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Gun Policy News, 10 January 2001

United States

10 January 2001

Miami Herald

WASHINGTON — The gun-control movement, generally ignored during last year's presidential campaign, is trying to take a leading role in attacking President-elect George W. Bush's choice of John Ashcroft to be attorney general. Scores of mostly liberal activist groups converged Tuesday to step up resistance to his confirmation. Women's groups and civil rights leaders have been at the forefront of the opposition, but gun-control advocates are becoming more vocal, citing... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 January 2001

Chicago Sun-Times

The co-sponsor of Chicago's 1983 handgun freeze said Tuesday that the ordinance has been a sham, throwing his weight behind a long-stalled plan to reopen handgun registration in the city. "Jane Byrne got a bug up her nose when the pope got shot, and that's what we're living with today," said Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th), former chairman of the City Council's Police Committee. "There's thousands of law-abiding citizens out there who have guns but are unable to register... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 January 2001

Oregonian (Portland)

SALEM — The Oregon Legislature, which once routinely holstered gun-control legislation, could find itself in a bruising fight over the regulation of firearms for the second session in a row. Sen. Ginny Burdick, D-Portland, who sponsored November's successful ballot measure to tighten regulation of gun shows, said she will push this year for a law to prevent persons with concealed handgun licenses from taking their guns into schools. At the same time, Sen. John... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 January 2001

Contra Costa Times (California)

SAN FRANCISCO, California — A state appeals court has upheld a decision barring a Dublin gun dealer from selling assault weapons after his permit was denied because he had sold unregistered and consigned firearms. Voting 3-0, the California First District Court of Appeals let stand late last week a Contra Costa County judge's decision that supported an initial state Justice Department ruling denying Wayne E. Jackson's renewal application. In a June 1997 letter, the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 January 2001

Los Angeles Times

HOUSTON — A convenience store owner, apparently enraged at a perceived feud, gunned down a husband, wife and daughter in their family-owned store across town, then fatally shot himself in the head at midday Tuesday, police said. About four hours later, authorities found the gunman's estranged wife dead in the cooler of their convenience store. Police identified the gunman as Ki Yung Park, 54, and his estranged wife as Byong Sun Park, 42. The victims at the store... (GunPolicy.org)

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France

10 January 2001

Guardian (UK)

France's widening arms-dealing scandal threatened to embroil more high-ranking figures yesterday as the head of an arms export agency run by the interior ministry claimed his company had for years served as a cover for trafficking. Henri Hurand, managing director of Sofremi, the export company controlled by the interior ministry, alleged that the accused arms dealer Pierre Falcone was Sofremi's sole intermediary for foreign arms sales and that he had "showered everyone... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

10 January 2001

Press Association (UK)

A suicidal gun club member who was shot while pointing a handgun at police marksmen was today jailed for two-and-a-half years after admitting firearms charges. David Thynne wanted the officers to kill him after a drunken row with his mistress but survived when he was hit by just two rounds of a seven-shot volley fired by police, Birmingham Crown Court heard. The 44-year-old, who spent 16 days in hospital after being shot in the ankle and stomach last July, shouted... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 January 2001

Reuters

UTICA, New York — Two-thirds of Americans said they thought the U.S. should spend more money enforcing current laws including mandatory jail time for those who commit a crime with a handgun, according to a nationwide Zogby "American Values" poll of 1,005 likely voters. Another 26% agreed with the statement, "there should be more gun control laws including mandatory gun locks." Three percent agreed with neither statement while 2% said they weren't sure. All agreed... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 January 2001

Reuters

WASHINGTON — A coalition of mostly liberal special-interest groups announced what they called the biggest drive ever against a Cabinet-level nominee, conservative Attorney General-designate John Ashcroft. Leaders from more than 200 groups-representing women, labor, minorities, gays and environmentalists-said their "Stop Ashcroft" campaign will feature newspaper ads, rallies and visits to the offices of individual U.S. senators. They said Tuesday that their drive... (GunPolicy.org)

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