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Gun Policy News, 25 June 2004

Canada

25 June 2004

Canadian Press

TORONTO — Four mothers and a sister of victims of gun violence were in Toronto on Friday to plead for the protection of the national gun registry — a topic of heated debate during the federal election campaign. "We don't want to punish gun owners but want to protect women and children from being threatened and killed with guns," said Karen Vanscoy, whose 14-year-old daughter Jasmine was shot to death by a young offender. "Getting a licence and registering a gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

25 June 2004

New York Times

WAINSCOTT, New York — A year after Kevin and Tracy Coyle bought a second home here among the oak trees — "our dream house, our sanctuary," Ms. Coyle called it — they said they arrived one weekend in April to find bullet holes in the bedroom, broken wallboard on the floor and damage to their cathedral ceilings. After the police came and yanked two bullets from high-powered rifles out of the walls, the Coyles said they knew whom to blame: the Maidstone Gun Club, a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

25 June 2004

Washington Times, Editorial

After the massacre at Colorado's Columbine High School in 1999, police in Prince William County wisely devised an emergency plan to respond to gun threats in schools. So when a camouflage-clad 12-year-old appeared in Bull Run Middle School last Friday armed with two rifles and a shotgun, the police were ready, arriving on the scene swiftly, sweeping into the school and arresting the boy. Cool-headed teachers and staff alerted police, hustled students away from danger... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

25 June 2004

News24 (South Africa)

JOHANNESBURG — Firearm owners will seek a court interdict on Wednesday to stop government from enacting legislation to control the ownership of guns. SA Gunowners Association spokesperson Martin Hood said on Friday the Firearms Control Act was a threat to the country's security and its citizens. "We do not want the legislation to be implemented as it will lead to the criminalisation of tens of thousands of gun owners," Hood said. "The act will also lead to the... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

25 June 2004

Mercury (Durban), Editorial

The new Firearms Control Act, which comes into effect just under a week from today, is welcome in that, among other things, it seeks to rectify an alarming situation in which only 30% of the guns recorded in the Central Firearms Register could be actually traced. That negates the whole idea of gun control. However, what would not be welcome would be confusion in the arms and ammunition industry and in the legitimate firearms-owning community. It would appear that the... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

25 June 2004

Star (South Africa)

The young, the divorced and the retrenched are considered high-risk categories when it comes to the granting of gun licences. Senior police Superintendent Andrew Lesch, of the Central Firearms Registry (CFR), has said 20-something males were seen to be at risk of becoming violent criminals. This did not make it impossible for them to get a firearm licence- only very difficult. Other people considered to be high-risk in terms of the new Firearms Control Act were people... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

25 June 2004

Salon (USA), Opinion

Attention, al-Qaida sleeper cells, domestic terrorists, school shooters, David Koresh wannabes and bloodthirsty lunatics everywhere: Be sure to mark Sept. 13 in your day planners because — thanks to President Bush and his GOP pals in Congress — your murderous missions are about to get a whole lot easier. You see, that's the day the 10-year-old federal ban on assault weapons is set to expire, making it perfectly legal to buy, sell and own a whole new line of... (GunPolicy.org)

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