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Gun Policy News, 4 October 2002

Australia

4 October 2002

Sydney Morning Herald

A Supreme Court judge yesterday criticised the ready availability of firearms, which he said continued to cause the needless loss of young lives. Justice Roderick Howie made his remarks while jailing a man for a maximum 24 years for the "senseless killing" of a man who had made a lurid slur at his aunt. Kirstain Katarzynski, 33, shot dead 22-year-old Benjamin Hillier outside the Collingwood Hotel, at Liverpool, in April last year. Katarzynski bought the gun for $350... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 October 2002

ABC News (USA)

SILVER SPRING, Maryland — The FBI is drawing up a profile of the suspect or suspects in the 16-hour sniper shooting spree that killed five people in suburban Maryland, as authorities investigate whether a shooting Thursday night in Washington, D.C., was the work of the same suspects. Montgomery County Police Chief Charles Moose said authorities are concerned about releasing any profile of the kind of person authorities are looking for, because they do not want to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 October 2002

Chicago Tribune

A conservative group with ties to the National Rifle Association is expected to spend more than $750,000 on television advertising over the next 10 days to promote Republican Joe Birkett and attack Democrat Lisa Madigan, turning up the heat in an already contentious contest for Illinois attorney general. The ads are being run throughout the state by the Law Enforcement Alliance of America, a group based in Falls Church, Va., that supports allowing people to carry... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

4 October 2002

Calgary Herald (Alberta)

It took only 15 tragic minutes for an argument with a school teacher to end in the self-inflicted shooting death of a 17-year-old in front of one of his friends. The teen, a recent arrival to this southern Alberta town of 6,000, reportedly threatened to kill his teacher after he was mildly disciplined for falling asleep at his desk. "Last week, he got beat up at a party, and today in class, he just flipped it and started saying threats to the teacher, like, 'I'm going... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 October 2002

Los Angeles Times

KENSINGTON, Maryland — Five people were shot to death Wednesday and Thursday in a series of seemingly random attacks that shocked the middle-class suburbs of Washington, sending police swarming onto streets and highways in a frantic search for a small white cargo truck carrying two suspects. The shootings occurred within a 16-hour period that started Wednesday night and continued into the morning rush hour Thursday, spreading alarm through an enclave of bustling... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 October 2002

Hampton Roads Daily Press (Virginia)

NEWPORT NEWS — Former Norfolk judge Luther Edmonds said he didn't know there was a gun in his girlfriend's purse, which he carried into the Newport News courthouse on Wednesday. Edmonds, who was convicted in 2000 of pistol-whipping a former state delegate, was arrested Wednesday after trying to pass through the courthouse metal detector. He was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. A judge set a $35,000 bond for Edmonds after hearing testimony... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 October 2002

Clarion-Ledger (Mississippi)

About 95 people from the metro area have been sentenced under the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative that seeks to remove gun-toting felons from communities. "We are absolutely hoping to make neighborhoods safer," said U.S. Assistant Attorney Linda Anderson of Jackson. "It's also easing the load for state courts." President Bush announced the initiative in May 2001. Project Safe Neighborhoods enhances sentencing under Operation Ceasefire, where felons in possession... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 October 2002

Associated Press

BALTIMORE — The victims in this week's deadly shootings in suburban Washington were killed with high-powered ammunition, likely fired from a rifle commonly used for hunting and target practice, police and firearms experts said. Montgomery County police said it was likely that the shots, described as .223-caliber bullets, were fired from a rifle such as a Colt AR-15 — the semiautomatic, civilian version of the military M-16 assault rifle. Each of the victims shot... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

4 October 2002

One World (UK)

Perpetrators of violent deaths are more likely to strike at home than in conflict zones around the world, indicates a groundbreaking United Nations report released Thursday. Only one-fifth of the world's annual 1.6 million intentional violent deaths occur as a result of armed conflict. About half are suicides and nearly one-third are homicides, with many of the fatalities in both categories occurring at home, according to the new report from the World Health... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 October 2002

Baltimore Sun

Republican gubernatorial candidate Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., whose voting record on guns has been excoriated by gun-control groups, issued a statement yesterday expressing shock at "the senseless and seemingly random shootings in Montgomery County." "My prayers are with the families of those who have been shot and the parents of every child affected," the Baltimore County congressman said. "Maryland has some of the most restrictive and progressive gun laws in the nation... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 October 2002

Baltimore Sun

U.S. Attorney Thomas M. DiBiagio took on his critics headfirst yesterday, angrily rejecting suggestions that his office could do more to fight city gun violence and holding up as proof of its efforts a 10-year prison sentence for a young Baltimore man who had become a symbol of the city's violent, well-armed streets. DiBiagio's remarks appeared to be aimed most directly at his own political benefactor and friend, Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., who heavily lobbied the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 October 2002

Reuters

ROCKVILLE, Maryland — Police hunted a "skilled shooter" on Friday who killed five people at random by firing high-velocity bullets in a normally sedate Washington suburb. "We are dealing with someone shooting from a distance using a high velocity round," Montgomery County Police Chief Charles Moose said, revealing the type of weapon used in one of the worst shooting sprees in America this year. "It is anything from an assault rifle, that may have been banned, to a... (GunPolicy.org)

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