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Gun Policy News, 16 December 1999

United States

16 December 1999

Los Angeles Times

STUDIO CITY — Civics studies have come alive for brothers Theo and Niko Milonopoulos with their latest victory in an ongoing effort to persuade the City Council to pass a citywide ban on the sales of gun ammunition. The Los Angeles Police Commission voted 3 to 2 two week ago in favor of the 12-year-old twins' proposal. "We were sweating it out till the end," Theo said. "We talked about how kids are being killed sitting in their front yards and parks. This really is... (

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United States

16 December 1999

Washington Post

Most of the nearly 3,000 weapons exchanged for a $100 bill during this summer's gun amnesty program were about 15 years old, many were cheap revolvers barely worth $30 on the street, and none of the ones tested so far had been used to kill anyone, according to an analysis by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. The study represents the first comprehensive look at the weapons turned in by citizens in these "buyback programs," used by many police departments to... (

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United States

16 December 1999

Philadelphia Inquirer

HARRISBURG — Over objections of Philadelphia's incoming mayor and despite pleadings of Philadelphia's out-going mayor, Gov. Ridge signed into law yesterday a bill that bans Philadelphia from suing gun makers. "This is an issue inseparable from a basic constitutional right, the right to bear arms," said Ridge spokesman Tim Reeves. "We have in many instances held we should have one government policy on constitutional issues, not 5,000," he added, referring to the... (

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16 December 1999

Advertiser (Adelaide)

South Australia's armed robbery rate has dropped nearly 40 per cent in 12 months. Figures reveal that from October last year to October this year 173 armed robberies were carried out — 114 fewer than in the previous corresponding period. Robberies in which a firearm was used were cut by half — from 57 to 29 — while robberies in which other weapons were used fell from 230 to 144. Police Assistant Commissioner Paul White announced the... (

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