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Gun Policy News, 28 February 2000

United States

28 February 2000


WESTMINSTER, Maryland — A 66-year-old woman won a Beretta 9 mm semiautomatic pistol Saturday in a Republican Party raffle that raised money, controversy and protests. HELEN ROOP, a registered Republican and retired Carroll County finance department worker, decided to take the handgun and shooting classes over the alternative first prize of $500. She must pass a background check before getting the pistol. The fund-raiser for the rural county's Republican Central... (

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United Kingdom

28 February 2000

The Journal (UK)

Security at Newcastle Airport came under scrutiny this morning after it was revealed a replica gun was smuggled into the country via the terminal. An undercover reporter working for The Sun passed through Customs unchecked with a replica pistol following a flight from Sanford in Florida. Ian Hepburn, crime reporter for the newspaper, and photographer Nigel Cairns, strolled through the "Nothing to declare" channel at Newcastle after taking off from Sanford with the... (

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United States

28 February 2000

Washington Post

SAN JOSE — Before picking up the gun, slip on the special black wristband. Then, draw a bead on the paper target hanging 30 feet downrange, squeeze the trigger and feel the .40-caliber pistol buck with a satisfying jolt. A round hole is punched in the target, and the silver pistol is ready for firing again. But take off the black wristband, a radio transmitter that looks like a digital watch without numerals, pick up the pistol again, aim and squeeze the trigger:... (

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United States

28 February 2000

Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS — Gun manufacturers and sellers suffered a setback Monday when a judge threw out state laws designed to keep the city from suing the firearms industry for damages caused by their weapons. Laws passed by the Legislature last year intended to shield the gun industry from lawsuits were declared unconstitutional by Civil District Judge Lloyd Medley. One law changed the state's products liability law, while the other barred cities from filing such... (

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United States

28 February 2000


DENVER — Vice President Al Gore, hoping to wrap up the Democratic presidential nomination in the next few weeks, stepped up his attacks on Monday on the two leading Republican White House contenders, calling them pawns of the pro-gun lobby. Campaigning in Colorado, rocked last year by a high school shooting rampage, Gore charged that Texas Gov. George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain of Arizona are both "in the hip pocket of the NRA," the National Rifle Association,... (

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