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United States

Mother of Toddler Who Shot Himself Arrested

19 January 1998

Philadelphia Inquirer

After a lengthy review by the District Attorney's Office, the mother of a 4-year-old Southwest Philadelphia boy who accidentally shot himself with a .22-caliber handgun in November was arrested yesterday on a series of charges, including recklessly endangering the life of the child, police said. Police detectives picked up Carolyn Willis, 24, of the 1300 block of South 54th Street, at 6:55 a.m. while she was at the Children's Seashore House, a rehabilitation center in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Mom Kills 4-year-old Daughter

17 January 1998

Associated Press

KISSIMMEE — A mother shot her two young daughters in the head Friday, killing one and critically injuring the other, and called 911 to say she didn't know why she did it. Four-year-old Diana Gonzalez died shortly after arriving at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Women, said spokesman Joe Brown. Her 2-year-old sister, Elena, was in "very grave" condition, Brown said. Their mother, identified by police as 30-year-old Rachel Gonzalez, was still on the phone... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

Lobbyists Fire at Gun Law Delays

15 January 1998

Evening Post (Wellington)

Recommendations made by an extensive review into firearms control in New Zealand are being ignored, gun lobbyists claim. Former High Court judge Sir Thomas Thorp's 281-page Independent Review of Firearms Control in New Zealand was released on August 21. Among its proposals was the formation of a Firearms Authority — which is not part of, nor controlled by police — by December 31, 1997; the implementation of gun registrations and banning of military-style... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Harshbarger Slams Lawsuit by Gunmakers

15 January 1998

Boston Globe

Attorney General Scott Harshbarger accused gun manufacturers yesterday of putting children's lives at risk by suing to stop state handgun safety regulations from taking effect. Gun manufacturers went to Suffolk Superior Court yesterday to file a lawsuit challenging the first-in-the-nation rules, which were issued by Harshbarger under the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act. The lawsuit, brought by the American Shooting Sports Council, a Georgia-based firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

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Russia

Russia Giving Judges Handguns for Protection

14 January 1998

Associated Press

MOSCOW — Russia has a new perk of sorts for judges under increasing threat of attack: a free handgun. Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin signed a government order last month that allows judges nationwide to carry a weapon, The Moscow Times reported Wednesday. Several judges have been killed in recent years and threats against them have become increasingly common amid the breakdown of law and order that followed the 1991 Soviet collapse. Thirty of the 127 judges on... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Group Says 946 Gun Licensees Arrested

13 January 1998

United Press International

AUSTIN, Texas — An anti-gun group is claiming that 946 Texans who held a concealed handgun license were arrested in the first 22 months that the state's carry law was in effect. The Washington-based Violence Policy Center released a report in Austin today that said 263 of the arrests were for felonies, including six charges of murder or attempted murder involving at least four deaths. Susan Glick, the VPC's health policy analyst and author of the study, said,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Utah's GOP Boss Likens Gun Bans to Racial Bigotry

11 January 1998

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

The chairman of the Utah Republican Party, who also is a gun lobbyist, says school officials and business owners who exclude residents carrying weapons are bigots in the mold of former southern governors who denied blacks entry into state schools. "If you want to be a bigot on personal private property, you can do that," Rob Bishop told The Salt Lake Tribune. "You can't do that on private property open to the general public." Bishop, a paid lobbyist for the Utah... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

San Francisco Cops Accused of Using Seized Guns Weapons Had Been Ordered Destroyed

10 January 1998

San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Police Chief Fred Lau said yesterday he is ordering an internal investigation to determine if city police used guns seized in a 1993 weapons case for private shooting sessions at the department's firing range. The guns were confiscated from San Francisco auto repair shop owner Norman Young in 1993 in connection with a police probe of illegal assault weapons. When Young agreed to plead guilty to the assault weapon charges, the guns were ordered destroyed... (GunPolicy.org)

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Philippines

Philippines Bans Guns During Election Campaign

9 January 1998

Reuters

MANILA — Philippine gunowners will be banned from carrying their weapons in public when campaigning for presidential elections officially begins on Sunday, a police official said on Friday. "Anyone who has a licenced firearm who would want to bring that firearm (outside his residence) has to secure an exemption from the Commission on Elections," Jaime Lasar, head of the firearms and explosives division of the Philippine National Police, told reporters on Friday. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Cop Shoots Good Samaritan Youth

9 January 1998

United Press International

NEW YORK — A 16-year-old black high school youth trying to help a policeman who was being attacked was shot by the officer on New Year's morning. Police didn't initially report the incident to the media, and the New York Times reports today the first police reports called Raheem Dawkins a possible suspect. The Times says Dawkins aspires to be a policeman and does volunteer work at his local police precinct. However, since his shooting he has received no official... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Strange Silence - Deer Management Chief Puzzled by Quiet Hunters

9 January 1998

Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio)

It has been so quiet that Mike Tonkovich can hear himself think — and that's a problem, especially since he doesn't know for sure just what to think. "I'd say it's a little scary," Tonkovich, director of deer management for the state, said the other day, referring to the general absence of either tumult or shouting since the end of last month's deer gun season. A year ago, it was quite another matter, with hunters hounding him something fierce in the wake of a... (GunPolicy.org)

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China

Layoffs to Be China Arms Makers' Magic Bullet

8 January 1998

Reuters

BEIJING — China is urging its defence industry to join other ailing state sectors and promote layoffs amd mergers to cut losses within the next three years, the People's Daily said on Thursday … The arms industry, one of China's most troubled state-owned sectors, in 1997 saw six mergers of large- and medium-sized enterprises and laid off 90,000 redundant workers, finding new jobs for 74,000 of them, the newspaper said... (GunPolicy.org)

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Japan

Gun Laws, Unhappy Locals Could Take Shine Off Olympic Biathlon

8 January 1998

Associated Press

NOZAWA ONSEN, Japan — The Winter Olympics may put this hot springs and ski resort on the international sports map, but villagers here are up in arms over the idea of rifle-toting biathletes shooting up the hillsides. Japan's gun control laws — among the world's strictest — have presented officials with a host of difficulties for the biathlon, which combines rifle shooting and cross-country skiing. Mitsu Sato, head of the village's Olympic preparations, said two... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

Public Shoots Down Guns for Police on Normal Duty

8 January 1998

New Zealand Herald & DigiPoll

Question: Should all New Zealand police officers carry arms on normal duty? Poll Result: Yes 25.8% No 69.8% Not Sure 4.4% New Zealanders have come out all guns blazing: police should not be armed. Seven out of 10 New Zealanders are against police carrying arms. Specially trained armed offenders squads may be fine, but the bobby on the beat should not be packing a pistol. Gun-toting police at the airport are acceptable, too, but the country seems unwilling to see... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

City Considers Novel Strategy for Gun Lawsuit

8 January 1998

Philadelphia Inquirer

Lawyers for Mayor Rendell have prepared an extraordinary lawsuit contending that the nation's gun industry has created a public nuisance by saturating Philadelphia with firearms used by criminals. If the mayor approves, this would mark the first time a government had sued the firearms trade, according to the National Center to Prevent Handgun Violence. The suit would demand that manufacturers pay millions of dollars to reimburse the city for costs stemming from guns... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Makers on Trial

8 January 1998

CTV News (Toronto)

Roger Siblerud v. Sturm Ruger & Company, Inc. Court TV (US), 8 January 1998. Highlights: This civil suit out of Montana finds the father of a man who died during a gun accident suing the gun manufacturers for wrongful death and product liability. Roger Siblerud's son, Patrick, 25, died in 1993 after he dropped a Ruger revolver and it accidentally discharged after it hit the ground. Patrick Siblerud suffered a bullet wound to the abdomen and died hours later from... (GunPolicy.org)

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Austria

After Land-mine Triumph, a New Crusade

7 January 1998

New York Times

VIENNA, Austria — Buoyed by their surprising success in achieving a treaty to ban land mines, a range of nongovernmental groups from academic institutes to human rights and aid agencies are now girding for a campaign against assault rifles and other light weapons, which inflame ethnic and nationalist wars around the world. The campaigners do not have as their goal a gun free world, which they say would be unrealistic. Rather they seek to curb the brisk, and largely... (GunPolicy.org)

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Philippines

Philippine News Agency Reports a Five-month Gun Ban

7 January 1998

Philippine News Agency

DAVAO CITY — The Basilan provincial police command in co-ordination with military authorities has finalized plans for the implementation of a firearms ban mandated by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from January 11 to June 10 this year. The gun ban covers the election period for the May 1998 local and national elections. Provincial police director Supt. Isah Abdullah said checkpoints will be established in entry and exit points to all centers of the province's... (GunPolicy.org)

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Israel

Government to Seek Family-Violence Policy

5 January 1998

Jerusalem Post (Israel)

JERUSALEM — The cabinet yesterday accepted a proposal by Communications Minister Limor Livnat to establish an interministerial team, in cooperation with the Knesset Committee on the Advancement of the Status of Women, to examine how to increase cooperation among the various organizations dealing with family violence involving weapons. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called the recent spousal murders "a spreading plague; we must do everything in our power to reduce... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Concern Over Handgun Violence Reflected in State-wide Phone Poll

5 January 1998

Post-Crescent (Wisconsin)

MILWAUKEE — Laws that would treat handgun violence as a product safety issue won widespread support in a public opinion poll. But the survey, by the Public Policy Forum in Milwaukee, also found that state legislators do not seem interested in considering the issue. Lawmakers also were far more likely than the general public to believe that new safety laws for handguns could restrict the constitutional right to bear arms. The random telephone survey asked 600... (GunPolicy.org)

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