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Gun Policy News, 24 October 2002

États-Unis

24 October 2002

New York Times

BOSTON — Following the sniper shootings in the Washington area, four states are considering creating a ballistic fingerprinting system that would enable law enforcement to trace bullets or shell casings found at a crime scene to the manufacturer and buyer of the gun. The states are California, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Jersey. Currently, only Maryland and New York have such databases, and they were both put into place so recently that only a relatively small... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

24 October 2002

BBC News

It is often said in American political circles that all politics is local. In local ballot initiatives, Nevada, Arizona and South Dakota are considering partial legalisation of marijuana. North Dakota voters will decide whether to pay college graduates $10,000 to stay in the state, and Seattle voters will decide whether to expand the city's mono-rail system. But the sniper who has shot 13 people and killed 10 in Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC has made the gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australie

24 October 2002

Sydney Morning Herald

Most mass shootings are committed with legal handguns by people with no criminal records, according to research given to premiers and the Prime Minister last night. Harvard University research shows that only two of the world's 10 deadliest mass shootings were carried out with illegal weapons — those at Port Arthur in 1996 and Columbine High School, Colorado, in 1999. A second study, by the New Zealand Mental Health Commission, found that 87 per cent of victims of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australie

24 October 2002

Herald Sun (Melbourne)

Police recommendations of more than two years ago to run psychological checks on gun owners were dismissed as too intrusive. Victoria Police also backed mandatory reporting by health professionals of licensed shooters with mental illnesses or drug problems. But laws weren't changed after opposition from doctors, including the State Government's deputy chief psychiatrist. Mental health counsellor Paul McKillop, a member of the police taskforce that supported the... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

24 October 2002

Baltimore Sun, Opinion

The sniper attacks in the Washington area and Virginia have all of us on edge and many wondering if there is anything we can do as individuals in response to this ongoing tragedy. The feeling of helplessness is nearly worse than the fear generated by the attacks. Is there something we can do besides canceling our children's soccer games and field trips? There is no question that the one or more individuals who have committed these random killings should be held... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australie

24 October 2002

News.com.au (Australia)

The Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (SSAA) has welcomed a review of national hand gun laws and offered to do everything possible to stop the wrong people getting hold of guns. State premiers and territory leaders met with Prime Minister John Howard today to discuss strengthening Australia's gun laws. Mr Howard called for a ban on all handguns except those used in sports and law enforcement after the meeting. SSAA spokesman Gary Fleetwood said the... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

24 October 2002

Reuters

WASHINGTON — The Bushmaster semi-automatic rifle seized by sniper-hunting police on Thursday had been sold to a distributor in Washington state in June and probably cost $700 to $800, the gun's manufacturer said. Richard Dyke, chairman of Bushmaster Firearms, Inc., said the U.S. Treasury Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms had faxed a serial number to his company early on Thursday morning to trace the weapon. "We looked at our records," he said in a... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

24 October 2002

Reuters

AURORA, Colorado — The NRA's Charlton Heston campaigned in Colorado on Thursday in support of Republican candidates who have promised to fight gun control. Heston, who disclosed in August he was in the early stages of what appeared to be the degenerative brain disease Alzheimer's, spoke for only several minutes to some 400 National Rifle Association supporters. "But it's important to talk to you about why you're here today," he said. The battle for a U.S. Senate... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

24 October 2002

Sioux Falls Argus-Leader (South Dakota)

Charlton Heston says he feels at home in South Dakota. The 78-year-old actor, author and civil rights activist, who is serving an unprecedented fifth term as president of the National Rifle Association, spoke to a largely Republican crowd Wednesday evening at a rally supporting NRA-endorsed candidates. Although he did not appear as robust as when he played Ben- Hur, or possess the command presence of Moses, the Academy Award winner owned the crowd of more than 400 the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australie

24 October 2002

ABC News (Australia)

Federal Justice Minister Chris Ellison has given a hint of what changes the Federal Government wants the states to make to their gun laws. The Prime Minister wants states to support tougher gun laws following the Monash University shootings. Senator Ellison says states must consider a range of improvements to issues such as firearm storage, theft and licencing. He denies the illegal importation of weapons is a major problem. "I disagree that the problem lies with... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

24 October 2002

New York Times

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Charlton Heston's voice is softer than when he bellowed as Moses, his body more frail than when he commandeered a chariot as Ben-Hur. He shuffles stiffly now across a room, his upper body angled forward. He leans on a lectern because standing up tires him out. It takes prodding from a colleague for Heston, 79, to raise a flintlock over his head in his signature pose and challenge his critics to pry the rifle "from my cold dead... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

24 October 2002

Herald Tribune (Florida), Opinion

Maybe gun rights advocates are getting smarter, or maybe my luck has just changed. Since I'm not anti-gun, but am pro-common sense and anti-murder, once in a long while I write something sympathetic to this or that gun-regulation proposal. The other day I disagreed with an idea expressed by our nation's president. He had said it would be a violation of "privacy rights" to require ballistic "fingerprinting" of guns at the factory or before they are sold, an idea that... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

24 October 2002

Modesto Bee (California), Opinion

Not surprisingly, the sniper shooting deaths in the Washington, D.C., area have revived proposals for further gun control laws. So far there is no widespread call for new legislation. Perhaps that partly reflects the prime current objective: catching the killer (or killers); in part it may also reflect the public realization that limits on gun ownership are only a partial solution in a culture steeped in violence. One lingering problem is the difficulty of tracing... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

24 October 2002

Sacramento Bee (California), Editorial

Not surprisingly, the wave of sniper shooting deaths in Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland has revived proposals for further gun control laws. The issue had all but vanished since the 2000 election, in which some vocal advocates of gun laws were defeated at the polls. So far there is no widespread call for new legislation. Perhaps that partly reflects the prime current objective: catching the killer (or killers); in part it may also reflect the public realization... (GunPolicy.org)

Lire l'article complet : Sacramento Bee (California)

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États-Unis

24 October 2002

News Press (Florida)

Outspoken rocker Ted Nugent said Wednesday that he will run for governor of Michigan in 2006. Nugent, who was in Naples to speak to middle and high school students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, said if Democrat and Michigan Attorney General Jennifer Granholm beats Republican candidate and Lt. Gov. Dick Posthumus Nov. 5, he'll run in 2006. Click on image to enlarge. Posthumus is trailing Granholm by about 12 points in the polls despite the backing of... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

24 October 2002

Washington Post

Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. ripped his gubernatorial rival yesterday for Maryland's failure to check the criminal backgrounds of hundreds of people applying to buy guns, taking the offensive on an issue that has dogged his campaign for weeks. Ehrlich's campaign also unveiled a sharply negative television ad that criticizes Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (D) and her broader record on crime and gun control. Staff members said the ad would begin airing today in... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

24 October 2002

Business Week, Opinion

So it looks like police have caught the Beltway sniper. After three weeks of terror, Washington-area residents can contemplate returning to business as usual. School children can have recess outdoors. Parents can return to work without fear. Everything will go back to normal. Maybe it shouldn't, though, at least not yet. In the wake of the sniper's killing spree, it would probably make sense for Congress and the states to finally tackle the subject they hate to touch:... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

24 October 2002

Boston Globe

Spurred by the Washington, D.C.-area sniper, Boston police officials, lawmakers, and handgun control advocates yesterday called for the creation of a ballistic "fingerprint" database in Massachusetts to better keep track of new firearms. The idea of a ballistic database, to record the unique characteristics of shots fired by each newly manufactured weapon, has been championed by gun control advocates for several years, but had not gained political attention until the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australie

24 October 2002

Australian (Sydney)

Victorian Premier Steve Bracks will unveil a plan to tighten firearms laws to drastically restrict access to hand guns, as well as begin a national gun buyback. Prime Minister John Howard will appeal for tighter gun controls when he meets premiers and chief ministers in Canberra today. The push for new controls on guns follows this week's shootings at Monash University, which left two people dead. Mr Bracks said today he would use the meeting to unveil a plan to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australie

24 October 2002

Age (Melbourne)

Yesterday on 3AW, while I was in the studio debating him, Sebastian Ziccone of the Sporting Shooters Association told Robert Doyle that he would now lose the next state election because he endorsed the Prime Minister's call to look at a ban on handguns. Doyle is to be targeted and punished while, for the moment, Bracks can avoid the political fire. So what was achieved last time and what are the possibilities for reform? The buy-back cost $320 million, and successfully... (GunPolicy.org)

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