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Gun Policy News, 6 August 2002

United States

6 August 2002

Boston Globe

BROCKTON — State Treasurer and gubernatorial candidate Shannon P. O'Brien unveiled a crime plan yesterday that called for stricter gun control laws, stronger community policing, improving the state's data bank of DNA information, and more supervision of criminals who are released from prison. "No statistic, no newspaper headline, can capture the terror that families live in as a result of the rise in gang activity and violent crimes," O'Brien said. "We can't reverse... (

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6 August 2002

Associated Press

BUTLER, Pennsylvania — The sport utility vehicle that rolls out of the Ibis Tek shop looks no more intimidating than the ones driven by millions of soccer moms. With the flip of a switch, however, a vehicle modified by this small western Pennsylvania company is transformed into a virtual war wagon, exposing weaponry ranging from a .50-caliber M2 machine gun to an MK-19, 40-mm grenade launcher. Armor plating that will stop a 7.62-mm armor-piercing bullet will cost... (

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6 August 2002

BBC News

Countries in East and Central Africa may move to ban the civilian ownership of small arms in a bid to fight insecurity in the region. It is estimated that there are 100 million illicit small arms in Africa, crippling development in many areas of the continent. Some countries like Kenya and Tanzania have blamed the increase in violent crimes on the small arms that are smuggled into their countries. However, a United Nations report earlier this year accused Somalia's... (

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6 August 2002

Christian Science Monitor

KABUL, Afghanistan — Abdul Zahir says he's weary of war, but artifacts from Afghanistan's violent past still clutter his rickety shop. A carpet woven with a zigzagging pattern of assault rifles hangs from the rafters. Bottles of shampoo and cartons of cigarettes are arrayed on shelves punctuated by Soviet bayonets. Hidden beneath a cushion in a sitting area is a Czech SKS rifle. A battered Kalashnikov leans in a corner. Mr. Zahir, who spent the last five years... (

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6 August 2002

Detroit News

SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Michigan — Bicycles, Frisbees and playing children aren't the only things legally allowed in Shelby Township's River Bends Park. According to current state hunting restrictions, shooting deer with a firearm still is allowed in the sprawling park at Ryan Road in Shelby — contrary to local ordinances that ban firearm hunting anywhere in the township. But that could change as the Michigan Department of Natural Resources prepares to hold a public... (

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6 August 2002

Washington Post

The FBI, the Immigration and Naturalization Service and other parts of the Justice Department have lost track of hundreds of guns and laptop computers, according to a report indicating that recordkeeping problems at the agencies are even worse than previously disclosed. Records are so incomplete at the FBI that officials cannot say what information is contained on more than 200 missing computers, many of which may contain sensitive information about national security... (

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