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Gun Policy News, 3 March 2004

United States

3 March 2004

New York Times, Editorial

Anyone concerned about having a rational gun policy in this country had reason for grave concern yesterday as Congress snarled itself into a frenzy of election-year politicking and bare-knuckle pressure from a gun lobby aided by President Bush. In the end, the Senate killed a disastrous bill that would have compromised justice and public safety by gutting the rights of crime victims to sue irresponsible gun makers and shady weapons dealers. Lawmakers whose votes against... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

3 March 2004

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The demise of Republican gun legislation in the Senate and a stalemate over renewing the assault-style weapons ban thrusts gun control squarely into the fall presidential campaign, both sides in the debate say. The Senate voted 90-8 on Tuesday to scuttle a GOP-sponsored bill that would have given gunmakers liability protection against lawsuits. The vote came after Democrats gained enough Republican support to amend the bill to extend the assault-weapons... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

3 March 2004

Toronto Star (Ontario), Opinion

We didn't need the independent Ontario Civilian Commission on Police Services to tell us that Norm Gardner has "both a remarkable lack of foresight and poor judgment." We've seen evidence of this several times in the public career of the onetime city councillor turned police board chair. We didn't need the three-member panel to tell us Gardner's conduct has "discredited and compromised the integrity of the (Toronto Police Services) Board." We knew that years ago.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

3 March 2004

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

CARNATION, Washington — In the greater Snoqualmie Valley these days, golf bags in the backs of SUVs are nearly as common as rifles in the windows of pickup trucks. Maybe that's why police Chief Craig Barnes has barely made a dent in the inventory of gun locks his department has been trying to give away since last fall. Carnation police Chief Craig Barnes demonstrates how a cable gun lock works on a semiautomatic pistol. The infusion of federal money will allow... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

3 March 2004

Edmonton Journal (Alberta)

EDMONTON — An RCMP dog handler fatally shot Saturday in a standoff with a mentally ill man was not killed by a Mountie bullet. "A forensic report has confirmed that a single bullet that struck and killed Cpl. Jim Galloway was fired by a rifle that is of a similar calibre to one that was in the possession of Martin Ostopovich at the time of the shooting,"RCMP spokesman Cpl. Wayne Oakes said Tuesday. "This calibre of firearm is one not used by the RCMP." Oakes would... (GunPolicy.org)

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Russia

3 March 2004

Pravda (Russia)

In 2003, the Russian Agency of Conventional Arms (RAV) supplied more than 20 new models of armaments and military equipment to the Russian Defence Ministry and other security bodies, the RAV's press service told RIA Novosti Wednesday. The Russian Defence Ministry adopted a new Tunguska M-1 gun/missile system designed by a Tula-based instrument engineering office. "This model's combat capability exceeds both previous Russian models and analogous foreign models. Its... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

3 March 2004

Columbian

The fatal shooting of a Clark County sheriff sergeant's 10-year-old daughter prompted a national law-enforcement accreditation group to adopt new guidelines for how police officers store their duty weapons. After the Jan. 13, 2003 shooting, which was ruled accidental, Clark County Sheriff Garry Lucas adopted a department policy requiring off-duty officers to lock up their duty weapons and supplied 200 officers with pistol lock boxes. Lucas also proposed that the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

3 March 2004

Washington Post

Virginia's two U.S. senators championed opposing sides in the Senate's gun debate yesterday, after each abandoned his earlier position on extending a federal ban on assault weapons. The reversals by Sens. George Allen and John W. Warner, both Republicans, drew furious denunciations from advocates on each side and illustrated the powerful political crosscurrents in Virginia and across the country over what to do about gun violence and gun rights. Warner co-sponsored... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

3 March 2004

Fox News (USA), Opinion

Last week's release of police documents and evidence on the April, 1999, Columbine school shootings has sparked many questions — not only on the specifics of Columbine but also on the general issue of guns. The answers are unsatisfying on all counts. Take, for example, the issue of how many children die each year in gun-related incidents. That question has been prompted not just by the new Columbine evidence, but by the impending Million Mom March on Washington,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bosnia & Herzegovina

3 March 2004

Agence France Presse

NATO-led peacekeepers said Wednesday they had found 10 surface-to-air missiles in a large stash of illegal weapons remaining from the Bosnia's 1992-95 war. The NATO-led Stabilisation Force (SFOR) and local police discovered the arms during a five-day search in the northwest of the Balkan country, SFOR spokesman Ron Carson told a press conference. The stash also included 147 small arms, 127 anti-tank rockets, 12 landmines, dozens of mortar rounds, hand and rifle... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

3 March 2004

WESH-TV News (USA), Transcript

A WESH NewsChannel 2 investigation has uncovered what some call a dirty secret among law enforcement officers nationwide. Firepower is used to stop dangerous criminals in their tracks, but a WESH NewsChannel 2 investigation has uncovered these same weapons used for law and order often end up on the other side of the law in the hands of criminals — put there indirectly by police through a common but rarely publicized practice. Central Florida police and sheriff's... (GunPolicy.org)

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