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Gun Policy News, 8 January 2000

United States

8 January 2000

San Francisco Chronicle

The bloody shootout that ended in the deaths of two people and the wounding of two others in Alamo this week has reopened the long-standing debate over whether homeowners should use firearms to try to defend themselves. The shooting, which occurred during an alleged home-invasion robbery on Tuesday night at the residence of Dr. Kim Fang, 49, a retired surgeon, ended when Fang traded shots with the two armed robbers, Soknoeum Nem, 21, and Mesa Kasem, 22, both of... (

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United States

8 January 2000

Los Angeles Times

Lisa La Pierre has no memory of the moment that changed her life. After a night of dancing at the House of Blues, the USC pre-law student was parked in her car, chatting on her cellular phone, when a small black pistol poked through the partially open driver's window. With an explosion of blood, a bullet crashed through her spinal cord, paralyzing her from the neck down. A week earlier, another slug had torn through the pelvis of a Texas transplant who pulled his auto... (

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8 January 2000

Pan-African News Agency

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania — The Tanzanian government has attracted the public's ire by allowing private dealers to operate gun shops in the country. At least five dealers have already been licensed, according to police spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Aden Mwamunyange. By end of 1999, over 20 applicants had put in requests to operate the gunshops. But human rights groups, including churches, had hotly contested the decision when it was first... (

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8 January 2000

Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

A policeman was shot and killed inside a police station — apparently by a colleague — after a gun accidentally discharged yesterday. Constable Matthew Potter was killed after he was shot in the stomach by a single bullet from a Glock service pistol. The "outstanding" 27-year-old officer was pronounced dead on arrival at Campbelltown Hospital at 6.30am. The father-of-two and two male constables were finishing a 12-hour overnight shift at Eagle Vale police station... (

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