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Gun Policy News, 12 September 2002

United States

12 September 2002

Richmond Times Dispatch (Virginia)

In a Monday letter to state Del. Richard H. Black, R-Loudoun, who requested the opinion, Kilgore wrote: "It is my opinion that the Department of Conservation and Recreation exceeded its statutory authority in prohibiting the carrying of concealed handguns by holders of valid permits." The opinion is only advisory, however, and is not binding on the agency. Jim Meisner, a spokesman for the agency, said the department's director, Joe Maroon, Secretary of Natural... (

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United Kingdom

12 September 2002

Scotsman (Edinburgh)

Criminals are becoming more willing to shoot people, according to officials figures released today. The number of offences in which a firearm was fired and killed or injured a person in Scotland rose to 348 in 2001 — an increase of 14 per cent compared to the previous year when there were 306. The total number of offences involving a firearm other than an airgun or air rifle increased by 40 per cent, from 368 in 2000 to 517, according to police figures. But as in... (

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United Kingdom,Scotland

12 September 2002

BBC News

Gun crime in Scotland has shown a massive increase, according to new figures. Firearms crime, using guns other than airweapons, were used in 517 cases in 2001, compared to 370 the previous year . The increase is thought to be due to more fake weapons or threats of weapons rather than any evidence of more actual guns in use. However, 149 people were injured by a gun other than an airweapon, the highest number ever... (

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United States

12 September 2002

Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh), Editorial

The popularity of guns in America owes much to nightmare scenarios. In the home, the scenario features an intruder who will rape and maim family members but for the gun kept in the dresser drawer. In the airliner cockpit, the scenario imagines a terrorist who will stop at nothing and can be stopped by nothing except an armed pilot. Both scenarios have just enough plausibility to influence public opinion, but other scenarios are more likely. In the home, that gun in the... (

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