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Gun Policy News, 22 August 2002

United States

22 August 2002

Associated Press

SACRAMENTO — Saying gun manufacturers shouldn't get special treatment, the Assembly on Thursday narrowly approved a bill that would allow firearm companies to be sued for negligence. The measure by Sen. Don Perata, D-Oakland, would remove a lawsuit shield enacted in 1983 to protect manufacturers of cheaply made handguns known as Saturday Night Specials. A 41-35 roll call — the bare majority needed to clear the 80-seat house — returned the bill to the Senate for... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

22 August 2002

Boston Globe

A picture on the front of The Boston Globe's City & Region section last week showed a group of women waiting to apply for firearm identification cards at the District 14 police station in Brighton. They were in a line, the accompanying news story noted, that stretched the length of two corridors. By the time a reporter arrived to interview the applicants, some of them had been standing in that line for more than two hours. "Rising fear, triggered by a string of sexual... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

22 August 2002

Beaver County Times (Pennsylvania)

BEAVER FALLS — A Beaver Falls man was spinning a loaded gun on his finger just before it accidentally went off Tuesday evening, a bullet hitting his girlfriend in the abdomen, police said. And while two police officers and two firefighters were attending to the shooting victim, Brandy Sager, her panicked boyfriend, Randy Johnston, accidentally fired the gun a second time, but didn't hit anyone. "It just went boom!" Beaver Falls Police Capt. Jeff Becze said... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

22 August 2002

South African Press Assocation (SAPA)

BLOEMFONTEIN — A ruling ordering the government to pay R1.6m in damages to a man who was shot by his neighbour, an aggressive alcohol abuser who should not have been allowed to own firearms, was confirmed by the Supreme Court of Appeals on Thursday. The Cape High Court initially turned down the claim by Dirk van Duivenboden, but a full Bench of the same court later upheld it. Thursday's finding by the Supreme Court of Appeals confirmed this, thereby turning down an... (GunPolicy.org)

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Colombia

22 August 2002

Associated Press

BOGOTA, Colombia — President Alvaro Uribe's government plans to arm 20,000 peasants to support the armed forces in the fight against outlawed rebel and paramilitary groups, Colombia's defense minister said Thursday. The recruits will receive military training, and a small salary paid for by a new 1.2 percent war tax being imposed on higher-income businesses and individuals in Colombia, Defense Minister Martha Lucia Ramirez said in a radio interview. The recruitment... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

22 August 2002

Washington Post

Handgun sales in Maryland dropped nearly 8 percent during the first six months of this year over the same period last year, according to statistics from the Maryland State Police. Maj. Greg Shipley, state police spokesman, said 12,780 handguns were sold in the state from January through June, compared with 13,844 in the same period a year ago. But the decline comes after a surge in handgun sales following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks pushed total handgun sales last... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

22 August 2002

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia)

Gwinnett County authorities have issued an arrest warrant for a Florida holster vendor they say was holding the gun that accidentally discharged and killed a teenager at a Norcross gun show. Cleveland Lewis Chaney, 57, of Obrien, Fla., faces an involuntary manslaughter charge in the July 14 incident. Steven Bray King, 13, of Prattville, Ala., was struck with a single shot in his right eye. He was taken off life support the next day at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

22 August 2002

Star Phoenix (Saskatchewan)

REGINA — Saskatchewan has the second-highest regional ratio of firearms to residents, trailing only Northern Canada, according to a new study. The province has two firearms for every five residents, compared to the Yukon Territories area, which has enough guns for every person. The ratio in Atlantic Canada is one for every three people, while Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec fit the national average of one firearm for every four residents. Those are the... (GunPolicy.org)

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