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Gun Policy News, 2 March 2004

États-Unis

2 March 2004

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans scuttled an election-year bill to immunize the gun industry from lawsuits Tuesday after Democrats amended it to extend an assault weapons ban and require background checks on all buyers at private gun shows. The National Rifle Association began pressuring senators to vote against the bill after Democrats won votes on the two key gun control measures. The 90-8 vote against the bill virtually ends any chance for gun legislation to make... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

2 March 2004

New York Times

WASHINGTON — The Senate approved a renewal of the ban on assault weapons today in a close vote that was steeped in presidential politics. In the first of a series of votes on gun issues, the Senate, by a margin of 52 to 47, approved an extension of the 10-year-old ban on military-style assault weapons, handing a defeat to Republican opponents and gun rights groups that had sought to defeat the measure despite its broad support among law enforcement agencies.... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

2 March 2004

Edmonton Journal (Alberta)

EDMONTON — The fatal shooting of an RCMP officer by a man with a history of mental illness — and a recent murder-suicide — demonstrate the need for gun control but not a registry, Premier Ralph Klein said Monday. "That causes concern," Klein told reporters. "Gun control would take the guns out of the hands of people like that. I don't know if gun registration would. "The use of firearms is terrible, I have to admit that, but I don't know if registration would... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

2 March 2004

Vancouver Sun, Opinion

My observation is that even the harshest critics of the gun registry don't get the real problem, and certainly those that support it don't want to. Many of us may be aware that it qualifies as one of the worst-run programs in Canadian history. In summing up the sentiments of the audit team, federal gun control adviser Professor William Stenning declared that, "They just couldn't believe their eyes. They've seen lots of terrible things, but they've never seen anything... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

2 March 2004

Newsday (New York), Editorial

The immunity from most negligence suits that Congress is about to bestow upon gun makers and dealers is a monumentally bad idea. It's an extraordinary gift to an influential special interest. It will shelter shady gun dealers and turn a cold shoulder to people injured by firearms those dealers put into criminal hands. But the House has already passed an immunity bill and the Senate is poised to follow suit. All that's left for opponents of this madness is the faint... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

2 March 2004

Washington Times, Opinion

Gun-control advocates should fear the votes today in the Senate, but not for the reason that most people think. Despite claims that letting the ban on some semi-automatic weapons expire will cause a surge of police killings and a rise in gun crimes, letting the law expire will show the uselessness of gun-control regulations. A year from now, it will be obvious to everyone that all the horror stories about banning what has been labelled "assault weapons" were wrong.... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

2 March 2004

Washington Post

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted today to continue the ban on military-style assault weapons and require background checks for all purchases at gun shows as part of legislation to grant the firearms industry broad immunity from lawsuits. In a measure of the issues' political as well as legislative significance, Democratic presidential candidates John F. Kerry (Mass.) and John Edwards (N.C.) broke away from the campaign trail — as Democrats in 10 states were voting in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Royaume-Uni

2 March 2004

Scottish-TV News

As Scottish justice ministers announce their latest move to tackle the crime rate, Scotland Today featured stories from both sides of the country which show the scale of their task. In Edinburgh, a shopkeeper was shot with an airgun as she defended her till. The teenage robber escaped with just two packets of cigarettes. Shada Akhtar was back behind the counter of her Leith store today less than 24 hours after an armed robber pointed a gun at her head and demanded... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

2 March 2004

New York Times

WASHINGTON — The Senate overwhelmingly rejected a proposal today to provide legal immunity to gun manufacturers and dealers after a successful Democratic-led effort to use the measure to renew a ban on assault weapons and require more background checks on buyers at gun shows. Authors of the immunity bill said the gun-control provisions that had been added in votes earlier in the day made the proposal so objectionable that they could no longer support it. In the end,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Philippines

2 March 2004

MindaNews (Philippines)

KORONADAL CITY — Police authorities are looking into the possibility that two suspected bombers who were arrested yesterday at a shopping mall here have links with the Abu Sayyaf group. The two suspects, who reportedly had several explosives in their possession, claimed that they are members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Supt. Florendo Quidilla, city police chief, said they received reports that Abdul Rahman Bedis Binago alias Kumander Abu Jihad and Akmad... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

2 March 2004

Olds Albertan (Canada)

A Sundre woman wounded in a murder-suicide just outside town on Friday night had 10 days earlier asked Crown prosecutors to withdraw charges of uttering threats against the shooter, her estranged husband, said Crown prosecutor Danny Elliott. Nicolette Doyle sent an e-mail to the Crown on Feb. 17 asking that two charges pending against her estranged husband Darcy Doyle be withdrawn, and he be asked to enter into a peace bond, essentially a promise to remain in good... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

2 March 2004

New York Times

WASHINGTON — The Senate overwhelmingly rejected a proposal today to provide legal immunity to gun manufacturers and dealers after a successful Democratic-led effort to use the measure to renew a ban on assault weapons and require more background checks on buyers at gun shows. Authors of the immunity bill said the gun-control provisions that had been added in votes earlier in the day made the proposal so objectionable that they could no longer support it. In the end,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Nigeria

2 March 2004

Agence France Presse

ABUJA, Nigeria — Nigeria's notoriously aggressive police have killed 7 198 suspected armed robbers since the start of the year 2000, the force announced on Thursday at a news conference. Already, in the first two months of this year, 422 robbers have been "killed in combat", according to a dossier of statistics given to journalists by the west African giant's police chief Inspector General Tafa Balogun. Since the turn of the Millennium a total of 25 397 armed... (GunPolicy.org)

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