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Gun Policy News, 14 August 2002

Canada

14 August 2002

Daily News (Canada)

Police seized an arsenal of weapons after a gun collector's frustrated wife called the fire department to try to force him to clean out his Timberlea garage last week. The woman called the Lakeside fire department last Wednesday in an effort to convince her husband his collection of Second World War and Korean War weapons was a fire hazard. When firefighters discovered the guns, which included 2,000 rounds of ammunition, in the St. Margarets Bay Road home, they alerted... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

14 August 2002

South African Press Association (SAPA)

Firearms were now the highest cause of non-natural deaths in South Africa, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) said on Wednesday. Briefing the National Assembly's safety and security committee, ISS arms management programme head Sarah Meek, said the latest figure for such deaths by firearm was 44 percent. This was higher than the deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents, pedestrians killed, and other similar causes. South Africa was one of very few countries in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 August 2002

Chicago Tribune

In 1975, members of the Woodstock Sportsmen's Club began shooting clay pigeons launched over the wetlands that mark the headwaters of the Kishwaukee River in central McHenry County. For the next 25 years, shotgun blasts showered lead pellets over a wide area. The City of Woodstock, which owns the site, evicted the club in 2000 to make room for a corridor of open space. Now Woodstock officials plan to clean up the lead-contaminated soil in a project that could cost more... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kenya,United Kingdom

14 August 2002

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

In this final instalment of a two-part series comparing British and Kenya's police, Chief Crime Reporter STEPHEN MUIRURI, examines the way crime can be controlled without using force. Police shootings have become a normal occurrence in Kenya and there is no end in sight. Perhaps, that is why the dust settled so quickly after a recent case, where police allegedly shot dead a university student. Nobody can hide the fact that our police are trigger-happy and lack the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 August 2002

Miami Herald, Opinion

Ruthmae Bethel drives her SUV into Biscayne Bay with her two children in tow. A man surfaces in a creek and is linked to a bludgeoned woman in Overtown. A teen is shot to death hours before she would have celebrated her 17th birthday. Why did these things happen? Could these killings have been stopped? What steps must we take to protect our residents? Unfortunately, these questions are unanswerable; we know little about the 50,000 violent deaths that occur yearly in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Nigeria

14 August 2002

Daily Trust (Nigeria)

SOKOTO, Nigeria — The Sokoto State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Daniel Nakobo has warned that the police will deal ruthlessly with any one possessing firearm without licence in the state. This was disclosed by the commissioner recently in a Rima Radio weekly programme in the state, he said, the federal government has suspected the issuance of firearms to private individual in the country. Mr. Nakobo remarks that the suspension became necessary to safeguard the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 August 2002

Omaha World Herald (Nebraska)

The Omaha City Council won't withdraw a proposed handgun registration ordinance at Mayor Mike Fahey's request but will give him time to suggest amendments. The council on Tuesday agreed to a four-week layover of the public hearing and vote on the ordinance, which the administration already has revised once. An earlier version proposed by Police Chief Don Carey included 17 reasons that a handgun permit could be denied, among them the catch-all phrase "in the interest... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

14 August 2002

Halifax Herald (Nova Scotia)

What started out as an attempt to get a storage room in a beautiful Timberlea home cleaned up so basement carpets could be lifted turned into a raid by RCMP officers in flak jackets last week. "I thought it was quite funny," said a woman who lives at the home. "The (officer) says, 'Where's your husband?' … I had no idea what they were looking for. They asked me if there were any guns in the house. I said there were a few guns and a few bullets … I had not expected... (GunPolicy.org)

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