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Arsenal at House of Gun Youth

18 March 2000

Reuters

MUNICH, Germany — Police in Germany yesterday found a huge cache of weapons at the home of a schoolboy who shot his teacher before turning the gun on himself in the stairwell of a Bavarian boarding school. The 16-year-old boy and the 57-year-old teacher suffered serious head wounds and were still in a critical condition in hospital after the shooting on Thursday in Brannenburg, in rural Bavaria. Police said they found an "arsenal of weapons" when they searched the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Smith & Wesson Gets Preference

18 March 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Department of Housing and Urban Development and the mayors of Atlanta, Detroit and Miami moved Saturday to see that their law enforcement agencies give preference to Smith & Wesson when buying guns and called on others to follow suit. The preference would apply to "any gun makers that adopt a new code of responsible conduct," but — for the time being at least — that means Smith & Wesson. The company signed an unprecedented agreement with the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

A Breakthrough on Gun Control

18 March 2000

New York Times, Editorial

In a major victory for public safety, the nation's largest gun manufacturer, Smith & Wesson, agreed yesterday to change the way it designs, distributes and markets guns. In exchange, the Clinton administration and other plaintiffs agreed to drop a threatened lawsuit against the company. The agreement marks the first big concession by industry to the mounting public and political pressure for stronger gun controls. It also represents a crushing defeat for the National... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Sunday's TV News Show Lineup

18 March 2000

Associated Press

Lineup for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" — Topics: Gun control, the independent counsel investigations and the presidential campaign. Guests: National Rifle Association President Charlton Heston, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.; Independent Counsel Robert Ray and former President Ford. CBS' "Face the Nation" — Topics: Gas prices and gun control. Guests: Energy Secretary Bill Richardson. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah; and Rep. Henry Hyde, R-Ill. NBC's "Meet... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

The Sad and Sickening NRA

18 March 2000

Chicago Tribune, Editorial

It would be a sweet irony if the National Rifle Association's revolting attempt to capitalize on the murder of Ricky Byrdsong finally broke Washington's stalemate on gun control. Even for an organization that thrives on cowboy rhetoric, the official wisdom that emanated from the NRA last week was shocking. Last Sunday, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre recklessly claimed that President Clinton was "willing to accept a certain level of killing to further his... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Industry Views Pact as Threat to its Unity

18 March 2000

Washington Post

NEW YORK — Gunmakers sent a blistering rebuke to Smith & Wesson today as some industry observers said the agreement between the country's largest manufacturer of handguns and the Clinton administration could force firearms manufacturers to admit they bear some responsibility for gun safety and gun crimes. "The decision by foreign-owned handgun manufacturer, Smith & Wesson, to forge an agreement with the most anti-gun administration in history has violated a trust... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Makers See Betrayal in a Decision by Smith & Wesson

18 March 2000

New York Times

Smith & Wesson's decision to adopt gun safety measures in order to settle lawsuits brought by state and federal agencies has set off criticism within the gun industry and a debate among handgun control advocates. To many other gun manufacturers, the decision by the nation's largest gun maker was seen as a betrayal that would only alienate customers and could make Smith & Wesson an industry outcast. Gun control advocates were mixed in their views. Some said the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

US, Gunmaker Strike a Deal

18 March 2000

Washington Post

The nation's largest handgun manufacturer, Smith & Wesson Corp., agreed yesterday to accept a broad package of gun safety measures and restrictions on gun sales in return for the withdrawal of lawsuits against the firm by several cities and the federal government's dropping its own threat of legal action. In a move White House officials hope will reshape the country's gun control debate, Smith & Wesson said it will begin, within 60 days, providing external trigger... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Mothers Plan Rally to Fight Violence

18 March 2000

Binghamton Press

WASHINGTON — Christine Horton of Owego, who is married to a public school teacher and has a school-age child, has plenty of reason to worry about the rising number of children bringing guns to school. So the 31-year-old woman is turning her personal concerns into public action. Over the past two weeks, she has spent hours on her home computer, sending e-mail messages to parents in her community, urging them to join her in the Million Mom March in Washington on... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Safety Deal Struck

18 March 2000

Miami Herald

WASHINGTON — In a move that could reshape the nation's gun debate, the White House on Friday announced that the nation's largest gun manufacturer has agreed to self-imposed restraints on the way it designs and sells guns.President Clinton lauded Smith & Wesson for a "powerful example of responsibility" that he hopes other gun makers will follow. In an Oval Office meeting with Clinton and other local officials, Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas hailed the Smith & Wesson... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Maker Agrees to Curbs in Exchange for Ending Suits

18 March 2000

New York Times

WASHINGTON — Smith & Wesson, the nation's oldest and largest manufacturer of handguns, agreed today to accept a wide array of restrictions on the way it makes, sells and distributes hundreds of thousands of handguns each year in exchange for ending some lawsuits that had threatened to bankrupt it. The agreement represented a major splintering in the powerful alliance of gun makers and owners that has thwarted tough gun laws in Washington and state capitals for years.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Clinton Can Be Thankful

17 March 2000

Philadelphia Daily News, Column

WASHINGTON — I don't know what Bill Clinton did to deserve Wayne LaPierre, the motormouth who blathers for the National Rifle Association. Just lucky, I guess. Sure, Clinton's always had a four-leaf clover when it comes to political enemies. Newt Gingrich, before he quit amid fumes of his own sex scandal, was a perfect foil. Ken Starr, when Clinton made his Monica Mistake, was demonized as a vengeful, puritanical gumshoe. Now, like a gift from heaven, here comes... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Smith & Wesson OKs Safety Locks

17 March 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — In a deal heralded as a way to save children's lives, gunmaking giant Smith & Wesson agreed Friday to install locks on its weapons to make them more childproof. In exchange, governments would drop lawsuits seeking damages for gun violence. The agreement, reached after two months of negotiations involving the company, state and local officials and the Clinton administration, establishes an unprecedented "code of conduct" for selling and distributing... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Spitzer Leads Gun Industry Reform Plan

17 March 2000

New York Law Journal

State Attorney General Eliot L. Spitzer announced yesterday the formation of an embryonic organization that he hopes will grow into an economic powerhouse capable of bringing the handgun industry to its knees. With government contracts comprising about 10 percent of all handgun sales nationwide, Mr. Spitzer said, a governmental coalition could wield "immense financial leverage" to compel the gun industry to adopt safety measures in the way guns are made and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Guns, Blood and Politics

17 March 2000

Oregon Live, Editorial

This was an ugly, disturbing week for a nation struggling to agree on ways to reduce gun violence. A leader of the National Rifle Association, Wayne LaPierre, accused President Clinton of being "willing to accept a certain level of killing to further his political agenda." After Clinton denied that obscene and cynical allegation, and called again for tougher gun controls, LaPierre cut loose with another blast of rhetoric. He claimed the blood of a murdered basketball... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Young Guns

17 March 2000

Philadelphia Inquirer, Opinion

Moving beyond the numbness of "How could this happen?", America is now asking a more pertinent question when a child shoots a child: Where did he get the gun? In some cases, the answers are leading to arrests. In last month's school shooting in Michigan and in an accidental shooting here in Philadelphia, adults have been charged with involuntary manslaughter after 6-year-olds killed others with their guns. In both cases, the loaded gun was easily accessible. Neither... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Smith & Wesson Decision Based on Economics; 'Courage and Vision' and Maybe More Business

17 March 2000

CNN

WASHINGTON — With some 30 state, city and local governments threatening legal action against firearms manufacturers to recover the damages caused by gun violence, the nation's top gun maker agreed Friday to change its marketing, manufacturing and design practices in order save its financial life. Connecticut-based Smith & Wesson agreed to include child safety locks, ensure background checks both at retail stores and gun shows and take so-called ballistic fingerprints... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Lobbyist Takes Fight to Bear Arms Personally

17 March 2000

Christian Science Monitor

Even detractors will tell you he doesn't seem like a political brawler — let alone one who'd try to paint the president as a liar. He's unfailingly polite. He moves more in the world of tailored suits than camouflage. And after all, the Clark Kent-looking lobbyist with pudgy cheeks nearly went to work for liberal House Speaker "Tip" O'Neill once upon a time. Nevertheless, National Rifle Association Vice President Wayne LaPierre is at the forefront of a risky... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

More Republicans Call for Action on Long-Stalled Gun Measure

17 March 2000

New York Times

WASHINGTON — A growing number of prominent Republicans say they feel deeply uncomfortable with the harsh battle of words pitting President Clinton against the National Rifle Association, and, as a result, have begun urging passage of long-stalled gun control legislation in Congress this year. A number of Republicans who have strongly opposed strict gun control efforts in the past-including Representative J. C. Watts Jr. of Oklahoma, who has appeared in advertisements... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Program to Give Out Free Gun Locks

16 March 2000

Associated Press

EASTON, Connecticut — Free gun locks will be distributed here as part of a national gun safety program sponsored by a sports foundation representing leading gun manufacturers. Thirty cities and towns across the country are already participating in "Project Home Safe," sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. The Newtown-based trade group represents about 1,800 gun, munitions and accessory manufacturers. "This has nothing to do with public relations,"... (GunPolicy.org)

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