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Gun Policy News, 17 October 2004

United States

17 October 2004

Albany Times-Union (New York)

Gun control advocates mourn loss of assault weapons ban, but opponents say laws like it accomplish little Jack Buttman can sell a 9 mm Glock pistol in less time than it takes to order breakfast in a diner. It's even faster, he says, if the buyer is familiar with the one-page form for the federal background check and doesn't stop to read the questions. Buttman, owner of Butt's Gun Sales in Billings, Montana, says he can send a buyer out the door in 12 to 20... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

17 October 2004

Telegraph (UK)

As stories of innocents caught in crossfire fill the news, it's clear that gun crime has reached areas where recently it seemed unthinkable. Alasdair Palmer and Marco Nardini report Croydon, Reading, the market town of Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire — these are not places one associates with gangs, drugs and murder. But they have all experienced drive-by killings in recent months. News of such shootings has become depressingly familiar from places such as Birmingham,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 October 2004

Albany Times-Union (New York)

Many criminals get around New York's tough laws by going to other states The handgun used to fatally wound Albany Police Lt. John Finn last December presents a lesson in the complexity — and perhaps the futility — of New York's gun control laws. Keshon Everett, who has since pleaded guilty to murder, was on federal probation for a felony drug conviction when he shot Finn three times on Dec. 23. He used a gun purchased in Ohio more than a decade ago. Conventional... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 October 2004

Time (USA)

TIME Poll: Campaign 2004 New York — The race for the White House remains deadlocked, 48% for George W. Bush and 46% for John Kerry, among likely voters, according to a TIME Poll taken Oct. 14-15, 2004. (snip) Americans are split along party lines on: -Gun control: Almost 2 in 3 Kerry supporters (64%) favor stricter gun control, compared to only 34% of Bush backers. - A lopsided 73% favor reinstating the ban on assault weapons that expired recently without being... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

17 October 2004

Observer (UK)

As a man is charged after the shooting of Danielle Beccan, one man reveals the truth about gun culture in UK cities Two weeks ago, one of his closest friends was shot dead outside a nightclub. At least 15 of his childhood friends have been killed in shootings and he believes it was only going to prison that saved his own life. Wayne Rowe understands gun crime better than most — the devastating impact it can have on communities and the mentality of those who... (GunPolicy.org)

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