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Gun Policy News, 11 April 2002

Argentina

11 April 2002

Associated Press

BUENOS AIRES — Former Argentine economy minister Domingo Cavallo was indicted Wednesday for arms-trafficking to Croatia and Ecuador during the 1990s. The arms shipments were made during the administration of former president Carlos Menem, when Cavallo was one of his top aides and signed a decree approving the sales. The shipments to Croatia in 1991 and Ecuador in 1995 occurred while those countries were under international arms embargoes. Ecuador and Peru waged a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

11 April 2002

Sun-Sentinel (Florida)

A Hollywood man stocked his Presidential Towers condo with sniper rifles, killing arrows and more ammunition than the local ATF has on its shelves, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Wednesday. After a monthlong investigation, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service arrested Douglas Altman, 52, Tuesday and charged him with impersonating an officer and confiscated a large cache of weapons and ammunition. Altman was denied bond Wednesday by federal magistrate Judge Lurana... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

11 April 2002

Cincinnati Enquirer (Ohio)

The ruling: The 1st Ohio District Court of Appeals on Wednesday agreed with a Hamilton County judge's ruling that Ohio's ban on concealed weapons is unconstitutional. The appellate court also ruled that a companion law banning transportation of loaded firearms in a vehicle is unconstitutional. - What does it mean? Law-abiding Hamilton County residents will be able to carry concealed weapons without a permit on themselves or in their cars. - What about residents of other... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

11 April 2002

Detroit Free Press

To cut through the helplessness many Detroiters are feeling after another little girl was killed by random gunfire Wednesday morning, Wayne County's prosecutor offered this idea: Appeal to criminals and would-be criminals through a corporate-funded billboard, television and radio blitz. Mike Duggan's message would be twofold. One is to get criminals to stop carrying guns because they're afraid of federal prison time, and the second is for the drug rings to order their... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

11 April 2002

USA Today

Today's teens, fed up with random student shootings and pervasive fear on school campuses, are increasingly likely to report peers who carry weapons or plan violence, says a new report. Eighty-one percent of teens surveyed by the Opinion Research Corp. International say they are more willing than in the past to report students if they believe that there is a threat to school safety. Only 26% say they would tell a parent if they learned of a school violence threat that... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

11 April 2002

Associated Press

The first one was shocking enough: A retired police officer allegedly guns down his granddaughter and three neighbors. But then, just weeks later and a mile down the road, came a frighteningly similar slaughter: A SWAT team officer fatally shoots five neighbors — one of whom had been accused of sexually assaulting the officer's daughter — before wounding his boss and then killing himself. Now this star-crossed New Jersey shore community some 60 miles south of New... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

11 April 2002

Chicago Tribune, Opinion

Should law-abiding citizens be allowed to carry concealed firearms in Illinois, as they are in most other states? The question is again before lawmakers in Springfield, and it gets to the heart of the gun-control debate. Those in favor say a concealed-carry law will make ours a safer society. Opponents, who block it every year, say it will make life more dangerous. To probe these positions, I've invited gun-rights advocate John Birch, president of Oak Brook-based... (GunPolicy.org)

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Israel

11 April 2002

Palm Beach Post (Florida)

TEL AVIV — William Hazan likes to have a good time at the Seafood Market, a restaurant and club in Tel Aviv. Every Monday I go to the Seafood to drink, to dance, to be happy, the 46-year-old Moroccan-born Israeli said. But last month his fun was interrupted by gunfire shattering the club's windows. It's something terrorist, he said to himself. He led his wife and friends to the bathroom and told them to lie on the floor. Staying low, he crawled back to his table,... (GunPolicy.org)

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France

11 April 2002

Reuters

PARIS — President Jacques Chirac, seeking reelection, said on Thursday France must tighten its laws to clamp down on the trafficking and possession of guns. What's unacceptable is the traffic, importing and of course the possession of weapons of war, Chirac said on France 2 television. The first thing to do is reform our criminal law. Socialist Prime Minister Lionel Jospin, Chirac's main rival for the presidency ahead of a two-round election this month and next,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

11 April 2002

Cincinnati Post (Ohio), Opinion

Pat Feely and Chuck Klein have an ally in their bid to legalize carrying concealed weapons in Ohio. As Hamilton County's prosecutor, Mike Allen is fighting to preserve the Ohio law that forbids carrying hidden handguns and which was overturned as unconstitutional Wednesday by the 1st District Ohio Court of Appeals. Allen the person, though, supports the right to carry. We ought to have it, Allen said of a pending bill to allow Ohioans to carry concealed weapons. In... (GunPolicy.org)

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Thailand

11 April 2002

Bangkok Post

Police have been banned from using water guns to shoot at passers-by during the Songkran celebrations. Police chief Sant Sarutanont was concerned they might get confused and use their real firearms by mistake, spokesman Pol Gen Pongsapas Pongcharoen said. So carrying water guns is deemed inappropriate, and especially those who are on duty, he said. If they wanted to join in the fun police would have to use the traditional bowl of water. A junior police officer said... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

11 April 2002

Indianapolis Star (Indiana)

It was a routine call that went terribly wrong. Allen County Sheriff's Deputy Eryk Heck was investigating a robbery when he was shot to death outside a Fort Wayne house. Timothy Stoffer, already a convicted felon, wasn't even supposed to have a gun. But he found one anyway, in an armchair in his parents house. After a brief gunbattle, both men were dead. Today, the slain deputy's family will ask the Indiana Supreme Court to make a landmark decision and hold Stoffer's... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

11 April 2002

Associated Press

LAKE FAUSSE POINTE, Louisiana — After treating nine eagles for gunshot wounds in 14 months, LSU veterinarians say humans are threatening the birds ability to breed. Louisiana has an estimated 151 eagles, so nine is a sizable percentage, said Mark Mitchell, assistant professor of zoological medicine at LSU. This is just the unfortunate result of individuals who have no respect for wildlife or even human life, Mitchell said. Eagles were removed from the endangered... (GunPolicy.org)

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Somalia

11 April 2002

Financial Gazette (Somalia)

His blood slowly staining a pillow red, Somali merchant Ali Moumin explains how a business dispute landed him in hospital with a bullet wound in the head. A rival merchant settled matters by shooting Moumin in the back of the skull with an AK-47 rifle at near point blank range. The attack taught the newcomer to Mogadishu a lesson he says he will not forget — to stay in business, respect clan turf. In future I must obey the man who attacked me because I am from the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

11 April 2002

Associated Press

GOLDEN, Colorado — A 1,200-page report on the death of Columbine High School shooting victim Daniel Rohrbough will not be released until after the third anniversary of the shootings on April 20. Jefferson County officials received the report Wednesday from the El Paso County sheriff's office, which compiled the report at the request of Jefferson County. District Attorney Dave Thomas will release the report after the April 20 anniversary out of respect for the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

11 April 2002

Newsday (New York), Opinion

Christopher Slobogin is a professor at the University of Florida's Frederic G. Levin College of Law. WHEN A PERSON with mental illness kills someone, there is usually an outcry for reforms to make sure that people with mental illness don't kill again. But we must be careful not to paint all people with mental illness as potentially violent offenders as we try to tighten safeguards against guns ending up in the wrong hands. A few weeks ago in Lynbrook, Peter Troy shot... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

11 April 2002

Los Angeles Times

CINCINNATI — A state appeals court Wednesday declared Ohio's ban on concealed weapons unconstitutional-delighting gun-rights advocates who are pushing hard to get citizens in all 50 states the right to carry hidden firearms. Just six states, all in the Midwest, block citizens from walking or driving the streets with loaded guns tucked out of sight. Ohio has long been one of them. But a three-judge panel from the 1st Ohio District Court of Appeals unanimously ruled... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

11 April 2002

Cape Argus (Cape Town)

Controversial city Christian missionary and pro-gun lobbyist Peter Hammond has been arrested and charged with treason in Sudan. Hammond's Frontline Fellowship organisation in Cape Town disclosed that he was detained at the weekend. According to the organisation, Hammond was arrested with a Sudanese bishop by intelligence agents of the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Army in a church building in Yei province on Saturday. Hammond, of Rondebosch, has worked as a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

11 April 2002

Los Angeles Times

DOVER TOWNSHIP, New Jersey — For the second time in less than two months, a man with police training has gone on a murderous rampage in this Jersey Shore community shooting five people dead before turning the gun on himself. Although the incidents are seemingly unrelated, residents in the quiet, middle-class neighborhood of small ranch houses and backyard basketball hoops were nonetheless shaken Wednesday. It's weird, said Laura Epstein, 37, who moved here recently.... (GunPolicy.org)

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Israel

11 April 2002

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia)

TEL AVIV — William Hazan likes to have a good time at the Seafood Market, a restaurant and club. Every Monday I go to the Seafood to drink, to dance, to be happy, the 46-year-old Moroccan-born Israeli said. But last month his fun was interrupted as gunfire shattered the club's windows. It's something terrorist, he said to himself. He led his wife and friends to the bathroom and told them to lie on the floor. Crawling back to his table, he fished in a friend's... (GunPolicy.org)

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