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Gun Policy News, 23 December 2004


23 December 2004

Herald Sun (Melbourne)

The Australian Customs Service has resorted to the High Court in a four-year-battle to keep 2000 semi-automatic pistols out of the hands of controversial Queensland gun dealer Ron Owen. Mr Owen, a right-wing activist and strident critic of the national gun laws introduced in the wake of the Port Arthur massacre, has defeated Customs twice in attempts the agency made in the Federal Court to have the Chinese-made handguns declared forfeited to the Crown. But on December... (

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United States

23 December 2004

San Francisco Chronicle, Opinion

I was one of those mothers who forbade her son to play with toy guns. This did not stop the gunplay. He fashioned guns out of Legos, twigs, Play- Doh, bologna sandwich crusts. I eventually admitted defeat, opening the door to an arsenal of Super-Soakers, cap pistols and Nerf dart shooters. On the issue of real guns, I am immovable. I will never allow one in my house. I am lucky enough to live in a safe neighborhood. I also know that thousands of people are killed... (

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United States

23 December 2004

New York Daily News

It has been more than a decade since the state Legislature passed one of the toughest gun laws in the nation. The law was clear: If you're arrested with a gun, you go to jail for a year. It sure sounded tough, but the reality never measured up to the rhetoric. That all changed in May 2003 with the introduction of a new Gun Court in Brooklyn that began as an experimental program targeting the five most gun-riddled precincts in Brooklyn. Those five precincts — the... (

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Papua New Guinea

23 December 2004

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

The 76 high-powered firearms alleged to have gone missing between 1998 and 1999 are not missing, says Police Commissioner Sam Inguba. Mr Inguba denied yesterday after the commissioner's parade at Bomana that the firearms were missing, saying that they were back in the armory. He said investigations were carried out into the allegations by an independent investigator. Mr Inguba said the weapons were used by the mobile squad who were deployed to Bougainville at the... (

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United States

23 December 2004

Join Together Online gun violence web site (Boston)

Public-health professionals working in the area of gun violence are lauding a recent National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report calling for a major national effort to improve research on gun violence. On Dec. 16, NAS issued its report, "Firearms and Violence," which pointed out that a sensible national response to gun violence is lacking, hampered by insufficient knowledge about gun ownership, gun markets, and gun use. The report said that the current levels of... (

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