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Gun Policy News, 14 October 2002

United States

14 October 2002

Washington Post

Dave Onks III, standing a few yards away from a paper target that he had nicely peppered with bullet holes, said he knows that his .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver is no match for a rifle in the hands of sniper who can zero in on him from much farther away. But Onks wants a pistol at his side just the same. Because of the deadly string of shootings, Onks has decided to apply for a license to carry a concealed weapon. "I think carrying a gun … in general makes me... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 October 2002

New York Times, Opinion

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Maryland — In the endless media psychoanalysis and police profiling of the random murderer striking fear near the nation's capital, one possibility is rarely mentioned: that the sniper may be a terrorist affiliated with Al Qaeda or otherwise inspired by Osama bin Laden. Odds are against a conspiracy. The consensus is that the multiple assassin is a domestic madman, the most recent in a long line of serial killers. Such disgruntled loners,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

14 October 2002

News.com.au (Australia)

The sawn-off .22 rifle and handgun carried by serial armed bank robber Malcolm Bell, fatally shot by police in Brisbane on Friday, could not be matched against the stolen firearm registry because registration numbers were erased. And State Government figures reveal more than 3000 weapons stolen from firearm license holders in the past four years in Queensland. Liberal Party state leader Bob Quinn said despite the Queensland Police Service's excellent response to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 October 2002

Associated Press

The widow of a popular middle school teacher fatally shot by a student is suing the gun distributor, alleging that the gun is unreasonably dangerous and lacks safety devices that would prevent a minor from using it. The design of the .25-caliber Raven handgun will go on trial this week in West Palm Beach, Fla. The shooter, 16-year-old Nathaniel Brazill, will take a break from his 28-year prison sentence to testify. Brazill was 13 when he killed teacher Barry Grunow... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 October 2002

Greenville News (South Carolina)

COLUMBIA — The anonymous sniper who has killed eight people in the Washington, D.C., region helped draw sharp differences Sunday between South Carolina's candidates for the U.S. Senate in a nationally televised debate. Democrat Alex Sanders said he would support a federal database to identify owners of guns used in crimes, while Republican Lindsey Graham questioned the wisdom of such a system. South Carolina's U.S. Senate race is one of a handful that could help... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

14 October 2002

BBC News

Gang-related gun crime has cost Manchester more than £7m in less than 10 months, police have said. The figure was revealed on Monday as a multi-agency strategy to tackle the problem began. Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said during 2002 five people have been murdered in gang violence and 22 others injured. The Manchester Multi-Agency Gang Strategy (MMAGS) has got underway after a year of Home Office-funded research into the culture and is the first to be developed... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 October 2002

Washington Post, Opinion

Having someone try to kill you for no reason, as the Shotgun Stalker did to Willie Gilchrist Jr. back in 1993, has a way of putting life into a different perspective. "I had a spiritual revelation as a result of that attack," Gilchrist recalled recently. "The doctors said that if my head had been at any other angle when I was hit, just an inch one way or the other, I would be dead. What I came up with was the fact that when the Almighty decides it's time for you to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 October 2002

Reuters, Variety

HOLLYWOOD — (snip) United Artists' gun-culture documentary "Bowling for Columbine" grossed $206,000 from eight Gotham and L.A. theaters, or an amazing $25,750 per venue. The Michael Moore-helmed "Columbine" expands to 30 locations in nine markets... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 October 2002

Chicago Sun-Times

In a perfectly legal arrangement that raises questions about the way federal firearms licenses are granted, the reputed head of the Chicago mob is listed as the landlord of an Elmwood Park gun shop whose owners have been charged with making illegal sales, the Sun-Times has learned. John "No Nose" DiFronzo was named as the owner of the property where Illinois Gun Works Ltd. operates at 7229 W. Grand, according to the gun shop's application for a federal firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

14 October 2002

Daily News (Canada)

The father of a boy who found a loaded gun in his school's playground this week says the situation could have ended much more gravely. Three students at George Bissett Elementary School in Cole Harbour found a gun underneath an outdoor bench Friday morning. One of the boys brought the weapon to the principal, who then called police. "I think everybody's really lucky," said the father, who asked that his name not be used. "Because, even carrying it to the office, the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 October 2002

Houston Chronicle (Texas)

WASHINGTON — After a long day at a Laredo gun show, Tommy Bean wanted to take his friends across the Rio Grande to eat dinner in Mexico. But when a routine border check turned up several boxes of ammunition rattling around in his Chevy Suburban, the Vidor car salesman and part-time gun dealer landed in a Mexican jail for arms smuggling. Six months later, Bean returned to the United States in a prisoner exchange and eventually was released. Even though his crime... (GunPolicy.org)

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Cuba

14 October 2002

Associated Press

HAVANA, Cuba — A band of people arrested in the murder of five people late last year on a central Cuban highway went on trial Monday in Havana, police sources confirmed. The provincial court hearing was closed to news media. Most details were unknown, including the number of defendants on trial, their names and the charges against them. Police officers stationed outside the court Monday confirmed only that the defendants were being tried in the December mass slaying... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 October 2002

Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON — The sparse evidence available to investigators in the Washington-area sniper shootings has thrown new attention on proposals to create a national system for linking bullets recovered at crime scenes to specific firearms. Technology to create such a system is in limited use. Several lawmakers have argued that the system should be expanded so that every weapon — before it leaves the manufacturer — is tested for the unique fingerprint it leaves on... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 October 2002

Associated Press

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut — A city police officer who was fired, then rehired after a shooting out tires of a car at a sobriety checkpoint, has a new part-time job as firearms instructor. Shafiq Abdus Sabur has informed department officials that he has been certified as a firearms instructor with the National Rifle Association. The police commission fired Abdus Sabur for violating department firearm regulations. In May this year, the state Department of Labor... (GunPolicy.org)

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India

14 October 2002

New India Press

RAICHUR, India — Siddaramaiah was killed when he was curiously examining a revolver belonging to his cousin, an excise superintendent, on Saturday night, as the gun was fired accidentally. Veeraiah and his family were busy loading luggage into a jeep belonging to the excise superintendent as they were planning to visit their native village Yardona. Siddaramaiah, son of Veeraiah, was curious to see the revolver kept in a bag and took it inside the house. A few... (GunPolicy.org)

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