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Gun Policy News, 6 December 2000

Papua New Guinea

6 December 2000

Australian (Sydney) / AAP

PORT MORESBY — Almost 100 weapons issued to Papua New Guinea police, including machine guns, have gone missing from the force's official register. The 10 machine guns, 32 M-16 automatic assault rifles, 25 Sauer pistols and five semi-automatic shotguns, together with thousands of rounds of ammunition, were allegedly bought and/or delivered on orders from Deputy Police Commissioner Garry Baki during the past three years. Papua New Guinea Police Association president... (

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United States

6 December 2000

Oregon Live

Now we'll see who was telling the truth about Measure 5, the new law requiring background checks of all buyers at gun shows held in Oregon. Now we'll see whether the law, as the gun lobby claimed before the Nov. 7 election, will prevent a father from handing a favorite hunting rifle down to his son for Christmas. Now we'll see whether it is just the first step toward full gun registration and ultimately gun confiscation in Oregon, as the gun lobby warned. And,... (

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United States

6 December 2000

Cleveland Live

MEDINA — A proposal to require background checks for all buyers of firearms at gun shows in the city is being reworked, but supporters of the measure vow not to abandon the effort. "Idealistically, the gun show should not sell a weapon without doing a background check," said City Council President Mike Morse, sponsor of the proposal. Federally licensed gun dealers are required to make background checks of firearms buyers. But unlicensed sellers of weapons are... (

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6 December 2000

Montreal Gazette (Quebec)

Jean-Marie Leclerc is a burly guy, the sort who doesn't wear his heart on his sleeve. But ask him about Canada's gun-control law and his responses are laden with emotion. "I call it a catastrophe," said Leclerc, who has hunted with guns for 35 years and who has sold them in a Montreal store for more than 10 years. Aware that the law is a legacy of the Ecole Polytechnique massacre 11 years ago, Leclerc insists that he isn't against gun control as such but against the... (

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United Kingdom

6 December 2000

ABC News (USA)

LONDON — At first sight it looks like a regular cell phone — same size, same shape, same overall appearance. But beneath the digital face lies a .22-caliber pistol — a phone gun capable of firing four rounds in quick succession with a touch of the otherwise standard keypad. European law enforcement officials — stunned by the discovery of these deadly decoys — say phone guns are changing the rules of engagement in Europe. "We find it very, very alarming,"... (

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6 December 2000

Associated Press

MONTREAL — A dozen women, standing in the bitter cold, sang hymns Wednesday to honor the 14 engineering students who were killed in 1989 simply for being women. The singers' voices, warm and clear despite the chilling air, rang out from a small park not far from the Ecole polytechnic where the women were killed 11 years ago in Canada's worst mass shooting. A group of children, some holding white paper flowers in their hands, looked on as representatives from women's... (

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