at the home)... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Michigan, Other States Banning Guns

1 March 2000

Associated Press

LANSING, Michigan — Every state in the country has laws requiring school districts to expel students who bring guns to school. Other laws ban knives and other weapons on school grounds. And still pupils are dying. The latest tragedy came Tuesday, when a 6-year-old boy shot another first-grader to death at an elementary school near Flint. Some lawmakers say it's time to do more. In Michigan, House Democrats have tried since last fall to pass legislation that would... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Suspected Gunman in Fast-Food Shooting in Custody

1 March 2000

Associated Press

WILKINSBURG, Pennsylvania — A man set his apartment on fire today, shot lunchtime customers at two fast-food restaurants, then holed up in an office building before surrendering. One person was killed and at least four critically injured. The suspect surrendered in a hallway, said Thomas Sturgeon, superintendent of Allegheny County police. He confirmed one person was killed before the suspect went to the office building, which houses day care and senior citizens'... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Michigan Lawmakers Push Gun Control

1 March 2000

Associated Press

LANSING, Michigan — Michigan lawmakers pushing for stricter gun regulations said Wednesday that this week's fatal shooting in a first-grade classroom might have been prevented by bills they support. Democrats have introduced bills supporting trigger locks on guns, background checks at gun shows, raising the gun purchase age to 21 and holding parents liable for gun violence, but the bills have been languishing in committees since September. Most of the bills'... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Bush, McCain Favour 'Smart Guns'

1 March 2000

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS — In the aftermath of a fatal school shooting, Republican presidential rivals George W. Bush and John McCain said Wednesday that the country needs to move toward "smart guns" that can be fired only by their owner. Bush, the governor of Texas and the GOP front-runner, also said he supports requiring that guns be sold with trigger locks, although his spokeswoman said he views additional legislation requiring the use of those locks as unenforceable. A... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gunlock Maker Says Shootings Spur Share Trading

1 March 2000

Reuters

MIAMI — Share trading in gunlock maker Saf T Lok Inc. surged for a second day on Wednesday, driven by shootings at a school and fast food restaurants, Saf T Lok's chairman said. Volume in Saf T Lok, periodically thrust into stock market prominence by U.S. gun violence, topped 2.9 million shares in over-the-counter trading. Saf T Lok's shares jumped by a third in May 1998 after a school shooting in Springfield, Ore., spurred calls for greater gun safety. Some 1.943... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

After Shootings, Clinton Pushes Congress on Guns

1 March 2000

Reuters

WASHINGTON — President Clinton urged Congress on Wednesday to pass a gun control law, saying two shootings this week show "we simply haven't done everything we can do to keep guns away from criminals and children." "And so today I have to say again to Congress, you have had legislation now that would require child safety locks, would close the gun-show loophole, would take other steps to keep guns out of the wrong hands for well over six months," Clinton said in a... (GunPolicy.org)

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