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Gun Policy News, 13 January 2000

United States

13 January 2000

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

A majority of Utah voters of all political persuasions, religions and geographic areas support an initiative to ban legally concealed weapons from schools and churches, according to a poll released Wednesday by campaign organizers. Two-thirds of people identifying themselves as likely to vote support the prohibition, while just 1 in 4 opposes it, according to the survey. Some 11 percent were uncertain. Republicans and Democrats, members of the predominant Mormon... (

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New Zealand

13 January 2000

Press (Christchurch)

WELLINGTON — Gun owners are preparing to fire all political and legal shots in their fight to prevent a possible ban on military-style, semi-automatic rifles. About 35 competitors from around the country competed for the fifth annual Charles Upham Memorial shooting championship at the Sommerville Range, Trentham, yesterday. But it could be the last national competition shoot for MSSA owners before a predicted ban on the firearms. Duty Minister Jim Sutton last week... (

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United States

13 January 2000

Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO — Dealing a potential setback to proponents of expanded gun control, state Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer said Wednesday that he will remain neutral in the developing fight to license handgun owners and register their firearms. Lockyer, a Democrat and a gun control advocate who campaigned for office against military-style assault weapons, stopped short of endorsing Gov. Gray Davis' demand for an election-year moratorium on new gun controls. As the state's chief... (

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United States

13 January 2000

Denver Post (Colorado)

The Legislature's first showdown on guns was called off. The Senate Judiciary Committee had been slated Wednesday to give the official kickoff to the gun debate, holding hearings on a gun-control bill and a gun-rights bill. But Senate President Ray Powers, RColorado Springs, called off the hearing, saying other gun bills still are to come, and he wants them all heard at once. "So they'll all have a fair shot," Powers explained Wednesday. "So there isn't a lot of... (

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Uganda,United Nations

13 January 2000

Kampala New Vision (Uganda)

KAMPALA — Experts from 17 member states of United Nations African Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFRI), have resolved to fight illegal firearms trafficking in Africa. The resolution was made after a three-day meeting at Kampala International Conference Centre. "It was agreed that initiatives be carried out in the region to address the issue of possession, trafficking and misuse of firearms. The problem in the Great Lakes... (

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United States

13 January 2000

Sacramento Bee (California)

Chris Fulster stocks Browning semiautomatic hunting rifles at Broadway Bait Rod & Gun, but won't be selling any of the popular guns for a while. Dale Martenia, owner of DM Custom Handguns in North Highlands, has pulled similar rifles off his shelves and told customers he won't order them, either. Both have joined the ranks of gun dealers across the state who say they're confused by the newly tightened ban on military-style assault weapons. From San Leandro to... (

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United States

13 January 2000

Cincinnati Enquirer (Ohio)

The Cincinnati police department will no longer be able to trade or sell old handguns to wholesale dealers under a policy enacted Wednesday. Saying the price of a gun being used in a crime was much higher than any economic loss, City Council voted to destroy old guns and possibly sell them as scrap metal. "We can't control the sale of guns," said Councilwoman Minette Cooper. "But what we can do is not add to it." Ms. Cooper first raised the issue of monitoring city... (

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