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Gun Policy News, 24 January 2003

Canada

24 January 2003

Winnipeg Sun (Manitoba)

Another Winnipeg gun collector is facing an onslaught of weapons charges. Henry Rutkowski, a 52-year-old St. Boniface resident, was charged yesterday with 91 firearms-related offences, said Winnipeg police spokeswoman Const. Leanne Ainley. "It was a good investigation and seizure by our uniform officers," said Ainley, who credited foot patrol officers from the Division 11 community support unit. Further details of the bust will be released this morning, Ainley... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

24 January 2003

National Post (Toronto), Opinion

LONDON — It is an article of our modern faith that for every social problem there must be appropriate and curative legislation waiting to be enacted. If only the laws were right, all problems would go away, and we should henceforth live in perfect peace and harmony. When, therefore, a crazed gunman in Scotland massacred 15 children and their teacher at the junior school in Dunblane in 1996, the British government enacted gun control legislation in response to the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

24 January 2003

Associated Press

LUBBOCK, Texas — A man was sentenced Friday to 2½ years in prison for owning guns while under a protective order — a limitation on gun rights that an appeals court held was constitutionally acceptable. The U.S. Supreme Court last June declined to hear arguments that Timothy Emerson should have been allowed to keep his guns under the Second Amendment right to "keep and bear arms." Emerson was indicted after the restraining order was issued during his divorce in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Philippines

24 January 2003

Gulf News (Dubai)

MANILA — President Gloria Arroyo has scheduled next week a ceremony in which she will make a bonfire of some 1,000 unlicensed firearms that were confiscated last year. In a ceremony which will be held at the police headquarters at Camp Aguinaldo in suburban Quezon City, Arroyo is expected to order the reduction of unregistered firearms in the country. Earlier, Arroyo hinted that she will be leading more ceremonies that will symbolise her sincere effort to destroy... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mexico

24 January 2003

Chicago Tribune

MEXICO CITY — When the boxes were placed aboard the ship in Nicaragua's El Bluff harbor, the shipping manifest claimed they were filled with plastic balls for children in Panama. It was a deadly lie. The boxes were really filled with assault rifles and ammunition headed for a vicious Colombian paramilitary force that is on the U.S. list of terrorist organizations. The bogus manifest was part of a string of deceit that has triggered an international gun-smuggling... (GunPolicy.org)

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Philippines

24 January 2003

Today (Manila)

National Police chief Director General Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. Thursday revealed the existence of fake gun permits that cannot be easily distinguished even by ordinary policemen. Ebdane told the guests at the induction of officers of the Association of Firearms and Ammunition Dealers (AFAD) at the Discovery Suite in Pasig City that bogus Permits To Carry Firearms Outside of Residence (PTCFOR) have been proliferating. He ordered the Firearms and Explosives Division to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Switzerland

24 January 2003

Radio Netherlands

Patrons of the Dynamik snackbar, take note: "No firearms in this restaurant." But that does not apply to Dynamik owner and arms dealer Ricardo Teixeira. Two .44 Magnums are in full view on the bar and Ricardo totes a Czech CZ pistol and a 9 mm Heckler & Koch in side holsters. Outside, the shooting range reverberates with the staccato of small-arms fire. A Hollywood film stage in Texas? Not exactly. Dynamik is a canteen-plus-armoury in the Geneva countryside, and there... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

24 January 2003

Ottawa Citizen (Ontario)

Police across the country, in many cases acting merely on a "whim" or "bad feeling," have been flagging citizens and entering their personal information into a firearms databank even though they are not under investigation or charged with a crime. In other cases, people — including some with a history of violence — who should have been flagged by police, were not. Two years ago, Privacy Commissioner George Radwanski told the Justice Department to resolve the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Namibia

24 January 2003

Namibian (Windhoek) / Nampa

RUNDU — Namibian Police Regional Commander for Kavango, Chief Inspector Olavi Auanga, has issued a stern warning to residents who are inpossession of illegal firearms: surrender them or face tough action. Auanga was reacting to an incident at the Divundu Ndovhu Stores where unknown people murdered a security guard earlier this week. He stressed that those who handed over their arms now ould not face any charges. The Chief Inspector called on the community to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

24 January 2003

Associated Press

TORONTO — Canada is the only country in the world that allows American gun merchants to sell firearms across the border without an export license, according to Ontario Public Security Minister Bob Runciman. Runciman said Thursday in Washington that he was first told of the bizarre agreement as he met with American officials to find ways of stemmng the flow of guns into Canada from the U.S., the Toronto Sun reported Friday. "Here's a clear loophole that isn't helping... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

24 January 2003

Associated Press

WINCHESTER, Virginia — A man trying to beat his dog to death with a gun was fatally wounded when it apparently went off accidentally, police said.Raymond Poore Jr., 43, called his wife at work Thursday and told her that their dog had bitten him and he intended to kill the animal, police Capt. David Sobonya said. The wife came home about 6 p.m. and found her husband unconscious, with a number of dog bites and scratches. Emergency medical personnel discovered that... (GunPolicy.org)

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