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United Nations

21 Nations Seek to Limit Traffic in Light Weapons

13 July 1998

New York Times

OSLO, Norway — In what diplomats say is the first endeavor of its kind, the United States and 20 other countries will meet here Monday to try to stop the spread of assault rifles, pistols, hand grenades, mortars and other so-called light weapons. The conference reflects a growing realization among governments that in the post-cold-war world it is not the jets and tanks but the small arms that are the prime contributors to regional instability, fueling nationalistic... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,United Nations

If Guns Don't Kill, Why Send Guns to War? Why Not Just Send People?

28 June 1998

New York Times Magazine

Ozzy Osbourne, 49, helped originate horror-inspired, teen-mayhem rock. He's currently on tour with "Ozzfest '98." Q: What do you make of the recent epidemic of violent youth? A: America doesn't need as many guns! I keep hearing this [expletive] thing that guns don't kill people, but people kill people. If that's the case, why do we give people guns when they go to war? Why not just send the people? In my case, when I was a child, if my father had a gun, I would have... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,United Nations

Gun Control the Answer to Violence in Many Nations

2 June 1998

Register-Guard (Oregon)

More than two years later, it still hurts Charles Clydesdale to talk about how his daughter died. How he sent 5-year-old Victoria off to her primary school in Dunblane, Scotland, that March morning, same as usual. How the gunman — reportedly angry at being dismissed as a Boy Scout leader — burst into Victoria's kindergarten class with six legal handguns and began firing. How he killed 16 little children, and their teacher, and wounded 12 more before putting one... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,United Nations

Gun Laws Around the World

2 June 1998

Register-Guard (Oregon)

Many developed nations have stricter gun control laws than does the United States. Here's a sampling of gun laws in some other nations, based on information from licensing agencies, research groups and other sources: Australia: People applying for a firearms license must demonstrate a specific reason for needing one; those wanting to buy a gun must prove a specific need for that particular gun (self-defense does not qualifiy in either case). There is a 28-day waiting... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations,Albania

United Nations Plans to Collect Illicit Weapons in Albania

26 May 1998

Reuters

UNITED NATIONS — A team of U.N. experts will visit Albania from June 1 to 5 to prepare a programme for retrieving illicit weapons held by civilians, a U.N. spokesman said on Tuesday. The team, being sent at the request of the Albanian authorities, will be headed by the under-secretary-general in charge of disarmament affairs, Jayantha Dhanapala of Sri Lanka, and will also include officials from the U.N. political and peace-keeping departments. Albania has been awash... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations

United Nations Experts Start Talks on Small-Weapons Disarmament

26 May 1998

Kyodo News

NEW YORK — U.N. disarmament experts opened a first meeting Tuesday to discuss how to reduce the number of small firearms, which cause the largest number of deaths and injuries in regional wars, Japanese representatives said. Diplomats from the five U.N. Security Council permanent members — Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States — Japan and several other countries are taking part in the four-day meeting. The participants will discuss three issues... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations

G8 Urged to Curb Traffic in Small Arms

5 May 1998

Inter Press Service

UNITED NATIONS — U.N. officials and several human-rights and disarmament groups are pressing the Group of Eight (G-8) industrialized nations to introduce measures at their summit this month to restrict both the legal and illicit world arms traffic. The G-8 leaders — who meet in Birmingham, England May 15-17 — already have agreed to consider a "stronger international regime for import and licensing of firearms" as part of an "international instrument" to counter... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,United Nations

US Backs Crackdown on Illicit Arms Trafficking

30 April 1998

Reuters

The United States on Thursday joined a host of nations which have adopted a United Nations resolution to crack down on illicit trafficking in firearms. The initiative is intended to help undermine international crime and the U.S. move to become one of about 30 of its co-sponsors marks the beginning of an effort to make countries more accountable for their firearms exports. The resolution, the first of its kind to be endorsed by the United States, recommended that... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations

United Nations Panel Likely to Approve Curb on Illicit Firearms

30 April 1998

New York Times

VIENNA, Austria — A proposal by a U.N. commission intended to curb the illicit trade in firearms has moved toward almost certain adoption, in the wake of a sharp attack by the National Rifle Association. The gun lobby, which has had official status in the proceedings before the U.N. Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, lashed out at the agency for the secrecy of its proceedings and said the commission had issued an "uncredible" report that "affronts"... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,United Nations

US Now Backs UN Move to Curb Illicit Trade in Guns

25 April 1998

New York Times

VIENNA, Austria — In a major step against international crime, the Clinton administration is co-sponsoring a U.N. resolution aimed at curbing illicit trafficking in firearms. It is the first time the United States has endorsed a U.N. resolution on firearms regulation, U.S. officials said. The action came after a week of intense negotiation in Vienna among the delegates to the U.N. Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. Late Thursday, the Clinton... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations,Europe

US Takes First Step to Halt Gun Sales to Europe

23 April 1998

New York Times

VIENNA, Austria — The Clinton administration notified the British government Wednesday that it was revoking all pending licenses for the export of American firearms to British companies, American officials said. The revocation is the first step in a plan to halt the sale of firearms by American companies to all 15 members of the European Union. Licenses to export firearms will not be issued for European Union countries until the governments have adopted laws to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations

International Perspective on US Gun Laws in Jonesboro's Wake

9 April 1998

Join Together Online gun violence web site (Boston)

Gun-control activists from Australia and Canada visited the Harvard University School of Public Health recently and paid the U.S. a backhanded compliment: The annual toll of deaths and injuries from handguns in the U.S. serves as a highly effective model of what their nations don't want to emulate. Wendy Cukier of the Canadian Coalition for Gun Control and Rebecca Peters of the Australian Coalition for Gun Control spoke at a seminar on international perspectives on gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations

To Stop the Rain of Gunfire

8 April 1998

Washington Post, Editorial

The world's peddlers of outlandishly deadly weapons go to such devious lengths to pump their products into America's criminal market that every attempt to write protections into the law needs constant monitoring. It is this sophisticated subterfuge of firearms suppliers that has led to President Clinton's latest order barring permanently the importation of 58 semiautomatic assault-style weapons that have been finding their way around a 1994 ban. Most of the affected... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations

Nations Endorse Measure to Limit Spread of Small Arms

5 April 1998

New York Times

OSLO, Norway — With words like path-breaking, courageous and visionary, representatives from African and Western nations, including the United States, have resoundingly endorsed measures to control the spread of light weapons, the major cause of death in today's wars. The action came at a two-day assembly in Oslo called to advance a proposed moratorium on the export, import and manufacture of light weapons in West Africa, and to consider how that moratorium could be... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations

Gun Violence Prevention Efforts Go Global

10 March 1998

Join Together Online gun violence web site (Boston)

The campaign to fight gun-related injuries has gone global in recent months, according to a report by gun policy researcher Philip Alpers in the Winter/Spring issue of HELP Network News. Gun violence prevention advocates from around the world have met at UN-sponsored workshops (http://www.pcvp.org/firearms/Intl/unlong2.html) in Slovenia, Brazil and India, and a campaign to reduce the proliferation of small arms has sprung up in the wake of successful international... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Nations,United States

Arms Wrestling: A Campaign for a World-Wide Crusade Against Small Arms and Light Weapons is Mounting

1 March 1998

Armed Forces Journal International: Politics & Budgets

After successfully rallying 123 nations to sign a treaty banning anti-personnel landmines, the architects of that effort are again mobilizing. This time it is to reduce what they see as the world's actual weapons of mass destruction: small arms and light weapons. The loosely knit world-wide coalition of non-governmental organizations — which six years ago set out on what many believed a quixotic goal of banning landmines — is now looking to carry the momentum of... (GunPolicy.org)

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