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Gun Policy News, 1 February 1998

United States

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... (

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United States

1 February 1998

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — William Schwab hasn't ever gone to war, but the 51-year-old surgeon says he sometimes thinks he's in one. "We average about 500 gunshot wounds a year," said Schwab, chief of critical care and trauma for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. "I trained in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam, and it's similar," he said. "Think of the phrase 'incoming wounded.' That's what it's like." A survey published in Sunday's issue of the Annals of Internal... (

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United States

1 February 1998

Chicago Sun-Times

Some women shoot for sport. Others own guns to feel safe. While the reasons vary, more women in the Chicago area are opting to own firearms. The number of firearm ownership identification cards held by women in the six-county Chicago area has increased 43 percent since 1991, according to figures from the Illinois State Police. Increasingly, there are women at shooting ranges, gun shops and gun sporting events. "We do firearm safety courses and notice a lot more women... (

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United Kingdom

1 February 1998


LONDON — An estimated 250,000 country folk marched peacefully through central London Sunday to protest against issues ranging from a proposed ban on foxhunting to rules prohibiting the sale of beef on the bone. Hunters in full riding gear and gentlemen clasping walking sticks joined butchers, farmers, villagers and landowners from the far corners of the nation to show the 10-month-old Labor Party government that the rural lobby is strong and vocal. Police estimated... (

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