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Gun Policy News, 28 October 2004

South Africa

28 October 2004

Pretoria News

Despite South African Police Services (SAPS) efforts to curb the proliferation of illegal firearms, SAPS initiatives appear to be ineffective, with the majority of illegal weapons having been stolen from the government. In 1999, government said that there were an estimated 500 000 illegal firearms in circulation, the majority of which, 200 000, were missing state-owned firearms. Weapons stolen from legal gunowners amounted to 150 000, with home-made and illegally... (

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South Africa

28 October 2004

BuaNews (Tshwane)

Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula says firearm licenses cannot be given to applicants "willy-nilly", as very strict measures have to be adhered to. Briefing the media here today, Mr Nqakula said government was bound by the law to ensure responsible firearm ownership, pouring cold water on the belief held by some that the Firearms Control Act seemed to ban certain categories of people from owning guns. Between June and August 2004, 6 686 firearm licence... (

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United States

28 October 2004

Associated Press

Project Disarm seeks to prosecute criminals under federal gun laws. SOUTH BEND — Six months after its creation, a police task force targeting gun trafficking in northern Indiana has dented the number of weapons on the street and helped solve several violent crimes. Project Disarm, a joint law enforcement effort set up under a U.S. Justice Department program in April, seeks to take dangerous criminals and gang members off the streets by prosecuting them under federal... (

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United States

28 October 2004

Billings Outpost (Montana)

What do the Wyoming Shuetzen Union Rifle Club, the Snowy Range Fly Casters 604, and the Montana Council of Trout Unlimited have in common this autumn besides members who share a love for the outdoors? Each organization, among more than 721 gun clubs and 327 angling groups across the country, is part of a national backlash being brought to bear on the Bush administration over its environmental policies. While this protest, among constituents whom the president and vice... (

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