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Gun Policy News, 14 April 2004

United Kingdom

14 April 2004

Evening Standard (London)

A teenager accidentally killed his friend while "playing around" with a loaded gun, the Old Bailey heard today. Renelle Coke, 18, did not realise the gun could go off as he placed the weapon to 18-year-old Dean Davis's head, the court was told. But a 9mm bullet caused severe brain damage and Dean died following the incident in July last year. Coke, of Leytonstone, east London, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was remanded in custody for sentencing on May 5.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 April 2004

Associated Press

PALM BEACH, Florida — A new computer chip promises to keep police guns from firing if they fall into the wrong hands. The tiny chip would be implanted in a police officer's hand and would match up with a scanning device inside a handgun. If the officer and gun match, a digital signal unlocks the trigger so it can be fired. But if a child or a criminal gets hold of the gun, it would be useless. The technology is the latest attempt to create a so-called "smart gun"... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 April 2004

Associated Press

TOPEKA — A House sponsor of concealed-handguns legislation that has been sent to the governor says there will be no attempt to override an expected veto of the measure. Rep. L. Candy Ruff said Tuesday there are not enough votes to override Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' threatened veto, so there's no reason to try. "We'll wait until next year and bring it back," said Ruff, D-Leavenworth. "This is the type of issue that doesn't go away, because it's that important.... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

14 April 2004

Toronto Star (Ontario), Editorial

When a person turns up at hospital with bullet wounds, a physician's first duty is to treat the injury. His or her second duty should be to alert the police. That isn't the case now. Privacy laws prevent physicians from releasing personal information to police without a court order. And Premier Dalton McGuinty's government seems unwilling to change that in a meaningful way. The new Health Information and Protection Act, which has had second reading, will allow... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 April 2004

Associated Press

PALM BEACH, Florida — A new computer chip promises to keep police guns from firing if they fall into the wrong hands. The tiny chip would be implanted in a police officer's hand and would match up with a scanning device inside a handgun. If the officer and gun match, a digital signal unlocks the trigger so it can be fired. But if a child or criminal would get hold of the gun, it would be useless. The technology is the latest attempt to create a so-called "smart gun"... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 April 2004

Boston Herald

John Kerry is the Senate's most liberal member. But his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, looks to be even farther left, judging from her charitable giving. Over the years, she has poured nearly $6 million into the San Francisco-based Tides Foundation, a kind of front philanthropy, founded by California activist Drummond Pike in 1976, that channels donations to left-wing causes in ways that make the original funders hard to trace directly. The Tides Foundation gives to causes... (GunPolicy.org)

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