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Gun Policy News, 19 January 1999

United States

19 January 1999

Washington Post

BROOKLYN, New York — Gail Fox seethes with the anger of a mother who protected her son year after year only to see him shot senselessly while on a sidewalk. But her parental ire is focused on an unusual target. She does not blame the child who accidentally fired the gun or the adult who bought it illegally or the gun trafficker who sold it out of a car trunk. Instead her rage is aimed at the firearms industry, and the vehicle for her anger is a lawsuit demanding... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

19 January 1999

Contra Costa Times (California)

OAKLAND — A judge has upheld a verdict favoring a gun distributor in an accidental-shooting case, rejecting allegations that a juror brought a gun to court. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Richard Hodge denied a motion for a new trial by the attorneys for the parents of the boy who was shot and killed. They claimed at least two jurors feared one of their peers was carrying a gun during last year's trial against Beretta U.S.A. Corp. The accused juror denied the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

19 January 1999

Montreal Gazette (Quebec)

It was an idyllic Florida day, sunny and breezy, but few of Benoit Lessard's North Miami neighbours left their condos yesterday. Lessard, a 69-year-old retired truck driver from the Fabreville district of Laval, was shot and killed during a robbery outside his condo just before dawn Sunday. He and his wife, Rita, 70, had returned home after picking up their daughter from the Fort Lauderdale airport, a 30-minute drive away. It was 5 a.m. and they noticed a stranger... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

19 January 1999

Reuters

WASHINGTON — When Hillary Rodham Clinton sits down Tuesday to hear President Clinton's State of the Union speech, she will be surrounded by 10 people who represent "what is best about America." The 10 range from students participating in the AmeriCorps volunteer program to a parent activist to a heroic police officer. They will sit in the first lady's gallery in the House chamber during the president's address. "The people chosen to sit with Mrs. Clinton daily... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

19 January 1999

Reuters

JOHANNESBURG — Seven people were shot dead and one person was seriously injured in an attack by unknown gunmen at a house in Evaton south of Johannesburg, police said on Tuesday. A spokesman said the men had stormed the house about 55 km (34 miles) south of Johannesburg late on Monday. The motive was not immediately known. Four men were arrested and four firearms recovered, the spokesman said. South Africa is one of the world's most violent countries but the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Albania,United Nations

19 January 1999

Xinhua

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has started a "weapons for development" program in Albania's Gramsch district, a release from the agency said on Tuesday. The program encourages Albanians to turn in illegal small arms in exchange for social services, improved infrastructure and development assistance. According to the Government of Albania, the Gramsch district has one of the highest concentrations of weapons in the country. There are... (GunPolicy.org)

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