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Gun Policy News, 21 October 2002

Estados Unidos

21 October 2002

Associated Press

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida — A gun distributor went on trial Monday in a closely watched case filed by a widow who says her husband was gunned down by a 13-year-old boy with an unreasonably dangerous weapon. Pam Grunow is suing Valor Corp., which distributed the .25-caliber Raven handgun. She says the gun is too dangerous because it has no safety and too often falls into the hands of juveniles. The gun could have been made safer with a $3 lock but instead was sold in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Reino Unido

21 October 2002

Nottingham Evening Post (UK)

Children as young as 13 have been arrested carrying guns on Nottingham's streets. Detective Chief Inspector Ian Waterfield, of Notts police's major crime unit, said: "Thirteen and 14-year-old children are carrying guns. "We have arrested people of that age with such weapons — mostly boys." The revelation follows Chief Constable Steve Green's concern about juveniles whose "sole ambition is to be a gangster". The Post today continues with its series on gun crime,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

21 October 2002

Technician (NC State University), Editorial

The recent sniper attacks in the Washington, D.C., area have sparked a strong debate about beginning a national database program recording the "fingerprints" of every gun sold. The formation of such a program may make lawmakers feel as if they are keeping our streets safe, but a national program of this magnitude would be complicated and difficult to control, and it would take years to construct and without necessarily leading to the benefits some groups optimistically... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

21 October 2002

Washington Times, Editorial

True to form, Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, who has cynically sought to exploit the recent sniper attacks for political gain against Republican gubernatorial foe Robert Ehrlich, is already looking for someone else to blame for the latest fiasco to befall her gubernatorial campaign — the revelation that Maryland this year failed to conduct background checks on hundreds of handgun buyers, mandated under the Brady Act. Given that Mrs. Townsend (annointed by Gov.... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

21 October 2002

Lake City Reporter (Florida)

A Lake City woman was airlifted to Shands Jacksonville on Sunday afternoon, after her gun fell into the commode and shot her in the buttocks, according to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. A deputy was called to the Moore Road address shortly after 3 p.m., about a shooting and saw a woman bleeding severely from her left buttock. Emergency medical technicians were on the scene and had the woman airlifted to Jacksonville, reports say. Reports say the woman had just... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

21 October 2002

ABC News (Australia)

Gun Control Australia has renewed its call for a firearms crackdown in the wake of the Monash University shootings. Two students were killed and five others were injured when a gunman open fired in a classroom. Gun Control Australia spokesman, Randy Marshall, has called for more formal controls. "We need far tighter training and test across all gun groups," he said. "We need more formal controls over the security industry and pistol clubs, we need far tighter... (GunPolicy.org)

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Reino Unido

21 October 2002

Nottingham Evening Post (UK)

Gun seizures in Nottingham have tripled this year, while 18 people have been injured in a spate of shootings in the city in the last three months alone. So where are criminals in Notts getting their guns from? Changes in the law after the massacre of 16 children at Dunblane in 1996 were supposed to make it harder for people to own guns in Britain. For people on the right side of the law, this was certainly true. Legal gun ownership declined after the Government... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

21 October 2002

Reuters

LOS ANGELES — The city of Los Angeles on Monday cracked down on "kitchen table" gun sellers who may be conducting illegal weapons sales that are fueling a spike in gang-related shootings. A resurgence in violent gang crime has been a hot-button political issue in Los Angeles, as urban neighborhoods reel under a 40 percent increase in gang shootings and 22 percent increase in gang-related homicides over the past year. City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo announced on... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

21 October 2002

Associated Press

SACRAMENTO — California would collect ballistic "fingerprints" on all firearms sold in the state under legislation proposed Monday in response to the East Coast sniper shootings. Sen. Jack Scott, D-Altadena, said he will introduce legislation when lawmakers reconvene in December requiring manufacturers and importers to collect the unique markings for every firearm made and sold in California. "Now, they have fingerprints from criminals," Scott said. "It just makes... (GunPolicy.org)

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Reino Unido

21 October 2002

Independent (UK)

Scotland Yard is pressing the Home Office to introduce a minimum five-year prison sentence for anyone caught with a firearm, amid growing evidence that gun crime is rising out of control. The Metropolitan Police is alarmed by the number of firearms being carried and used on the streets of London. New figures show that, in the past three months, the number of reported incidents involving guns to which police have sent armed officers has risen by more than a third — to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

21 October 2002

Washington Times, Opinion

The sniper spree in the D.C. area has spawned calls for "ballistic fingerprinting" of firearms. Sen. Charles Schumer, New York Democrat, announced he would introduce legislation for a national program. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence told The Washington Post that ballistic fingerprinting would have "solved this crime after the first shooting." But an October 2001 report by California state ballistics experts — hushed up by the California attorney... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papúa-Nueva Guinea

21 October 2002

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

Southern Highlands has been ruled by "thieves for thieves". In a direct attack on the administration of the Southern Highlands Province, Inter-Government Relations Minister Sir Peter Barter accused provincial leaders of stealing from the people and blamed them for the deaths of children from preventable diseases. Sir Peter told graduating students at St Joseph's High school in Tari that the province did not have democracy — "rule by the people, for the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papúa-Nueva Guinea

21 October 2002

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

Inter-Government Relations Minister Sir Peter Barter on Saturday said if politicians steal elections by the gun, they will steal everything else. He was speaking at the graduation of Grade 10 students at Saint Joseph's High School in Tari, Southern Highlands. And, he called on the people to work with the police and electoral officer to ensure these type of candidates failed in the elections. He said: "Some gun and greed leaders are slow learners. Some are plotting to... (GunPolicy.org)

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