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Gun Policy News, 5 August 2001

United Kingdom

5 August 2001

Observer (UK)

Use of firearms by the police has reached a record high level. Armed response vehicles are attending more incidents than ever before, prompting fears that police are being armed 'by stealth'. According to new Home Office figures, the number of operations in which firearms are issued to police officers rose between April 1999 and March 2000 in 21 constabularies, doubling in four. Police operations in England and Wales using armed response vehicles (ARVs) reached an... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

5 August 2001

Durango Herald (Colorado), Editorial

Virginia Blanchard believes her concealed-weapon permit saved her life. When her ex-husband began threatening her life in the early 1990s, Blanchard said she feared for her safety. But after La Plata County Sheriff Duke Schirard gave her a permit to carry a concealed handgun, Blanchard said she took back control of her life. After receiving the permit, Blanchard took a course in handgun safety and defensive shooting from Jeff Mannix, who has taught a one-day crash... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

5 August 2001

Toronto Sun (Ontario)

The doctors have just operated on his left eye again, the eye some gunman brazenly shot out last Easter in the shooting gallery that used to be his home. Just a quarter inch closer to his brain and her 13-year-old son would have been dead. Shamiehl's sightless eye is her reminder every day of how near catastrophe came knocking on her door in the neighbourhood known as Jane and Finch. Dawn Drummond was spared. So many other mothers have not been as lucky. They buried... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

5 August 2001

Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas)

People often keep guns at home to protect against intruders, but the guns are more likely to injure children who accidentally find them, Euless police Cpl. Tony Burnett said. People often keep guns at home to protect against intruders, but the guns are more likely to injure children who accidentally find them, Euless police Cpl. Tony Burnett said. That's why 11 Northeast Tarrant County communities, including Euless, are giving away gun locks as part of a statewide... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

5 August 2001

Sunday Herald Sun (Melbourne)

Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson will reapply for a shooter's licence in a move that could help ease tensions between the National Party and shooters. Relations have been tense since national gun laws were toughened after Port Arthur massacre. Mr Anderson took part in a shooting competition yesterday at Mudgee, NSW, to make his point. While he took hold of a gun under a special police permit he will reapply for his shooter's licence early next year. He will also... (GunPolicy.org)

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