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Gun Policy News, 24 April 2002

United States

24 April 2002

ABC News (USA)

WASHINGTON — Did Vice President Al Gore lose his home state of Tennessee, Bill Clinton's home state of Arkansas and the traditionally Democratic state of West Virginia, mainly because he misunderstood — and stirred up — the entrenched gun culture there? Largely because of that perception, gun control has become for Democratic elites what Social Security is for most Republicans: Annoying but thorny, important but avoided. Ten years ago, the move to regulate gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

24 April 2002

Associated Press

SLIDELL, Louisiana — A woman shot and killed her husband, sister and mother before she turned the gun on herself, leaving a note on the front door that read: Call 911. Door is unlocked. We are all dead. The family's housekeeper discovered the note and called authorities early Tuesday after arriving at their home in a subdivision near Slidell, said Tiffany Tate, a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office spokeswoman. Charlotte Haley, 59, may have been driven to the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

24 April 2002

Arizona Daily Star (Tucson)

Stray bullets from wildcat shooting ranges in Ironwood Forest National Monument are whizzing by ranchers, defoliating hillsides and prompting calls for a total ban on target practice in the preserve. For as long as anyone can remember, people have come to this stretch of desert 30 miles northwest of Tucson to plink soda cans and test their firearms against rocky backstops. But the cherished Old West tradition of open desert shooting is now bumping up against modern,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

24 April 2002

Los Angeles Times, Editorial

No one should feel much safer after the California Supreme Court's wise decision Monday to uphold the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors 1999 ban of gun shows at the county's fairgrounds in Pomona. Each year, 4,500 such firearms flea markets nationwide flood neighborhoods with guns purchased by hunters, collectors, violent criminals, people with severe mental illness, citizens seeking a means of self-defense and individuals with no easily understood reason for... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

24 April 2002

Legal Times (USA)

Most Americans would be astounded and offended to learn that the federal government used to spend millions of dollars a year to restore the gun privileges of convicted felons. They would be happy to know that Congress chose to defund that program. And they would be flummoxed to hear that the Supreme Court must now step in to prevent federal judges from arrogating themselves the power to rearm those felons. Under federal law, those convicted of a felony may not possess,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

24 April 2002

Australian (Sydney)

Laws allowing owners of illegal guns to hand their firearms over to police without penalty will be introduced soon in Queensland. Police Minister Tony McGrady is preparing to brief Cabinet on the proposal, designed to target the hundreds of thousands of illegal semi-automatic guns believed to remain hidden in the community. It comes five years after an amnesty introduced in the wake of the Port Arthur massacre prompted Queenslanders to turn over 130,000 guns to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

24 April 2002

Plain Dealer (Ohio)

CINCINNATI, Ohio — A 1994 federal law that restricts access to assault rifles is riddled with loopholes that allow similar semi-automatic weapons to stay on the market, a National Rifle Association lawyer said yesterday. Lawyer Jim Warner told a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the federal ban should be struck down as unconstitutional because of the confusion it creates. But Assistant Attorney General Michael Raab said the banned... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

24 April 2002

Los Angeles Times

COSTA MESA, California — A state Supreme Court ruling Monday that California's counties and cities may prohibit gun shows at fairgrounds and other public properties, despite laws allowing such events, may not apply to the Orange County Fairgrounds, officials said. The site has featured five gun shows a year over the last 16 years, said Becky Bailey-Findley, general manager and chief executive of the Orange County Fairgrounds. The attendance for these shows has grown... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

24 April 2002

South African Press Assocation (SAPA)

CAPE TOWN — An initiative to reduce the number of illegal arms in Africa is being run in the West African country of Niger, where people will soon be able to swop guns for radios. The project, known as Radios for the Consolidation of Peace, is a partnership between the Cape-based Freeplay Foundation, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Niger government's National Commission for the Collection and Control of Illicit Arms. Freeplay Foundation has donated 12... (GunPolicy.org)

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