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Nueva Zelandia

Firearms Taken from Rural Properties

2 March 1998

New Zealand Press Association

TAURANGA — Eight firearms are unaccounted for after a string of rural burglaries in the Te Puke, Bay of Plenty area. Sergeant Chris Keightley said it was imperative the shotguns and rifles were located. He said ammunition was also taken and police were concerned that the guns could be used to commit crimes. 'It's always a problem when stolen property ends up in the hands of criminals. But when it's a firearm there is the potential for more violent use by those... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

Groups Plan Increased Use of Internet to Fight Gun Violence

2 March 1998

Join Together Online gun violence web site (Boston)

Like many other organizations devoted to gun-violence prevention, New Hampshire Ceasefire operates out of the homes of its members. Its mail comes to a box-office number instead of an office. But after attending a conference of Join Together's "Web Partners" in Boston Feb. 22 and 23, New Hampshire Ceasefire's Chuck Drew says that the organization's top priority now, ranking even higher than securing a physical office, is development of a Web site. Drew says that... (GunPolicy.org)

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Reino Unido

'Burglar' Killed by Police Was in Own Home

1 March 1998

Press Association (UK)

A man shot dead by a police marksman after being mistaken for a burglar with a handgun was in his own flat and armed with a fake gun, it emerged tonight. Michael James Fitzgerald was killed by a single bullet to his chest. Mr Fitzgerald, 32, single and unemployed, was surrounded by four police firearms officers after a member of the public dialled 999 to report a burglary in progress on Thursday. Mr Fitzgerald was spotted struggling to get into his own flat at the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Naciones Unidas,Estados Unidos

Arms Wrestling: A Campaign for a World-Wide Crusade Against Small Arms and Light Weapons is Mounting

1 March 1998

Armed Forces Journal International: Politics & Budgets

After successfully rallying 123 nations to sign a treaty banning anti-personnel landmines, the architects of that effort are again mobilizing. This time it is to reduce what they see as the world's actual weapons of mass destruction: small arms and light weapons. The loosely knit world-wide coalition of non-governmental organizations — which six years ago set out on what many believed a quixotic goal of banning landmines — is now looking to carry the momentum of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

Teen Suicide With Guitar Case Gun

26 February 1998

United Press International

REED CITY, Michigan — Students at a northern Michigan middle school are in shock after a fellow classmate shot himself in the head right before first-hour classes Wednesday morning. Officials at Reed City Middle School say 13-year-old Vincent Garaflo pulled a .22 caliber rifle out of a gun case in his locker and shot himself in front of the other students. The eighth grader died over four hours later at a Traverse City hospital. School Superintendent Dave Killips... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

Holder: Brady Instant Check on Target

26 February 1998

United Press International

WASHINGTON — Saturday marks the Brady Act's fourth anniversary, and Justice Department officials say the law's nationwide background check system for handgun purchases should be in place late this year. Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder said today the 1993 law requires a national computerized background check to "be up and running by this November. It will be." The Brady Act went into effect in February 1994 after contentious debate between gun control advocates... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos,Reino Unido

US Shooting Lobby Funds Countryside March

26 February 1998

Independent (UK)

America's shooting and hunting lobby has been bankrolling this weekend's mass march pledged to save the British country way of life. The Duke Of Westminster, Britain's richest man, has also given more than £1m to the organisers of the Countryside March, which is intended to save rural jobs and promote fox-hunting. Other supporters include the chairmen of some of Britain's biggest companies, including Sir Alick Rankin, of General Accident, and Jonny Weatherby of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Rusia

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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Reino Unido

Police Are Suspended Over Gun Payments

25 February 1998

Times (UK)

Two police officers in the South Yorkshire force have been suspended from duty over allegations that compensation claims for large-calibre handguns outlawed after the Dunblane massacre were inflated. A civilian employed by the force has also been suspended. The Home Office halted payments after providing £570,000 to meet 524 claims in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

A Hit from the NRA

24 February 1998

Washington Post

SEATTLE — Last November the NRA put a hit on handgun-safety forces in Washington State that says a lot about that organization. Here's the story. Initiative 676 called for trigger locks to accompany handguns at the point of sale and for handgun owners to pass a test or complete a safety course. It was supported by the state medical and education associations, the State League of Women Voters, the Association of Churches, parent-teacher groups around the state, C.... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

Let 1998 Be the Year of Arms Control

23 February 1998

Christian Science Monitor

An increasingly chaotic world demands US leadership across a wide front. From NATO enlargement to Bosnia to Iraq to the Asian economic crisis to the United Nations, the US carries a heavy load. But those aren't the only problems we face. Arms control has become the forgotten stepchild in foreign policy. We face grave threats to the safety and well-being of the American people. To meet them, the president and Congress should give higher priority to critical arms... (GunPolicy.org)

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Reino Unido

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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Nueva Zelandia

Press Council Adjudication on Complaint Against Evening Post

19 February 1998

New Zealand Press Association

WELLINGTON — The tradition of using cartoons to make satirical comment on topical issues has been strongly confirmed by the New Zealand Press Council. The council has not upheld a complaint by the New Zealand Shooting Federation against a Tom Scott cartoon which appeared in the Evening Post on December 12, 1997. The cartoon featured a depiction of an automatic rifle with the caption 'Take the drudgery out of blind carnage. Reach for a gun … it makes murder... (GunPolicy.org)

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Rusia

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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Reino Unido

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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Estados Unidos

Illegal Flow of Guns Fuels Urban Tragedy

18 February 1998

Chicago Sun-Times

A 14-year-old in Paducah, Ky., goes on a rampage inside his school with a handgun and kills three of his classmates. In Chicago, a teenager fires at a rival gang member a block away and misses, instead fatally wounding a 3-year-old riding his new Christmas bicycle in front of his house. A 12-year-old shoots and kills two teenagers to prove his worth to a gang. The common thread in all these murders is not gangs, and is more than just the presence of handguns. It's the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

Gubernatorial Candidate Tries to 'Shake Things Up'

18 February 1998

Chicago Sun-Times

Pledging to "shake things up," Democrat John Schmidt's gubernatorial campaign is set to air a television commercial starting today that compares him with his rivals on gun control, pollution and abortion. "It does represent a turning point in that we need to shake up the electorate and get them focused on the importance of this race," said Ken Snyder, Schmidt's campaign manager. The commercial uses footage of semi-automatic rifles, a factory belching smoke, and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Lituania

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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Estados Unidos

Anti-Gun Activists Learn to Avoid Loaded Words

16 February 1998

Los Angeles Times

Orange County has been slow to test the nation's powerful gun lobbies by passing local laws restricting firearms, the latest political technique of gun-control groups that has swept through other cities in the state. But the county's few anti-gun groups have found a new approach to promoting their cause: gun violence as a public health problem rather than a political issue. Persuading local lawmakers and residents to regulate the free flow of handguns is a long... (GunPolicy.org)

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Nueva Zelandia

Gun Laws Progress 'Disappointing'

13 February 1998

Dominion (Wellington)

Sir Thomas Thorp, who headed the review of gun laws, said yesterday that he was unhappy that the Government had made little progress in implementing the review's recommendations. Sir Thomas's view was echoed by former Police Complaints Authority Sir John Jeffries, who called urgently for the review nearly two years ago in the aftermath of a spate of shootings. "I am disappointed that more dedicated progress has not been made on this very important matter," Sir John... (GunPolicy.org)

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