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Gun Policy News, 5 September 2002

United States

5 September 2002

Reuters

WASHINGTON — The Senate overwhelmingly backed a measure on Thursday that would arm airline pilots on a voluntary basis in a dramatic security step aimed at preventing a repeat of last year's Sept. 11 attacks. Gun control advocates from the Democratic party joined conservative Republicans in passing the measure 87-6, leading supporters to declare they had the momentum to overcome the remaining hurdles to making the plan law. A similar bill already has passed the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

5 September 2002

Los Angeles Times

A Casitas Springs man accidentally shot and killed himself after going outside his home to check on a noise, sheriff's officials said Wednesday. Michael Back, 43, was in his home in the 8000 block of Park View Drive when he heard a sound outside about 8:40 p.m. Tuesday, Deputy Ron Nelson said. Nelson said Back put a .22-caliber pistol in his waistband and went out to investigate. The gun went off, hitting Back in the groin. He was taken to Ventura County Medical... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

5 September 2002

Press (Christchurch)

A Christchurch arms dealer faces 15 years in prison after allegedly being caught trying to smuggle guns and ammunition out of the United States. US prosecutors yesterday revealed the seriousness of charges against David Tipple. In documents supplied to The Press, they said Tipple lied about the contents of taped cardboard boxes destined for New Zealand, telling officials at Los Angeles airport they only contained "clothes and stuff". Questioned more on the contents, he... (GunPolicy.org)

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China

5 September 2002

Associated Press

BEIJING — China has ordered a crackdown on crime and tightened supervision over firearms and explosives ahead of a major Communist Party congress in November, state media reported Thursday. Public Security Minister Jia Chunwang ordered police to deepen the ongoing "Strike Hard" anti-crime campaign, which demands faster investigations and trials and permits broader use of the death penalty. "To create a safe, stable social environment for a successful national... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

5 September 2002

Vancouver Sun

Bowling for Columbine, the latest documentary from irreverent film-maker Michael Moore, David Cronenberg's Spider and the Canadian premiere of Bloody Sunday, winner of the Golden Bear award at the Berlin Film Festival, are among the 302 films from 52 countries that will play the Vancouver International Film Festival, which announced its full lineup Wednesday. The festival (Sept. 26 to Oct. 11), includes 104 Canadian films, 34 of which are features, 71 mid-length and... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

5 September 2002

Business Day (Johannesburg)

CAPE TOWN — Seventy-nine gun dealers and 24 gunsmiths had gone out of business, and gun licence applications were down by almost 50000 a year, despite the fact that the new Firearms Control Act had not yet been fully implemented, police told Parliament yesterday. The SA Police Service delegation at the safety and security committee received a drubbing from MPs for failing to get the new firearms law up and running when it was placed on the statute book more than 18... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

5 September 2002

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Montana — A convicted felon is accused of shooting a Missouri National Guard helicopter twice as it flew over his property in a search for marijuana. Tuesday's shooting disabled the helicopter, but the pilot landed safely and no one was hurt. No drugs were found at Jimmie Leroy Shriver's residence, but police allege in court documents that they found two stolen firearms. Shriver, 53, was charged in state court with six counts each of first-degree... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

5 September 2002

Toronto Sun (Ontario)

Police were searching today for four masked men who allegedly stole 75 high-powered handguns from a sporting goods store in a residential area northwest of the city. The suspects, one armed with a sawed-off shotgun and another wielding a silver handgun, were at large after the weapons were taken from Ontario Sporting Supplies in Thornhill. "Shots were fired from the sawed-off shotgun. One of the employees suffered injuries and is now in critical condition," said Sgt.... (GunPolicy.org)

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