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Gun Policy News, 19 November 2004

United States

19 November 2004

Citizens Voice (Pennsylvania)

After Luzerne County District Attorney Dave Lupas announced the county's first ever gun buy-back program, he wasn't sure what to expect. He knew he had a good portion of a $10,000 federal grant to distribute to people willing to turn in their unwanted guns. To make sure residents had ample opportunity to get rid of the guns, Lupas set up buy-back sessions at police departments in Pittston, Hazleton, Dallas Township and Nanticoke to follow Thursday's kickoff to the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

19 November 2004

Los Angeles Times, Editorial

A 25-year-old Utah man sold eight-ounce bags of marijuana on three occasions to an undercover officer. This week he was sentenced to 55 years in prison because he had a pistol strapped to his ankle during the deals. That's more time than he would have received if he had hijacked a plane, beaten someone to death in a fight, detonated a bomb in an aircraft and provided weapons to support a foreign terrorist organization. The maximum sentence for all those crimes together... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

19 November 2004

New York Times

CHICAGO — The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday that gun makers and dealers cannot be held responsible for crimes committed with the weapons they make and sell. In a unanimous decision, the justices said they did not have legal authority to tighten restrictions on the manufacture and sale of guns. "We point to the virtue of judicial restraint," they wrote. "Any change of this magnitude in the law affecting a highly regulated industry must be the work of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

19 November 2004

Washington Times

The Illinois Supreme Court yesterday refused to hold firearms manufacturers responsible for Chicago street violence or of knowingly supplying guns to criminals — a decision that could affect the filing of future lawsuits. The city of Chicago sued 18 gun manufacturers, four distributors and 11 dealers — asserting the firearms industry is liable for causing a "public nuisance" — and demanded $433 million for health care costs and city emergency expenses. Writing... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

19 November 2004

Scotsman (Edinburgh) / PA

Two gun club officials whose fascination with weapons turned them to crime were jailed at the Old Bailey today for making sub-machine guns for the underworld. Robert Naylor, 49, from Morecambe, Lancashire was sentenced to a total of 10 years and fellow gun club member, James Greenwood, 56, also from Morecambe jailed for a total of nine years. Both were members of the Morecambe Rifle and Pistol club. The Common Serjeant of London, Judge Peter Beaumont told them that... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

19 November 2004

Chicago Tribune

The Illinois Supreme Court dismissed two novel lawsuits Thursday that had sought to hold the firearms industry responsible for the costs of gun violence in Chicago, ending a six-year legal battle that thrust Mayor Richard Daley into the national political debate over gun control. The state's highest court rejected arguments by Daley and the families of murder victims that the firearms industry creates a "public nuisance" by saturating the city and its suburbs with... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

19 November 2004

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — When the Illinois Supreme Court tossed out two landmark lawsuits against the gun industry, the justices also sent a strong message to lawmakers: It's up to you to crack down on gunmakers' marketing practices. Gun-control advocates in Springfield weren't happy with the rulings, but they said the justices' separate message may be just the boost they need to pass firearm restrictions that have failed in recent years. "If that doesn't call for a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

19 November 2004

Whitehorse Daily Star (Yukon)

The national gun control legislation is in flames, and more and more parliamentarians are starting to realize it, says a lobbyist opposed to the controversial Bill C-68. Tony Bernardo of the Canadian Institute of Legislative Action said Thursday the legislation is so fraught with pitfalls that bureaucrats responsible for administering the bill are beside themselves trying to figure out what to do. He said the federal government is currently breaking the law in several... (GunPolicy.org)

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