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Gun Policy News, 26 August 2002


26 August 2002

Expatica (Brussels)

A bill recently approved by the Council of Ministers would require all firearms in Belgium to be registered — even if they're just passing through — and prohibit their sale except where specifically authorised. The move is aimed at stemming a growing illicit arms trade involving weapons which are imported into Belgium and then re-exported for sale in other parts of the world. "For the past few decades Belgium has been a centre of illicit arms trade," said Alain... (

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United States

26 August 2002


For nearly a year, Washington's mushrooming aviation-security apparatus has concentrated on keeping anything that looks remotely like a weapon off airplanes. A G.I. Joe's toy gun. A granny's knitting needle. Everyone's nail clippers. Yet now the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is on the verge of a curious reversal. Next month the U.S. Senate is expected to pass legislation authorizing pilots to carry guns on planes. A combination of government bungling,... (

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United States

26 August 2002

New York Times

When Jack Ruby shot the man accused of assassinating President John F. Kennedy in 1963, the moment was captured on film. The picture shows Ruby's grim posture, his gun, Lee Harvey Oswald recoiling as the bullet strikes him, and the shocked reactions of the police escorting the prisoner. It's a rare photo — an instant in history forever frozen because a news photographer happened to be taking Oswald's picture when the gun was fired. Nearly 40 years later, an inventor... (

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26 August 2002

Star (Malaysia) / Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR — Police are giving top priority to solving criminal cases involving the use of firearms in view of the increase in such cases lately, Bukit Aman CID Director Datuk Salleh Mat Som said. Hence, the various CIDs were beefing up their men to handle such cases and also helping the state police contingents facing a shortage of personnel. "These top priority cases include the use of firearms in kidnapping and robberies," he said after taking part in the... (

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United States

26 August 2002

Herald-Sun (North Carolina), Opinion

Remington Arms' sorry excuse for a recall of its pre-1982 Model 700 bolt-action rifles sends consumers a clear message: You snooze, you lose. With only 4½ months left on its nine-month "safety modification program," Remington's program will be over before many consumers even knew it was available. This so-called "safety modification program" comes after years of complaints against Remington, including at least 100 deaths and injuries and thousands of malfunction... (

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26 August 2002

BBC News

The Belgian Government has been defending the controversial sale of more than 5,000 machine guns to Nepal. Belgian Foreign Minister Louis Michel said the Nepalese authorities needed the weapons because of the threat posed by Maoist rebels who are trying to impose a communist dictatorship. He said the production and sale of arms was not immoral, and the real question was to know who they are going to. Politicians from other Belgian parties have demanded an urgent... (

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United States

26 August 2002

Boston Globe

QUINCY — Using the police headquarters as a backdrop, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Thomas F. Birmingham yesterday promised to boost spending on community policing and parole officers, oppose any loosening of gun control laws, and force criminals to pay restitution to their victims. In unveiling his anticrime strategy, the Senate president also pledged to prosecute corporate crimes that "boil my skin." Birmingham accused his rivals, especially Republican Mitt... (

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26 August 2002

Independent (Banjul)

Violence has become a major public health problem across the world and each year millions of people die as a result of injuries due to violence, while many more survive their injuries, but live with permanent disabilities, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). In its First World Report on Violence and Health that is due to be launch this October, WHO said in addition to death and disability, violence contributes to a variety of other health consequences.... (

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Papua New Guinea

26 August 2002

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

The Minister for Welfare and Social Development Lady Carol Kidu was very concerned with the women of Southern Highlands during a two-day visit last week. Lady Kidu was part of a delegation comprising the Minister for Inter-Government. Relations, Sir Peter Barter, Archbishop Brian Barnes of Port Moresby, United Church Moderator, Rev. Samson Lowa, Rhoda Belden, from Peace Melanesian on the visit. "Our purpose on the visit is to listen, take notes and put a... (

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