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Gun Policy News, 3 January 2004

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3 January 2004

Sacramento Bee (California)

A temporary restraining order to prevent the state attorney general's office from destroying records of concealed weapons permits was rejected Friday by a Sacramento Superior Court judge. Judge Raymond M. Cadei said the restraining order wasn't necessary because any possible evidence will be preserved for the hearing on the permanent injunction, which was set for Jan. 26. The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and the Second Amendment Foundation... (

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3 January 2004

Age (Melbourne)

Guns killed more than 5000 people in Australia in the past decade. Nine out of 10 of the victims were male and most of them killed themselves. The number of deaths caused by firearms dropped almost 50 per cent between 1991 and 2001, with the biggest yearly fall in deaths coming after the 1996 Port Arthur massacre. A report by the Australian Institute of Criminology released yesterday found that the number of deaths caused by guns each year dropped to 333 in 2001 from... (

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3 January 2004

Canberra Times

A handgun amnesty and buy-back in the ACT has netted 660 weapons, around 100 fewer than expected by police. The amnesty results were issued on the same day as a study by the Australian Institute of Criminology. The study found handguns were being used more often in firearms-related deaths. Detective Sergeant Mick Sinclair said a variety of different weapons had been handed in, and authorities had received strong cooperation from licensed gun owners and clubs.... (

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