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Gun Policy News, 8 April 2002

United Kingdom

8 April 2002

Ananova (UK)

A German who fired a gun to salute the Queen Mother after watching TV coverage of her lying in state is in trouble with police. After seeing cannons fired in her honour he was inspired to get out his own ancient muzzle-loader pistol, for which he did not have the required licence. He fired it on the balcony of his flat in Sonthofen, southern Germany and neighbours who heard the blast called police. Allgaeuer Zeitung newspaper reports the gun was immediately... (

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United States

8 April 2002

Foster's Daily Democrat (New Hampshire)

ROCHESTER — A gun safety group is calling on state legislators to make it illegal for a student to possess a firearm in a Safe School Zone. The New Hampshire chapter of the Million Mom March is a nonprofit organization of men and women dedicated to preventing gun-related deaths and injuries through direct involvement in the legislative process. The organization has targeted the state's legislation regarding firearms in schools. While it is a crime to possess a gun... (

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United States

8 April 2002

Hartford Courant (Connecticut), Editorial

Police failure to seize guns in domestic violence cases has led to several well-publicized tragedies in Connecticut in recent years. Finally, officials seem ready to deal more forcefully with abusers who carry firearms. On the legislative front, a proposal under consideration would make it easier for police to confiscate guns. On the executive front, state police and judicial authorities are preparing a centralized database and new procedures to ensure that guns are... (

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8 April 2002

Time (USA)

Last week's mass murder of eight city councilors in a Paris suburb left not only a traumatized community and bereft survivors. Coming in the thick of a presidential campaign, alsoit, set France searching for political meaning in a fundamentally senseless act. Both major candidates, Prime Minister Lionel Jospin and President Jacques Chirac, were on the scene before sun-up, condemning the attack in the same words, as a murderous folly. Yet by the end of the day the two... (

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United Kingdom,Northern Ireland

8 April 2002


BELFAST, Northern Ireland — The Irish Republican Army has followed up last year's first step toward disarmament by putting another batch of its illegal weapons beyond use, Northern Ireland's disarmament body said Monday. The British-ruled province's Independent International Commission on Decommissioning said it had witnessed an event in which the IRA put a varied and substantial quantity of ammunition, arms and explosive material beyond use. We have made an... (

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