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United Kingdom

Disarming News: Why Bobbies Have No Guns

3 February 1998

US News & World Report

LONDON — A total ban on private ownership of handguns went into effect in Britain last week, the result of a public outcry over the 1996 massacre of 16 schoolchildren and their teacher by a crazed loner in Dunblane, Scotland. But it is not just the citizenry that wants a gun-free zone here. The police are equally anxious to keep firearms off the streets and, for the most part, see no way to do it except by leaving their guns at the station. According to a survey by... (GunPolicy.org)

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Guatemala

New Law on Arms and Munitions to Go Before Guatemalan Congress

3 February 1998

Prensa Libre Online

Guatemalan legislator Anabella Leon and other members of a multi-lateral commission in charge of verifying the progress of the UN sponsored Peace Accords sent a new bill on arms and munitions before the executive and legislative branches of the Central American nation. If passed into law it would require that: 1) All arms must be registered with a new department (DIGECAM) under the control of the Ministry of the Interior. This includes military, police and other... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

Arms and the Man - Who Should Have Them

3 February 1998

Cape Argus (Cape Town), Editorial

CAPE TOWN — Capetonians under threat of gang violence are arming themselves, and in some areas licence applications are doubling each month Licensed guns for use in self-defence in the "old South Africa" were predominantly a luxury few people of colour were allowed — or could afford. They lived in communities where guns were forbidden to the law-abiding citizen and they proved the argument advanced by many pro-gun lobbyists around the world, namely: "If guns are... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,Scotland

Dunblane Parents Say They Will Not Sue Police

2 February 1998

Scotsman (Edinburgh)

Families of children killed in the Dunblane massacre have angrily denied that they are planning to sue the police. A small group of the parents of the 16 murdered children were reported yesterday to be planning to take legal action against the Central Scotland force for negligently granting and renewing a firearms licence to the killer, Thomas Hamilton. According to the Sunday Mail, the action will be raised after the second anniversary of the killings, which happened... (GunPolicy.org)

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Japan

Japanese Laws Separate Biathletes from Their Best Friends - Their Rifles

2 February 1998

Associated Press

NAGANO — Sometimes, Stacey Wooley says, a biathlete just needs to be with her .22. To pick it up. To put it to her cheek. To squeeze off a few dry rounds. "You are better," Wooley said, "when you are one with your rifle." But for Wooley, from Newberry, N.H., and other Olympic biathlon competitors, Japan has turned into the land of the locked-up gun. Severe restrictions on all firearms in this country mean biathletes — whose sport is a mixture of cross-country... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Greater Gun Safety, Now

2 February 1998

Los Angeles Times

Look around your kitchen, your office or your child's room: It's a safe bet that most of the appliances, furnishings, toys and office equipment came with labels or pamphlets warning of the hazards these products may pose to life and limb. Some may strike responsible adults as silly or self-evident — labels that caution against immersing an electric blow dryer in water, for instance. But the federal consumer protection laws that require these warnings are credited with... (GunPolicy.org)

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Japan

Knife-Wielding Schoolboy Attacks Tokyo Policeman

2 February 1998

Kyodo News

A 15-year-old schoolboy was arrested Monday for attacking a police officer with a knife while attempting to steal the officer's gun in yet another act of teenage violence, police said. At around 12:15 a.m., the boy, a third-year junior high school student, attacked Yoshinari Yasuda, 54, a police officer who was patrolling Tokyo's Koto Ward on... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Hunt Ban Protest Draws 250,000 to London

1 February 1998

Reuters

LONDON — An estimated 250,000 country folk marched peacefully through central London Sunday to protest against issues ranging from a proposed ban on foxhunting to rules prohibiting the sale of beef on the bone. Hunters in full riding gear and gentlemen clasping walking sticks joined butchers, farmers, villagers and landowners from the far corners of the nation to show the 10-month-old Labor Party government that the rural lobby is strong and vocal. Police estimated... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

More Women Are Packing Pistols

1 February 1998

Chicago Sun-Times

Some women shoot for sport. Others own guns to feel safe. While the reasons vary, more women in the Chicago area are opting to own firearms. The number of firearm ownership identification cards held by women in the six-county Chicago area has increased 43 percent since 1991, according to figures from the Illinois State Police. Increasingly, there are women at shooting ranges, gun shops and gun sporting events. "We do firearm safety courses and notice a lot more women... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Surgeons Say Firearm Injuries Should Be Public Health Threat, Like AIDS

1 February 1998

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — William Schwab hasn't ever gone to war, but the 51-year-old surgeon says he sometimes thinks he's in one. "We average about 500 gunshot wounds a year," said Schwab, chief of critical care and trauma for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. "I trained in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam, and it's similar," he said. "Think of the phrase 'incoming wounded.' That's what it's like." A survey published in Sunday's issue of the Annals of Internal... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Federal Safety Law Targets 15,000 Items, But Not Guns

1 February 1998

Los Angeles Times

Before the wildly popular Tickle Me Elmo doll hit the market, testers at Tyco Toys subjected it to a battery of grueling exams. They scratched its eyes to check for lead in the paint. They pummeled, yanked, contorted and poked, all to ensure that the doll met government safety standards for children. Four-slice toasters, bean bag chairs and thousands of other consumer products must comply with government safety requirements before ever landing on a shelf. But there... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Clinton to Propose $76 Bln in Four New Funds

31 January 1998

Reuters

WASHINGTON — President Clinton's budget proposal will include four new funds totaling about $76 billion to attract investment to inner-city neighborhoods, health and science research, environmental programs and transportation, according to White House documents. Clinton said his budget plan for the next fiscal year would include a $400 million "community empowerment fund" to help local governments attract more businesses and jobs to poor neighborhoods. "This is the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Japan

Rifle Storage Facility Opens in Nozawa Onsen

31 January 1998

Kyodo News

NOZAWA ONSEN, Japan — An alternative rifle storage facility, that will be used by the athletes participating in the biathlon event at the Nagano Olympic Winter Games, opened Friday in the ski resort village of Nozawa Onsen. The facility was opened after several of the participants in the biathlon event decided to stay at hotels and inns at the hot springs resort in order avoid the commute to the Olympic Village in Nagano, located over 50 kilometers away. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Violence: A Public Health Priority

30 January 1998

Reuters

NEW YORK — A survey of American physicians found that the majority believe that firearm violence is a major public health issue, and most support the involvement of the medical community in efforts to prevent gun-related injury and death. "The staggering death toll from firearms, particularly among young persons, is unacceptably high. Clearly, the 'killing threshold' for severely restricting firearms has been passed," according to a Position Paper on gun violence... (GunPolicy.org)

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Russia

Russian Soldier Kills Seven Others at Base

28 January 1998

Philadelphia Inquirer

MOSCOW — A soldier high on acetone fumes went on a rampage and killed seven fellow servicemen at a remote base on the Pacific island of Sakhalin, military officials reported yesterday in describing the latest of at least 10 multiple slayings in the disintegrating Russian army in the last two years. The carnage Monday night spotlighted the deepening crisis afflicting Russia's armed forces, which are grossly underfunded, poorly supervised, and embittered over their... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Total Ban on Handguns Comes Into Force

27 January 1998

Reuters

LONDON — A total ban on handguns came into effect in Britain Monday and anyone who decides to hold on to their favorite pistol could face up to 10 years in jail. The firearms legislation, among the toughest in the world, was introduced after the 1996 Dunblane massacre when crazed loner Thomas Hamilton shot and killed 16 schoolchildren and their teacher before killing himself. Owners of handguns of .22 caliber or less now have until the end of February to hand in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Cambodia

Cambodian Leaders Crush Guns Under Security Plan

26 January 1998

Reuters

PHNOM PENH — Cambodia's co-prime ministers on Monday destroyed 1,500 weapons recently confiscated from militia forces under a security-improvement plan launched last year. Second Prime Minister Hun Sen and his co-premier Ung Huot drove bulldozers over rows of old rifles and grenade launchers at a ceremony on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Hun Sen said the scheme to disarm provincial militia, launched in August, would help improve the atmosphere for a July 26... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

Medal Protest Over UK Gun Ban

24 January 1998

Evening Post (Wellington)

A Carterton man is returning his dead aunt's war medals in protest against the British Government's decision to ban pistol shooting. Neil Hayes sent the medals of his late aunt — Frances Hayes of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire — to British Prime-Minister Tony Blair with a letter stating his concern: Part of the letter reads: "As a state registered nurse, Frances Hayes served your country in two world wars and during the First World War was awarded the two enclosed... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Mother of Toddler Who Shot Himself Arrested

19 January 1998

Philadelphia Inquirer

After a lengthy review by the District Attorney's Office, the mother of a 4-year-old Southwest Philadelphia boy who accidentally shot himself with a .22-caliber handgun in November was arrested yesterday on a series of charges, including recklessly endangering the life of the child, police said. Police detectives picked up Carolyn Willis, 24, of the 1300 block of South 54th Street, at 6:55 a.m. while she was at the Children's Seashore House, a rehabilitation center in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Mom Kills 4-year-old Daughter

17 January 1998

Associated Press

KISSIMMEE — A mother shot her two young daughters in the head Friday, killing one and critically injuring the other, and called 911 to say she didn't know why she did it. Four-year-old Diana Gonzalez died shortly after arriving at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Women, said spokesman Joe Brown. Her 2-year-old sister, Elena, was in "very grave" condition, Brown said. Their mother, identified by police as 30-year-old Rachel Gonzalez, was still on the phone... (GunPolicy.org)

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