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Gun Policy News, 12 October 2002

United States

12 October 2002

White Lake Beacon

Now camp officials are reexamining their offering of "high-risk" activities in light of the Muskegon County Prosecutor's review of the case. Jeffrey Brent Vickers, 12, of Caledonia was attending the American Cancer Society's "Camp-Catch-A-Rainbow" on Oct. 5 at Camp Pendalouan in Blue Lake Township when he was shot through the arm by a nine-year-old boy from Snover, MI, a town located in the eastern thumb area of the state. The boys were among two other children who... (

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United States

12 October 2002

San Francisco Chronicle

SACRAMENTO, California — Every smart elected official knows that guns don't kill political careers — soccer moms do. Democratic Gov. Gray Davis clearly senses the importance of gun control as he campaigns against Republican Bill Simon, who has tried to balance his support from the National Rifle Association and other conservative gun groups against his need to secure votes from moderate voters in this Democrat- dominated state. To Davis, simply mentioning that... (

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United States

12 October 2002

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — When Army researchers studied battlefield casualties after the Korean War, they turned up a major surprise. A carefully aimed rifle, they learned, did less damage to the enemy than did shooting at random. Today, half a century later, the results of that study are playing a role in the chilling sniper attacks in and around the nation's capital. The Army went on to develop a more accurate rifle for use at moderate ranges. And someone is now using a version... (

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United States

12 October 2002

Washington Post

Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend is considering a plan to require gunmakers to record the ballistic fingerprints of some high-powered rifles sold in Maryland, a dramatic expansion of a program that now applies only to handguns. Maryland is one of two states building ballistic databases in hopes of helping police trace ammunition recovered at crime scenes. This week, as a serial sniper with a high-powered rifle roamed the Washington region, state police officials... (

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