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Gun Policy News, 24 August 2002

United Kingdom

24 August 2002

Edinburgh Evening News (Scotland)

Clubbers who have adopted imitation handguns as the latest fashion craze are risking their lives if the trend continues, police have warned. Lothian and Borders police revealed its armed response team has been called out 102 times in just four months — and claims many incidents have been caused by young men handling replica guns in nightclub queues. On half of the call-outs, police marksmen were given permission to shoot if they deemed it necessary. To date no... (

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United States

24 August 2002

Hartford Courant (Connecticut)

NEW HAVEN — The young boy who shot and killed 9-year-old Edgar Ayala on Monday told police they were playing with what he thought were fake guns, including a semiautomatic weapon. The 10-year-old shooter, whom police haven't identified, told detectives he found the guns, a .38-caliber revolver and a .40-caliber Smith and Wesson, in his yard Sunday, according to court records filed Friday. He said he hid the guns, which police believe belonged to the boy's... (

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United States

24 August 2002

Buffalo News (New York)

Nigel Bostic, a former Buffalo high school football star, is accused by federal officials of bringing more than 200 guns into Buffalo, at least one of which was used in a homicide. "Buffalo was being flooded with guns, and this is one of the most significant gun-trafficking cases we've had," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel Violanti. Bostic, also known as James Nigel Bostic, and two Ohio women are accused of buying the 9mm pistols in Ohio for $100 or less and selling... (

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