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Gun Policy News, 25 October 2002

Australie

25 October 2002

Age (Melbourne)

A national handgun buy-back scheme and amnesty for shooters to hand in illegal weapons could begin before the end of the year after federal and state governments yesterday agreed to tighten handgun laws. Sporting shooters will be banned from having any weapon that is not used at the Olympic or Commonwealth Games or similar events under a 13-point plan presented by Prime Minister John Howard. Police, security guards and military would be exempt. The proposed uniform... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

25 October 2002

Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — The advertising war in the Maryland gubernatorial race heated up Thursday as the two major party candidates released new television spots attacking the other's record on crime. Republican Rep. Robert Ehrlich's new ad, running in the Baltimore market, says hundreds of criminals may have purchased handguns because the state did not conduct background checks. Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend counter-punches with a spot that calls Ehrlich the... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

25 October 2002

Washington Post

A military-style rifle allegedly seized from two suspects in the Washington area sniper attacks was used in at least 11 of the 13 shootings, authorities announced last night, signaling the end of a three-week siege in which a seemingly faceless gunman terrified the region by killing indiscriminately. "We have not given in to the terror," said Montgomery County Police Chief Charles A. Moose, a leader of the law enforcement task force hunting for the sniper. "Yes, we've... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australie

25 October 2002

Sunday Mail (Brisbane)

A national ban on almost all handguns could be in place by the end of this year following agreement between the Prime Minister and premiers on tightening firearm laws. At a meeting with state leaders in Canberra yesterday, John Howard proposed a buyback of all handguns, except those used for Commonwealth or Olympic Games and similar events or for police, security and military purposes. The Labor premiers emerged from the meeting voicing in-principle support and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australie

25 October 2002

Canberra Times

A nation-wide crackdown on handguns could come into force by Christmas after yesterday's gun-control summit in Canberra. The meeting backed Prime Minister John Howard's call for a ban on pistols not needed for Commonwealth and Olympic Games shooting competitions. He proposed a buy-back scheme for banned semi-automatic pistols, similar to the successful scheme adopted for semi-automatic rifles and shotguns after the Port Arthur massacre. The meeting came only days... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

25 October 2002

Baltimore Sun

Apparently, Americans want firebrand pundits and weathermen to be humorous endomorphs, as if their heftiness will cushion both their bad news and their stridency. Michael Moore's latest documentary, Bowling for Columbine, is a direct reflection of its maker: sloppy and overblown. Trying to explore the roots of gun violence in America, it puts out a set of hypotheses that would seem hazy even to Moore's fans if not for the comforting yet chaotic expansiveness of Moore's... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

25 October 2002

Associated Press

ATLANTA — An Emory University professor resigned after an academic panel skewered his research for a controversial book about the history of guns in America. Michael Bellesiles, a history professor, said in a statement he "cannot continue to teach in what I feel is a hostile environment." He said the controversy surrounding his book, "Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture," had made it impossible for him to continue his research and teaching. Emory... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

25 October 2002

Associated Press

BROOKLYN PARK, Minnesota — Pheasant season took an ugly turn for Michael Murray when he was shot by Sonny, his year-old English setter pup. The puppy knew something was very wrong when Murray dropped to the ground with blood spurting from his ankle. "Sonny just laid by my side," Murray said. "He knew something was bad." Murray, 42, was hunting in western South Dakota on the first day of the season last Saturday. He said he was lining up a photo of the seven birds... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

25 October 2002

New York Times

Federal authorities said last night that a gun seized from two suspects had been officially linked to the shootings in the Washington area and that one of the suspects, John Allen Muhammad, should have been legally disqualified from buying or possessing it. The gun is a Bushmaster XM15 A3 M4, a civilian version of the standard American military rifle, the M-16, made with a removable handle on top so that a scope can be easily mounted on it, say officials of its maker,... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

25 October 2002

Fox News (USA)

Few Americans think tougher gun laws could make a difference in situations like the sniper attacks in the area around Washington D.C. The latest FOX News poll conducted by Opinion Dynamics Corporation found that most Americans are doubtful that tougher guns laws would help stop these kinds of acts, with 76 percent saying people like the serial sniper(s) will always find ways around gun laws. Only 14 percent say tougher gun laws can stop acts like the sniper shootings... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brésil,Belgique

25 October 2002

Le Soir (Brussels)

[Translated summary: Belgian firearms confiscated by police in Rio show the responsibility of European gun makers]. Dans les favelas de Rio de Janeiro, la guerre que se livrent les gangs des caïds de la drogue représente la principale cause de mortalité des jeunes adolescents. Dans ces quartiers populaires, les affrontements font plus de victimes que des situations de guerre ouverte dans d'autres pays. Depuis avril 1999, en partenariat avec le secrétariat de la... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

25 October 2002

Los Angeles Times

In mayhem-happy Hollywood, it's axiomatic that the road to big box office is paved with dead bodies. But what becomes of this cinematic bleed-motif when the blood being spilled is all too real — and the film being screened is a withering indictment of the American culture of violence? We're about to find out, thanks to the eerie synchronicity that has the nation's attention riveted on the capture of two suspects in the sniper shootings at the same time that Michael... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

25 October 2002

Washington Post

John Allen Muhammad, 41, is a serial loser. He is a failed businessman whose karate school and car-repair business went bust, a twice-divorced father whose ex-wives didn't trust him with his children, a man whose unremarkably messy life disintegrated into homelessness and theft. He was a mediocre soldier who was once convicted of striking a sergeant in the head, and he wasn't "anything special" as a marksman, according to a former platoon leader. But his second wife... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

25 October 2002

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

Like everyone across the nation, Utah gun owners exhaled with relief at Thursday's news that a man and a teenage boy had been arrested in the Washington, D.C.-area sniper shootings. But Utah hunters, target shooters and gun-rights activists fear the high-profile killings could prompt stricter federal gun laws. "Every time something like this happens, it makes life more difficult for gun owners," said Steve Palano, manager of Totally Awesome Guns & Range in Kearns. "A... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

25 October 2002

Denver Post (Colorado)

Met by a cheering, standing- room-only crowd, National Rifle Association president Charlton Heston pumped his right fist in the air and urged Denver supporters to "vote freedom first." Heston, who spoke for only a few minutes, joined other NRA officials onstage. They called on local NRA supporters to vote for Sen. Wayne Allard, congressional candidate Bob Beauprez and other state Republicans in the Nov. 5 election. More than 500 supporters of the legendary actor... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

25 October 2002

Detroit News

TACOMA, Washington — John Allen Muhammad, the man arrested by authorities in Maryland in connection with the string of sniper-style shootings in the Washington, D.C., area, bought a Bushmaster .223-caliber semiautomatic rifle more than two years ago at a local gun shop in a residential neighborhood. According to an affidavit contained in Muhammad's arrest warrant, he took possession of the gun May 23, 2000, the date written on a transfer form given to federal... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australie

25 October 2002

ABC News (Australia)

The Prime Minister and state and territory leaders have agreed to tighten up gun laws, after a meeting in Canberra today. The leaders have also announced measures to strengthen Australia's anti-terrorism arrangements and have signed a counter-terrorism agreement. John Howard has proposed a ban on all guns that do not meet Commonwealth and Olympic games sporting shooters classification. The Victorian Premier has suggested all sporting shooters' guns be stored at... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australie

25 October 2002

ABC News (Australia)

The proposed federal and state hand gun buy-back scheme is facing criticism from both crime victims and sporting shooters. The Prime Minister and premiers yesterday agreed on a hand gun crackdown in response to Monday's shootings at Monash University. The 13-point plan includes a hand gun amnesty and buy-back scheme, along with tighter licensing controls and restrictions on the number and type of guns held by owners. Noel McNamara, from the Victorian Crime Victims... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australie

25 October 2002

News.com.au (Australia)

The Sporting Shooters' Association is investigating why a man who has since been charged with murder was allowed to buy four guns from one of its clubs within six months. Association president Sebastian Ziccone, a staunch supporter of shooters' rights, said he was concerned one of his clubs had been linked to Huan Yun Xiang, the man charged with two murders and five counts of attempted murder at Monash University. He would not name the club Mr Xiang had joined. "I'd... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australie

25 October 2002

ABC News (Australia)

The Tasmanian Firearm Owners Association says the possibility of firearms being taken off members has cut deep with many of them. Prime Minister John Howard has suggested a ban on all handguns, except those with a sporting shooter classification, or used for police and defence work. Premier Jim Bacon is calling for thorough consultation before any new laws are designed in relation to handgun access. The president of the Tasmanian Firearm Owners Association,... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

25 October 2002

Metro West Daily (Boston)

Uzi 9 mm. Chinese and Hungarian AK-47s. Bushmaster DCM XM15 rifle. Remington 700 police tactical sniper rifle. Those are all firearms for sale by licensed gun owners in this week's issue of the Want Advertiser, a catalog published in Sudbury with items for sale ranging from televisions to baby strollers. The guns are used for hunting, target practice, recreational shooting, and are sometimes collectibles. Semiautomatic rifles have entered the spotlight over the past... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

25 October 2002

Boston Globe

WASHINGTON — The sniper shootings have given gun control activists new hope that Congress and state legislatures will take a fresh look at laws requiring closer monitoring of guns and their owners. But with Congress out of session and many lawmakers reluctant to take on the politically loaded issue, the prospects for getting new gun laws approved in the near future are dim, analysts say. Four states, including Massachusetts, are considering legislation that would... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

25 October 2002

USA Today

WASHINGTON — The sniper struck right in the heart of the nation's political-media axis of influence, leaving power players and their children as vulnerable as everyone else. But unlike the aftermath of the 1999 Columbine school shootings, the last few weeks' killings elicited little public outcry for tougher gun laws. Those counting on the Democratic Party to aggressively promote controversial gun-control measures may be disappointed. Increasingly, Democratic... (GunPolicy.org)

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Royaume-Uni

25 October 2002

Portland Press Herald (Maine)

WINDHAM — The rifle used to shoot 13 people in the Washington, D.C., area was apparently manufactured in Windham, Maine, and shipped to a Washington state distributor four months ago. Police seized a Bushmaster AR- 15 in connection with the arrest of two suspects in the sniper shootings that left 10 people dead in the past three weeks and terrified residents throughout the suburban area outside the nation's capital. Bushmaster Firearms, located on Route 302 in... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

25 October 2002

Associated Press

WINDHAM, Maine — The maker of the semiautomatic rifle allegedly used in the sniper attacks advertises its products as "the best by a long shot." Bushmaster Firearms is the nation's largest producer of the civilian version of the M-16. "The sad thing is the shooter, who sounds like a pretty deranged individual, got a hold of our rifle, which is also used by tens of thousands of people and law enforcement agencies," said Allen Faraday, an executive at the suburban... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

25 October 2002

Detroit Free Press, Opinion

You would think it impossible to find humor in the national debate over gun control. Gun enthusiasts hitching up their pants and talking about freedom and the Second Amendment while a sniper snatched random victims in the Washington, D.C., area seemed too heinously misguided to be funny. But as I sat next to Michael Moore and his friend Jeff Gibbs at a Royal Oak screening of "Bowling for Columbine," I laughed involuntarily. The brilliant and biting documentary has... (GunPolicy.org)

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