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Gun Policy News, 8 August 2002

United States

8 August 2002

Hampton Roads Daily Press (Virginia)

An effort to allow concealed weapons into state parks has outraged gun-control advocates. "This is just insane," said Poquoson resident Suzi Robinson. "Having a gun in a state park is just dangerous." The Department of Conservation and Recreation, which runs the state's 34 parks, has banned guns from parks for years. But a group of gun owners are urging Attorney General Jerry Kilgore to rule that concealed weapons can be carried onto state parks. Gun owners say the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Greece

8 August 2002

Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece — Greece's defense minister promised a nationwide review of military security Thursday following the theft of army weapons that raised fears of links to terrorism. At least two anonymous callers in recent days have claimed the embattled November 17 group either stole the weapons or has them. Officials have cast doubts on the claims and whether the group was capable of carrying out such a heist after an unprecedented police crackdown since late... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

8 August 2002

New York Times

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — Some women, even the ones who hate guns, stand three-deep in lines at firing ranges waiting for their chance to shred a paper target that, in their minds, they have painted with the image of a cold-blooded predator. Others go home and immediately check behind the shower curtain, wonder who might be under the bed and open all the closets. They tap their car door lock over and over, as if it were a piano key, long after they have heard the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

8 August 2002

Union Leader (New Hampshire)

EXETER, New Hampshire — Unable to account for the whereabouts of every firearm in its records, SIG Arms Inc. has sent a letter to current and former employees offering amnesty until Tuesday, Aug. 20, for the return of firearms that might have been "improperly removed" from the facilities. According to the letter that was signed by company Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Herbert Rudolf, SIG Arms conducted an audit to "properly account for every firearm logged in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

8 August 2002

Franklin Citizen (New Hampshire)

FRANKLIN, New Hampshire — Police have been illegally collecting medical information on people who apply for pistol permits, according to city and state officials. Mayor Tony Giunta and several city councilors became concerned about the police department's permitting process in recent weeks after they and some constituents went to renew their pistol permits and were asked to give police permission to review their medical records. Specifically, police asked to obtain... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

8 August 2002

Washington Post

It was the shot heard 'round the 7th District of Georgia. Rep. Bob Barr, in the middle of a vicious primary rumble with fellow Republican incumbent John Linder, seems to have accidentally discharged an antique pistol, sending a bullet into a glass door at a campaign event last Friday at the suburban Atlanta home of lobbyist Bruce Widener. During the meet-and-greet for Barr, the host apparently forgot to clear the chamber before handing over his 1908-vintage .38-caliber... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

8 August 2002

Seattle Times

James Kelly, president of the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, agreed to perform 80 hours of community service to resolve criminal charges that he carried a firearm while attending a meeting on a high-school campus. "Bottom line is: I apologize," he said yesterday. "I apologize to my family, my friends and the school district." Kelly paid no fine but surrendered his handgun to his attorney. The City Attorney's Office did not seek to revoke Kelly's... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kenya

8 August 2002

East African Standard (Nairobi)

NAIROBI, Kenya — An estimated 20,000 illegal firearms will be destroyed by the Government. Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Minister Major (retired) Marsden Madoka said the destruction of these weapons was in conformity with a declaration by regional countries to stump out illegal weapons. The Minister made the remarks at a ministerial conference on small arms in Nairobi. He denied Kenya had done little on the destruction of arms recovered from... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

8 August 2002

Mankato Free Press (Minnesota)

NORTH MANKATO, Minnesota — Instructors of the firearms safety class tried to teach their young students responsibility, safety and the proper way to hold a rifle Tuesday night. But the most important lesson learned? "Don't shoot at houses," said 11-year-old Dustin Nielsen. "But I already knew that from my dad." The class, better known as Hunters Safety, is required by state law for hunters between the ages of 12 and 15 and for adult hunters born after Dec. 31, 1979.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

8 August 2002

Associated Press

RENO, Oklahoma — A 10-year-old boy was shot to death, and his 10-year-old friend was arrested on a murder complaint. The suspect, his head covered with a shirt, was escorted into police headquarters late Wednesday by officers and his parents. Investigators found a revolver they believe was the gun used in the shooting wrapped in a blanket inside the garage at the boy's home, Police Chief Fred Savage said. The body of Termain Richey was found in his back yard Monday... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

8 August 2002

Washington Times

Rep. Bob Barr, a board member of the National Rifle Association, was handling an antique .38-caliber pistol at a reception last weekend when it discharged, shooting a bullet through a glass door. Nobody was injured in the incident, which occurred Friday in an Atlanta suburb, but gun-control advocates say that if it can happen to a leader of the organization that bills itself as the nation's premier gun-safety group, it underscores the dangers of handling... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

8 August 2002

Detroit Free Press, Opinion

So far this year, 10 Detroit-area children were killed by guns. How can we, as a community and a state, stop this rising tide of gun violence? Other communities that have stood at the dangerous intersection of young people and guns provide a good lesson. The similarities between school shootings in Littleton, Colo., and Erfurt, Germany, are striking — troubled kids, access to guns and unbearable tragedy. Even more striking: the difference between the two countries'... (GunPolicy.org)

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