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Gun Policy News, 28 October 2002

United States

28 October 2002

New York Times

BELLINGHAM, Washington — A former friend of John Allen Muhammad's said yesterday that she drove him to a backyard gunsmith last fall to have a semiautomatic rifle made shorter and silent. It is unclear whether the weapon he brought was ever modified, but the friend, Kristine Sagor, said she was convinced now that Muhammad was planning some kind of killing spree while laying over here. "I didn't know what he was planning to do," said Sagor, referring to the meeting... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 October 2002

Chicago Tribune

Emphasis on reducing the number of fatal shootings has overshadowed the needs of people who survive gunshot wounds, members of a group formed to reduce gun violence said Sunday. At the Handgun Epidemic Lowering Plan Network's 7th annual conference in downtown Chicago, activists and medical professionals said many people downplay stories of people wounded by gunfire simply because they do not understand the longterm impact of being shot. "I think the general public... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 October 2002

Washington Times, Editorial

If Maryland's Democratic gubernatorial candidate Kathleen Kennedy Townsend is such an effective crime-fighter, why has Maryland failed to perform hundreds of criminal background checks of would-be gun purchasers? It's a question Mrs. Townsend's Republican opponent, Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich, has begun asking in print and television ads — in response to criticism leveled at him by the Townsend camp on the gun-control issue. Mr. Ehrlich, who favors sensible measures that... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

28 October 2002

Courier-Mail (Brisbane)

Justice Minister Chris Ellison has defended the Federal Government's planned handgun crackdown, after claims from the Opposition that it is toothless and a con. Senator Ellison said the proposed national buyback of handguns would be backed up by tougher restrictions on gun ownership and rules relating to membership of shooting clubs. Labor community safety spokesman Mark Latham last week described the handgun crackdown as a con, claiming it would take fewer than 5 per... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations,United States

28 October 2002

International Herald Tribune, Opinion

LONDON — Ten people died from the sniper's bullets in the Washington area. In the same three-week period, 1,600 people died from gunfire in the United States generally, and more than 17,000 around the world. Apart from evoking horror, high-profile shootings in the United States cause us to shake our heads and lament the easy availability of guns in America. The Land of the Free, as we all know, is also the Home of the Handgun. But the United States is not the only... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 October 2002

Boston Globe

MARION, Alabama — Dr. Timothy Wheeler is a man of science and precision. He is trained to save lives, but in his free time he uses his keen eye and nimble fingers to do other things. "I vote. I pay taxes. And I go to the target practice and fire a .223-caliber rifle," said Wheeler. The 53-year-old California surgeon describes himself as typical of those who gather at training camps and firing ranges across the country — highly intelligent, and choosing to spend... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 October 2002

Associated Press

NEW YORK — The New York Police Department's cash-for-guns program has taken almost 1,600 guns off the streets by paying $100 per firearm in an attempt to reduce gun violence, police announced Monday. Police have paid out more than $158,000 for 898 revolvers, 542 semiautomatic pistols, 96 sawed-off shotguns and 49 assault weapons, Commissioner Raymond Kelly said in a statement. New York residents can turn in guns at police precincts, housing police service areas and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 October 2002

Reuters

NEW YORK — Approximately 4% of US college students own guns, and those that do are more likely than others to engage in certain high-risk behaviors, such as binge drinking, new study findings show. Dr. Matthew Miller of Harvard University in Boston and his colleagues found that gun-owning college students tend to drink higher amounts of alcohol at a time, and when doing so, are more likely than others to have unprotected sex and run-ins with police. Other high-risk... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

28 October 2002

Associated Press

SYDNEY, Australia — Australians overwhelmingly support a plan to slash handgun ownership following a university shooting rampage last week, according to a poll released Tuesday. Published in The Australian newspaper, the telephone survey of 1,200 people conducted by Newspoll found 83 percent of those surveyed supported tighter handgun laws, including 71 percent "strongly" in favor. Only 12 percent of those surveyed were against tougher controls. No margin of error... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 October 2002

Boston Globe

TACOMA, Washington — The rifle allegedly fired in the Washington-area sniper spree is an easy weapon to use and when fitted with a telescopic scope, experts said, it can be effectively used after only a few hours of practice. The semiautomatic Bushmaster XM-15, a slightly altered civilian version of the U.S. military's standard-issue M-16, is also the type of weapon that is at the heart of the debate over gun control laws. Advocates for stricter gun controls said... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 October 2002

New York Post

TACOMA, Washington — There's another person who needs to be held accountable for his role in the Psycho Sniper attacks that left 10 dead and three injured. His name is Brian Borgelt, owner of the Bulls Eye gun shop, the last known source of the .223- caliber Bushmaster rifle used in the attacks. The local news has quoted Borgelt as saying that he "might have" sold John Muhammad the Bushmaster — despite a restraining order from an ex-wife, which would have made the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 October 2002

Reuters

TACOMA, Washington — Federal agents were scouring records at a Tacoma, Washington gun shop on Monday for clues on how suspected serial sniper John Allen Muhammad got his hands on a rifle delivered to the store in June. Agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms have yet to find sales records from Bull's Eye Shooter Supply for the weapon linked to 13 shootings in and around Washington, D.C., despite several days of searching, local media have... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 October 2002

United Press International

WASHINGTON — Emory University has accepted the resignation of a history professor whose work on the use and ownership of firearms in early America has been widely criticized. Emory Associate Vice President Jan Gleason announced Friday that Michael Bellesiles' resignation would be effective Dec. 31. Bellesiles is the author of "Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture," an award-winning book that appeared to confirm that the Second Amendment protects only... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 October 2002

Knight Ridder / Tribune (USA)

WASHINGTON — The sniper attacks in the region surrounding Capitol Hill have energized attempts to expand the federal ban on assault weapons to prohibit semi-automatic rifles of the kind used to kill 10 people and wound three. The arrest of two suspects in the case brought palpable relief to an agonized community. But seizure of a Bushmaster XM-15, which police suspect was used in at least 11 shootings, only intensified debate about the legal availability of such guns... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 October 2002

Boston Herald, Opinion

We're going to do a little thought experiment here. So, what I want you to do is read the following paragraph, then close your eyes and picture the scene, and then answer the question that follows. Ready? OK: You are standing on a hilly piece of land in suburban Maryland not far from Washington, looking down at a crowded shopping mall surrounded by snarls of traffic. Through your binoculars, you see a man step out of a white van, pull a rifle with a scope from behind... (GunPolicy.org)

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