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Gun Policy News, 7 January 1999

Estados Unidos

7 January 1999

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin)

A 15-year-old boy died and his 16-year-old friend was left in critical condition Wednesday after they both pulled guns on each other in a "fast draw" contest the night before, officials said. Efrain M. Casas, 15, died about noon Wednesday at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital in Wauwatosa of a head wound, Milwaukee police said. His 16-year-old friend, also a boy, was listed in extremely critical condition at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin with a gunshot wound to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

7 January 1999

New York Times, Editorial

The continuing decline in homicides in New York City and elsewhere last year is cause for celebration, but it does not end the need for strict gun-control laws. A new Justice Department study shows that while the nation's overall homicide rate fell in 1997 to its lowest level in three decades, the number of firearm homicides by young people remains alarmingly high. The report offers no explanation for this discrepancy. But criminologists point to the phenomenal spread... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

7 January 1999

Associated Press

NEW YORK — Nearly five years after 16-year-old Robert Robles was slain during a fight over a neighborhood baseball game, his death has raised a high-stakes question in a federal courtroom: Was it the gun industry's fault? The families of Robles and six other shooting victims have sued the firearms industry, accusing dozens of manufacturers and distributors of feeding an underground market that puts guns in the hands of criminals. "This is a simple case about... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

7 January 1999

Associated Press

CINCINNATI — A state judge today dismissed the city's lawsuit against gun manufacturers, saying it was vague and unsupported by legal precedent. Several other cities across the country also have sued the firearms industry. Today's action was the first dismissal of such a suit, a lawyer for gun manufacturers said. Jim Dorr, a Chicago lawyer for gun makers Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc. of Southport, Conn., and Smith & Wesson Corp. of Springfield, Mass., said he hopes to use... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

7 January 1999

CNN

CARROLLTON, Georgia — A student was killed and her boyfriend was wounded in a shooting Friday at Central High School that may have been an attempted murder-suicide or double suicide. The Associated Press reported that Andrea Garrett, 15, died at Tanner Medical Center, while Jeff Miller, 17, was airlifted to Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta, about 50 miles away. The extent of his injuries was unclear. The shooting in a rest room of the science wing of the high... (GunPolicy.org)

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Estados Unidos

7 January 1999

Reuters

NEW YORK — As numerous U.S. cities prepare to sue the gun industry over violent shootings, a jury consulting firm said on Thursday that a survey indicates that most Americans oppose such litigation. DecisionQuest said it surveyed a representative sample of 1,008 U.S. adults from Dec. 17-20 and found that 66.2 percent opposed governments suing gun manufacturers. The trial consulting company said that 19.3 percent supported the suits. The survey's margin of error was... (GunPolicy.org)

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