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Russia

Chechnya in Effort to Ban Arms in Streets

25 February 1998

Itar-Tass

GROZNY — Chechnya's ministry for Shariah state security has been checking for arms the transport entering Grozny in early hours on Wednesday. The raids are a bid to enact a law on arms passed by the Chechen parliament in November. Grozny's central market, which briskly traded in any small arms and grenade-launchers on Tuesday, is idle. Deputy Prime Minister Kazbek Makhashev, who is in charge of power ministries in the government, told Itar-Tass today that a legal... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Dunblane Handgun Ban Scheme Hit by Fraud

22 February 1998

Sunday Times (UK)

A government spending watchdog has identified 11 areas of concern, including fraud, in the operation of the firearms compensation scheme for handgun owners whose weapons were banned following the Dunblane tragedy. A national audit office survey of 15 British police forces has revealed widespread inconsistencies and different interpretations of the operation. Some forces have even failed to understand the scheme's own notices designed to clear up confusion. A Home... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Gun Owner Can Sue Home Office Over Late Compensation

19 February 1998

Telegraph (UK)

The government has lost the latest stage of a legal battle over delays in paying compensation for handguns confiscated after the post-Dunblane ban. A county court judge has upheld a shooter's right to sue the Home Office for payment on the grounds that it has taken an unreasonable length of time to process his compensation claim. A full hearing will now be heard which, if successful, could open the floodgates to thousands of similar actions from shooters still waiting... (GunPolicy.org)

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Russia

Russia Company Takes Out Patent on Kalashnikov Gun

19 February 1998

Itar-Tass

IZHEVSK — Russia's internationally renowned Kalashnikov automatic rifle has been registered with the International Patent Agency in Switzerland, sources in the Izhmash company, Russia's major producer of Kalashnikovs, told Prime Tass news agency on Thursday. From now on, all Kalashnikov producers are obliged to apply to Izhmash for a licence. Russia's priority in producing Kalashnikovs, which top the list of the world's most popular types of automatic rifles, has... (GunPolicy.org)

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Lithuania

Lithuanian Guns Down Eight in Tiny Village

16 February 1998

Reuters

VILNIUS — A man went on a house-to-house killing spree and shot dead eight neighbours before he was beaten to death by survivors in a small village in Lithuania, police said on Monday. The dead, aged between 17 and 65, were four men and four women. "It seemed that he wanted to kill everyone in the village," said police inspector Cheslovas Girdzishka, giving details of the massacre in Drauchiu in the Shirvintos region some 50 km (30 miles) north of the capital... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Motorist Shot in 'Road Rage' Confrontation

11 February 1998

Telegraph (UK)

A motorist was shot and seriously injured yesterday after a so-called road rage incident between two drivers. The victim, aged 46, struggled to a nearby office for help after the gunman drove away from the scene in Croydon, south London. The injured man was shot at least once in the lower body during an argument with the driver of a silver R-registration Ford Escort. Det Insp Andrew Claiden said: "It seemed that they were basically going to have it out verbally. Then... (GunPolicy.org)

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Russia

Law on Arms to Come Into Force in Chechnya

10 February 1998

Itar-Tass

GROZNY — The law on arms, adopted by the Chechen parliament late in December 1997, comes into force on Tuesday. The law will make it possible to the law-enforcement agencies of the Chechnya to take under firm control a major part of the armaments in the republic and to improve the crime situation, Deputy Prime Minister of Chechnya Kazbek Makhashev, who is in charge of the army, the police and the security service, told Tass. According to Makhashev, a special service... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,Scotland

Heston's Criticism of Gun Laws Angers Dunblane Parents

9 February 1998

Scotsman (Edinburgh)

Dunblane parents yesterday condemned the Hollywood actor Charlton Heston after he attacked Britain's tough new gun laws. The movie star sparked controversy in a leading US gun magazine by saying UK gun laws were introduced only because of public hysteria after the shootings. Then Heston launched a scathing attack on Britain for introducing the firearm legislation. The actor is pictured holding a shotgun for the article in Guns & Ammo magazine. But yesterday parents... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

PC Injured and His Dog Killed by Gunman

7 February 1998

Guardian (UK)

A police dog handler and a woman have been shot and wounded and a police dog killed, following a domestic incident in Northamptonshire. The gun used was a legally held .22 rifle which has raised issues of gun ownership in the wake of the banning of handguns. PC Ian Churms, aged 33, was called out with his dog, Bryn, to an incident in Irthlingborough, near Wellingborough, at about 11.30 on Thursday night. Shortly after his arrival with a uniformed colleague, a man... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Disarming News: Why Bobbies Have No Guns

3 February 1998

US News & World Report

LONDON — A total ban on private ownership of handguns went into effect in Britain last week, the result of a public outcry over the 1996 massacre of 16 schoolchildren and their teacher by a crazed loner in Dunblane, Scotland. But it is not just the citizenry that wants a gun-free zone here. The police are equally anxious to keep firearms off the streets and, for the most part, see no way to do it except by leaving their guns at the station. According to a survey by... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,Scotland

Dunblane Parents Say They Will Not Sue Police

2 February 1998

Scotsman (Edinburgh)

Families of children killed in the Dunblane massacre have angrily denied that they are planning to sue the police. A small group of the parents of the 16 murdered children were reported yesterday to be planning to take legal action against the Central Scotland force for negligently granting and renewing a firearms licence to the killer, Thomas Hamilton. According to the Sunday Mail, the action will be raised after the second anniversary of the killings, which happened... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Hunt Ban Protest Draws 250,000 to London

1 February 1998

Reuters

LONDON — An estimated 250,000 country folk marched peacefully through central London Sunday to protest against issues ranging from a proposed ban on foxhunting to rules prohibiting the sale of beef on the bone. Hunters in full riding gear and gentlemen clasping walking sticks joined butchers, farmers, villagers and landowners from the far corners of the nation to show the 10-month-old Labor Party government that the rural lobby is strong and vocal. Police estimated... (GunPolicy.org)

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Russia

Russian Soldier Kills Seven Others at Base

28 January 1998

Philadelphia Inquirer

MOSCOW — A soldier high on acetone fumes went on a rampage and killed seven fellow servicemen at a remote base on the Pacific island of Sakhalin, military officials reported yesterday in describing the latest of at least 10 multiple slayings in the disintegrating Russian army in the last two years. The carnage Monday night spotlighted the deepening crisis afflicting Russia's armed forces, which are grossly underfunded, poorly supervised, and embittered over their... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Total Ban on Handguns Comes Into Force

27 January 1998

Reuters

LONDON — A total ban on handguns came into effect in Britain Monday and anyone who decides to hold on to their favorite pistol could face up to 10 years in jail. The firearms legislation, among the toughest in the world, was introduced after the 1996 Dunblane massacre when crazed loner Thomas Hamilton shot and killed 16 schoolchildren and their teacher before killing himself. Owners of handguns of .22 caliber or less now have until the end of February to hand in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Russia

Russia Giving Judges Handguns for Protection

14 January 1998

Associated Press

MOSCOW — Russia has a new perk of sorts for judges under increasing threat of attack: a free handgun. Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin signed a government order last month that allows judges nationwide to carry a weapon, The Moscow Times reported Wednesday. Several judges have been killed in recent years and threats against them have become increasingly common amid the breakdown of law and order that followed the 1991 Soviet collapse. Thirty of the 127 judges on... (GunPolicy.org)

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Austria

After Land-mine Triumph, a New Crusade

7 January 1998

New York Times

VIENNA, Austria — Buoyed by their surprising success in achieving a treaty to ban land mines, a range of nongovernmental groups from academic institutes to human rights and aid agencies are now girding for a campaign against assault rifles and other light weapons, which inflame ethnic and nationalist wars around the world. The campaigners do not have as their goal a gun free world, which they say would be unrealistic. Rather they seek to curb the brisk, and largely... (GunPolicy.org)

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Greece

Arms Cache Seized in Greece, American Woman Arrested

5 January 1998

Associated Press

SALONICA, Greece — Police seized an arsenal of rifles, grenades and dynamite while searching a pig sty on an American-born woman's farm in northern Greece. Ballistic experts planned to examine the weapons, believed to have been smuggled from Albania, for connections to killings or robberies in Greece, authorities said Sunday. Police said Ms. Donna Wilkins-Kaltsas, 41, was sleeping with a machine gun at her side when officers burst into her farm house in Dion, about... (GunPolicy.org)

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England & Wales,Scotland,United Kingdom

Gun Amnesty in England and Scotland Following Dunblane Massacre

25 April 1996

Independent (UK)

Dunblane Prompts 28-day Guns Amnesty A national firearms amnesty is to take place in June in the wake of the massacre of the Dunblane children, the Home Secretary announced yesterday. But while Michael Howard was confident the move would save lives, he accepted it could not prevent a similar tragedy at the hands of a deranged gunman - such as Thomas Hamilton who killed the 16 children and their teacher. "No one is suggesting a firearms amnesty is a panacea in... (GunPolicy.org)

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