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Gun Policy News, 12 February 2000

South Africa

12 February 2000

African National Congress

About 260,000 surplus small arms owned by the state would be destroyed before the end of the year, Defence Secretary January Masilela said on Saturday. This process, dubbed Operation Mouflon, would begin within a few weeks, he told reporters after signing an agreement with Norway on financial support for the exercise in Pretoria. Norway would contribute R450,000 to the cost which would amount to about R1,7 million. "All state-held redundant, obsolete, unservicable... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

12 February 2000

New York Times

DENVER — A measure that would have required private firearms dealers at gun shows to conduct the same kind of background checks that licensed dealers perform was narrowly defeated today in the Colorado Legislature. Although it was a blow to Gov. Bill Owens, a Republican who supported the bill as part of a larger package of gun-control measures, the 6-to-5 vote by the House Appropriations Committee was a milestone, of sorts, for proponents of gun control because such... (GunPolicy.org)

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