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Gun Policy News, 13 January 1999

United States

13 January 1999

CNN

A man believed to have been lurking around his ex-wife's home ambushed and killed the woman, her mother and their friend, then killed himself early Wednesday with a shotgun that police had confiscated but returned a week earlier. Alan Dale Price, 48, was found dead inside the home in this affluent Dallas suburb. Police said he turned his shotgun on himself after gunning down Janette Jeffers, 43; her mother, Margaret Compton, 67; and family friend Mary Roland, 63. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

13 January 1999

Australian (Sydney)

The manager of a Queensland guns buy-back centre was charged yesterday with stealing 66 firearms from the centre and illegally selling eight of them. Alan Jeffery Wright appeared in the Beenleigh Magistrates Court charged with stealing, five counts of possession of weapons, insecure storage of firearms and the unlawful sale of weapons in November last year. He did not enter a plea. He was granted bail on his own undertaking and was remanded to reappear in March. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

13 January 1999

Independent Radio News

Police minister Clem Simich has just announced an amnesty for people yet to renew their firearms license. It will run from the 1st of February. People who haven't responded to the current relicensing scheme can come forward without fear of prosecution. Mr Simich says the amnesty is the first step in implementing changes to the gun laws announced by the government last year. There are currently around 210 thousand licensed firearm users. However nearly half of them... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

13 January 1999

CBC News (Canada)

GRANDE PRAIRIE, ALBERTA — An Alberta man has launched a one-man effort to overturn federal gun control legislation. Bruce Hutton is touring Alberta's Peace Region, holding public meetings to get rid of the new gun registration bill. Hutton, president of the 2,000-member Law Abiding Unregistered Firearms Association, has had as many as 500 people show up at his meetings. "What we're trying to do right now is get the silent majority off their butt and aware of what... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations

13 January 1999

European Stars and Stripes, Pg. 6

TIRANA, Albania — Threats have failed, and so have cash payments. Now the United Nations plans to offer telephones and better roads to encourage some of Albania's 3 million people to turn in their more than half a million illegal weapons. U.N. officials themselves are uncertain whether aid programs will provide the key to eliminating illegal weapons in a country which a recent U.N. report described as the "Land of the Kalashnikov." But U.N. officials here feel they... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

13 January 1999

New Zealand Press Association

WELLINGTON — Tens of thousands of gun owners who have failed to renew their firearms licences are being given a second chance by the police. A six-month amnesty will run from February 1 until July 31 and will be promoted by a big publicity campaign. Wellington police firearms officer Jim O'Leary said most of the thousands of licence holders who had not renewed their gun licences were believed to still own firearms. Mr O'Leary said the amnesty would allow those... (GunPolicy.org)

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Puerto Rico

13 January 1999

Reuters

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico will recruit thousands of new police officers and set up gun control bureaus to stem the flow of automatic weapons in the U.S. commonwealth after the bloodiest Christmas season murder spree in recent memory. Police chief Pedro Toledo announced stricter gun control measures this week in response to a record 80 killings in December and a violent start to the New Year with 20 murders in less than two weeks — including nine last... (GunPolicy.org)

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