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Gun Policy News, 29 April 2002

Reino Unido

29 April 2002

Ananova (UK)

A 13-year-old boy killed a friend with his father's air-rifle as they played in his back garden, a court has heard. Matthew Sheffield was left brain damage in hospital after his mate fired a .22 airgun at his head leaving a pellet lodged in his brain. His parents had the heart-rending task of ordering doctors to switch off their son's life support machine the following day, Teesside Crown Court has been told. The boy, now 14, appeared before a jury charged with the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Alemania

29 April 2002

National Post (Toronto)

ERFURT, Germany — Details of the secret double life of Robert Steinhaeuser, the teenage gun fanatic who shot dead 16 people at his former school before killing himself, were revealed by German police yesterday. Giving an insight into his tortured mental state, investigators said he had never told his parents he had been expelled in February from the school in Erfurt, eastern Germany, where he returned to exact dreadful revenge on Friday. When his mother said goodbye... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

29 April 2002

New York Post

The NYPD, apparently strained by the terror attacks, dramatically slowed down gun-crime investigations — until last week, when it feverishly unloaded hundreds of guns on the feds to be traced after a Post inquiry into their status. After being asked about the number of firearms recovered this year, the NYPD submitted requests to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to trace an estimated 500 guns, law-enforcement sources said. Paperwork for an undisclosed... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

29 April 2002

ABC News (Australia)

The Federal Customs Minister, Chris Ellison, has accused the New South Wales Police Minister of being more interested in political point scoring then tackling the problem of illegal gun smuggling. Michael Costa has blamed the Federal Government for the growing problem of illegal handguns, saying it needs to boost border security. But Senator Ellison says he wrote to Mr Costa two weeks ago to try and speed up a national agreement on firearms trafficking and he is yet... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bosnia-Herzegovina

29 April 2002

Associated Press

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — A high school student in eastern Bosnia shot and killed one teacher and wounded another Monday before fatally shooting himself in the country's first such school attack, police said. The shooting happened shortly after noon in the remote town of Vlasenica, about 30 miles northeast of the capital, Sarajevo, in the Bosnian Serb part of the country. Bosnian Serb Interior Ministry spokesman Zoran Glusac identified the 17-year-old student... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

29 April 2002

Australian Associated Press

SYDNEY — Gun control lobbyists have called for a ban on semi-automatic handguns in the wake of Friday's massacre in Germany and amid reports that gun related crime has increased 40 per cent since the Port Arthur tragedy. But the call was met with an ambivalent response from NSW Police Minister Michael Costa and dismissed by gun owner groups as predictable. The push came with the release of NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics figures that show serious gun related crime... (GunPolicy.org)

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Japón

29 April 2002

Asahi Shimbun (Japan)

Police officials admit more warning shots are being fired since regulations on police gun use were relaxed in December. The fatal shooting of two suspects by police officers this month has raised questions on officers use of guns and the effect of revised regulations on police weapons use. Debate over the appropriateness of the shootings has also prompted the National Police Agency to consider making public reports on fatal shootings by its officers. Regulations were... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

29 April 2002

Associated Press

RENO, Nevada — Sen. Zell Miller of Georgia wowed the National Rifle Association as a Democrat who wants more guns and chastised his own party for failing to recognize the social and political reach of gun issues. There is nowhere I'd rather be tonight than right here with you, on the picket line of freedom's defense, Miller told more than 2,000 NRA members in a speech at Saturday night's banquet. Only about half the crowd at the NRA's 131st annual meeting at the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

29 April 2002

Insight Magazine

Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) brims with confidence when he talks about the gun-control proposal he introduced in the House on March 20. At a press conference to unveil the measure, he predicted that the Gun Show Background Check Act of 2002 (HR4034) will not be an issue in the November elections because it already will have passed. His confidence in this major expansion of gun control stems from the willingness of many Americans to accept infringements on constitutional... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canadá

29 April 2002

Toronto Star (Ontario)

It was Constable Vicki Dawson, one of eight detectives moving through the west-end apartment, opening cupboards, lifting cushions, tapping walls for hidden compartments, who found the gun between the Saran Wrap and baggies in a kitchen drawer. The black Browning 9mm semi-automatic was ready to fire. There was one live round. Behind a shut bedroom door in the Islington Ave. apartment, oblivious to the search party that occupied their home, slept an 8-year-old girl and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Israel

29 April 2002

Newsday (New York)

JERUSALEM — The flier thumbtacked to the The Shtiblach Synagogue bulletin board looks like the others posted around it, advising the congregation of schedules and events. Its message, however, is striking: Worshippers who have firearms are requested to bring them to prayer services. Asaf Teboulle, 22, an Orthodox Jew, does just that. On the Sabbath, when prayer replaces work of every kind and even using a phone or a pen is prohibited, he heeds the call to arms and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Alemania

29 April 2002

Reuters

ERFURT, Germany — Germany's school bloodbath is dominating the country's election campaign with a leading conservative accusing the government of "scandalous" failure to ban violent computer games. Guenther Beckstein, an ally of conservative Edmund Stoiber-challenging Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder in September's general election-said the government had done nothing to outlaw videos and games of the kind used by Robert Steinhaeuser, who gunned down 16 in Erfurt's... (GunPolicy.org)

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Alemania

29 April 2002

Associated Press

ERFURT, Germany — The teen gun enthusiast who killed 16 people and himself at his former school enjoyed violent computer games and kept his parents in the dark about his humiliating expulsion from school, police said Sunday. Adding new details to the troubling profile of Robert Steinhaeuser, the 19-year-old behind one of the deadliest school shootings ever, investigators said that hours before his deadly rampage, he told his parents he was going to take a math... (GunPolicy.org)

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Alemania

29 April 2002

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

BERLIN/ERFURT — As Germans paused for a moment of silence on Monday to honor the victims of last week's suicide school shooting that left 17 dead, state and federal politicians discussed ways to revise gun legislation and laws for the protection of minors. The tone of their debates was influenced by grief, reflection and the upcoming election campaign. The Family Affairs Ministry, for example, blamed the state of Bavaria for blocking the draft of a new law to... (GunPolicy.org)

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