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NRA Sees Record Growth

18 May 2000

USA Today

WASHINGTON — The National Rifle Association is more popular than ever, reaching an unprecedented membership of nearly 3.6 million people this month despite a resurgence in gun-control efforts fueled by the Columbine High School slayings last year. NRA officials say that more than 200,000 people have joined the gun-rights group in the past six weeks as a national debate heated up over proposals to license gun owners and require them to register each of the estimated... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

'Gunslinging Culture' Fuelled NRA's Comeback

18 May 2000

USA Today

WASHINGTON — Four years ago, the National Rifle Association was floundering. Over a two-year span, the gun-rights group had lost 500,000 members. It was reeling from losing a long fight to prevent Congress from passing the Brady Bill, which mandated background checks for gun buyers. Among some members, there was grumbling that the NRA had gone too far in opposing gun restrictions, notably efforts to ban assault weapons. Many winced when NRA Vice President Wayne... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Partisan Acidity Fills Senate Amid a Symbolic Gun Vote

18 May 2000

New York Times

WASHINGTON — Hoping to prod Republicans on gun control, Democrats forced a symbolic vote today on a stalled bill to combat juvenile crime after tangling up the Senate with arcane parliamentary devices for two days and unleashing pent-up acrimony between the parties. The resolution, which does not carry the weight of law, passed by a hair-thin margin of 50 to 49. It urged Republicans immediately to pass the crime bill and an accompanying amendment that would require... (GunPolicy.org)

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Guatemala

Guatemalans Seek Protection

17 May 2000

Associated Press

GUATEMALA CITY — In the city, guns will soon outnumber people. In the countryside, heavily armed private security forces are becoming more common than electricity and phone service. Crime has gotten so out of hand that 4,000 Guatemalan troops are taking to the streets Saturday to aid an overworked police force. Even the vice president, a camera-shy bureaucrat known here mainly for blending into the furniture, surprised Guatemalans by appearing on television May 29... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

NRA on Friendly Turf for Convention in North Carolina

17 May 2000

Reuters

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — The National Rifle Association, the perennial target of gun control advocates nationwide, finds itself on friendly turf in North Carolina as it prepares to convene its annual convention this weekend. After cutting short last year's meeting in Denver in the wake of the Columbine High School shootings, police in Charlotte, North Carolina, site of this year's NRA convention. Expect only a smattering of peaceful protests to greet tens of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

State May Lift Waiting Period for Guns

17 May 2000

Birmingham News (Alabama)

MONTGOMERY — While mothers prepared to march last weekend in Birmingham and Washington for stricter gun control laws, Alabama lawmakers were doing their part to ease regulations on handguns in Alabama. Last week the Legislature quietly approved a bill that would end the 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases. Sen. Jack Biddle, R-Gardendale, a vocal supporter of the bill, said he expects Gov. Don Siegelman to sign the measure. But Siegelman said Tuesday he was... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Initiative Challenges Readied

17 May 2000

Denver Post (Colorado)

Written legal arguments are scheduled to be filed with the Colorado Supreme Court this week by four people who are challenging a proposed ballot initiative calling for background checks on all firearms transactions. Supporters of the initiative are trying to gather enough signatures to put the initiative on the November state ballot. Each of the four challenges, which were filed between April 24 and May 10, asks the state's highest court to review the decision by the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Despite Corzine's Position on Arms, He is Forced to Defend Gun Makers

17 May 2000

New York Times

RENTON — As a Democratic candidate for New Jersey's United States Senate seat, Jon S. Corzine has proposed one of the most liberal agendas of any mainstream candidate in the nation. But in the closing weeks of the campaign, Mr. Corzine's business record as a former chairman of Goldman, Sachs & Company has forced him into a position where few Democrats, and even fewer liberals, venture: defending gun manufacturers. In recent days, his opponent, Jim Florio, has begun... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Democratic Pressure Spurs Votes on Gun Control

17 May 2000

Washington Post

Senate Democrats yesterday cranked up pressure on Republicans to break the congressional deadlock over gun control, bringing the Senate to an afternoon-long halt as they attempted to force a vote on the gun proposals over GOP objections. After more than four hours of silence on the Senate floor, Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) agreed to eight hours of debate on rival symbolic proposals, followed by votes, by mid-afternoon today. Earlier, vowing to force action in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Democrats Manoeuvre to Force Gun Vote

17 May 2000

Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON — Days after the largest gun-control rally in U.S. history, Democrats launched an all-out campaign Tuesday to maneuver the Republican-controlled Senate into taking votes on controversial gun issues. As a first strike in what could be a drawn-out battle, Democrats forced the Senate's Republican majority to schedule a vote today on a gun-control resolution packaged as an amendment to a military construction bill. The Democratic resolution, which was... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Four Years After the Dunblane Massacre, Britain's Tighter Gun Laws Have Failed Completely

16 May 2000

Punch (UK)

Britain's gun control laws, introduced after the Dunblane massacre in 1996, have proven to be a disaster. There are now an estimated three million illegal firearms in the UK, perhaps double the number of four years ago, and the only effect the knee-jerk political reaction that led to the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997 has had is to shut down legitimate gun clubs. Fears that Britain is on the way to adopting a US-style gun culture are now a reality "We look to Los... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

A Formidable Foe for the NRA

16 May 2000

Washington Post, Editorial

So you see celebrities such as Rosie O'Donnell, Susan Sarandon, Reese Witherspoon, Melissa Etheridge and Courtney Love and you say: This Million Mom March against guns can't be anything more than a one-shot, made-for-television blowout. They had their nice rally on a perfect spring day, got great coverage and went home. In this cynical, media-saturated time, it's hard for anyone to conceive of something so old-fashioned as a political movement with members who sustain... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Court

16 May 2000

Washington Post, Editorial

Nearly everyone agrees gun crimes should be prosecuted vigorously at the federal and state levels. Yet some state and local systems fail to pursue gun-possession cases aggressively, concentrating instead on other criminal charges and looking to increased federal prosecution for stepped-up enforcement. Now Baltimore is trying to do better with a new "gun court." Two afternoons a week in Baltimore's District Court, this court will take up cases of defendants charged with... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

US Senate Democrats Demand Vote on Guns

16 May 2000

Reuters

WASHINGTON — Trying to force a vote on gun control two days after women demanded tougher gun laws in a "Million Mom March" in Washington, Democrats brought the Senate to a grinding halt Tuesday in the parliamentary equivalent of a shoot-out. "We will not do anything else," said Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, a South Dakota Democrat. "Maybe the silence will get the message through." Logjams sometimes get broken quickly in the Senate. But the Democrats,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Lawsuits Upheld Against Gun Makers

16 May 2000

Associated Press

DETROIT — A judge Tuesday refused to throw out Wayne County's lawsuit against more than 30 gun manufacturers and dealers, one of dozens of such suits around the nation. Circuit Judge Jeanne Stempien denied a motion brought by gun manufacturers and dealers to dismiss the lawsuit, which seeks $400 million in damages for not stopping gun sales in which buyers act as front men for felons and juveniles. Detroit and Wayne County filed separate lawsuits last April, with... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Million Mom Leaders Vow to Continue Fight

16 May 2000

APB News

WASHINGTON — Organizers of the Million Mom March, which drew hundreds of thousands of gun control supporters to the National Mall on Sunday, are forming a grass-roots organization to educate voters and lobby for stronger gun laws. "Moms have mobilized as a major force on sensible gun laws," said march founder Donna Dees-Thomases. "We are now going to channel and focus the energy we have generated with the march through a grass-roots organization that will focus on... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

On the Heels of the March, D.C. Rushes Gun Buyback

16 May 2000

Washington Post

District and federal officials have accelerated plans for another gun buyback program and will begin exchanging cash for firearms this week. Mayor Anthony A. Williams has set set an ambitious goal of buying back 7,000 handguns, rifles and semiautomatic weapons. A similar effort last year yielded 3,000 guns. Officials were inspired by the Million Mom March to move up the gun buyback program by a few weeks. "The Million Mom March demonstrated the depth of support here... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Writer Molly Selvin Took Her Daughter to the Million Mom March in Washington to See Politics in Action

16 May 2000

Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON — I brought my 12-year-old daughter here for the Million Mom March Sunday because, I told myself, it was time for her to see politics in action. I wanted to show Miriam that the Bill of Rights-including the 2nd Amendment-has meaning, not just in her history classroom or our dinner table discussions, but in Congress and our community. I wanted her to stand among hundreds of thousands of people assembled for a cause, instead of for a Smashing Pumpkins... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Perspective on Violence

15 May 2000

Los Angeles Times, Opinion

Like any loving mother, when my children were frightened I used to hug them and assure them that I would keep them safe. On Aug. 10, 1999, my words became an empty promise when a gunman with a semiautomatic weapon walked into the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills and began shooting. It was over in an instant, an instant that changed so many lives. Five people were shot including my own precious 6-year-old son. My innocent, sweet-faced little boy... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Moms March Firmly Into Gun Debate

15 May 2000

Chicago Tribune

With two kids and a full-time job, Betsy Storm can hardly find time for a walk, much less a march. But when she stumbled upon a reference to the Million Mom March on the Internet in March, she knew she had to be part of it. So certain was Storm that the cause-a press for more gun control-would resonate for others, that she booked a bus for Washington on Mother's Day weekend. Then, she sat back and waited. And waited. Despite tacking up fliers at schools, churches and... (GunPolicy.org)

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