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Gun Policy News, 9 January 2004


9 January 2004

Hobart Mercury (Tasmania)

The Tasmanian Firearm Owners Association has attacked a magistrate's comments in a court case involving the storage of firearms and ammunition. Association president John Green said he believed magistrate Sam Mollard's comments in convicting Robert George Wilton, 38, for failing to ensure the safekeeping of firearms after his 10-year-old son took a bullet to school went well beyond what was required under Tasmanian legislation. Mr Green singled out Mr Mollard's... (

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United States

9 January 2004

Washington Post

BARRE, Vermont — It was a brisk winter evening outside the Elks Lodge here on Dec. 2, 1998, but inside, Gregory Costa was on the hot seat. Angry members of Vermont's two largest gun rights groups had a pointed question for the National Rifle Association's state representative: Why did he go against the wishes of many of them and endorse Howard Dean for governor? "He got a real hard time that night," said Monty Butterfield, president of Gun Owners of Vermont, who was... (

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9 January 2004

CTV News (Toronto)

Prime Minister Paul Martin is reviewing the $1-billion embattled gun registry and could reallocate some of the resources to other areas, according to The Globe and Mail. Sources tell the newspaper that the money for the gun registry could instead go to beefing up security at borders to combat the entry of illegal guns from the United States. Martin won't likely kill the registry, however. "The question is, is it going to metamorphose into something else," said the... (

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9 January 2004


DUBLIN — Weapons confiscated from the Irish Republican Army guerrilla group in recent decades and destroyed by Irish police Friday are to be melted down and shipped to the United States to help build a "peace fountain." The firearms, which included heavy sub-machine guns, Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifles and rocket launchers, were seized during investigations into paramilitary and criminal activities mostly between the 1980s and mid-1990s, police said. "The bulk... (

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