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Gun Policy News, 23 September 2002

United States

23 September 2002

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin)

A 45-year-old Jackson man has become one of the first people in Wisconsin convicted under a little-known federal law meant to keep guns out of the hands of people found guilty of even misdemeanor domestic violence. Warren B. Kruse pleaded guilty Monday in Milwaukee federal court to the felony of possessing a gun after a domestic violence conviction, the first such charge filed in the Eastern District of Wisconsin. He faces up to 10 years in prison at sentencing in... (

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United Arab Emirates

23 September 2002

Gulf News (Dubai)

Federal laws regarding ownership of firearms are being drafted by the Ministry of Defence, said Abdullah Ahmed Abulhoul, managing director, Mediac Communication and Promotion — organisers of the Arab Hunting Show and Arabian Adventure Show. Meanwhile, shipping costs for firearms have increased by 60 per cent since last September 11, said M.H. El Miniawi, from UK-based Melya. It is only a matter of time before firearm ownership laws are introduced in the Emirates,... (

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United States

23 September 2002

Centre Daily Times (Pennsylvania)

It is estimated that more than half of the homes in the United States have a gun somewhere in the house. A June 2001 study in the journal Pediatrics found that many parents incorrectly assume that a child educated about gun safety can tell the difference between a real gun and a toy gun and know how to handle the real thing. In fact, half of the children who found the gun hidden for the purposes of this study actually pulled the trigger. According the Centers for... (

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23 September 2002

Australian (Sydney)

Under existing firearms buy-back programs, holders of illegal guns are required to hand over their guns to police. The NSW Firearms Dealers Association today proposed a six month trial where licensed dealers would collect the guns before handing them over to police for ballistics testing. The gun would then be either destroyed or handed back to the dealer to be sold legally. Mr Costa said he would like to discuss the proposal with the association. "I'd have a look... (

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United States

23 September 2002


WASHINGTON — The number of Americans seeking to buy handguns and rifles rose 3 percent last year to nearly 8 million, of which 1.9 percent were rejected, the Justice Department said Sunday. Last year's rejection rate for gun applications — for reasons ranging from felony convictions to outstanding warrants — was little changed from the 2 percent of 7.7 million applications in 2000, and was slightly lower than the 2.2-percent rejection rate for 1994-2001, the... (

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United States

23 September 2002

Washington Post

When Republican Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. pledged a week ago to reexamine some of Maryland's strict gun control laws if elected governor, Democrats clucked at what they considered a political blunder. Gun control advocates denounced him at news conferences three days straight. His Democratic opponent, Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, pronounced him an "extremist" on guns and a pawn of the National Rifle Association. Ehrlich offered a simple defense and, with it, a... (

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