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Gun Policy News, 17 March 2004

United States

17 March 2004

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (Indiana), Opinion

With some apprehension, I have contributed to the frightening increase in the number of Americans permitted to legally carry a gun. Nearly four years ago, following a column I wrote, I received death threats that included disturbing references to my family and descriptions of my home and property. Not knowing where the threats would lead, and knowing that it takes at least a week to receive a gun permit, I decided to apply for one. Having the permit, I knew, would give... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

17 March 2004

Canadian Press

EDMONTON — Federal Crowns will review a judge's decision to give a gun licence to a woman considered a suicidal alcoholic. Edmonton provincial court Judge Don Demetrick ruled that the 40-year-old woman should be given a firearms acquistion licence, reversing a decision made by a firearms officer who felt it wasn't safe for her to own a gun. The firearms officer said because the woman has an alochol problem, an assault conviction and was being treated for suicidal... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

17 March 2004

Canadian Press

EDMONTON — A judge's decision to allow a woman considered a suicidal alcoholic to keep guns for protection should not be viewed as a call to arms, Alberta's Justice Minister said yesterday. Albertans do not need guns to protect themselves in their homes despite the Provincial Court judge's ruling, Dave Hancock said. In a written decision Monday, Judge Don Demetrick ordered government officials to give a firearms licence to Brenda Pogson. He said that people in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 March 2004

Associated Press

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina — Police have charged the grandfather of a 3-year-old boy who fatally shot himself in the face inside the grandfather's apartment. Hiram Goins is charged with misdemeanor child neglect and failure to store a firearm out of reach of a minor. Winston-Salem police, who were still looking for him Tuesday night, could not be reached immediately Wednesday for an update on the search. Goins, 46, was in charge of watching his grandson, Andre... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 March 2004

Portland Press Herald (Maine)

SOUTH PORTLAND — With the federal ban on assault rifles due to expire in six months, two state lawmakers plan to introduce a measure this week that could lead to a Maine law banning the weapons. During a news conference Sunday, state Sen. Ethan Strimling, a Democrat from Portland, said he does not believe the 10-year-old federal ban will be reauthorized, even though the president has said he would sign a reauthorization. Unless the state Legislature acts now,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 March 2004

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Commercial pilots say only a few of their colleagues are signing up to carry guns in the cockpit because the Bush administration has made it harder than necessary to participate. The Transportation Security Administration initially opposed the program, then reluctantly endorsed it when it was clear Congress was behind it. The Airline Pilots Security Alliance, a group formed by pilots to lobby for guns in the cockpit, says the TSA's stance has led the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

17 March 2004

Toronto Star (Ontario)

The U.S. law enforcement agency charged with keeping track of guns is opening an office in Toronto to help Canadian police stem the flow of illegal firearms across the border. Canadian officials welcome the move by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). It's something Toronto police Chief Julian Fantino has lobbied for. The U.S., which has much less restrictive gun laws, is a major source of illegal handguns, "the preferred weapons for use... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Jamaica

17 March 2004

Jamaica Gleaner

Gun dealers are analysing the implications for their businesses after it emerged yesterday that the United States had ordered a freeze on the licences of all dealers to import guns and ammunition into Jamaica. A top firearm dealer, Leighton Sasso, said yesterday that the decision would adversely affect his sales. "It means that if we cannot import anything, then we have nothing to sell," said Mr. Sasso, who has been in the business for more than 20 years. "Everybody... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 March 2004

Red Deer Advocate (Alberta), Editorial

The decision by an Alberta court judge to give a woman a firearms licence in northeastern Alberta cannot be allowed to stand. In a written decision released on Monday, provincial court Judge Don Demetrick said that Brenda Pogson must be given a firearms licence because ordinary Canadians need guns to protect themselves, at home and in the woods. Pogson wanted a gun licence to go moose hunting. She was turned down almost four years ago because she had a history of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 March 2004

Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)

News that a man charged in one of the serial shootings has a mental illness raised questions about how he could buy a gun in these days of instant background checks. Authorities say Charles A. McCoy Jr. owned a 9 mm semiautomatic pistol that, ballistics tests show, was used in nine of the 24 shootings. After McCoy's father took that gun and others away from him sometime after Feb. 14, McCoy Jr. bought another handgun, possibly as recently as Friday, sources said.... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

17 March 2004

Canadian Press

EDMONTON — A judge's decision to allow a woman considered a suicidal alcoholic to keep guns for protection should not be seen as a call to arms, says Alberta's justice minister. Albertans do not need guns to protect themselves despite the provincial court judge's ruling, Dave Hancock said yesterday. In a written decision Monday, Judge Don Demetrick ordered government officials to give a firearms licence to the woman, who had been refused because of her background.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 March 2004

Times (UK)

As Lynn Watson approached the motorway junction, she found herself accelerating. Scanning the bridges overhead, she remembered the words of her ten-year-old daughter that morning: "Be really careful, Mom." And then … Nothing happened. After emerging from the junction unscathed, she said: "I was nervous driving through. It's the first time I have had to be here since it all started. It's scary." The "it" is a ten-month shooting spree by an elusive gunman who has... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 March 2004

Edmonton Journal (Alberta)

EDMONTON — Albertans shouldn't rush out to buy guns despite a judge's comments that people need firearms to defend themselves from criminals or carnivores, the provincial government warned Tuesday. Premier Ralph Klein and Justice Minister Dave Hancock said Albertans do not need firearms for self-protection, a day after the release of a controversial ruling from St. Paul provincial court judge Don Demetrick. Demetrick overturned a decision by a provincial firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

17 March 2004

CanWest News Service

Albertans shouldn't rush out to buy guns, despite a judge commenting that people need firearms to defend themselves from criminals or carnivores, the provincial government warns. Premier Ralph Klein and Justice Minister Dave Hancock say Albertans do not need firearms for protection. In a ruling released Monday, St. Paul Judge Don Demetrick overturned a decision by a provincial firearms officer to deny a firearms possession and acquisition licence to a northern Alberta... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 March 2004

Gannett News Service (USA)

COLUMBUS — Wednesday's arrest in the Columbus sniper case has given fresh ammunition to gun-control advocates who say Ohio does a lousy job of keeping mentally ill people from buying guns. Licensed gun sellers nationwide are required to make instant background checks through an FBI database to identify potentially dangerous buyers. When a judge has ruled people mentally ill, they cannot be sold firearms. But those background checks don't have much effect in Ohio... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papua New Guinea

17 March 2004

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

Over 500 houses were torched and property worth thousands of kina destroyed in a tribal fight in Western Highlands yesterday. The fight featured high-powered guns that also left four people dead. The bodies of the four people, including an old couple, were brought into the Mt Hagen General Hospital morgue yesterday morning. The surprise attack was carried out by gun-wielding men from the Enga Rami tribe on in the Baiyer district, which is occupied by the Enga Maip... (GunPolicy.org)

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