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Gun Policy News, 7 January 2004

United States

7 January 2004

Christian Science Monitor

TUCSON, Arizona — A pistol's sharp report pierces the morning calm, as Charles Van Vibber lowers his Glock automatic. He scans a bullet-stopping berm among dusty cactuses at the Desert Trails Gun Club, as a breeze ruffles his white hair. "You need to be able to protect yourself, because the police are not always able to protect you at any moment," he says. Mr. Van Vibber, a retired auto-parts worker, and other older Americans account for more than a third of the... (

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United States

7 January 2004

New York Times

NEWARK — State researchers on Tuesday unveiled their work so far on developing a childproof "smart gun," while members of the state's Congressional delegation said they would seek federal research grants to help advance the technology, which is intended to revolutionize gun safety. Engineers and scientists at the New Jersey Institute of Technology here said they were "about two years away" from perfecting their "dynamic grip technology," a newly developed method that... (

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7 January 2004

Toronto Star (Ontario)

By historical standards, 2003 was not an extraordinarily violent year in Toronto. There were 65 homicides in the city. That is five more than in 2002, but well short of the 89 murders committed in 1991. The year did come to a bloody end, however. The spate of shootings that occurred in late December left many residents shaken, scared and convinced that the city was awash in guns. Police chief Julian Fantino declared that "gun-crazed gangsters" were terrorizing the... (

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United States

7 January 2004

Associated Press

NEWARK — New Jersey-based research to develop safer handguns will get a $1.1 million boost from the federal government if a grant contained in a national spending bill is approved. Gov. McGreevey joined U.S. Sens. Frank Lautenberg and Jon Corzine and U.S. Rep. Robert Menendez, all New Jersey Democrats, in announcing the grant yesterday. The money is contained in an $800 billion appropriations bill that cleared the House last month and awaits action by the... (

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United Kingdom

7 January 2004

Telegraph (UK)

A dying man whispered "Good shot, mate" to the police marksman who cut him down as he lunged at the officer with a Samurai sword, an inquest heard yesterday. The firearms officer, named in court only as PC Alpha, said Jason Gifford — who had rushed at him brandishing the 3ft sword and a pistol — also asked the policeman to tell his wife that he loved her. The officer wiped away tears as he told Aylesbury coroner's court that his own life had been in danger and he... (

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7 January 2004

Globe & Mail (Toronto), Opinion

OTTAWA — How do you get rid of the gun registry without getting rid of the gun registry? Some time this year, the most mismanaged government program in Canadian history (try to think of something else that cost 500 times the original estimate) is expected to pass the $1-billion mark in spending, a year ahead of the Auditor-General's gloomy estimate. Public Safety Minister Anne McLellan has asked Albina Guarnieri, a minister of state, to review the registry; there is... (

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United States

7 January 2004

Los Angeles Times

HOUSTON — One evening two winters ago, a man in Staten Island, N.Y., absent-mindedly flipped through his mail. Inside one envelope was a stack of fake documents, including United Nations and Defense Department identification cards, and a note: "We would hate to have this fall into the wrong hands." It had. The package, intended for a member of a self-styled militia in New Jersey, had been delivered to the wrong address. From that lucky break, federal officials... (

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