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Gun Policy News, 2 October 2002

South Africa

2 October 2002

South African Press Assocation, SAPA

A police officer from KwaMashu, Durban North, shot and killed himself last night while sitting in his friend's lounge, police said today. Inspector Thembeka Luthuli said Sergeant Musa Buleni, 35, was waiting for his friend to return from the shops when the incident occurred. She said the sergeant's friend had gone out to the shops and had left Buleni, who was apparently in good spirits, at home with his girlfriend. According to the girlfriend, she was standing in the... (

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United Kingdom

2 October 2002

BBC News

Government ministers have dropped plans for a ban on replica firearms, BBC News Online can reveal. In March 2001 then Home Office minister Charles Clarke pledged to bring about a ban after 29-year-old Derek Bennett was shot dead by police in Brixton as he held a gun-shaped cigarette lighter. He said at the time: "Our aim is to get to a position where replica firearms are banned." But the Home Office said on Wednesday it had "no plans" to introduce legislation on fake... (

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United States

2 October 2002

St Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri)

A Jefferson County man trying to teach his son about gun safety accidentally shot himself in the head Sunday, police said. Randal Lewis, 40, of Imperial died Sunday evening at St. Anthony's Medical Center in south St. Louis County. The shooting occurred about 4:30 p.m. Police said Lewis, of the 3900 block of Oak Valley Drive, near High Ridge, was talking to his 12-year-old son about the safe handling of guns and knives when the accident happened. According to the... (

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United States

2 October 2002

USA Today

WASHINGTON — Since the Senate voted overwhelmingly last month to arm up to 85,000 airline pilots, carriers and safety advocates have raised numerous concerns about cost, security and safety. So far, no one appears to be listening. Despite renewed criticism from airline executives and private worries from some government officials, the measure seems certain to become law. The politics of guns has overwhelmed the slower-moving aviation world, according to officials,... (

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2 October 2002


NORFOLK, Virginia — City officials say they will continue to ban guns from Norfolk parks despite an appeal last week from a Virginia gun-rights group. About a dozen supporters of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, most of them armed, attended last week's City Council meeting to voice their opposition to the ban. Some questioned whether it is now illegal due to recent state legislation that removed local governments' ability to regulate guns and ammunition. City... (

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Papua New Guinea

2 October 2002

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

The vision by PNG Defence Force Commander Brigadier-General Peter Ilau of a "clever force" is slowly being realised. A computer clerical course is now being conducted for 10 Defence Force soldiers at a cost of K20,000 at Murray Barracks. The course is for members of the clerical stream. A similar course was conducted two months ago for supply and logistics soldiers. Students in the current course are from Moem, Igam, Murray, Goldie and Taurama barracks. Brig-Gen... (

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