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Gun Policy News, 14 March 2002

United States

14 March 2002

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles police officers are under investigation for allegedly using fraudulent documents to purchase law-enforcement-only versions of assault rifles before the weapons were banned, according to law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation. The precise number of officers whose actions are being investigated is unclear, but as many as 40 suspect letters were seized from one gun dealer and many others are under review. Any officer who faked a letter to... (GunPolicy.org)

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14 March 2002

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin), Opinion

MADISON — Denied a Senate vote on a concealed-weapons bill, a Republican senator and the gun lobby set their sights Wednesday on this fall's election and Democrats who blocked action on the measure. Sen. Dave Zien (R-Eau Claire) and Darren LaSorte, a National Rifle Association lobbyist, blasted Senate Majority Leader Chuck Chvala (D-Madison) for preventing a vote on the Senate's last day in regular session. But Chvala said the bill was not one the Senate should pass... (GunPolicy.org)

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14 March 2002

Kansas City Star (Missouri)

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri residents would be able to travel throughout the state with concealed handguns in their vehicles under legislation that received preliminary approval Wednesday in the House. Supporters of the bill fended off repeated attempts to water down or gut the bill, one of several bills this session that would loosen Missouri's ban on concealed weapons. Opponents tried to add language to prohibit people from leaving a loaded gun in the car; to... (GunPolicy.org)

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14 March 2002

St Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri)

JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri — Gun owners may not legally carry a gun in the passenger compartment of a car in the city of St. Louis. But under a bill that won initial approval Wednesday from the Missouri House, these same owners could legally conceal a gun under a seat or in a glove box. The sponsor of the bill, Rep. Wayne Crump, D-Potosi, said some commuters who come to St. Louis from outlying counties have to stop and put their guns in their trunks. Others hide the... (GunPolicy.org)

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14 March 2002

Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Kentucky — The commander of a civilian paramilitary group under house arrest for possessing guns, pipe bombs and nearly 35,000 rounds of ammunition slipped out of his electronic monitoring bracelet and fled, authorities said. Federal officials on Thursday posted a $5,000 reward for Charlie Puckett, 55, who heads a group called the Kentucky State Militia. Don York, of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, described Puckett as an armed and dangerous... (GunPolicy.org)

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14 March 2002

Wall Street Journal

At Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, hunting has traditionally been understood as an activity for the horsy set or, at best, a Friday night excursion to Amherst. So much for tradition. The Seven Sisters school, which lives in the imagination as a bastion of preppy blushing girlhood, has lately made headlines because it's now harboring a chapter of the Second Amendment Sisters, a women's pro-firearms group or in the parlance of New York Times columnist Nick... (GunPolicy.org)

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14 March 2002

Daily Herald (Chicago)

A year after state Sen. Dan Cronin supported a bill designed to make it tougher for felons to buy guns, his opponent in the upcoming Republican primary says more gun safety laws are needed. State Sen. Thomas J. Walsh, who is facing Cronin in the newly reconfigured 21st legislative district, has introduced three bills he says encourage the safe use of guns and close loopholes in ownership regulations. I think that people are interested in handgun safety, said Walsh, a... (GunPolicy.org)

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