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Gun Policy News, 26 January 2003

Canada

26 January 2003

Vancouver Province

He toils as a stacker and log sorter at the local sawmill, owns "several" firearms, likes to hunt deer and moose, enjoys TV westerns and speaks in raspy sentences often punctuated with "eh." In most ways Rolf Pfeiffer isn't unlike a few million other rural Canadians, but this 37-year-old from 100 Mile House became a minor celebrity in the B.C. Interior last weekend after organizing and speaking at an anti-gun-registration protest rally in Kamloops that drew between 300... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

26 January 2003

Winnipeg Free Press (Manitoba), Opinion

I have watched with growing concern the claims being made about Canada's firearm licensing and registration system. While people certainly are free to hold their opinions, they do need some basic facts on which to base their decision. Many of these facts simply have been missing from the debate. First, this law brings Canada in line with international norms and laws in most industrialized countries. Suggestions that countries with stricter gun control are more... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 January 2003

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft comes to Philadelphia on Thursday to promote a city program that has netted hundreds of defendants targeted by federal prosecutors as gun criminals. Ashcroft speaks at the first national convention of Operation Safe Neighborhoods, a program under which ex-cons are given long federal prison terms if caught carrying a firearm. Last year, Ashcroft ordered all federal prosecutors to copy the Philadelphia program and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 January 2003

Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California — Two related California studies to be released this week conclude it is currently impractical to catalog the ballistic "fingerprints" of every firearm in the state. Recording every firearm made and sold in the nation's most populous state could be overwhelming, according to an internal California Department of Justice report obtained last fall by The Associated Press. Supporters of a proposed nationwide database fear the report, combined with... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 January 2003

Washington Times, Editorial

Thanks to Baltimore Circuit Court Judge John M. Glynn, justice finally prevailed Thursday, as two businessmen were acquitted of first-degree murder charges for killing a weapon-toting hoodlum who broke into their warehouse. Just seconds after defense attorneys finished their closing arguments, Judge Glynn pronounced Darrell Kifer and Kenny Der not guilty in the June 30, 2001, slaying of Tygon Walker, who was holding a hammer and threatening to kill them. Judging from... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 January 2003

Associated Press

VANCOUVER, Washington — The son of a Clark County sheriff's sergeant has pleaded not guilty in the fatal shooting of his 10-year-old sister. Matthew Randall, 13, entered the pleas to one count of first-degree manslaughter with a firearm and two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm Friday in Clark County Superior Court. If convicted on all three felony charges, Randall faces a maximum sentence of three years and seven months in a juvenile institution. Judge... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 January 2003

Los Angeles Times Magazine

[Continued from Part 1 of 2] In 1992, our family helped lobby for the Brady Bill and its five-day "cooling off" period in the purchase of a gun. My mother met with her then — L.A. congressman, Democrat Anthony Beilenson of Woodland Hills, a pivotal vote on 1994's Brady Law and assault-weapons ban. Though the sorrow at times felt endless, these modest victories for sanity brought our family some measure of relief. According to Handgun Control, now known as the Brady... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 January 2003

Los Angeles Times Magazine

Seventeen years ago, my family met its Sept. 11, but with no one to hunt down or indict. In the days following our catastrophe, local newspapers printed a few accounts ("Family Argument Turns to Tragedy"), but we were soon left alone to begin our years of sadness. We buried my father and my sister at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City in August, 1985. Aref and Leslie. So much of their lives were intertwined: their dancing, the garments that he manufactured and she... (GunPolicy.org)

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