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Gun Policy News, 17 January 2003

United States

17 January 2003

San Francisco Chronicle

Anyone who questions why gun owners resist imposition of new laws and greater restrictions on firearms ownership need only look at the case of Erich Olaf Tate, a Georgia man who will spend the next two years in a federal prison for gunrunning. How Tate wound up incarcerated for gunrunning, and only gunrunning, is a story that offers not only evidence of a broken judicial system, but also plenty of cause for law-abiding gun owners to further distrust a government that... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bangladesh

17 January 2003

Independent (Dhaka)

Some 50 thousand illegal firearms including several hundred sophisticated weapons like AK-47, AK-56, M-16, SMG, SMC with a huge stock of ammunitions are reported to be in possession of the underworld criminals in Chittagong. No official confirmation was, however, available. The CMP (Chittagong Metropolitan Police) does not have a specific list of exact figures of the licensed firearms and the authority is not informed about the numbers and whereabouts of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 January 2003

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

In the darkness just before daybreak, a sniper fired a single shot from a semiautomatic rifle that he should never have been allowed to possess. The bullet ripped into Conrad Johnson's body just under his rib cage. The 35-year-old bus driver crumpled in agony on the top step of his Montgomery County Ride On bus. He died before noon. Yesterday, nearly four months after that deadly morning in Maryland, Johnson's wife, Denise, announced a lawsuit against the gun's... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 January 2003

Cybercast News Service

LONDON — An American academic has suggested that despite recent U.K. laws designed to restrict gun use and ownership, what Britain needs to cut crime is less gun control. Joyce Malcolm, professor of history at Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts, and author of "Guns and Violence: The English Experience," said that dismantling of self-defense laws has resulted in increased crime rates. But a leading British gun control advocate has taken issue with Malcolm's... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

17 January 2003

Inside Toronto

MPP David Young (Willowdale), Ontario's Attorney General, is urging the province and the federal government to toughen their stance on gun-related violence and start up a special court to deal specifically with gun crimes. The court would be located in the city itself and could eventually serve as a prototype for similar gun-specific courts in other cities. Young noted the recent increase in shootings on Toronto's streets and said that was a mitigating factor in his... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 January 2003

Associated Press

QUEEN CREEK, Arizona — Federal investigators working on a nationwide illegal-weapons case discovered an arsenal of rocket launchers, hand grenades, machine guns and military explosives in a storage locker. Authorities said among more than 200 weapons seized by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were at least 10 rocket launchers and bazookas, some with rockets. ATF agents said the arms found Thursday are not linked to any known terrorist operation,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

17 January 2003

ITV (UK)

The deaths of Charlene Ellis and Letisha Shakespeare in a gang shooting at a New Year's party in Birmingham have highlighted the problem of rising gun crime. Key figures met at the Home Office on January 10 for round table talks to "look at the wider picture" after statistics showed firearms offences in England and Wales soared by 35 per cent last year. Senior police officers, prosecutors and community leaders and two Home Office ministers took part in the discussion,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 January 2003

Reuters Health

WASHINGTON — Families of two people killed by snipers in the Washington, DC area in October announced Thursday that they are suing the manufacturer of the assault rifle used in the attacks and the owners of the gun shop where the alleged snipers obtained the weapon. The suit, filed today in Pierce County, Washington, is being spearheaded and financed by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a DC-based gun control group. The group's officials said that the case... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 January 2003

Reuters

WASHINGTON — A new Pentagon database that would sift through Americans' records came under fire in Congress on Thursday as Democratic senators vowed to block funding until they can review the Bush administration program. The Defense Department says the aim of the "Total Information Awareness" program, under the direction of former national security advisor John M. Poindexter, is to seek patterns in such data as credit card bills to identify terrorist threats. But... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 January 2003

Arizona Republic

Who is Scott E. Segal, and why did he have an explosive cache of military weapons stored in an East Valley locker? That is the question facing federal agents from Arizona to Massachusetts as they sort through Segal's history — and his lethal arms collection. The arsenal, discovered in a 10- by 20-foot storage locker in Queen Creek, included flamethrowers, rocket launchers, bazookas, machine guns, demolition gear and thousands of rounds of ammunition. An agent with... (GunPolicy.org)

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