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Gun Policy News, 3 October 2002

United States

3 October 2002

Gaylord Herald Times (Michigan)

HILLMAN — A 12-year-old boy was killed in a hunting accident during the early morning hours Sunday when he apparently dropped his rifle from an elevated deer blind, causing it to discharge. The bullet killed Eathan Hardies, son of Bill and Mary Hardies, instantly, according to a Montmorency County Sheriff's Dept. report. The accident took place on the Hardies' family farm north of Hillman, according to the report, which added that the boy had completed the Dept. of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations

3 October 2002

Reuters

LONDON/BRUSSELS — Violence in all its forms kills 1.6 million people worldwide each year and around half the deaths are suicides, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) report released on Thursday. The report says violence is among the leading causes of death from the mid-teens to middle age. Whether it is war, homicide, suicide or domestic, sexual or community abuse, violence pervades all levels of society and costs billions of dollars a year in healthcare... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

3 October 2002

Reuters

SILVER SPRING, Maryland — Five people were shot to death in public in a normally sedate Washington suburb, picked out at random over several hours and killed with a single bullet, police said on Thursday. Two women and three men were killed in six separate shootings that began at 5:20 p.m. EDT on Wednesday and ended at 10 a.m. EDT on Thursday in Montgomery County, Maryland, north of Washington. "It is something of a shooting spree. What the motivation is or... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

3 October 2002

Birmingham Post (UK)

The new Chief Constable of West Midlands Police said he was looking forward to the challenge of leading Britain's biggest second force and hoped his new role would be "fun". Paul Scott-Lee, who took up his post last week, said he was keen to build on the progress made by the force in tackling street crime over the last few months. He said he had no "number one priority", but was determined to crack down on gun crime which had seen two shootings in one day earlier this... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

3 October 2002

Capital News Service

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking gun permits in Maryland last year declined to the lowest number in at least five years, while the number permit applications nationwide rose slightly in 2001, according to state and federal officials. Maryland's steep decline comes on the heels of major gun-control laws adopted in 2000, but activists on both sides of the gun control issue were hesitant to attribute the change to any single factor. The number of people... (GunPolicy.org)

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Indonesia

3 October 2002

Jakarta Post

Farida, 31, is a businesswoman who lives in Kampung Pedongkelan, West Jakarta. It came as something of a shock to the people who know her that she owned a 22-caliber pistol, which she used to shoot her younger brother, Budiman, 26, in the head late last month after he borrowed her cellular phone without permission. Farida was arrested by the police for the illegal possession of a firearm, and her brother is receiving intensive medical care for his injuries. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

3 October 2002

Hampton Roads Daily Press (Virginia)

NEWPORT, Virginia — A former Norfolk judge, convicted in 2000 of pistol-whipping a state delegate, was arrested at the Newport News courthouse Wednesday when he tried to carry a gun into the building. Luther C. Edmonds, 60, was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He's being held at the Newport News Jail without bail. His arraignment is scheduled for today. Edmonds was a Norfolk General District Court judge for seven years and a Norfolk Circuit... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

3 October 2002

Australian (Sydney)

Post-Port Arthur gun control measures, which featured a massive weapons buyback, have dramatically reduced the rates of gun murders and robberies, according to an Australian criminologist working in the US. In a paper he has co-written on the 1996 buyback, Peter Reuter reveals firearms-related murders declined between 1980 and 1995 and then fell sharply between 1995 and 1999, after the control measures. And he notes that the controls and the buyback have so far... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

3 October 2002

Sunday Times (Australia)

Post-Port Arthur gun control measures, which featured a massive weapons buyback, have dramatically reduced the rates of gun murders and robberies, according to an Australian criminologist working in the US. In a paper he has co-written on the 1996 buyback, Peter Reuter reveals firearms-related murders declined between 1980 and 1995 and then fell sharply between 1995 and 1999, after the control measures. And he notes that the controls and the buyback have so far... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

3 October 2002

New York Times

UNITED NATIONS — A postal worker protesting human rights abuses in North Korea jumped over the fence in front of the United Nations today and fired seven shots in the air and at the main tower before he was arrested by guards. Law enforcement officials identified the man as Steve S. Kim, 57, of Des Plaines, Ill. He is a naturalized United States citizen who immigrated to the United States about 20 years ago from South Korea, the officials said, based on Mr. Kim's... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

3 October 2002

Dominion (Wellington)

Police say they were forced to shoot a man who was high on drugs and alcohol when he threatened armed officers in a south Auckland cemetery. The Police Complaints Authority is investigating the shooting, which occurred after the man advanced on police and ignored warnings to stop about 9.40pm on Tuesday. Counties Manukau district commander Superintendent Ted Cox said the showdown occurred after firefighters reported they were under attack from a man who was lighting... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

3 October 2002

ABC News (Australia)

MARK COLVIN: The Sporting Shooters Association in Australia is predictably angry at new evidence on the effects of the Federal Government's gun buy-back scheme. A paper released today by two criminologists claims the scheme has dramatically reduced gun-related murders and robberies. It finds that although armed robberies have increased over the past few years, the proportion committed with a firearm declined sharply. The gun buy-back scheme, introduced after the 1995... (GunPolicy.org)

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