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Gun Policy News, 1 January 2000

United States

1 January 2000

Marie Claire (USA)

It's remarkably easy to get a gun in the U.S. — and a lot of money and energy is devoted to keeping it that way. Web Warfare If you log on to a Web site called Guns America, you can choose from carbines, automatic handguns, even Kalashnikov (AK-47) assault rifles — the preferred war weapon of rebel groups around the world. Never mind that AK-47s have been banned by federal law since 1994; the law applies only to new guns, so you can still get a used gun that... (

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United States

1 January 2000

Working Mother magazine (USA)

Cofounder of the Bell Campaign, the leading gun-violence prevention organization; mother of a daughter, 20, and a son, 17 Katina Johnstone has gunmakers on the run, and if she has her way, she'll soon be shooting big holes in their sales. So far 24 cities have filed suit against firearms manufacturers, largely because of the legwork Johnstone has done. As leader of the Bell Campaign and one of its 12 founders, Johnstone, 50, is a leading voice in the revived gun-control... (

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United States

1 January 2000

Channel 2000 (CBS)

LOS ANGELES — Despite warnings that bullets shot up in the air must come down, New Year's revelers fired away during the night. There were at least two victims from falling bullets overnight Friday. A 12-year-old South Central boy was struck in his head and an off-duty sheriff's deputy was hit in his arm in Temple City, according to wire reports. The boy, whose name has not released, was playing with friends at 12:10 a.m. in his front yard at 1352 E. 50th St. when... (

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United States

1 January 2000

Associated Press

READING, Pennsylvania — A machine-shop foreman shot and killed his wife and her three children on Saturday, then called 911 to admit to the slayings before committing suicide, authorities said. The bodies of Henry Peffer Jr., 47, and his wife, Kimberly, 27, were found in a breakfast nook in their modest brick home, said coroner John Lampros. Mrs. Peffer's three children from previous marriages-identified by neighbors as Tiffany Schaeffer, 12, Dustin Kline, 7, and... (

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1 January 2000

BBC Radio (UK); Europe Today

The new year did not begin well for Jimmy Zambo, a popular singer here. On a drunken party night, annoyed by some noise outside, he took his Beretta gun and started to shoot randomly out of the window. Then to show that he had finished his protest, he put the gun to his head. Forgetting that there was still a bullet left in the gun-barrel, he shot himself dead. Thousands attended his funeral and millions watched it live on TV. His death turned into a huge media hype... (

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