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Gun Policy News, 2 January 1999


2 January 1999

Advertiser (Adelaide)

Police have called off their two-year drive to track down firearms banned after 1996's Port Arthur massacre — despite the fact hundreds of banned weapons are still in circulation. Of the 72,000 newly banned guns that previously had been in the possession of South Australians, all but 200 to 300 have been found. But hundreds of unregistered guns banned under the new, uniform, national laws — such as semi-automatic shotguns — probably are still circulating. The... (

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United States

2 January 1999

CBS News (USA)

We think we can change the way the gun industry does business, the same as we've changed the way tobacco does business" — Attorney John Coale Some of the same lawyers who bankrolled the war on American cigarette makers have now turned their sights on the U.S. gun industry reports CBS News Correspondent Jim Stewart. Plagued with gun violence, the mayors of Chicago and New Orleans have already united in lawsuits against gun makers … and more, including... (

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United States

2 January 1999


WASHINGTON — The United States' murder rate dropped in 1997 to its lowest level in three decades, largely due to a fall in gun violence, the Justice Department announced on Saturday. The nation's murder rate was 6.8 per 100,000 people in 1997, the lowest level since 1967 when 6.2 per 100,000 people were killed, the Justice Department said. "The sharp increase in homicides in the late 1980s and much of the subsequent decline is attributable to a rise and fall in gun... (

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