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Gun Policy News, 13 August 2000

United Kingdom

13 August 2000

Sunday Telegraph (UK)

British shooters are threatening to boycott the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester because the Government's ban on handguns prevents them practising. They claim the ban puts them at a severe disadvantage to foreign rivals, who are able to hone their skills freely on shooting ranges. In the run-up to the Games, they are asking Jack Straw, the Home Secretary, to use his ministerial powers to give British team members special permission to use their guns. Mr Straw has... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 August 2000

Los Angeles Times

The little black baseball cleats belonged to 7-year-old Evan Foster. He was shot twice in the head after signing up for a basketball league in Inglewood's Darby Park. The strappy sandals with chunky heels belonged to Chloe Baker. The 18-year-old was gunned down in her car this June, the night the Lakers won the championship. The new pink satin ballet slippers with wings on the heels belonged to Lori Gonzalez, granddaughter of Los Angeles Police Chief Bernard C. Parks.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 August 2000

Washington Post

George W. Bush's acceptance speech included a promise "to strictly enforce the nation's gun laws." Not a bad idea. But, in the words of George W. Bush, "He had his chance. He did not lead." A new study shows that the Brady law, requiring background checks on gun buyers, hasn't been as effective as hoped in preventing murder, partly because loopholes make it easy for criminals to get guns illegally. Illicit gun traffickers have developed a simple way to evade the Brady... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

13 August 2000

INL Newspapers

An inquiry is under way to discover why live ammunition rather than drill ammunition was used during a police training exercise in which an officer was shot in the stomach. The uniformed police sergeant was shot at 4am on Wednesday during a training exercise at the Auckland Central Police Station. The unnamed officer, who has a wife and child, was instructing two other officers in safety procedures for loading and unloading the police Glock 9mm semi-automatic pistol... (GunPolicy.org)

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