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United States

Federal Safety Law Targets 15,000 Items, But Not Guns

1 February 1998

Los Angeles Times

Before the wildly popular Tickle Me Elmo doll hit the market, testers at Tyco Toys subjected it to a battery of grueling exams. They scratched its eyes to check for lead in the paint. They pummeled, yanked, contorted and poked, all to ensure that the doll met government safety standards for children. Four-slice toasters, bean bag chairs and thousands of other consumer products must comply with government safety requirements before ever landing on a shelf. But there... (GunPolicy.org)

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Japan

Rifle Storage Facility Opens in Nozawa Onsen

31 January 1998

Kyodo News

NOZAWA ONSEN, Japan — An alternative rifle storage facility, that will be used by the athletes participating in the biathlon event at the Nagano Olympic Winter Games, opened Friday in the ski resort village of Nozawa Onsen. The facility was opened after several of the participants in the biathlon event decided to stay at hotels and inns at the hot springs resort in order avoid the commute to the Olympic Village in Nagano, located over 50 kilometers away. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Clinton to Propose $76 Bln in Four New Funds

31 January 1998

Reuters

WASHINGTON — President Clinton's budget proposal will include four new funds totaling about $76 billion to attract investment to inner-city neighborhoods, health and science research, environmental programs and transportation, according to White House documents. Clinton said his budget plan for the next fiscal year would include a $400 million "community empowerment fund" to help local governments attract more businesses and jobs to poor neighborhoods. "This is the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Violence: A Public Health Priority

30 January 1998

Reuters

NEW YORK — A survey of American physicians found that the majority believe that firearm violence is a major public health issue, and most support the involvement of the medical community in efforts to prevent gun-related injury and death. "The staggering death toll from firearms, particularly among young persons, is unacceptably high. Clearly, the 'killing threshold' for severely restricting firearms has been passed," according to a Position Paper on gun violence... (GunPolicy.org)

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Russia

Russian Soldier Kills Seven Others at Base

28 January 1998

Philadelphia Inquirer

MOSCOW — A soldier high on acetone fumes went on a rampage and killed seven fellow servicemen at a remote base on the Pacific island of Sakhalin, military officials reported yesterday in describing the latest of at least 10 multiple slayings in the disintegrating Russian army in the last two years. The carnage Monday night spotlighted the deepening crisis afflicting Russia's armed forces, which are grossly underfunded, poorly supervised, and embittered over their... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Total Ban on Handguns Comes Into Force

27 January 1998

Reuters

LONDON — A total ban on handguns came into effect in Britain Monday and anyone who decides to hold on to their favorite pistol could face up to 10 years in jail. The firearms legislation, among the toughest in the world, was introduced after the 1996 Dunblane massacre when crazed loner Thomas Hamilton shot and killed 16 schoolchildren and their teacher before killing himself. Owners of handguns of .22 caliber or less now have until the end of February to hand in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Cambodia

Cambodian Leaders Crush Guns Under Security Plan

26 January 1998

Reuters

PHNOM PENH — Cambodia's co-prime ministers on Monday destroyed 1,500 weapons recently confiscated from militia forces under a security-improvement plan launched last year. Second Prime Minister Hun Sen and his co-premier Ung Huot drove bulldozers over rows of old rifles and grenade launchers at a ceremony on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Hun Sen said the scheme to disarm provincial militia, launched in August, would help improve the atmosphere for a July 26... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

Medal Protest Over UK Gun Ban

24 January 1998

Evening Post (Wellington)

A Carterton man is returning his dead aunt's war medals in protest against the British Government's decision to ban pistol shooting. Neil Hayes sent the medals of his late aunt — Frances Hayes of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire — to British Prime-Minister Tony Blair with a letter stating his concern: Part of the letter reads: "As a state registered nurse, Frances Hayes served your country in two world wars and during the First World War was awarded the two enclosed... (GunPolicy.org)

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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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