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Gun Policy News, 27 December 2002

United Kingdom

27 December 2002

BBC News

A firearms amnesty is being planned for early in the New Year to try to reduce levels of gun crime. Tougher new laws and a national database of guns will also be introduced in a bid to reduce levels of gun-related crime. Figures due out next month are expected to reveal that record numbers of offences are being committed using guns. Police forces want to launch a three-month amnesty early in 2003, similar to those which followed the Dunblane tragedy and Hungerford... (

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United Kingdom

27 December 2002

Independent (UK)

A national firearms amnesty is to be held in the new year to tackle the growing menace of gun crime. New laws to outlaw carrying replica firearms and a minimum five-year jail sentence for being caught with a gun are also expected to be announced and a national guns database and tracing agency are to be set up. The guns amnesty, agreed by Britain's chief constables, is planned for April, May and June. It will follow similar schemes held after the 1996 Dunblane and 1987... (

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27 December 2002

Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Gun owners scrambling to meet the Dec. 31 deadline to register their firearms can now simply submit a letter of intention by that date, Justice Minister Martin Cauchon announced Friday. Due to the "high volume of calls" and e-mails to the Canadian Firearms Centre, the federal Department of Justice announced "additional steps" would be taken to allow Canadians to meet the deadline. About 400,000 registration applications have already been submitted over the... (

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United States

27 December 2002

News Journal (Delaware)

Wilmington officials will not appeal the recent dismissal of the city's lawsuit against the gun industry, a decision that ends the 3-year-old case, Mayor James M. Baker said Thursday. In his announcement, Baker said he would like to meet with gun makers to work on ways to reduce handgun violence. "It is our hope that as partners rather than litigants we can create new ways to eliminate criminal possession and use of firearms," he said in a letter sent Thursday to the... (

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Papua New Guinea

27 December 2002

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

Culture and Tourism Minister Alois Kingsley is wanted by Port Moresby police for questioning over an alleged gun threat last month. Police Commissioner Sam Inguba told reporters that when a formal "communication" was sent to Mr Kingsley a day after the rising of Parliament, the Tourism Minister was in Madang. He said police files were completed and ready to have Mr Kingsley brought in and interviewed. Mr Inguba said Mr Kingsley would be interviewed as soon as he... (

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