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United Kingdom

UK Aid Agencies Call on G8 to Control Arms Trade

13 May 1998

Reuters

LONDON — Leading British humanitarian agencies on Wednesday urged leaders of the Group of Eight nations meeting in Britain this weekend to take action to control the international arms trade. The agencies said both the illicit and the legal trade in weapons should be tackled. "The G8 must take responsibility for weapons that are produced in their countries," said Dianna Melrose of the British aid agency Oxfam. "We need the G8 to agree comprehensive controls over... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Police Check Gun Clue in Pub Killing

10 May 1998

Sunday Times (UK)

Detectives in West Yorkshire investigating the death of a nurse were last night trying to establish how her estranged lover, a former SAS soldier, came to possess a Soviet-made AK-47 assault rifle. Vicky Fletcher, 21, a nurse at Pontefract General Infirmary, died after being shot by a man armed with a high-calibre automatic weapon outside a pub in Castleford. Dr Thomas Shanks, 47, an anaesthetist, was arrested in Lennoxtown, Glasgow, following a tip-off. Police seized... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Dunblane Children 'Not Getting Enough Fund Donations'

10 May 1998

Press Association (UK)

A bitter row has broken out between families of victims of the Dunblane tragedy and controllers of a £2 million fund set up in the aftermath of the shootings. The mother of one young victim claims she is finding it difficult to make ends meet despite the amount of donations which poured in from around the world. Veronica Hutchison, whose daughter Amy was left with one leg shorter than the other after she was shot trying to escape from gunman Thomas Hamilton, said they... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,Scotland,Brazil

Dunblane Anti-Gun Message for Rio

6 May 1998

Aberdeen Press & Journal

A Dunblane churchman flies to Brazil this weekend to take the anti-gun message to South America. The Rev. Maxwell Craig, general seretary of Action of Churches Together in Scotland, will address a three-day international conference in Rio de Janeiro. Mr Craig, who recently dedicated the Dunblane Memorial Garden, was invited for his first-hand experience of how handguns can blight a community. The conference will focus on how to take handguns off the streets. "People... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Ex-Gun Owners Can Sue for Cash

3 May 1998

Telegraph (UK)

Thousands of former handgun enthusiasts could sue the Government after an Appeal Court ruling cleared the way for them to seek compensation. Up to 20,000 people forced to give up their pistols under [the UK's new gun laws] could now go to court to claim payments likely to be in the region of £100 million. The former gun owners handed in their weapons as required, but have been kept waiting for up to 10 months for compensation. The ruling by Lord Justice Beldam and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

More Police Suspended in Gun-Ban Payouts Inquiry

25 April 1998

Yorkshire Post (UK)

Two more police officers have been suspended in an inquiry into suspected fraud in the firearms compensation scheme which followed the Government ban on handguns. A total of seven South Yorkshire officers and one civilian member of staff have now been suspended since police launched an investigation last November after internal auditing revealed irregularities. The latest to be suspended are based in Barnsley. The Home Office, which has been dealing with about 500... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

UK Small Arms Sales Reaching Wrong Hands - Oxfam

23 April 1998

Reuters

LONDON — Britain's small arms and ammunition exports are still ending up "in the wrong hands," despite a government pledge not to sell weapons to countries with poor human right records, Oxfam said on Thursday. The aid agency said in a report that between 1995 and 1997 Britain exported small weapons to over 100 countries, many of which were classified by international research institutes as "sensitive destinations" — countries crippled by political unrest or... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,United Kingdom

Dispute Grows Over Export of US Guns

20 April 1998

Times (UK)

A transatalantic row is brewing over US guns exported to Britain and Europe. American officials fear these are then re-exported and end up in war zones or being used by organised crime. The State Department was reported yesterday to be on the verge of revoking all outstanding licences for firearms exports to Britain. About 250 licences for more than 14,000 handguns were said to be involved, according to a report from the US Embassy in London. Clinton Administration... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Armed Police Swoop on Bird Scarer, Aged 86

8 April 1998

Telegraph (UK)

Police sirens and flashing blue lights shattered the peace of a village after a gun was seen being fired from a cottage window. More than 30 armed officers surrounded the cottage and the village was sealed for two hours as police waited for the suspect to emerge. Marksmen trained Heckler and Koch automatic rifles on the terraced home and a negotiator crouched behind a car shouting through a loud hailer: "We have you surrounded. Come out with your hands in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Sensor May Limit Use of Firearms to Owners

2 April 1998

Telegraph (UK)

A gun that uses biometrics to shoot only when held by authorised users might provide a solution for the current crisis surrounding the use of handguns. Following [Dunblane, and Jonesboro] in America, legislators and gun clubs have been searching for a way to make guns safer without outlawing their use. The answer could be a tiny biometric chip built into the side of guns to read the user's fingerprint. Previous efforts to make firearms respond only to certain users,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Boys Kill Four in School Ambush

24 March 1998

Telegraph (UK)

Two boys dressed in camouflage opened fire on their schoolmates with high-powered rifles in Arkansas yesterday, killing four girls, after luring them into a playground by sounding the fire alarm. Two of the teenage girls died immediately and the other two died of their wounds in hospital after the attack in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Another eight girls and two teachers were being treated for gunshot wounds. Police said the boys, aged 11 and 12, specifically aimed at teenage... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Guns Ban Blocks Export Deal

23 March 1998

Telegraph (UK)

A gun dealer has been prevented by the Home Office from trading in weapons with security and police forces in the Far East because the firearms he wants to sell are banned in Britain. Alasdair Farquharson, of Telford, Shropshire, has been refused a licence to build up an export business in which he has already invested more than £45,000. He sees the decision as the latest injustice to befall firearms dealers and private owners since the ban on handguns was imposed by... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Police Defend Rise in Issuing of Firearms to Officers

18 March 1998

Press Association (UK)

The police is an "essentially unarmed service" and should stay that way, according to senior officers. Their comments come despite figures showing the number of times guns were issued to officers had doubled in two years. However, the number of operations in which shots were actually fired by police stayed the same, at just five per year. Home Office figures up to March 1997 showed that over 10 years the number of operations in which police were issued with firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,Scotland

Dunblane Victims Remembered

14 March 1998

BBC News

The relatives of those who died in Dunblane have dedicated a memorial garden on Saturday to the 16 children and one teacher who were killed two years ago. The dedication ceremony, which took place in Dunblane Cemetery, is the day after the second anniversary of the Dunblane massacre. The memorial garden was designed to reflect the joy of childhood and the enduring bonds between the dead and the bereaved. It features a fountain and a commemorative plaque, and it has... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Gun Cash Delay to Be Investigated

9 March 1998

Telegraph (UK)

An inquiry into the Government's compensation scheme for dispossessed gun owners has been launched by Parliament's spending watchdog amid complaints over delays in payments. The National Audit Office is due to report its findings in the summer, by which time thousands of shooters will have waited almost a year for their money. Among other things, the NAO is looking into the arrangements for processing the claims for pistols confiscated under the ban introduced... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

'Burglar' Killed by Police Was in Own Home

1 March 1998

Press Association (UK)

A man shot dead by a police marksman after being mistaken for a burglar with a handgun was in his own flat and armed with a fake gun, it emerged tonight. Michael James Fitzgerald was killed by a single bullet to his chest. Mr Fitzgerald, 32, single and unemployed, was surrounded by four police firearms officers after a member of the public dialled 999 to report a burglary in progress on Thursday. Mr Fitzgerald was spotted struggling to get into his own flat at the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,United Kingdom

US Shooting Lobby Funds Countryside March

26 February 1998

Independent (UK)

America's shooting and hunting lobby has been bankrolling this weekend's mass march pledged to save the British country way of life. The Duke Of Westminster, Britain's richest man, has also given more than £1m to the organisers of the Countryside March, which is intended to save rural jobs and promote fox-hunting. Other supporters include the chairmen of some of Britain's biggest companies, including Sir Alick Rankin, of General Accident, and Jonny Weatherby of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Police Are Suspended Over Gun Payments

25 February 1998

Times (UK)

Two police officers in the South Yorkshire force have been suspended from duty over allegations that compensation claims for large-calibre handguns outlawed after the Dunblane massacre were inflated. A civilian employed by the force has also been suspended. The Home Office halted payments after providing £570,000 to meet 524 claims in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Dunblane Handgun Ban Scheme Hit by Fraud

22 February 1998

Sunday Times (UK)

A government spending watchdog has identified 11 areas of concern, including fraud, in the operation of the firearms compensation scheme for handgun owners whose weapons were banned following the Dunblane tragedy. A national audit office survey of 15 British police forces has revealed widespread inconsistencies and different interpretations of the operation. Some forces have even failed to understand the scheme's own notices designed to clear up confusion. A Home... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Gun Owner Can Sue Home Office Over Late Compensation

19 February 1998

Telegraph (UK)

The government has lost the latest stage of a legal battle over delays in paying compensation for handguns confiscated after the post-Dunblane ban. A county court judge has upheld a shooter's right to sue the Home Office for payment on the grounds that it has taken an unreasonable length of time to process his compensation claim. A full hearing will now be heard which, if successful, could open the floodgates to thousands of similar actions from shooters still waiting... (GunPolicy.org)

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