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Gun Policy News, 2 August 2002

United Kingdom

2 August 2002

Ananova (UK)

Former Sport Minister Kate Hoey has criticised gun laws which force England's leading pistol shooters to train abroad. She says she will continue to campaign for changes to the post-Dunblane law. Ms Hoey was visiting the Commonwealth Games shooting at Bisley. Present Minister for Sport, Richard Caborn, was steered past protesters campaigning against Government policy when he visited the site. But his predecessor stopped to talk to them. "I had a nice chat with the... (

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United States

2 August 2002

Baltimore Sun, Editorial

Republican Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. badgered former U.S. Attorney Lynne A. Battaglia for months to move aggressively against the brazen, gun-carrying criminals in Baltimore. Then, when Republicans won the White House, Ms. Battaglia was out and Mr. Ehrlich got to name her replacement. The new man seemed certain to make gun crime a high priority. Instead, U.S. Attorney Thomas M. DiBiagio rejected Mr. Ehrlich's approach. His focus, he said, would be white-collar and... (

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South Africa

2 August 2002

Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg)

The government's new arms control legislation has come under fresh fire in Parliament African National Congress MPs this week caved in to executive pressure over a clause in arms control legislation that would have given Parliament pre-emptive oversight of pending arms sales. However, MPs of the ruling party, spearheaded by chairperson of the defence committee, Thandi Modise, remained adamant about other important oversight controls, in-cluding a quarterly report on... (

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United Kingdom

2 August 2002

BBC News

Three 12-year-old children were arrested by five police officers who then fingerprinted them and took DNA samples, after the youngsters were seen playing with a toy gun. Northumbria Police said new government guidelines on recording crime brought in on 1 April forced officers to take a strict line on weapons incidents. They said highly realistic mock firearms now made it harder for officers to tell whether the gun was genuine or not. But the father of a young girl... (

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