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Gun Policy News, 30 October 2002

United States

30 October 2002

Tacoma News Tribune (Washington State)

After five days in the glare of national media attention, Brian Borgelt spent Tuesday hunkered down and silent. The owner of Bull's Eye Shooter Supply, the Tacoma gun store where sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad apparently acquired his weapon, spent the day inside his office on the top floor of the gun shop. He was not returning calls. "He's been just inundated by media," a salesman behind a counter said. Otherwise, things appeared to be back to normal at the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

30 October 2002

Toronto Star (Ontario)

Canada Customs officers say they're seizing at least one gun a day from U.S. motorists entering the country at southern Ontario border crossings. Customs spokesman Dan Yen said officers seized 364 firearms last year, 372 in 2000 and 374 in 1999 from motorists, including truckers, entering Canada at crossings in Niagara Falls, Fort Erie, Windsor and Sarnia. For Sale To Criminals Customs and Toronto Police intelligence officers said many of the weapons seized at the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

30 October 2002

New Zealand Herald

CANBERRA — A tide of anger sweeping across Australia following the Bali bombing and the campus shooting that last week killed two Melbourne students has hardened support for tougher gun laws. Six years ago, after Martin Bryant slaughtered 35 people at Port Arthur in Tasmania, Prime Minister John Howard spoke at public meetings in an armoured vest to swing opinion toward a ban on semi-automatic rifles and shotguns. After spending A$320 million ($365 million) to buy... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 October 2002

Philadelphia Daily News, Opinion

Current law has set up the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network, a computerized database of the unique impressions — or fingerprints — etched into bullets and casings when fired from a gun. The drawback of NIBIN is that it includes only fingerprints from guns already used in crimes. What's needed is a comprehensive system that would record a gun's unique fingerprints before that gun is sold. This would allow police to take a bullet or casing from a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 October 2002

Seattle Times

Federal agents have been unable to account for up to 340 guns at Bull's Eye Shooter Supply, the Tacoma gun shop that once owned the rifle used in the East Coast sniper shootings, two law-enforcement officials said yesterday. The audit began after the owner of Bull's Eye was unable to produce a sales record for the Bushmaster M-4 carbine used in the Washington, D.C.-area shootings, even though the manufacturer had shipped the .223-caliber rifle to his store in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Barbados

30 October 2002

Barbados Advocate

Gun related deaths are up by three cases over last year and the Police Force is warning illegal gunmen that the long arm of the law will be coming down hard on them with a sustained zero-tolerance approach. The gun-crime declaration came one day after teenaged St. Joseph resident, Fabian Best was shot and killed while walking through a district in the same parish with friends. Station Sergeant Barry Hunte, police public relations officer, said yesterday that the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 October 2002

Washington Times

Gun-rights groups are calling for Columbia University to rescind the Bancroft Prize it gave last year to a historian after an investigation found he "willingly misrepresented the evidence" in his award-winning work. Michael Bellesiles last week announced his resignation from Emory University in Atlanta after an academic panel said his book, "Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture," showed "evidence of falsification," "egregious misrepresentation" and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 October 2002

New York Times

JERSEY CITY — A student sneaked a handgun into Lincoln High School today, past security guards and police officers, and shot another student in the abdomen during a dispute, the authorities said. The wounded student, a 15-year-old whose name was withheld pending notification of his family, was listed tonight in stable condition at Jersey City Medical Center after surgery to repair a major vein in his abdomen, said Dr. David Ford, the acting chief of surgery at the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 October 2002

Washington Post

Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (D) called yesterday for new restrictions on the sale of assault weapons in Maryland, the latest sign of how the Washington area sniper attacks are driving the governor's race. At a news conference in Rockville, Townsend said the Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle allegedly used by the sniper suspects to kill 10 and wound three is not regulated for sale in Maryland because of a loophole in state law. Townsend said she wanted to close the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kenya

30 October 2002

East African Standard (Nairobi)

NAIROBI — Police in Nairobi yesterday said criminals are now making guns locally. Nairobi police boss Stephen Kimenchu also revealed they had shot dead 15 suspected gangsters, recovered 55 guns with 119 rounds of ammunition and arrested 27 suspects in possession of arms in the last two months. He said two civilians were killed by criminals and one policeman was injured during the period. Kimenchu said of the 55 guns recovered, 17 were home-made and four could fire... (GunPolicy.org)

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India

30 October 2002

Islamic Republic News Agency (Iran)

NEW DELHI — A defense laboratory under India's Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Avadi, has designed and developed an automated test system for gun control. According to a press release of India's Press Information Bureau, a copy of which was received by IRNA on Tuesday, the system developed by Avadi-based institute in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu consists of an industrial Personal Computer, interface box, signal conditioner and a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 October 2002

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

TACOMA — The owner of a gun shop that was the last recorded stop for a rifle used in the D.C.-area sniper killings yesterday defended his business as a reputable firm that aims to provide constitutional options for victims — not weapons for "psychos." A red-eyed and visibly drained Brian Borgelt, owner of Bull's Eye Shooter Supply now under audit by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, said the likelihood his firm "might have a connection" to the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 October 2002

Denver Post (Colorado), Editorial

The old saying has it that "truth is stranger than fiction," but it is probably also true that fiction is sometimes more interesting. That appears to be the lesson to be learned from a years-long controversy involving Michael A. Bellesiles, the author of "Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture." Bellesiles, who won the prestigious Bancroft Prize for history from Columbia University in 2001, has been forced to resign from his teaching position at Emory... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

30 October 2002

Canadian Press

TORONTO — Some gun enthusiasts were convinced Wednesday a decision by one of Canada's biggest magazine and book retailers to pull gun magazines from its shelves was motivated by politics, not poor sales. "I think the reason is they're pressured not to (sell the magazines)," said Allman Vieira, 56, a director of the Barrie Gun Club and a regular reader of Guns and Ammo, among other firearms publications. Vieira said he wasn't surprised by the decision by Indigo Books... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 October 2002

Denver Post (Colorado)

WASHINGTON — Even as the Washington area was tormented by a .223-caliber rifle fired out of the shadows, politicians began promoting new measures to deal with gun violence. Already, gun-control advocates are promoting ballistic fingerprinting. And the sniper shootings are expected to play into a debate in 2004 over extending, and potentially expanding, the assault-weapons ban. But in a country where federal policymakers rejected gun-control proposals after the 1999... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 October 2002

Cincinnati Enquirer (Ohio) / AP

WASHINGTON — Ohio Sen. Mike DeWine became the first Republican in Congress on Tuesday to endorse a national database for ballistic images, saying it was foolish not to use all available technology to catch criminals. "It will solve crimes. It will save lives," the former Greene County prosecutor said. Mr. DeWine's announcement puts him at odds with other congressional Republicans, the National Rifle Association and the president, who has said he has reservations... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 October 2002

Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Florida)

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida — Elmore McCray kept the small silver pistol that fell into the hands of a 13-year-old and killed a teacher for New Year's Eve celebrations, not for safety. He testified Tuesday that he didn't believe Nathaniel Brazill, who later stole the weapon and shot teacher Barry Grunow, saw him take the pistol from a cookie tin in his dresser drawer each year and shoot it into the air in his backyard. Brazill killed Grunow on the afternoon of May 26,... (GunPolicy.org)

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