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Gun Policy News, 2 December 1998


2 December 1998

Australian (Sydney)

A Brisbane gun dealer has accessed confidential police information from used government computers, sparking an investigation into alleged corruption in the guns buy-back scheme. It is understood Brisbane gun dealer Tony Cleaver bought 12 computers — which previously were used to administer the guns buy-back scheme — at a government auction with the aim of investigating his own suspicions about the scheme. By "re-formatting" the computers' hard drives, Mr Cleaver... (

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United States

2 December 1998

Join Together Online gun violence web site (Boston)

One of the biggest hurdles facing plaintiffs who file civil lawsuits against gun manufacturers is the fact that when a gun kills or maims, it is usually doing what it is designed to do. This is why actions brought by plaintiffs who seek damages under traditional product-liability laws and legal theories, which focus on products' defective performances, have enjoyed only limited success. With the recently filed municipal lawsuits by the cities of Chicago and New Orleans... (

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2 December 1998

Edmonton Journal (Alberta)

OTTAWA — Cheering police and tearful relatives of victims of gun violence embraced Tuesday as Justice Minister Anne McLellan capped their nine-year struggle by officially launching Canada's firearms registry. "It's a wonderful day. We're proud of you," said a choked up Suzanne Laplante-Edward while hugging the justice minister at the downtown Ottawa police station. "No, we're proud of you," McLellan whispered back to the mother of Anne-Marie Edward, one of the 14... (

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