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Gun Policy News, 4 March 2004


4 March 2004

Jakarta Post

The East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) provincial police have seized 691 both home-made rifles and guns since early this year from local residents on the archipelagic province during an operation code-named Cipta Kondisi 2004. The seized items were displayed on Wednesday by NTT police chief Brig. Gen. Edward Aritonang to National Police chief Gen. Da'i Bachtiar, after the latter led the General Elections security preparations roll-call at the NTT police headquarters. Spokesman... (

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4 March 2004

Australian Associated Press

An ongoing audit of NSW security companies had found further breaches of safe gun storage practices, the NSW government said today. Police Minister John Watkins warned that companies which did not comply would be shut down. He said Operation Advance was targeting 492 sites across the state checking storage conditions, paperwork and records. "I'm furious that 13 breaches of safe storage guidelines have already been detected, after checks on around half of the... (

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4 March 2004

Budapest Sun

Ukrainian border guards held a Ukrainian citizen on Monday, February 23, at the Lamberg crossing station after realizing that he was carrying a 400-gram shipment of enriched uranium. The Hungarian Border Guard Center (HOP) was informed about the incident by the Ukranian authorities. Based on their report, Sándor Orodán, the spokesman of the HOP said that the man drove in his Citröen van to the border station where the vehicle underwent routine inspection. During... (

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4 March 2004

Chicago Tribune

Charging that Illinois leads the nation in the number of gun manufacturers modifying assault weapons so they are not outlawed by the 1994 federal Assault Weapons Ban, a Chicago gun control group Wednesday called on Congress to strengthen the law. "No other state has more gunmakers that are circumventing the law than Illinois," said Thomas Mannard, executive director of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence. "We're fighting for a tougher law to protect our... (

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4 March 2004


WASHINGTON — The Senate's repudiation of a gun industry legal protection bill this week gave the National Rifle Association an unexpected blow and injected gun policy into this year's elections. Lawmakers, lobbyists and experts on gun politics said the odd spectacle of pro-gun senators stampeding to kill their own legislation will have repercussions at the ballot box. Both Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, the presumptive 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, and Sen.... (

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4 March 2004

Newsday (New York), Opinion

Pick up the Yellow Pages and go to "Guns." Call the first gun store you find. Ask what you'll need to purchase a semi-automatic military-style sniper rifle like the one used by John Allen Muhammad and John Lee Malvo to kill 10 people during their 2002 Washington, D.C.-area murder spree. "You have a driver's license?" said the man at the Long Island store I called yesterday to ask about buying the assault rifle known as the Bushmaster XM-15. "Sure," I said, "but what... (

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4 March 2004

This Day (Lagos), Opinion

Sometime in May 2002, the Senate Committee on National Security and Intelligence invited some Nigerians including my humble self to examine strategies for viable legislation on National Security. Several topics were assigned to those invited. The topic assigned to me was: "The Difficulties and Deficiencies of Our National Security Control Measures for National Stability". Some of the distinguished Nigerians who delivered papers at the conference were Lt Gen. T. Y.... (

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4 March 2004

New York Times

WASHINGTON — When the gunfight — or rather, the fight over guns — finished in the Senate on Tuesday, it seemed as if Senator Tom Daschle, the Democratic leader, was the last man standing. Facing a tough re-election race in South Dakota, Mr. Daschle supported shielding gun manufacturers from lawsuits. Facing pressure from fellow Democrats, he also backed amending the bill to extend its ban on assault weapons and require background checks on customers at gun shows.... (

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4 March 2004

Star (Malaysia)

MIRI — Police here stumbled upon a firearms manufacturing workshop while on rounds to nab some suspected thieves. The workshop was in a house located in front of a mosque in the Tudan Resettlement Scheme. A team of police officers was pursuing a gang of thieves living in a detached wooden house in the scheme in Kuala Baram, some 30km from the town centre here, when they discovered the workshop. Miri police chief Asst Comm Ambrose Chung said two homemade shotguns... (

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4 March 2004

The Hill (Washington, DC)

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) came under fire from a fellow Republican Tuesday who faulted him for his handling of a gun liability bill. The bill was soundly defeated after a series of procedural moves by Democrats on the day their presidential standard-bearer returned from the campaign trail. "It was not our finest hour," freshman Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) said of the controversial bill. It was defeated 90-8 after Democrats successfully added... (

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4 March 2004

Fort Smith Times Record (Arkansas)

WASHINGTON — Sens. Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor were among a handful of lawmakers who defied the powerful gun lobby Tuesday and voted for a bill containing gun-control amendments. Resisting pressure from the National Rifle Association, the Arkansas Democrats and six other senators voted for a bill that would have shielded gun manufacturers and gun sellers — including Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. — from certain crime victim lawsuits. The NRA originally supported the... (

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4 March 2004

CBC News (Canada)

ONTARIO — An Ontario judge has ruled that Canada's gun registry violates treaty rights of Aboriginal hunters. Two Ojibwa hunters were charged in 2001 with not having a firearms license, but this week, an Ontario judge acquitted the men on the grounds that Canada's gun law is unconstitutional. The Ontario judge ruled the men's right to hunt was protected by their treaty even though the men were hunting partridge with unregistered guns on a social hunt and they... (

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4 March 2004

Daily Herald (Chicago), Opinion

As the Senate inflicted a mortal wound on a bill designed to shield the gun industry from lawsuits, I was posing for my Firearm Owner's Identification card at Maxon Shooter Supply in Des Plaines. "You want to smile, or go with the evil gun owner's look?" jokes the clerk shooting, er, let's say, taking my photograph. I went with the "The Sound of the Guns Blasting in the Next Room Make Me Nervous" look. I have no intention of ever allowing a gun in my home. I don't... (

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4 March 2004

Baltimore Sun, Editorial

Somewhere Ali Boumelhem must be smiling. He's the terrorist and Hezbollah member who was observed buying a gun at a Michigan gun show and was later arrested for smuggling. The U.S. Senate has killed legislation that would have closed the so-called gun show loophole, preserving the right of evil-doers such as Mr. Boumelhem to obtain weapons without those inconvenient background checks. This is the state of gun policy in the United States today — too many politicians... (

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4 March 2004

Los Angeles Times, Editorial

Wayne LaPierre, the National Rifle Assn.'s executive vice president, fired off an ominous e-mail Tuesday afternoon. Because legislation to shield gun manufacturers from lawsuits also extended the assault weapons ban, he threatened senators on the floor of the chamber who were ready to say aye. "This vote," he warned, "will be used in our future … endorsements … for the U.S. Senate." Within minutes, as that message scrolled across the senators' pagers, the deal —... (

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4 March 2004

Denver Post (Colorado)

Commercial airline pilots armed with semiautomatic guns to prevent hijackings are misplacing or losing their weapons at airports across the country, according to pilot groups and the Transportation Security Administration. Last month, Southwest Airlines lost a pilot's loaded gun in his luggage on his flight from Las Vegas to Oakland, Calif. "In the last 60 days, we believe 300 weapons have been misplaced," said Dean Roberts of the Airline Pilots Security Alliance.... (

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Afrique du Sud

4 March 2004

South African Press Assocation (SAPA)

QUEENSTOWN — A substantial amount of cash and firearms were stolen from two security companies by a group of armed men in Butterworth, police said on Sunday. Captain Gcinikaya Taleni said about eight to ten armed men entered Masakhane Security's offices at 23:00 on Saturday and demanded safe and car keys from the guard on duty. Taleni said after they had opened the safe and taken a number of firearms and ammunition, the robbers left in a marked Masakhane vehicle... (

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4 March 2004

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

A policeman appeared before the Kokopo District Court yesterday on a charge of discharging a firearm in the Keravat National High School grounds. Officer John Korong, 35, from Panapai Village in New Ireland, was alleged to have committed the offence on the night of February 7. It was alleged that Korong was with his family in their house when a group of New Ireland students came over and reported to his wife, [a teacher] at the school, [that] they had been chased by... (

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