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Beretta Takes Aim at 'Smart Guns'

7 February 2000

Washington Post

Tucked off a side road in southernmost Prince George's County, a squat, gray factory sits behind a tall, discreet wrought-iron fence. Security is tight and unusual: Visitors go through a metal detector on the way out. It is the headquarters of Beretta USA, one the nation's leading firearms companies and the only gun manufacturer in Maryland. At the Accokeek factory, the company makes the U.S. military's standard side arm and supplies pistols to 2,000 police agencies in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gore's Gun Problem

7 February 2000

Time (USA)

When it comes to iconic campaign images, it is hard to beat the moment, a month after the tragedy at Columbine High, when Al Gore strode into the Republican Senate, commandeered the ivory gavel and broke a tie to require background checks on people who buy weapons at gun shows. It was, he declared, "a turning point for our country." You could almost see the ad in the can. But in that same chamber 14 years before, Gore cast some other pivotal votes-ones that made him a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Shooting a Gun Myth Full of Holes

6 February 2000

Arizona Republic

Those who prefer the term "firearms enthusiast" to "gun nut" say we never put stories like this in the paper. But here it was, in the paper. Which makes it one of those stories they say we never give a prominent position in the paper. But here it was, on Page B1. Which makes it one of those stories we never put on the front page. Although, the story did make what amounts to Page 1 of The Arizona Republic's Web site Tuesday, under the headline "Woman kills rape suspect... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

'Granbo' Gun-toting Granny Shoots 2 Rapists' Testicles Off [HOAX]

5 February 2000

Weekly World News (USA), Hoax

MELBOURNE, Australia — Gun-toting granny Ava Estelle, 81, was so ticked-off when two thugs raped her 18-year-old granddaughter that she tracked the unsuspecting ex-cons down — and shot their testicles off! "The old lady spent a week hunting those bums down-and when she found them, she took revenge on them in her own special way," said admiring Melbourne police investigator Evan Delp. "Then she took a taxi to the nearest police station, laid the gun on the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Glendening Wants Data on New Guns

5 February 2000

Washington Post

Governor Parris N. Glendening (D) wants to require firearms manufacturers to record the "ballistic fingerprints" of all new handguns sold in Maryland so that police can more easily trace ammunition recovered from crime scenes. The proposal, which would make the state the first to require such ballistics tests, is in a little-noticed section of Glendening's "smart gun" bill, which would push gunmakers to build high-tech handguns that could be fired only by their... (GunPolicy.org)

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Germany

Man Kills Policeman to Avoid Traffic Penalty

4 February 2000

Reuters

FRANKFURT — A German who killed a traffic policeman after he was caught speeding said the killing was a bid to avoid penalty points on his licence. The 45-year-old unnamed assailant, who was arrested earlier this week, said he was worried that penalty points from previous speeding offences would mean he would be stripped altogether of his licence. The attack happened last month on a highway 60 miles northeast of Frankfurt after the policeman used a radar gun to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Uganda

Experts Undertake to Initiate Institute of African Firearms

4 February 2000

All Africa News Agency

KAMPALA — Uganda has been chosen to host Institute of African Firearms by a team of African experts who met here for days meeting from January 16. The institute, which will be working within the United Nations African Institute For Prevention Of Crime and Treatment Of Offenders UNAFRI will among others promote effective co-operation, collaboration and co-ordination of efforts by African governments towards combating trafficking in fire arms and ammunition. It will... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Clinton to Target 'Bad Apple' Gun Dealers

4 February 2000

Reuters

WASHINGTON — President Clinton, stepping up his gun-control campaign, will announce steps on Friday to crack down on "bad apple" gun dealers who sell the largest share of weapons used in crimes, the White House said. Clinton is to announce the measures in conjunction with the release of a federal study finding that slightly more than 1 percent of the 83,272 federally licensed gun dealers in 1998 had sold more than half of the guns used in crimes. "While the majority... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

White House Presses ATF Powers

4 February 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Clinton administration is doing on a small scale what it has not yet convinced Congress or the gun industry to do on a large one — crack down on gun dealers who sell a disproportionate number of the weapons used in crimes. President Clinton plans to release a report Friday backing up the White House claim that a small number of gun dealers are responsible for putting a large number of guns in the hands of criminals. The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

300 Gun-Control Foes Rally at Governor's Mansion

4 February 2000

Denver Post (Colorado)

Pro-gun forces took the offensive Thursday night as about 300 marchers protested in front of the Governor's Mansion over new legislation. The marchers came in response to Gov. Bill Owens' package of gun-control proposals that is making its way through the Colorado Legislature. Many of the protesters said Owens has changed his position on gun rights since the Columbine High School shootings. "Most of the people here are Republicans. Most of the people here supported... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Firearms Agency Intensifies Scrutiny of Suspect Dealers

4 February 2000

New York Times

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is embarking on the most aggressive campaign in its 30-year history to crack down on corrupt gun dealers who help put firearms in the hands of criminals and juveniles, White House and Treasury Department officials said yesterday. The new enforcement campaign, to be announced by President Clinton at the White House today, will use information developed by the firearms bureau in tracing guns used in crimes. As a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Clinton Seeks to Stem Illegal Guns

4 February 2000

Los Angeles Times / AP

WASHINGTON — Stepping up pressure on the gun industry, President Clinton today gave federal agents new powers to crack down on dealers and pawnbrokers who sell a disproportionate number of the weapons used in crimes. "We're beginning the most aggressive effort ever undertaken to insure responsible behavior by gun dealers," the president said. "Dealers whose guns most frequently wind up in criminals' hands will now be subject to intense scrutiny by ATF" -the Bureau of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

'Safe-storage' Gun Bill Loses

4 February 2000

Denver Post (Colorado)

A key part of Gov. Bill Owens' gun-control plan — requiring "safe storage" of guns in the home — went down to defeat Thursday. It was a victory for the state chapter of the National Rifle Association, called the Colorado State Shooting Association. The group said the bill could prevent gun owners from protecting themselves. The bill lost because one Democrat had an emergency and missed the vote Thursday in the House Judiciary Committee. Rep. Suzanne Williams,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Met Pays Damages for Raid on Actors

3 February 2000

Guardian (UK)

The Metropolitan police is to pay £55,000 in damages to 11 Kurdish refugees after armed officers stormed their rehearsal of a Harold Pinter play believing the amateur actors were armed with real guns. The out-of-court settlement was agreed yesterday as a district judge at central London county court criticised the "extraordinary state of affairs" which led to the arrest and five-hour detention of the theatre group, which included a boy aged 12. The group was... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Debate Involves Lawmakers-And Moms

3 February 2000

Reuters

WASHINGTON — When President Clinton proposed national licensing for gun owners in his State of the Union Address, his critics' response could be summed up as: "Bang, bang, it's dead." "Congress is not going to deal with that," confidently predicted Republican Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho, one of the staunchest foes of gun control in Congress. But if licensing, a radical departure by traditional U.S. gun law standards, has almost no chance of passage in Congress this... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Owens' Gun Bill Lacking Votes

3 February 2000

Denver Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)

Gov. Bill Owens' proposal to check the background of all buyers at gun shows is in trouble. Two Republican votes were needed to get HB 1242 out of House Appropriations Wednesday, but the matter was taken off the agenda because the votes weren't there. Appropriations chairman Rep. Steve Tool, R-Fort Collins, said he would vote for the gun-show proposal because, "I believe in the bill." But one more Republican vote is needed to join with the four Democrats to pass the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Guns 'R' Us, and We're Lethal

3 February 2000

Miami Herald, Opinion

Sheriff Ken Jenne's shooters put enough bullet holes in a typical home clothes dryer the other day to kill the entire appliance section at BrandsMart. If appliances were people. On some days, I'd take a clothes dryer's IQ over that of Jenne's press office. I don't care if Jenne's hotshots can riddle a front door with assault weapons, as they did Tuesday in what was supposed to be a scary display of firepower for the media. A bulldozer could splinter the door, too, but... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Parallel Universe

2 February 2000

Rutland Herald (Vermont), Editorial

The scary thing about Rep. Fred Maslack's proposal for arming the people of Vermont is that he is probably serious about it. The reassuring thing is that most people probably recognize it as loony. Maslack believes the people of Vermont must be prepared to defend themselves. To that end he has drawn up a bill requiring all Vermonters eligible for the military to purchase a weapon. If they do not, then they must pay a fee of $500 and must register their name, Social... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Legislators Endorse Gun Control Bill

2 February 2000

Miami Herald

Despite passionate protests from about 300 gun owners wearing American flags on their lapels, the Broward Legislative Delegation Tuesday endorsed a bill that would make it a felony to own an assault weapon in the county. The vote was 11-1. The bill still faces a rocky battle in the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature, which has rejected several gun control measures in the past few years. The weapons ban would also need approval from county voters in a November... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Makers Deserve No Barrier from Lawsuits

2 February 2000

Journal Sentinel, Opinion

Right now, if a loved one loses life or limb to a toy or a lawn implement or an automobile or a household device — to any product under the sun — because of possible negligence by the manufacturer, you have at least one recourse: You can take the manufacturer to court. If a passel of state lawmakers has its way, however, you would no longer enjoy that right in the case of one consumer product only: guns. Today, the Assembly is slated to vote on a measure to take... (GunPolicy.org)

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