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Gun Policy News, 4 October 2005

United Kingdom,Scotland

4 October 2005

Guardian (UK)

A succession of police officers, social workers and parents believed Thomas Hamilton was a danger to children for many years before he killed 16 primary school children and their teacher in the Dunblane massacre, yet little action was taken to tackle him. Previously secret documents released in Edinburgh yesterday revealed widespread concern from parents and authorities over Hamilton's inappropriate and often aggressive behaviour towards children. But, despite the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 October 2005

New York Times

MIAMI — A national gun-control group is riling Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida's mighty tourism industry by warning visitors that arguing with locals here could get them shot. The group, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, based in Washington, began handing out fliers at Miami International Airport on Monday, cautioning visitors to take "sensible precautions" and to be aware that altercations on highways, in nightclubs or on the beach could provoke a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,Scotland

4 October 2005

Scotsman (Edinburgh)

Key Points: - Cullen Inquiry reveals deadly lapses that may have allowed massacre to occur. - Warnings over Thomas Hamilton were given but not acted on. - Inquiry findings were to be kept secret for 100 years but are now revealed. Key Quote: "If the kind of circumstances as described are allowed to continue without some kind of intervention, I consider that other children may be placed at risk. In like situations arising unchecked I fear that a tragedy to a child... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,Scotland

4 October 2005

Daily Record (Scotland)

Details emerged yesterday from a police report which branded Dunblane killer Thomas Hamilton a ticking time bomb. A senior officer warned Hamilton was "quite capable of violence" five years before he murdered 16 children and a teacher in their school gym. The detective also branded the boys' club organiser "devious and deceitful" as he called in vain for his firearms licence to be revoked. The revelations — and suggestions Hamilton may have targeted Dunblane... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,Scotland

4 October 2005

Times (UK)

A police officer was so concerned about the threat posed to children in Dunblane by Thomas Hamilton that he paid a visit to prosecutors to try to persuade them to take action. But although the detective sergeant believed that the former scout master may have committed "lewd, indecent and libidinous practices" by taking photographs of boys in swimming trunks, he said that he was told not to bother the procurator fiscal's office unless he could provide more damning... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 October 2005

Associated Press

SAND SPRINGS, Oklahoma — Thousands of weapons confiscated by police agencies in Oklahoma each year wind up as fence posts and reinforcing bar. And they're melted down by a Sand Springs company. Sheffield Steel in Sand Springs is the only steel mill in Oklahoma and has melted the seized guns at no charge for more than 35 years. Foreman Mike Grayson says the company also melts knives, brass knuckles as well as burning drugs and pornography. And Grayson says he... (GunPolicy.org)

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Europe,United Nations

4 October 2005

Reuters

LUXEMBOURG — European Union foreign ministers on Monday backed the idea of creating an international treaty controlling the sale of small arms and called on the United Nations to take the lead. At a meeting in Luxembourg, foreign ministers "acknowledged the growing support, in all parts of the world, for an international treaty to establish common standards for the global trade in conventional arms," a statement said. They agreed that the United Nations was the only... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 October 2005

USA Today / AP

MIAMI — Clark Ramm sees shades of the Wild West in Florida's new law giving greater legal protections to people who shoot or use other deadly force when threatened or attacked. "It seems like everybody ought to be packing a piece," said Ramm, a visitor from Ukiah, Calif., who found out about the law Monday from a gun control group handing out leaflets at Miami International Airport. "I don't know if that's the right thing to do." The leaflets begin with the words... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 October 2005

Arizona Republic

The Phoenix Fire Department's Urban Search and Rescue team has been suspended from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for deploying armed police officers to protect firefighters in violation of the agency's rules. As a result, Phoenix officials now are threatening to refuse some of the most dangerous deployments in the future or possibly even pull out of the federal agency altogether, unless the rules are changed to allow teams to bring their own security, even if... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 October 2005

Associated Press

PHOENIX — The Phoenix Fire Department's Urban Search and Rescue team has been suspended by a federal agency because it brought armed police officers for protection on hurricane relief missions. The Federal Emergency Management Agency's conduct code prohibits urban search-and-rescue teams from having guns. Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon called the reaction from FEMA "stunning, unbelievable, bewildering and outrageous." Phoenix's team included four police officers who... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 October 2005

Miami Herald, Editorial

Fresh from success in getting Florida lawmakers to pass an ill-advised shoot-first law, the National Rifle Association is at it again. This time, the NRA wants to sanction employers who forbid employees from having guns in their cars at work. Figures from the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics show that shootings accounted for most (75 percent) of the workplace homicides in the United States last year. That sobering fact hasn't deterred state Rep. Dennis... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 October 2005

Herald Tribune (Florida), Opinion

Should an employer tell employees they can't keep firearms in their cars in a company parking lot? I don't know. There have been lots of fatal incidents where someone gets bent out of shape at work and, in a seething rage, goes out to the car, grabs a gun and starts shooting to avenge his or her injured feelings. On the other hand, a rule banning guns doesn't stop an employee from simply bringing a gun anyway. It might just make him or her confident that no one will... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 October 2005

San Francisco Examiner

DALY CITY — The Cow Palace's attorney and the owner of a national gun show company said a recent ruling pertaining to gun show operators and their ability to hold shows in Alameda County will have no impact on Peninsula shows. The Cow Palace, which rents out its facility to Crossroads of the West Gun Shows, is owned by the state. U.S. District Judge Martin Jenkins' ruling from last week pertains to Alameda County, which banned gun shows in 1999. "The Cow Palace has... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 October 2005

Associated Press

ELKHART, Indiana — An Elkhart County judge accused of a pointing a handgun at an 18-year-old while searching for his runaway teenage daughter two years ago has resigned from office. A panel of judges last month recommended that Indiana Supreme Court remove Judge Benjamin Pfaff from office for his actions in 2003. In a letter to the court, Pfaff apologized to the people involved in the incident and said he regrets his actions. Pfaff's resignation won't end the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

4 October 2005

O Globo (Rio de Janeiro)

Translated summary: A study by the government of the state of Rio de Janeiro finds that 72% of crime guns were once legally owned, and 65% of registered guns used in crime once belonged to civilians. The report also looks at how the guns were used in crime. Guns that had once been legally owned were used in: - 78% of armed theft - 67% of rapes at gunpoint - 58% of gun homicides - 32% of kidnappings at gunpoint 'Once legally owned' includes guns currently registered... (GunPolicy.org)

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