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12 February 2004

Mainichi Shimbun (Japan)

The number of handguns police seized from online traders has shot up by nearly 75 percent in 2003 from the corresponding figure a year before, a National Police Agency (NPA) report has shown. The report published on Thursday also revealed that gun enthusiasts have clearly overtaken members of gang organizations as the number one customers in the illegal gun trade. A total of 785 pistols were confiscated in Japan and 451 of them, or 57.5 percent, were seized from... (

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12 February 2004


TOKYO — More than a quarter of illegal guns seized by Japanese police last year were traded through Internet, the National Police Agency said Thursday. The police confiscated 785 guns in 2003, up 38 from the previous year. Of the seizures, a record number of 201 were bought via Internet, the agency said, adding people without gang affiliations are having easier access to weapons. The number of shooting cases stood at 139 last year, down 19 from the previous year,... (

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United States,Canada

12 February 2004

Northwest Indiana Times, Opinion

You could say Canada is a sister country to the United States — at least there's a close family resemblance. But there are unseen differences and the difference American gun owners should take to heart is the now two-year-old national gun registration scheme the Canadian government implemented over the strident objections of their citizenry. Was it necessary? Of course not. The government might as well have posted signs in banks that said, "It's illegal to rob... (

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12 February 2004

CBC News (Canada)

MONTREAL — Canada's controversial gun registry is costing taxpayers far more than previously reported, CBC News has learned. Nearly $2 billion has either been spent on or committed to the federal program since it was introduced in the mid-1990s, according to documents obtained by Zone Libre of CBC's French news service. The figure is roughly twice as much as an official government estimate that caused an uproar across the country. The gun registry was originally... (

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United States

12 February 2004

Washington Times

Aside from same-sex "marriage," there is at least one other cultural issue no Democrat running against President Bush wants to touch: gun control. Bill Clinton and Al Gore both tried to avoid picking up this political hot potato in their 1992, 1996 and 2000 presidential campaigns because gun control is unpopular in swing states such as Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, and can harm a candidate's chances across the South. One consultant who worked for Wesley Clark's... (

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United States

12 February 2004

Arizona Republic

At 74, James Joseph Minder has had a professional career many would envy. He is board chairman of Smith & Wesson Holding Corp., parent company of the famous gunmaker. He also ran a successful non-profit agency serving delinquent and disabled Michigan youths for 20 years before retiring to Scottsdale in 1997. But he also is a former convict who spent 15 years in prison in the 1950s and 1960s for a string of armed robberies and an attempted prison escape. News articles... (

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United States

12 February 2004

New Hampshire Union Leader, Opinion

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... (

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United States

12 February 2004

Palm Beach Post (Florida), Opinion

Florida lawmakers, prominent among them Rep. Carl Domino, R-Jupiter, are promoting legislation that would make it harder for police to solve violent gun crimes. Perhaps Rep. Domino and the others are operating from benign ignorance. Basically, Florida Senate Bill 1152 and House Bill 0155 would keep police from compiling records of pawned guns. The bills taking away that useful law-enforcement tool are framed in the paranoid prose often employed by National Rifle... (

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United States

12 February 2004

Indianapolis Star (Indiana)

Indiana lawmakers want to grant gun owners almost complete protection from lawsuits — an effort that has alarmed national safety groups and local advocates who say Hoosiers should be held responsible if they don't take reasonable steps to safeguard their weapons. House Bill 1349, which is expected to be considered today in a Senate committee, would give Indiana the most sweeping gun immunity law in the country, according to the Washington-based Brady Center to... (

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United States

12 February 2004

Denver Post (Colorado), Editorial

We're glad two gun bills have ended up in the legislative round file. One would have tinkered with gun-show background checks. The other would have scrapped Colorado's concealed- weapons law and replaced it with a general right to carry. We'll hold off on the applause, though, because Republican leaders said the bills were killed in part because they don't want to vote on such divisive issues during an election year. So much for altruism. Amendment 22, requiring... (

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United States

12 February 2004

Join Together Online gun violence web site (Boston)

The National Rifle Association has stated repeatedly that a bill to provide the gun industry broad immunity from lawsuit is one of its top current legislative priorities. In early March, the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on whether or not the NRA gets its way. If the Senate passes the bill, it will hand the gun industry "a level of protection that is literally unprecedented," according to Dennis Henigan, director of the Legal Action Project at the Brady Center to... (

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United States

12 February 2004


PITTSBURGH — The local fight against gun crime just got a boost worth almost $1 million. The government grant was announced Thursday by U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan at a kickoff of Project Safe Neighborhoods. The money will be used by police agencies as well as community groups to try to reduce gun violence. A big chunk of the money will go to the firearms section of the Allegheny County crime lab. That's where guns used in crimes are analyzed. Last year in... (

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Papua New Guinea

12 February 2004

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

Two army officers are under investigations in relation to high-powered guns and ammunition seized recently at Port Moresby's Jacksons Airport that went missing last year. Military and civilian police are questioning the pair, a warrant officer and a sergeant. The sergeant, whose name has been withheld, is linked to the January 23 seizure of six self-loading rifles (SLR), one pistol and 400 rounds of ammunition bound for Goroka at Jackson Airport. The warrant officer... (

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12 February 2004

Toronto Star (Ontario)

A Mississauga man who built illegal guns without serial numbers in his basement has pleaded guilty to a series of weapons-related crimes in the wake of an international investigation. Zoltan Balatoni, 46, who will be sentenced May 4 in a Brampton courtroom, was arrested with seven others in November, 2001, following an extensive probe by U.S. and Canadian law enforcement agencies. According to court documents, more than 40 guns bought by undercover officers and... (

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