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Gun Policy News, 3 October 2005

United States

3 October 2005

St Petersburg Times (Florida), Column

Florida tourists warned that locals could shoot them -The Scotsman, Sept. 30 Now that's an international headline that can chill the heart of the most bullish promoter of Florida tourism. But there it was, sprawled across Friday's issue of The Scotsman, a prominent newspaper in Scotland. I'm not sure whether to laugh at the absurdity, cry at the reality or take the safety off my Smith & Wesson. I'm kidding. I don't carry a Smith & Wesson. But close to 350,000... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,Scotland

3 October 2005

Guardian (UK)

The full scale of official incompetence that left Thomas Hamilton free to kill 16 children and their teacher in the Dunblane massacre is revealed in secret documents released today for the first time. Testimony, police reports and profiles in the 106 documents do not, however, endorse claims of cover-up and conspiracy in the aftermath of the shootings, according to one father who has seen them. Mick North, whose only daughter Sophie, five, was shot dead when Hamilton... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

3 October 2005

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court refused Monday to block a lawsuit against gun manufacturers accused of negligence for firearms violence in the nation's capital. An appeals court had said that the District of Columbia government and individual gun victims, including a man who was left a quadriplegic after being shot in 1997, could sue under a D.C. law that says gun manufacturers can be held accountable for violence from assault weapons. The high court had been asked... (GunPolicy.org)

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Palestine

3 October 2005

Ha'aretz (Tel Aviv)

The backdrop to the exchanges of gunfire in the Gaza Strip is an attempt by the Palestinian Authority to enforce the decision — to which all the Palestinian organizations are party — to ban the carrying of arms in public. The clashes last night between Hamas men and PA police were some of the fiercest ever seen in the Strip, but the flare-up appears localized, and not a precursor for a civil war. The decision by the PA and the various organizations to ban the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,Scotland

3 October 2005

Press Association (UK)

Dunblane killer Thomas Hamilton bore a grudge verging on paranoia against the town's parents, police and the scouting movement, newly-disclosed documents said. One person who had known Hamilton for years told police after the after the schoolroom massacre in March 1996, that Hamilton would regularly vent his grievances in phone calls. "I would say he did have a thing, almost paranoia, about the Scouts, police and parents in Dunblane," the witness told police. He felt... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,Scotland

3 October 2005

Scotsman (Edinburgh)

Pressure was mounting on police last night to provide more answers after three parents claimed they did not do enough to stop Thomas Hamilton killing their children in the Dunblane school massacre. Official files on the 1996 murders of 16 children and their teacher will be released today after a 100-year time bar on the documents was lifted. And one parent, who has seen the papers, claimed they prove police knew Hamilton posed a risk before he opened fire in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

3 October 2005

Grand Rapids Press (Michigan), Editorial

One of the first questions politicians should ask when tinkering with existing law is: What problem needs to be fixed? So it is with legislation in the state House that would change Michigan's self-defense laws. Are citizens being unjustly prosecuted for defending their lives and property? Are they afraid to pull a gun on intruders or aggressors because laws are too restrictive? Have people who have defended themselves routinely lost law suits? As far as we know,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Cayman Islands

3 October 2005

Caribbean Net News

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands — The Cabinet of the Cayman Islands has embarked on an aggressive programme of legislative reform with the aim of stemming the recent increase in violent crime. The first in this planned package of legislation, aimed at imposing stiffer penalties and to introduce new offences, will be an amendment to the Firearms Law. While the increase in violent crime is reportedly generally confined to a small core of persons with a criminal bent, the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Europe,United Nations

3 October 2005

BBC News

The European Union has announced it will back demands for a global treaty regulating the sale of small arms. At a meeting in Luxembourg, EU foreign ministers issued a statement calling on all states to "join the international consensus in this area." Countries like Kenya have called for action to stop arms causing insecurity. The move was praised by aid agency Oxfam, which has campaigned alongside Amnesty International for a treaty setting global controls on small... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

3 October 2005

BBC News

Gun crime campaigners have released a charity CD in an attempt to raise awareness and cut gun violence. Don't Trigger, a three-track EP, includes the voices of mothers of people shot dead in drug or gang-related gun crime. Over the past five years some 100 people, predominantly from a black background, have been killed. The campaign has been lent weight by Prime Minister Tony Blair who met the campaigners before the single's launch. The Don't Trigger campaign... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papua New Guinea

3 October 2005

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

It is believed "big people" were behind the break-in at the ammunition storage at the Lombrum Naval Base. This was revealed by Papua new Guinea Defence Force commander Commodore Peter Ilau when briefing Defence Minister Matthew Gubag on his arrival from China last Friday. "We are checking people in Lae and Madang, there were people sighted prior to that. We are also checking some people in Port Moresby who were known to have flown out of Port Moresby to Manus during... (GunPolicy.org)

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