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Gun Policy News, 30 November 1998

United States

30 November 1998

USA Today

Thousands of prospective gun buyers who should be disqualified may be able to buy a weapon anyway as a new nationwide system of instant background checks goes into effect Monday. That's because many states don't keep the records needed to build the FBI database used for the instant check system. And if the database doesn't recommend disqualification, a buyer can get the weapon on the spot. The instant-check system is the latest evolution of the Brady Law, which went... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

30 November 1998

Edmonton Journal (Alberta)

OTTAWA — "I survived violence," says the hand-stitched message on the front of the pink T-shirt. Beneath, boxed in a black coffin, are the words "Many don't." Dozens of similar T-shirts crafted by the women and children victims of domestic violence hang from ropes strung between stepladders. The stark and unpolished Clothesline Project exhibit is travelling across Canada until Dec. 6 — the anniversary of the Montreal massacre when a deranged gunman murdered 14... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 November 1998

CNN

The nationwide system of instant background checks for any gun purchase began Monday, with at least one news report charging that the system is seriously flawed and could allow mentally ill individuals and others to quickly and legally buy guns. The instant check system is the latest step in the Brady Law, and it replaces the five-day waiting period for handgun purchases that was required in all states beginning in 1994. Under the new system, about 80 percent of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

30 November 1998

Reuters

DALTON TOWNSHIP, Michigan — Western Michigan police Monday arrested a high school senior and were searching for a classmate suspected of killing five people in the rural town of Dalton Township, authorities said. "We have five people dead from gun shot wounds," Muskegon County Prosecutor Tony Tague told Reuters. "We have one 18-year-old suspect in custody. We have a manhunt right now for another 18-year-old suspect." Three or four of the victims may be related to... (GunPolicy.org)

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