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United Kingdom

9 January 2003

Reuters

LONDON — Gun crime in England and Wales — one of the country's most pressing social issues — shot up by 35 percent last year, official figures showed on Thursday. The sharp increase will reinforce calls for tighter gun laws following the New Year's Eve murder of two black teenage girls, cut down in the crossfire of a suspected gangland battle. As the figures were released, an armed man holed up in a London flat for 15 days, fired shots at police besieging his... (GunPolicy.org)

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