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Gun Policy News, 9 October 2002

United Kingdom

9 October 2002

Independent (UK), Opinion

On Monday 1 August 1966, while we English were still celebrating the weekend's 4-2 victory of our team over the Germans in the World Cup finals, a man called Charles Whitman climbed to the viewing platform of the tower at the University of Texas in the city of Austin. Dressed in overalls and equipped with a large number of guns, including one with telescopic sights, Whitman spent the next 96 minutes shooting and killing various citizens of Austin, his first bullet... (

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9 October 2002

Manila Times

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is willing to let the holders of 350,000 unregistered firearms register their guns under an amnesty. PNP chief Director-General Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. yesterday said he had requested the Office of the President to issue an executive order for a gun amnesty similar to the one declared by then President Ramos in 1995. "We are requesting for the issuance of an EO for a firearms amnesty. The mechanics of the recommendation have already... (

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United States

9 October 2002

Los Angeles Times

Hollywood's infatuation with firearms is getting a dramatic twist in two new films — a documentary feature and a cable TV drama — that attempt to tarnish the titillating appeal of guns in American culture by examining the phenomenon of school shootings. It remains to be seen whether Michael Moore's documentary "Bowling for Columbine," which opens Friday in Los Angeles and New York, and Showtime's "Bang Bang You're Dead," which premieres Sunday, draw large... (

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United States

9 October 2002


WASHINGTON — Despite frightening sniper attacks just a few miles from the U.S. Capitol, the once hot issue of national gun control appears to be dead and buried just a few weeks before hotly contested congressional elections. Gun control initiatives took on rare momentum after the Columbine school massacres in April 1999. Each time another attack occurred at a school, a workplace or a child care center, pro-gun control lawmakers rushed to urge new laws and anti-gun... (

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United States

9 October 2002


WASHINGTON — Gun control advocates are saying technology exists to create a national ballistic fingerprint system that would aid authorities in the search for suspects such as the sniper responsible for six killings in the Washington area. Such a tracking system would match bullets to individual guns and guns to their owners. But critics say that it would amount to a national gun registry. Dennis Henigan, legal director for the Brady Campaign Against Gun Violence,... (

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United States

9 October 2002

CBS News (USA), Opinion

A new, but always futile debate over gun control follows high profile gun crimes as inevitably as the funerals. The chilling sniper attacks around Washington are no exception. Gun control advocates, and I am one, are busy pointing out how these serial-sniper killings tragically reveal the need to give police much better gun-tracking tools. Specifically, there is a renewed call to resuscitate proposals for a national databank for "ballistic fingerprints," the unique... (

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9 October 2002

Sunday Mail (Brisbane)

Australia has comparatively low rates of serious crime but high rates of crime participation, a Federal parliamentary inquiry has been told. The Inquiry into Crime in the Community, which heard evidence in Sydney today, was told an international survey revealed Australia had a serious problem with car theft, personal assault and robbery. But the International Crime Victims Survey — involving telephone interviews conducted randomly in 17 countries including Australia... (

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United States

9 October 2002

Albuquerque Journal (New Mexico)

The Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department says it has discovered a problem with its handguns that could leave deputies trying to defend their lives with only a single gunshot. Glock, the company that makes the .40-caliber semi-automatics, has known about the problem for several months but didn't notify the department, a deputy said Tuesday. The 270-deputy department scrambled to inspect all of its Glocks on Monday after two weapons broke. It discovered two more that... (

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United States

9 October 2002

Chicago Tribune, Opinion

WASHINGTON — While President Bush was addressing the nation from Cincinnati Monday about the potential threat Iraqi President Saddam Hussein poses for our nation, folks in and around the nation's capital were grappling with a very real and present terrorist close to home. They call him "the Sniper." I am presuming the Sniper is a "he" because of the knowledge we have gathered from the similar sickos who came before him. Sure, women kill, but seldom in such an... (

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9 October 2002

New Vision (Kampala)

KAMPALA — The defence counsel of the General Court Martial, which is trying Operation Wembley suspects, has opposed the idea of charging soldiers with unlawful possession of firearms. Sgt. Mugerwa Lukwago from the UPDF Legal Aid team told the court that by virtue of their employment, soldiers did not require firearms certificates to be in possession of guns and ammunition, like civilians. "Its improper for the state to charge the soldiers for illegal possession of... (

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