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Gun Policy News, 2 August 2001

United States

2 August 2001

Christian Science Monitor, Opinion

WASHINGTON — During the 2000 presidential campaign, an official from the National Rifle Association famously boasted that, were George W. Bush to win, the NRA would be working out of the Oval Office. So far, that hasn't happened. But the group could hardly have hoped for a more sympathetic administration. Over the past two months, the administration has taken several steps to halt or amend gun control measures it regards as too restrictive, ineffective, or both: -... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 August 2001

Washington Post

The parents of a 13-year-old killed in an accidental shooting have sued the gun manufacturer, arguing that the company produced and marketed a defective product and failed to build in safety features. The suit is one of at least three in Maryland based on the premise that gunmakers should be treated like manufacturers of other consumer products, which are required to provide safety features and warnings. As such, the suits are part of a growing movement, begun during... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 August 2001

Los Angeles Times, Opinion

Scott Reed, campaign manager for Bob Dole's presidential campaign in 1996, is head of a Washington, D.C., consulting firm In U.S. politics, some issues traditionally have generated substantial heat and very little light. Abortion is one; guns are another. These issues are the classic "losers," because a strong position on either side antagonizes nearly half of the electorate. Historically, politicians shun these issues because almost nothing an advocate can do or say... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 August 2001

Associated Press

NEW YORK — Thousands of gun seizures have played a big part in the city's lowered crime rates, the mayor said Wednesday. So far this year, police seized 3,217 guns during arrests, compared to 2,586 seizures in all of 2000, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said at a news conference. There were 200 gun slayings this year, compared to 251 over the same period last year, a 25 percent decrease, he said. The gun seizures explain why crime has dropped significantly in the last seven... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

2 August 2001

Business Day (Johannesburg)

JOHANNESBURG — Goevrnment and the police say they will not be cowed into submission by the opposition and the pro-gun lobby ahead of the imminent introduction of contentious parts of the new Firearms Control Act. Both the SA Gunowners' Association (Saga) and the Democratic Alliance have been leading the charge against the legislation. Currently, licences are still being issued in terms of the Arms and Ammunition Act of 1969. The new act provides for stricter... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations

2 August 2001

United Press International

Just a dozen days after the General Assembly completed two weeks of small arms debate, the Security Council, also under Colombia's gavel, tackled the subject at length Thursday with more than 40 speakers reiterating their nation's positions. Foreign Minister Guillermo Fernandez de Soto of Colombia, this month's rotating council president, promised at the conclusion of what he called "a very enriching debate," a draft statement "reflecting the views expressed and will... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kenya

2 August 2001

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

Kenya will not win the war against illegal firearms unless peace is found in neighbouring war-torn countries, Police Commissioner Philemon Abong'o has said. He said neighbouring war-ravaged countries were the source of the guns in the hands of criminals terrorising Kenyans. Mr Abong'o appealed to the United Nations to work out ways of mopping and destroying illegal guns in those countries. He was speaking at police headquarters in Nairobi after holding a meeting with... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 August 2001

TV Guide

In Planet of the Apes's most self-referential moment, ape army leader General Thade visits his father's bedside, where the withering patriarch, with his last breaths, unveils a symbol of humankind's inventiveness: a firearm. Yet, since the ailing elder is played by original Apes star Charlton Heston — the president of the National Rifle Association, natch — it's a scene that Thade's portrayer, Tim Roth, almost was not a part of. "It was difficult for me, because of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Pakistan

2 August 2001

Independent (Dhaka)

ISLAMABAD — Pakistani authorities will launch "targeted searches" to recover millions of illegal arms following a spate of high-profile assassinations, President Pervez Musharraf said Thursday, reports AFP. The general said the military-led government was determined to crack down on the gun culture which is fueling bloody sectarian, ethnic and political violence throughout the country. "Let me assure you, we will be conclusive, proactive and offensive," he told a... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

2 August 2001

Business Day (Johannesburg)

Government and the police say they will not be cowed into submission by the opposition and the pro-gun lobby ahead of the imminent introduction of contentious parts of the new Firearms Control Act. Both the SA Gunowners' Association (Saga) and the Democratic Alliance have been leading the charge against the legislation. Currently, licences are still being issued in terms of the Arms and Ammunition Act of 1969. The new act provides for stricter control of firearms,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 August 2001

New York Times

Gun arrests by city police officers, long seen as a linchpin of Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani's crime reduction efforts, are on the rise again after a period of sharp decline following the shooting of Amadou Diallo, police statistics show. At a news conference yesterday, Mr. Giuliani said that stripping criminals of their weapons had led to sharp reductions in crime. City police statistics show that the 1,750 arrests of people on gun charges so far this year represents an... (GunPolicy.org)

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