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Gun Policy News, 16 April 2002

Australia

16 April 2002

Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

NSW will head a national strategy to stop the flow of illegal handguns brought into Australia for use in serious crimes. Deputy Police Commissioner Ken Moroney flagged the crackdown last night saying many of the weapons — including the hi-tech Glock semi-automatic pistol — were being smuggled in from China. Mr Moroney, promising to turn up the heat on gun dealers and criminals using weapons in NSW, said that most locally used handguns were 9mm Norinco pistols. In... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

16 April 2002

Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

A Chinese armaments factory which supplies weapons to the Middle East, America and South East Asia manufactures an estimated 80 per cent of the illegal handguns on Sydney's streets. The giant Norinco (China North Industries Corporation) makes cheap copies of modern, high technology guns exploiting loose copyright laws and low labour costs. The handguns are produced legally but soon find their way on to the black market in South East Asia. Gun runners buy the weapons... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 April 2002

Daily Herald (Chicago)

A huge outpouring of residents and others opposed to changes in gun laws turned out to be unnecessary since a majority of Des Plaines city council members quickly discarded the proposal without much debate. Not since Gov. George Ryan's hearing last summer on Chicago's plan to expand O Hare International Airport have so many people crowded into Des Plaines City Hall. People packed the 220-person city council chambers and more lined hallways and watched the meeting on... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

16 April 2002

Sydney Morning Herald

Tougher security measures to prevent the theft of handguns from private security arsenals have emerged as a big priority in the NSW police drive to rid the streets of illicit firearms. The Police Service yesterday announced a series of initiatives aimed at cracking down on the proliferation of handguns, after shootings in Sydney at the weekend that left three dead and five wounded. Superintendent Helen Begg, the head of the NSW Firearms Registry Unit, created two... (GunPolicy.org)

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Uganda

16 April 2002

New Vision (Kampala)

Uganda's armed forces are in the process of registering and computerising records of firearms. This was revealed yesterday by the first deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs, Eriya Kategaya, at the opening of a three-day workshop on small arms and light weapons in Uganda, at Hotel Triangle in Jinja. Measures have been taken to strengthen control of police firearms to ensure greater accountability and effective monitoring of movement and tracing of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 April 2002

New York Daily News

This year, 14 people have been shot in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. An additional 24 were gunned down in Manhattan's Washington Heights. Fifteen were shot in the South Bronx. In a disturbing trend, shootings in the city are up dramatically this year. Even as the NYPD was boasting about an increase in gun arrests, it announced a new effort yesterday to get firearms off the streets. That clearly was prompted by a 26.5% jump in the number of shooting victims since January... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

16 April 2002

Herald Sun (Melbourne) / AAP

Police needed to be more effective in controlling illegal guns, or Australia's murder rate would be on the rise, a NSW crime statistician has said. NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research director Don Weatherburn said if policing did not become more effective in controlling illegal guns, Australia's homicide rate might rise. NSW and Australia had recorded a stable homicide rate for the past 20 years, Dr Weatherburn told ABC Radio. If these sorts of trends... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 April 2002

CBS News (USA)

It was a stunning murder by any measure. A neighbor said he heard what sounded like firecrackers blasting repetitively. It was a very clear, well thought out crime, said Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske. It was an assassination. Veteran federal prosecutor Tom Wales was murdered in his Seattle home last October and the killer's identity is still unknown, reports CBS News Correspondent Jerry Bowen.. Wales was president of Washington CeaseFire, a group which had... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

16 April 2002

Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

NSW will head a national strategy to stop the flow of illegal handguns brought into Australia for use in serious crimes. Deputy Police Commissioner Ken Moroney flagged the crackdown last night saying many of the weapons — including the hi-tech Glock semi-automatic pistol — were being smuggled in from China. Mr Moroney, promising to turn up the heat on gun dealers and criminals using weapons in NSW, said that most locally used handguns were 9mm Norinco pistols. In... (GunPolicy.org)

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Solomon Islands

16 April 2002

PacNews

HONIARA, Solomons Islands — The Solomon Islands Peace Monitoring Council has launched a new campaign to recover guns that are still in the community following the country's two-year ethnic war. The Council has issued a warning to those still holding onto weapons that they could go to prison if they don't surrender their guns by 31 May. The end of May is the latest expiry date of the gun amnesty provided for under the legislation that gave effect to the Townsville... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 April 2002

New York Post

For 15 years, Patrick Washburn has displayed a Reconstruction-era rifle on the wall of his office at Ohio University (OU). The firearm, a family heirloom passed down from his great-grandfather, seemed to be an appropriate antique for Mr. Washburn to hang there: Mr. Washburn is a journalism professor specializing in the history of wartime press. But now, he's the one doing battle with Ohio University administrators. Although Mr. Washburn is one of the nation's foremost... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 April 2002

Associated Press

COMMERCE, California — A medical clinic employee burst into the building and shot a doctor and two co-workers to death before turning the gun on himself, authorities said. It wasn't immediately clear what prompted the shooting at the Superior Medical Clinic in this working-class city 10 miles (16 kilometers) east of downtown Los Angeles. It's now listed as a murder-suicide by homicide detectives, said Sheriff's Deputy Rick Varela. Patricia Oglesby, 49, and Roxanne... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 April 2002

Deseret Morning News (Utah)

Despite Utah's generally excellent public health profile, it has one of the highest suicide rates in the country, a contradiction that has caught the attention of the U.S. surgeon general. Air Force Lt. Col. David Litts, a medical doctor and special assistant on suicide to the surgeon general, is looking this week at a population in good health — including a famously high treatment rate for people with depression — but with the ninth-highest suicide rate in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 April 2002

New York Times

Arrests for illegal handguns are considerably ahead of last year's pace, the mayor and the police commissioner said yesterday in announcing the strengthening of an effort to drive down the numbers of guns on the city's streets. At the same time, the number of shootings in the city is increasing, a trend that was underlined by a shooting of a man in Greenwich Village on Saturday that was reminiscent of a more violent era. The increases in those two barometers of crime... (GunPolicy.org)

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