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Gun Policy News, 13 September 2002

Estados Unidos

13 September 2002

Chicago Sun-Times

Endorsements by the Illinois State Rifle Association and the Illinois Sierra Club sparked a war of words Thursday in the campaign for Illinois attorney general. The state rifle group endorsed Republican Joe Birkett, saying he was the better candidate "in light of his experience as a prosecutor and his family's long history of participation in hunting and other outdoor sporting activities." The Lisa Madigan campaign said the endorsement shows Birkett, the DuPage County... (GunPolicy.org)

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Reino Unido,Escocia

13 September 2002

Herald (UK)

Fresh calls were made yesterday for action to curb the country's weapon culture after new figures revealed an alarming rise in the number of people killed and wounded by guns. The Scottish Executive research report showed 348 people were shot dead or injured last year compared to 306 in 2000 — a rise of 14%. The number of criminals accused of wielding guns, which had been pushed below the 1000-mark, also rose during 2001 to 1030. SNP shadow deputy justice minister... (GunPolicy.org)

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Reino Unido

13 September 2002

Daily Record (Scotland)

Gun crime in Scotland has leapt by 10 per cent — with the rise being blamed entirely on imitiation weapons. The 2001 statistics, released yesterday, prompted Justice Minister Jim Wallace to call for a crackdown on replica guns. The majority of incidents involved airguns, but offences where other types of firearms were used rose by 40 per cent. Police clear-up rates for gun crime increased by seven per cent. The Scottish Executive figures showed there were 1030... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

13 September 2002

Associated Press

LAGRANGE, Kentucky — Almost five years after gunning down three classmates gathered for a prayer circle, Michael Carneal still can't explain one thing: Why? "People want one simple answer — I can't give it," he told The Courier-Journal of Louisville in an interview at the Kentucky State Reformatory, where he is serving a life sentence. Three girls were killed and five others hurt when the then-14-year-old pulled a stolen .22-caliber pistol out of his backpack on... (GunPolicy.org)

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Reino Unido

13 September 2002

BBC News

Residents in a north London borough say urgent action is needed to stop a steep rise in gun crime. In the last five months shootings in Haringey have soared by 50%. Community leaders are calling for people to unite under an initiative called "Not another drop" which will work in close partnership with Haringey police and council. The scheme, which was started in Harlesden last year, aims to get people working together to identify and resolve the problems that are... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

13 September 2002

Associated Press

ROCHESTER, Minnesota — A police officer who thought he was using a stun gun to subdue a suspect mistakenly fired a bullet into the man's back, investigators said Friday. The victim, Christofar Atak, was listed in fair condition. An investigation into the Sept. 2 shooting found that Greg Siem thought he was holding a stun gun, Police Chief Roger Peterson. The stun guns used by Rochester police look like handguns. They use an electric shock to temporarily... (GunPolicy.org)

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