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Gun Policy News, 16 November 2004

Sudan

16 November 2004

Christian Science Monitor

AL-FASHER, Sudan — As the dawn's rays spread across this sand-strewn northern capital of Sudan's troubled Darfur region this weekend, the crack of gunfire rang out. But the shots weren't hostile. They were to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the festival following the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Thirty days of fasting between sunrise and sunset is almost uniformly observed here; even water is not consumed during daylight hours, despite the searing rays of the desert sun. So... (GunPolicy.org)

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Fiji

16 November 2004

Fiji Times

Police should confiscate firearms if users breach the conditions of their licence, says Savusavu Mayor Peni Naulu. "The police needs to do what is necessary when it comes to abuse of firearms and that is to confiscate firearms from anyone who does not use it in the proper way," he said. "What's the use of talking when the problem can be solved in a quicker way?" He said the conditions of issuance of firearms were quite clear and that if users breached them, then the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 November 2004

Asbury Park Press (New Jersey)

FREEHOLD, New Jersey — A federal air marshal has been indicted by a Monmouth County grand jury on charges of pointing a gun at another driver during what police described as a road rage incident on the Garden State Parkway in May. Michael J. McGowan, 32, of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Hicksville, N.Y., is charged with official misconduct, aggravated assault by pointing a firearm and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, according to the indictment handed up... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

16 November 2004

Press Association (UK)

A police officer pleaded for his life as a gunman stood over him and "calmly" shot him in the head at pointblank range, a court heard today. American David Bieber, 38, blasted PC Ian Broadhurst in the head as he lay injured and screaming on the ground, Newcastle Crown Court was told. The West Yorkshire Police officer's screams for help were picked up on an audio recording in his patrol car and he could be heard to say "Do not shoot me. Please no". The officer had... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 November 2004

Associated Press

CONCORD, New Hampshire — All Blake Douglass wants is to pose with his shotgun for his senior yearbook photo. Londonderry High School in New Hampshire says no way — so the 17-year-old senior has taken his case to federal court. Douglass' lawsuit seeks a temporary injunction so the picture can appear in the yearbook and a permanent injunction against what his lawyer says is the "pick-and-choose policy" of what photographs are published. Other students have posed... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 November 2004

Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)

A man who fatally shot an Aurora man and wounded the victim's wife during a fight about a damaged car door has a license to carry a concealed weapon, Aurora police said Monday. Aaron P. Davis, 39, and Benita Coleman-Davis, 36, were each shot twice in the torso, police spokeswoman Kathleen Walsh said. The gunman, Glen Eichstedt, 52, was treated for a head injury and released. Police were still investigating whether anyone would be charged in the shooting. About 6:30... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 November 2004

Republican (Massachusetts)

Smith & Wesson is ready for its close-up. The Springfield-based firearms maker has hired a Hollywood product placement company to get the firm's famous brand featured in films and on television. Executives of Smith & Wesson said they hope to get their guns shown in a variety of films and television series starting as soon as this fall. "In addition to targeting action movies, we will be seeking to place our products in TV programs like the three 'CSI' series,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

16 November 2004

Press Association (UK)

Two gun club members were convicted at the Old Bailey today of manufacturing sub-machine guns for use by members of the criminal underworld. They were caught after the discovery of a murder weapon on an Irish river bed. Police divers found a 9mm self-loading pistol at the bottom of a river in Co Limerick in December 2002, Mark Ellison, prosecuting, had told the court. Although it had been officially deactivated some years before "it was obvious the gun had been... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 November 2004

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — Rejecting the governor's veto, Illinois lawmakers overwhelmingly voted to give new legal protection to homeowners who use a banned handgun to shoot burglars. The House voted 85-30 Tuesday to override Gov. Rod Blagojevich's veto. The Senate had approved the bill earlier, so it now becomes law. The legislation applies only in specific and uncommon circumstances, but it became a symbol in the tug-of-war over gun control. The bill's supporters... (GunPolicy.org)

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