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Gun Policy News, 22 September 2004

United States

22 September 2004

Delaware County Daily Times (Pennsylvania), Editorial

With sickening regularity, the reports have been coming in from Chester. Sept. 4 — Three men dead from gunshot wounds. Two were 23-years-old. One was 19. Sept. 15 — One man dead from gunshot wounds. He was 24. Sept. 19 — One man dead from gunshot wounds. He was also 24. Later that same day, a 33-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman are wounded in another shooting. In the span of just over two weeks, five young men were killed in the city of Chester. The motive... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

22 September 2004

South African Press Assocation (SAPA)

PRETORIA — Eight police members lost their official firearms in bathrooms in the past financial year and another lost his while under the influence of alcohol, according to the police's annual report released this week. An auditor-general report attached to the document expresses concern about "serious internal control weaknesses" regarding the safekeeping of police firearms. A total of 935 firearms valued at more than R2 million were lost by or stolen from police... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

22 September 2004

BBC News

Tough new anti-gun legislation comes into force in Brazil on Wednesday, in a bid to curb what the UN says is the world's fourth-highest murder rate. Under the new rules, anyone carrying a gun without a licence will face a prison sentence. Permits will be issued only to police, security guards and others in high-risk professions — but they must be at least 25 years old. Anyone else caught carrying a firearm will face up to four years in prison. "Those who... (GunPolicy.org)

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Russia

22 September 2004

RIA Novosti

MOSCOW — People's Party leader Gennady Gudkov, who is also a member of the State Duma's security committee, consistently opposes the sale of firearms to the population. Talking to Novye Izvestia, Gudkov tried to substantiate his position. In his words, those seemingly attractive possible legislative amendments allowing ordinary citizens to tote firearms, are a dead-end option because even Switzerland and the United States don't grant such rights to their citizens.... (GunPolicy.org)

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Uganda

22 September 2004

New Vision (Kampala)

Guns! Ofwono Opondo's shooting of a suspected thug last week was just the latest indicator of the prevalence of guns in our midst and what harm they can do. There were two guns in play one legal and the other illegal. On September 15, a private security guard shot dead his former wife near the old taxi park. On September 16, another private security guard tried to shoot another woman Namasuba. A few weeks ago, a man in plainclothes shot dead a pickpocket near Stanbic... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

22 September 2004

CBS MarketWatch (USA)

SAN FRANCISCO — When the federal ban on assault weapons that went into effect during the Clinton administration expired last week after 10 years on the books, some safety experts saw it as an opportunity squandered. The ban was enacted after a series of mass shootings, including one in San Francisco in 1993 that killed eight people and wounded six. It kept 19 kinds of semiautomatic weapons from being produced and sold in the United States starting in September 1994... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

22 September 2004

Kenora Daily Miner and News (Ontario)

The Kenora Courthouse is not the OK Corral, but the Supreme Court of Canada will be if the Canadian Unregistered Firearms Owners Association is able to use charges of unauthorized possession of a firearm, unauthorized possession of explosives and careless storage of explosives against Dryden's William Bruce Montague to carry it there. It's a fight that has been brewing for a decade — even prior to the Liberal government passing Bill C-68, which requires people to... (GunPolicy.org)

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