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Gun-Law Ad Sponsor a Mystery

16 February 2000

Denver Post (Colorado)

Someone out there is angry enough about the defeat of gun-control legislation in Colorado to spend a good chunk of money on advertising. The question is who? An advertisement has been running on Denver cable stations since the weekend. The ad shows a bullet piercing a succession of walls in homes. At the end, it is clear the bullet is going to strike a baby in a high chair. The ad then cuts to a black screen with a message asking that the Colorado Legislature "reopen... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Colorado Kills Gun Laws; Measures Were Inspired by Columbine

16 February 2000

CBS News (USA)

DENVER, Colorado — The National Rifle Association gave thousands of dollars last month to Colorado state legislators in an effort to defeat gun control laws inspired by the Columbine massacre. CBS News Correspondent Vince Gonzales reports many of those measures were voted down this week. Only a few token laws, those supported by the NRA, passed. One allows cops to arrest people who buy guns for criminals and children; another re-authorizes a state background check... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

State Gun Checks Reinstated

16 February 2000

Denver Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)

Reinstating the state's authority to do criminal background checks on firearms buyers became the first major gun bill to emerge from the legislature this session. But supporters' celebration over final passage Tuesday of SB 125, a key cog in Gov. Bill Owens' now-weakened gun-control package, was tempered by the advance of two bills favored by gun-rights groups. A bill barring cities and counties from suing gun manufacturers for damages caused by improper gun use and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Liability Bill Comes Under Fire

16 February 2000

Denver Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)

WASHINGTON — The two gunmakers whose weapons were used at Columbine would benefit from limits on their legal liability under proposed legislation in Congress. Some lawmakers, including Rep. Diana DeGette, a Denver Democrat, don't want to see that happen. DeGette and the others are mounting a campaign against the "Small Business Liability Reform Act," which would cap damages at $250,000 in liability lawsuits against companies with fewer than 25 employees. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Vallas, Daley Encourage Broad Gun-Detector Use

16 February 2000

Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago schools stepped up the purchase of 1,000 hand-held metal detectors for elementary schools Tuesday, as Mayor Daley and Schools Chief Paul Vallas both urged daily use of detectors, even in elementary schools. Both men were reacting to the apparently accidental shooting Monday of an 11-year-old boy at Ellington Elementary School, 224 N. Central. The incident marked the first time in eight years a student has been injured by a gun inside a Chicago public school,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

Ontario Govt Should Tackle 'Gun Epidemic' Instead of Opposing Federal Gun Registry, Says Liberal Justice Critic

15 February 2000

Canadian Press

TORONTO — The Ontario government should abandon a challenge of new federal gun laws and instead take its own steps to curb the province's "gun epidemic," a provincial Liberal justice critic says. Michael Bryant outlined a five-point plan of action Tuesday that includes taking U.S. gun manufacturers to court to recoup health costs, a tactic already in use south of the border. Bryant also wants Premier Mike Harris to require trigger locks on new guns sold in Ontario,... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

Guns Kill as Many People as Cars in South Africa

15 February 2000

Reuters

CAPE TOWN — Guns kill as many people as cars in South Africa, the head of the national crime prevention unit said on Tuesday, noting that one in every four non-natural deaths was caused by gunshot wounds. Briefing parliamentarians on the need for tough new gun laws, Bernie Fanaroff said there were 12,000 gunshot murders each year, a figure that had risen sharply in the past five years while the total number of murders had stabilised. "Murder with a firearm... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

Gun Murders Increasing

15 February 2000

African National Congress

The number of murders in which firearms were used had increased over the past five years, Parliament's safety and security portfolio committee heard on Tuesday. Briefing the committee on the draft Firearms Control Bill, National Crime Prevention Centre official Dr Bernie Fanaroff said that over the period 1994 to 1999 there had also been an increase in the number of robberies involving firearms, as well as in the theft of the weapons themselves. The bill aims to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Clues Sought in Littleton Shooting

15 February 2000

Associated Press

DENVER — Investigators worked to identify a suspect Tuesday in the killings of two Columbine High students at a sandwich shop, where a surveillance camera failed to capture the shootings. A woman who works at the Subway shop noticed a light on in the shop about 1 a.m. Monday, three hours after it was supposed to have closed. She went inside and discovered the bodies of Nicholas Kunselman, 15, and his girlfriend, Stephanie Hart, 16. Kunselman worked in the sub shop,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Control: Taking Aim at Tougher Laws

15 February 2000

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

If you get shot, be warned that it's nothing like it happens in the movies. On the big screen, if the shot doesn't kill you, someone pulls out the offending bullet and off you go with a bandage. In real life, the trauma caused by a projectile traveling 1,500 feet per second before it slams into soft flesh and bone is enormous. "No matter where you are shot, it is a long process of diagnosis," said Dr. Sidney Lee, an emergency room physician at Queen's Medical Center.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Webb Unveils Wall of Tragedy

15 February 2000

Denver Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)

Mayor Wellington Webb on Monday unveiled a wall of names of 3,094 people who've died in gun violence since the Columbine High tragedy. It was part of a barrage of complaints officials leveled against the Colorado legislature for not passing what they call meaningful gun laws. The cardboard wall put identities to more than half of the roughly 5,000 people killed nationally by gun violence since the April 20 shooting at Columbine. A dozen gun-law advocates joined Webb... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Crowd Packs Capitol to Debate Gun Issues

15 February 2000

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Opponents of gun control and supporters of stricter gun laws squared off this morning in one of the most crowded hearings this year at the Legislature. The hearing, before the Senate Judiciary Committee, was on a number of proposals, among them having gun owners register their weapons every five years; requiring that guns be stored in commercial weapons' safes, and allowing only registered gun owners to be able to buy ammunition and then, only for their specific... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Murder Charge for West Philadelphia Girl

15 February 2000

Philadelphia Daily News

A 12-year-old West Philadelphia girl has been arrested by Philadelphia police and charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old friend during a sleep-over last month. Lakesha Graham, a sixth grader at the Sulzberger Middle School at 48th Street and Fairmount Avenue, was taken into custody about 6 p.m. Sunday at her residence in the 5500 block of Race Street, detectives said. Graham also was charged with possession of an instrument of crime and recklessly... (GunPolicy.org)

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Pakistan

Pakistan to Crack Down on Illegal Arms

14 February 2000

Xinhua

ISLAMABAD — The Federal Government of Pakistan is considering a major crackdown on illegal arms holders after mid-March to ensure safety of the masses and improve law and order situation, Interior Minister Moinuddin Haider said. A proposal to this effect is under consideration by the government to collect all kinds of illegal arms throughout the country, the minister told the local press after a function in Karachi on Sunday. He said that nobody would be spared as... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

An Ironic NRA 'Victory'

14 February 2000

Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh), Editorial

Be careful what you wish for, because you just may get it." The National Rifle Association may want to ponder that adage. For years its chief argument against new gun control legislation has been that new laws simply aren't needed. Better enforcement of existing firearms laws, the organization long has insisted, is the best way to keep weapons from falling into the wrong hands. Well, it appears the group will get what it argued for from the Clinton administration-and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Judge Throws Out Part of Chicago's Gun Lawsuit

14 February 2000

Wall Street Journal

CHICAGO — A Cook County, Ill., judge dismissed part of Chicago's lawsuit against the gun industry. In an oral ruling late Thursday, Circuit Judge Stephen Schiller dismissed the part of the city's suit alleging that the industry had been negligent in its distribution and sale of firearms. The judge told lawyers that the theory the city had employed-known as "negligent entrustment"-was available to private plaintiffs, not a government entity suing businesses. Judge... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Connecticut Gun Seizure Law Taking Fire

14 February 2000

USA Today

NEWINGTON, Connecticut — When gun owners crowd the Newington Gun Exchange during the weekend, the talk turns to the recent police raids on two homes in town. On both occasions, officers searched for and seized legally owned guns and ammunition, even though no one faced criminal charges. Under a new and controversial state law aimed at curbing gun violence, police can confiscate firearms based on nothing more than their belief the owner might be a danger to himself or... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Show Bill May Get 2nd Chance

14 February 2000

Denver Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)

Some lawmakers today might try to revive the gun-show background-check bill when the House takes a final vote on 11 other firearms measures. The bill's sponsor said Sunday he isn't sure whether he plans to try to amend one of the 11 bills to include his gun-show proposal, which was killed in committee last week. Rep. Ken Gordon, D-Denver, said bills usually are not amended during the final vote, but he vowed to keep fighting to close what he sees as a loophole: people... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 Shot to Death at SW Sub Shop

14 February 2000

Denver Post (Colorado)

Two Columbine High School students were found shot to death early today in a Subway sandwich shop just a few blocks from the school. The victims were identified as 16-year-old Stephanie Hart and 15-year-old Nicholas Kunselman. Authorities said Kunselman worked at the sandwich shop at 6768 W. Coal Mine Ave. Hart was his girlfriend. Sheriff's spokesman Steve Davis said authorities are looking for a young man who was seen leaving the shopping center area about the time... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Dealers Live for Gun Shows

13 February 2000

Denver Post (Colorado)

The entrance is on an alley. Two hand-painted signs, Big Timber Taxidermy and Wildlife Recreations Taxidermy, provide the only clues that business is conducted within. But if you open the alley door, walk down a ramp and into a dim, concrete hallway, past the men who sometimes can be found stuffing heads of wild boar or deer, a third sign hangs at the end of the corridor: A&T Specialty Shop. This is the federally licensed location of one of Denver's largest retail gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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