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Gun Policy News, 7 October 2002

États-Unis

7 October 2002

Washington Post

After days of public anxiety, frantic police work and forensic research, the hunt for a lethal sniper appeared to enter a phase of old-fashioned, shoe-leather investigating yesterday, as police sifted through tips, knocked on doors and analyzed the assailant's attack patterns. Four days after the first fatal shooting, Montgomery County Police Chief Charles A. Moose conceded, "Some of the more desirable smoking-gun leads just aren't there." "Science is an asset,... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

7 October 2002

Baltimore Sun

BOWIE, Maryland — The sniper who shot seven people late last week trained his sights on children Monday, police say, critically wounding a 13-year-old boy outside a Prince George's County school and propelling area residents — already highly anxious — to a whole new level of fear. Police Monday night said bullet fragments recovered from the boy shot outside Benjamin Tasker Middle School in Bowie and other evidence were enough to link the shooting to eight others... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

7 October 2002

Associated Press

ROCKVILLE, Maryland — Maryland police and FBI agents were poring over maps and putting together a psychological profile to hunt down a killer and decode the apparent connection behind last week's sniper deaths of six people. On Monday, police also stepped up patrols as people began returning to school and work. "Clearly, we are at a level of anxiety," said Montgomery County Police Chief Charles Moose. "The rush hour, the number of people who come out on a Monday... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

7 October 2002

Miami Beach Post (Florida)

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida — The handgun used to kill popular Lake Worth Middle School teacher Barry Grunow goes on trial today, portrayed as a dangerous, defective product that has led a notorious life of crime. Grunow's widow is claiming in a civil suit against the gun's distributor, the Valor Corp. of Sunrise, that her husband's death may have been averted if the gun had been less dangerous and secured with a gun lock. Valor argues that responsibility for the death... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

7 October 2002

London Free Press (Ontario)

John Humphrey is outraged he'll lose the right to carry a firearm Jan. 1, Trained to fire machine-guns in Canada's merchant marine during the Second World War, the Londoner has since taught police departments how to use revolvers, served as a gunnery instructor in the military reserves and led a hunter-safety course, licensing others to hunt in Ontario. For years he held the rarely issued permit to carry a revolver or automatic pistol. "It seems so foolish, what they... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

7 October 2002

New York Times

The technology exists to create a national ballistic fingerprint system that would enable law enforcement officials to trace bullets recovered from shootings, like those fired by the Washington-area sniper, to a suspect. Such a system would have been of great use in the Washington case, in which six people were shot to death, because so far bullet fragments are virtually the only evidence. But because of opposition by the gun industry and the National Rifle... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

7 October 2002

Associated Press

TRENTON, New Jersey — Legislation requiring "smart gun" technology in handguns will be considered again by state lawmakers today. The technology allows only recognized users to fire handguns. The childproof handgun bill passed the Senate in previous sessions but was not considered by the Assembly. The legislation was amended last week and is expected to be voted on at today's sessions. Bill sponsors said the amendments addressed concerns of competitive shooters and... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

7 October 2002

Reuters

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate plans to move on Tuesday to expedite final congressional action on arming airline pilots, a proposal with broad support among lawmakers but slowed by debate on other matters. A Senate aide said proponents would attach an amendment to arm pilots — already approved as part of the Homeland Security bill — to an airline assistance package, which Senate lawmakers are expected to pass easily and send to the House of Representatives. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

7 October 2002

New York Times

ASPEN HILL, Maryland — The police chief, his offerings of fresh information running thin, could offer only a guess today that the elusive dead-aim sniper "may be gloating" nearby in a suburban enclave much like this one. Kevin Boink, a local resident bucking the mood of fear by going shopping, agreed as he skirted a gasoline station where on Thursday the rifleman killed one victim with a single shot from afar. "I feel like most people: that this guy's our neighbor,"... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

7 October 2002

USA Today, Opinion

Proponents of Maryland's "ballistic fingerprinting" law — enacted two years ago as a new tool in the war against gun crime — have some explaining to do, considering a string of sniper shootings during the past few days in the Maryland suburbs just outside Washington, D.C. The Maryland law applies only to handguns, while the serial killer, or killers, used a rifle. But even if the law did include rifles, neither it nor a push for similar ballistic-fingerprinting... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australie

7 October 2002

ABC News (Australia)

The gun control lobby has today tried to revive its campaign for a ban on semi-automatic handguns, claiming its views tally with those of most people nationwide. The National Coalition for Gun Control argues the ban on semi-automatic rifles introduced after the 1996 Port Arthur massacre is not enough. Since then, it says the use of semi automatic handguns in homicides has doubled. Coalition member the Reverend Harry Herbert argues public safety is not only threatened... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australie

7 October 2002

Australian (Sydney), Editorial

John Howard has rarely used the moral authority of a prime minister more constructively than with the guns buyback following the Port Arthur massacre. While he should have funded it from budget savings rather than a new tax, his goal, to make gun ownership a rare privilege with great responsibility, was spot-on. A paper published by the Institute of Public Affairs in 1999 asked: "What are we prepared to pay in money, time and loss of liberty in order to achieve a... (GunPolicy.org)

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