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Gun Policy News, 14 November 2004

United Kingdom

14 November 2004

Scotsman / Scotland on Sunday (Edinburgh)

The national firearms register ordered in the wake of the Dunblane tragedy will not be in operation until next year at the earliest, eight years after parliament agreed the move in a bid to get a grip on more than a million weapons in private hands across the country. The government has admitted that the roll-out of the long-delayed project has been suspended until the New Year, after it ran into a series of technical problems during its pilot period. The huge... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations,Russia

14 November 2004

Newsweek (22 Nov International edition)

If he had designed an athletic shoe, Lt. Gen. Mikhail Kalashnikov wouldn't have to be hustling so hard at his age. Kalashnikov's gift for guns made him a hero of the Soviet Union many times over, and his 85th birthday was feted by nostalgic Russians last week. But his legendary AK-47 is so sturdy that old models have created a permanent glut, contributing to a worldwide decline in the sale of new small arms. That, in turn, is forcing gun makers into new lines.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 November 2004

Washington Post

RICHMOND — Philip Van Cleave, a slight, balding, 52-year-old computer programmer, chose beige corduroys to wear this morning, a blue tie and a white shirt with thin blue strips. And a gun to match the outfit. Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, always carries a gun because you never know when you'll need it. But which one to carry and how can be complicated, he said, much like the choice a woman faces in accessorizing her outfit with the... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

14 November 2004

Sunday Times (South Africa)

Bullets are raining on Bramfischerville, shattering windows and TV sets, and even injuring residents. Some say the mystery missiles come from a shooting range 2km away — but the manager of the rifle club claims residents are shooting off their guns in the streets When residents who lived near the Jukskei River in Alexandra were relocated to Bramfischerville three years ago, they thought their lives would change for the better. But their "promised land", west of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Nigeria

14 November 2004

This Day (Lagos)

Leader of Niger Delta Volunteer Force (NDVF), Alhaji Dokubo Asari, said the group has stopped surrendering their arms to the Federal Government, in violation of the peace accord reached, as a result of some unpalatable rumour emanating from the gesture. Speaking at the commissioning of Niger Delta Hall of Fame, to mark the hanging of Ken Saro-Wiwa, Dokubo said they were supposed to surrender arms in their possession to the Federal Government at the rate of N250,000... (GunPolicy.org)

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