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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

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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United States

Life in the Legislature: Firearms Fans Haven't Wavered

2 February 2000

Denver Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)

Rep. Sue Windels, D-Arvada, found willing co-sponsors for her bill on teacher tax credits but she mixed up bill forms when collecting sponsor signatures. So two Republicans who are gun-rights advocates, Ken Kester of Las Animas and Bill Swenson of Longmont, found themselves as co-sponsors of Windels' bill to ban weapons on school property. That's how Kester and Swanson ended up being named in an e-mail that threatened eight lawmakers for their gun views. The other... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

New Pressure for Gun Control

2 February 2000

New York Times, Editorial

President Clinton has moved the nation's gun control debate an important step forward with his State of the Union proposal for a national system of photo licensing and safety testing for handgun buyers. The proposal puts fresh political pressures on an indifferent Republican Congress, which has yet to approve the more modest gun control measures the administration called for last spring following the Colorado school shootings. Mr. Clinton's plan-identical to Vice... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Senate Supports Strong Background Checks

2 February 2000

Denver Post (Colorado)

The Colorado Senate handed the National Rifle Association a defeat Tuesday, endorsing a strong criminal background check that could block some people from buying guns even when they're eligible. The senators weighed what state workers should do during an instant background check when computer records show that a potential gun buyer has an arrest record but don't show whether the person was convicted. Democrats and moderate Republicans decided that SB 125 by Sen. Dave... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

House Education Committee Tables Bill Prohibiting Guns in Schools

2 February 2000

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

Utah lawmakers made it clear Tuesday that they haven't changed their minds about one prominent gun-control proposal: banning legally concealed guns from schools and churches. The House Education Committee tabled Rep. Dave Jones' House Bill 248 on a 7-6 vote after its first public hearing. Provisions of the bill would have mirrored major elements of a citizens petition now being distributed to get the issue on the November election ballot. Now that effort will... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

You Can't License Freedom

2 February 2000

USA Today, Opinion

You can't license the Bill of Rights. Our Founders couldn't have imagined such chilling conceit. How can a government appoint itself Supreme Dispenser of the very freedoms the writers of the Constitution said were God-given? It can't. That's why Americans will not tolerate a government that tries to license the Second Amendment. No more than your neighbor would tolerate a license to speak freely, or Methodists would tolerate a license to worship, or this newspaper... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Why Gun Licensing Works

2 February 2000

USA Today, Editorial

Within hours of the State of the Union address last week, President Clinton's call to license firearm owners was attracting all manner of criticism. Among the most common: that licensing is unconstitutional and impractical; that it is prelude to gun registration and an eventual ban on gun ownership; that it won't deter criminals. Criticism aside for a moment, the idea has merit. Gun owners are responsible for almost as many deaths annually as motorists, and they cause... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Contenders Differ Widely on Gun Control

1 February 2000

San Francisco Chronicle

Although the leading candidates for the White House from both major parties are in broad agreement on most violent crime issues, the differences between them on gun control could hardly be wider. From New Jersey Sen. Bill Bradley, a Democrat who is calling for a national registry for all guns, to Texas Gov. George W. Bush, a Republican who signed legislation allowing residents of his state to carry concealed weapons in church, the candidates are finding plenty to argue... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Industry Rejects Settlement Effort

1 February 2000

Denver Post (Colorado)

WASHINGTON — The gun industry has rebuffed the Clinton administration's efforts to broker a peace agreement between firearms makers and the more than two dozen cities that are suing them, Housing Secretary Andrew Cuomo disclosed Monday. Cuomo revealed the rejection as he announced a $30 million proposal his Department of Housing and Urban Development is sending Congress to finance computerized mapping of gun crimes and to educate the public about gun violence. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun-Rights Advocates Target Local Laws

1 February 2000

Denver Post (Colorado)

Gun-rights advocates want to enforce the laws already on the books, but they also want to get some laws off the books. Namely, the gun laws of Colorado's cities and counties. Especially those of Denver, where police can seize the gun and car of someone found driving with a firearm. Two Republican legislators from Colorado Springs are sponsoring bills limiting local governments' ability to have their own gun laws. Rep. Lynn Hefley's bill would block any city or county... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Senate Democrats to Try New Gun Bills

1 February 2000

Chicago Tribune

Illinois Senate Democrats, thwarted in their efforts to make unlawful use of a weapon a felony again, on Monday unveiled a package of gun-control bills-from limiting handgun purchases to requiring safety training for owners to creating civil liability for injuries caused by guns sold illegally. Senate Democratic Leader Emil Jones said in a Chicago news conference that although his party colleagues still want the felony firearm provisions of the Safe Neighborhoods Act... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Webb Puts Reducing Gun Violence, Stapleton at Top of 2000 Agenda

1 February 2000

Denver Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)

Reducing gun violence and keeping guns away from kids are among Denver Mayor Wellington Webb's top administrative priorities for the coming year. Webb, in a news conference addressing his agenda for 2000, tagged the redevelopment of 4,700 acres at the old Stapleton International Airport as his top priority for the year. His agenda for the year also includes improving the quality of life for Denver's children and more public transit. Webb took the opportunity Monday... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Senate Dems propose tougher gun rules

1 February 2000

Chicago Sun-Times

Prospective gun owners would be required to undergo four hours of training and pay twice as much for a firearms owners identification card, under new gun laws proposed Monday by Illinois Senate Democrats. Emboldened by fallout over Benjamin Smith's rampage, the Democrats also propose a civil liability for injuries caused by guns sold illegally and stiffer penalties for using a gun within 500 feet of a place of worship. And handgun purchases would be limited to one a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Vermont Bill Targets People Without Guns

1 February 2000

Boston Globe

Taking 200-year-old constitutional provisions for the creation of a "well-regulated militia" to their most extreme conclusion, a Vermont lawmaker has proposed a crackdown on Vermonters who do not own guns. Harkening back to the days of town square militia musters and citizens' armies, House bill 760 would require residents over 18 who do not own guns to register with the secretary of state's office and pay a $500 penalty. Hot on its heels was House bill 763, also... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Company Rephrases Policy on Ruger Sales

1 February 2000

Denver Post (Colorado)

Sturm, Ruger and Co. says a new company requirement that firearms dealers sell its products "exclusively" at their regular places of business was not meant to prevent Ruger sales at weekend gun shows. At the same time, the company said it prefers not to have dealers "consummate" sales at those shows. "Our policy is that a legitimate storefront … dealer may exhibit Ruger guns at gun shows," the company said, but "we would prefer that he actually consummate the sale... (GunPolicy.org)

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