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Gun Policy News, 14 January 2001

United States

14 January 2001

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

A judge in Weber County's 2nd District Court has refused a request by America Online to dismiss a lawsuit filed by three former employees of its Ogden call center who were fired for possessing guns in the company's parking lot. Judge Roger S. Dutson said too many questions regarding the termination of Luke Hansen, Paul Carlson and Jason Melling remain for him to grant the request filed by the nation's largest Internet service provider. The case is being watched... (

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United States

14 January 2001

New York Times

BOSTON — In a state that already has the nation's toughest gun control laws, some critics say the rampage killings of seven people last month show that restrictions to keep firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill are flawed and need to be even tougher. Michael McDermott, who was charged with the killings, on Dec. 26 at an Internet consulting company in suburban Wakefield, was able to obtain and keep a state firearms identification card and legally buy at least... (

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United States

14 January 2001

Associated Press

BILOXI, Mississippi — An Alabama man who shot three people before killing himself at a busy Gulf Coast casino was apparently distraught over losing money to a slot machine, a casino employee said Sunday. Biloxi police said Sylvester McConnell, 48, of Mount Vernon, Ala., was playing the $5 slot machines late Saturday night at Casino Magic Biloxi and suddenly began firing. A casino employee who was about 15 feet away said McConnell had been in the casino before and... (

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