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United States

27 January 2000


WASHINGTON — President Clinton is to propose a handgun licensing program as part of his State of the Union speech on Thursday, a White House official said. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the proposal was the so-called "surprise" feature of the speech, most of which has been publicized in advance. "Crime in America has dropped for the past seven years-the longest decline on record, thanks to a national consensus we helped forge on community... (

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