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Gun Policy News, 31 January 2002

United States

31 January 2002

Associated Press

MIAMI — An 11-year-old boy accused of fatally shooting his best friend while playing with a .22-caliber rifle earlier this week has been charged with manslaughter. A judge on Wednesday ordered Christopher Southern to be held in a juvenile detention center and undergo a psychiatric evaluation. The boy at first told police who responded to his 911 call Tuesday that he found his fourth-grade classmate Abdullah Iqbal, 10, on the floor of his family's apartment with a... (

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31 January 2002

Irish Independent

Gardaí have warned it is an offence to possess air pistols, following a schoolyard incident in Tralee in which a boy was slightly injured. The incident, at lunchtime on Tuesday, occurred when a 16-year old boy entered the school grounds of the all-Irish primary school, Scoil Mhic Easmainn, in Tralee, and fired a pellet which hit a fifth class student. The 12-year-old boy was hit above the ear and suffered minor injuries. He did not need to be hospitalised, but... (

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United Kingdom

31 January 2002

Ananova (UK)

Britain's shooting community are joining forces with police to launch a campaign against the illegal use of airguns. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation wants to cut down on the misuse of air weapons. It feels it is reflecting badly on responsible shooters. At present, airguns are the only sporting firearms that can be purchased without the need for a certificate. Although the Government has deemed the licensing of low-powered guns as unworkable,... (

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United States

31 January 2002

Chicago Tribune

After repeatedly failing to win passage of tough gun control legislation in Springfield, Mayor Richard Daley and 12 suburban mayors on Wednesday announced they now will push for local laws to help get the job done. Daley unveiled a model ordinance that would require gun dealers to have municipal licenses and another that would ban the sale and possession of assault weapons. His suburban allies said they would seek passage in their own villages and enlist support from... (

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United States

31 January 2002

Indianapolis Star (Indiana)

For the second time in less than two years, federal and local police say they have broken up a gun-running scheme that placed relatively inexpensive pistols bought in Indianapolis in the hands of Chicago criminals, often within days. The latest gun-buying operation ended this week with the arrest of a suspected Gangster Disciples member, Etely D. Mitchell, 27, and his girlfriend, Aja Holland, 23, as they were driving away from a Westside gun dealer with six 9 mm... (

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Papua New Guinea

31 January 2002

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

The tribal fight in Mendi is continuing with unconfirmed news of more deaths and other criminal activities on the rise. Several houses were burnt down yesterday in what was described as one of the "fiercest battles" the waring tribes ever fought, using high powered rifles. Church sources in Mendi alleged that 10 people from the Unjumap and Tubiri tribes were killed yesterday by the Wogia tribe and Lai Valley tribes. Southern Highland Provincial Police Commander Mark... (

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