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Gun Policy News, 13 February 2006

United States

13 February 2006

Independent (UK)

Dick Cheney, the US Vice-President, accidentally shot a man in the face with a shotgun while hunting for quail on a Texas ranch. Mr Cheney, 65, sprayed birdshot into Harry Whittington, a fellow hunter, while trying to hit a flock of quail on Saturday afternoon. Mr Whittington, 78, a lawyer from Austin, Texas, was taken to Corpus Christi Memorial Hospital where he was treated for pellet wounds to the right side of his face, neck and chest. A spokesman for the hospital... (GunPolicy.org)

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Northern Mariana Islands

13 February 2006

Saipan Tribune

The house of the Department of Public Safety's shooting range master Ambrosio T. Ogumoro's brother, acting DPS police director Capt. Aniceto Ogumoro, was also covered by a search warrant requested by the police. According to documents filed in the Superior Court, investigators from the DPS Criminal Investigation Bureau asked the court to include in their search the residence of Capt. Aniceto Ogumoro, which is located near Ambrosio Ogumoro's house in Capitol Hill. CIB... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 February 2006

Montgomery Advertiser (Alabama)

Deadly force means "shoot to kill." If the National Rifle Association has its way, Alabama will be the next state to allow a person to use deadly force outside of the home and without first attempting to elude danger. Twenty-five states across the country already have these laws. Bills introduced by state lawmakers — and wholeheartedly backed by the NRA — propose the changes. "We certainly do support the self-defense law because citizens should have the right to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 February 2006

Boston Herald

If you want to put a face on the violence tearing apart Boston's urban neighborhoods, look at a 15-year-old boy's. Young men his age comprised Boston's biggest group of shooting victims — 13 percent — in 2005, according to data compiled by the Herald. Teenagers overall made up more than one-third, or 112, of the city's 290 shooting victims that year. Two boys as young as 13 were shot and four 14-year-olds were among the victims. "You've got young people who are... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 February 2006

TIME (USA)

The cardinal rule of hunting could not be more simple: Don't shoot the people (or the dogs). If there's anyone in Washington who knows this, one would have thought it would be Vice President Dick Cheney, who accidentally shot his friend and fellow hunter Harry Whittington, 78, late Saturday afternoon. Whittington is expected to recover from his injuries, but the question will linger on: how does an accident like this happen among hunters with so much experience? For... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 February 2006

Rocky Mountain News

COLORADO — Aurora police are investigating how a 7-year-old boy got a hold of a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol that he brought to school Monday. Police responded to Tollgate Elementary School at 701 S. Kallispel Way at about 12:30 p.m. after students told school officials a boy had a gun at the playground, spokesman Rudy Herrera said. Herrera said the boy took the gun out of his backpack and showed it to friends in the morning before class. During lunch recess, the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 February 2006

Reuters

WASHINGTON — The White House was bombarded with questions on Monday about why it failed to go public with news that Vice President Dick Cheney shot a fellow quail hunter until the day after the accident. The victim, Harry Whittington, 78, took pellets in his cheek, neck and chest when Cheney fired his shotgun while aiming for a bird during a hunt in southern Texas on Saturday, and was in stable condition at a Corpus Christi hospital. Whittington was moved out of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

13 February 2006

Missisauga News (Ontario)

Peel Regional Police have called a a news conference for tomorrow where it's expected they will announce they have broken up a massive gun smuggling ring. Police were revealing little today, but did say the joint forces investigation, dubbed Project Bluegrass, involved "the unlawful purchase of firearms in the United States that were smuggled into Canada and trafficked throughout Ontario." This joint probe included Peel police, the Provincial Weapons Enforcement Unit... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 February 2006

Cincinnati Enquirer (Ohio), Editorial

Kentucky gun owners want deeper cover for concealed-carry. House Bill 920 would conceal permit holders' names — which are now public record — from the press or public view. HB 920 cleared the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday and is expected to pass the House. A similar bill was introduced in the Ohio House last September but has yet to make it out of the Criminal Justice Committee. Gun owners argue confidentiality is a privacy right. They say public access to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Germany

13 February 2006

Expatica (Brussels) / DPA

PFARRKIRCHEN, Germany — A Catholic priest got more than he expected when a sinner handed him a cache of illegal weapons during a confessional, police said Monday. A sub-machine gun, a hand grenade and ammunition were given to the priest during the confession in southern Bavaria state, said police. The priest, maintaining his holy vow not to reveal the sinner, declined to name the man to the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 February 2006

Peoria Journal Star (Illinois)

PEORIA — The Harrison Homes pre-schooler who was shot Saturday is expected to be in the hospital for three to four weeks, recuperating from the wound to his left leg, a relative said. Lataveon Mack was injured shortly before 8 p.m. at his mother's apartment at 2619 W. Meidroth St., No. 296. "He's a small boy," said his grandmother, Ramona Mack. "He messed the bone up pretty bad." Ramona Mack said the boy was injured when his mother, Chataqua Mack, 23, was changing... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 February 2006

Duluth News Tribune (Minnesota) / Knight Ridder

PHILADELPHIA — Gun-safety advocates say there are very few gun "accidents" — spontaneous discharges of firearms. Rather, they say, most unintentional shootings involve negligence or carelessness, and are anything but blameless. Vice President Dick Cheney's friends say he is blameless for wounding lawyer Harry Whittington on Saturday while they hunted for quail in Texas. Katharine Armstrong, the owner of the ranch where the hunt took place, told Bloomberg News the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 February 2006

Scripps Howard News Service (USA)

Vice President Dick Cheney's accidental shooting of a hunting companion in Texas comes at a time when hunting mishaps are at historic lows throughout the country after many states started requiring gun safety classes for new hunters. It is not known whether Cheney has ever taken formal safety instruction. The White House did not immediately answer that question Monday. Officials in Texas and Wyoming, where he grew up, said there is no record of him taking such a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 February 2006

New York Times

WASHINGTON — What do you do when the vice president shoots someone? That was the question the White House grappled uncertainly with on Monday, after Dick Cheney made history as the second vice president to fire a gun at someone — though accidentally in this case — while in office. By the end of a bizarre day in Washington, with only Aaron Burr as a precedent and the late-night comedians and Cheney Internet shooting games going at it full force, the only answer... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 February 2006

Boston Globe

With firearm violence in Boston continuing to surge, police and city officials are looking for new anticrime tools, potentially including limiting ammunition sales, recording who buys ammunition, and using a new technology that transfers a gun's serial number onto a bullet's shell casing any time the gun is fired, said two officials who know about the plans. Police Department and city officials offered few details publicly, but in his weekly column on the city's... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 February 2006

Kansas City Star (Missouri), Opinion

If the Kansas concealed-carry bill becomes law, look for Beecher Bible and Rifle Church in Wabaunsee to hang a new sign out front: "No guns allowed." "I imagine we would," said John Sumners, treasurer of the church named for the rifles Beecher's founders brought to Bleeding Kansas 150 years ago. "But will it come to that?" Hard telling, but it just might. By a seemingly veto-proof (but don't count on it) margin, the Kansas Senate sent to the House last week a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 February 2006

Tennessean (Nashville), Editorial

A proposal to allow guns to be carried in bars and restaurants was a bad idea last year and a bad idea this year. Gun advocates are reportedly reloading and aiming for approval this year of a state bill that would allow gun permit holders to take their guns into establishments that serve alcohol. Lawmakers should reject such a dangerous idea. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported recently that advocates for gun rights are prepared to seek approval of the bill in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Guyana,United States

13 February 2006

Stabroek News (Georgetown)

A senior official of the Custom Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) believes that someone in authority was part of the plot to clear a cache of arms and ammunition unearthed on Saturday at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri. And sources say that instead of the government trying to find out from the US who sent the weapons, efforts should be made at home to weed out the corrupt officers at the airport and other ports who are allowing the movement of illicit goods.... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

13 February 2006

Toronto Sun (Ontario)

A man who had at least 43 guns stolen from his Peel apartment now admits he has no idea how many weapons were stored in his home or how many are now gone. "I told them about 80. I could have been off a few," Gary Gordaneer said yesterday from his ransacked apartment near Rathburn Rd. E. and Tomken Rd. Peel police, who spent hours Saturday going through Gordemeer's records, say they found registration slips for only 39 handguns and several rifles. "Maybe that's... (GunPolicy.org)

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Uganda

13 February 2006

New Vision (Kampala)

KAMPALA — President Yoweri Museveni has asked the Karimojong to hand over their guns, saying the weapons were scaring away investors and development from the Karamoja region. "We still have our old devil of a gun," Museveni said. He added, "Some of the dams were abandoned because of the insecurity. There is no need for you to scare away development from your area. I am a cattle keeper like you. You can't scare away a cow when you want to milk it. People fear to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 February 2006

Richmond Times-Dispatch (Virginia)

A 7-year-old Stafford County boy who was shot in the head in a hunting accident over the weekend died yesterday, authorities disclosed today. Luke H. Wyatt and his father were part of a group preparing to go goose hunting Saturday morning when the shooting occurred, Stafford Sheriff Charles Jett previously said. A person in the hunting party was loading a 12-gauge shotgun in the rear of a sport utility vehicle when the firearm discharged and projectiles struck the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Richmond Times-Dispatch (Virginia)

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