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Gun Policy News, 1 February 2006

United States

1 February 2006

Associated Press

GOLETA, California — A former postal worker who had been put on medical leave for psychological problems shot five people to death at a huge mail-processing center and then killed herself in what was believed to be the nation's deadliest workplace shooting ever carried out by a woman. The attack Monday night was also the biggest bloodbath at a U.S. postal installation since a massacre 20 years ago helped give rise to the term "going postal." Investigators would not... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

1 February 2006

Topeka Capital-Journal (Kansas)

Gun dealer Dale Lauver is weary of the state firing blanks at a bill that would allow people to carry concealed firearms. He said it was time Kansas governors — in the past, Republican Bill Graves but now Democrat Kathleen Sebelius — let the will of the majority prevail on legislation making it legal to tuck away a weapon so it can be handy in an emergency. "I like the idea," said Lauver, of the High Plains Gun Shop west of Topeka. "It's been proven, in states... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

1 February 2006

Washington Post

LOS ANGELES — A former Postal Service employee opened fire at a Southern California mail distribution center where she once worked, killing five workers and critically wounding another before taking her own life late Monday night, authorities said Tuesday. The 44-year-old woman shot three employees in a parking lot, three more inside the postal building, and then turned the gun on herself, officials said. Experts called it the nation's deadliest act of workplace... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

1 February 2006

New York Times

GOLETA, California — A woman who had left her Postal Service job because of psychological problems shot and killed five former colleagues and critically wounded another at a sorting plant here Monday night before fatally shooting herself, the authorities said Tuesday. The woman, identified as Jennifer Sanmarco, 44, of Grants, N.M., a former employee of the Santa Barbara Processing and Distribution Center, confronted employees with a 9-millimeter handgun, the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

1 February 2006

Los Angeles Times

GOLETA, California — The former postal worker who fatally shot five employees and wounded another at a mail distribution facility in Goleta had been placed on medical leave three years ago for psychological problems, authorities said Tuesday. "She had not threatened anyone, but other employees were concerned for her welfare," said Randy DeGasperin, an inspector for the U.S. Postal Service, explaining why sheriff's deputies removed Jennifer Sanmarco from the building... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

1 February 2006

Tuscaloosa News (Alabama) / AP

A two-year undercover investigation into gun sales at north Alabama flea markets resulted in charges against 11 people and the seizure of about 560 weapons, authorities said Wednesday. U.S. Attorney Alice Martin said the suspects were accused of running businesses that sold weapons without the proper license. Hobbyists can legally sell guns without a license, she said, but the 11 were making sales too frequently to be legal. "These people who are operating every... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

1 February 2006

Reuters

LOS ANGELES — A woman with a history of mental illness shot and killed an ex-neighbor before going on a rampage at a California mail facility where she once worked, raising the death toll to eight, police said on Wednesday. Santa Barbara police said Jennifer Sanmarco, 44, traveled from her home in New Mexico to the Southern California town of Goleta on Monday and shot and killed a woman in an apartment complex they shared about two years ago. Armed with a 9 mm... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

1 February 2006

Los Angeles Times / AP

GOLETA, California — A woman who went on a suicidal rampage inside a mail processing plant, killing six employees, may also have killed a former neighbor in the hour before the attack, sheriff's officials said Wednesday. The sixth employee injured in the attack had been in critical condition but died Wednesday morning, hospital officials said. A possible seventh victim was found dead Tuesday from a gunshot wound to the head at a Santa Barbara condominium complex... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

1 February 2006

Badger Herald (Wisconsin)

Scores of concerned onlookers packed the Capitol Assembly gallery Tuesday as Wisconsin state representatives voted to uphold the governor's veto of a bill allowing concealed carry. In a 64 to 34 vote, the Assembly fell two votes short of the two-thirds majority necessary to override Gov. Jim Doyle's recent rejection of Senate Bill 403. "[I] believe [Tuesday's] vote was a vote for public safety and sanity," state Rep. Spencer Black, D-Madison, said. "Had this bill been... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

1 February 2006

Birmingham News (Alabama)

MONTGOMERY — The state House of Representatives on Tuesday talked to a standstill over a bill that would expand a person's right to use deadly force in self-defense or defense of another person. "This bill here, it don't give you a right just to shoot people. It just gives you an equal opportunity to protect yourself. You're on a level field with the criminals," said Rep. Albert Hall, D-Gurley, the bill's sponsor. Most House members supported the bill; they voted... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

1 February 2006

Boston Herald

Neil Entwistle, fleeing to a British hideaway as police increasingly eye him in the slayings of his wife and baby, may have had access to his father-in-law's gun collection in the home they shared until just days before the murders. Joseph Matterazzo, the stepfather of Entwistle's wife, Rachel, is an avid gun collector who owns several antique and new firearms, according to law enforcement sources and a friend of Matterazzo. Neil and Rachel Entwistle moved in with... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

1 February 2006

Popular Science

Armed with $2 million in federal grants, researchers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) are close to perfecting the first commercially viable "smart gun." The prototype pistol, unveiled last month, is designed to recognize specific people's grips. When seized by an unauthorized hand — say, that of a child or a criminal — the gun locks its shooting mechanism. The gun relies on Dynamic Grip Recognition, a biometric technology embedded in its handle.... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

1 February 2006

North Renfrew Times (Ontario)

As the federal Conservatives get set to form Canada's next government, MP Cheryl Gallant says she will work on behalf of all residents of Renfrew County, whether they voted for her or not. Gallant was easily re-elected to a third term as MP last week, winning more than 57 per cent of the ballots cast and crushing her closest competitor, Liberal Don Lindsay, by more than 17,000 votes. In her first public statement since her election night rally, Gallant thanked voters... (GunPolicy.org)

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