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Gun Policy News, 31 October 2002

New Zealand

31 October 2002

New Zealand Herald

A Kawakawa farmer who shot and wounded one of three men he believed were trying to steal his farm bike has been charged by Northland police with offences under the Crimes Act and the Arms Act. The three intruders have been jointly charged with trying to steal the quad bike and possessing a firearm while committing an offence. The firearm relating to the joint charge faced by the three men is understood to be a rifle. Whangae farmer Paul McIntyre faces one charge... (

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United States

31 October 2002

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

College students who own guns are more prone to behaviors that put themselves and others in harm's way, such as binge drinking and drunken driving, according to a new Harvard study. "Guns are more prevalent [on college campuses] than many would suspect. We don't know how guns are used on campus; whether people use them for their own protection or to threaten others," said Matthew Miller, the study's lead author and associate director of the Harvard Injury Control... (

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United States

31 October 2002

Denver Post (Colorado)

COLORADO SPRINGS — A woman seated at her desk in a downtown office building was shot to death Wednesday by her former fiance, who then killed himself. Karri Frazier, 20, was killed about 11:30 a.m., only 45 minutes after she had called Colorado Springs police to report that Keith Warren had violated a restraining order for the second time in 11 days. After shooting Frazier, police said, the 24-year-old Warren turned the gun on himself. Four shell casings were found... (

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United States

31 October 2002

Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas — A man shot his estranged wife to death inside a daycare center Wednesday morning, then turned the gun on himself, police said. The 32-year-old man underwent surgery. Officials said his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. The woman, who was stationed at Fort Bliss Army post in El Paso, was dropping off her 5-year-old daughter. Police Sgt. Al Velarde said 21 children were inside the Little Red Apple Daycare at the time, but he did not... (

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United States

31 October 2002

Tacoma News Tribune (Washington State)

Gun dealers and gun-control advocates say the more than 300 weapons that Tacoma's Bull's Eye Shooter Supply reportedly can't account for indicate careless record-keeping with potentially dangerous consequences. "When you have a guy who in a short period of time had hundreds of cases of lousy paperwork, that's got to raise a lot of eyebrows," said Eric Gorovits, policy director for the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence. Even fellow gun dealers say the sheer number... (

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United States

31 October 2002

Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Editorial

It's alarming that the rifle used in the sniper shootings in the Washington, D.C., area has been traced to a Tacoma gun shop, which apparently has no record of its sale. What should be even more alarming are the restraints under which regulators of commercial firearms sales operate. "If we had prior violations that exceeded the industry standard, we would not be in business," said Brian Borgelt, owner of Bull's Eye Shooter Supply, the store to which the Bushmaster... (

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United States

31 October 2002

New York Times, Opinion

John Muhammad and Lee Malvo are accused of killing 10 people during their terrifying three-week sniping spree in and around Washington. On Monday a student at the University of Arizona carried five handguns and a couple of hundred rounds of ammunition into a nursing school and proceeded to kill three of his teachers and himself. In Nashville federal authorities announced this week that they will seek the death penalty against three drug traffickers accused of... (

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United States

31 October 2002

News & Observer (North Carolina), Opinion

Sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad's combined history of domestic violence and gun possession is shining a new light on an old problem: how to enforce federal gun laws at the local level. Under federal law, people charged with domestic violence and subject to restraining orders not only are prohibited from possessing and purchasing firearms but also are supposed to surrender their weapons during the restraining order, or after conviction. Unfortunately, there's a big... (

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31 October 2002

Age (Melbourne), Opinion

Taking away people's guns simply removes a deterrent to crime, writes John Whitley. Dr Lee Gordon-Brown and the others involved in subduing and disarming Huan Xiang, the alleged perpetrator in the Monash University shooting, have rightly been celebrated as heroes. According to paramedic Paul Howells, quoted in The Age: "The people on the floor at the time were just unbelievable. They definitely saved lives." But the implications of this seem to have been lost on Prime... (

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United Kingdom

31 October 2002

Mirror (UK)

The blood was barely dry on the sidewalks in and around Washington DC when 18-year-old Daniel Fears shot two people dead and wounded eight others in Oklahoma because a neighbour criticised his driving. Hapless pundits were still unravelling the murderous motives of the sniper killings when Robert Flores, 41, gunned down three professors at an Arizona nursing school then turned the weapon on himself because he'd failed his course. And Thriller Killer suspects John... (

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United States

31 October 2002

CBS News (USA)

TUCSON, Arizona — The National Rifle Association and its high-profile leader Charlton Heston went ahead with a rally here Wednesday, two days after a flunking student who collected guns shot three professors to death before killing himself. An estimated 700 people attended the rally at the Tucson Convention Center, about four miles from the University of Arizona's nursing school, where Monday's shootings took place. NRA Chief Executive Officer Wayne LaPierre... (

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