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Gun Policy News, 20 September 1999

United States

20 September 1999

Guardian (UK), Opinion

Adolf Hitler. Fidel Castro. Josef Stalin. What is the main thing they have in common? That's right. They believed in gun control. That, at any rate, is the belief of the National Rifle Association. Photographs of the three appear on posters advertising the NRA's latest bid to fight what they see as a rising tide of liberal opinion that threatens to change the laws on gun ownership and registration in the wake of the latest gun atrocity. And the atrocities seem to come... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

20 September 1999

Wall Street Journal

A group of California handgun manufacturers, whose small, inexpensive weapons police often associate with crime, are retreating from the cheap-gun market. The little-noticed development began several years ago and could be the first stage of a substantial shakeout in the gun business. A wave of municipal lawsuits against the entire handgun industry appears to be accelerating the restructuring. People in both the pro- and antigun camp predict that the process could... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

20 September 1999

Richmond Times-Dispatch / Media General News Service

BALTIMORE — As he waited for his son's string quartet to perform at a Timonium flea market, Stephen Teret perused a used-book booth and found Roy G. Jinks' "History of Smith & Wesson." It was the late 1980s, before the idea of childproofing firearms had the political momentum it enjoys today. Teret thumbed through the index for "safety." On Page 135 he read the "legend" of how in the 1880s company founder D.B. Wesson learned that a small child was injured by cocking... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

20 September 1999

Los Angeles Times, Editorial

An unwieldy infringement on the 2nd Amendment's right of access to guns. That's the nonsense the House stuck to last summer as it defeated an extension of the Brady law's background check to gun shows. Do House members seriously believe that prospective gun owners with a criminal conviction or a history of mental instability, already blocked from buying a gun in a store, deserve "access" to a firearm at gun shows and swap meets? If not, how else can they explain their... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

20 September 1999

Cincinnati Post (Ohio); Second of three parts

Tracing every gun seized in a crime, Cincinnati police are creating a detailed database that should read like a road map to the largest sources of firearms coming into the hands of criminals. But even if this high-tech policing strategy helps identify the criminals' supply lines, authorities may have a difficult time shutting them off. That's because: Some dealers will show up on the database simply because of their sales volume and proximity to high-crime... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

20 September 1999

Denver Post (Colorado)

Gov. Bill Owens is heading off a revolt in his party over gun control. A Republican who got the endorsement and financial support of the National Rifle Association in his campaign last year, Owens surprised and angered some fellow Republicans last month when he came out with a package of proposed gun restrictions. But in the past month, he has begun to smooth over the differences with the gun lobby. And he's working with some of the Legislature's most ardently pro-gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

20 September 1999

ABC News (USA)

DENVER — Denver Mayor Wellington Webb wants to ban the sale of confiscated and used police firearms and ammunition. Webb was reportedly upset to learn that many police departments and other government agencies across the country routinely sell such firearms, including assault weapons, to gun manufacturers and dealers. Webb, who is president of the U-S Conference of Mayors, will ask governors and mayors across the country to adopt policies that call for confiscated... (GunPolicy.org)

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