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Gun Policy News, 26 October 2002

United States

26 October 2002

San Diego Union-Tribune (California)

A state crackdown on people who illegally possess firearms has netted 190 weapons and 20 arrests since it was implemented July 1, state Attorney General Bill Lockyer said at a San Diego news conference Thursday. Lockyer was in San Diego to discuss the Department of Justice's effort aimed at those who have been convicted of crimes that preclude them from legally owning a firearm. "Someone who legally has a firearm and then commits a crime that prohibits a person from... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 October 2002

Washington Post

Fairfax County and Northern Virginia park boards have voted to uphold a long-standing ban on guns in public parks, setting up a potential confrontation with state legislators over a new law that restricts the ability of localities to regulate firearms. On Wednesday, the Fairfax County Park Authority's board voted 9 to 1 to revise 22-year-old park regulations to "streamline" them and bring them up to date, said Judy Pedersen, an authority spokeswoman. But the board made... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 October 2002

New York Times

John Allen Muhammad, the man arrested in the suburban Washington sniper case, owned at least two Bushmaster XM15 rifles in the last two years: the one linked to the shootings and another one that he sold at a gun shop in Tacoma, Wash., according to court documents and an executive of Bushmaster Firearms. It is not yet known where or how Mr. Muhammad bought the Bushmaster rifle that the authorities say was used in the killings. It was the other gun that led to his being... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 October 2002

Telegraph (UK)

MOYIE SPRINGS, Idaho — Gun control is back on the political agenda in the suburbs terrorised by the Washington area sniper but "out West" in Idaho, perhaps America's most remote and rugged state, politicians are falling over themselves to champion the right to bear arms. One of the sniper's 10 murder victims was Lori Ann Lewis-Rivera, who grew up in Idaho, and the state is next to Washington state, where the two suspects being held are alleged to have practised with... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 October 2002

Associated Press

SEATTLE — John Muhammad was looking for something solid and steady. He looked for it in the regimen of a military career and the self-discipline of exercise, karate and Islam. He looked in the bonds of marriage, in the obedient eyes of children, even in a new name. He looked from Washington to Tacoma, from Antigua to Iraq. Everywhere, it was always the same: flux and frustration. Finally, if authorities are right, he looked down the barrel of a rifle. He saw... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 October 2002

Washington Post

Sniper suspect John Muhammad never should have been in possession of the Bushmaster XM-15 rifle linked to the deadly shootings in the Washington area because he was legally barred from owning firearms as part of a restraining order issued more than two years ago, according to court records and officials. Authorities with the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms worked this week to trace the path of the weapon to determine how Muhammad got it. The gun's... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

26 October 2002

Newcastle Evening Chronicle (UK)

The chronicle's campaign to license airguns has been given another boost. A Home Office minister has given a clear indication that the Government is now considering introducing a register of owners and increasing the age limit for their purchase. Firearms minister Bob Ainsworth made the concession in a written Commons answer to Gateshead East and Washington West MP Joyce Quin, who has led the drive for a change in the law in Parliament. The campaign was launched in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 October 2002

Washington Post

The common refrain of those who oppose limits on gun sales and gun ownership is that we must support vigorous prosecution of criminals who use guns. Don't limit the rights of law-abiding people who want guns for sport or protection, they say, but throw the book at people who abuse those rights. As Virginia, Maryland and federal authorities squabble over who gets to prosecute first in the sniper killings that terrified this region for three weeks, we can see this... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

26 October 2002

Courier-Mail (Brisbane)

The Federal Opposition has blasted the planned handgun ban and buyback scheme as a con job, saying only 5 per cent of the weapons will be affected. Labor's community security spokesman Mark Latham said Prime Minister John Howard was trying to deceive the Australian people about the extent of the buyback. "The Prime Minister's proposal exempts 'shooter classifications for the Commonwealth and Olympic games and similar events'," Mr Latham said. "This means handguns... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

26 October 2002

Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

Every corner of the country was understandably moved and horrified by the seemingly inexplicable shooting and murder of two university students going about their normal business of attending classes at Monash University in Melbourne this week. As the nation struggled to overcome the outrage and agony of the Bali tragedy, it was another blow to the peace of mind of the average Australian. The alleged killer was supposed to give a presentation to his awaiting economics... (GunPolicy.org)

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Afghanistan,United States

26 October 2002

Los Angeles Times

BAGRAM, Afghanistan — The U.S. military has stopped handing over confiscated weapons to Afghan militia fighters after criticism that it was strengthening regional warlords at the expense of the national government. The change was made quietly after reports Oct. 16 that weapons caches were going to militia fighters traveling with American forces, U.S. military spokesman Col. Roger King said Friday. Critics worried that arming private militias would fuel fighting... (GunPolicy.org)

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