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Gun Policy News, 20 January 2000

United States

20 January 2000

Detroit Free Press

LAS VEGAS — The firearms industry this week took the wraps off high-tech and mechanical gun safety products, including a gun that can be fired only by a person wearing an encoded ring. The devices were unveiled or presented this week by new and established companies at the annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas, one of the largest firearms trade shows in the world. Among them is a long gun equipped with a mini computer that will fire... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

20 January 2000

Wall Street Journal

LAS VEGAS — The gun industry has rebuffed for now the Clinton administration's attempt to galvanize a settlement of municipal lawsuits against the industry. Firearms executives canceled a negotiating session scheduled for Friday that was supposed to include representatives from the administration and some of the cities that have filed suit. Until Wednesday, there was some talk of holding a smaller meeting involving only the industry and some municipal... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

20 January 2000

Los Angeles Times

RICHMOND, Virginia — For years, Joseph "Baybay" Bullock feared no one, least of all the law. He packed a gun even during casual basketball games-and no opponents dared beat him. His drug-buying customers feared that a wrong look or a dispute over payment would prompt an on-the-spot execution. At a busy Richmond intersection in broad daylight in 1994, Bullock pumped 13 bullets into a pair of rival drug dealers. A few hours later, confident that no one would dare... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

20 January 2000

Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO — A new legislative drive to license handgun owners and register their weapons with the state Department of Justice was defeated in the state Assembly on Wednesday. Gun control advocates dismissed rejection of the bill by the Assembly Appropriations Committee as a minor setback, and promised to pursue the issue in what they believe is a friendlier state Senate. "This buys me time. It allows the issue to continue to develop," said Assemblyman Kevin Shelley... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

20 January 2000

San Francisco Chronicle, Editorial

Folklore is so prominent in rhetoric of the National Rifle Association that we wonder why its gun bearers in Congress disregarded a familiar Americanism, to wit: Be careful what you wish for — you may get it. In a strategy of unblushing hypocrisy, NRA lobbyists argued for years that vigorous enforcement of loophole-ridden existing laws should come before enactment of new gun-control legislation. And then, of course, the NRA did everything in its power to hinder,... (GunPolicy.org)

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20 January 2000

Washington Post

Gov. Parris N. Glendening declared yesterday that gun manufacturers' claims that they cannot make a childproof handgun were "nonsense" and told Maryland legislators that "we can make them do it." In some of his sharpest language on the subject yet, Glendening (D) dismissed gunmakers' claims that the technology is not yet reliable or affordable to make guns so that they can be fired only by authorized users. "Absolute nonsense," Glendening told legislators during his... (GunPolicy.org)

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20 January 2000

Oregonian (Portland)

A policy adviser for Metro Executive Mike Burton told the Metropolitan Exposition-Recreation Commission on Wednesday that Metro might request that permits be denied gun shows at the Portland Expo Center. Pete Sandrock presented the commission with a report outlining instances of criminal activity reported by the Portland Police Bureau at seven gun shows presented by Rose City Promotions Inc. in 1999. He outlined some steps the promoter had agreed to take to improve... (GunPolicy.org)

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20 January 2000

Atlantic Monthly (USA)

This week President Clinton asked Congress to approve a $280 million spending increase toward the enforcement of existing gun-control laws. The request is designed, in part, to counter the National Rifle Association's contention that the Administration is making moves to create new gun regulations before adequately enforcing those already in place. Because gun violence is a recurring theme in American life, questions about gun control-is it an effective deterrent... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

20 January 2000

Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO — California's Supreme Court has agreed to review a lower court decision which, for the first time in U.S. history, would have allowed gun makers to be held responsible for crimes committed with their firearms. In a decision which sets the stage for a new legal struggle over gun liability, the court decided 6-1 to set aside a state appeals court ruling which allowed victims of a San Francisco massacre to sue Miami-based Navegar Inc., which made the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

20 January 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The nation's capital has joined other major cities in suing the gun industry. Mayor Anthony Williams said Thursday the District of Columbia is looking for financial compensation for costs related to gunshot injuries. "This gun lawsuit will protect our citizens and our children from the dangers of gun violence by demanding that gun manufacturers change their practices and by financially punishing them for past negligence," Williams said. The district... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

20 January 2000

Reuters Health

NEW YORK — Many Americans believe that more people will die from gun violence, homicide, car accidents and suicide in the future, according to results of a new survey. Asked to predict if the risk of certain causes of death will change in the next 10 years, over half of respondents to a recent Harris poll predicted more deaths due to gun violence, homicide, traffic accidents, suicide, and AIDS. But they were not totally pessimistic-those polled said that in 10... (GunPolicy.org)

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20 January 2000

Los Angeles Times, Column

Sherry Fortelny of Huntington Beach and her new women friends have a theory about gun control that seems perfectly plausible to them. It was around Labor Day that they began to plan their May 14 Mother's Day Million Mom March on Washington. They figure if they can give birth in nine months, they can pull this off in the same amount of time. "We're planning by gestation periods," Fortelny says with her infectious laugh. She's the Orange County coordinator for this... (GunPolicy.org)

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