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Illegal Weapons Everywhere in South Africa

18 September 2000

Daily News Briefing (South Africa)

Sipho, a KwaZulu-Natal taxi driver, conducts his business with an AK-47 assault rifle half-hidden among litter under the seat of his car. The weapon, he says, was payment for services rendered. "This guy, I don't know his name, he wanted a lift from Jozini to Johannesburg," says Sipho, 23. "He didn't have the money, so he offered me this," he says, gesturing under the seat. Does Sipho know that possession of an AK-47 is illegal? He shrugs. "I'm not going to keep it,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Industry Gets Good, Bad News in Lawsuits Brought by Governments

18 September 2000

Wall Street Journal

Judges in two states issued divergent opinions in suits brought by cities seeking to hold the gun industry liable for expenses associated with urban violence. A Cook County, Ill., judge dismissed Chicago's bid to force gun makers, distributors and dealers to pay for police and other costs of fighting crime. The action sought damages of $433 million. But in California, a San Diego judge rejected industry attempts to throw out three big municipal suits, in a victory for... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Owners Trade 307 Weapons for Gift Certificates

18 September 2000

St Petersburg Times (Florida)

NEW PORT RICHEY — Vincent Lombardi of Hudson had a choice between too many clothes or too many guns. "Clothes and food are better than guns and ammunition," 80-year-old Lombardi said. "I had that weapon at my house, and I had no use for it." His .22-caliber pistol was one of 307 guns exchanged in Pasco County on Saturday as a part of 2000 Cease Fire Tampa Gun Buy Back, Pasco County Sheriff Deputy John Watson said. In return for the guns, police and deputies handed... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Our 'Gun-Bearing' Fixation Shoots Blanks

18 September 2000

Capital Times (Wisconsin)

The NRA and many of its staunch followers keep telling us that America's "proud" tradition of bearing guns dates all the way back to our revered colonial forefathers. And that's a good thing, because without all those guns those hearty colonialists wouldn't have been able to beat the oppressive British. There's an insinuation that we all need guns today just like back then. You never know, after all, when our own government's "jack-booted thugs" will get out of hand... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Allen-Robb: Ricochets

17 September 2000

Washington Post, Editorial

Has Virginia Sen. Charles Robb nicked challenger George Allen on gun issues, or has the former Republican governor and longtime disciple of NRA lobbyists seen the light on firearms? Sen. Robb took on Mr. Allen last week over guns, pointing to Mr. Allen's heretofore unwavering support for access to military assault-style weapons. In 1993 Mr. Allen said he would not support any further restrictions on the ability of law-abiding citizens to buy semiautomatic weapons. Only... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Shooting Seems So American

17 September 2000

Denver Post (Colorado)

SYDNEY, Australia — The good old US of A won the first gold medal of the 2000 Nippy-Spring Olympics. In shooting. Of course. Our real national pastime. There are two things The States, as we're known affectionately around the world, does better (and more often) than any other country, and that's (1) shooting guns and (2) manufacturing tires. Well, one thing. We're No. 1 in the universe in shooting. Makes you proud to be an American. For sport, we shoot... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Million Mom March Group Endorses Gore

17 September 2000

Chicago Tribune

DENVER — The Million Mom March organization, which brought hundreds of thousands of women to Washington on Mother's Day to demonstrate for stricter gun control, announced Saturday that it was endorsing Democrat Al Gore for president. On the campaign trail, Gore regularly repeats his commitment to legislation extending the Brady Act's requirements for criminal background checks on gun purchases at gun shows. Republican nominee Gov. George W. Bush has a record of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun-Lovers Take Aim at Moms in Colorado

17 September 2000

New York Post

DENVER — A group of mothers against guns celebrated the first anniversary of the anti-gun Million Mom March this weekend by slinking around a hotel — fearful of the adamant pro-gun activists outside. "We're scared," one Colorado Springs member admitted yesterday as she looked outside a meeting room at the Hyatt Hotel to see dozens of pro-gun protesters demonstrating outside. "They follow us everywhere, they won't leave us alone, and they really hate us." said... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Denver Conference Preps Moms for Fight Against Guns

17 September 2000

Denver Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)

Moms against handguns armed themselves Saturday with words. About 300 came to the Million Mom March national conference in Denver to learn how to debate with facts and figures — not emotional rhetoric. "I'm uninformed," said Dena Kahan, a former elementary school teacher from Bryan, Texas. "I want more information to give to people. I know my position is right, I just don't know how to verbalize it." The conference participants took copious notes at seminars with... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Chicago Gun Suit Fails, but California's Proceeds

16 September 2000

New York Times

CHICAGO — Judges in Chicago and California delivered opposite rulings today on suits in which cities had sued the gun industry. In Chicago, one of the first cities to file such a suit, a judge dismissed the claim that gun makers and retailers should be held responsible for the costs associated with gun violence. In California, by contrast, Judge Vincent P. DiFiglia of San Diego Superior Court rejected a gun industry motion to dismiss a group of lawsuits filed by 12... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

NRA Gives $75,000 to Fight Amendment 22

16 September 2000

Denver Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)

The National Rifle Association has opened its checkbook in Colorado. The nation's largest gun-rights group kicked in $75,000 this week to fight the gun-show ballot measure, NRA officials said Friday. Citizens for Responsible Lawmaking, a group fighting the ballot initiative in Colorado, received the NRA check. Based in Fairfax, Va., the NRA boasts more than 3 million members and often uses its resources in state campaigns and issues. Colorado voters will have their... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Million Moms Resolutely Press for Gun Control

16 September 2000

Denver Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)

They cried for a few moments, these "moms." Over Kenneth, a 19-year-old engineering student killed by a stray bullet in Chicago. Over Tara, 27, who worked for the Boulder district attorney before a neighbor's sloppy gun-cleaning killed her. And Kenzo, from California, a high school freshman whose friend forgot the bullet in the chamber of his father's handgun. Then they wiped away their tears, pulled out their pink notebooks and got down to the gritty business of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Two Economists Give Far Higher Cost of Gun Violence

15 September 2000

New York Times

Gun violence costs Americans $100 billion a year, according to a new book by two economists that is the first effort to make a comprehensive estimate of the price the nation pays for criminal shootings, gun accidents and suicides committed with guns. In arriving at that figure, the authors, Philip J. Cook of Duke University and Jens Ludwig of Georgetown University, departed from earlier approaches that looked only at costs like the medical expense of treating gunshot... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Judge Dismisses Chicago Suit Against Gun Industry

15 September 2000

Reuters

CHICAGO — A judge on Friday dismissed Chicago's lawsuit against the gun industry, ruling the city failed to show that gun manufacturers, distributors and dealers knowingly flood the city with handguns. Judge Stephen Schiller of Cook County Circuit Court suggested that illegal gun sales would be more effectively pursued by the police and in the criminal courts. "We will appeal the ruling, of course," Chicago Mayor Richard Daley said. "We will continue this fight... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Daley Pledges Appeal of Anti-Gun Suit's Dismissal

15 September 2000

Chicago Tribune

Just three hours after a Cook County Circuit judge today dismissed a lawsuit filed by Chicago and Cook County against the gun industry, Mayor Richard Daley vowed to appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, if necessary. "We need the same authority to take away the licenses of gun dealers as we do for liquor establishments," Daley told reporters at a news conference at police headquarters. Daley's response was echoed by Cook County State's Atty. Richard Devine, who... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Both Sides Slam Allen on Gun Ban Reversal

15 September 2000

Washington Post

RICHMOND — Political friends and foes alike jumped on U.S. Senate candidate George Allen (r) today for abandoning his opposition to a federal assault weapons ban in the heat of the campaign. "It's a very bad strategic mistake," said Paul Moog, of Alexandria, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a gun rights organization. "That kind of election-year conversion is insulting," added Mo Elleithee, campaign spokesman for Democratic U.S. Sen. Charles S.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Challenge to Gun-Check Initiative Rejected

15 September 2000

Denver Post (Colorado)

The initiative to close the gunshow loophole will stay on November's ballot despite a gun lobby's claim that most of the petition signatures were collected illegally. Chief Denver District Judge J. Stephen Phillips on Thursday dismissed the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners' challenge. "We're on the ballot," said Mark Grueskin, attorney for SAFE Colorado, the group that collected 110,000 signatures to place the initiative on the ballot. "The people will have a chance to vote... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Judge Rejects Rebut to Gun Ballot

14 September 2000

Associated Press

DENVER — A judge on Thursday rejected a challenge to a ballot initiative that would require background checks on all buyers at gun shows, bringing the measure one step closer to a spot on the ballot. District Court Judge J. Stephen Phillips rejected a gun-rights advocate's claim that most signatures submitted in support of the measure were gathered too early and are invalid. "This is going to make it onto the ballot in November," said Tom Mauser, the father of a boy... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,United Nations

Use Development Aid to Curb Small Arms Trade-UK

13 September 2000

CNN / Reuters

UNITED NATIONS — Britain wants to curb the enormous illicit trade in small arms by giving extra development aid to poor countries that agree to destroy surplus weapons, officials said Wednesday. They said British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook would tell the U.N. General Assembly Thursday that the world body had to do more to clamp down on small arms, which have killed millions of people over the last decades. The United Nations has become increasingly worried about... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Robb Extols Stand on Gun Control

13 September 2000

Washington Post

Briefly brandishing an AK-47 assault rifle, U.S. Sen. Charles S. Robb (D-Va.) yesterday promised a throng of supporters outside the Arlington Courthouse that the weapon will continue to be a rare sight if he is reelected this fall. The gun safety rally, as the Robb campaign billed it, was the latest evocation of a prominent theme in Robb's uphill fight to keep his seat away from Republican George Allen, a former governor. In addition to criticizing Allen's record on... (GunPolicy.org)

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