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Gun Policy News, 27 March 2002

United States

27 March 2002

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court waded into a gun case Monday that could affect the sentences of thousands of inmates. Justices are reviewing the seven-year prison sentence given a former pawn shop operator in Albemarle to decide if sentencings in federal weapons cases have been handled properly. Prosecutors in two dozen states worry the eventual ruling could strike down their sentencing arrangements. The issue for the court is whether prosecutors have to convince a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

27 March 2002

Fox News (USA)

Today's guest blog, Campus Nonsense, is a compilation of items posted by college students nationwide. Girls & Guns I asked Sarah Hunt of the University of New Mexico to describe an event at her school called Buy Your Girl a Gun Day, and what she outlined is interesting and hilarious: UNM is the rape capital of the Southwest, and a girl technically can't even carry a pocket knife on campus to defend herself (UNM Code of Conduct). I think this is nuts. The College... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

27 March 2002

Cincinnati Post (Ohio), Editorial

The concealed carry bill that was just approved by the Ohio House is unnecessary. But even if you accept the proposition that law-abiding citizens should be able to get a permit to pack, this bill — a compromise fashioned during nine months of negotiations — is a poor approach. It would extend eligibility for permits to any Ohioan who is at least 21 years old, passes a criminal background check and who attends a firearms training class and spends at least four... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

27 March 2002

St Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri), Editorial

The newly passed Missouri House bill that allows people over 21 to carry firearms in their vehicles contains no safeguards to protect people from gun owners who are felons or mentally deranged. Nonetheless, the House overwhelmingly passed the bill last week and sent it to the Senate. The Senate should kill it and save Gov. Bob Holden the trouble of a veto. Mr. Holden has correctly noted that Missouri voters settled the gun issue in 1999 by defeating the concealed-carry... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

27 March 2002

Associated Press

MERCED, California — A retired sheriff's deputy shot and killed his 5-year-old daughter and his three stepchildren Tuesday while his ex-wife was out jogging, then committed suicide with the body of one of the youngsters in his arms. John Hogan, 49, apparently entered the house with his .40-caliber handgun after his ex-wife left for her morning jog with a neighbor, authorities said. The motive was unclear, said Merced County sheriff's Cmdr. Mark Pazin. Nobody could... (GunPolicy.org)

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France

27 March 2002

Reuters

NANTERRE, France — A lone gunman went on the rampage at a town council meeting in northwest Paris on Wednesday, killing eight and wounding 30 less than a month before a presidential election where crime is the crunch issue. Police said they had arrested 33-year-old Robert Durn, an unemployed homeless man who calmly sprayed bullets at some 40 people at the late-night council meeting in the suburb of Nanterre. His motive remained unclear. President Jacques Chirac and... (GunPolicy.org)

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France

27 March 2002

Associated Press

NANTERRE, France — A man armed with semiautomatic pistols sat silently through a six-hour city council meeting Wednesday, then rose and methodically killed eight city officials. As he was restrained he shouted: Kill me, kill me! Nineteen people in the city council chamber were wounded in the attack in the Paris suburb of Nanterre. As authorities sought a motive, the shooter's mother said her son was deeply disturbed, had been in psychiatric treatment for years and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

27 March 2002

Associated Press

NEW YORK — Former President Clinton praised the efforts of gun control activist Sarah Brady at a party in Manhattan to celebrate publication of her new book, A Good Fight. Clinton said Tuesday that Brady's 20-year campaign to keep guns out of the hands of criminals has given the gift of life to countless thousands and thousands of Americans. Brady's husband, former White House press secretary James Brady, was wounded in the attempted assassination of President... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

27 March 2002

ABC News (USA), Transcript

In an interview with 20/20's Barbara Walters, Sarah Brady, wife of former Reagan press secretary James Brady, shares her story of personal tragedy and public accomplishment. In the years after her husband was struck by a bullet intended for the president, Sarah became one of the nation's leading gun control activists, tirelessly lobbying politicians for stricter gun control legislation. In November, 1993, President Clinton signed the "Brady Bill" into law requiring a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

27 March 2002

Los Angeles Times

Gun manufacturers were not responsible for the actions of a white supremacist who killed a Filipino American postal worker after wounding five people at a Jewish community center in 1999, a Los Angeles federal judge ruled Monday. U.S. District Judge Audrey B. Collins dismissed a damage suit brought by the mother of slain letter carrier Joseph S. Ileto and the parents of three children wounded when Buford O. Furrow Jr. sprayed the center with automatic weapons fire on... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

27 March 2002

Associated Press

BOSTON — The city of Boston, citing financial concerns and improved weapon safety measures, has dropped its lawsuit against the gun industry. The city sued gun manufacturers, distributors and trade groups in June 1999, alleging they were responsible for gun violence. The suit sought to recover the costs of gun-related violence. Sixteen similar suits are pending involving 25 other cities. Boston's case was expected to be the first to go to trial, in September. Mayor... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

27 March 2002

Denver Post (Colorado), Opinion

A so-called compromise bill that would set statewide standards for issuing permits for carrying concealed handguns was introduced Tuesday in the House with bipartisan sponsorship, yet amid intense election-year politicking. The bill, which would require sheriffs to issue permits to applicants over age 21 who pass a criminal background check and show proficiency with a weapon, is part of a national effort by gun-rights groups to ease state laws governing the carrying of... (GunPolicy.org)

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