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Gun Policy News, 13 April 2002

Canada

13 April 2002

Toronto Sun (Ontario)

Toronto's top cop ran a clinic at the city's busiest trauma centre yesterday on the soaring numbers of gunshot victims . Criminal activity in Toronto has become more violent, and it is somehow disheartening, said Toronto Police Chief Julian Fantino, talking to an audience of 130 trauma surgeons, nurses and staff at St. Michael's hospital. Last year, approximately 26,000 police hours were dedicated to firearms-related calls, Fantino said. Fifty-three per cent of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 April 2002

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott stands accused by the Gun Owners of America of an almost unprecedented act of treason to the pro-gun cause. His offense? Lending his name to an April 17 fund-raiser for Rep. John Sununu, who is challenging a fellow Republican, Sen. Bob Smith, for Smith's New Hampshire Senate seat. Over the past decade Bob Smith has been responsible for virtually every pro-gun victory in Congress, the organization said in a recent alert... (GunPolicy.org)

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Japan

13 April 2002

Kyodo News

NAGOYA — Three Aichi Prefectural Police officers fabricated the confiscation of a handgun last July in an attempt to make it appear that the firearm, which had actually been seized in Osaka, was found in Aichi Prefecture, it was learned Friday. According to prefectural police officials, they include a 54-year-old assistant inspector and 52-year-old sergeant. The three have admitted to the allegations, saying they wanted to improve handgun confiscation figures for... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 April 2002

Associated Press

JUNEAU — Anyone with a permit to carry a concealed weapon in another state could also carry a gun in Alaska under a bill that narrowly passed the House on Friday. Rep. Jeannette James, R-North Pole, said the change would also allow Alaskans to carry their weapons in more states, which will give them security while on vacation. My personal opinion is people who are law-abiding should have the right to carry concealed if they want to, James said. But House Speaker... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 April 2002

Los Angeles Times

Latino voters favor gun-control measures by a wide margin and hold other views that show them largely aligned with the Democratic Party on domestic policy issues, a survey recently released by the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute found. Gun control was a more important issue to the Latino voters surveyed than abortion or school vouchers, said Harry Pachon, president of the institute, which is at Claremont Graduate University and is also affiliated with Columbia... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 April 2002

Boston Globe

DENVER — The independent investigation charged with determining how Columbine High student Dan Rohrbough died during the 1999 school shooting reportedly concludes that the 15-year-old was not shot at close range. That finding allows for the possibility that Rohrbough was accidentally killed by police, as the boys parents contend. The 1,200-page report from the El Paso County sheriff's office has not been released officially, but the Rocky Mountain News reported... (GunPolicy.org)

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