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Gun Policy News, 26 February 2004

United States

26 February 2004

San Francisco Chronicle

The Skyline and Oakland Tech high school basketball teams wore T- shirts emblazoned with "No. 8" during the pregame warm-ups of Wednesday afternoon's basketball game. The shirts weren't a tribute to a star player whose jersey number was being retired. Instead, they served as a memorial to the eight young people who die from gun violence every day in the United States, according to the nonprofit Alliance for Justice. Host team Skyline was one of three Oakland high... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 February 2004

San Francisco Chronicle

WASHINGTON — Proponents of Sen. Dianne Feinstein's decade-old federal assault weapons ban accused President Bush on Wednesday of using political sleight of hand to break his promise to support their bid to reauthorize the legislation for another 10 years. As the Senate started debating a bill that would grant gun manufacturers and dealers unprecedented protection against almost all civil lawsuits, the White House issued a statement of policy saying the president... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 February 2004

Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON — These are tough times for the gun control crowd. After 13 people were shot to death in 1999 at Columbine High School in Colorado, Democrats led a stampede in Congress to pass tougher gun laws. Now some of those same politicians are lining up with the National Rifle Assn. to soften gun regulations. Congress has voted this year to require speedier destruction of gun purchase records; the renewal of a 1994 law banning assault weapons faces an uphill... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 February 2004

Denver Post (Colorado), Editorial

Colorado has made itself part of the solution in preventing firearms from falling into the wrong hands. The state's per-capita ranking as an exporter of guns used in crimes has dropped from a shameful 17th place to 27th, says Americans for Gun Safety. The group based its figures on 36,828 federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms criminal traces of guns bought in one state but used for criminal purposes in another. The welcome decline occurred the year after... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 February 2004

Philadelphia Daily News

The slaying of Faheem Thomas-Childs has driven several Philadelphia lawmakers to propose legislation creating "firearm-free" zones at schools and recreation areas throughout the state. If passed, the zones would ban firearms within 1,000 feet of every public, private and parochial school and higher-learning institution, and within 500 feet of every playground, recreation facility and school-transportation vehicle. Those caught illegally possessing or firing guns... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 February 2004

Washington Post

The White House is opposing addition of gun show and assault weapons restrictions to a bill shielding firearms makers and dealers from lawsuits, prompting angry complaints from Democrats that President Bush is reneging on earlier support for the two proposals. The dispute emerged as the Senate began debating the lawsuits measure, which is strongly backed by the National Rifle Association as well as the White House and appears to have the support of a bipartisan... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 February 2004

Washington Times

President Bush urged the Senate to pass a bill that would protect gun dealers and manufacturers from frivolous lawsuits but without any amendments that would extend the assault-weapons ban or close gun-show loopholes. "The administration urges the Senate to pass a clean bill, in order to ensure enactment of the legislation this year," the president said in a statement released late Tuesday. "Any amendment that would delay enactment of the bill beyond this year is... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 February 2004

New York Times

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to take up a White House-backed bill that would provide legal immunity to gun manufacturers and dealers. The action sent a strong signal that the measure, which has bipartisan support but is opposed by many big-city police chiefs and mayors, is destined to pass. By a vote of 75 to 22, lawmakers agreed to begin debating the measure, which would offer protection to firearms manufacturers and dealers as long as they... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 February 2004

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — With the GOP-controlled Senate only days away from pushing through legislation to protect gunmakers and distributors from lawsuits, Democrats are trying add their own gun legislation to the package. That would allow them to salvage something out of legislation many Democrats would rather not have passed. However, the bill providing for immunity from suits when a legally sold gun is subsequently used in a crime won the support of 75 senators in a test... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 February 2004

Associated Press

LAKEWOOD, Colorado — Authorities had at least 15 contacts with the Columbine High School killers dating back two years before their murderous attack, the state attorney general said Thursday, angering families of the victims. Attorney General Ken Salazar did not, however, blame the Jefferson County sheriff's office for missing warning signs about Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. Instead, he summarized how investigators reacted to 1997 complaints about Harris, from a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 February 2004

Los Angeles Times

GOLDEN, Colorado — Appearing stunned and distraught, relatives of those killed in the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School got their first look Wednesday at all the physical evidence in the case. In room after room, families and survivors of the slaughter saw chairs with bullet holes, bloody clothing, bullet fragments, guns and a new video of the killers hamming it up before the shootings. "They are bastards, they are murderers," said a tearful Patricia DePooter,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 February 2004

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly agreed to require child safety locks on all handguns sold in the United States as part of a Republican-pushed package to immunize gun makers and sellers from lawsuits arising from gun crimes. Senators voted 70-27 for the legislation after pleas from Democratic Sens. Barbara Boxer of California and Herb Kohl of Wisconsin, who said the legislation would help stop children from accidentally shooting themselves with... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 February 2004

Reuters

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Thursday refused to guarantee that families of victims of the 2002 Washington area snipers could pursue their cases in court even if the gun industry wins broad protection from civil lawsuits. "Let us do justice for the victims, or at least give them the opportunity to seek justice," said Maryland Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski, author of the sniper amendment which was defeated on a 56-40 vote during debate on a gun immunity bill... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papua New Guinea

26 February 2004

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

A Northern Territory couple has been bashed and robbed by masked bandits wielding machineguns and machetes. David and Liz Murnane, of Darwin, told the Northern Territory News by satellite phone of their near-death ordeal in Papua New Guinea. '[It] was a terrifying experience for us,' Mr Murnane, 56, said on Monday night. '[We] are very lucky they didn't kill us.' The attack by eight armed bandits happened in Southern Highlands. '[The] bandits had green monster... (GunPolicy.org)

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