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Gun Policy News, 9 August 2002

Estados Unidos

9 August 2002

Slate (USA)

Actor Charlton Heston announced today that he has symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Heston is the president of the National Rifle Association and owns firearms. If he is diagnosed with full-blown Alzheimer's, will he have to give up his guns? Yes. This section of California state law requires that anyone who represents a threat to others because of a mental disorder or illness can't own a firearm. The state also denies gun ownership to those suffering from any kind of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Países Bajos

9 August 2002

Associated Press

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands — The evidence against the accused killer of populist Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn is compelling: a loaded gun in his pocket, eyewitnesses, ammunition traces on his clothes and DNA matches of Fortuyn's blood on the weapon and cell tissue on his trousers, prosecutors told a custody hearing Friday. At an Amsterdam courthouse nicknamed "the bunker" because of the high security, three judges ordered suspect Volkert van der Graaf to remain in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

9 August 2002

Associated Press

CUMMING — A 12-year-old boy accidentally shot his younger sister in the head after climbing on a stereo speaker to reach a .22-caliber revolver kept on a living room shelf, authorities said. Alicia Born, 10, was pronounced dead about 9:40 a.m. Wednesday, an hour after the accident, Forsyth County Sheriff Ted Paxton... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

9 August 2002

Reuters

LOS ANGELES — Charlton Heston, the Oscar-winning actor and head of America's biggest gun lobby, revealed on Friday that he is in the early stages of what appears to be Alzheimer's disease and vowed not "to give up." In a video-taped announcement played at a Beverly Hills news conference, the 78-year-old president of the National Rifle Association said he was going public with his illness after having "lived my whole life on the stage and screen before you." "For an... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kenia

9 August 2002

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

Police hope to recover an additional 10,000 illegal firearms as plans to destroy the weapons are finalised. Foreign Minister Marsden Madoka said police had a stock of 10,000 guns but there were more weapons in the hands of criminals in various parts of the country. "Security officers are in the process of confiscating 10,000 other firearms from gun runners and crime-prone areas. The entire stock will be burnt in Nairobi soon," he told the Nation after closing a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Japón

9 August 2002

Japan Times

The number of shootings in Japan in the first half of this year declined by 43 from a year ago to 88 due to a de-escalation in gang warfare, but only 22 were probed, the National Police Agency said Thursday. The agency said that 22 of the 88 cases were investigated and reckoned that 58 of them were gang-related. The number of homicides and armed robberies involving guns fell by 22 to 71, agency officials said, adding that 13 people lost their lives, down by seven from... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

9 August 2002

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The homicide rate in Washington surged 36 percent this year, but local officials insist it doesn't harken a return to the days when the city was known as the nation's "murder capital." Police say a proliferation of drugs, gangs and prostitution are to blame and officers are being redeployed to better target crime areas and the places that have seen the greatest jumps in violence. So far this year, 148 homicides have been reported, compared with 109 at... (GunPolicy.org)

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Israel

9 August 2002

Ha'aretz (Tel Aviv)

When Tal Bejerano, a 38-year-old computer engineer from Karmiel, opened his mail box a few weeks ago, he was in for a surprise: A warning letter from the Interior Ministry demanded that he renew his gun license. If he did not, Bejerano was warned, criminal proceedings would be instigated against him. Bejerano's gun — an airgun he purchased from his pocket money at the age of 14 — was left unused for many years, rusted and is no longer in working order. However, the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papúa-Nueva Guinea

9 August 2002

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

Southern Highlands police are investigating an incident involving four soldiers and a policeman that led to the loss of their firearms. Provincial police commander Nema Mondia said the five officers acted on their own accord. Their trip to Pangia was not authorised, Mr Mondia said. He said the five men took a car and went to Pangia. "They were apparently under the influence of liquor," Mr Mondia said. "At Maya village, they caused disturbances and threatened to... (GunPolicy.org)

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