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Gun Policy News, 18 August 2002

United States

18 August 2002

Boston Globe

WASHINGTON — Bashaun Pearson is not the kind of fellow likely to gain the sympathy of Attorney General John D. Ashcroft, and he hasn't. But Pearson, like a rising number of criminal suspects across the country, is doing what he can to make Ashcroft one of his defenders. Police in Washington, D.C., arrested Pearson early one morning last June as he was carrying a 9mm pistol. Police said he was high on the drug PCP. His gun is licensed in neighboring Maryland, but not... (GunPolicy.org)

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Philippines

18 August 2002

Manila Sunday Times

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Roy Cimatu said that at least 1,000 loose firearms are now in the possession of "unauthorized" individuals in Mt. Diwalwal, including around 300 members of the New People's Army (NPA). In the joint conference attended by Cimatu, PNP Director General Hermogenes Ebdane, Environment Secretary Heherson Alvarez and other local government officials in Davao, authorities outlined President Macapagal-Arroyo's orders in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Pakistan

18 August 2002

Agence France Presse

ISLAMABAD Pakistan is to close hundreds of illegal weapons outlets in an attempt to change the nation's "Kalashnikov culture" and reduce gun-related killings, which claim thousands of lives each year, officials said on Sunday. Authorities in Northwest Frontier Province, a lawless tribal area which borders Afghanistan and is infamous for violent clashes between rival clans, said that weapons markets there would be closed following instructions from Islamabad. "After... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 August 2002

New York Post

Leslie Entin never planned on packing heat. Not as a kid growing up in Queens, not as vice president of Selection de Givenchy in Manhattan and certainly not after giving birth to her daughter, Mia, who's now 5. But then came Sept. 11, and like many other people, Entin changed her views about a lot of things. Now, this 40-year-old Upper East Side mama is learning to shoot a gun. She's taken a series of one-hour classes at the New York Sportsman's Club on Murray Street,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mexico

18 August 2002

Associated Press

MEXICO CITY — Mexico City prosecutors said Sunday they aren't just playing around with proposals to ban toy guns, which they say were used in several recent stickups. Berardo Batiz, Mexico City's top prosecutor, told the government news agency Notimex that his office is studying ways to ban the guns, or require toy makers to manufacture the plastic play weapons in colors less realistic than black. "We are studying proposals, we have lawyers looking at some form of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 August 2002

Boston Globe

Thirty years ago, Joyce Lee Malcolm was among thousands of angry Vietnam War protesters who were arrested when they blocked the streets of Washington and tried to shut down the US government. Today, the Bentley College history professor is a leading defender of gun rights and a darling of the National Rifle Association. She has won praise from conservative US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and dissected the Second Amendment right to bear arms before congressional... (GunPolicy.org)

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