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Gun Policy News, 13 April 2004

Australia

13 April 2004

Australian (Sydney)

One hundred thousand firearms have been imported in the past three years, outstripping the number destroyed in the national $60million handgun buyback scheme. And despite a $21million handgun buyback in Victoria, which saw 18,814 weapons destroyed last year, figures obtained by The Australian reveal Victorians legally imported 15,184 firearms during the same period. Nationally, Australia imported 40,939 firearms last year, an increase from 28,016 in 2001-02 and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 April 2004

Toronto Star (Ontario)

Requiring physicians to report gunshot wounds is an "ill-conceived" idea that would do little to reduce gun-related violence while betraying the patient's trust, two doctors argue in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Debate in the medical community has been heating up since Toronto police Chief Julian Fantino called on the government to introduce legislation forcing hospitals to alert police when people arrive at the emergency room with gun wounds. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

13 April 2004

Edmonton Journal (Alberta)

HALIFAX — A war of words has erupted in Canada's leading medical journal over a proposed law that would require doctors to report gunshot wounds to police. Ethicists say the proposal is a "slippery slope" that threatens to undermine patients' trust in their physicians. But, a leading emergency physician, who has been caught between police demanding information and a shooting victim refusing to give it, counters that gunshot wounds are of sufficient public concern... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 April 2004

Associated Press

With a quarter of its members living within 300 miles of the site of its 133rd annual convention, the National Rifle Association is expecting a strong showing when the event convenes this Friday. If the five-day event draws 60,000 people to Pittsburgh, as the 4 million-member NRA expects, it will be the largest convention the city — let alone its new David L. Lawrence Convention Center — has ever hosted. Hotels up to 20 miles away could be full, restaurants... (GunPolicy.org)

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Namibia

13 April 2004

New Era (Windhoek)

WINDHOEK, Namibia — MORE and more Namibians are acquiring firearms to defend themselves. Namibia has a total number of 97 262 firearms, of which 92 632 are in private hands. The Institute for Public Policy and Research (IPPR), in a briefing paper entitled "In Self Defence: Firearms Usage in Namibia", says that some people say they own firearms to hunt and protect their livestock but many give self defence as the reason for owning guns. Namibia emerged from war more... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 April 2004

Los Angeles Times, Opinion

The National Rifle Assn. sold a videotape on its website during the early days of the 2000 presidential campaign showing a top official predicting that if George W. Bush won, "we'll have a president … where we work out of their office." The statement, by now-NRA President Kayne Robinson, was little more than hyperbolic rallying of the troops. He went on to call Democratic nominee Al Gore an "antigun fanatic" whose election would be a "horror story." But the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 April 2004

Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A coalition opposed to the state's new concealed weapons law has asked the Ohio Supreme Court to stop the state's sheriffs from selling permits, saying the resources for conducting background checks on applicants are inadequate. The Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence filed the complaint on Friday, the day after the long-debated legislation became law. The court last year upheld the state's ban on concealed weapons in a case filed by a group of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 April 2004

New York Law Journal

A federal judge on Monday declined to dismiss New York City's public nuisance lawsuit against gun manufacturers, saying the city could pursue the suit despite the recent failure of an identical claim brought by the state attorney general. The ruling from Eastern District Judge Jack B. Weinstein decided an issue of law that had not been addressed in New York: whether a city is barred from bringing a suit on behalf of its citizens when its parent state has already sued... (GunPolicy.org)

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Malaysia

13 April 2004

Associated Press

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia has signed a deal with Austrian gun maker Steyr-Mannlicher to manufacture its new assault rifle, a move the government said advances its plan to make this Southeast Asian country a major supplier of military small arms. Defense Minister Najib Razak said that following the signing of the agreement in Kuala Lumpur Monday, Malaysia expects to soon be exporting Steyr's new AUGA3 rifle to more than 40 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papua New Guinea

13 April 2004

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

A prison escapee armed with a stolen military rifle is alleged to have led an attack on a tribe which left four people dead last month in Western Highlands Province. John Yukuwa in his mid 30s, escaped from the Baisu jail in the late 1990s after he was sentenced for the murder of two men, including a councillor and seriously wounding another from the Maip Kumbu tribe in Baiyer in March 1995. A public servant from the area under the condition of anonymity yesterday... (GunPolicy.org)

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