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Gun Policy News, 20 February 2002

États-Unis

20 February 2002

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia)

As any responsible shooter will tell you, guns should be handled carefully at all times. Two cautionary tales: Late on a Friday three years ago, the Senate took up a House bill that restricted cities from filing damage suits against gun manufacturers for failure to take adequate safety measures. The city of Atlanta had moved quickly to file such a suit after the House passed the bill, and gun groups such as the National Rifle Association were pressing to get the bill... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

20 February 2002

Ananova (UK)

A 24-stone Florida man died after sitting on a gun he'd hidden under a seat cushion. Police say Clinton H Williams' weight pushing on the handgun made it go off at his home in Largo. He was shot in the thigh and was taken to Bayfront Medical Centre where he later died. The St Petersburg Times says a bullet severed the 39-year-old's femoral artery, which is the main artery of the thigh. Detective Joe Coyle said: "The way the gun was situated, the gun just went off... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

20 February 2002

Associated Press

DENVER, Colorado — A minor change in a form for federal background checks blocked gun sales across the country this week because the new paperwork didn't reach dealers on time. "We didn't know about it until (Tuesday) morning when sales clerks called the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and they said they wouldn't process any more background checks unless they were on the new forms," said Dave Anver, president of Dave's Guns, the largest gun dealer in Colorado. "No... (GunPolicy.org)

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Belgique

20 February 2002

Associated Press

BRUSSELS, Belgium — Belgian authorities are investigating a Russian arms dealer suspected of running guns to al-Qaida and the Taliban and have arrested the dealer's associate, officials said. Belgian officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they expected an international arrest warrant would be issued soon for Victor Bout, who has also been named in U.N. reports as a prominent supplier of weapons to rebel groups in Africa. Peter Hain, Britain's minister... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

20 February 2002

Boston Globe

GEORGETOWN — Members of the Georgetown Fish & Game Association have been gathering at the rustic clubhouse at the end of Lake Avenue more than ever lately, but the meetings come and go without a single shot being fired at the club's shooting range. Pistols are holstered and rifles left on gun racks, and instead zoning maps are spread across battered wooden tables. About two years ago, members of the 54-year-old sporting club joined with area residents to fight a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

20 February 2002

Canadian Press

WINNIPEG — A 14-year-old boy was arrested Monday after officials at a Winnipeg Catholic school found him with a semi-automatic weapon. The .38-calibre handgun was discovered when a school official noticed something suspicious in a student's pocket. Police say the gun was not loaded and the boy was not intending to use it. But during the investigation, police say they found several loaded cartridges in the boy's locker. The boy was also expelled from... (GunPolicy.org)

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Ouganda

20 February 2002

Daily Monitor (Kampala), Editorial

In his New Year's address to the nation, President Yoweri Museveni set Feb. 15 as the deadline for the armed Karimojong warriors to hand to government their guns peacefully so as to end their raids in the neighbouring districts. As we await the next phase of disarmament, where government may use force, Andrew Allam, a freelance journalist in Kampala, argues that government's focus on taking away the guns is a no-winner:- Most people know that the Karimojong got the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Nouvelle Zélande

20 February 2002

New Zealand Herald

A charge of murder against Police Constable Keith Abbott was dismissed in New Plymouth District Court today. JPs Bob Moffat and John More today found that Abbott acted in self-defence and threw out the case. Their decision came after a 4½-week depositions hearing. Constable Abbott said this afternoon he was glad the hearing was over. "I'm very relieved." He thanked those people who had given him a "massive amount of support" "Those people … know who they are... (GunPolicy.org)

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Royaume-Uni

20 February 2002

Post and Courier (South Carolina)

Republicans are calling for a police investigation into an ad campaign linking the state Republican Party to efforts promoting concealed weapons at schools. The complaint surfaced during Tuesday's session of the Legislature after several lawmakers reported seeing yard signs in their districts endorsing guns in schools. The signs show white letters against a red background and read "Vote Yes" followed by a check mark and the slogan "Make Guns Legal in Public Schools.... (GunPolicy.org)

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Royaume-Uni

20 February 2002

Portland Press Herald

Maine experienced its most violent spate of gun-related crimes in recent memory last week, leaving two men dead and a teen-age boy critically injured. Safety advocates say the violence shows that Maine needs more gun regulation and public education. But some gun enthusiasts and law enforcement officers question the usefulness of more laws, noting that two of the three incidents involved stolen guns. Maine has a lower incidence of gun violence than the nation as a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

20 February 2002

Regina Leader-Post (Canada)

A local man is dead after his gun fired in an unusual recreational accident Saturday. According to an RCMP spokesman, two people were riding snowmobiles and a third was driving an all-terrain vehicle in a field near Highway 6, about 20 kilometres north of Regina early Saturday afternoon. "One of these individuals had a loaded nine-millimetre pistol on his person," Cpl. Bill Betker said. He was the driver of one of the snowmobiles, Betker said. "The gun accidentally... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée

20 February 2002

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

The tribal fight in Mendi that has reportedly caused the death of more than 120 people in the Southern Highlands capital is far from over. Over the weekend, when two Mobile Squad units monitoring the situation left for their respective bases in Kerowagi, Chimbu and Enga provinces, people from the warring tribes threatened to bring the battle back into the town. It caused much chaos as business houses feared the worse. The business housed continued operations but where... (GunPolicy.org)

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