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Gun Policy News, 16 January 2004


16 January 2004

Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Switzerland)

A Swiss diplomat has been appointed to head a United Nations group working against the illegal trade in small arms and light weapons. The body's main aim is to curb the spread of small arms, which are responsible for one death per minute worldwide. Anton Thalmann, currently Swiss ambassador to Canada, was nominated for the post of president of the Group of Governmental Experts on Tracing Illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons on Thursday in New York. He was the only... (

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United States

16 January 2004

Greater Milwaukee Today (Wisconsin)

MADISON — The state Senate will try to override the veto of a bill that would end Wisconsin's 130-year-old ban on concealed weapons Wednesday, the same day the governor is scheduled to deliver his annual State of the State address. The Senate has been planning an override attempt since Gov. Jim Doyle vetoed the bill in November. Word of the vote spread after the National Rifle Association posted information about it on its Web site, encouraging members to contact... (

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16 January 2004

Agence France Presse

BISSAU — Guinea-Bissau will launch an awareness campaign next week to alert people to the dangers of small arms, of which an estimated 25 000 are in circulation in the impoverished west African country, police said on Friday. Last year was "characterised by a very high crime rate in the capital, Bissau, where 1 128 crimes were recorded," said police chief Alexandre Forbs. "Most of the crimes reported to the police were committed using handguns and resulted from... (

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