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Gun Policy News, 13 May 1998

United States

13 May 1998

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of "hormigas," or ants, crawl across the U.S. border into Mexico each day. But these are no usual ants — these creatures are armed and dangerous. "Ant" is a popular term for smugglers who transport small packs of guns across the border. Because of Mexico's strict rules on arms possessions, "ant" smugglers provide the majority of guns used by Mexican criminals. Yet under current U.S. law, there is almost no way to track the sale of weapons to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 May 1998

Associated Press

WARRENTON, Virginia — The daughter of one of the world's biggest arms dealers was convicted of voluntary manslaughter instead of murder Wednesday after claiming self-defense in the shooting death of her boyfriend, a dashing Argentine polo player. Susan Cummings was sentenced to 60 days in jail and fined $2,500. Cummings, 35, could have received up to 10 years in prison. Had she been convicted of murder, she could have gotten life in prison. She will begin serving... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

13 May 1998

Reuters

LONDON — Leading British humanitarian agencies on Wednesday urged leaders of the Group of Eight nations meeting in Britain this weekend to take action to control the international arms trade. The agencies said both the illicit and the legal trade in weapons should be tackled. "The G8 must take responsibility for weapons that are produced in their countries," said Dianna Melrose of the British aid agency Oxfam. "We need the G8 to agree comprehensive controls over... (GunPolicy.org)

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