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Gun Policy News, 18 April 2002

Australia

18 April 2002

Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

Weapons smugglers are mailing at least 10 guns and firearms components into the country every month as buyers try to beat Australia's stringent gun laws. The guns, which are mainly privately addressed, are being exported from manufacturers and dealers in the US, UK, China, Sweden and the former Soviet Union. Customs officials said yesterday they were seizing an average of 10 weapons a month, detected in air and sea mail. Customs officers said the number of handgun... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

18 April 2002

Fox News (USA), Opinion

On April 10, an Ohio appellate court unanimously ruled that Ohio's ban on carrying concealed weapons, in effect since 1974, violated the people's right to keep and bear arms. The appellate court also upheld a lower court's dismissal of the prosecution of a pizza deliveryman who carried a handgun in his waistband for protection while making his deliveries. Since 1851, the Ohio Constitution has said, the people have the right to bear arms for their defense and security.... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

18 April 2002

Oregonian (Portland)

A new radio ad urges Sen. Gordon Smith to express his support for a bill that would require backgrounds checks on buyers at gun shows nationwide. The ads, which began running throughout Oregon on Wednesday, call on Smith to support the bill, saying that terrorists have been buying guns at the shows. The ads criticize Smith for his silence on the issue, saying he should back the bill by Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., because Oregon voters... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

18 April 2002

Seattle Times

The U.S. Department of Justice has posted a $1 million reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the death of Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas C. Wales, whose killing remains unsolved despite an intense six-month investigation. Attorney General John Ashcroft approved the reward and has directed the resources of a Department of Justice special prosecutor and the FBI toward solving the case. Wales, a prosecutor of white-collar crime in the U.S.... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

18 April 2002

News & Observer (North Carolina)

When two Wilson residents independently found a submachine gun and a Smith & Wesson revolver on the side of U.S. 264 in Wilson, they called the police. The police were relieved. They had lost the guns. Now, internal affairs investigators at the Raleigh Police Department are trying to determine why two veteran Raleigh officers had the guns as well as how they lost them. The MP-5 submachine gun and the Smith & Wesson were in the back of a pickup truck the officers were... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

18 April 2002

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — House Republicans argued Thursday for blocking cities and counties from filing more lawsuits against gun manufacturers, saying anti-gun activists are using nuisance suits to bleed gun makers to death. They are only suing because they happen to dislike a product that a company produces and markets legally, said Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., chairman of the House Commerce, subcommittee on trade and consumer protection. This is absurd as suing a car... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

18 April 2002

Daily News (New York)

The NYPD is boosting its anti-gun initiatives — assigning extra detectives and forging a stronger bond with the feds — to battle the spike in shootings, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said yesterday. Kelly also has asked borough commanders to devise ways to tackle the problem. This week, the Daily News reported that the number of shooting victims in the city rose over last year — even as cops sweep a record number of guns off the streets. So far this year,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

18 April 2002

Kalamazoo Gazette (Michigan)

The Niles-area infant who was killed Tuesday night was shot by a semiautomatic pistol that discharged from inside a heating oven, according to the Cass County Sheriff's Office. Five-month-old Dylan Christopher Goodwin was the victim of a bizarre turn of events at his grandmother's home in the 300 block of Fir Road in Milton Township at about 7:25 p.m. The child's grandmother, Donna Miller, placed the Glock .40-caliber pistol in her oven Tuesday morning after... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

18 April 2002

Canberra Times

Police pushed yesterday for a national strategy to attack the flow of illegal handguns into Australia. The move came as a crime expert warned the country could face rising homicide rates if the problem was not tackled. The head of the NSW Firearms Trafficking Unit, Detective-Superintendent Helen Begg, renewed her call for uniform laws across states and territories after attending the Australasian Police Commissioners Conference in Adelaide. She said NSW had the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Filipinas

18 April 2002

Philippine Star

President Arroyo has issued an executive order (EO) which would allow foreign investors to manufacture, repair, store and distribute guns and ammunition for the military. The STAR obtained yesterday a copy of Executive Order 95, which Mrs. Arroyo signed last April 15 upon recommendation of Defense Secretary Angelo Reyes and with the endorsement of Director General Dante Canlas of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA). EO 95 amends List B of EO 286,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

18 April 2002

Age (Melbourne)

Prime Minister John Howard said last night he wanted to toughen handgun laws, declaring: I hate guns. Mr Howard, spurred by a spate of shootings in recent weeks, has asked his own department, the Justice Department and the Attorney-General's Department for advice on ways to tighten handgun import laws. The Prime Minister's intervention comes as police chiefs attending the Australasian police commissioners conference in Adelaide discuss strategies to seize illegal guns... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

18 April 2002

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

Prominent University of Utah Law Professor John Flynn vowed Wednesday he will resign if the school is forced by the Legislature and Attorney General Mark Shurtleff to accept concealed guns on campus. Flynn predicted others will do the same, creating an exodus of faculty at the same time the U.'s reputation is pummeled among potential recruits. Trying to recruit someone nationally when we're known as the only major university in the country where guns are allowed on... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

18 April 2002

Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO — John Burtt of Riverside sounds like a regular, level-headed guy, even if his hobby may seem strange to many: He likes to go out into the desert and target shoot with a .50-caliber sniper rifle capable of taking out a concrete bunker, armored personnel carrier or hovering helicopter. That's a 5-foot rifle weighing 30 pounds that sits on a tripod and fires 5.5-inch BMG bullets. BMG means Browning Machine Gun, a round much more powerful than an ordinary... (GunPolicy.org)

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Chipre

18 April 2002

Reuters

NICOSIA, Cyprus — Greek Cypriot guns were being turned into scrap by the United Nations on Thursday in what has been billed as a goodwill gesture to Turkish Cypriots in the divided island. Some 4,500 weapons, including automatic rifles and heavy machine guns, were being destroyed by peacekeepers in a U.N. compound straddling the divided capital Nicosia. The destruction of the weapons began today … The task is expected to take up to two months, a spokesman for the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

18 April 2002

New York Post

One of the oldest magazines in the country, 115 year old Sports Afield, has become the latest victim of the publishing meltdown. Publishing magnate Robert E. Pete Petersen — who had bought the troubled magazine only two years ago from Hearst in a bid to save it — yesterday decided to pull the plug after the June 2002 issue. The publishing downturn has claimed old titles such as Mademoiselle at Conde Nast and new titles such Talk magazine at Hearst and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

18 April 2002

Associated Press

MIDDLETOWN, Connecticut — Seven months after the September terrorist attacks, the demand for handgun permits is still on the rise in Connecticut. More and more people want to have the option to carry a firearm on them, state police Lt. Robert Keene, head of the Special Licensing and Firearms Unit, said Wednesday. In 2000, Connecticut residents filed 4,582 applications, and in 2001 4,864 were filed. Through March, state residents had already filed 2,139... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

18 April 2002

Kansas City Star (Missouri)

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri gun-rights advocates brought a mixture of religion, anti-communist rhetoric and calls for personal freedom to the Capitol on Wednesday in their annual push for a law legalizing concealed guns. More than 200 supporters who gathered in the rotunda cheered as speakers warned lawmakers that they would pay at the ballot box if they opposed bills in the House and the Senate. If legislators want to stay in office, they have to start listening to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

18 April 2002

Associated Press

House Republicans argued Thursday for blocking cities and counties from filing more lawsuits against gun manufacturers, saying anti-gun activists are using nuisance suits to bleed gun makers to death. They are only suing because they happen to dislike a product that a company produces and markets legally, said Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., chairman of the House Commerce, subcommittee on trade and consumer protection. This is absurd as suing a car manufacturer for drunk... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

18 April 2002

Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas)

FORT WORTH, Texas — Dorothy Marshall put her arm around granddaughter Kristin and tried to comfort her Wednesday as jurors looked at grim crime-scene photos of George Lott's 1992 Tarrant County Courthouse shooting spree. In one of the pictures was 41-year-old Chris Marshall — Dorothy's son and Kristin's father. Lott fatally shot Marshall in the face with a gun that he had recently purchased at Wal-Mart. If the proper procedures had been in place at Wal-Mart, [the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

18 April 2002

Los Angeles Times

GLENDALE — A bill by state Sen. Jack Scott (D-Glendale) that would require all gun lock devices sold or distributed in California to meet safety standards has been passed unanimously by the Senate Public Safety Committee. Violations could range from a fine between $500 to $5,000, according to the legislation. Licensed firearm dealers committing a third violation would permanently lose their licenses. The bill heads to the Senate Appropriations... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

18 April 2002

New York Times

Citing an analysis that shows stiffer prison sentences meted out in federal court for gun crimes, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly is seeking to expand a program under which people arrested by the police for certain crimes can be prosecuted by federal authorities. The move is part of a broader effort to stem gun violence, and comes in response to a recent surge of shootings, particularly in parts of northern Brooklyn and the Bronx, despite a decadelong decline in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

18 April 2002

Daily News Tribune (Boston)

BOSTON — Lawmakers and gun-control advocates from across New England, including the MetroWest region, gathered at the State House yesterday to share strategies for curbing gun violence. The group, led by state Sen. Cheryl Jacques, D-Needham, announced the formation of a new regional partnership aimed at preventing criminals from crossing state lines to illegally obtain weapons. The reality is that in our small region guns know no borders, Jacques said. We cannot... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

18 April 2002

Detroit News

BRIGHTON TOWNSHIP — While the number of applicants seeking concealed weapons permits has tapered off since a new state law last July made them easier to get, the popularity of the law remains evident across Livingston County. Gun shops, gun clubs and firearm safety classes are still seeing an increase in demand that began last summer. Yet, no crime in the county has been attributed to the law. The number of applications for concealed weapons permits soared last year... (GunPolicy.org)

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Reino Unido,Irlanda del Norte

18 April 2002

BBC News

A prominent republican is at the mercy of loyalists determined to murder him because he has been refused the right to carry a gun to defend himself, the High Court in Belfast has heard. Martin Meehan, who is on the Key Persons Protection Scheme following numerous death threats, is seeking a judicial review of Northern Ireland Secretary John Reid's refusal to grant him a firearms certificate. Mr Meehan's lawyer told the court on Thursday that the Sinn Fein councillor... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

18 April 2002

Tucson Citizen (Arizona)

A Tucson-based pro-firearms organization says state Sen. Elaine Richardson, D-Tucson, is holding hostage a bill before the Legislature that decriminalizes unauthorized concealed carry of weapons in the state. Ken Rineer, president of Firearms Action Committee — Tucson, said Richardson, chair of the Judiciary Committee, has refused to schedule a hearing on HB2454, which passed the House last month 36-21. The bill would reduce the offense from a Class I misdemeanor,... (GunPolicy.org)

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