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Gun Policy News, 14 April 2002

Estados Unidos

14 April 2002

Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh)

A campaign to get illegal guns off the street by paying anonymous tipsters has distributed only one reward since the program began in August. I don't think enough people realize that program is there, and that it's completely anonymous in nature, said city firearms tracking unit Sgt. Mike Tracy. We're still getting calls about guns being found. We just aren't paying for them. Even though only one $25 reward has been paid through the Gun Stoppers program since its... (GunPolicy.org)

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14 April 2002

Associated Press

TIJUANA, Mexico — The police officers were expecting to receive an evaluation of their work. Instead, soldiers and federal police stormed a meeting Wednesday at a state police academy in the border city of Tecate, ordering dozens of officers — including several chiefs and commanders — to hand over their guns. They then placed them under arrest. Twenty-one city police from Tijuana and Tecate and 20 state ministerial police were flown to Mexico City overnight, the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

14 April 2002

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah), Opinion

The fate of a convicted felon's right to possess a firearm may hang on a technicality. Wade L. Willis, a convicted felon, has challenged the state statute that prohibits him from possessing a firearm. Willis claims the law is unconstitutional because the Utah Constitution only allows the Legislature to regulate the use of firearms, not a person's right to own one. The issue is a new one, thanks in part to a 1984 Constitutional amendment. The old Article I, Section 6... (GunPolicy.org)

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14 April 2002

Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

New Acting Police Commissioner Ken Moroney yesterday vowed to rid NSW of illegal handguns after another night of violence on Sydney's streets. One teenager died and two men were wounded in separate shootings yesterday. An 18-year-old was fatally wounded outside a Surry Hills karaoke bar, while two men were shot outside a Mt Pritchard club. An investigation by The Sunday Telegraph has found handgun crime rose by up to 440 per cent during the six-year reign of outgoing... (GunPolicy.org)

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14 April 2002

Beeld (South Africa)

JOHANNESBURG — The streets of Soweto are safer than those of Hackney and people in the east London district are more likely to be treated in hospital after being shot or stabbed than in Soweto, which is considered South Africa's most dangerous township, new statistics have revealed. Figures from the main trauma centres in each area show that while Homerton Hospital in Hackney treats 55 knife or gunshot wounds each month, the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

14 April 2002

Des Moines Register (Iowa)

Felons caught with weapons in Iowa will face stiffer prison sentences under a national initiative unveiled this week by officials with the U.S. Department of Justice. The Bush administration initiative, called Project Safe Neighborhoods, was touted by supporters as a tool to combat the country's endemic problems with gun violence. I think President Bush and U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft feel that one of our primary obligations is to protect citizens from violent... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

14 April 2002

Boston Herald

Andrea Bahena thought it strange when her ex-husband appeared on her doorstep late Monday night, but she welcomed him in, anyway. Tomas Bahena, 44, rarely came by after dark unless it was an emergency. He appeared to be in a genuine predicament, claiming his car had broken down and asking to sleep on the couch. His ex-wife agreed, unwittingly starting a deadly chain of events inside the family's Glendale Heights home. By dawn, Tomas and their son Christopher, 14,... (GunPolicy.org)

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