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Gun Policy News, 16 January 2003

United States

16 January 2003

News Press (California)

NORTHEAST GLENDALE — A domestic dispute apparently was behind the murder-suicide of three members of the family that owns and operates the popular Zankou Chicken chain, police said Wednesday. Police believe 56-year-old Mardiros Iskenderian shot his sister, 45-year-old Dzovig Marjik, his mother, 75-year-old Margarit Iskenderian, then turned the gun on himself Tuesday afternoon in a home on the hillside above Oakmont Country Club, Glendale Police spokesman Sgt. Kirk... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

16 January 2003

Western Producer (Saskatoon)

Justice minister Martin Cauchon is indicating he is prepared to stare down critics of his government's controversial gun registry, promising to control costs and keep the program. Last week, he announced a study by former federal deputy minister Raymond Hession to recommend "a streamlined and cost-effective licensing and registration program." But Cauchon rejected calls from eight provinces, gun owner lobbyists, opposition MPs and some Liberal backbenchers that the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

16 January 2003

Streatham Guardian (UK)

Lambeth's top cop acting Commander Brian Moore has thrown down the gauntlet to owners of firearms by asking them to hand over their guns now. He spoke out after a man went into Brixton police station, handed over his revolver and then ran out. He told a meeting of the Lambeth Police Consultative Committee last Tuesday, January 7, the event could be a significant event for the local community. He said: "We say to gun owners, bring your guns to the police. We want to... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

16 January 2003

BuaNews (Tshwane)

PRETORIA — In a bid to raise public awareness around the dangers of firearms, the South African Police Service (SAPS) has declared this month 'Firearm Awareness Month.' Police stations and firearm registration centres throughout the country are currently engaged in raising public awareness around the threat that firearms pose. The annual report of the National Injury Mortality Surveillance System (NIMSS) for 2000 found that death caused by firearms is higher in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 January 2003

Associated Press

Relatives of two Washington area sniper victims plan to file suit today against the gun manufacturer and the gun shop linked to the Bushmaster XM15 assault rifle used in the shootings that terrorized the region last fall. The families of sniper victims James L. "Sonny" Buchanan and Conrad Johnson allege that the companies showed "gross negligence" that "caused injuries and death," according to a draft of the suit provided yesterday. The plaintiffs, represented by the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 January 2003

New York Times

WASHINGTON — Relatives of two people killed in the Washington-region sniper case filed a suit today against the manufacturer of the Bushmaster XM-15 rifle used in the shootings and the store where it was bought or stolen. The suit, seeking unspecified damages, accuses the manufacturer and store of "gross negligence" that "caused injuries and death." The suit also names the men charged in the attacks, John Muhammad, 42, and Lee Malvo, 17, as defendants. The suit was... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 January 2003

Sidney Star Observer

While some American gay and lesbian groups protest the looming war in Iraq, a growing number are heading in the opposite direction — taking up their guns. "Armed Gays Don't Get Bashed" is the opening statement on the website of the Pink Pistols (www.pinkpistols.org), a group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and "polyamorous" gun owners. President and founder Doug Krick told Sydney Star Observer the Pink Pistols provided for social shooting as well as... (GunPolicy.org)

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