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Gun Policy News, 21 January 2004

Brazil

21 January 2004

New York Times

SAO PAULO, Brazil — No country in the world has a higher rate of homicide by firearms than Brazil, and the toll is highest in large cities like this one. But now, in what gun control advocates describe as a bold but risky social experiment, Brazil has virtually outlawed the possession of handguns. Since just before Christmas, no one in this nation of 175 million except police officers, soldiers and prison and security guards has been authorized to carry a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

21 January 2004

Edmonton Sun (Alberta)

A flack for Ottawa's Canadian Firearms Centre says his agency will make a comment on Alberta's latest effort to avoid the gun registry once provincial legislation is in place. "There's no point in talking about it," Thomas Vares, spokesman for the CFC, said yesterday. "It's a hypothetical possibility of something that may happen in the future, or may not happen. So there's no sense in speculating. "We'll have to see what happens down the road." A three-member... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

21 January 2004

CanWest News Service

EDMONTON — A proposal to circumvent the federal firearms registry by having the Alberta government recognize the role guns have played in the province's heritage won't work, a University of Alberta constitutional law expert says. Gerald Gall said the Supreme Court has already ruled the federal government has jurisdiction over gun control. "A provincial declaration of some kind that it is part of provincial heritage? First, I don't think that is historically... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

21 January 2004

WTVJ-TV News / MSNBC (Florida)

A 3-year-old Miami boy remained in extremely critical condition Tuesday at Jackson Memorial Hospital after shooting himself in the head with his father's gun. Police said Travis Jenkins Jr. was in his father's care Monday night after the elder Jenkins picked him up at the child's mother's house Monday night. Authorities said that on his way home, Jenkins Sr., 26, stopped for a brief visit with a family friend on the 1200 block of Northwest 45th Street and left the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

21 January 2004

Cybercast News Service

More than three years after Maryland adopted a "ballistic fingerprinting" system for all new handguns, state police are opposing calls for the program to be expanded, the NRA Institute for Legislative Action reported. According to the ILA, Maryland's "ballistic fingerprinting" database has so far failed to solve a single crime, and it's costing $2-million to maintain. A report in the February 2004 American Rifleman noted, "The database has generated four matches,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

21 January 2004

BBC News

A new gun law which aims to reduce the flow of lethal weapons into criminals' hands has been welcomed by police. As part of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act, which has just become law, airguns which can be adapted to fire live ammunition have been made illegal. It will also be an offence to have an airgun or imitation weapon in a public place. The new measures have been well-received by Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police. Hampshire's assistant chief... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

21 January 2004

Associated Press

MIAMI — A toddler who shot himself in the head with his father's gun is brain-dead, doctors said. Doctors at Jackson Memorial Hospital had done everything they could for 3-year-old Travis Jenkins Jr., but the gunshot was more severe than they could repair, said Dr. John Ragheb, chief of pediatric neurosurgery. "This child's injury passed through a big vein that drains blood from the brain and is essential for life," Ragheb said. "The heart is still beating, but the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

21 January 2004

Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri — The intense battle over whether Missourians should have the right to carry concealed weapons reached a pinnacle Thursday, as state Supreme Court judges questioned whether a new law allowing hidden guns violates an old constitutional provision. The assumption heading into the hearing — as determined by a St. Louis circuit judge's ruling — was that concealed guns are prohibited under a state constitutional section dating to 1875. Supreme... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

21 January 2004

Canadian Press

HALIFAX — The federal government should scrap plans to rein in spending on Canada's $1-billion gun registry because there's almost no room for more cuts, says the president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. Edgar MacLeod told a news conference Wednesday that spending problems identified by the federal auditor general have already been addressed. "It is expensive, but when you look at the costs, there's not much room anymore for manoeuvring that we... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

21 January 2004

New York Times

GPN Editor's note: An article on the new gun law in Brazil from the New York Times, reprinted in Seattle and recently posted on GPN, was significantly different from the original, and much shorter. It claimed that Brazil's gun referendum is "worrisome" to gun control advocates, when the opposite is true. The original article from the NY Times web site ran as follows: SÃO PAULO, Brazil — No country in the world has a higher rate of homicide by firearms than Brazil,... (GunPolicy.org)

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