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Gun Policy News, 2 October 2005

Dominican Republic

2 October 2005

Los Angeles Times

BANI, Dominican Republic — Tania Diaz sits on the floor of her family's one-bedroom shack, lowering her head to hide her eyes. The tall, thin 5-year-old was struck by a stray bullet that left her blind — one in a series of random incidents of gun violence that has forced this Caribbean nation to reconsider its casual attitude toward firearms. President Leonel Fernandez has called for a debate on the issue in a country where men walk around with pistols strapped to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 October 2005

Orlando Sentinel (Florida)

TALLAHASSEE — Florida businesses could soon face criminal charges if they try to stop employees from bringing guns to work in their cars, thrusting the state into a growing national debate pitting individual freedom against job safety. Backed by the National Rifle Association, two state lawmakers have filed bills that would allow workers to have guns at work, as long as the weapons remain locked in their vehicles. The legislation is modeled after an Oklahoma law... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,Scotland

2 October 2005

Scotsman (Edinburgh)

Secret files on the Dunblane massacre that are finally opened to the public tomorrow will confirm incompetence among police and prosecutors, but demolish widespread claims of conspiracy and cover-up. The father of one of the victims has already been given access to the files, which he says prove that police failed to take proper action against Thomas Hamilton despite numerous separate incidents that were cause for concern. Dr Mick North, whose only daughter Sophie... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,Scotland

2 October 2005

Scotsman (Edinburgh), Opinion

The decision to prevent public access for 100 years to documents from the Inquiry into the Shootings at Dunblane Primary School in March 1996 was a huge mistake, and so I welcome the Lord Advocate's move to lift the Closure Order and release the majority of them. The decision to impose the order was taken in 1997. No public announcement was made, nor were those of us directly affected by the shootings informed of the decision or told that, as interested parties, we... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,Northern Ireland,Ireland

2 October 2005

Observer (UK)

Members of the IRA had to be issued with dozens of immunity-from-arrest certificates in order to transport tonnes of weapons being decommissioned last month. The scale of the disarmament was so immense that the six certificates issued to the IRA had to be photocopied dozens of times to facilitate its "volunteers" taking guns, ammunition and explosives from arms hides to a central location in Northern Ireland. Republican sources told The Observer that the Irish and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 October 2005

News-Press (Florida)

Gun owners said Saturday they support Florida's "stand your ground" law, which took effect that day. But others worry that people could use the law to justify shootings that aren't actually committed in self-defense. "It's a good law, but you've got to use common sense," said Allen Thomas, 51, of Wauchula, who was attending the Fort Myers Gun Show at the Lee Civic Center. "Just because you're mad at somebody doesn't mean you go out and shoot him." The law allows... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 October 2005

Ocala Star-Banner (Florida), Opinion

More than 3 million Florida gun owners woke up Saturday to find their self defense rights have been "Super Sized" by Marion Hammer, the NRA lobbyist for Florida, and state Rep. Dennis Baxley of Ocala. This new law has nothing to do with self-defense. It's simply an attempt to protect those who misuse firearms that would be illegal under current law, that will now be completely legal with Hammer's new Castle Doctrine law and to increase the number of people carrying... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 October 2005

Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Opinion

Are you talking to me? Are YOU talking to ME? Do you remember this scene from Taxi Driver? Robert DeNiro confronts himself in the mirror with gun drawn. He is a man tired of retreating, a man ready to stand his ground. Now imagine that character cruising International Drive in his taxi, arguing with a drunk tourist about the fare, blasting him full of holes, claiming that under Florida's new "Stand Your Ground" law, he felt threatened. Stand Your Ground went into... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 October 2005

Sunday Times (UK)

You might have thought that, after the recent hurricanes, Florida would want to reassure tourists arriving in the state that they will be safe and secure. But a new gun law, which came into force yesterday, will do little to promote this cause. The law allows residents to use deadly force not only to protect their homes (the castle doctrine), but also if they feel threatened with "death or bodily harm" in their car or in a public place. Opponents predict that the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 October 2005

Muskogee Phoenix (Oklahoma), Editorial

About 6,000 weapons are missing from a state-owned gun museum, and state officials simply need to step in and shut the museum down in order to conduct a thorough investigation. The J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum in Claremore had featured nearly 20,000 weapons — including a gallery of guns used by outlaws such as Jesse James, Emmett Dalton, Cole Younger and Pretty Boy Floyd. However, a recent state audit determined about one-third of the museum's weapons are... (GunPolicy.org)

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