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Gun Policy News, 7 March 2002

Russia,United Nations

7 March 2002

Moscow Times, Opinion

President Vladimir Putin should immediately render Viktor Bout to international law enforcement authorities. Bout, an alleged arms dealer, is now wanted on an Interpol warrant for trial in Belgium. He and his associates have reportedly supplied arms to the Taliban and al-Qaida, some of which are now presumably being used against U.S and other allied forces in the eastern Afghan town of Gardez. Putin should act because Viktor Bout's organization and groups like it... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

7 March 2002

Boston Globe

NEWTOWN, Connecticut — The National Shooting Sports Foundation today is re-emphasizing the need for parental responsibility in firearms ownership following a decision by Maryland's highest court in the case of an improperly secured and unattended firearm involved in the tragic and avoidable accident that left a three-year-old boy dead. The 1999 Baltimore case was one supported by The Brady Center (formerly Handgun Control, Inc.) that sought to hold manufacturers of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

7 March 2002

Associated Press

MADISON, North Carolina — The Remington Arms Company is offering to modify a bolt lock on some 2.5 million rifles following the accidental shooting death of a 9-year-old boy, the company said Wednesday. The modification is being offered to the owners of all the Remington bolt-action rifles manufactured before 1982. Remington says the effort was initiated in part as a response to the death of Gus Barber, who was accidentally shot by his mother two years ago as she... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kenya

7 March 2002

Xinhua

NAIROBI — Kenya is to burn over 10,000 illicit small arms and light weapons this month to bear testimony of the country's commitment to eradicating the menace, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation announced here on Wednesday. Peter Odoyo, assistant minister of the ministry, said the proliferation of illicit arms and light weapons have caused untold suffering to people and as a result the wave of crimes have increased tremendously. He was... (GunPolicy.org)

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Philippines

7 March 2002

Manila Times

NATIONAL Anti-Kidnapping Task Force (Naktaf) Chief Deputy Director General Hermogenes Ebdane favors arming citizens as long as they are psychologically and physically fit. Ebdane said there is a smaller likelihood that kidnappers would attack if civilians are armed. There are some dealers who offer a lower price for as long as you know how to handle a gun, Ebdane said, in an ambush interview during Wednesday's graduation of Naktaf's second batch of motorcycle-riding... (GunPolicy.org)

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Israel

7 March 2002

Washington Times

JERUSALEM — Sixty thousand additional gun permits are to be distributed to Israeli civilians as authorities loosen licensing restrictions to help fight a growing wave of terrorism. Armed civilians have played a significant role in bringing down terrorists during the Palestinian uprising, most recently during an attack this week by a Palestinian gunman at a Tel Aviv restaurant where a wedding party was under way. A 46-year-old civilian packing a pistol fatally shot... (GunPolicy.org)

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Israel

7 March 2002

Jerusalem Post (Israel)

JERUSALEM — With the current escalation of terror, the Interior Ministry has been inundated with a 75 percent increase in requests for weapons permits over the last year, a figure that is expected to rise even further. According to figures released yesterday, the ministry received 7,790 request for permits last year, compared to 4,417 in 2000. About 60% of applications were accepted in both years. A total of 265,325 people currently have permits to carry... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

7 March 2002

Baltimore Sun

In a blow to gun-control advocates, the Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that a gun maker cannot be held liable for the accidental death of an East Baltimore toddler, who shot himself with his father's handgun, because the gun was improperly kept under a mattress. The ruling rejects the contention by the mother of 3-year-old Jordan Garris that the Ruger semiautomatic pistol should be considered defective because it lacked a lock to make it childproof. The argument by... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

7 March 2002

West Australian (Perth)

Former prisoner John Christopher Mason Binns spent years compiling a terrifying arsenal of guns and ammunition, police allege. His armoury was complete with a bullet-proof camouflage vest, a heavy-duty, water-cooled 1.5m machine gun and a rifle identical to the one Martin Bryant used to kill 35 people in Port Arthur. It is believed Mr Binns bought most of the weapons on the black market. The 38-year-old stored the cache in his modest Wembley flat without raising the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

7 March 2002

Gloucester Citizen (UK)

AN outraged MP is writing to county Chief Constable Tim Brain and the Home Secretary David Blunkett after hearing more Gloucestershire children as young as 13 hold shotgun licences than anywhere else in Britain. Forest of Dean MP Diana Organ said she was disgusted to hear 27 13-year-olds have licences to carry the weapons in Gloucestershire. She said the police were not tough enough with their guidelines when dealing with applications, and is urging Mr Brain to be... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papua New Guinea

7 March 2002

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

The three-day South Pacific IPSC championships to be held in Lae, is expected to draw up to 80 shooters from March 30 to April 1. Match Director Ian Chow said that the championships should draw up to 80 competitors from around country and possibly some from Australia. Chow said that the South Pacific IPSC championships should bring together a variety of shooters, who will also be vying for selection to take part in the IPSC World Shoot in South Africa in... (GunPolicy.org)

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