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Gun Policy News, 21 January 1999

United Kingdom

21 January 1999

Independent (UK)

A former Special Constable with a penchant for Harley- Davidson motorbikes makes an unlikely quartermaster toone of the country's most prolific suppliers of illegal guns. Nevertheless, police have netted a key figure in the underworld of firearms dealing. Anthony Mitchell, 45, who on Tuesday pleaded guilty to five counts of illegal firearms dealing and possession, has been linked with the seizure of 130 guns from crime scenes. They had been used for murders, shootings... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

21 January 1999

Times (UK)

A gun dealer suspected of being one of the biggest underworld armourers in Britain was in jail yesterday facing a long prison sentence for supplying sub-machineguns capable of firing 1,200 rounds a minute. Police believe that Anthony Mitchell, 44, legally imported deactivated MAC-10 guns from the United States and converted them to fire live ammunition. Known in the underworld as Big Macs, they can fire 30 rounds in less than two seconds. The deactivated guns sell for... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

21 January 1999

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

A gun-control advocacy group claims Rob Bishop could be breaking the law since he is the Utah Republican Party's chairman and also a paid lobbyist. Bishop said he has done nothing wrong and that Utahns Against Gun Violence may be raising the issue because he lobbies for the gun-rights Utah Shooting Sports Council, a foe of the gun-control group. William Nash, chairman of Utahns Against Gun Violence, has sent a letter addressing the matter to Bishop and Republican... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

21 January 1999

Toronto Sun (Ontario)

As an 87-year-old widow recovers from a terrifying Scarborough home invasion, her son faces charges of improperly storing firearms. Toronto Police said the charges relate to 43 weapons — including rifles, handguns, shotguns and a crossbow — left behind by home invaders who roughed up the man's mother and fled with four handguns Monday afternoon. Sgt. Dave Perry of 42 Division's criminal investigations branch said the 51-year-old man's name is being withheld to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

21 January 1999

Western Producer (Saskatoon)

The National Firearms Association is trying to strangle the federal firearms registration system with its own legal entrails. In the next few months the NFA expects to launch a series of legal challenges to the gun law and believes these will make the system collapse. "If we have to obey this law, by God so do they," said Dave Tomlinson of the NFA. "We will hold their feet to the fire and make them obey every line of that law." The NFA has no standing to challenge... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

21 January 1999

Western Producer (Saskatoon)

Groups opposed to gun registration are fighting among themselves over how best to oppose the federal system. A new group in western Alberta, the Law Abiding Unregistered Firearms Owners Association, is urging gun owners to refuse to register their guns even when all guns in Canada must be legally registered in 2003. Until then, the organization is raising money for a "war chest" it intends to use the first time someone is charged for having an unregistered... (GunPolicy.org)

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