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Gun Policy News, 12 November 2004

Russia

12 November 2004

International Herald Tribune / New York Times

IZHEVSK — Russia's most famous general arrived promptly at 10 a.m. The doors to the ceremonial chamber of a presidential palace swung open, and there he stood. He wore a green dress uniform with gold epaulets. Medals lined his chest. Everyone in the chamber stood. The general, Mikhail Kalashnikov, creator of the world's most widely distributed firearm, turned 85 on Wednesday, and here, in the once secretive Soviet city in the western Ural Mountains where he spent... (GunPolicy.org)

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France

12 November 2004

Associated Press

PARIS — A Venezuelan man swiped a policeman's gun while handcuffed and opened fire Friday at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, injuring a police officer and two security guards, officials said. The man, who is in his 30s, was taken into custody after the incident, which occurred as he was being questioned for attempting to enter a restricted area of the Paris monument, police officials said. The suspect grabbed the policeman's pistol while his hands were cuffed behind... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,Scotland

12 November 2004

BBC News

A couple whose two-year-old son was shot dead in a gunfight in Turkey have won a special award for their work to rid the country of firearms. David and Ozlem Grimason, whose two-year-old son Alistair died in Foca last year, were given the Public Campaigner award at a prize ceremony in Edinburgh. The East Kilbride duo called for a repeal of the country's gun laws after their son was killed in a cafe. Margaret Curran was named Scottish Politician of the Year at the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papua New Guinea

12 November 2004

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

The National Executive Council has approved the setting up of a guns control committee. Internal Security Minister Bire Kimisopa welcomed the move saying the committee's major task would be to bring the country's gun-related problems under control. The approval of the committee's formation follows an NEC submission by Mr Kimisopa. To be headed by a senior experienced Papua New Guinean, the committee will be given specific terms of reference to deal with the guns... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

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United States

12 November 2004

Fox News (USA)

WASHINGTON — Washington, D.C. homeowners shouldn't expect to lock and load anytime soon as an effort to repeal a nearly 30-year ban on handgun ownership (search) in the district has hit a snag despite Republican gains in the U.S. Senate that might draw more gun-friendly lawmakers to Capitol Hill. "It still has an improved chance," said Dan Whiting, spokesman for Republican Sen. Larry Craig (search) of Idaho, who had co-sponsored legislation to repeal the gun ban and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

12 November 2004

Illinois Leader

SPRINGFIELD — Home intruders beware. The Illinois legislature is poised to allow residents the right to defend their castles. On the second day of the fall veto session this past week, the Illinois Senate overrode Governor Rod Blagojevich's veto of legislation allowing homeowners the right to protect their property from invasion. Senator Ed Petka (R-Plainfield), former Will County prosecutor and initiator of SB 2165, says he is confident the veto will fly in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ghana

12 November 2004

Ghanaian Chronicle (Accra)

The commissioner of police in charger of operations, Dr. K.K. Manfo, has stated that the proliferation of small arms in the country has given credence to the violence associated with tribal, religious, chieftaincy and land disputes, as well as other criminal activities. He said it is estimated that about 40,000 illicit small arms are in circulation in Ghana and this could give way to political instability, which undermines good governance. "A nation that is deprived... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ghanaian Chronicle (Accra)

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United States

12 November 2004

Sun-Sentinel (Florida), Opinion

Did you notice the absence of "gun control" from the list of issues that separated voters in their choice of who will be their president? With 80 million citizens (29 percent of Americans) owning guns, 4 million belonging to the National Rifle Association, and only 25 percent of Americans polled admitting that they trust their government, "gun control" was not a major factor in their choice for president? The corporate-owned news media has shown their agenda — with... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sun-Sentinel (Florida)

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