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Gun Policy News, 1 March 2000

United States

1 March 2000

San Jose Mercury News (California)

The shooting death of a first-grade student near Flint, Mich., has heightened anxiety about the safety of the nation's schools, but a California report released today contains heartening news: For the fourth year in a row, the number of guns found on the state's public school campuses has declined. According to the California Safe Schools Assessment, 637 guns were confiscated on public school campuses in the 1998-99 school year, a significant drop from the 1,039 that... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

1 March 2000

New York Times

Police officers arrested a man today who lived in the same house as the 6-year-old boy who fatally shot a first-grade classmate on Tuesday in Mount Morris Township, Mich., a prosecutor said. Arthur A. Busch, the Genesee County prosecutor, said at a news conference that the man, identified as Sir Marcus Winfrey, was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant and is believed to be linked to a stolen 12-gauge shotgun and drugs that the police found on Tuesday night in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

1 March 2000

Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh)

As if babies having babies isn't social pathology enough, now we have this: babies killing babies. Yesterday, a 6-year-old boy in Michigan took a loaded gun to school and used it to shoot a first-grade classmate. The little girl died. If the gun had had a child-proof trigger lock, the story would have ended very differently. The lack of precisely such a simple safety measure is what spurred Donna Dees Thomases, a 42-year-old publicist from Short Hills, N.J., to begin... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bahamas,Caribbean,United States

1 March 2000

Reuters

NASSAU, Bahamas — Stricter gun controls in the United States are the key to curtailing an emerging gun culture in the Bahamas and the Caribbean, Bahamas National Security Minister Frank Watson told a regional conference Wednesday. "Stricter gun control laws in major weapons-producing countries bode well for Caribbean nations, which are experiencing far too many crimes perpetrated by gun-toting hoodlums," Watson told the opening session of the 15th Caribbean Nations... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

1 March 2000

Associated Press

MOUNT MORRIS TOWNSHIP, Michigan — The 6-year-old boy who killed a first-grade classmate used a stolen gun he apparently discovered loaded and lying around in a bedroom at the "flophouse" where he was living, investigators said Wednesday. Authorities focused on possible criminal charges against any adults who gave the boy access to the .32-caliber pistol he used to shoot 6-year-old Kayla Rolland on Tuesday morning, a day after the two apparently had scuffled on the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

1 March 2000

Reuters

WASHINGTON — President Clinton urged Congress on Wednesday to pass a gun control law, saying two shootings this week show "we simply haven't done everything we can do to keep guns away from criminals and children." "And so today I have to say again to Congress, you have had legislation now that would require child safety locks, would close the gun-show loophole, would take other steps to keep guns out of the wrong hands for well over six months," Clinton said in a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

1 March 2000

Reuters

MIAMI — Share trading in gunlock maker Saf T Lok Inc. surged for a second day on Wednesday, driven by shootings at a school and fast food restaurants, Saf T Lok's chairman said. Volume in Saf T Lok, periodically thrust into stock market prominence by U.S. gun violence, topped 2.9 million shares in over-the-counter trading. Saf T Lok's shares jumped by a third in May 1998 after a school shooting in Springfield, Ore., spurred calls for greater gun safety. Some 1.943... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

1 March 2000

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS — In the aftermath of a fatal school shooting, Republican presidential rivals George W. Bush and John McCain said Wednesday that the country needs to move toward "smart guns" that can be fired only by their owner. Bush, the governor of Texas and the GOP front-runner, also said he supports requiring that guns be sold with trigger locks, although his spokeswoman said he views additional legislation requiring the use of those locks as unenforceable. A... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

1 March 2000

Associated Press

LANSING, Michigan — Michigan lawmakers pushing for stricter gun regulations said Wednesday that this week's fatal shooting in a first-grade classroom might have been prevented by bills they support. Democrats have introduced bills supporting trigger locks on guns, background checks at gun shows, raising the gun purchase age to 21 and holding parents liable for gun violence, but the bills have been languishing in committees since September. Most of the bills'... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

1 March 2000

Associated Press

WILKINSBURG, Pennsylvania — A man set his apartment on fire today, shot lunchtime customers at two fast-food restaurants, then holed up in an office building before surrendering. One person was killed and at least four critically injured. The suspect surrendered in a hallway, said Thomas Sturgeon, superintendent of Allegheny County police. He confirmed one person was killed before the suspect went to the office building, which houses day care and senior citizens'... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

1 March 2000

Associated Press

LANSING, Michigan — Every state in the country has laws requiring school districts to expel students who bring guns to school. Other laws ban knives and other weapons on school grounds. And still pupils are dying. The latest tragedy came Tuesday, when a 6-year-old boy shot another first-grader to death at an elementary school near Flint. Some lawmakers say it's time to do more. In Michigan, House Democrats have tried since last fall to pass legislation that would... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

1 March 2000

Reuters

MOUNT MORRIS TOWNSHIP, Michigan — Police seized a stolen shotgun from the house of a 6-year-old boy who shot and killed a first-grade classmate in a Michigan school on Tuesday with a stolen handgun apparently brought to school from his home, prosecutors said on Wednesday. "It would appear he got the weapon from his home. They were stolen weapons," Genesee County, Mich. Prosecutor Arthur Busch said on The Early Show on CBS television. "Police discovered (at the home)... (GunPolicy.org)

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