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Dealer Jailed for Gun Death

18 April 2000

Gloucester Citizen (UK)

A firearms dealer has been jailed for supplying live ammunition to a man who later shot his best friend dead with it by accident. David Partridge, 56, of Gable End House, Pitchcombe, near Stroud, told pensioner George Gleed that the six rounds of pinfire bullets he had given him for his 1865 Belgian revolver were blanks. Pensioner Mr Gleed was given the bullets after earlier buying the old pistol from Partridge's home based antiques shop and dealership for £85. Mr... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Congress Unmoved So Far by Flurry of Gun Bills

17 April 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Since the shooting deaths at Columbine High School a year ago, members of Congress have introduced dozens of gun control bills but not one of them has become law. Still, there's a stong election-year incentive to get something done and general agreement has been reached on several measures: trigger locks, bans on high-capacity ammunition clips and a bar against juveniles with criminal records from possessing guns. The biggest and most elusive prize has... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

At Gun Show, Closing Loophole Seen as Intrusion

17 April 2000

USA Today

AKRON, Ohio — At a gun show here, amid survivalist gear and "Gun control equals people control" bumper stickers, two men are selling semiautomatic handguns under different sets of rules. Jim Cyrus, a gun-store owner, is a licensed dealer. As at his store, he can sell only to buyers who pass federally mandated background checks, most of which are completed within a minute. About 10 tables away sits a retired Ford Motor pattern designer, who does a few shows each year... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Unmaking a Gunmaker

17 April 2000

Newsweek

Donald Zilkha never really planned to get into the gun business. In 1993 he turned 42, and had yet to make his own fortune. Success was expected of him: his family built one of the biggest banking empires in the Middle East before conquering New York. He worried aloud to friends that his father, a philanthropist and banker, disapproved of him. Zilkha was looking for a chance to prove himself, and suddenly there it was. Colt's Manufacturing Co.-known to the world as... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Year Later, Columbine is Learning to Cope While Still Searching for Answers

17 April 2000

New York Times

DENVER — Almost a year has passed since a killing rampage here by two students thrust an otherwise ordinary high school into the vortex of national debates over gun rights, parental responsibilities, cultural violence and the nature of evil. Yet for all the discourse, as well as the symbolism of 15 deaths inside a public school, including the gunmen's, little beyond the walls of Columbine High School in suburban Denver has changed since last April 20. Congress is... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Some Women Oppose Gun March

17 April 2000

Cincinnati Post (Ohio)

Catie Berry has a message for anyone hearing about the Million Mom March in Washington D. C. on May 14 — not all women share the paranoid hysteria she says is fueling the march's call for stronger gun control. The Amelia woman, who is the mother of four grown sons, joined the Dallas-based Second Amendment Sisters less than a month ago when she heard the grassroots organization was forming t o rally against the gun control efforts of the Million Mom March. She... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

In Do-Or-Die Letter, NRA Pleads for Cash to Launch Ad Campaign

17 April 2000

Denver Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)

The NRA is pleading for money in a militant us-against-the-world letter indicating the gun lobby is launching its most aggressive advertising campaign in years. The letter, which arrived in members' mailboxes late this week, calls for "emergency media" payments, above National Rifle Association dues. The group says it hopes to increase its advertising budget by nearly $3.3 million over what it planned to spend this election cycle. This is the most critical election... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Show Talk Flies Like Lead

17 April 2000

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

At the Crossroads of the West Gun Show at the Salt Palace on Sunday, the firearms cost money — about $200 for a .22-caliber Ruger, or nearly $2,000 for a classic bolt-action Winchester rifle — but the opinions were free of charge. A number of shoppers snarled at President Clinton's attempts to create longer waiting periods for gun show background checks. "We all know [Clinton's] track record. He has no credibility," said John Pickett of Salt Lake City, who... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Have Gun, Will Vote

17 April 2000

Weekly Standard (USA); Vol.. 5, No. 31

William Schneider couldn't believe his eyes. The CNN commentator and fellow at the American Enterprise Institute felt there must be something wrong with a recent CNN poll. It showed Americans are evenly divided on whether George W. Bush, who doesn't talk much about guns, or Al Gore, who has made gun control a theme of his presidential campaign, handles the "gun issue" better. Schneider requested the question be asked again. It was-with the same result. Meanwhile,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Million Mom March Not Limited to Mothers

17 April 2000

Mobile Register (Alabama)

When Irene Schneider heard about the Million Mom March in Washington, D.C., she began looking into the costs of chartering buses. The victim of a shooting four years ago, the Gurley, Ala., woman wanted to march with other moms on Mother's Day 2000 to show support for tougher gun laws. She thought other mothers from Alabama would join her. But Schneider, Alabama's Million Mom March coordinator, is having a difficult time recruiting enough people to even fill a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Inside the Mind of Bryant

16 April 2000

Sunday Mail (South Australia)

Being bullied at school and snubbed as a teenager was an underlying reason for Martin Bryant's killing spree at Port Arthur, according to a confidential psychiatric report. After the killings on April 28 1996, Bryant told a Psychiatrist he was "hazed and knocked around" by school bullies from the age of seven, according to the official report on his state of mind. "No one wanted to be my friend," Bryant said. "All I wanted was for people to like me." He told the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Clinton Takes Gun Control to Kids

16 April 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — With the first anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings looming, President Clinton is taking his appeal for gun control directly to children in a magazine for young people. "The debate about reducing gun violence isn't about politics. It's about saving lives," Clinton wrote in a brief article in the April 21 edition of Time for Kids, the classroom version of Time magazine. While urging Congress to pass legislation for background checks and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gunshot Violence Takes Toll in D.C.

16 April 2000

CNN

WASHINGTON, DC — When shots rang out at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., seven children were left wounded. One continues to battle for life, with a gunshot wound to the head. It continues to be a difficult year for some children in the nation's capital. Since the beginning of the academic year at least 17 have been killed by gunfire-more than the number killed in the Columbine High School massacre in Littleton, Colorado. Unlike Columbine, many of the deaths... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gun Visionary Building Modern Town on Principles of the Old Wild West

16 April 2000

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) / Gannett

FRONT SIGHT, Nevada — Australian journalist Gerard Ryle looked nauseated as he retreated from the firing line cradling his 9 mm Uzi. In the background: a paper silhouette of a person obliterated by a single pull of a trigger and 20 successive blasts. "I've never fired a gun in my life," Ryle muttered. "This is awful." Outsiders might relate. But most folks locking and loading here on a remote desert shooting range are gun enthusiasts eager to drive 48 miles west... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Tragedy at Columbine Turns Some Family Members Into Activists

16 April 2000

Nando Times

LITTLETON, Colorado — One night over dinner 15-year-old Daniel Mauser asked his dad if he knew that unlicensed dealers at gun shows didn't have to do criminal background checks on buyers. Two weeks later, the teenager was dead — shot down in his own high school with a weapon purchased at a gun show. Today, Tom Mauser has become his late son's voice in the gun-control campaign. "To have him killed by a gun bought at a gun show — I felt that was a sign," Mauser... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa

Hundreds Protest Against Gun-Related Crimes

15 April 2000

African National Congress

More than 500 people marched to the Saul Tsotetsi Sports Centre in Sebokeng on the Vaal Rand on Saturday in protest against gun-related crimes in the area, SABC radio news reported. The march is part of a national campaign aimed at supporting the Gun Control Bill. Addressing demonstrators, Gun Free South Africa's director Adele Kirsten said more than 800 South African children were killed in gun-related incidents since 1998. Kirsten said it was important that guns... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Gore Urges Ban on Guns in Churches

15 April 2000

Associated Press

SAN JOSE, California — Al Gore called for a ban on guns in churches and other places of worship Friday, taking a poke at Republican presidential rival George W. Bush's Texas version of the idea. "We should ban guns from our churches and school events — something that is shamefully legal in George Bush's Texas and in 20 other states," Gore told a group of young people. "Our children can't reach for their dreams if they're ducking for cover." The vice president was... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

'Straw Purchase' Gun Bill Survives Senate Committee

15 April 2000

Denver Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)

Legislation to crack down on adults who make "straw purchases" of guns for children or for felons had a close call Friday, but the bill survived. The legislation, among nearly a half-dozen measures sought by Gov. Bill Owens this year, emerged from the Senate Appropriations Committee on a 5-4 vote. Two other gun measures — one aimed at halting the transfer of guns to young people in ganglike situations and another imposing stiffer penalties on felons caught with... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Most US States Lack Basic Gun Control Laws, Says Survey

14 April 2000

Fox News (USA) / Reuters

NEW YORK — Forty-two states lack basic gun control laws to provide even "minimum standards for public safety," a nationwide survey released Thursday said. The study examined each of the 50 states' laws and rated them on 30 gun control measures such as registration, safety training, safe storage requirements, licensing and litigation. The report used a scale of one to 100 to rate the states' performance and gave 42 states scores of less than 20. The average score was... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Senate Democrats Push 'Safe Havens' from Guns

14 April 2000

Reuters

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Friday said they will seek to pass a resolution opposing laws in 22 states that let gun owners carry concealed weapons into places of worship, hoping to force Republicans to cast a politically sensitive election-year gun control vote. Days before the April 20 one-year anniversary of the shooting massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, Senate Democrats said they would try to get a floor vote on a resolution to put the... (GunPolicy.org)

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