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China

Layoffs to Be China Arms Makers' Magic Bullet

8 January 1998

Reuters

BEIJING — China is urging its defence industry to join other ailing state sectors and promote layoffs amd mergers to cut losses within the next three years, the People's Daily said on Thursday … The arms industry, one of China's most troubled state-owned sectors, in 1997 saw six mergers of large- and medium-sized enterprises and laid off 90,000 redundant workers, finding new jobs for 74,000 of them, the newspaper said... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

City Considers Novel Strategy for Gun Lawsuit

8 January 1998

Philadelphia Inquirer

Lawyers for Mayor Rendell have prepared an extraordinary lawsuit contending that the nation's gun industry has created a public nuisance by saturating Philadelphia with firearms used by criminals. If the mayor approves, this would mark the first time a government had sued the firearms trade, according to the National Center to Prevent Handgun Violence. The suit would demand that manufacturers pay millions of dollars to reimburse the city for costs stemming from guns... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

Public Shoots Down Guns for Police on Normal Duty

8 January 1998

New Zealand Herald & DigiPoll

Question: Should all New Zealand police officers carry arms on normal duty? Poll Result: Yes 25.8% No 69.8% Not Sure 4.4% New Zealanders have come out all guns blazing: police should not be armed. Seven out of 10 New Zealanders are against police carrying arms. Specially trained armed offenders squads may be fine, but the bobby on the beat should not be packing a pistol. Gun-toting police at the airport are acceptable, too, but the country seems unwilling to see... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Makers on Trial

8 January 1998

CTV News (Toronto)

Roger Siblerud v. Sturm Ruger & Company, Inc. Court TV (US), 8 January 1998. Highlights: This civil suit out of Montana finds the father of a man who died during a gun accident suing the gun manufacturers for wrongful death and product liability. Roger Siblerud's son, Patrick, 25, died in 1993 after he dropped a Ruger revolver and it accidentally discharged after it hit the ground. Patrick Siblerud suffered a bullet wound to the abdomen and died hours later from... (GunPolicy.org)

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Japan

Gun Laws, Unhappy Locals Could Take Shine Off Olympic Biathlon

8 January 1998

Associated Press

NOZAWA ONSEN, Japan — The Winter Olympics may put this hot springs and ski resort on the international sports map, but villagers here are up in arms over the idea of rifle-toting biathletes shooting up the hillsides. Japan's gun control laws — among the world's strictest — have presented officials with a host of difficulties for the biathlon, which combines rifle shooting and cross-country skiing. Mitsu Sato, head of the village's Olympic preparations, said two... (GunPolicy.org)

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Philippines

Philippine News Agency Reports a Five-month Gun Ban

7 January 1998

Philippine News Agency

DAVAO CITY — The Basilan provincial police command in co-ordination with military authorities has finalized plans for the implementation of a firearms ban mandated by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from January 11 to June 10 this year. The gun ban covers the election period for the May 1998 local and national elections. Provincial police director Supt. Isah Abdullah said checkpoints will be established in entry and exit points to all centers of the province's... (GunPolicy.org)

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Austria

After Land-mine Triumph, a New Crusade

7 January 1998

New York Times

VIENNA, Austria — Buoyed by their surprising success in achieving a treaty to ban land mines, a range of nongovernmental groups from academic institutes to human rights and aid agencies are now girding for a campaign against assault rifles and other light weapons, which inflame ethnic and nationalist wars around the world. The campaigners do not have as their goal a gun free world, which they say would be unrealistic. Rather they seek to curb the brisk, and largely... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Concern Over Handgun Violence Reflected in State-wide Phone Poll

5 January 1998

Post-Crescent (Wisconsin)

MILWAUKEE — Laws that would treat handgun violence as a product safety issue won widespread support in a public opinion poll. But the survey, by the Public Policy Forum in Milwaukee, also found that state legislators do not seem interested in considering the issue. Lawmakers also were far more likely than the general public to believe that new safety laws for handguns could restrict the constitutional right to bear arms. The random telephone survey asked 600... (GunPolicy.org)

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Israel

Government to Seek Family-Violence Policy

5 January 1998

Jerusalem Post (Israel)

JERUSALEM — The cabinet yesterday accepted a proposal by Communications Minister Limor Livnat to establish an interministerial team, in cooperation with the Knesset Committee on the Advancement of the Status of Women, to examine how to increase cooperation among the various organizations dealing with family violence involving weapons. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called the recent spousal murders "a spreading plague; we must do everything in our power to reduce... (GunPolicy.org)

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Greece

Arms Cache Seized in Greece, American Woman Arrested

5 January 1998

Associated Press

SALONICA, Greece — Police seized an arsenal of rifles, grenades and dynamite while searching a pig sty on an American-born woman's farm in northern Greece. Ballistic experts planned to examine the weapons, believed to have been smuggled from Albania, for connections to killings or robberies in Greece, authorities said Sunday. Police said Ms. Donna Wilkins-Kaltsas, 41, was sleeping with a machine gun at her side when officers burst into her farm house in Dion, about... (GunPolicy.org)

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Thailand

Thai Man Kills Four Then Shoots Himself

4 January 1998

Reuters

BANGKOK — An assistant to the village headman in a northern Thai town went on a shooting spree and killed four of his neighbours before turning the gun on himself and committing suicide, police said on Monday. Prathuang Ruankaew, 37, was thought to have suffered a nervous breakdown a few days before the shooting on Sunday in Baan Kwang village about 600 km (360 miles) north of Bangkok, police said. They said his parents told police that Prathuang, who was an... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Gun Law Reins in Murders - Police

4 January 1998

Sunday Age (Melbourne)

Tighter gun laws and better counselling services have helped bring down Victoria's murder rate, according to the head of the homicide squad, Detective Chief Inspector Rod Collins. In 1997 there were 61 murders. Nine remain unsolved. The murder rate peaked at 102 in 1987. Chief Inspector Collins said the rate in the 1980s was around 80 a year, but that had now dropped to about 60. "I think improved counselling services have helped some people deal with conflicts... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Advocate Wants Looser Carry Laws

2 January 1998

United Press International

COPPERAS COVE, Texas — A Texas lawmaker whose parents died in the 1991 Luby's Cafeteria massacre wants to loosen the restrictions of the state's concealed carry gun law. Rep. Suzanna Gratia Hupp, R-Lampasas, says she wants to eliminate the requirement that applicants take a safety class before they are issued the permit. She says it will expand the pool of armed Texans. She tells United Press International today, "What we had was a huge step in the right direction.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Suicide and Guns

1 January 1998

Washington Post

Among numerous errors in fact and reason in Anthony Pollica's letter ["Safe (and Armed) in Vermont," Free for All, Dec. 20] is the ludicrous implication that Vermont's permissive gun laws have some relationship to its low murder rate. It is a simple fact that most murders and other violent crimes occur in cities and urban areas with a population of more than 50,000. Vermont does not have one city with a population of over 50,000. Vermont's low murder and violent crime... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

A Gun Shop Sting, a World of Trouble

1 January 1998

Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St Paul)

Neighbors around Mark Koscielski's gun store in south Minneapolis long had worried that some of the firearms sold there legally might end up in the hands of criminals. They didn't know the half of it. Dozens of cheap handguns traced to Koscielski's Government Surplus and to four suburban gun stores have turned up in crack house raids, shootings, traffic stops and felony arrests, some of them involving juveniles. But what residents didn't know — and what top city... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada,United States

US Militiamen Smuggled Guns to Canada, Escaped Without Prosecution

26 October 1996

Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

Two men who tried to set up a heavily armed militia training camp in central B.C. are no longer under investigation by any U.S. law enforcement authorities and they do not face charges in Canada, law enforcement officers on both sides of the border said Friday. The alleged militia members drove into Smithers in a truck with Texas licence plates in the summer of 1995 and later spent $24,000 on a trailer they stuffed with enough explosives to fill a five-tonne... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Gun Law Rebels Cave In to Howard

23 July 1996

New Zealand Herald

Australia will get its tough new gun laws - outlawing most rapid-fire and military-style firearms - following the capitulation yesterday of three rebel governments. Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory gave in to the Prime Minister, Mr Howard, and abandoned demands that the law allow modification of pump-action shotguns to limit their magazine capacity. This process - crimping - was the final sticking point in the package of national gun laws... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

John Howard's Management of Australia's New Gun Controls Was Masterly

11 May 1996

Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

"Ours is not a gun culture, ours is a culture of peaceful co-operation" — Prime Minister John Howard For the first time in the history of this nation the voice of the overwhelming majority of Australian people has been heard — and acted upon — in Canberra. And, importantly, a moving address by Tasmania's Police Commissioner John Johnson on behalf of the 35 victims of the Port Arthur massacre was critical to forcing the inclusion of low-powered semi-automatic... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Howard's Gun Gamble

10 May 1996

Sydney Morning Herald

The Prime Minister flew from Port Arthur straight into the flak from procrastinating States. He wagered his authority on total gun control — and he won. Michael Millet reports on how it was done. There are some matters that transcend the normal give and take of politics. For John Howard, a politician skilled in the art of compromise, Port Arthur is one such event. Any thought that the Prime Minister was simply carving out an ambit claim for gun control as the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Australian PM's Personal Gun Control Triumph is His Symbol of Authority

10 May 1996

Sydney Morning Herald

John Howard yesterday marked himself as the leader who has probably changed the nation's future more decisively, more quickly than any prime minister before him. In an extraordinary display of prime ministerial determination, Howard overcame a decade of political inertia and cowardice to give Australia the chance to avoid the gun culture curse which has made life unbearable for the ordinary citizens of some other countries, especially the United States. And the... (GunPolicy.org)

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