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Gun Policy News, 9 January 2003

United Kingdom

9 January 2003

Telegraph (UK)

A ban on the possession in public of replica firearms and tough new controls on air guns were announced by the Government last night. The laws will make it illegal for anyone to carry a replica or air weapon without a good reason. The age limit for acquiring and using an air weapon without adult supervision will be increased from 14 to 17. The move came ahead of figures to be published today showing that gun crime has doubled since Labour came to power in 1997. It... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

9 January 2003

Tennesseean

A Mt. Juliet music minister with a cache of vintage firearms was arrested yesterday on federal weapons possession charges after agents found 15 machine guns stashed in his home. Acting on a tip, agents from U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms obtained a search warrant yesterday and entered Mark S. Lancaster's two-story brick house at 267 Page Drive. Their informant told the agents they would find automatic weapons in a room near Lancaster's big-screen TV,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

9 January 2003

Honolulu Advertiser (Hawaii)

About 30,000 students statewide participated in the first Hawai'i State 2002 "Student Pledge Against Gun Violence." The program had 29,765 elementary and intermediate-level students from more than 40 Hawai'i schools taking the pledge to stay away from guns and never to bring firearms to school. The Hawai'i State Student Council, Student Crimestoppers and state Department of Education recently held events honoring schools with the highest participation. Four elementary... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

9 January 2003

News24 (South Africa)

CAPE TOWN — The 280 AK-47 assault rifles confiscated at a warehouse near the Cape Town International Airport on Wednesday resembled the old AK-47, but had been redesigned to accept three different calibre bullets. The guns, imported under the brand name Saiga from the Russian factory that manufactured the original AK-47 rifles, included versions capable of taking 7.62 calibre rounds, .233 and 12-bore shotgun rounds. The gun dealer who allegedly imported of the guns... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

9 January 2003

BBC News

Gun crime has risen by 35% in a year, new Home Office figures show. There were 9,974 incidents involving firearms in the 12 months to April 2002 — a rise from 7,362 over the previous year. That represents an average of 27 offences involving firearms every day in England and Wales, with guns fired in nearly a quarter of cases. Overall crime in the year to September was up 9.3%, with domestic burglary up 7.9%, drugs offences up 12.3% and sex offences up 18.2%. Home... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

9 January 2003

Reuters

LONDON — Gun crime in England and Wales — one of the country's most pressing social issues — shot up by 35 percent last year, official figures showed on Thursday. The sharp increase will reinforce calls for tighter gun laws following the New Year's Eve murder of two black teenage girls, cut down in the crossfire of a suspected gangland battle. As the figures were released, an armed man holed up in a London flat for 15 days, fired shots at police besieging his... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

9 January 2003

Cape Argus (Cape Town)

Police seized an arsenal of 280 AK-47 assault rifles during a swoop on the warehouse of a Cape Town airport freight company. The latest haul comes after a Cape Argus investigation established that an arms cache found in a Table View garage belonged to a German killed in an an apparent hijacking bid on the R300. Police spokesperson Rod Beer said the airport haul of guns, which were sent from Russia, resembled the old AK-47, but had been redesigned to accept three... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

9 January 2003

BBC News

Tackling the gun culture is now a priority in the government's fight against crime. The tragic death of two teenage girls, caught in the crossfire of a Birmingham gang feud, dominated the New Year headlines. Other cases may have received less publicity, but incidents involving firearms have been increasing across the country. How to counter the fatal attraction of guns for many young criminals is the challenge facing the criminal justice system. The government... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

9 January 2003

Telegraph (UK)

The Government's latest crime figures have been condemned as "truly terrible" by the Opposition as it emerged that gun crime in England and Wales rose by 35 per cent last year. Criminals used handguns in 46 per cent more offences and firearms were used in 9,974 recorded crimes in the 12 months to last April, up from 7,362. Home Office statistics revealed. It was the fourth consecutive year to see a rise and there were more than 2,200 more gun crimes last year than the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

9 January 2003

Scotsman (Edinburgh)

The Government's latest crime figures were condemned as "truly terrible" by the Opposition today as it emerged that gun crime in England and Wales soared by 35% last year. Criminals used handguns in 46% more offences, Home Office statistics revealed. Firearms were used in 9,974 recorded crimes in the 12 months to last April, up from 7,362. It was the fourth consecutive year to see a rise and there were more than 2,200 more gun crimes last year than the previous peak... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

9 January 2003

Denver Post (Colorado)

Pro-gun lawmakers launched a massive effort to liberalize Colorado's handgun laws, introducing three measures on the opening day of the 2003 legislative session that could drastically alter the landscape for carrying concealed weapons. Current law allows Denver and other counties to deny permits to anyone and to prohibit people with permits from carrying handguns in schools, parks, sports arenas and elsewhere. Two of the measures introduced Wednesday would require... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

9 January 2003

Courier-Mail (Brisbane)

Thousands of police-issue pistols and revolvers may have fallen into the wrong hands after being traded in as part of a deal to upgrade state and territory police handguns. Smith & Wesson revolvers and Ruger pistols are among the weapons Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty fears are in the hands of criminals or rogue security guards. "When the AFP went from Smith & Wessons to Glocks we actually destroyed the Smith & Wessons," Mr Keelty said. "Other... (GunPolicy.org)

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