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Government Fires Off Letter Over NRA's Gun Ads

22 March 2000

ABC News (Australia)

The Federal Government has written to the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) over its latest advertising campaign. In a letter to the NRA president, Charlton Heston, the Attorney-General, Daryl Williams, says he is concerned the ads use misleading statistics about crime rates in Australia. The campaign portrays Australia, particularly South Australia, as a haven for criminals, with increases in home invasions and murders. Mr Williams says there are many... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

Rage on the Road

22 March 2000

Montreal Gazette (Quebec), Editorial

This province is getting a taste of road rage, California-style. The latest incident occurred Monday afternoon in Pierrefonds when an angry motorist, whose car had been cut off by a Montreal Urban Community Transit Corp. bus, pulled out a pistol and fired a pair of shots at the bus. Either the shots missed their mark or the motorist was firing a starter's pistol. Still, the incident is another disturbing sign that road rage can be deadly. Last week, 28-year-old Pierre... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

'Million Mom March' on Gun Safety is Planned for Mother's Day in Capital

22 March 2000

Wall Street Journal

The National Rifle Association, which is used to staring down a hostile president and angry lawmakers, is about to encounter what could be a tougher crowd: moms. A "Million Mom March" for gun safety is scheduled for May 14, Mother's Day, in Washington. Donna Dees-Thomases, a mother of two young girls, began organizing the march last August after watching news coverage of shootings at a Los Angeles day-care center. Within a week, she had enlisted friends, secured the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

A Look Inside the Gun Show World

22 March 2000

Denver Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)

The couple looked long and hard at the rugged Smith & Wesson .22-caliber revolver for sale Saturday at the Tanner Gun Show: $410 was kind of pricey. "You have to do a background check for this?" the woman asked the seller. "No, there's no law that says I have to," said J.D. Tanner, the man behind the table. He should know. Tanner is Denver's gun show guru. And he's manning a few tables at his own show now that he's decided to sell off his sizable collection. On... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Much Ado About Nothing

22 March 2000

Salon (USA)

The Clinton White House hasn't had much to party over recently, so you could feel the jubilation emanating from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. last weekend when Rep. Henry Hyde, R-Ill., and leaders of the National Rifle Association started calling one another names. As President Clinton took off for South Asia still gloating over Friday's Smith & Wesson handgun settlement, one of the immovable iron triangles of American politics-the old bargain among the NRA, the firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Australia Says US Gun Lobby Campaign Offensive

21 March 2000

Reuters

CANBERRA — Australia's government expressed outrage on Wednesday at a U.S. gun lobby's Internet membership campaign, saying it wrongly claimed crime had risen in Australia despite tough national gun laws. Australia's acting justice minister Daryl Williams said the National Rifle Association (NRA) Web site was offensive and called for the NRA to remove misleading data. "I find it quite offensive that NRA is using very successful gun reform laws introduced in 1996 as... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Williams Slams US Gun Lobby Advertisement

21 March 2000

ABC News (Australia)

Acting Federal Justice Minister Daryl Williams says a new advertising campaign by the American gun lobby is offensive. The latest ads by the US National Rifle Association claim home invasions and other crime is rife in Australia because of gun controls. The ads target South Australia and argue that crime figures in the state have jumped by 21 per cent. Mr Williams says the campaign is simply misleading. "One gets somewhat outraged when an organisation based in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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France

France to Examine Gun Control in Other Nations

21 March 2000

United Press International

PARIS — As a result of rising gun-related crimes, France will begin examining how other nations address gun control. French Interior Minister Jean-Pierre Chevenment said he plans to assemble a special committee to look at the impact of various gun-control laws in other key nations. Statistics show that more than 20 percent of French households have at least one firearm. In addition, half of the estimated 1,000 murders committed each year in France involve... (GunPolicy.org)

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France

French Take Aim at Lax Gun Laws

21 March 2000

Guardian (UK)

The French parliament has sent a fact-finding mission to Britain to gauge the success of gun control measures introduced after the Dunblane massacre because a shocking report suggests that as many as 20m firearms may be in circulation in the country. According to new figures from the interior ministry, more than a fifth of all French households now possess at least one firearm. The probability of murder or manslaughter in such homes is four times higher than the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Mother of Suspect Defends Actions

21 March 2000

Associated Press

MOUNT MORRIS TOWNSHIP, Michigan — A woman whose 6-year-old son is accused of fatally shooting a first-grade classmate has vivid memories of asking her son about that terrible day. "He was like, 'I shot a little girl' and I started crying, then he was like, 'well, Mama I didn't mean to,' then he started crying, so we were both crying standing in the hallway just crying," Tamarla Owens said. Later, she asked him again. "I didn't mean to shoot her, Mama. I didn't mean... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Miami Toddler Killed by Gunshot in Home

21 March 2000

Reuters

MIAMI — A three-year-old Miami girl died after she apparently shot herself with a gun she found in her home, police said Friday. Police said the father of Alisha Jackson told them she shot herself with a pistol she found in the house Thursday evening. An investigation was underway and the death had not yet been classified, police spokeswoman Nelda Fonticiella said. As many as 20 children under the age of five die every year in the United States from unintentional... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

NRA Gains Critics for Comments, Popularity for Policies

21 March 2000

Washington Post

Despite escalating signals of alarm among Republican lawmakers about the National Rifle Association's incendiary denunciations of President Clinton, NRA activists said they are emboldened by recent polls that show that the group's focus on the need to crack down on gun-wielding criminals is a winning political issue. Several recent polls by conservative organizations and the GOP show that a majority of voters respond more favorably to arguments promoting strict... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Lawmakers Bolster 'Straw Purchase' Bill

21 March 2000

Denver Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)

Colorado lawmakers put some bite back into a bill Monday directed at stopping "straw purchasers" who buy guns illegally for former felons or children under 18. With support from the state's district attorneys and sheriffs, the Senate Judiciary Committee amended HB 1214 to make it easier to prosecute anyone who provides a gun to a person whom they "reasonably should know" is ineligible to have a weapon. Under the bill as it first emerged, prosecutors would be forced to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Armed but Not Alarmed

21 March 2000

New York Times, Opinion

I find it hard to believe that my current hunting buddies and I have found a natural mouthpiece for our interests in the person of Wayne LaPierre and the National Rifle Association. For one thing, we have virtually no use for assault weapons when we're out there hunting pheasants and ducks and deer. These animals aren't that dangerous. For another thing, when we're sitting around the campfire we never speak in the tumid rhetoric of armageddon and violent conflict which... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Crack in the Gun Wall

21 March 2000

Los Angeles Times, Editorial

Two things are clear in Smith & Wesson's agreement last Friday to a wide array of handgun restrictions. The action by one of the nation's oldest and largest handgun makers should be broadly applauded and quickly emulated. But, make no mistake, it was bottom-line fears stemming from pending lawsuits-not a change of heart-that led the company to take this step. Lawsuits that pose the threat of millions of dollars in liability have a way of getting businesses to act... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gunmaker Glock Considers Making Changes

21 March 2000

Denver Post (Colorado)

A leading gun manufacturer is weighing whether to follow Smith & Wesson's lead by agreeing to change its business practices in exchange for liability protection. Paul Jannuzzo, vice president and general counsel for Glock Inc., expects the Austrianowned company to decide "probably within weeks" whether to fight or settle the lawsuits it faces. But "we have not come to that conclusion ourselves yet," he said. Glock's U.S. unit, based in Georgia, ranks among the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Glock Mulls Joining US Handgun Settlement

20 March 2000

Reuters

SMYRNA, Georgia — U.S. gunmaker Glock Inc. expects to decide this week whether to sign on to an agreement calling for new restrictions on the manufacture and sale of guns in return for protection from lawsuits, a company official said on Monday. Under terms of the deal announced on Friday, the government dropped the threat of legal action against Smith & Wesson, the nation's largest maker of handguns, in return for a series of safety measures including child trigger... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Giuliani Favours Licensing Firearms

20 March 2000

Associated Press

ALBANY, New York — New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, under attack from Senate rival Hillary Rodham Clinton for taking money from gun interests, says he favors a sweeping licensing system for firearm owners. During a two-day campaign trip this weekend, Giuliani drew applause for his proposal in a largely conservative area of the state. At a community forum in Watertown, in northern New York, one resident reminded the Republican mayor that many people in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

NRA Condemns Smith & Wesson's Deal With Government

20 March 2000

Reuters

WASHINGTON — The National Rifle Association, embroiled in a bitter dispute over gun control with the Clinton administration, criticized the country's biggest handgun manufacturer, Smith & Wesson, on Monday for cutting a deal with the U.S. government on gun safety. The government on Friday dropped the threat of a costly lawsuit against Smith & Wesson, a unit of Britain's Tomkins Plc, after it agreed to install child trigger locks and develop so-called smart-gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Sisters Take on Moms to Support Gun Rights

20 March 2000

Washington Times

As Debra Collins tells it, she became a Second Amendment Sister the night a gun saved her from a beating by her abusive ex-husband. In 1985, Mrs. Collins was staying at her mother's house when her ex-husband broke in at 4 a.m. and threatened to kill her. Grabbing a shotgun, she held him at bay until the police arrived. "I had been beaten waiting for the police before," she recalled. "I've learned that a gun is the only thing that will level the playing field for a... (GunPolicy.org)

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