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Gun Policy News, 6 December 2002


6 December 2002

Los Angeles Times

A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld California's assault weapons control act, ruling there is no constitutional right for individuals to keep and bear arms. The 3-0 decision, declaring that the Second Amendment protects only the right of states to organize and maintain militias, is flatly at odds with the position of the Bush administration and a decision last year by a federal appeals court in New Orleans. California adopted the nation's most sweeping assault... (

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6 December 2002

San Francisco Chronicle

A federal appeals court upheld California's ban on military-style assault weapons Thursday, ruling that individuals have no constitutional right to keep and bear arms. The Constitution's Second Amendment preserves only the right of states to organize and maintain militias, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled in a 3-0 decision. The ruling put the court at odds with the Bush administration and a decision last year by a federal appeals court in... (

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6 December 2002

Courier-Mail (Brisbane)

A national deal to restrict handguns has been criticised as inadequate after Prime Minister John Howard confirmed some of the guns used in the Monash University shooting would remain legal. A deal sealed today by federal, state and territory leaders will from next July allow handguns only up to .38 calibre, while sporting shooters would be allowed guns of up to .45 calibre. "This is a very important step to making the streets of Australia safer," Mr Howard said. The... (

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6 December 2002

Business First (Columbus, Ohio)

As the state Senate debates a bill that would allow Ohioans to carry a concealed handgun in public, the legislation would create unintended troubles for the workplace, some say. The Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 274, the conceal-and-carry proposal, in March, but the bill was left untouched until after the November election. Now, senators are trying to pass it before lawmakers adjourn for the year. The conceal-carry bill would allow Ohio citizens to... (

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6 December 2002

BBC News

Damian Cope was shot outside a London nightclub A mother whose son was shot dead is to hold a two-week vigil outside Downing Street. Lucy Cope's son Damian, 22, died after being attacked outside Brown's nightclub in Covent Garden, central London in July. His killers have never been found and she is now calling for guns to be taken off the streets, tougher sentencing and a ban on the sale of imitation guns. To promote this message she has founded the Mothers Against... (

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6 December 2002

IRIN (UN) News

LAGOS — The police authorities in Nigeria's biggest city, Lagos, have barred constables and officers less than five years in the force from bearing arms to reduce the rate of "accidental" shootings of civilians, a senior official said on Thursday. Emmanuel Ighodalo, the spokesman of the Lagos State police command said the action was in response to incidents in which six civilians were killed in the past one week due to careless use of firearms. A 28-year-old man and... (

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6 December 2002

Washington Post

LOS ANGELES — A federal appeals court ruling in defense of California's ban on assault weapons has rejected a new Justice Department policy asserting that the Second Amendment affords individuals, not just state militias, broad rights to own guns. In a 72-page opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit said today that Attorney General John D. Ashcroft's policy change, announced last year, has no legal standing. The ruling conflicts with another federal... (

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6 December 2002

Edmonton Journal (Alberta)

The Alberta government joined gun lobby groups in returning fire at Industry Minister Allan Rock for his allegation that they share blame for the bloated $1-billion cost of administering the national gun registry program. "This is just typical Allan Rock," scoffed Alberta Justice Minister David Hancock, who dismissed Rock's suggestion Thursday that the province played a role in inflating the cost of the registry, which Hancock described as a "useless and ineffective... (

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6 December 2002

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The regional office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has not gone after a single licensed firearms dealer in Western Washington for bad bookkeeping in the last five years, according to federal prosecutors and statistics from a national criminal justice database. In the wake of the ongoing investigation of the Tacoma gun shop that was the last legal owner of the rifle used in the East Coast sniper attacks, the ATF's lack of action has been a point of... (

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6 December 2002

Chicago Tribune

Two former owners of an Elmwood Park gun shop pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to a reduced misdemeanor for falsely identifying the buyer of two pistols on required federal forms in 1998. Valentin Rivera Jr., 39, and Jose Miranda, 33, who owned the now-defunct Illinois Gun Works, originally had been charged in a five-count felony indictment and were scheduled to go to trial Monday. They were among five onetime suburban gun-shop operators to be indicted... (

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6 December 2002

Sydney Morning Herald

With the Prime Minister pressuring the states to agree to a ban on 250 types of handguns, it has become important to understand the impact of the 1996 National Agreement on Firearms brought in after the Port Arthur tragedy. Supporters of these measures have argued that they have been a success because the proportion of crimes committed with firearms has fallen. This argument is misleading. The number of crimes committed with firearms tells us nothing about whether... (

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6 December 2002

Age (Melbourne)

About 500 types of handguns will be banned from July 1 under a deal brokered yesterday by Prime Minister John Howard and Victorian Premier Steve Bracks. The ban is three times tougher than the proposal put forward by federal and state police ministers last week. A six-month amnesty for shooters to hand in illegal handguns and a government buy-back scheme will begin on July 1. The agreement comes seven weeks after a licensed shooter killed two students and injured... (

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