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Gun Policy News, 10 April 2000

South Africa

10 April 2000

South Africa Daily News Briefing

The New National Party on Monday called on Parliament to withdraw or amend the "critically flawed" Firearms Control Bill. The bill is still at a draft stage and has yet to be tabled in Parliament. The draft legislation places strict limits on gun ownership, allowing one weapon for self-defence and four for hunting, and imposes strict penalties for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition. Addressing a news conference in Cape Town, NNP leader Marthinus van... (

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New Zealand

10 April 2000

Press (Christchurch)

Parliament's law and order select committee is facing a deluge of submissions from thousands of gun-owners opposed to registration of firearms. The committee has received 6500 submissions on the Firearms Amendment Bill, which would require registration of individual firearms as well as firearm-owners. Virtually all the submissions have opposed the bill. Committee chairwoman Janet Mackey said the number of submissions was more than she had seen on any bill in her six... (

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United States

10 April 2000

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

At first glance, these two opposing camps look awfully similar. One is a bunch of moms set on protecting their kids against gun violence. Utah organizers of the Million Mom March plan a May 14 march and rally to demand controls aimed at keeping guns away from their children. The other group also is made up of protection-minded mothers. They call themselves the Second Amendment Sisters, and they are planning an April 22 rally to protest gun restrictions that might make... (

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United States

10 April 2000

New York Times, Series

Shots explode at a school in Oregon, a brokerage office in Atlanta, or a church in Fort Worth, and the nation is witness to another sudden, seemingly random violent rampage. Before the ambulances leave, the news crews arrive. The killers' neighbors, friends or families submit to interviews, and inevitably, they say something like this: "He just snapped." But the killers do not just snap. An examination by The New York Times of 100 rampage murders found that most of... (

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