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Gun Policy News, 20 March 2002

United States

20 March 2002

Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)

A compromise concealed weapons bill could be introduced as early as this week. The bill would do the following: Set up a statewide system in which county sheriffs would issue permits. Require an applicant to pass a background check and show proof of gun safety training. Allow sheriffs to deny a permit if they have documentable proof the applicant is a risk to themselves or others. Anyone denied a permit could appeal the sheriff's decision. Require individuals to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

20 March 2002

Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)

Quiet negotiations between legislative leaders produced the best chance in years of getting a statewide concealed weapons permitting system for Colorado. The issue has ignited debate for the past four sessions as lawmakers opted not to abandon Colorado's patchwork of laws that allowed some sheriffs to issue hundreds of permits and others to deny almost all requests. Negotiations are still behind closed doors, and the bill Rep. Al White, R-Winter Park, expects to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

20 March 2002

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — The rate of suicides involving guns among black male teenagers nearly quadrupled from 1979 to 1994 before falling in the late 1990 s, a study has found. The rate among white male teenagers climbed by more than a third from the late 1970's until the early 1990's before also falling. Traditionally, blacks have had much lower suicide rates than whites, but the availability of guns may help account for the narrowing of the gap among young men, researchers... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

20 March 2002

Moncton Times & Transcript (New Brunswick)

Federal law requires all handgun owners to re-register their handgun or handguns by Dec. 31 of this year. If they do not, they will be considered a criminal and could face up to five years in prison. This, despite the fact that handgun owners have previously registered their firearms at the time of purchase, and have the registration certificate to prove it. So why is the federal government requiring that all handguns be re-registered? The truth is that the federal... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

20 March 2002

Edmonton Sun (Alberta)

Greg Ahenakew's got a gun. None of your business where he keeps it — he hasn't registered it, and he isn't about to. The vice-chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations is taking his scofflaw stance a little further than the average mad-as-hell Canadian gun owner. The FSIN launches a lawsuit this week against Ottawa to win an exemption for treaty natives from the feds gun-control law. We're talking about a law that violates our fundamental treaty rights... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

20 March 2002

Associated Press

DENVER, Colorado — A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed all but one of the lawsuits against vendors accused of selling guns to the Columbine High School gunmen, who were too young to legally buy the weapons. U.S. District Judge Lewis Babcock let stand one lawsuit that claims Ronald F. Hartmann sold a shotgun to 18-year-old Robyn Anderson, a friend of the Columbine gunmen, even though it was clear she was buying it for them. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 12... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

20 March 2002

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin)

Although homicides get a lot of attention, suicides are a much bigger public health problem in Wisconsin, according to a new study. Suicides outnumber homicides more than 3-to-1 in the state, far more than the national ratio of less than 2-to-1. The Wisconsin suicide rate also is higher than the national average. It's an unmet need, a largely underappreciated problem that far outweighs the homicide problem in Wisconsin, said Stephen Hargarten, chief of emergency... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papua New Guinea

20 March 2002

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

A soldier has been charged with selling a military weapon to a civilian in Wewak. Police sources confirmed this yesterday, saying the purchaser was also arrested and charged by police last Friday. Both men appeared before the Wewak District Court on Monday. The police sources said they believed the weapon was destined for the Highlands region. They also alleged armed soldiers have been seen roaming the streets of Wewak town. Parliamentary Speaker and Wewak MP Bernard... (GunPolicy.org)

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