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Gun Policy News, 11 December 2002

United States

11 December 2002

News Mexico

A motion that would allow people to keep as many as two guns in their home got stuck in the lower house of Congress over concerns about a lack of safeguards, El Universal daily reported Tuesday. Defense Commission President Gen. Alvaro Vallarta, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), insisted his colleagues on the Government Commission support his proposal, so it could go to a general vote before session adjourns on Dec. 15. However, Government Commission... (

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11 December 2002

Agence France Presse

China's decision to sign a UN protocol on the management of small arms reflects its willingness for international co-operation, the Foreign Ministry said yesterday. The ministry's remark came a day after China's ambassador to the United Nations Wang Yingfan signed the UN Firearms Protocol on the manufacturing of and trafficking in pistols, submachine-guns, grenades and other small arms. "China has always participated in negotiations with a constructive attitude and... (

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United States

11 December 2002

Hopewell News (New Jersey)

Gun purchasers can skirt mandatory background checks required at gun shows if they find a willing, unlicensed dealer, according to the way the laws operate in Virginia, allowing for felons and those who have committed other violent crimes to own such a weapon. A new proposal, if passed by the General Assembly, would require unlicensed dealers at gun shows in Virginia to perform background checks on prospective buyers. Licensed dealers already face the task of checking... (

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11 December 2002

Edmonton Sun (Alberta), Opinion

In April 1996, a slightly slow-witted Tasmanian named Martin Bryant picked up a gym bag of assault rifles and went on a killing spree in the Australian tourist town of Port Arthur. He murdered 35 men, women and children, grinning like an idiot all the while. That same year, in March, a disgraced former scout-master named Thomas Hamilton shot dead 16 small children and a teacher in a primary school in Dunblane, Scotland, before turning the gun on himself. Six years... (

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United States

11 December 2002

Toledo Blade (Ohio)

In the three years since Toledo City Council banned the sale and possession of cheap and easily concealed handguns, only eight people have been charged — and all but one of those charges were filed in 2000. The law's low use was cited yesterday by council members wondering whether to allow the law to expire. A sunset provision in the original ordinance would cause the ordinance to expire Jan. 27. An ordinance drafted by the city law department would make the gun ban... (

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11 December 2002

National Review (USA), Opinion

More gun control, more genocide. That's the lesson of the 20th century in many nations, including Uganda. Yet the United Nations is again trying to make it impossible for Ugandans to protect themselves. Once again, the U.N. is supporting repression rather than human rights. "The Ugandan government has established a national body to combat the proliferation of illicit small arms into the country," announced the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs on... (

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United States

11 December 2002

San Francisco Chronicle, Opinion

On conservative radio talk shows, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco is known as "the Ninth Circus Court." Last summer the court ruled against God in the Pledge of Allegiance. Last week the court ruled against Moses. Judge Stephen Reinhardt tried to rip the Second Amendment from Charlton Heston's cold, dead bumper stickers. In Reinhardt's 72-page decision, the Ninth Circuit upheld California's assault weapons ban, arguing that the Second... (

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United States

11 December 2002

Richmond Times-Dispatch and Virginian-Pilot

RICHMOND, Virginia — Citing a variety of alarming statistics and supportive survey results, a Richmond lawmaker said Tuesday that he will introduce a bill to require criminal background checks on everyone who seeks to buy a gun at Virginia gun shows. State Sen. Henry L. Marsh III, D-Richmond, said current law — which requires federally licensed gun dealers to conduct the checks but does not apply to unlicensed dealers — "makes gun shows a great place for... (

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United States

11 December 2002

Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO — A legislative advocate of tighter gun controls has introduced a bill requiring that the "ballistic fingerprint" of the hundreds of thousands of handguns, rifles and shotguns sold in California be registered with state Department of Justice. The bill, SB 35, by Sen. Jack Scott (D-Altadena) would create a state database operated by the Department of Justice that could be tapped by police to match the unique characteristics of bullets and cartridges with... (

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United States

11 December 2002

Washington Post

The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that convicted felons who cannot get their right to own firearms reinstated by a Treasury Department agency may not turn to the federal courts for help, a decision that bolsters a key gun-control law intended to keep weapons out of criminals' hands. By a unanimous vote, the nine justices held that a federal district court lacked the authority to order Texas gun dealer Thomas Lamar Bean's firearms privileges restored after the Bureau of... (

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United States

11 December 2002

New York Times

WASHINGTON — Federal judges do not have authority to disregard the will of Congress and restore gun ownership rights to convicted felons, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously today. The case, a dispute over the effect of a 10-year-old Congressional ban on the restoration of felons' gun privileges by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, did not directly raise the question of whether the Second Amendment grants an individual right to bear arms. But because this... (

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