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Gun Policy News, 19 August 2004


19 August 2004

Cybercast News Service

If there's one issue on which Republicans usually agree, it's their strong defense of the Second Amendment. But less than two weeks before the GOP convention, moderates and conservatives find themselves at odds over the soon-to-expire semi-automatic gun ban. In a clash with pro-gun Republicans, President Bush has publicly supported the ban on so-called "assault weapons" dating back to his 2000 presidential campaign. Although he hasn't actively pushed for an extension... (

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19 August 2004

Join Together Online gun violence web site (Boston)

People in suburban and rural areas often think of gun violence as an urban problem that doesn't affect them. But as an ongoing study in three small cities is finding, good data collection systems can reveal sometimes surprising gun-violence tolls in communities that may not think they have a problem. Ten years ago, the Firearm Injury Center (FICAP) at the University of Pennsylvania initiated the innovative project. It set up linkages with trauma centers in Allentown,... (

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19 August 2004

Seattle Times

MONROE, Washington — Investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in Seattle have determined that a handgun purchased by a Monroe grandfather only hours before he shot and killed himself and his grandson was sold legally. ATF spokeswoman Julianne Marshall said that on Aug. 5 the gun was legally transferred from a Mukilteo gun dealer to Roy Bryan Hetherwick. Because the gun was in the dealer's personal collection before he obtained... (

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Afrique du Sud

19 August 2004

South African Broadcasting Association

Police have destroyed more than 18 000 illegal firearms in Boksburg, on Gauteng's East Rand. This is the largest consignment of weapons to be destroyed in the province since October last year. Heaps of debris is the only reminder of what was once thousands of weapons used to commit crime. The exercise was the fourth and brings to 53 000 the number of illegal firearms destroyed in Gauteng since last October. The firearms have been confiscated from criminals throughout... (

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19 August 2004

Latin America Press

A recent report by the Institute for International Studies in Geneva found that between 73,000 and 90,000 people are killed each year by firearms in Latin America and the Caribbean. With an average of 16 homicides for every 100,000 inhabitants, Latin America and the Caribbean is the region with the highest percentage of firearm deaths in the world. "At least eight Latin American and Caribbean countries have indices of firearm deaths higher than 10 for every 100,000... (

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19 August 2004

Indianapolis Star (Indiana)

Don Davis has been telling TV audiences for years how he loves to sell guns — but even he thinks the semiautomatic rifle used to kill an Indianapolis officer Wednesday and wound four others should be outlawed. "They're terrible," said Davis, owner of Don's Guns, 3807 Lafayette Road. And, he added, "I sell them like crazy." In 1993, Davis said he would stop selling the weapons, which have military features allowing rapid, accurate firing. He burned 44 AK-47s in a... (

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