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Gun Policy News, 22 October 2002

United States

22 October 2002

Legal Times (USA)

As the serial sniper continued last week to slice a bloody swath along the rim of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, Josh Sugarmann shared the same sense of horror and sadness familiar to anyone shocked by the slayings. But it was tinged with something else: a feeling of profound disappointment, of a moment surrendered in time. "The history of gun control is a series of lost opportunities," laments Sugarmann, executive director of the Violence Policy Center, a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

22 October 2002

Australian Associated Press

Banning handguns would have little impact on crime because most handgun crime was committed by those who neither held licences or registered their guns, a criminologist has said. A shooting rampage at Melbourne's Monash University yesterday in which two people were killed and five wounded sparked calls around the nation today for tougher gun laws. The man accused of the shooting was a licensed shooter with appropriate permits for his handguns, it emerged today. But... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

22 October 2002

New Zealand Herald

Community anger over farm thefts has boiled over in the Far North after a farmer shot a man he caught trying to steal one of his bikes. The farmer from Whangae, northwest of Kawakawa, found three men trying to steal a quadbike from his property on Sunday about 9pm. Armed with a shotgun, he shot one of the three in the upper back between his shoulders. The other two fled. The farmer then rang police and told them what he had done. The shot man was taken by helicopter... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

22 October 2002

New Hampshire Telegraph

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Actor and National Rifle Association President Charlton Heston spoke to approximately 700 gun supporters Monday night at the Amory Exhibit Center at the Center of New Hampshire. Heston was appearing as part of the NRA's "Vote Freedom First" campaign. The 78-year-old actor urged the crowd to vote for candidates that support Second Amendment rights and to persuade others to vote for those candidates as well. "That's the biggest reception I... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

22 October 2002

Los Angeles Daily News

Spurred to action by the Beltway sniper, state Sen. Jack Scott said Tuesday he will propose legislation requiring the ballistic fingerprinting of all new guns in California. The law would require that guns manufactured or sold in California be test-fired, and the distinct mark left on the bullet and shell casing electronically stored in a government database. "You're capturing the signature of the firearm," said Robert Ricker of Virginia, a forensic technology expert... (GunPolicy.org)

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Germany

22 October 2002

Sydney Morning Herald

Two students were dead and a third was left fighting for his life late yesterday after a disgruntled commerce student opened fire with two handguns in a Monash University tutorial. The gunman, believed to be a fourth year honours student, walked into the sixth-floor econometrics tutorial about 11.20am, carrying two small hand pistols. He opened fire, killing two Asian students in their 20s instantly. A 30-year-old man was airlifted to the Alfred Hospital suffering... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

22 October 2002

New York Times

Elisa Barnes is flipping through the pages of Gun Digest 2002 in her law office in the financial district. Inside the trade publication, there's this 9-millimeter handgun that a gun manufacturer told her — with a straight face and in a taped deposition — is intended to shoot turkeys, mainly. Right. She let him have it for that one. "They feed me all these lies," says Ms. Barnes, a solo practitioner who is seen as something of a champion by gun control... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

22 October 2002

Washington Times, Opinion

In 1991, after George Hennard shot 22 people to death at a Luby's cafeteria in Killeen, Texas, Sarah Brady said the mass murder showed the need for a federal ban on "assault weapons." Mrs. Brady, the head of Handgun Control Inc., wrote an op-ed piece in which she asked, "Is it going to take a massacre in every congressional district for enough members to find the backbone to put public safety ahead of the profits of the assault weapon lobby?" It was an odd connection... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

22 October 2002

Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS — A National Rifle Association sticker was not enough justification to warrant a police search of a pickup truck for a gun, a federal appeals court has ruled. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that police in a Dallas suburb did not have probable cause when they searched Jeffrey L. Estep's truck and found a pistol in a case. "Indeed, if the presence of an NRA sticker and camouflage gear in a vehicle could be used by an... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

22 October 2002

ABC News (Australia)

Police are continuing to question a 30-year-old man over the shooting deaths of two young men at Monash University yesterday. The bodies of the men have been removed from the scene, while homicide detectives are still at the Clayton campus and the area will remain under guard overnight. Five other students are being treated for gun wounds to their legs, arms, back and shoulders. A young woman suffering from gunshot wounds to the face and a young man with wounds to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

22 October 2002

New York Times

The National Institute of Justice, the research and development arm of the Justice Department, is teaming up with Metal Storm, an electronic gun maker, to study how a firearm could be designed to determine whether the person wielding it should be allowed to fire it. "If an officer drops a gun or it is taken away from him during a tussle, a 'smart' gun could not be turned against him because there would be means of specifically identifying the authorized user," said... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

22 October 2002

Ithaca Journal (New York)

TRENTON, New Jersey — New Jersey would join two other states in using so-called "firearms DNA" to help law enforcement track handguns and rifles if legislation that cleared an Assembly panel Monday becomes law. The legislation would direct the superintendent of the state police to establish a mandatory program for registering "ballistic identifiers" of all handguns and rifles bought in the state. Maryland and New York are the only two states requiring gun retailers... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

22 October 2002

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

WASHINGTON — A bill giving Utah's Browning North America and other U.S. gun manufacturers and dealers immunity from liability and negligence lawsuits apparently has become one of the casualties of the Washington-area sniper attacks. With Utah's three representatives signed on as original co-sponsors, the measure would shield gun makers and retailers from lawsuits by municipalities seeking to recover the cost of gun violence and block civil actions from individual... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

22 October 2002

Boston Globe, Opinion

WASHINGTON — Erich Pratt feels the same wariness as other residents of the area about the serial sniper shootings that have killed nine people and seriously injured three others. Pratt is hoping against hope, just like everyone else, that the sniper will be caught. "Some of these shootings have happened relatively close to my house," said Pratt, who lives in a Washington suburb. "I'm a Little League coach. We've had games canceled. I've had friends tell me they've... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papua New Guinea

22 October 2002

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

Bougainviille has been recognised internationally as an emerging peace making society, particularly in reconciliations and weapons disposal. And that international recognition has persuaded a United Nation team from New York to be part of the monthly Peace Process Consultative Committee meeting that will be held in Buka, Bougainville next week. The team is already in Port Moresby waiting to travel across to Bougainville next Tuesday. This follows an invitation from... (GunPolicy.org)

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