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6 June 1999

Boston Globe

WASHINGTON — The Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalog, dated 1908, featured a Smith & Wesson gun with a marketing slogan that seems tailor-made for today: childproof. This hand-me-down of American advertising surfaced in legal debate this weekend, as one lawyer at a conference on guns tried to demonstrate that gunmakers recognized the need to design hard-to-squeeze, child-resistant guns as far back as the 1870s, but failed to pursue designs that might have averted more... (

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