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Appeals Court Rules FBI Can Keep Gun Records

12 July 2000

Washington Post

A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that the FBI can hold on to gun purchase records for six months to ensure that a federal computer system that conducts millions of instant criminal background checks is working properly. The 2 to 1 ruling was a defeat for the National Rifle Association, which argued that the practice amounted to an "illegal national registration of gun owners." The NRA contended that the law requires the FBI to destroy records of approved... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Group Offers New Gun Control Effort

11 July 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Two Cabinet members lent support Tuesday to a private effort intended to recruit college students for a gun-control campaign. "We are still one of the most violent nations in the world," Attorney General Janet Reno told Tuesday's audience of about 400, most of them students interning for the summer at Washington's many advocacy groups, law firms, and government offices. "But that does not have to be … We can do something about it, but we have got to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Shows' Merits Argued at Hearing

11 July 2000

Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas)

FORT WORTH — Firearms enthusiasts and gun control advocates packed City Hall yesterday in passionate attempts to win over council members who are debating whether gun shows should continue in city facilities. The standing-room-only crowd was one of the largest at City Hall for a single issue in years, observers said. Gun show supporters, such as retired state District Judge Rufus Adcock, told council members that they are infringing on people's rights. "Gun shows... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Crime Report Draws Mason-Dixon Line

10 July 2000

APB News

WASHINGTON — New York Sen. Charles Schumer says the North is engaged in another bloody contest with the South-but this time the fight is over illegal gun running. Schumer released a study of "raw, unanalyzed data" obtained from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) that says most crime guns seized in 1999 by law enforcement agencies in the North originally were purchased from gun sellers in the South. The Schumer report, titled "War Between the States,"... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Safety Standards for Safety Locks

10 July 2000

ABC News (USA)

LOS ANGELES — Whenever a child dies in a shooting, as approximately 300 did last year, there is a renewed outcry for laws requiring trigger locks on guns. "Turn the key, and it's solid," says one gun-shop owner, as he demonstrates the gun lock to a customer. But trigger locks are not the solid solution they're cracked up to be. "I think trigger locks are the most useless thing on the market," says Bob Kahn of B&B Gun Sales. "I think they're unsafe and they're the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Buyback Will Focus on City Housing

10 July 2000

Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Housing Commission is hoping to get more than 400 firearms off the streets and out of closets during a gun buyback next week. One of those who wants to turn in his gun for $50 cash is Melvin Altimus of Oak Park. "There's so much violence out there, I just want to get rid of my gun," he said. The buyback is planned for July 17 and 18 at two public housing complexes: Charles Terrace and the Jeffries Homes. The housing commission received a $6,450 grant from... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Fort Worth City Council in Bind on Gun Shows

9 July 2000

Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas)

FORT WORTH — As Fort Worth prepares this week for its first public debate on whether gun shows should continue in city facilities, council members face a sobering reality: Any restrictive action they take could lead to a costly lawsuit. That's because Texas, like many states, has laws that override any city's attempt to impose local gun regulations. And restricting the well-attended shows might result in Fort Worth running afoul of state statutes, officials... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Laws Shot Full of Holes

8 July 2000

Washington Post

Almost any call for tougher controls on gun traffic generates a stock diversionary response from National Rifle Association lobbyists: The federal government should concentrate on enforcing the laws already on the books. But those books are riddled with loopholes. Better law enforcement is of course a worthy pursuit; but until the trails of traffickers are closed off, guns will continue to flow in volume to illegal markets. A report by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Democrats Talking Trade at Meeting

7 July 2000

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS — Democrats working on the party's platform said Thursday there is much more that unites than divides them, though there is still disagreement on trade. Alan Blinder, an adviser to Vice President Al Gore and a former Federal Reserve vice chairman, urged the committee drafting the party document on issues, goals and policies to support open trade. "America gets cheaper, better and more preferred goods and that raises the standard of living," said Blinder,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Shoes Pile Up for Silent March Exhibit

7 July 2000

Advocate

Debby Murry scanned neatly organized rows of shoes, then placed two pair of little ballet slippers among them. The powder-pink slippers represent her slain daughter, Kassie Federer, a 19-year-old LSU psychology major who was shot and killed nearly a year ago at her off-campus apartment. No one has been arrested in her slaying. About 600 pairs of wing tips, sneakers, heels, slippers and boots representing victims of gun violence across Louisiana are on display at Beth... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Family of Boy in Mishap Settles Gun Suit

7 July 2000

Boston Herald

The New Bedford sixth-grader was horsing around with his best friend four years ago when he pulled a pistol from his father's closet. Removing the clip, he aimed straight at Ross Mathieu's head and pulled the trigger. But the Beretta 950BS still had a round in the chamber and when his friend fired — from six inches away — Ross died instantly. The 12-year-old's family blamed the gun maker, which they say should have installed a safety device called a magazine... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Florida Produces Most Guns Used in Out-Of-State Crimes

7 July 2000

Scripps Howard News Service (USA)

WASHINGTON — Florida, which has no licensing, permitting or registration requirement for any firearm, leads the nation in supplying guns used in out-of-state crimes. A study conducted by Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., based on Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) data, shows that 2,065 firearms traced back to Florida were used in crimes carried out in other states in 1999. The leading destination for these "crime guns" was New York, where 340 confiscated... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Barrage Kills Girl Asleep at Home

6 July 2000

APB News

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — A 12-year-old girl sleeping in a first-floor room was shot and killed today when gunmen fired rounds from high-powered weapons into a home on the city's west side, police said. Investigators have no suspects or motives in the slaying, which occurred around 6 a.m., police spokeswoman Kim Kraeszig said. At least 40 shell casings were found in the street in front of the home on Grand Avenue, she said. "Homicide detectives are canvassing the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

If You Can't Ban the Guns, Try to Ban the Ammo

6 July 2000

Fox News (USA)

LOS ANGELES — Gun control advocates appear to have a new strategy: They're going after the ammunition. With an estimated 250 million firearms in the United States — one for every man, woman and child — guns are a fact of life in America. But the nation's supply of ammunition is more limited, so now anti-gun activists are targeting bullets. "We know that criminals are still getting guns on the street through the black market," said Luis Tolley of Handgun Control... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Father Alerts Other Parents After Girl Killed by BB Gun

6 July 2000

Los Angeles Times

Two days after his year-old daughter died from a BB-gun shot to the head, Mario Gomez urged parents to learn from his family's tragedy. "Even a toy can be dangerous," Gomez said. "People shouldn't have any dangerous weapons in their house, even if it's a toy. It just shouldn't be in the house at all." Nancy Gomez was unable to recover from the BB that pierced her skull and entered her brain. After lingering for two days on a respirator in the intensive-care unit of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

As Political Stage Changed, Gore Shifted on Gun Control

6 July 2000

New York Times

WASHINGTON — During his first campaign for the Senate, Al Gore was asked by The Nashville Banner in 1984 whether he could support "stiff controls" on firearm sales and ownership. His answer was a resolute "no." "I do not believe that such measures would keep handguns out of the hands of criminals," said Mr. Gore, then a four-term congressman from a rural Tennessee district who earned an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association that year. But in 1987, when Mr.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Safety Solutions May Backfire; Politicians Love Gun Locks

6 July 2000

CBS News (USA)

With almost every publicized incidence of gun-related violence in America, there is a louder cry for gun control. In examining some of the proposed solutions, CBS News Correspondent Jim Stewart found the leading presidential candidates are high on gun locks, but that critics think politicians are not seeing the whole picture. Governor George W. Bush thinks gun locks are such a good idea, he'd give them away if elected president. Vice President Al Gore would even... (GunPolicy.org)

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Hungary

Shootings Hit Budapest McDonalds

5 July 2000

Associated Press

BUDAPEST — A man killed one person in a McDonald's restaurant and injured three others in a shooting spree, police said Wednesday. The gunman entered McDonald's just before midnight while three patrons were arguing with restaurant employees, said Col. Laszlo Garamvoelgyi, a police spokesman. "He then went into the men's room and emerged with a gun and started shooting," Garamvoelgyi said on state-run television. The gunman then walked outside, shot a 17-year old on... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Deadly Exports

5 July 2000

New York Times, Editorial

New data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms confirms that people living in states with strict gun laws are not insulated from guns imported from other states. This is largely traceable to Congress's failure to enact nationwide standards on interstate gun trafficking. The data, which appears in a new study by Senator Charles Schumer, the New York Democrat, shows that four states with weak gun control laws-Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Texas-were the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

The Right Road for Gun Control

5 July 2000

Los Angeles Times, Opinion

The California Supreme Court decision last week upholding the state's assault weapons ban is a positive signal that the Legislature's efforts to cut gun violence are on track. The unanimous ruling should spur legislators and Gov. Gray Davis to embrace measures requiring handgun registration and the licensing of owners. The ruling centered on California's 1989 assault weapons ban, the first prohibition of semiautomatic assault weapons in the nation. The law bars some 75... (GunPolicy.org)

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