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Gun Policy News, 18 February 2004

United States

18 February 2004

Southern Maryland Gazette

ANNAPOLIS — The battle over a state ban on assault weapons appears to be turning into a partisan showdown between Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. and Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. Ehrlich (R) has personally lobbied senators to kill the bill, while Miller (D-Dist. 27) of Chesapeake Beach said he wants a ban to pass. A vote in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee had been planned for last week, but it was postponed with the vote in doubt. Freshman Sen.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 February 2004

Chicago Tribune

A Wilmette man who was cited for violating the village's handgun ban after he shot an intruder in his kitchen has invoked U.S. Supreme Court rulings on sodomy and pornography laws to argue that the gun ban violates his privacy rights, his lawyer said. Hale DeMar's attorney has asked a Cook County circuit judge to dismiss his case and order the village to pay DeMar's legal bills. "I want the court to say, 'The Village of Wilmette cannot come into his home and take his... (GunPolicy.org)

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Taiwan

18 February 2004

China Post (Taiwan)

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Four soldiers have been arrested for telemarketing firearms and ammunition, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) announced yesterday. Also captured was a civilian for helping deliver the weapons, a CIB spokesman told a press conference. Three of the soldiers are marines on active duty. They were identified as Huang Po-hen, Yeh Chung-lin and Wu Chung-ta. The other, Lin Liang-ti, is a prison guard in Kaohsiung. Police did not say when and where... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 February 2004

Detroit News

As the newly appointed chairman of Arizona-based Smith & Wesson Holding Corp., parent of the famous firearms maker, James Minder Jr. knows a thing or two about guns — specifically the double-barreled, sawed-off kind. Decades ago, in a life far removed from his decades of community service and current perch in the corporate suite, Minder used to have the nasty habit of robbing shopkeepers with a 16-gauge shotgun after his classes at the University of Michigan in Ann... (GunPolicy.org)

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Puerto Rico

18 February 2004

Caribbean Business

With news of gunfire claiming lives in Puerto Rico appearing almost on a daily basis, and legislators intent on amending the law regulating arms possession, sales at local gun shops are down. The owners and managers of these shops, however, told CARIBBEAN BUSINESS that it is ridiculous to blame them for selling guns to criminals because criminals would never be able to get a license. Victor Gonzalez, owner of AAA Gun Shop, said CARIBBEAN BUSINESS that sales at local... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 February 2004

St Petersburg Times (Florida)

PINELLAS PARK — Three people who frequented indoor gun ranges in Pinellas County last year breathed in too much lead dust from the ranges, and two developed lead poisoning, according to Pinellas health officials. But a bill now rolling toward passage by the state Legislature to protect gun ranges from government regulation would prevent health department workers from helping customers and employees in the future, health officials say. "What it says is we're even... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kenya

18 February 2004

Xinhua

NAIROBI, Kenya — Proliferation of small arms and light weapons in Kenya have become much more destructive to the East African country, a senior government official disclosed here Tuesday. Permanent Secretary of Kenyan Foreign Ministry Peter Ole Nkuraiyia told an experts meeting on small arms in Nairobi that Kenya is trying to resolve the conflicts in the sub-region, which would create conducive environment for peace and development in the region. The official made... (GunPolicy.org)

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