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Firearms Laws Face Challenge

11 February 2000

Canadian Press

Douglas Whiteside fondly remembers the first duck-hunting trips he took with his father when he was barely five. By the time he started using guns himself at seven years of age, those trips were routine: Whiteside, his father, and his grandfather regularly went shooting together for as long as the elders lived. Whiteside, now in his 70s, still enjoys the same kind of companionship with others who share his passion for recreational gun use. Now he uses his guns mostly... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

Charges in School Shootout

11 February 2000

Canadian Press

TORONTO — Police laid attempted murder charges against a 17-year-old boy on Friday as he recovered from his wounds in a west-end hospital following a bloody high-school shootout. The boy suffered minor injuries Thursday when gunplay erupted at the north-end Emery Collegiate Institute, police said. "He was charged with attempted murder and discharging the firearm with intent," said Sgt. Ron Rakchaev. He added police were still looking for another teenaged suspect... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Virginia Amendment Would Enshrine Hunters' Rights

11 February 2000

Washington Post

RICHMOND — Alongside the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in the Virginia Constitution could soon be a new one: the right to hunt. The state Senate and Virginia voters must still approve it, but the House of Delegates today voted 72 to 27 for an amendment giving constitutional protection to hunting, fishing and harvesting game. Behind the push is pure regionalism. Lawmakers far from the cities and suburbs that increasingly dominate Virginia fear... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

New Round of Gun-Control Action

11 February 2000

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

Utah lawmakers are taking a punishment-and-reward approach to gun control: expel students who bring guns to school and give tax breaks to buyers of gun safes. House members Thursday convincingly passed bills to accomplish both ends. But a House committee quickly trashed legislation that would expand requirements for background checks covering sales made at gun shows. The most poignant moment in the several rounds of gun debate Thursday came when Merlinda Bradshaw... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Showdown at Statehouse

11 February 2000

Denver Post (Colorado), Editorial

We implore members of the House Appropriations Committee to keep the bill alive. This proposed law — had it been in place sooner — might have prevented Columbine High School gunmen Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris from getting their hands, illegally, on the guns they used in the massacre of 12 students and one teacher. It's true that there is nothing we can do to turn back time and prevent that horrible April 20, but we can make changes that will stop illegal sales... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

Three Wounded in Toronto School Shooting

10 February 2000

Reuters

TORONTO — Three males, two of them believed to be students, were shot and wounded at a Toronto high school on Thursday, and up to two suspects were being sought in the latest incident of gun violence to rock a North American school. "Initially they indicated there was one suspect and possibly a second," said Sergeant Jim Muscat from the Metro Toronto Police. He said detectives were questioning students and eye witnesses about the shooting at the local police... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

McLellan Admits Gun Registry Facing Bottleneck: Appeals to gun owners to meet 2001 deadline

10 February 2000

Edmonton Journal (Alberta)

OTTAWA — The federal government will take special measures in hopes of persuading hundreds of thousands of reluctant gun owners to comply with Canada's unpopular new firearms rules. Justice Minister Anne McLellan conceded Wednesday a giant bottleneck looms in the mandatory licensing and registration system unless owners can be convinced to obey the law, which now faces two constitutional challenges. McLellan ruled out extending the Jan. 1, 2001, deadline for an... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Michael Jordan Tapes Ad for Bradley

10 February 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Basketball superstar Michael Jordan will appear in television ads endorsing former ballplayer Bill Bradley's campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. The ad, taped two months ago, will begin airing Friday in some of the states voting in the critical March 7 batch of primaries, said Kristen Ludecke, Bradley's spokeswoman. She refused to say which markets the ad would run in. New York, California and other large states are holding primaries... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Bradley Argues for Gun Control

10 February 2000

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Bill Bradley, standing Thursday with parents of children killed by guns, accused Al Gore of coming late and ending up weak on gun control. "This is not an issue that I came to after seeing television pictures of Columbine," Bradley said. "This is an issue that I believed as a matter of fundamental principle throughout my public life." "I have always supported common-sense gun control. Al Gore has not always done that." The Gore campaign countered that... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Bradley Tries to Link Gore to the NRA

10 February 2000

New York Times

LOS ANGELES — Former Senator Bill Bradley sharply questioned Vice President Al Gore's commitment to gun control today, saying Mr. Gore had a voting record in Congress that could make him a "poster child" for the National Rifle Association. In emotional events at a synagogue and at a middle school in East Los Angeles, where parents told of losing children to gun violence, Mr. Bradley said the vice president was a recent convert to gun control who, while in Congress,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Assembly Passes Legislation Barring Some Gun Lawsuits

9 February 2000

Associated Press

MADISON, Wisconsin — Gun manufacturers and dealers who sell weapons used to injure or kill people would have some immunity from lawsuits under legislation passed Tuesday by the state Assembly. Under the bill, approved on a 75-21 vote, gun makers and dealers could not be sued by individuals or governments for gun violence unless the gun was defective or negligently sold. The legislation now goes to the state Senate, where its future is uncertain. The measure was... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Lobbyists Besiege Lawmakers

9 February 2000

Denver Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)

Have gun, will call, fax, phone, write, cajole, beg, threaten, plead, admonish or whatever else it takes to get Colorado's lawmakers to kill strict firearms legislation. Gun-rights activists stepped up their lobbying efforts this week against a gun show-related bill that a House committee will hear today and other firearms measures scheduled for debate on the House floor Friday. "I'm getting buried by letters and e-mails and I'm for gun rights," said Rep. Gary... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

House Blocks Cities from Making Gun Laws

9 February 2000

Arizona Daily Star (Tucson) / Capitol Media Services

PHOENIX — Saying they want consistency, House members voted yesterday to block cities from enacting their own gun laws. The measure, HB 2095, spells out that cities cannot have any law on the possession, transportation or use of guns that is different from what is allowed under state law. Proponents said law-abiding gun owners should not worry about running afoul of local gun regulations just because they drive from one community to another. But legislators, at the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Bills Shot Down That Would Close Loopholes Allowing Guns at School

8 February 2000

Associated Press

RICHMOND, Virginia — Legislation to close loopholes that allow guns on school grounds has been sent into limbo along with a raft of other gun-control legislation. Three bills by Del. James H. Dillard II that would have ended exemptions in state law that, among other things, allow people to hunt on school property were carried over for study this year, possibly to be revisited in the 2001 session. Also passed over Monday by the House Militia and Police Committee were... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Virginia House Panel Kills School Firearms Ban

8 February 2000

Washington Post

RICHMOND, Virginia — Bills to ban firearms in schools died in the Virginia General Assembly today as gun-control advocates energized by the Columbine massacre lost out to the growing power of rural legislators devoted to gun rights. The bills, which would have closed several loopholes allowing guns on school grounds, could be revived in the state Senate, but their defeat in a House committee was so resounding that gun-control advocates have nearly given up hope of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Australia,United Kingdom,Canada

Infomercial With a Bang

8 February 2000

New York Post

The National Rifle Association really knows how to scare up new members. Literally. The NRA has a half-hour infomercial that's so hair-raising, I almost joined the organization after seeing it for the first time. Not only would I be helping to make America safe for the law-abiding, but I could also get a nifty free gift for buying a one-year membership for $25 — a replica of a silver bullet with NRA President Charlton Heston's autograph engraved on it. And I don't... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

NRA Takes Aim at Owens Plan

8 February 2000

Denver Post (Colorado)

The National Rifle Association has declared political war on Gov. Bill Owens' proposal to require background checks at gun shows. The gun group has sent a letter to its 80,000 Colorado members, urging them to call their state representatives and senators and ask for a "no" vote on the bill. Given the clout the NRA enjoys with the GOP, the group's offensive will test Owens' ability to get his fellow Republicans to support his gun-control plan. Their support is crucial,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun-Ad Ban Hints at New Media Standards

8 February 2000

Christian Science Monitor

TUCSON, Arizona — When this city's two daily newspapers recently banned classified ads for private gun sales, the response was fast and unforgiving. "Be a newspaper, not a police officer!" said one letter to the editor. Another called the policy hypocritical. "Since automobiles kill many more people than guns, are you also going to reject classified ads from individuals trying to sell their automobiles … ?" The Arizona Daily Star and Tucson Citizen are not the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Stop the Carnage Caused by Guns

8 February 2000

Los Angeles Times, Opinion

When your family and friends leave your home, how often do you say, 'Drive carefully?' And, how often do you say, 'Be careful; don't get shot?' Probably never. Yet the second warning is just as important because more Californians die each year from firearms than from traffic accidents. We worry about traffic; we worry about planes falling from the sky. Fresh in our minds are headlines and reports of the Alaska Airlines crash off our coast days ago. We are profoundly... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Despite Shootings, Georgia Legislators Still Oppose Gun Control

8 February 2000

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia) / AP

When Sen. David Scott (D-Atlanta) talks about his proposal for keeping guns out of the hands of children, he emphasizes one point above all others-please, don't call it gun control. Call it that, he says, and the bill will never become law. Even with 21 fellow lawmakers backing him, Scott knows it won't be easy anyway. Not with the National Rifle Association opposing him. "Probably no state loves their guns more than Georgia and Texas," said Scott. "The NRA is a very... (GunPolicy.org)

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