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Gun Policy News, 9 June 1999

United States

9 June 1999

Chicago Sun-Times

Gun control activists from across the country on Tuesday pressed House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert and House Judiciary Chairman Henry J. Hyde to stand firm in their support of tougher gun laws. The activists, led by the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, expressed concern that Hastert and Hyde would bow to pressure from National Rifle Association lobbyists and keep gun control bills from passing the U.S. House of Representatives. "We urge them to just say no to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

9 June 1999

New York Times

WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders said Tuesday that they would bring gun-control legislation to the House floor next week without holding a previously scheduled meeting in the House Judiciary Committee, a change in strategy that demonstrated their acute sensitivity to the potency of gun control as a political issue right now. The move would deny Democrats an additional showcase, before the debate on the House floor, to paint Republicans as outright foes of real... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

9 June 1999

Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON — House Republicans on Tuesday rolled out their version of the gun-control legislation that passed the Senate last month and, in a reversal of strategy, announced that it would be debated next week by the full House without any of the usual committee votes. Democrats immediately ridiculed the GOP measures and tactics, predicting that the fine print in the House legislation would reveal loopholes planted by gun-rights advocates, who have had weeks to zero... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

9 June 1999

New York Times, Editorial

There is plenty of reason to be skeptical about the pledge by Speaker Dennis Hastert last month to support "common-sense" gun control legislation in the House. After all, the Republican leadership has tried every technique to gut or block gun control in the past. Yesterday, in a highly unusual parliamentary move, Mr. Hastert said he would bypass the Judiciary Committee, where most Republicans are hostile to gun control, and bring the legislation directly to the floor.... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

9 June 1999

ABC News (Australia)

The country's police ministers, meeting in Sydney during the next two days, are being urged to further restrict gun ownership by banning semi-automatic and self-loading handguns. Under the national gun laws, members of gun clubs who have been cleared by authorities are able to own semi-automatic and self-loading handguns. The National Coalition for Gun Control will hold a protest outside the ministerial meeting today. The Coalition's New South Wales convenor, Sam... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

9 June 1999

ABC News (Australia)

The National Coalition for Gun Control is pressuring the Tasmanian Government to review its hand gun laws. Coalition chairman Roland Browne says it is time for the Government to act immediately on the issue to prevent incidents such as the shooting in Hobart at the weekend. At least 15 shots were fired at a man on Saturday morning, outside a nightclub on Watchorn Street. It is understood at least three semi-automatic pistols were used in the shooting. Mr Browne says... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

9 June 1999

Courier-Mail (Brisbane)

Prospective gun owners could face up to 40 hours of compulsory training at a TAFE [a college — ed.] under proposals being considered by state and territory police ministers today. A meeting of the Australian Police Ministers Council in Sydney also will discuss a Commonwealth plan to establish a national training authority which would sets basic competency standards for new gun owners. The Federal Government's proposals are part of a push to create uniform standards... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

9 June 1999

Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO — Legislation intended to dry up a source of illegal handguns by restricting their sale to one per customer a month passed its first test in the state Senate on Tuesday after winning Assembly approval in April. Under current California law, legal purchasers of firearms can buy unlimited numbers of handguns and other firearms. Assemblyman Wally Knox (D-Los Angeles) and a coalition of law enforcement and gun control interests and others told the Senate... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

9 June 1999

ABC News (USA)

KEVIN NEWMAN — In Washington today, an accusation from President Clinton of arm-twisting of the highest order. As members of the House wrestle with a new gun control bill, the President charged House Republicans with taking orders from the gun lobby. Here is ABC's Linda Douglass. LINDA DOUGLASS, ABCNEWS (VO) Democrats charged that the Republican gun control legislation is riddled with loopholes crafted by the National Rifle Association. PRES BILL CLINTON It is a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

9 June 1999

Chicago Sun-Times

His south suburban gun store is targeted in two lawsuits seeking to hold dealers responsible for the violence committed by the weapons they sell. And now Chuck's Gun Shop in Riverdale is implicated among "the worst of the worst" in a national study that ranks it No. 2 on a list of stores that sell the most firearms that later turn up in criminals' hands. The store sold 1,176 guns traced to crimes committed from 1996 through 1998, according to the study by Sen. Charles... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

9 June 1999

Washington Post

House Republican leaders yesterday embraced gun control legislation written with the help of the National Rifle Association, and announced plans to rush it to a final vote. The GOP measure significantly modifies a Democratic proposal that narrowly passed the Senate last month and that for the first time would require mandatory background checks on all firearm purchases at gun shows. While retaining the Senate's mandatory checks, the House Republican version modifies... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

9 June 1999

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

A Utah gun manufacturer is listed as one of the 137 "worst" gun dealers in the nation, supplying a significant number of guns used in crimes last year, according to a new study of federal firearms data. The study, conducted by the office of Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., found that 1 percent of the nation's 100,000 federally licensed gun dealers supplied weapons used in 45 percent of the crimes in which the gun was traced by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

9 June 1999

Courier-Mail (Brisbane)

A schoolgirl, 12, allegedly told police she had shot her mother, a Sunshine Coast court heard yesterday. The girl, who cannot be named because of her age, was facing the start of committal proceedings in a special Maroochydore Children's Court sitting. She is charged with murdering her mother, 48, at their Mapleton home on October 10, last year. Police said then that the woman had been found lying on her bed about 9pm with a single gunshot wound to the head. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

9 June 1999

Boston Globe, Column

There is an honest desperation about the lawsuits being filed against gun makers by Boston and 19 other cities. There was no alternative as Congress plays the hit man for the National Rifle Association. As Congress agonizes over the most minor of gun restrictions and clatters in abject cowardice over sweeping gun control, the mayors got the message that NRA money still means more in Washington, even in its somewhat devalued state after the Littleton schoolyard... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

9 June 1999

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Bitterly evoking the Colorado school massacre, President Clinton accused House Republicans today of pushing a watered- down gun-control bill "plainly ghostwritten" by the National Rifle Association. At the same time, internal Republican polling shows strong support nationwide for a series of gun-control measures, including an increase in the allowable age for handgun purchases from 18 to 21. "It is wrong to let the NRA call the shots on this issue," the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

9 June 1999

United Press International

WASHINGTON — President Clinton has criticized the House leadership for letting the National Rifle Association "call the shots" on tougher gun control measures and has urged Americans to speak up on the issue. Speaking before he took part in a civil rights law enforcement roundtable today, Clinton blasted House lawmakers for taking steps to water down legislation already passed by the Senate. "It is a bill that is plainly ghostwritten by the NRA," the president said.... (GunPolicy.org)

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