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Gun Policy News, 19 September 1999

United States

19 September 1999

Los Angeles Times / Washington Post

WASHINGTON — None of the gun control legislation under discussion in Congress would have prevented the purchase of weapons by shooters in a recent spate of firearms violence, including last week's massacre at a Texas church, gun control supporters and opponents agree. In that string of violence, all of the killers had either bought their guns legally or found an easy way to get around state and federal laws. The provisions now before a House-Senate conference... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

19 September 1999

Chicago Sun-Times

The leader of the Chicago Libertarian Party is suing Cook County Sheriff Michael Sheahan, saying a program to buy back guns from the public violates federal firearms laws. The lawsuit in U.S. District Court seeks an order stopping the program Sheahan launched this month. The sheriff collected 1,001 guns last weekend, 1,205 on Friday and 1,175 on Saturday. They have included at least one AK-47 assault rifle and an Uzi submachine gun, though most are small-caliber... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

19 September 1999

Washington Post

President Clinton joined his vice president last night in rebuking George W. Bush for blaming a mass shooting in a Fort Worth church on "a wave of evil" rather than calling for greater gun control. Neither the president nor Vice President Gore named Bush, but they left no doubt that they were focusing on the Texas governor in their back-to-back speeches at the Congressional Black Caucus's annual awards dinner here. They quoted Bush's remarks that followed Wednesday... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

19 September 1999

Washington Post

None of the gun control legislation under discussion in Congress would have prevented the purchase of weapons by shooters in a recent spate of firearms violence, including last week's massacre at a Texas church, gun control supporters and opponents agree. People at both ends of the spectrum in the gun control debate say the provisions before a House-Senate conference committee would have done nothing to save the scores of people who died in those attacks. In that... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

19 September 1999

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

James Amodt has had four acquaintances cut down by guns. Two committed suicide, another was shot to death in a gangland slaying. The fourth was 20-year-old Christopher Meldrum, and Amodt pulled the trigger himself. "If the gun hadn't been right there, on the spot, it wouldn't have happened," said the 21-year-old Utah prison inmate. "Maybe I would have run, maybe I would have just fought him." Now in the third year of a 15-year murder sentence, Amodt has spent long... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

19 September 1999

Telegraph (UK)

Governor George W Bush personally approved a change in the law to allow concealed pistols to be carried into Texas churches, it emerged yesterday, providing his political opponents with ammunition in the gun-control row that has broken out following last week's church massacre in the state. Mr Bush's Democrat opponents, led by Al Gore, the Vice-President, are seizing on his record as the people of Fort Worth, Texas, grieve over the murder of seven people, four of them... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

19 September 1999

Reuters

WASHINGTON — President Bill Clinton said Saturday the National Rifle Association and its supporters must assume more responsibility for the mass killings across the United States in recent years. The most recent shooting was Wednesday, when a lone gunman killed seven people and himself in a Fort Worth, Texas Baptist church. The attack sparked more calls by Clinton and gun-control advocates for tougher limits on the purchase of firearms. Officials of the NRA and its... (GunPolicy.org)

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