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Gun Policy News, 7 January 2003

United States

7 January 2003

Detroit Free Press, Editorial

Hopes for a less violent year for Detroit's children dimmed Saturday, when Damon Quarker Jr., 1½, was shot and killed after he tipped a loaded handgun out of a box at home. Last year, 26 children, 16 and younger, were killed — 17 from gunshots. The latest tragedy underscores the importance of having gun trigger locks — an idea that community groups such as the Youth Initiatives Project have promoted with give-away programs. Without them, a gun meant to protect can... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

7 January 2003

Independent (UK), Opinion

However else it leaves its mark on national life, it is unlikely that Tony Blair's Government will be remembered for a surfeit of liberalism. The recent tributes to Roy Jenkins should serve to remind us that home secretaries in Labour administrations are not obliged to be clones of their most reactionary Conservative counterparts. They can, as Lord Jenkins did, "make the political weather", as he would have put it, and use their time in office to help to build a more... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

7 January 2003

Associated Press

NEW YORK — Publication has been halted on a disputed book about the history of guns in the United States. Questions about Michael Bellesiles' "Arming America" had already led Columbia University to rescind the prestigious Bancroft Prize for history. When Columbia made the announcement last month, publisher Alfred A. Knopf said the book would remain in print. But Jane Garrett, Bellesiles' editor, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the publisher would no longer... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

7 January 2003

BBC News

Since 1999, the market for replica firearms has doubled in value. When it comes to being armed, criminals are increasingly faking it. Cap guns, water pistols, air rifles — there's nothing new about replica firearms. Since the first musket round was fired, young boys have indulged their childish imagination by picking up a toy gun and pretending to be an outlaw or a hero cop. So why the sudden fuss about replica guns? Pretend guns have come a long way in the past... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

7 January 2003

Evening News (UK)

Anti-gun campaigners today hit out at firearms laws after an ex-Army issue Uzi sub-machine gun was found to be legally on sale in an Edinburgh shop. The weapon, now decommissioned, is one of a range of firearms including rifles and handguns on offer at a second-hand shop in the city centre for around £250. The revelation comes in the same week that Home Secretary David Blunkett announced plans for a five-year minimum sentence for illegal possession and use of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

7 January 2003

Times (UK)

David Blunkett last night watered down plans to impose a mandatory five-year jail sentences on anyone carrying a gun illegally after being threatened with a revolt by judges. The Home Secretary is now preparing to give judges the discretion to give more lenient sentences in exceptional circumstances. The change might undermine the impact of the Government's drive to curb the use of guns on the streets, but without the concession Mr Blunkett faced probable defeat in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

7 January 2003

Detroit News

DETROIT — Wayne County's police added Monday what they hope will be a powerful tool to discourage the illegal flow of guns in this crime-ridden area: a precedent for convicting people who supply weapons to killers. Bryant Keith Daniels of Detroit pleaded guilty in Wayne County Circuit Court to second-degree murder for supplying the M1 assault rifle used to kill Ajanee Pollard on Feb. 25, 2002. Even though Daniels, 30, didn't intend Ajanee's death, he became the first... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

7 January 2003

National Post (Toronto)

Emboldened by their swelling ranks, justice ministers from all but two provinces were calling on Ottawa yesterday to halt operations at the national gun registry, as the program increasingly becomes an outlet for pent-up provincial exasperation over federal profligacy. Manitoba, B.C. and Saskat-chewan joined the chorus of provinces calling on Martin Cauchon, the federal Justice Minister, to shut down the firearms program pending a comprehensive cost-benefit... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

7 January 2003

BBC News

Exceptions would be allowed under government plans for a mandatory five-year jail sentence carrying firearms, Downing Street has confirmed. The decision comes in the face of opposition from the judiciary to compulsory minimum sentences. The Conservatives condemned the handling of the sentencing plans as a "mess" while the Liberal Democrats said government policy seemed in "disarray" but Number 10 insists there has been no U-turn. Tony Blair's official spokesman said... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

7 January 2003

Washington Post

Montgomery County police have formed a three-officer task force to sift through the more than 70,000 tips received during the sniper investigation, hoping the information will lead them to people who are possessing guns illegally. Many of the tips had been set aside during the investigation of the October sniper attacks because they did not appear to be relevant to the shootings, said Capt. Nancy Demme, a police spokeswoman. But she said police now hope to use the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

7 January 2003

Christian Science Monitor, Opinion

New Jersey's state legislature has defied the state's gangsta rap again, with a recent first-in-the-nation vote requiring all new handguns sold to carry technology that allows only their owners to fire them. (Earlier, the state took another gun-control lead as the first to require guns be sold with trigger locks.) Even though such "smart gun" technology is not yet fully developed, New Jersey takes an appropriate gun- safety step by putting such a requirement in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

7 January 2003

Ottawa Citizen (Ontario)

The Justice Department does not expect the controversial gun registry to be fully in place for at least another three or four years, federal officials say. Justice officials have informed Auditor General Sheila Fraser's office it will likely take at least that amount of time to finalize major administrative changes and the completion of a new computer system costing tens of millions of dollars. The department, which last March told Parliament the program was "in its... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

7 January 2003

Toronto Star (Ontario), Editorial

There are two components of effective gun control in Canada. The first is the federal Firearms Act, which includes the registry for all legally owned guns in Canada. The second has to do with efforts to prevent the smuggling of illegal guns into the country, primarily from the U.S. Both are obviously important. In "reaffirming its strong support" for gun registration in 1999, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police said it "will contribute to safer communities,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

7 January 2003

Peterborough Examiner (Ontario)

Upset by gun registry news coverage, including a call by Ontario Public Security Minister Bob Runciman to scrap the registry, Peterborough MP Peter Adams gave a fiery speech yesterday supporting the registry. Adams had intended to give his annual state of Canada address to Peterborough Rotarians, but opted to talk about gun control after Ontario Public Safety and Security Minister Bob Runciman challenged anyone to find good in the firearms registration program. Adams... (GunPolicy.org)

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