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Gun Policy News, 17 October 2002

United States

17 October 2002

Washington Times

A Supreme Court case that both sides in the war over gun rights call a potential turning point in Second Amendment law was argued yesterday without mentioning the linchpin issues surrounding individual gun ownership. The government seeks to overturn a federal court order restoring Texas gun dealer Thomas Bean's right to own firearms — and, thereby, his eligibility to regain a gun-dealer's license lost after a felony conviction in Mexico. In order to stop felons from... (GunPolicy.org)

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Namibia

17 October 2002

Namibian (Windhoek)

Defence Deputy Minister Victor Simunja has called on Government to stop issuing firearm licenses to civilians. Speaking during debate on a motion on crime in the National Assembly on Tuesday, Simunja said by stopping all citizens from owning small firearms, such as pistols, Government would ensure that criminals would not turn the firearms on innocent civilians. Congress of Democrats (CoD) leader, Ben Ulenga, introduced the motion on crime in September. "We have seen... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 October 2002

Washington Times, Opinion

The sniper has become the latest instrument of persuasion among gun-control advocates. Their kind is popping up on cable news shows almost as frequently as ex-FBI profilers, most of whom refuse to speculate until the host rephrases the highly speculative assignment before them. The logic of gun-control supporters, as always, breaks down soon after the opening exchanges. The logic is based on the premise that another piece of legislation or another layer of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

17 October 2002

Daily Record (Scotland)

This lethal Magnum pistol is ready to rent or buy on the streets of violent Scotland — and getting hold of one took just 12 minutes. The Daily Record hired the deadly handgun with just a couple of short phone calls to shady underworld figures. And within half an hour, a major West of Scotland criminal had handed over the five- shot revolver — known to enthusiasts as the Little Big Gun. In the past week, one man has been shot dead as he walked home and two others... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 October 2002

Slate (USA)

Two different cases come before the U.S. Supreme Court today, but both are united by some common themes. Theme No 1: Bad facts can break your heart. Both cases offer facts so sympathetic to the defendant, one's half-tempted to toss out years of doctrine to fix it. Theme No. 2: If everyone would just say what they mean, the world would be a lot less stupid. The first case involves a gun law Congress wanted to repeal but didn't; the second involves prospective jurors that... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 October 2002

Charlotte Observer (North Carolina), Opinion

"The recent outbreak of long-range sniper attacks in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia exposes two long-term trends in gun industry marketing: mass marketing of military and military-style weapons, including assault rifles and sniper rifles and equipment, to the civilian market; and cultivation of a sniper subculture within the gun community." There you have it, straight from the mouth of one of the nation's most virulently anti-gun groups. The Violence... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

17 October 2002

Times (UK)

A Czech airline pilot found by security guards at Birmingham International Airport to have a loaded pistol in his hand luggage as he prepared to board a flight back to the republic was jailed for four weeks by Solihull magistrates yesterday. The court accepted there was no sinister intent, but refused bail, saying that Vaclav Pojer, who pleaded guilty, must serve two weeks of his sentence, with the rest... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 October 2002

Kansas City Star (Missouri)

Just about everything — even this page — is bar-coded these days. So why not bullets? It is a question framed in the simplest terms by a pair of area inventors. The question is being tossed about in Congress, too. Some politicians and gun-control groups argue that a federal database of every new firearm's "ballistic fingerprint" could help police pinpoint the weapons used in crimes such as the seemingly random snipings near Washington, D.C. Having secured U.S.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 October 2002

San Francisco Chronicle

Michael Moore is a shameless provocateur, the kind usually associated with the right wing, not the left. He doesn't flinch, for instance, at letting Charlton Heston damn himself in Moore's new film "Bowling for Columbine," even though the actor and National Rifle Association president recently announced he might have Alzheimer's disease. "He doesn't have Alzheimer's, he has Alzheimer's-like symptoms," said Moore, who visited Heston's Beverly Hills home to confront him... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 October 2002

Washington Post

The White House retreated yesterday from its criticism of a technology that helps authorities trace ammunition found at crime scenes. Now, the administration will study the possibility of a national database to record the unique markings made by guns when they are fired. "The president wants this issue explored," White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said. "There are reasons that people think that it could possibly move forward and other reasons that people think... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 October 2002

Reuters

WASHINGTON — The suburban sniper, who has killed nine people and traumatized the U.S. capital, has been Topic A in Washington, dominating headlines, airtime and casual conversation — except at the National Rifle Association, which has no comment about the crisis on its doorstep. The pro-gun NRA, one of the most powerful and effective interest groups in the capital, makes scant mention of the elusive gunman who began his killing spree on Oct. 2.No one is available... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 October 2002

Washington Post

RICHMOND — Northern Virginia lawmakers invoked the sniper attacks today in proposing firearm restrictions at local and state government buildings, but were rebuffed by rural and Republican colleagues who oppose new gun controls. The Militia and Police Committee of the House of Delegates voted by wide margins to defeat a proposal by Del. James F. Almand (D-Arlington) to ban all guns except police weapons in the state Capitol and General Assembly office building in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 October 2002

Associated Press

ALBANY, New York — A Georgia-based online and mail-order weapons retailer will pay a $200,000 fine for selling more than 4,500 illegal weapons to New York customers over the past three years, Attorney General Eliot Spitzer announced Thursday. Bud K Worldwide Inc. has agreed to stop selling and shipping illegal weapons to New York addresses, Spitzer said. The company had previously reached settlements with Massachusetts and California for selling illegal weapons in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 October 2002

Baltimore Sun

Nobody here but us good ol' boys. With the air turned crisper, the days running shorter and deer hunting season just around the corner, we are gathered here to shoot our guns — deep within a Carroll County landfill at a county-operated range known as the Hap Baker Firearms Facility. There's ol' Jim Cole, a bearded, soft-spoken former shop teacher who serves as range officer, making sure we handle our firearms safely and shoot at nothing other than the paper targets,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 October 2002

Fox News (USA)

The past century was one of barbarism and mass murder, one in which the world stood by while large populations were exterminated by governments bent on power and possessed of the means of killing. After World War II, the "international community" determined that the most important goal of the new international system created for the post-war era would be the prevention of genocide. "Never again," we were told, and nations signed the Convention on the Prevention and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 October 2002

Wall Street Journal

Three years ago, Benjamin Smith tried to buy a gun from a federally licensed dealer. But the sale was stopped when a background check revealed that Mr. Smith's girlfriend had won a restraining order against him. So Mr. Smith turned to the classified section of the Peoria (Ill.) Journal Star, where he found advertised a .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun and a .22-caliber pistol. He used the guns on an interstate shooting spree, killing two, wounding nine, then killing... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

17 October 2002

Reuters

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — A man facing workplace discipline shot and killed two co-workers at a provincial office in Kamloops, British Columbia, before taking his own life, police and government officials said on Wednesday. Police found the bodies of three men after they stormed the offices of the B.C. Ministry of Water Land and Air Protection on Tuesday, ending a standoff of more than four hours in the small city in the mountains of central British... (GunPolicy.org)

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