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Gun Policy News, 3 March 2002

United States

3 March 2002

Boston Globe

PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire — A leading New Hampshire gun-control advocate said he sees signs that the gun lobby is mellowing in the Live Free or Die state. Reacting to a newly released University of New Hampshire Survey Center poll that shows overwhelming statewide support for tighter gun laws, state Senator Burt Cohen said, The tide is swinging our way. We've made some progress. Gun-control supporters also are buoyed by the recent House passage of a bill making it a... (

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United States

3 March 2002

Detroit Free Press

Once expected to be a big political deal in 2002, Michigan's new concealed weapons law has faded as an election-year issue. If things keep going as they are, it probably won't become one. But there are a few nagging gun issues that still ought to be addressed. Late in the year 2000, this editorial page was among those that urged a lame-duck Legislature not to pass the bill that, in our view, greatly relaxed the rules about carrying a concealed weapon. We expected it to... (

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United States

3 March 2002


NEW YORK — The nation's largest airline pilots union filed a petition with federal officials on Friday seeking new rules that would allow pilots to carry firearms inside aircraft cockpits. The Air Line Pilots Association, which represents 64,000 pilots at 45 North American airlines, filed a formal petition with the U.S. Department of Transportation calling the arming of pilots a deterrent to hijackers. ALPA's petition comes three weeks after a co-pilot on a United... (

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United States

3 March 2002

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia)

Lisa Dutton takes out her Ruger .357-caliber Magnum revolver a couple of times a year, makes sure it's not rusting and then locks it back up again. I've got bullets around, but they're so old I wouldn't use them, says Dutton, who bought the weapon several years ago after a burglary at her home in Stockbridge. As time wore on it didn't seem that important anymore, she said. I unloaded it and put it under lock and key, and that's where it stays. Still, Dutton has held... (

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3 March 2002

Palo Verde Valley Times (California), Opinion

In April 1999, a 14-year-old boy entered his high school with a sawed-off .22 caliber rifle and shot two students, killing one of them. Another example of how our scandalously lax gun control laws foster senseless bloodshed? Actually, no. The shootings took place in a small town in Canada, which has far stricter gun-control laws than we do. Does this incident, or another April 1999 shooting spree by a gunman in Ottawa that killed four people, tell you much about the... (

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United States

3 March 2002

Sacramento Bee (California)

In this day and age of boast and bravado, many athletes like to roll up their sleeves and flex their guns. But for some, it's not about the amount of inches in their biceps. It's about millimeters and caliber. It's about those other guns. Real guns. Deadly guns. When Costas Christofi, a 55-year-old limousine driver, was killed by a shotgun blast two weeks ago in the mansion of former NBA player Jayson Williams, it was just the latest incident involving a professional... (

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United States

3 March 2002

Newsday (New York)

Giving directions to his business on Weirfield Street in Ridgewood, John DeLoca said, We're the only building without graffiti. Maybe the vandals know what the clientele is doing inside — namely, blasting away with high-powered handguns. Inside, the Seneca Sporting Range looks like a well-kept neighborhood club: a large, clean room with comfortably worn leather chairs and sofas, a table perfect for a card game and a pot-bellied stove. But instead of a bar against the... (

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United States

3 March 2002

Baltimore Sun

Christie Caywood grew up in Oklahoma around firearms. Although she never learned how to shoot, she knew guns were a serious matter. We understood guns were tools. As kids, we were never tempted to play with them, she says. Caywood came east to college at Mount Holyoke in Massachusetts, where, unknown to her, gun laws are among the most restrictive in the country. A friend of mine from Kansas who grew up around guns, too, suggested that we go to the firing range to... (

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3 March 2002

Washington Post

As Colombia's 38-year civil war careers toward a showdown between Latin America's largest rebel group and government forces backed by the United States, it is worth asking where the rebels got their some of their vast supply of weapons. Part of the answer may come as a surprise to those unfamiliar with the murky world of arms dealing: A substantial shipment of guns was air dropped to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, as the result of a 1999 deal... (

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