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Gun Policy News, 11 February 2004

United States

11 February 2004

Cybercast News Service

New York City Mayor Michael "Nanny" Bloomberg, he of the smooth hands and Nurse Ratched smirk, made international headlines with his selective war on smokers. Now, Bloomberg and the city's ruling class are preparing to "cure" the Big Apple of another politically incorrect constituency: ordinary gun owners. Last week, Democrat City Councilwoman Gale Brewer introduced a resolution calling on the Republican National Committee "to repudiate the irresponsible and dangerous... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

11 February 2004

Denver Post (Colorado)

Two of the year's highest-profile gun bills were defeated this week, leaving little chance that looser firearms rules will be passed this legislative session. Key legislators agreed that the gun measures were killed, at least in part, because Republican leaders don't want to vote on such a divisive issue in an election year. Last year, lawmakers passed uniform rules for carrying concealed weapons and prohibited local communities from enforcing tougher gun rules than... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

11 February 2004

Caledonian-Record (Vermont)

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vermont — Under federal gun laws passed during the Clinton administration, a Vermonter who plea bargains to a misdemeanor charge of domestic simple assault can lose the right to own a firearm for the rest of his life. This was discussed Tuesday during a meeting at the Caledonia County Sheriff's Office in St. Johnsbury. About 30 people, including a federal prosecutor, an ATF agent, sheriffs, members of the state police, probation and parole officers and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Belgium

11 February 2004

Expatica (Brussels)

BRUSSELS — A Belgian professor has developed a new handgun that he claims can be fired only by its legitimate owner, Belgian newspaper La Derniere Huere said on Wednesday. Professor Jacques Destine, who is based at Liege university, began work on the new firearm the US Justice Department launched a world-wide call for tender asking scientists to develop a 'safe' handgun. Every year 6,000 Americans, including two children a day, are injured by firearms. To his... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

11 February 2004

Los Angeles Times

FAIRGROUNDS — A visitor to a gun show over the weekend accidentally shot a vendor in a neighboring stall when the gun he was looking at misfired, officials said Tuesday. The vendor was not seriously hurt and was treated by paramedics on scene, but he refused to be taken to the hospital, said Pam Highwart, spokeswoman for the Orange County Fairgrounds. "The bullet did not hit him directly," she said. "It actually bounced off another object, and then a piece of it... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

11 February 2004

Associated Press

CONCORD, New Hampshire — State residents no longer would need need permits to carry concealed handguns under a bill considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee. "Society is safer when criminals don't know who is armed," said Norman Bernier, of Concord. Right now, a woman who is threatened could be forced to wait up to 14 days to get a license to carry a concealed weapon, Bernier said Tuesday. Her attacker could kill her before then, he said. Making it harder to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

11 February 2004

Chicago Sun-Times

SPRINGFIELD — The shots Wilmette resident Hale DeMar fired at a home intruder echoed through the state Capitol on Tuesday as gun rights advocates pushed legislation to spare homeowners like DeMar from being prosecuted under local handgun bans. The measure, which advanced out of the Senate Judiciary Committee by a 6-4 vote, would allow residents in communities that prohibit handgun ownership to use handguns in their home for self-defense, even though local law may bar... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

11 February 2004

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Police Chief William Bratton has lent his name and face to a campaign against a bill coming up for a vote in the U.S. Senate that would immunize the gun industry from lawsuits arising from use of weapons in crimes. "We need to get the word out on this latest piece of insanity coming from the U.S. Senate," Bratton said Wednesday at a press conference with Richard Aborn of StoptheNRA.com and members of the Million Mom March. "Gun stores and... (GunPolicy.org)

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