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Gun Policy News, 27 February 2002

United States

27 February 2002

ABC News (USA)

Though the issue largely faded from view after the 2000 elections, advocates and opponents of gun-control measures are gearing up for record midterm election spending and preparing for a series of legislative battles later this year. The degree to which the national parties involve themselves in the debate is not simply a matter of ideology. The most recent legislative tussle centers on what advocates of gun control call the "gun show loophole." Under federal law,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

27 February 2002

Associated Press

DENVER, Colorado — United Airlines plans to start training its pilots to use stun guns to defend their cockpits even though the devices haven't been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. The nation's second-biggest airline will hold one-day training session for its pilots in Denver and other hub cities such as Chicago and San Francisco starting in April, company spokesman Joe Hopkins said Wednesday. Flight attendants will also be trained in self-defense... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

27 February 2002

Associated Press

MADISON, Wisconsin — Wisconsin residents who qualify for a permit would be allowed to carry a concealed weapon under legislation the Assembly approved early Wednesday after a weary and sometimes bitterly personal debate. After more than four hours of debate, lawmakers voted 58-40 to approve the bill that would end the state's 130-year-old ban on concealed weapons. Rep. Jennifer Shilling, D-La Crosse, urged lawmakers to reject the bill. She recounted for her... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

27 February 2002

Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Kentucky — The commander of a civilian paramilitary group was arrested on charges of possessing guns, pipe bombs and nearly 35,000 rounds of ammunition soon after being interviewed for "Unsolved Mysteries." Charlie Puckett, who heads the group called the Kentucky State Militia, was arrested Tuesday on a nine-count federal indictment. The items were seized in November. Puckett, 55, pleaded innocent during a brief court hearing and remained in jail without... (GunPolicy.org)

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Africa

27 February 2002

Chicago Tribune

Billions of dollars' worth of rifles, machine guns, rocket launchers and pistols have flooded the continent, fueling the wars that have killed millions of Africans and impoverished hundreds of millions more over the past decade. The irony is that much of this carnage is the bitter fruit of peace blossoming elsewhere in the world, as surplus weaponry from the Cold War finds a new market. (First of two parts) BENI, Congo — Grace Ikombi's gun is much like 35 million... (GunPolicy.org)

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Sierra Leone

27 February 2002

Chicago Tribune

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Eight grim-faced militiamen had gathered under a cotton tree to bid a dramatic farewell to arms. Under the watchful gaze of United Nations troops, they took turns smashing their rifles with a sledgehammer. Afterward, they received a handshake, the equivalent of $15 in pocket money and the promise of vocational training in the months ahead — all part of a $31 million campaign to disarm and demobilize the thousands of young killers who have... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

27 February 2002

Las Vegas Sun (Nevada)

KALISPELL, Montana — Investigators say they have uncovered a plot by a militia group to kill law enforcement officers, judges and officials in this northwestern Montana community. A group calling itself "Project Seven" collected "intelligence files" on the officials and their families, Flathead County Sheriff Jim Dupont said Wednesday. "We believe that there was a plan to assassinate some police officers and officials in the county, including judges," he... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

27 February 2002

Modesto Bee (California)

Supporters of the Modesto Junior College firing range have filed a lawsuit to press the Yosemite Community College District to review the environmental effects of removing the west campus range. Don Clark, a retired MJC firearms instructor, and the Los Angeles-based Association for a Cleaner Environment claim the district violated state law by not completing an environmental report. The lawsuit does not ask for money, but for a halt to the range's demolition, pending... (GunPolicy.org)

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Belgium

27 February 2002

New York Daily News

Belgian authorities have issued an arrest warrant for the world's most dangerous arms trafficker — a former Soviet KGB agent dubbed the Merchant of Death. The warrant marks the first formal attempt by any government to crush the empire of Victor Anatolevic Bout, a suspected gun runner to Osama Bin Laden's Al Qaeda terrorists, the Taliban and numerous rogue states. Days after the Sept. 11 attacks, Britain's MI6 intelligence service reported that Bout played a role in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

27 February 2002

Associated Press

TRENTON, New Jersey — Long before former basketball star Jayson Williams was charged in the shooting death of a limousine driver, his image appeared in newspaper advertisements for gun safety. Those ads, along with gun safety talks at high schools and summer camps, were part of a court agreement that helped the NBA All-Star avoid a felony conviction that would have barred him from owning firearms. Eight years later, authorities say a blast from one of Williams'... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

27 February 2002

Reuters

NEW YORK — Young children and adolescents who live in areas with high levels of gun ownership may have a greater risk of unintentional death, as well as homicide or suicide, than their peers who live in areas with less firearm availability, according to researchers. "Our findings suggest that, on average, where there are more guns children are not protected from becoming, but are rather much more likely to become victims of lethal violence," write study lead author... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

27 February 2002

Reuters

WASHINGTON — A controversial law passed in Maryland in 1988 banning "Saturday night special" handguns helped cause a 9 percent drop in gun-related murders over the last decade, researchers reported on Wednesday. That translates into an average of 40 lives saved per year between 1990 and 1998, Dr. Daniel Webster, who helps direct the Johns Hopkins University Center for Gun Policy and Research and who led the study, said. "The study results suggest that the law did... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

27 February 2002

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

On Monday, Rep. Morgan Philpot asked his House colleagues on two separate occasions to debate a bill to eliminate the fee required to purchase guns in Utah. And twice the request narrowly failed. On his third try Tuesday, House members not only agreed to debate House Bill 183, but they endorsed the measure, 46-26, sending it to the Senate, where its fate is much less certain. "I know that there will be many differing views in regards to this bill and at times I was... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

27 February 2002

Washington Post

Some gun owners are outraged over Dell Computer's initial refusal to sell a notebook computer to a Pennsylvania man because his company deals in combat handguns. According to Jack Weigand, his Feb. 13 telephone order for a Dell Inspiron notebook PC was automatically canceled days later by the computer maker's export department because his company's name, Weigand Combat Handguns Inc., raised a red flag. "They told me they were afraid I would use the computer for... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papua New Guinea

27 February 2002

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

One of the waring tribes in the Mendi tribal fight that has caused the deaths of more than 100 people has laid down arms in a bid for peace. Former provincial peace and good order committee chairman Robert Posu yesterday told the Highlands Post from Mendi that the allied Unjumap and Tuberi tribes have laid down their arms. Mr Posu, now an adviser to the Francis Awasa-led Peace Commission said the Unjumap and Tuberi tribes agreed for a quick solution to fight and sent... (GunPolicy.org)

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