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Gun Policy News, 19 September 2002

United States

19 September 2002

Gazette Advertiser (New York)

A Rhinebeck resident handed the Rhinebeck Town Board a petition requesting that a local rod and gun club stop shooting firearms at night and change the location of their shooting range. Rhinebeck residents attended a Rhinebeck Town Board meeting last week to express their concerns about the Northern Dutchess Rod and Gun Club at 140 Enterprise Road in the Town of Rhinebeck. They said that people shoot firearms at the club well into the night past 9 p.m., and that the... (

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New Zealand

19 September 2002

Stratford upon Avon Journal

A stratford antiques dealer specialising in guns shot himself with a single-barrelled shotgun, an inquest heard this week. Widower Robert Wigington, aged 68, of Avon Bank Drive, Luddington, had suffered from Parkinson's Disease for six years prior to his death in April, and his condition had gradually deteriorated. He was found dead behind his four-poster bed by care worker Penelope Toney with the shotgun between his legs and a shotgun wound to his head. Mrs Toney,... (

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United States

19 September 2002

Dallas Morning News (Texas)

AUSTIN — Democrat Tony Sanchez's campaign, saying that it misunderstood a gun control question last week, says he supports efforts to strip cities of their authority to ban concealed guns on public property. A campaign adviser to Mr. Sanchez, running for governor, said last week that he was opposed to new firearms legislation, including a proposal to bar cities from outlawing concealed handguns in public buildings. The Texas State Rifle Association and its... (

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New Zealand

19 September 2002

New Zealand Herald

Daniel Luff has a birthday wish: to get a card from the girl who broke his heart, Stephanie Cocker. His obsessive schoolboy crush on her led him to kill a police officer in her driveway while she cowered inside her home. Now Luff hopes she will remember his 18th birthday. He will wait anxiously for the card to arrive next week, just days into the 17-year minimum non-parole sentence he received yesterday from Justice Ron Young for murdering Detective Constable Duncan... (

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19 September 2002

Daily Star (New York)

Following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, statewide statistics indicated more people were initially applying for permits to carry handguns. As time went on, that trend appeared to be waning. Locally, however, Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie counties have seen a marked increase in pistol permit issuances this year, while in Chenango County the number of new permits decreased. The largest surge was in Delaware County, where 183 permits have been issued this year and 94... (

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United States

19 September 2002

Reuters Health

NEW YORK — Many adolescents do not have to sneak around to gain access to alcohol or even a gun. Study results suggest that for millions of US teens, alcohol and guns are within reach in their own home, researchers report. "Despite current prevention and intervention strategies, adolescents report easy access to alcohol or a gun in their home," Dr. Monica H. Swahn told Reuters Health. "Clearly we need to raise public awareness about inappropriate access to alcohol... (

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United States

19 September 2002

Detroit Free Press, Opinion

Shawn Martin was at work when she heard that her 12-year-old son, Brandon Gatling, had been shot with the 9mm handgun she had borrowed to protect herself. Brandon and his 11-year-old cousin were playing with the gun. The bullet ripped Brandon's right shoulder and severed his spine. He died 20 minutes later. That was five years ago. Martin hasn't touched a gun since, and it's a safe bet she'll never touch one again. But she has relived her son's death over and over... (

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Papua New Guinea

19 September 2002

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

A gun culture has emerged in the Southern Highlands Province according to Inter-Government Relations Minister Sir Peter Barter. He said yesterday that there more guns in the province than there had ever been on Bougainville. "I cannot say how many guns there are, but certainly more than we ever had in Bougainville," he said. The Bougainville crisis left the country cash strapped and thousands of civilian and security force members dead in a civil war which lasted... (

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