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Gun Policy News, 19 August 2002

United States

19 August 2002

Associated Press

BOSTON — The number of active firearms licenses in Massachusetts has plummeted in the four years since the state adopted one of the toughest gun control laws in the country. There were nearly 1.5 million active gun licenses in Massachusetts in 1998. By June, that number was down to just 200,000, in large part because the new law abolished lifetime licenses. Another key provision of the 1998 law has been less successful. The law set fines of between $500 and $5,000... (

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United States

19 August 2002

San Francisco Examiner

Guns shouldn't be in school, not even if it's the good guys who are toting them. That's the discussion San Francisco Unified School District officials are having about the newly created position of chief safety officer. The position, which has been in the works for the two years, would have the SFUSD work with the Police Department to create an administrative role to oversee the many programs designed to protect kids as they learn — a top priority in an era of... (

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United States

19 August 2002

Victoria Times-Colonist (British Columbia)

The gun's silver barrel warms the palm of my hand. I push the chamber out with my index and middle fingers, and dump the shell on the green turf at my feet. That was my first shot and I'm shaking, hot and sweaty. Hours before, I was sitting along with 10 other students at the North Saanich Rod and Gun Club. There, we learned how to clean, handle and dry-fire 38-calibre revolvers as part of a weekend-long introductory course. The course acts as a test-run for people... (

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19 August 2002

Washington Times

TORONTO — Several hundred American Civil War enthusiasts are staying away from a re-enactment near Toronto this year rather than comply with a Canadian law that would require them to register their muskets at the border. Descendents of the estimated 50,000 Canadians who fought in the Civil War — and other fans of American history — have been gathering for the past 12 years at a historic village to stage some of the most famous clashes between the Union and... (

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