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Gun Policy News, 4 October 2004

United Kingdom

4 October 2004

BBC News

A double shooting in Bristol city centre was part of a dispute between gangs, the chief constable of Avon and Somerset Police has said. In an interview with BBC News, Steve Pilkington said "it was safe to assume" the shootings were also drug related. But he stressed the two women who were shot in the head in St George area of the city on Saturday were just innocent victims. "These two girls have been in the wrong place at the wrong time," he said. His comments... (

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United States

4 October 2004


CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wisconsin — Farmer Kathleen Vinehout knows why guns and abortion, favored Republican Party themes, trump the economy or health care at election time in a swathe of states stretching from Texas to the Canadian border. Rural Americans "vote their values more than their self-interests," says Vinehout, a member of the National Farmers Union from western Wisconsin. Republican ideas about gun ownership resonate in a region where self-reliance is a way of... (

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United States

4 October 2004

Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh)

Most of the political discussion at the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs' fall conference last weekend in Oil City was pro-President Bush and Second Amendment gun rights. But unlike previous gatherings, one member did stand up to point out shortcomings of the Bush administration's environmental policies and their detrimental effects on fishing and hunting habitat, said Melody Zullinger, executive director of the 74,000-member sportsmen's group, the state's... (

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United States

4 October 2004

Columbia Daily Tribune (Missouri)

Local firearm-equipment and ammunition dealer Midway Arms Inc. will pay a $222,000 civil penalty to the U.S. Department of Commerce to settle charges that it exported equipment to 12 foreign countries without proper licenses. The court settlement stems from the company's violation of the Export Administration Regulations, according to the Department of Commerce. The government alleged that on 275 occasions between April 1999 and July 2001, Midway exported scopes and... (

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United States

4 October 2004

Associated Press

The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to review a lower court decision allowing a California county to ban gun shows at its fairgrounds. The justices turned away an appeal of a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision upholding an Alameda County ordinance banning possession of firearms on municipal property. The 9th Circuit upheld the ordinance on grounds that gun enthusiasts had neither a First Amendment nor Second Amendment right to possess weapons for sale on... (

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4 October 2004

IRIN (UN) News

KAMPALA — Some 100 officials from 39 African countries started a five-day meeting in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, on Monday to discuss the threat that small arms pose to human security and development across the continent. "Africa has been ravaged by many conflicts. Most of these conflicts were fought primarily using small arms and light weapons that pose one of the greatest challenge of our time," Ugandan Interior Minister Ruhakana Rugunda said in a speech he read... (

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4 October 2004

Agence France Presse

Uganda called on African governments to make a more concerted effort to control small firearms, saying they had caused havoc and ravaged the continent. "Africa has been ravaged by many conflicts, most of them conflicts fought primarily by small arms and light weapons," Ugandan Interior Minister Ruhakana Rugunda told the opening session of a five-day conference in Kampala on small arms proliferation. "These weapons pose one of the greatest challenges of our time,... (

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United States

4 October 2004

Baltimore Sun

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pennsylvania — Sunday mornings, there is God. Sunday afternoons, guns. After sitting in the pews of their Lutheran church, the Montest family will load up their white Chevy Suburban with guns, ammo and safety gear, and head out from their home in Whispering Woods, a Pittsburgh-area subdivision, to one of the two gun clubs they belong to. On a soggy-aired weekend in June, Margeaux Montest, just days out of sixth grade, loads her mother's Ruger... (

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