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Gun Policy News, 13 March 2002

United States

13 March 2002

Associated Press

The families of two students killed during a school shooting rampage last year have sued the school district for allegedly failing to notice warning signs about the 16-year-old gunman. The Superior Court lawsuit was filed last week by the families of Bryan Zuckor and Randy Gordon and accuses the Grossmont Union High School District of negligence and wrongful death. Zuckor, 14, and Gordon, 17, were killed in March 2001 during a six-minute shooting on the Santana High... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 March 2002

Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The University of Utah filed suit in federal court Tuesday, asking a judge to uphold a campus ban on firearms that the state's attorney general contends is a violation of the constitutional right to bear arms. University President Bernie Machen has defied state leaders over the ban, saying he has a responsibility — and a right — to ensure a safe learning environment. Attorney General Mark Shurtleff argues the 25-year-old gun prohibition on... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 March 2002

Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The University of Utah has filed a federal lawsuit fighting to continue a 25-year campus ban on firearms in defiance of state leaders. University President Bernie Machen said he has a responsibility and a constitutional right to ensure a safe learning environment. The lawsuit filed Tuesday said guns on campus are fundamentally incompatible with academic freedom and weapons on campus threaten free speech and the free exchange of ideas. Getting... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 March 2002

Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Montana — Around the country, gun rights groups are waging what some portray as a deliberately gradual, one-step-at-a-time effort to ease state laws governing the carrying of a concealed weapon. Organizations such as the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America say their efforts under way in more than half the states are no greater this year than before. But they say the Sept. 11 attacks may have provided some momentum. Since September... (GunPolicy.org)

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Israel

13 March 2002

Reuters

JERUSALEM — Israelis jittery over a recent string of Palestinian bombings and shooting attacks are applying for gun licenses in record numbers, an Interior Ministry spokeswoman said Wednesday. The spokeswoman said an unprecedented 1,500 gun applications were filed nationwide Tuesday, more than 200 times the average daily rate in 2000, the year a Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation began. We have no recollection of applications on such a scale, she told... (GunPolicy.org)

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Pakistan,Afghanistan

13 March 2002

Associated Press

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Afghanistan's future is in jeopardy unless it undertakes a serious effort to round up the millions of weapons circulating throughout the country, the U.N.'s chief human rights official said. Mary Robinson, who spent several days in Afghanistan last week, said the most pressing human rights issue that faces the interim government of Prime Minister Hamid Karzai is human security. What really impressed me was that there is relative stability in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 March 2002

Fox News (USA)

Gun rights groups, bolstered by safety concerns in the wake of Sept. 11, are turning to state legislatures to reverse bans or restrictions on carrying concealed weapons. And the efforts appear to be paying off. The National Rife Association and Gun Owners of America, both organizations that support individuals carrying concealed weapons, are aiming squarely at laws in more than half the states. They want to reverse bans or lessen rigorous permit processes for concealed... (GunPolicy.org)

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