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Gun Policy News, 1 March 2002

Reino Unido

1 March 2002

This is London (UK)

A delegation of MPs from London's most violent boroughs is to demand immediate and effective government action to stem the capital's spiralling gun crime. Following a late-night Commons meeting last night called by Hackney MP Diane Abbott, she and the eight other MPs from Hackney, Brent and Lambeth plan to go to the Home Office to tackle what she described as a lawless, valueless gun culture . The MPs want increased sentences for anyone caught with a gun — possibly... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

1 March 2002

Detroit Free Press

With new government dollars in their pockets, federal and local law enforcement authorities in Wayne County announced a team effort Thursday to crack down on people who carry and use pistols illegally. We're trying to penetrate that culture of those who carry a gun as if they're brushing their teeth, said U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Collins, whose Detroit-based office has received federal funding to hire four prosecutors dedicated to gun cases. Under the new arrangement,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Corea del Sur

1 March 2002

Chosun (South Korea)

The Ministry of National Defense said Friday that guards patrolling inside its Yongsan headquarters would no longer carry rifles, but would be armed with batons, gas canisters and tazers, following the February robbery of two guns by civilians who assaulted two guards. Guards at gates, however, will still carry rifles. Ministry sources say that guards rifles are now attached to their belts by anti-theft ropes. They say the ministry is studying other measures to... (GunPolicy.org)

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1 March 2002

Los Angeles Times

MOSCOW — Victor Bout, the Russian businessman accused of illegally trading arms with the Taliban and Al Qaeda terrorists, dropped into a central Moscow radio station Thursday for a live 37-minute interview, but Russian law enforcement officials made no move to arrest him. Bout offered the rare interview to the Echo of Moscow station, the city's only liberal radio outlet. After denying all involvement in illegal arms trafficking, he walked out of the station and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

1 March 2002

Knight Ridder / Tribune (USA)

KANSAS CITY — The first shot rang out in Florida 15 years ago, and the advocates of guns for personal defense never let up. From state to state the movement spread, a campaign to overturn laws against carrying concealed weapons and to give residents an opportunity to pack guns hidden in holsters or purses. The latest to go concealed: New Mexico. The pendulum is swinging the other way now, said Lenexa, Kan., antique gun dealer Jim Supica, a member of the National... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

1 March 2002

Phoenix Business Journal (Arizona)

Less than a year after Saf-T-Hammer acquired firearms giant Smith & Wesson, the Scottsdale-based company is locked and loaded for its shot at big-time growth. When Saf-T-Hammer purchased the company in May 2001 from the British conglomerate Tomkins PLC for $15 million, it was beset by slumping sales, a negative image with dealers and consumers, and a regulatory environment pushing for major safety constraints. Life is different in a post-9-11 world with President... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

1 March 2002

New York Times

HELENA, Montana — State and federal officials are investigating the case of a man in the northwest section of Montana who is described as part of a right-wing conspiracy to assassinate local police officers, prosecutors and judges. Sheriff Jim Dupont of Flathead County said officers who raided the trailer of the man, David Earl Burgert, in early February found 30,000 rounds of ammunition, body armor, plastic explosives, machine guns and other weapons. Mr. Burgert,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

1 March 2002

Bergen Record (New Jersey), Editorial

Ever since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the federal government has been using several emergency powers that allow significant encroachment on people's privacy. If federal agents are investigating a possible terrorist threat, they can seize records of personal purchases, listen in on certain attorney-client conversations, enter and search a home without telling the resident, and hold people without charging them with anything. But apparently there is one class of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

1 March 2002

Hartford Courant (Connecticut), Editorial

Connecticut's legal system deals far too leniently with men accused of harassing or assaulting women — a point driven home in two recent tragedies. Paul Brown, 29, of Norwich is being held on $1 million bond after he allegedly decapitated his 5-year-old son with a shotgun blast last month. The suspect and his wife were in the midst of a divorce fight. Patricia Brown had obtained a restraining order after telling the court that her husband had threatened to blow my... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

1 March 2002

Associated Press

AUSTIN — Dell Computer Corp., amid complaints from some firearm advocates, said Thursday its refusal to sell a laptop computer to a northeastern Pennsylvania gun shop owner was a mistake. Earlier this month, Weigand Combat Handguns Inc. owner Jack Weigand ordered a notebook computer over the telephone from Round Rock-based Dell. His Mountaintop, Pa., shop has customized handguns since 1982. When the laptop did not arrive by the expected delivery date, Weigand called... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

1 March 2002

Reason (USA), Opinion

As the new congressional session gets into gear, a freshly invigorated gun control movement is preparing to act. Armed with a few questionable studies, some acid-tongued rhetoric, and vague allusions to the War on Terrorism, the anti-gun lobby is expected to hammer away relentlessly at the capital's most prominent Second Amendment stalwart, Attorney General John Ashcroft. The former Missouri senator should find their tactics familiar: He developed a similar strategy in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Naciones Unidas

1 March 2002

Journal of the American Medical Women's Association (JAMWA), Spring 2002

Table 1. Female Homicide Rates for 25 Populous High-Income Countries, 1994 to 1999 [See original document for extensive, formatted... (GunPolicy.org)

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