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Gun Policy News, 22 October 2004

Oceania,Papua New Guinea,Solomon Islands

22 October 2004

National Business Review (New Zealand)

While much international attention on arms control has understandably concentrated on the spread of weapons of mass destruction and on the development of missiles that can deliver conventional or nuclear devastation, more people die daily through the possession of and trade in small arms such as hand guns, rifles, shotguns and machine-guns than they do through more advanced and fearsome weapons. Although the scale may be greatest on the continent of Africa, some of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

22 October 2004

Independent (UK)

Gun crime has risen to a record level while violent offences recorded by the police have increased by 11 per cent, according to new figures revealed yesterday. Firearms offences rose by three per cent to 10,590 in the year to June 2004, compared with the same period in the previous year. Concerns about the emerging gun culture in Britain were highlighted by the killing of 14-year-old Danielle Beccan earlier this month in a drive-by shooting in Nottingham. The figures... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

22 October 2004

New York Times

Money used to defeat an effort by a California teenager paralyzed by a defectively designed handgun to buy the bankrupt manufacturer and dismantle it came from the family that owned the company, according to bank records and the young man's lawyer. The lawyer, Richard Ruggieri, said he would ask the federal bankruptcy court in Jacksonville, Fla., to invalidate the sale of Bryco Arms, since the records suggested it was based on fraud. Mr. Ruggieri, representing the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

22 October 2004

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Anyone wondering why President Bush and Sen. John Kerry have been talking up hunting and fishing in recent days need look no further than two anti-logging petitions widely circulated by a sportsmen's association in Alaska. Demonstrating their political involvement, some 721 gun clubs and shooting ranges and 328 angling clubs have signed onto the petitions, particularly those in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan — key election battleground states. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jamaica

22 October 2004

Associated Press

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A booming illegal gun trade in Haiti has increased the number of high-powered weapons on Jamaica's streets, contributing to the island's spiraling homicide rate, the national security minister said. Haiti's ongoing political instability has given rise to a major smuggling ring of cheaply acquired high-powered weapons in the impoverished country, National Security Minister Peter Phillips said in a televised address Thursday night. "Some of these... (GunPolicy.org)

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