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Gun Policy News, 16 August 2002

United States

16 August 2002

Baltimore Sun

A 64-year-old former Baltimore police officer fatally shot his 46-year-old wife and then himself at the couple's Brooklyn Park home yesterday morning, Anne Arundel County police said. Their 19-year-old daughter, who was in the home at the time, called 911 after she heard a gunshot and saw her father, Floyd Ray Lilly, with a .38-caliber Colt revolver, said county police spokesman Lt. Joseph E. Jordan. The daughter and her fiance live at her parents' one-story Haile... (

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United States

16 August 2002

Telegraph (UK)

California has taken a step towards allowing shooting victims to sue gun makers, setting up a battle with America's powerful firearms lobby and opening the door to numerous lawsuits. The state Senate voted to overturn a 1984 law that shields gunmakers from liability. The measure now goes to the state Assembly, where it is also expected to be passed, and then to the governor, Gray Davis. The bill was tabled after a lawsuit failed against the Navegar gun company, which... (

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New Zealand

16 August 2002

Bay of Plenty Times (Tauranga)

Katikati police have warned Bay of Plenty avocado growers to think twice before taking the law into their own hands by arming themselves against fruit rustlers. Growers in the Athenree area have lost the equivalent of around 2500 trays of export avocados to thieves in recent weeks — about $60,000 worth. Grower Bruce Rapley was the worst hit, losing about six tonnes of harvest-ready fruit from his trees this week — a loss of potential income of up to... (

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United States

16 August 2002

Los Angeles Times

SAN DIEGO — After a day of emotional testimony by victims and their families, a judge on Thursday sentenced 16-year-old Charles "Andy" Williams to 50 years to life in prison for killing two students and wounding 13 others in a shooting rampage last year at Santana High School. Prosecutors, victims and the victims' families begged the judge to impose a maximum sentence of 425 years to life, which would have precluded parole for Williams. But Superior Court Judge... (

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United States

16 August 2002


WASHINGTON — Air marshals are increasingly dissatisfied with their jobs, the head of a federal workers union said Thursday. "We're hearing most of the people are dissatisfied," said T.J. Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council, which represents border patrol agents. Bonner estimated 90 percent of the 700 border patrol agents who have become air marshals are unhappy with the long work hours, the lack of overtime pay and a requirement that they wear... (

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