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Gun Policy News, 16 September 2002


16 September 2002

Canadian Press

WASAGA BEACH, Ontario — A 10-year-old boy from the Wasaga Beach area was in hospital Monday with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. The boy found a .22-calibre rifle while doing his farm chores at around 7:30 a.m. Monday, police said. When his 13-year-old brother tried to take the firearm away, it discharged, shooting the 10-year-old in the abdomen. Emergency workers rushed the boy from the Springwater Township home, east of Wasaga Beach, to the nearby Collingwood... (

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United Kingdom

16 September 2002

Evening News (UK)

Armed police held a teenager at gunpoint and ordered him to drop a suspected firearm in a city centre street. The incident began when an off-duty officer reported a youth — described as a "spooky kid" — was holding a handgun in view of alarmed members of the public in Princes Street Gardens. The teenager was followed by armed police to Cockburn Street and dropped the weapon — later found to be a ball-bearing or BB gun — when he was ordered to by... (

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South Africa

16 September 2002

South African Press Assocation (SAPA)

JOHANNESBURG — A Boksburg man is to appear in court after his nephew aged 11 killed himself with his firearm. Police spokesperson Sergeant Zethini Dlamini said the boy took a 9mm Norinco pistol from under his uncle's bed and shot himself. When his uncle got home about 12.30 on Sunday he found the boy dead at his home in Reiger Park near Boksburg. In another incident, a two-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed himself with his father's gun at his home in Ulundi... (

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United States

16 September 2002

British Medical Journal

One in four US adolescents has easy access to a gun or alcohol at home reveals research in Injury Prevention. And one in 10 has ready access to both. The findings are based on data from a national study of adolescent health. The study included almost 18,500 young people aged 12 to 18 in 132 representative schools across the country. In 1998 the three leading causes of death for this age group in the USA were unintentional injuries, murder, and suicide, many of which... (

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United Kingdom

16 September 2002

BBC News

Police say they are disappointed with the response to a weapons amnesty on Teesside. At the halfway point of a two-week amnesty, 10 air rifles, one shotgun, 19 air pistols, and a number of knives have been handed in. But Cleveland Police say they are hoping for more firearms to be handed in. The amnesty follows the high-profile manslaughter conviction of a Teesside teenager who killed his friend with an air rifle. Collecting bins have been set up at police stations... (

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South Africa

16 September 2002

News24 (South Africa) / African Eye News Service

POLOKWANE, South Africa — Two Limpopo MECs want teachers and pupils to be searched for weapons before entering school premises following the accidental shooting of an 18-year-old girl in class. Education MEC Joyce Mashamba and safety and security MEC Dikeledi Magadzi visited Martha Ramoraswi in Mankweng hospital outside Polokwane after she was shot in the stomach two weeks ago. "It's not acceptable for either teachers or children to carry weapons," said provincial... (

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16 September 2002


SIEM REAP, Cambodia — More than 5,000 confiscated illegal weapons were destroyed Monday in Siem Reap province, more than 300 km from the capital. General Hok Longdy, commissioner General of the National Policeand high representative of Deputy Prime Minister and co-Minister of Interior Sar Kheng, presided over the weapon destruction ceremony entitled "The Flame of peace". This is the fourth major weapon destruction ceremony of 2002 organized by the royal government... (

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