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Gun Policy News, 28 September 2002

United States

28 September 2002

Clarksdale Press Register (Mississippi)

Area firearms dealers have reported an increased number of people purchasing guns for home and personal protection. "This is the first time I've seen average citizens buying guns in droves," said Mega Pawn owner Dennis Hallford. "With this many people buying guns, I think there's going to be a backlash against the criminals." "I think everybody's scared to death out there," said George Flowers, owner of North Delta Gun Shop. "I've had a lot of first-time gun owners,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 September 2002

Dayton Daily News (Florida)

DAYTON, Florida — A parking-lot hassle, a high-speed chase and a black pistol could get Christopher B. Gordon more than a decade in prison. Credit a tough new federal gun enforcement program. Apparently angered when asked to move his 2002 gold Malibu to let Phillip Trammel and Terry Demons leave Your Place Lounge on West Third Street, Gordon whipped out his .45-caliber pistol and fired several rounds into the hood of Trammel's car, according to court records. Then... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 September 2002

Oklahoman

EDMOND, Oklahoma — Police officers now have the option of purchasing their own firearm or carrying one issued to them by the city. The police department recently ordered 80 handguns to be used by department officers, said Glynda Chu, Edmond police spokeswoman. She said 25 of the 45-caliber, semiautomatic handguns already were issued to the department's Emergency Response Team. Officials expect the remainder of the guns to arrive in early October, Chu said. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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Nigeria

28 September 2002

This Day (Lagos)

LAGOS, Nigeria — A member of the Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Sen. Lekan Balogun yesterday in Abuja called for the lawful possession of firearms by all Nigerians for self protection. Balogun told that News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the lawful possession of firearms was the only panacea toward curtailing the political killings in the country. He said: "If I'm armed, you would not come to my house and harass me with a gun because you don't know who will die... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 September 2002

Los Angeles Times

NORFOLK, Nebraska — A state trooper killed himself Friday in despair over botching a gun check on a man who later allegedly took part in a deadly bank robbery. Trooper Mark Zach committed suicide a day after three men stormed into a local branch of U.S. Bank and fatally shot four bank employees and one customer. Zach had stopped one of the suspected gunmen, Erick Fernando Vela, on a traffic violation last week. At that time, he arrested Vela for carrying a concealed... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 September 2002

New York Daily News

Richard Rasheen Waldburg left Jamaica, Queens, to study business at Georgia Southern University and quickly learned a lucrative, illegal lesson in marketing: The ready supply of cheap guns down South filled the demand for weapons on his hometown streets. He was part of a group of three students at the Statesboro, Ga.-based university who brought at least 45 guns to New York, authorities say, and a member of a growing fraternity of college gunrunners. Men and women who... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 September 2002

Burbank Leader (California)

SACRAMENTO — A bill written by State Sen. Jack Scott (D-Burbank) that guarantees gun- lock devices sold or distributed in the state are safe was signed by the governor this week. The bill makes it illegal to sell or distribute firearm locks that have not been approved by the California Department of Justice. Fines will range from $500 to $5,000. If a licensed dealer commits three violations within five years, the dealer's license will be... (GunPolicy.org)

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Switzerland

28 September 2002

SwissInfo

The Key Facts: - A 1999 law regulates the sale and licensing of private guns. - 500,000 men have a gun at home in Switzerland. - 350,000 firearms are kept by demobilized soldiers for summer shooting practices. - Last year 47 homicides were recorded and police say in all cases privately owned firearms were involved. The government wants to revise Switzerland's gun laws one year on from the worst-ever shooting spree in which a gunman killed 14 people in Zug. It has... (GunPolicy.org)

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