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Gun Policy News, 21 April 2002

United States

21 April 2002

Boston Globe, Opinion

Three young girls were not orphaned in Cambridge last week because their parents made a suicide pact. They are alone in the world because their father murdered their mother before fatally shooting himself. Scott Saunders made a choice; Desiree Saunders had none. That point is worth clarifying in light of the curious descriptions of the couple's marriage by law enforcement and social service officials. There was no indication anything like this was going to happen. Both... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

21 April 2002

Sydney Morning Herald

Police patrolling the State's hottest crime spots will be given new powers to search for guns carried by gang members. The law change was foreshadowed yesterday by Premier Bob Carr while opening the new $6.5 million St George police station at Kogarah. We are going to give police increased clout to haul in guns, Mr Carr told an audience which included Police Minister Michael Costa and acting Police Commissioner Ken Moroney. There is a need for an even tougher police... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

21 April 2002

Age (Melbourne)

MELBOURNE — Gun owners found with unregistered or prohibited firearms could expect to face heavy fines or even jail with the end of Victoria's four-and-a half year amnesty, the government said today. More than 40,000 guns were surrendered to Victoria Police for destruction during the amnesty, which ran from October 1997 until March 26, Police and Emergency Services Minister Andre Haermeyer told reporters. Police took in 2,000 guns during the first three months of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

21 April 2002

Sun-Herald (Sydney)

Enough weapons to start a full scale war have been handed in by Victorians during the State and Federal governments' guns buy-back and amnesty schemes. Police Minister Andre Haermeyer said Victorians had surrendered 270,000 firearms since the Port Arthur massacre in 1997. The arsenal included Browning and Owen machine-guns, aircraft cannons, land mines, mortars, grenades and assault rifles, such as the high-powered AK47. Mr Haermeyer said the volume and type of... (GunPolicy.org)

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