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Gun Policy News, 26 January 2004

Kenya

26 January 2004

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

Nairobi's oldest residential area leads in urban gun killings, new crime statistics reveal. Chances of being shot dead by either the police or criminals are higher in Eastlands than in any other part of Kenya's urban areas. Out of the 40 people gunned down in Nairobi between last December 1 and yesterday, 18 were from Eastlands. The high risk area — which has the oldest City Council residential estates dating back to the colonial days — falls under the command... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kenya

26 January 2004

Daily Nation (Nairobi)

Mr Hesbon Ouko's love for his son cost him his life. The 55-year-old man would probably be alive today had he not tried to shield his 20-year-old son from gunmen who wanted to snatch his mobile phone. Mr Ouko was killed at 6am last December 3, minutes after he stepped out of his house in the crime-prone Eastleigh estate. His killers were not interested in the car he was driving but a mobile phone his son, Vincent, was using as they left for their rural home in... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Caledonia

26 January 2004

ABC News (Australia)

A report from New Caledonia says up to 300 confiscated firearms have been destroyed by the French army. The daily newspaper Les Nouvelles Calédoniennes reports the weapons consisted mainly of hunting guns, pistols and ammunition. Some of the weapons belonged to villagers in Saint Louis, which was once the scene of violent clashes between indigenous Kanaks and settlers from Wallis and Futuna Islands. In August last year, French police in New Caledonia seized more... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

26 January 2004

Sydney Morning Herald

The four-wheel-drive vehicles line the car park of the German-Austrian Club as twilight settles over Cabramatta. Inside, the two-monthly meeting of a small sporting club is under way, a typical scene played out in clubs across NSW. The only difference is that rather than bowls or tennis racquets, the preferred equipment of Australian Deer Association members is guns. The 40 or so members, mainly men and a smattering of women and kids, sit at tables stacked with... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 January 2004

New York Times

LONDON — Do guards with guns protect airplanes and their passengers from terrorist attacks? For many Americans, long used to the association of law enforcement with weapons, the answer may seem an obvious yes. But since the U.S. government ordered foreign airlines to deploy sky marshals on some flights to the United States, the question has stirred passionate arguments among airline pilots in Europe, particularly those in Britain, who remain apprehensive about such a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

26 January 2004

BBC News

A father and son supplied criminals with hundreds of deactivated guns and "kits" to convert them into live weapons. William Mitchell Greenwood, 76, and Mitchell Verne Greenwood, 42, from South Wingfield, Derbyshire, sold hundreds of guns from their shop. Convicted criminals told police how they had been sold the weapons and given advice on reactivating them. A jury at Derby Crown Court on Monday found both men guilty. The court heard father and son ran an antiques... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 January 2004

Capital Times (Wisconsin), Opinion

Twenty-three members of the Wisconsin Senate — and five Democrats in particular — have sold out to the National Rifle Association. No matter how they try to couch it, that's the truth behind the Senate's 23-10 vote last Thursday to override the governor's veto of a bill allowing concealed weapons. Because they are afraid the NRA will work to defeat them in the next election, these 23 senators were willing to overturn Wisconsin's 130-year ban on allowing citizens... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papua New Guinea

26 January 2004

Radio Australia (Pacific shortwave)

Several high-powered guns, believed to have been stolen from the Papua New Guinea Defence Force's Murray Barracks armoury in Port Moresby, have been seized at the Jackson Airport. The National newspaper reports that six guns and ammunition were discovered by cargo handlers at the airport. They were bound for Goroka. The serial numbers of the guns are believed to match those of guns missing from the defence force's armoury. The paper says Air Niugini workers became... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

26 January 2004

Daily Mirror (UK)

The first fully automatic handgun to surface in the UK — capable of firing 1,100 rounds a minute — has been seized in a police raid. It is a Glock 18, banned from sale in the US and described as a "monster of a weapon" that fires bullets with the intensity of a high-pressure water hose. The ultra-light, Austrian-made gun was discovered in a swoop on the home of a suspected Yardie gangster. Scotland Yard has issued a nationwide alert as they try to find the owner... (GunPolicy.org)

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