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Gun Policy News, 5 October 2005

United States

5 October 2005

Washington Times

Wisconsin legislators have introduced a bill that seeks to eliminate barriers for people who wish to give hunting a try. It's all part of a nationwide Families Afield campaign sponsored by the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance, the National Wild Turkey Federation, and the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Assembly Bill 677 would aid in the recruitment of new hunters in hopes of stopping a downward trend in the sport throughout much of the United States. The concept of AB... (

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United States

5 October 2005

Wisconsin State Journal, Editorial

To understand how dangerously foolhardy it would be for Wisconsin to adopt a law permitting people to carry concealed guns, consider what happened this spring in Minnesota, which adopted a similar law. According to second-degree murder charges, drunken 26-year-old Zachary Ourada was harassing women at a Minneapolis restaurant. Doorman Billy Walsh asked Ourada to leave. Ourada then pulled out a concealed gun and shot Walsh four times in the back, killing the 43-year-old... (

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United States

5 October 2005

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (New York)

Rochester police and federal authorities announced Tuesday the arrest of an Attica man on charges that he operated an illegal gun dealership. Gary Marr, 57, has been arrested on federal charges of dealing in firearms without a license and violating interstate commerce laws, said Mike Lawandus of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Marr was arrested Monday after a four-month investigation initiated by the Rochester Police Department. Police... (

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United States

5 October 2005

San Francisco Chronicle

OAKLAND — A 22-year-old Hayward man didn't mean to kill a close female friend near UC Berkeley in July, but instead tried to fire warning shots above the heads of several Cal football players who had been arguing with the victim, the accused shooter's lawyer said today. "He was not trying to hit anyone" but was trying to scare off the players, attorney John Burris said of his client, Christopher Hollis. "It is not murder." Burris spoke outside an Alameda County... (

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United States

5 October 2005

Associated Press

RACINE, Wisconsin — Police officers may soon be asking students to color in images of handguns to teach them about gun safety. The Racine Police Department got approval from the City Council on Tuesday night to use coloring books donated by the National Rifle Association at schools. Supporters say the books, which feature the character Eddie Eagle, will help teach children responsibility. But opponents, including Racine Alderman Pete Karas, argue the books won't... (

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5 October 2005

Daily Monitor (Kampala), Editorial

The National Focal Point on Small Arms has announced that it will soon destroy another 10,000 guns. These were recovered from illegal users in the Karamoja region. The guns will be the second batch to be burnt publicly. The first batch of three thousand was set afire by interior minister Ruhakana Rugunda at a ceremony witnessed by many at Nsambya last month. They are mostly SMGs of the AK-47 calibre. Many Ugandans unaccustomed to such an act would wonder why a poor... (

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5 October 2005

Williston Herald (North Dakota)

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Most of the guns used by criminals in Rio de Janeiro were initially bought by law-abiding citizens, according to a study released weeks before a national referendum on whether to ban the sale of firearms. The findings counter claims by the gun lobby that the illegal arms trade is responsible for most shooting deaths in Brazil's tourist mecca, which has one of the world's highest urban crime rates. Using Rio government statistics, the study... (

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United States

5 October 2005

Detroit Free Press

LANSING, Michigan — A plaque honoring the right to bear arms would be placed near the state Capitol under legislation approved Wednesday by the state House. The House voted 108-0 to send the Senate a bill that would require the Michigan Capitol Park Commission to place the plaque near the Capitol or in the adjacent mall area. The plaque would be installed once enough private money is collected for a foundation to which it could be attached. The plaque, which was... (

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United Kingdom,Scotland

5 October 2005

Evening Times (Glasgow)

Gun crime has soared across Scotland, with almost half of all incidents taking place in the Strathclyde Police area, according to figures issued today. Nationwide, 1165 incidents involving a gun were recorded by police between April 2004 and March 2005, against 974 in the previous 12 months — up 20%. A firearm killed or injured in 325 cases, up 34%, while seven out of eight murders committed with a gun were in the Strathclyde force area. Scotland's largest force... (

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