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Gun Policy News, 13 August 2002

United Kingdom

13 August 2002

BBC News

A new initiative to try to reduce soaring gun crime in the black community is being launched in south London. Figures released on Tuesday show 20 people were shot in July — five people died. The figures are the worst for a single month since the Metropolitan Police created Operation Trident — a special unit to target gun violence in the black community. High profile advertisements are being unveiled at the Fridge nightclub in Brixton. Posters which hope to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

13 August 2002

BBC News

London's black-on-black crime team has launched a new advertising campaign to try to reduce gun violence. Is it having any success within the communities it is trying to protect? If the latest figures for drugs-related gun crime within London's black communities are anything to go by, then 2002 is not shaping up to be a good year for Operation Trident, the city's specialist team focusing on crime committed by black criminals against black communities. According to the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 August 2002

Reuters

NEW YORK — Parents who keep toxic chemicals in locked cabinets, cover electrical outlets, and change smoke alarm batteries each year to keep their kids safe do not necessarily child-proof their firearms, according to the results of a study. The researchers surveyed 1,081 adults bringing a child younger than 7 years into an emergency department and found that 221 of the adults were gun owners. The investigators found no association between several injury-prevention... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 August 2002

St Louis Tribune, Opinion

NOBODY got hurt last week when an antique pistol discharged while Rep. Bob Barr, R-Ga., was handling the weapon during a reception in his honor. But he was later hit by verbal fire — and responded in kind — from John Linder, his challenger in Georgia's Aug. 20 primary. Mr. Linder told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that "The first time you hear this (the incident involving the gun), it's funny. But it's not funny. The guy's a loose cannon." Naturally, Mr. Barr... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

13 August 2002

Telegraph (UK), Opinion

On the streets of Britain's biggest cities, an illegal handgun can be bought for as little as £50. The black-market supply of these weapons has increased enormously since the break-up of the Soviet Union, and changes in European frontier regulations have made it much easier to smuggle them into the country. As Kate Hoey, the Labour MP for Vauxhall, wrote in our Sport section yesterday, there are some inner-city areas in which it is now easier to buy an illegal gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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