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Gun Policy News, 26 September 2002

Estados Unidos

26 September 2002

Detroit News

DETROIT — Michigan posted the nation's third-largest drop in the number of licensed gun dealers, according to a study released Wednesday. The Washington, D.C.- based Violence Policy Center study said the number of federal firearms licenses in Michigan dropped from 12,076 in January 1994 to 3,016 in April 2002 — down 9,060 licensees, or a whopping 75 percent decrease. "Additional federal requirements to become a licensed firearms dealer since the 1990s have helped... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

26 September 2002

Sun-Sentinel (Florida)

FLORIDA — A Hypoluxo man living under the name of the action hero from the Steven Seagal movie Above the Law learned this week that the movie title might not hold true for him in real life. The man known as Nico Toscanni was arrested Monday after a postal inspector posing as a mailman delivered him a package containing the frame of a rare Czech-made fully automatic machine gun, court records state. Police in Prague had intercepted the package addressed to Toscanni... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

26 September 2002

Hampton Roads Daily Press (Virginia)

Gov. Mark R. Warner has decided to allow concealed weapons in state parks. Following the advice of state Attorney General Jerry Kilgore, the governor overturned a decades-old regulation that barred gun owners with permits from carrying concealed handguns in Virginia's 34 state-owned parks. "This is a big win for gun owners," said Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League. In a two-page letter to the director of the Department of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

26 September 2002

New York Times

LOS ANGELES — Gov. Gray Davis signed a series of gun measures today, including a bill to repeal the special immunity from liability suits granted to the firearms industry nearly 20 years ago. California, which was one of the first states to give weapons makers protection from lawsuits, now becomes the first state to lift that immunity. In the last five years, more than two dozen states have granted the gun industry immunity from suits filed by cities and counties... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

26 September 2002

Modesto Bee (California)

MANTECA — The firing squad lines up in a row of six at the back wall of the room. For some of them, this is the first time they've held a gun, so the initial wonderment these kids are feeling at this moment is right there on display. One young boy in a green camouflaged T-shirt carefully picks the lever-action Winchester rifle from off the bench and slowly raises it to eye level. A boy standing to his right hasn't yet worked up that level of courage. Instead, he... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

26 September 2002

Washington Post

Republican gubernatorial candidate Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. cast votes in Congress yesterday that would protect handgun manufacturers from certain lawsuits and allow hospitals to refuse to perform abortions, weighing in on two hot-button issues in Maryland politics. Ehrlich's campaign defended the votes as placing Ehrlich in the majority of members of Congress and the mainstream of public opinion. "These are not extreme positions," campaign spokesman Paul E. Schurick... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

26 September 2002

Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California — California has enacted first-in-the-nation laws this year on family leave, auto emissions and stem-cell research, lending credence to the saying that wherever America is going, California will get there first. California rivals Washington, D.C., as an epicenter of change because of its size (34.5 million people, more than any other state) and economic clout (sixth-largest economy in the world, with a gross state product of $1.3... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

26 September 2002

Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO — In a major triumph for victims of gun violence, Gov. Gray Davis on Wednesday signed twin pieces of legislation allowing manufacturers of firearms to be held liable for harm their products cause. The measures repeal a special exemption created for gun makers by the Legislature in 1983. They also overturn a 2001 state Supreme Court ruling upholding that law. Supporters called the governor's action a stinging setback for the firearm industry because it... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

26 September 2002

Slate (USA)

Take a moment to feel sorry for John Ashcroft. He's a man of such certainty, such absolute conviction, that he is physically incapable of enforcing a law in which he does not believe. Unlike 60 years of attorneys general who have come before him, he's decided without precedent, without procedural grounds, and without the legal authority to do so to simply rewrite decades' worth of gun laws. Why? Because he disagrees with them. And he's luckier than all the rest of us... (GunPolicy.org)

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