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Webb Wants End to Sales by Agencies

20 September 2000

Denver Post (Colorado)

Denver Mayor Wellington Webb called on the nation's police to stop putting guns on America's streets after reading a Denver Post story that showed many police agencies, including some in Colorado, have traded and sold banned weapons back to gun manufacturers and dealers. Webb said he wants a joint meeting on the issue between the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National Governors Association and the International Association of Police Chiefs. The Post story said that... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Grandmothers With Attitude

20 September 2000

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

SEATTLE — The old dames dress dime-store tacky. Artificial flowers are wired to hats, floozy feather boas and plastic Hawaiian leis thrown around necks, slips hang below thrift-store skirts, and political buttons are pinned everywhere: "We shall overcome." "Protest the WTO." "Diverse women for diversity." Their shameless shtick's hardly four-star, either. Harmony's hit-and-miss, the accompaniment's kazoo, and the mature soprano voice warbling in and out of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Control Groups Fire on Bush's Stand

20 September 2000

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin)

The gun control forces brought their $4 million campaign against George W. Bush to Milwaukee on Tuesday, holding a news conference in front of St. Anthony's Church on S. 9th St. and making their case to the Journal Sentinel editorial board. In what they described as an unprecedented effort, David Bernstein of the group Handgun Control and Nina Butts of Texans Against Handgun Violence have been touring presidential battleground states such as New Jersey, Pennsylvania,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gore Tables Gun Issue as He Courts Midwest

20 September 2000

New York Times

WASHINGTON — Last April, on the first anniversary of the shootings at Columbine High School, Vice President Al Gore castigated Gov. George W. Bush for offering only "half a solution" to the problem of gun violence. "We have to address not just the spiritual dimension of this challenge, but also the physical fact that there are too many guns," Mr. Gore said. "I think one of the lessons of Columbine is that we have to stand up to the N.R.A. and the gun industry." But... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

The Wrong Remedy for Gun Violence

19 September 2000

Chicago Tribune

Anti-gun forces have had mixed luck getting legislative bodies to take the action needed to curb the endless scourge of gun violence in American society. So in recent years, they have let their well-justified frustration drive them to another venue: the courts. Chicago is one of several cities that have filed lawsuits against firearms manufacturers and sellers in an attempt to punish them for selling weapons that end up being used by criminals. In 1998, the city went... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Oregon Gun Lobby Listed on 'Dirty Dozen'

19 September 2000

Channel 6000

Oregon has become a big battleground in the fight over gun control. This November, Oregonians will vote on whether to require background checks at gun shows. National gun control advocates have put Oregon's gun lobby on a "dirty dozen" list for fighting the initiative. "As you know, closing the gun show loophole that allows criminals and deranged people to get easy access to weapons is supported by the vast majority of the people of Oregon," said Handgun Control Inc.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Groups Tally Donations in Amendment Contests

19 September 2000

Denver Post (Colorado)

Organizers pushing to close the socalled gun-show loophole have raised $124,770 over the past two weeks, but fear they'll soon face a slew of NRA donations. So far, that big, national gun money hasn't materialized. In 1997, the National Rifle Association spent $3.5 million to defeat gun control ballot questions in Washington state, said Cynthia Stone, spokeswoman for SAFE Colorado, the group that put the gun-show question, Amendment 22, on the ballot. "They dropped... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Supporters of Gun Control Rip Congress Over Bill's Bottleneck

19 September 2000

Houston Chronicle (Texas)

WASHINGTON — Abandoning hope for passage of a gun-control bill before Congress adjourns next month, advocates Tuesday chided lawmakers for shirking the issue. They also named Republican presidential nominee George W. Bush among "the most dangerous" elected officials because of his record, including a bill he signed in favor of allowing concealed weapons in Texas. Advocates for Handgun Control Inc. said they were disappointed that a provision to control weapons... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gunshot Program to Show Trauma Victims Endure

19 September 2000

Palm Beach Post (Florida)

Exactly four months after a 13-year-old student shot and killed teacher Barry Grunow, Lake Worth Middle School will again experience the aftermath of gun-fueled violence. But this time, the carnage will be after hours and on a screen-in the form of grisly photos of gunshot victims-with commentary by emergency room trauma surgeons. The reward for those who attend: a free trigger lock. Palm Beach County and school district officials have chosen the school where student... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

Illegal Weapons Everywhere in South Africa

18 September 2000

Daily News Briefing (South Africa)

Sipho, a KwaZulu-Natal taxi driver, conducts his business with an AK-47 assault rifle half-hidden among litter under the seat of his car. The weapon, he says, was payment for services rendered. "This guy, I don't know his name, he wanted a lift from Jozini to Johannesburg," says Sipho, 23. "He didn't have the money, so he offered me this," he says, gesturing under the seat. Does Sipho know that possession of an AK-47 is illegal? He shrugs. "I'm not going to keep it,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Schools Teem With Armed Students, Study Says

18 September 2000

APB News

WASHINGTON — Thousands of students tote guns in America's classrooms every day, but few of those youths ever get caught, according to a new study. The report, prepared by the nonprofit Hamilton Fish Institute, determined that what students say about guns and other weapons in schools bears little resemblance to what administrators report. There are as many as 100 times as many guns in U.S. schools than are reported to the federal government, according to the study,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Industry Gets Good, Bad News in Lawsuits Brought by Governments

18 September 2000

Wall Street Journal

Judges in two states issued divergent opinions in suits brought by cities seeking to hold the gun industry liable for expenses associated with urban violence. A Cook County, Ill., judge dismissed Chicago's bid to force gun makers, distributors and dealers to pay for police and other costs of fighting crime. The action sought damages of $433 million. But in California, a San Diego judge rejected industry attempts to throw out three big municipal suits, in a victory for... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Owners Trade 307 Weapons for Gift Certificates

18 September 2000

St Petersburg Times (Florida)

NEW PORT RICHEY — Vincent Lombardi of Hudson had a choice between too many clothes or too many guns. "Clothes and food are better than guns and ammunition," 80-year-old Lombardi said. "I had that weapon at my house, and I had no use for it." His .22-caliber pistol was one of 307 guns exchanged in Pasco County on Saturday as a part of 2000 Cease Fire Tampa Gun Buy Back, Pasco County Sheriff Deputy John Watson said. In return for the guns, police and deputies handed... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Our 'Gun-Bearing' Fixation Shoots Blanks

18 September 2000

Capital Times (Wisconsin)

The NRA and many of its staunch followers keep telling us that America's "proud" tradition of bearing guns dates all the way back to our revered colonial forefathers. And that's a good thing, because without all those guns those hearty colonialists wouldn't have been able to beat the oppressive British. There's an insinuation that we all need guns today just like back then. You never know, after all, when our own government's "jack-booted thugs" will get out of hand... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Allen-Robb: Ricochets

17 September 2000

Washington Post, Editorial

Has Virginia Sen. Charles Robb nicked challenger George Allen on gun issues, or has the former Republican governor and longtime disciple of NRA lobbyists seen the light on firearms? Sen. Robb took on Mr. Allen last week over guns, pointing to Mr. Allen's heretofore unwavering support for access to military assault-style weapons. In 1993 Mr. Allen said he would not support any further restrictions on the ability of law-abiding citizens to buy semiautomatic weapons. Only... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Shooting Seems So American

17 September 2000

Denver Post (Colorado)

SYDNEY, Australia — The good old US of A won the first gold medal of the 2000 Nippy-Spring Olympics. In shooting. Of course. Our real national pastime. There are two things The States, as we're known affectionately around the world, does better (and more often) than any other country, and that's (1) shooting guns and (2) manufacturing tires. Well, one thing. We're No. 1 in the universe in shooting. Makes you proud to be an American. For sport, we shoot... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Million Mom March Group Endorses Gore

17 September 2000

Chicago Tribune

DENVER — The Million Mom March organization, which brought hundreds of thousands of women to Washington on Mother's Day to demonstrate for stricter gun control, announced Saturday that it was endorsing Democrat Al Gore for president. On the campaign trail, Gore regularly repeats his commitment to legislation extending the Brady Act's requirements for criminal background checks on gun purchases at gun shows. Republican nominee Gov. George W. Bush has a record of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun-Lovers Take Aim at Moms in Colorado

17 September 2000

New York Post

DENVER — A group of mothers against guns celebrated the first anniversary of the anti-gun Million Mom March this weekend by slinking around a hotel — fearful of the adamant pro-gun activists outside. "We're scared," one Colorado Springs member admitted yesterday as she looked outside a meeting room at the Hyatt Hotel to see dozens of pro-gun protesters demonstrating outside. "They follow us everywhere, they won't leave us alone, and they really hate us." said... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Denver Conference Preps Moms for Fight Against Guns

17 September 2000

Denver Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)

Moms against handguns armed themselves Saturday with words. About 300 came to the Million Mom March national conference in Denver to learn how to debate with facts and figures — not emotional rhetoric. "I'm uninformed," said Dena Kahan, a former elementary school teacher from Bryan, Texas. "I want more information to give to people. I know my position is right, I just don't know how to verbalize it." The conference participants took copious notes at seminars with... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Chicago Gun Suit Fails, but California's Proceeds

16 September 2000

New York Times

CHICAGO — Judges in Chicago and California delivered opposite rulings today on suits in which cities had sued the gun industry. In Chicago, one of the first cities to file such a suit, a judge dismissed the claim that gun makers and retailers should be held responsible for the costs associated with gun violence. In California, by contrast, Judge Vincent P. DiFiglia of San Diego Superior Court rejected a gun industry motion to dismiss a group of lawsuits filed by 12... (GunPolicy.org)

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