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Gun Policy News, 1 April 2004

United States

1 April 2004

Herald-Sun (North Carolina)

DURHAM — A group of moms presented some staggering statistics about gun violence and children in North Carolina and Durham at the old North Holloway Street school Wednesday afternoon. Between 1999 and 2001, 131 children under the age of 17 died from gunshot wounds in North Carolina, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Durham County had the second-highest number of youth gun deaths of all N.C. counties and the highest per capita percentage of gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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Kenya,Uganda

1 April 2004

East African Standard (Nairobi)

NAIROBI, Kenya — Women from Kenyan and Ugandan pastoralist communities have attributed increasing cases of cattle rustling among their communities to illegal firearms. The 36 volunteer peace makers from NGOs and churches said cattle rustling had led to a rise in other forms of crime and retarded economic development. Mrs Helen Lomongin from Moroto Pentecostal Assemblies of God (PAG), Ms Margaret Murupus of Reformed Church of East Africa (West Pokot) and Mrs Ester... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

1 April 2004

National Post (Toronto)

A 40-year-old robber is recovering in hospital from a shotgun blast to his upper body after his accomplice, 16-year-old son accidentally shot him instead of their victim, who was in a life and death struggle to save his case of beer. Police say three men were walking home in the early morning of March 13 near Isabel Street and Bannatyne Avenue when the father and son hold-up duo demanded the men hand over their beer. When the three refused to comply with the demand,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

1 April 2004

Advertiser (Adelaide)

A GUN amnesty and buyback was today extended in NSW by three months to ensure all licensed shooters whose firearms were banned are compensated. Police Minister John Watkins said the National Handgun Buyback would be extended in NSW until June 30, along with an amnesty so people can surrender their firearms and avoid hefty penalties. Under the amnesty which began on October 1, 5520 weapons have been surrendered including 3960 rifles, 1042 shotguns and 477... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

1 April 2004

Tucson Citizen (Arizona)

A Tucson gun dealer is out of business and faces up to 35 years in federal prison after being convicted of illegally selling dozens of guns later used in crimes, including homicides and drive-by shootings. His conviction, and the local arrests of suspects in shootings, came from gun tracking by Tucson police and federal authorities. Sometimes, the federal help is simply a gun trace by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. In the case of the gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

1 April 2004

Join Together Online gun violence web site (Boston), Book review

In the preface to his new book, "Private Guns, Public Health," David Hemenway of the Harvard School of Public Health tells a story about the goose problem that had befallen the municipality of Mamaroneck, NY in the early 1990s. A growing population of Canadian geese had set up continuous residence in one of the town's parks, and their droppings atop sidewalks, fields, and beach had become a public nuisance. In response, the village leaders obtained a federal permit to... (GunPolicy.org)

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