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Gun Policy News, 15 August 2000

United Kingdom

15 August 2000

Telegraph (UK)

A former stockbroker who bought weapons in an IRA gunrunning scheme was jailed for 20 months in America last night. Siobhan Browne, 35, had earlier told a court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, she had been threatened with death by an IRA execution squad. Judge Wilkie Ferguson also fined Browne more than $25,000 (£37,500) for her part in a three-month weapons-buying spree with her boyfriend, Anthony Smyth, that began in March 1999. Browne appeared pale and thin in court... (

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South Africa

15 August 2000

South Africa Daily News Brief

The Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) has called for tighter controls on police use of official firearms, partly in a bid to combat the growing number of family slayings by members of the force. Addressing the safety and security portfolio committee's parliamentary hearings on the Firearms Control Bill, ICD acting director Karen Mckenzie said some clauses in it were not applicable to South African Police Services members. "All attempts should be made to... (

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New Zealand

15 August 2000

Press (Christchurch)

Stephen Uncles walked from the High Court in Palmerston North last night a free man after a jury found him not guilty of murder. The 37-year-old Dannevirke freezing worker had been accused of murdering James Tulloch, 37, a Taupo logging contractor, when he shot him at Ormondville on February 15. There was stunned silence broken by sobs from the families of both men as the jury delivered its verdict after deliberating for 4½ hours. Uncles was discharged by Justice... (

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United States

15 August 2000

Washington Times

LOS ANGELES — The National Rifle Association crashed the party yesterday with an ad campaign accusing Democrats of being soft on protecting the Constitution, specifically the Second Amendment. "Do Democrats want to destroy the Second Amendment?" thundered the NRA in a full-page ad that ran yesterday in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. The nation's largest gun rights organization is also running television spots during this week's Democratic National Convention... (

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