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pdf Reconsidering Small Arms in the Solomon Islands - Findings

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Reconsidering Guns in the Solomon Islands

Small Arms Survey policy briefing

There were an estimated 1,010-1,270 illegal high powered and commercial firearms in the Solomon Islands – considerably more than the 500-700 commonly reported. The people of these islands, now gun-free by law, destroyed more firearms than the nation knew it had.

Robert Muggah and Philip Alpers. Geneva: Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. Working Paper, August 2003.

pdf Injury Prevention Editorial - Americans Are Often Shot

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Yes, Americans are often shot—and so are many others

The public health community is crucial to any solution

Injury Prevention 2002;8:262
By Philip Alpers

If guns were discussed and regulated as matter-of-factly as other vectors of injury and disease, ideological barriers could be moved aside, much as they were in the prevention of HIV/AIDS.

pdf California State Assembly - Firearm Registration and Licensing

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Firearm Registration and Gun Owner Licensing - The International Experience

California State Assembly

Select Committee on Gun Violence

Testimony of Philip Alpers. Glendale, California. 1 December, 1999.

pdf Gold Medal Gunslingers - Shoot to Kill at the Olympic Games?

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Combat Shooting Targets the Olympics

Competition Rooted in Violent Fantasy Would Pollute Olympics, Legitimize Powerful Non-Sporting Weapons

Combat shooting is a rehearsal for urban warfare, and a violent distortion of traditional target shooting. Competitions are built around fantasy scenarios, with humanoid "bad guy" targets to be shot and similar "hostage" targets to be avoided. The Olympic movement is dedicated to non-violence, yet combat shooters seek acceptance for a 'shoot-to-kill' Olympic event.

Philip Alpers and Josh Sugarmann

Violence Policy Center. Washington DC, July 1999.

pdf .22 Calibre Rabbit Rifles Kill More People Than Any Other

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"Harmless" .22 Calibre Rabbit Rifles Kill More People Than Any Other Type of Gun

Contrary to their popular image as low-powered "bunny guns," .22-calibre rifles are commonly used in multiple shootings. In seven mass killings involving .22 rifles in Australia and New Zealand alone, 54 people died by gunfire.

Auckland, 1 March 1998.

pdf The Right to Keep Secret Guns

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The Right to Keep Secret Guns

Registering Firearms to Reduce Gun Violence

A Report Commissioned by the New Zealand Police Association.

Wellington, July 1997.

pdf The People Most Likely to Kill with a Gun

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Eleven Years of Mass Gun Killings in Australia and New Zealand, 1987-97

New Zealand Mental Health Commission

A typical gun homicide is committed by a licensed male gun owner with no record of violent crime or mental illness, using a legal firearm to kill someone he knows well.

Wellington, June 1997.

pdf Australia New Zealand Prohibited Persons Register

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Blaming People with Mental Illness for Gun Violence

New Zealand Mental Health Commission

Despite efforts to portray them otherwise in the media, those with a history of mental illness are no more likely to kill another person than the average member of the population. Police homicide figures show that alcohol is four times more likely to be a precipitating factor than mental illness.

Wellington, June 1997.

pdf Warner AIC 1997 Firearms Legislation in Australia

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Firearms Legislation in Australia

Australian Institute of Criminology

Warner, Kate and Carl Moller. A review of firearm legislation in all Australian States and Territories to gauge compliance with the 1996 National Firearms Agreement.

Canberra, April 1997.

pdf Cox C J Australia TAS Supreme Court R v Martin Bryant

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Comments on Passing Sentence

Tasmania Supreme Court - R v Martin Bryant
Cox C J

In consequence of the tragic events at Port Arthur on 28 and 29 April of this year and of his plea of guilty to the unprecedented list of crimes contained in the indictment before me, the prisoner stands for sentence in respect of: the murder of no less than thirty-five persons; twenty attempts to murder others; the infliction of grievous bodily harm on yet three more; and the infliction of wounds upon a further eight persons.

pdf Policing Gun Laws

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Policing Gun Laws

Non-Compliance, Neglect and a Lack of Enforcement Continue to Undermine New Zealand’s Firearms Laws

A Report Commissioned by the New Zealand Police Association.

Wellington, October 1996.

pdf Locking Up Guns

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Locking Up Guns

Foiling Thieves, Children and the Momentarily Suicidal

A Report Commissioned by the New Zealand Police Association

Wellington, 14 August 1996.

pdf New Zealand Guns and Domestic Violence Bill Submission

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Domestic Violence Bill: Invited Comments on Provisions Relating to Firearms

Guns in Family Violence: Legal Weapons Pose the Greatest Risk

By opposing mandatory seizure of firearms following a protection order, police and some legislators seem inclined to deny the reality of gun-related violence as revealed by their own files.

Auckland, 14 November 1995.

pdf Firearm Homicide in New Zealand 1992-94

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Firearm Homicide in New Zealand

Victims, Perpetrators and Their Weapons

Most victims were killed by a licensed gun owner, while 62.5% (and ten out of eleven female victims) were killed with a legal firearm from the collection of a licensed gun owner. Almost all victims (95%) were killed by a familiar person.

With Barbara Morgan. Auckland, 28 June 1995.