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Gun Policy News, 18 September 2002

United States

18 September 2002

Omaha World Herald (Nebraska), Editorial

A fairly new cooperative effort between federal and county prosecutors is helping make sure gun-wielding criminals get the stiffest penalties allowed under law. State leaders hope that with time, Project Safe Neighborhoods will bring a reduction in gun-related violence. That has happened in other states. In Richmond, Va., a 30 percent reduction in gun homicides was seen when a similar program was introduced, said Jan Sharp, criminal chief for the U.S. Attorney's Office... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

18 September 2002

Scotsman (Edinburgh)

A Scottish aristocrat battling a powerful law firm to restore his family's fortunes has had to hand over his shotgun and firearms licence to police. Stuart Usher's dispute with Edinburgh-based Brodies was the subject of last week's Cutting Edge documentary on Channel 4. During the programme, Mr Usher said he sometimes felt like taking his gun into Edinburgh and "nailing" a few lawyers. Mr Usher was visited at his home near Jedburgh yesterday by two officers from the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 September 2002

Baltimore Sun

As anti-gun advocates continued to characterize him as a pawn of the National Rifle Association, Republican gubernatorial candidate Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. clarified yesterday a statement he made about the state's Handgun Roster Board, contending that he never said he would seek to get rid of it. On Friday, Ehrlich said he would "review" the state's gun control programs "to see what's working." The two he mentioned were the ballistic fingerprint program, in which state... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 September 2002

Boston Globe, Editorial

Bostonians are accustomed to seeing Mayor Thomas Menino everywhere, from a church bazaar to the opening of a small business in a struggling neighborhood. But the mayor has been conspicuous by his absence during recent tensions over a spate of fatal shootings by police — eight in the last 22 months and four this year. Extreme elements rush in to fill any leadership vacuum. Already there is loose talk on the street of the Boston Police Department as an occupying force... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 September 2002

Associated Press

INDIANOLA, Iowa — The head of the Iowa office of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms was charged with public intoxication and was being investigated on allegations that he threatened some teenagers with a loaded gun. Jon Carl Petersen, 41, was arrested and taken to the Warren County jail. He was released Tuesday on his promise to appear in court. Petersen's supervisor, Paul Vido, in Kansas City, Mo., said Petersen will be allowed to carry a weapon... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 September 2002

Teheran Times (Iran)

PARIS — A quarter of American teenagers have ready access to firearms or alcohol in their home, providing a potent recipe for mayhem, according to a study published Monday in a specialist journal, Injury Prevention. The research is drawn from interviews with almost 18,500 Americans aged from 12-18. Nearly 29 percent of respondents said they had easy access to alcohol at home, and more than 24 percent said they could easily get their hands on a shotgun, a rifle or... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

18 September 2002

Montreal Gazette (Quebec)

Quebec men have the highest suicide rate of any Canadian province and the trend isn't showing any signs of slowing, Statistics Canada reported yesterday. According to a study, published in yesterday's edition of Canadian Social Trends, more people took their lives in Quebec in 1998-99 than in any other province. While the Canadian average was 14 suicides per 100,000 population, the rate in Quebec was 21.3. The only parts of Canada with higher rates were the Yukon and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 September 2002

St Petersburg Times (Florida), Opinion

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Tony Sanchez and John Sharp have one essential thing in common with Rick Perry and David Dewhurst besides their all being Texans running for office. Sanchez and Sharp are the Democratic candidates running for governor and lieutenant governor. Perry and Dewhurst are the GOP candidates running for the same offices. SAN ANGELO, Texas — Tony Sanchez and John Sharp have one essential thing in common with Rick Perry and David Dewhurst besides their... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

18 September 2002

New Zealand Herald

The death of Michael Coffin was a practical joke gone wrong, a defence lawyer told the jury in the High Court at Auckland yesterday. Auckland barber Christopher Thomas, 24, is accused of murdering the 21-year-old chef by shooting him at point-blank range in the back of the head on August 11 last year. In his opening address to the jury, defence counsel Lester Cordwell, appearing with Roy Wade said that Thomas put the gun at the back of Mr Coffin's head and pulled the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 September 2002

Daily Progress (Virginia)

The National Rifle Association sued Albemarle County's school system Tuesday, accusing administrators of violating a 12-year-old boy's free speech rights by forcing him to turn his NRA T-shirt inside out. Alan Newsom, 12, wore the purple "NRA Sports Shooting Camp" shirt, which featured silhouettes of three target shooters, to sixth grade at Jack Jouett Middle School in April. The school's vice principal noticed the shirt and told him to turn it inside out because the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 September 2002

Lansing State Journal (Michigan), Opinion

This isn't the way gun-control advocates expected the 2002 campaign to go when they were out on the streets gathering petition signatures 18 months ago. Angered by the Legislature's decision to make it easier for folks to get concealed weapons permits, they turned in hundreds of thousands of signatures aimed at blocking the law until the Nov. 5 election. And when a Michigan Supreme Court ruling thwarted that effort, they vowed to launch a second petition drive. It... (GunPolicy.org)

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