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Gun Policy News, 23 February 2004

United Nations

23 February 2004

Reuters

LONDON — Many people are shot dead by police forces who do not follow United Nations standards on using lethal force only where necessary and in self-defence, Amnesty International says. Among other countries, the human rights group singled out Jamaica, where it said police have shot dead 140 people a year on average over the last ten years, and Brazil where killings by police rose sharply in 2003. "International standards do exist to control the use of guns and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 February 2004

Denver Post (Colorado)

Commerce City residents Carmelita Sleezer, seated, Herman Colato and Debbie Salazar confer Sunday during a meeting of a grassroots campaign to attract health care providers to the city, which has just three small health clinics. City officials said they'll help despite a lack of city funds. Law enforcement leaders said Sunday that a bill in the state House threatens to rob them of a vital list of people permitted to carry concealed weapons. The bill would eliminate... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 February 2004

Hartford Courant (Connecticut), Editorial

Senate action is imminent on an outrageous bill that would give the gun industry broad immunity from civil lawsuits — a privilege no other industry enjoys. Called the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Firearms Act, the special-interest measure would bar most civil lawsuits against gun makers, importers and dealers. The bill would be retroactive, requiring the dismissal of all pending lawsuits. One example is the lawsuit filed by victims of the Greater Washington,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 February 2004

Herald Tribune (Florida), Editorial

So what does the National Rifle Association get when it sets up shop in the Oval Office, as a top NRA official promised during the 2000 presidential campaign? Apparently, whatever it wants, from the White House and from Congress. While the NRA hasn't actually installed a desk next to the president's, the gun lobby is enjoying great success in Washington — even when its proposals might aid criminals and criminally negligent dealers. One NRA-backed measure was tacked... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 February 2004

Associated Press

As lawmakers debate a ban on assault rifles, gun dealers say they are getting a lot more business. At a gun show in Upper Marlboro, Sanford M. Abrams of Valley Gun in Parkville, Md., waited on customers standing three deep around tables displaying firearms and accessories, with many eyeing the rifles that would be outlawed by proposed legislation. "The legislature is my best salesman," said Abrams, vice president of the Maryland Licensed Firearms Dealers... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 February 2004

FindLaw (USA), Opinion

Last year, the Congress almost sent to the President the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA). If enacted into law, the PLCAA would have granted the American firearms industry extraordinary federal protection from state tort suits. As Professor Sebok discussed in a prior column, that legislation was unnecessary and ill-conceived. Now, another gun industry protection bill has been proposed — and the U.S. Senate plans to consider it early this March. Like... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

23 February 2004

Scotsman (Edinburgh)

A father from East Kilbride has vowed to continue his campaign to change Turkey's gun laws after the latest stage of the trial of the man accused of killing his two-year-old son. David Grimason's son, Alistair, died when he was hit by a stray bullet as he slept in his pram after a gunfight broke out in a café in the resort of Foça, near Izmir. Daimi Akyuz, 32, appeared in court yesterday for the second of five scheduled trial hearings. He is accused of killing... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 February 2004

Exeter News Letter (New Hampshire)

School administrators all agree they don't want guns of any kind on school grounds, but every district's policy is different, and state law provides little cohesion. "Right now, it's not illegal to take a gun to a school in New Hampshire," said Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams after the topic arose at a meeting of the county's executive committee recently. "Our gun laws are silent as to where guns may be taken," he later explained. "I think it's something …... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 February 2004

Washington Times

The Senate will begin another debate on federal gun laws this week, and at least one issue may put it at odds with Republicans in the other chamber. A Republican-led bill to immunize gun makers from wrongful-death claims is expected to hit the floor tomorrow, but Democrats and liberal Republicans will propose an amendment to extend the federal assault-weapons ban, possibly setting up a showdown with the House. President Bush supports the assault-weapons proposal as... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,United States

23 February 2004

Scotland on Sunday

The right to bear arms will take centre stage in the US presidential elections when hundreds of thousands of gun control lobbyists converge on Washington DC this Mother's Day. During the last campaign in 2,000 more than 750,000 women, led by celebrity Rosie O'Donnell, demonstrated in the capital under the banner Million Mom March. This year the march is calling on Congress to tighten control of assault weapons like those used in the massacre at the Columbine High... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 February 2004

New York Times

WASHINGTON — Backers of a bipartisan bill that would shield firearms dealers and manufacturers from lawsuits are pushing for a vote this week in the Senate, injecting the volatile issue of gun control into this year's presidential and Congressional elections. The bill, which would grant legal immunity to gun makers and dealers so long as they did not sell defective weapons or violate any law, has the support of the White House and 55 sponsors in the Senate, including... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 February 2004

Associated Press

TOPEKA, Kansas — A bill that would allow Kansans to carry concealed weapons cleared a hurdle Monday. The House Federal and State Affairs Committee voted 13-7 to send the legislation to the full House, along with an amendment defining school property. The bill prohibits concealed guns in government buildings and schools, but the committee had a hard time determining what constitutes school property. Kansas is one of only four states that do not allow residents to... (GunPolicy.org)

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