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Gun Policy News, 23 November 2004

United States

23 November 2004

News Tribune (Washington state)

Brian Borgelt never killed anyone. He sold guns for more than a decade, but he rarely carries one. He was a soldier who taught marksmanship to thousands of other soldiers, but he's never fired a gun at another human being. In summer 2002, a boy and a man robbed him — took a rifle from the store he owned, and killed at least 10 people they didn't know, just because they could. Because of John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, the Beltway snipers, Borgelt, 40, is a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 November 2004

Associated Press

HAYWARD, Wisconsin — A man suspected in the killings of six hunters told investigators he began firing after he was shot at first and some of the victims called him racially derogatory names, according to documents filed Tuesday. A judge set bail at $2.5 million for Chai Vang, 36, of St. Paul, Minnesota, who is suspected in the killings Sunday of six deer hunters and the wounding of two others. Bail was set after investigators filed documents arguing there was... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 November 2004

New York Times

The rifle that killed five Wisconsin hunters and wounded three more on Sunday was an SKS 7.62-millimeter semiautomatic assault weapon not normally used in hunting animals. "This is not a gun you go deer hunting with," said Lawrence Keane, senior vice president and general counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the gun industry trade association. The reason the SKS is not used by hunters, Mr. Keane said, is that it is designed for combat soldiers and is... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 November 2004

Chicago Tribune, Opinion

Last week, the Illinois Supreme Court slammed the courthouse doors to the City of Chicago and Cook County, and to gun victims and their families. With its decisions in two parallel cases against the firearm industry, the court threw out suits that sought to hold accountable the irresponsible gunmakers and dealers whose business practices deliver thousands of illegal guns into the hands of gang members and criminals in Chicago and across the state. Since the cases were... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 November 2004

Wisconsin State Journal, Editorial

You've probably heard this before: Guns don't kill people. People kill people. We're in lockstep with that premise. Nevertheless, we can't deny that a military weapon with rapid-fire capability sure makes it easy for people to kill lots of other people quickly, whether those victims are on the battlefield, urban streets, outside the White House or in the Wisconsin woods. Those are all locations where gunmen wielding cheap, easily obtained SKS semiautomatic rifles have... (GunPolicy.org)

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Namibia

23 November 2004

New Era (Windhoek)

Cabinet has approved a National Action Plan on Small Arms and Light Weapons, which seeks to address problems associated with illegal firearms in the country. Because of the problem of arms and light weapons, a day hardly passes by without criminal offences being committed with guns. These include suicides, murders, domestic violence, armed robbery, assault and car hijackings. According to the chairperson of the National Focal Point on Small arms and Light Weapons,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 November 2004

Sun-Sentinel (Florida)

An 80-year-old woman was arrested this morning at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport while she reportedly was carrying a hollowed-out book with a gun concealed in it. News partner NBC 6 reported that the woman, who was traveling to the Bahamas, was taken into custody at an airport security checkpoint. The woman reportedly denied knowing anything about the gun and said that she was taking the book to read. The gun was not loaded, but the woman was also... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 November 2004

Indianapolis Star (Indiana)

Fewer Hoosiers own a gun today than four years ago and an increasing number of gun proponents and opponents support measures to reduce gun violence, according to a survey by a statewide effort to prevent firearm violence. When the Indiana Partnership to Prevent Firearm Violence conducted its first firearm safety survey in 2000, 49 percent of households reported owning a gun. In the 2004 survey, that percentage dropped by about 5 percentage points. The percentage of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Malaysia

23 November 2004

Daily Express (Malaysia)

JOHOR BARU — Police arrested five men and seized a home-made gun and gun making components from two houses at Kulai-Kota Tinggi road, here, last Saturday. Johor Deputy CPO, SAC I Mohd Anuar Md Zain, said police raided the first house at 5.45am after receiving a tip-off and arrested four men from Sabah aged 19 to 31 years. Police found two wooden pieces used for making gun butts and an iron pipe for a gun barrel in the house. The home-made gun and a wooden butt... (GunPolicy.org)

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