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Gun Policy News, 22 January 2002

Yemen

22 January 2002

BBC News

On any given Friday, dozens of Yemeni men gather around the edges of a deep, rocky canyon outside of the nation's capital Sanaa to celebrate the weddings of fellow tribesmen. They dance in circles to the beat of drums, all brandishing the curved daggers Yemeni men wear around their waists. Many are also carrying AK-47 assault rifles, hunting rifles and pistols. They proudly display the firearms, holding them above their heads and firing bursts in the air. Yemen's... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

22 January 2002

Baltimore Sun

Gun control advocates want Maryland to require licenses and fingerprinting of people who buy handguns and assault-style rifles. During a news conference yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, leaders of state and national gun control organizations said they believe licensing would help prevent firearms from landing in the hands of criminals. They said that while Maryland requires newly purchased firearms to be registered, studies suggest it would be more effective... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

22 January 2002

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to consider stopping federal judges from restoring gun rights to convicted felons. The intervention comes at the request of the Bush administration, angry that a Texas man convicted of a felony in Mexico convinced a court that he should be able to own a gun. Felons are barred from carrying guns after their release from prison, but they can ask the government for an exception. Those requests have been stalled, however,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Japan

22 January 2002

Reuters

TOKYO, Japan — Soccer hooligans, beware. Japan's reputation as a safe nation might make it a tempting target for unruly soccer fans to stir up some violence at this summer's World Cup event, but police here are confident they can restrain their enemies with a unique new weapon: the net gun. Anyone going wild will be trapped under a net and they won't be able to move, said Masahisa Tamura, a press officer at the Sapporo Police Headquarters on the northern island of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

22 January 2002

San Francisco Chronicle

The tranquility of country life ended for Leroy Clayton when a shooting range opened in 1998 on the farm next to his in eastern Georgia. Sounds like Afghanistan, Mr. Clayton says. But when the 66-year-old barber tried taking the range to court arguing that the noise rendered his farm unliveable he made a startling discovery: The Georgia Legislature had recently passed a law shielding shooting ranges from noise-related litigation. And the push to do so had come from the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

22 January 2002

Hampton Roads Daily Press (Virginia)

RICHMOND — Gun-control advocates conducted a small rally Monday in Capitol Square. The weather didn't cooperate, and the General Assembly might not, either. Yet, that didn't erode the enthusiasm of about 60 people many from Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads who showed up in a driving rain for a small pep rally before heading off to lobby their legislators. In a state where hunting is a constitutional right and where conservative gun-rights activists hold a decided... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

22 January 2002

Chicago Tribune

Citing new fears of domestic terrorism, state Rep. Karen May (D-Highland Park) said Monday she wants to restrict the sale in Illinois of the .50-caliber military sniper rifle, which at least one group has identified as a terrorist weapon. This is a weapon of war, May said of the rifle, which fires bullets capable of piercing armor-plated targets 2 miles away. The world changed on Sept. 11, and we need to reflect that in our gun-control laws, said May, adding that she... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papua New Guinea

22 January 2002

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

Warring tribes around the township of Mendi, Southern Highlands Province, have told police they want to negotiate peace and restore services in the provincial capital. The tribal fight involved 6,000 warriors from both sides between the Winjamap and the Tungujip tribes, lasting three weeks and claiming more than 50 lives and thousands of kina worth of property either lost or damaged. Tungujip chief, Tabul Sosi said they were fighting for peace and wanted it. "We want... (GunPolicy.org)

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