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Gun Policy News, 29 November 2004

United States

29 November 2004

Associated Press

NEW YORK — A former police officer was charged with manslaughter on Monday in the shooting of a deli clerk last month in Queens. An indictment accuses John Malik, 60, of recklessly firing a semiautomatic pistol at the victim while cashing a lottery ticket inside the deli on the night of Oct. 18. Malik had told investigators that he was reaching for his pager when he accidentally dropped his holstered gun, which he had a license to carry. As he fumbled to catch the... (

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United States

29 November 2004

FindLaw (USA)

Two weeks ago, the Illinois Supreme Court decided a pair of very significant cases involving corporate liability for handgun violence. Together, the unanimous decisions will effectively end the efforts of gun control activists to use public nuisance law to force gun manufacturers, distributors, and retailers to exercise more control over who buys their products — at least in Illinois. Various courts in New York and New Jersey had already rejected similar suits But... (

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United States

29 November 2004

WAFF-48 TV News (Alabama)

"There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about Jesse," Betty McQuart said. Her son, Jesse, was in his prime. His first child had just been born, and he was hours away from starting college. But Jesse never made it to class, and he'll never know his son. August 14, 1998 he was shot dead. "My son is gone, and I can't get him back." Corey Douglas and Orlando Sales were teenagers at the time. They pled guilty to his murder and are both doing 25 years in... (

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29 November 2004

United Nations News Service

Over 100,000 Liberians have turned in guns, ammunition, rocket propelled grenades and other weapons to the United Nations peacekeeping force in their country, the head of the mission said today. "We're now at 96,333 people disarmed, and we have another six or seven thousand in the pipeline," Jacques Paul Klein, head of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), told the UN News Service. The Mission has already destroyed more than six million rounds of ammunition — a... (

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United States

29 November 2004

St Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri), Editorial

It has been little more than three months since Congress caved in to the National Rifle Association and refused to extend the federal ban on the sale of military-style assault weapons. This issue takes on added urgency with the incident last week in Wisconsin. There, a deer hunter killed six people and wounded two others after he was spotted on private land and was asked to leave. He claims he was defending himself when he fired at the victims with an SKS 7.62 mm... (

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