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Gun Policy News, 21 October 2005

Brazil

21 October 2005

Agence France Presse

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil, which has one of the world's highest murder rates, will hold a referendum on Sunday on whether to ban sales of guns to the public. More than 500,000 were killed in Brazil between 1979 and 2003, according to UN figures, and many tourists now think twice about a walk along Rio de Janeiro's famous Copacabana beach for fear of being held up at gunpoint. There are more than 17 million firearms in Brazil, of which nine million are not... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

21 October 2005

Christian Science Monitor

RIO DE JANEIRO — The debate over gun control is entering uncharted waters in Brazil, where for the first time anywhere in the world, a proposed ban on gun sales will be put directly to voters. Sunday's referendum follows an ambitious gun buyback scheme last year that prompted people to turn in more than 420,000 weapons ranging from antique rifles to semiautomatic assault weapons. Gun homicides fell by 8 percent the following year, marking the first drop in 13 years,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

21 October 2005

Boston Herald

The city is swirling through a "cycle of violence" that has left 262 Bostonians wounded by gunfire so far this year and forced many others to duck bullets in alarming numbers, according to data obtained by the Herald. "No question. We're in the middle of a cycle of violence," said BPD Superintendent Paul Joyce, the Chief of the Bureau of Investigative Services. The crime statistics were provided yesterday, the same day the Herald reported that the Boston Police... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

21 October 2005

Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh) / AP

WASHINGTON — In President Bush's view, the sweeping protections that Congress is giving manufacturers and dealers of firearms shift the debate on guns and crimes back where it belongs. "Our laws should punish criminals who use guns to commit crimes, not law-abiding manufacturers of lawful products," the president said Thursday, just after the House, by a vote of 283-144, sent him legislation shielding gun companies from lawsuits by cities and victims of gun crimes.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

21 October 2005

Independent (UK)

NEW YORK — The gun lobby in the United States scored a powerful if not unexpected victory yesterday when Congress passed a Bill that bans firearms victims from suing the makers of the weapons. The Bill, which got the green light from the Senate in July, was approved by 283 to 144 in the House of Representatives, and will now go to the White House. Officials confirmed that it will be signed into law by President George Bush shortly. The passage of the Bill offers... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

21 October 2005

Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON — Congress on Thursday sent President Bush a bill long sought by the National Rifle Assn. that shields gun makers and sellers from lawsuits arising from misuse of their weapons. Bush supports the bill, and once he signs it, lawyers are expected to seek dismissal of about a dozen cases filed across the country against firearm makers by cities and crime victims — including one arising out of the 1999 shooting at a San Fernando Valley Jewish community... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

21 October 2005

Herald Sun (Melbourne)

It might look like the set of McLeod's Daughters, but these women's love of their guns is no act. They want guns and an end to the demonisation of gun owners. They are so determined they have started what they call the International Coalition for Women in Shooting and Hunting to fight for change. WiSH is made up of women who are happy to lock and load, but are sick of seeing guns blamed for for violent crime. WiSH chair Samara McPhedran said her group wanted to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

21 October 2005

Newsday (New York)

WASHINGTON — The armor-piercing bullets from the pistol killed her husband and gravely wounded her son and catapulted Carolyn McCarthy from obscurity into Congress. For the past eight years, her very presence has reminded her colleagues of the perils of gun violence, and her voice has been among the most forceful in favor of gun control. While she has experienced some successes since her crusade began — most notably passage of the assault weapons ban, perhaps the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

21 October 2005

Guardian (UK)

The American gun industry was celebrating yesterday after the House of Representatives passed a bill shielding manufacturers and dealers from lawsuits stemming from the misuse of their weapons. The passage of the bill was another legal victory for big business in the US. While President Bush has stumbled with some of the higher profile items on his domestic agenda, like social security, his efforts at legal reform have been pressing ahead, making it tougher for... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

21 October 2005

Edmonton Sun (Alberta)

Toy guns could soon be banned from the shelves of Edmonton stores. A committee of council next week will consider prohibiting the sale of imitation handguns and pellet guns within city limits, or restricting who can buy them. But a report to the committee concludes it wouldn't be an easy task. Mayor Stephen Mandel said at the very least, the discussion will draw attention to the seriousness of the matter. "Maybe we need to do some education, some publicity,"... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil,United States

21 October 2005

Nation (USA)

On October 23 an estimated 122 million Brazilians will vote in a national referendum on whether to ban the sale of guns and ammunition to private citizens. The first of its kind in the world, this referendum has divided the population of Brazil, a world leader in gun deaths, along sim or não lines. In 2003 voters here passed what is the strictest gun law in the Americas; now the nation's top leadership is divided on how much further to go. The stakes are high. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

21 October 2005

Belleville News Democrat (Illinois) / AP

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois State Police Director Larry Trent and gun-control advocates urged lawmakers Friday not to override vetoes of legislation they say would make gun-control laws weaker. The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and anti-violence organizations joined Trent in backing Gov. Rod Blagojevich's decision to veto gun bills. The measures would require destruction of gun-purchase records, prohibit local governments from enacting firearms-transportation... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

21 October 2005

Tampa Tribune (Florida), Opinion

The National Rifle Association likes to say that the Second Amendment is America's first freedom because the right to bear arms protects all of our other rights. The NRA's latest maneuvers in Florida, however, suggest it is ready to sacrifice our other rights whenever they come into conflict with their expansive view of the right to carry and use guns. This month a new NRA-backed law took effect in Florida that allows individuals who reasonably believe they see a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

21 October 2005

Council on Foreign Relations (USA), Interview

Brazilians go to the polls October 23 to vote in a referendum to ban the sale of guns and ammunition. The referendum — the first of its kind in the world — is aimed at curbing Brazil's soaring murder and violent crime rates. John Lott, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and author of the book More Guns, Less Crime, suggests a ban would do little to stem gun violence in Brazil. He points to inadequate law enforcement as a greater problem. "If the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

21 October 2005

BBC News

As Brazil gears up for a referendum on banning the sale of guns and ammunition, Jo Wright visits some of Rio de Janeiro's slums, or favelas, where many residents live with the constant threat of gun violence from heavily armed drug traffickers. The names of the favela residents have been changed. In the favelas, buildings are pock-marked with bullet holes and youths with military-style small arms patrol the streets at night. Incursions by police or rival factions can... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

21 October 2005

Independent (South Africa)

Parents and child welfare bodies lashed out at poor parental control of firearms after an incident at a Durban school this week where an 11-year-old boy allegedly pulled out a firearm in class and fired a shot at a teacher. The boy has been charged with attempted murder in the Chatsworth magistrate's court and was released on R3 000 bail on Wednesday into the custody of his parents. The case has been postponed until December. The boy has not been at school since the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

21 October 2005

Seattle Times / AP

KAMLOOPS, British Columbia — A 6-year-old boy apparently shot and wounded his father by accident on a hunting trip, and the father may be charged with carelessness, Royal Canadian Mounted Police say. The 43-year-old father has been listed in stable condition since Sunday, when he was shot in the back with a .22-caliber rifle near this southern British Columbia interior town. The family said yesterday through a spokeswoman the man is an experienced hunter who is... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

21 October 2005

BBC News

Campaigning is nearing a climax ahead of an unprecedented national referendum on banning gun sales in Brazil — where one person is killed with a firearm every 15 minutes. Many landowners, who often live in remote areas out of the reach of law enforcement agencies, are fighting hard for a No vote. Opinion polls suggest the comfortable lead earlier allocated to the Yes vote has now been eroded. The head of the parliamentary Commission of Agriculture, deputy Xico... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

21 October 2005

BBC News

Brazilians are to hold a referendum on 23 October on whether to ban the sale of firearms and ammunition to civilians. The authorities say it is the world's first nationwide vote on guns, and that it could set a precedent for campaigns in other countries. The BBC News website looks at some of the key issues surrounding the referendum. Why is the Vote Important for Brazil? The South American country has the second-highest number — behind Venezuela — of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

21 October 2005

Los Angeles Daily News

WASHINGTON — Families of the victims of a 1999 San Fernando Valley shooting rampage denounced Congress on Thursday as it approved sweeping legislation that protects the gun industry from nearly all lawsuits — including theirs. The House passed, 283-114, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, aimed at dismissing suits that seek to hold firearms manufacturers and distributors responsible for gun crimes. The Senate passed an identical version in July.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

21 October 2005

Buffalo News (New York), Editorial

Congress bulletproofed the gun industry Thursday, as the House joined the Senate in passing legislation giving gunmakers and gun dealers immunity from civil damages lawsuits unless there was a criminal court conviction for a knowingly broken law. The measure shields the industry not only from broad class-action lawsuits stemming from illegal use of guns but from local government lawsuits, about 20 of which now will be dismissed across the country. Once President Bush... (GunPolicy.org)

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