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Gun Policy News, 1 August 2002

United States

1 August 2002

Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — Louisiana Gov. Mike Foster reminded women Thursday that they can pack a gun to protect themselves from a serial killer who has slain three women in the capital in the past 10 months. "You have the right to get a gun permit," Foster said. "Learn to use it." Foster said during his weekly radio show that he has asked state police to ensure they are helping with the investigation to find the man who slashed Pam Kinamore's throat, strangled Gina... (GunPolicy.org)

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Lebanon

1 August 2002

Daily Record (Scotland)

An office clerk shot dead eight co-workers yesterday and wounded five after getting into money trouble. Ahmeed Mansour was enraged when told he'd have to sell his car to repay an £8000 loan from his office at the education ministry in Beirut, Lebanon. The 43-year-old dad of four returned to his office of the teachers' pension fund with two pistols and a Kalashnikov assault rifle. He methodically hunted down staff in the department where he worked for 23 years,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

1 August 2002

Associated Press

NEW YORK — A corrections officer who was emptying his gun accidentally shot and killed his 3-year-old son, police said. Hernando Olaya, 31, was unloading the weapon Wednesday evening at his home in the borough of Queens, police said. A round fired, striking his son, Jonathan, in the right arm and chest. The boy died at a hospital shortly after midnight. Investigators said the shooting was an accident and no charges will be... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

1 August 2002

South African Press Assocation (SAPA)

PRETORIA — The South African Police Union (Sapu) has called on police management to suspend its the move to take away service firearms from off-duty reservists. Sapu president Baptist Sigidi said: "We are making this call in the wake of large-scale resignations by reservists around Pretoria if they are deprived of service firearms, bullet-proof jackets and handcuffs after hours." Although the written ultimatum had not yet been issued, he said taking away handcuffs... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

1 August 2002

Newsday (New York), Editorial

The federal system for instantly screening would-be gun purchasers is only as good as the information contained in its computerized database. Right now that's not very good, something sure to change for the better if the Our Lady of Peace Act becomes law. With surprisingly broad support, ranging from gun-control advocates, such as bill sponsors Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), to the National Rifle Association and its friends, such... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

1 August 2002

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Wesley Dickins was prepared to shoot dead any police officer who came to arrest him for the murder of Raymond Marshall. He told a friend while he was on the run he had loaded weapons which he was ready to use to kill. Dickins, who police say played the lead role in Mr Marshall's murder, is described as having a sinister obsession with firearms. He had told another associate that killing gave him the best buzz in the world, "better than any drug." But at the same... (GunPolicy.org)

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