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Gun Policy News, 10 April 2002

United States

10 April 2002

New York Times

A New Jersey police officer who went on a shooting rampage Tuesday night and killed five people was found dead in his car this morning, apparently from a self-inflicted gun wound, the police said. Authorities identified the police officer as Edward Lutes, a 15-year veteran of the Seaside Heights, N.J., police department who lived in Dover Township, about 30 miles south of Asbury Park, N.J. Mr. Lutes's body was found inside of a 1995 blue Buick Regal in Barnegat... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 April 2002

Chicago Tribune

Two years after her son was murdered with a gun stolen from a shop in Elgin, former resident Terry Kimble sued the store and its owner Tuesday, claiming the owner neglected to secure the store's stock against burglars. Kimble filed the wrongful-death suit in Cook County Circuit Court, alleging that the B&L Rod and Gun Shop and its owner, William Whistle, failed to take proper security measures, even after the store had been robbed. Elgin police said burglars broke... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 April 2002

Fox News (USA)

WASHINGTON — Move over Scarface, and make way for The Duke. While critics condemn gratuitous violence in Hollywood films, gun rights advocates want to remind Americans that weapons have played an important role in the history of movies. The National Rifle Association, in an effort to draw more attention to its museum in Fairfax, Va., is displaying a vast array of guns, knives — and even Obi Wan Kenobi's light saber — from Hollywood films as wide-ranging as Star... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 April 2002

Associated Press

The public would have a tougher time seeing records kept by sheriffs and chiefs of police on people holding concealed weapons permits under a bill given final House approval Wednesday. House Bill 1147 by Rep. Mark Cloer, R-Colorado Springs, was sent to the Senate on a 38-24 vote after the House decided to reverse a decision it made Tuesday. That was when the full House got its first look at the measure, which contained a provision giving sheriffs and chiefs of police... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 April 2002

Hartford Courant (Connecticut), Editorial

The gun lobby long has promoted the idea that if more people owned guns, there would be less crime. Whether or not that is true, the price paid by children has been steep, according to researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health. Their study covered the decade between 1988 and 1997, when 6,817 children ages 5 to 14 died from gunshot wounds. The study compared deaths among youths in the five states with the highest level of gun ownership (Louisiana, Alabama,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 April 2002

WJXT

The 4-year-old who died after police said he shot himself in the stomach in the middle of the night was found with two guns one tucked in the boy's training pants. We're holding up, by the grace of God and prayers, we're holding up, Sabrius grandmother said Tuesday. Marlene Williams said that prayer is getting her through since the death of Sabrius Dwight Mortin, her grandson. That's how I like to remember him, as a little boy that played. That everybody loved him,... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

10 April 2002

BBC News

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa is so steeped in violence, it has become a way of life, a culture that holds a dangerous allure for today's youth. I was born in a cruel world, I m living in a cruel world, and I'll die in a cruel world. I haven't got money so what must I do? I must steal that car to get money to support my wife and children and my brothers. They are all looking up to me. So speaks Killer, a gangster working for a car hijacking syndicate in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 April 2002

Cincinnati Enquirer (Ohio)

Law-abiding Hamilton County residents can carry concealed weapons, the 1st Ohio District Court of Appeals decided Wednesday in a lawsuit challenging Ohio's ban on carrying hidden weapons. A three-judge panel unanimously called the Ohio statute vague and subjective in their opinion that the law is unconstitutional. The problem with (the law) is that it does not simply regulate but effectively prohibits law-abiding citizens from bearing weapons, said Judge Mark Painter.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 April 2002

Union Leader (New Hampshire)

CONCORD — Gun owners urged the Senate yesterday to reject a bill that tightens the law on gun possession in safe school zones. House Bill 1187 is intended to give police the power to make arrests when students bring guns to school. Sponsors said federal laws are the only law enforcement tool available, but it can take days for federal marshals to respond to a report. The issue came to light after an incident in Gilford when a student had a gun at school and police... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 April 2002

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

Convicted felon Wade L. Willis is waging a legal battle for gun rights that makes even the most strident Second Amendment activist flinch. In a case pending before the Utah Court of Appeals, Willis says the law prohibiting felons from possessing guns violates the Utah Constitution's sweeping guarantee of self-defense rights. Much broader than the U.S. Constitution, the state version specifically recognizes an individual right to keep and bear arms. While the Utah... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 April 2002

Associated Press

A state appeals court on Wednesday declared Ohio's decades-old ban on carrying concealed weapons unconstitutional because it violates the right to self defense. The framers of the Ohio constitution put the citizens rights up front, said Mark Painter, presiding judge of the 1st Ohio District Court of Appeals. We believe they meant what they said. An appeal is likely. Lawyers for Cincinnati, Hamilton County and the state had argued that government has the right to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Albania,West Asia

10 April 2002

Tirana Republika (Albania)

Apparently, a great scandal is likely to overshadow all the attempts by Albanian politics to create the image of Albania as a country where trafficking and its serious implications which the international community has been criticizing so strongly have finally been brought to an end. If the international factors are not going to forgive Albania for this scandal this time, its punishment, in terms of the diplomatic and political approach to it, is going to be firmer than... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papua New Guinea

10 April 2002

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

Two women, one a young daughter of a former national parliamentarian and the other a breast feeding mother, were pack-raped at gun point in Mendi last week. Since police scaled down their operations after silencing savage tribal fighting, factions from the Unjumap and Wogia tribes and opportunists now have resorted to other criminal activities. The two women were asleep in their home at YC near Momei Oval when criminals broke in and assaulted them. Agiru Centre, the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papua New Guinea

10 April 2002

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

Defence Secretary Frederick Punangi strongly feels that Defence reforms are the way out for the defence force. "And retrenchment is the initial step towards the reform process that should take place and must take place," Mr Punangi said yesterday after signing his contract of employment with Head of State, Governor-General Sir Silas Atopare at Government House. Empowered by the signing, he said, "When I got appointed less then two months ago, I said we have to go... (GunPolicy.org)

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