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US Report on Violent Crime in the UK

28 June 2000

Sky News (UK)

Presenter: American television audiences have been given a picture of Britain as one of the most violent places on Earth. More crime-ridden than the United States itself, with an increasing number of guns on the streets. This is the report that went out on CBS News last night. Tom Fenton: At first sight, England is a green and pleasant land but, in reality, it is one of the most violent urban societies in the western world. The violence of British soccer fans is the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Issue Studied

28 June 2000

Concord Monitor (New Hampshire)

It's not often that the Concord City Council is addressed by a 10-year-old about a 113-signature petition from children at Kimball School. But when Noah Braiterman presented his proposal to ban gun shows on city property, the council did something more unusual. They took the fifth-grader's proposal seriously, adding it to the list of city initiatives under consideration — most of which were presented by professionals more than three times Noah's age. The council... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Handgun License Plan Clears Senate Panel

28 June 2000

Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO — In a half-win for advocates of stricter firearms controls, a Senate committee voted Tuesday to license new handgun owners, but refused to require registration of pistols and revolvers. The bill, AB 273, by Assemblyman Jack Scott (D-Altadena), would require purchasers of new handguns to pass a written safety exam and an actual firing test as a condition of ownership. Licensing would start Jan. 1, 2002. Last fall, Gov. Gray Davis urged the Legislature to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Teens Say Getting Guns Easy

28 June 2000

Associated Press

CHICAGO — Forty-one percent of teen-agers questioned in a new national survey said they could get a handgun if they really wanted to, but the vast majority believe there are too many guns in society. Teens by a 3-1 ratio believe there are too many guns in America, according to the study prepared for release Wednesday by Teenage Research Unlimited, a market research firm based in Northbrook. The survey also found that 61 percent of teens do not believe video games... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom

Baptist Minister Jailed for Having No Gun Licence

27 June 2000

Press Association (UK)

A Baptist minister was jailed for three months today for possessing an armoury of sporting rifles and ammunition without a licence. The Rev Dr David Smith had bought the guns for culling deer and rabbits on a 1,000 acre estate in Herefordshire. The pastor and members of his family were first granted certificates to hold the weapons by West Mercia and later the Metropolitan Police. But in September 1997 the licences expired. The rifles, bullets — including expanding... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Los Angeles Considers Ammunition Sale Ban

27 June 2000

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — A City Council committee has proposed a ban on ammunition sales, even though panel members acknowledged such a law is unlikely to withstand a court challenge. As an alternative, the Public Safety Committee also recommended enacting a law that would require background checks for anyone purchasing ammunition in Los Angeles. The committee sent both proposals to the full council Monday, which is likely to act on them in the coming weeks. "We have a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Anti-Gun Group Readies Philadelphia Campaign

27 June 2000

Reuters

PHILADELPHIA — The national gun-control group Silent March plans to make its message about gun violence in America heard loud and clear during next month's Republican National Convention. So the New York-based grass-roots organization, which uses massive displays of empty shoes known as "silent marches" to symbolize the victims of gun violence, is launching its first advertising campaign with a series of print ads that will appear on 100 city buses and 50 subway... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

New York Takes Aim at Gun Makers With Public Nuisance Lawsuit

27 June 2000

Los Angeles Times

NEW YORK — New York on Monday became the first state in the nation to sue the firearms industry, claiming that its manufacturing and distribution practices routinely channel handguns to criminals. Unlike the 32 suits filed by cities and counties-most of which claimed negligence on the part of gun makers-the state's case focuses on a provision of New York law that defines illegally possessed handguns as a public nuisance. During a news conference announcing the suit,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

New York State Files Suit Against Handgun Makers

27 June 2000

Wall Street Journal

NEW YORK — New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer filed a long-threatened lawsuit against handgun makers and wholesalers. Mr. Spitzer, who began planning such a suit more than a year ago, filed his legal action in New York state court in Manhattan. The first such suit to be filed by a state, the action named as defendants nine gun manufacturers, three importers and 12 wholesalers. New York state follows 31 municipalities across the country that have filed suit to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

New York Sues Gunmakers for Catering to Criminals

27 June 2000

Christian Science Monitor

NEW YORK — Most people would probably consider an illegal gun a public nuisance. But does the production, marketing, and distribution of weapons by the nation's largest gun manufacturers contribute to the violence in society — making them a threat to the public health and safety — a nuisance as defined by law? New York's Attorney General Eliot Spitzer is confident it does. As a result, yesterday New York became the first state to bring a groundbreaking lawsuit... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

House Defeats a New Attack on Agreement for Gun Safety

27 June 2000

New York Times

WASHINGTON — For the second time in less than a week, the House turned back an effort to scuttle an agreement between the Clinton administration and Smith & Wesson on marketing and safety measures. By a vote of 201 to 196, the House defeated a measure by Representative John Hostettler, Republican of Indiana, that would have prevented the Justice Department from spending any money to implement or enforce the agreement. Smith & Wesson and the administration are at... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Citing Public Nuisance, New York Will Be First State to Sue Gun Makers

26 June 2000

New York Times

ALBANY — Attorney General Eliot L. Spitzer plans to file suit Monday against a raft of firearms makers and wholesalers, making New York the first state to take the industry to court, charging that it is partly responsible for the carnage from guns. Mr. Spitzer's suit marks a significant escalation of the legal campaign waged against the industry until now by 32 cities and counties around the country, including, most recently, New York City, which filed its own suit... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

At the Receiving End of White Men With Weapons

25 June 2000

Sunday Times (South Africa)

'We field calls daily from anonymous gun lobbyists … the most venomous are almost always from white men, and they are often sexual or racist in nature' When Freedom Front leader General Constand Viljoen said recently that his guns rated second only to his wife in his affections, he aptly described, perhaps unwittingly, the profound emotional attachment many South African men feel towards their firearms. In the first week of the public hearings into the Firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Shooting from the Lip Over Right to Bear Arms

25 June 2000

Times (UK)

Every hour or so a gaunt and daunting figure looms on to my American television screen ranting about guns. Eyes like pistols, eyebrows arched, voice booming with indignation, he rages away at Bill Clinton for trying to limit his access to firearms. "When what you say is wrong, Mr Clinton, that's a mistake. When you know it's wrong, that's a lie." He pauses and growls: "Remember." This man has many guns. He is very scary indeed. He is president of the National Rifle... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Slain Meat Inspector's Family Pleads for Stricter Gun Control

25 June 2000

Associated Press

FREMONT, California — The family of slain meat inspector Tom Quadros on Saturday asked for gun control and encouraged acceptance of mental health care. First, family members said in a written statement, they deplore the ready availability of handguns, especially to people with a history of violence. "If the Columbines and San Leandros are ever going to mean more than a short-lived news story," the family said, "people must send a message louder than the one bought... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Tracing Gun Prints Readied in California

25 June 2000

USA Today

WASHINGTON — The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms hope to install the first of several computers this year to trace guns and bullets in much the same way individuals are identified and tracked by fingerprints. Tentative plans are to install the computers in crime labs in California first. Oklahoma and Texas would be the second region to receive the new systems, followed by New York and Connecticut, then Washington, D.C., Maryland and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Study Says Gun Traffickers Arm Criminals

25 June 2000

New York Times

WASHINGTON — More than half the investigations of firearms trafficking conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms recovered at least one gun that had been used in other crimes, a study by the bureau has found. "This report shows that trafficking investigations lead to armed violent criminals," Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers said last week at a new conference. The Department of the Treasury oversees the bureau. The report documented 1,530... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Shooting Into Cyberspace: Gun Sales Growing

25 June 2000

Dallas Morning News (Texas)

WASHINGTON — The Internet is quickly becoming a gun owner's dream market. Hundreds of sites offer everything from custom holsters to Colt revolvers — many at discount prices. No driving to a store. No trade show fee. Unbelievable selection. While gun collectors and dealers hail this new branch of e-commerce, it's making gun-control groups increasingly nervous. "Basically, the Internet is becoming a virtual gun show," said Kristen Rand, director of federal policy... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Guns Under the Bed

24 June 2000

Washington Post

The heart-wrenching accidental shooting of a 10-year-old Dale City boy by his 13-year-old brother Thursday underscores in sad detail the risks that well-meaning people take when they keep handguns in their homes. The parents had taken precautions: Their guns were kept in a locked box, and the gun that went off had been stored with a trigger lock. But the boys knew how to get past the flimsy lock; they had played cops and robbers with the guns frequently, according to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Lawmakers OK New Gun Control Plans

23 June 2000

Associated Press

ALBANY, New York — State lawmakers have agreed to adopt new gun control provisions that would include mandatory trigger locks and make New York one of the first states to require "ballistic fingerprinting" of firearms. The measures also would raise the legal age for purchasing handguns in New York from 18 to 21 and require background checks on gun buyers at all state gun shows. The state Senate passed the legislation 39-20 Thursday night and the state Assembly was... (GunPolicy.org)

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