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Gun Policy News, 22 March 2000

Canada

22 March 2000

Montreal Gazette (Quebec), Editorial

This province is getting a taste of road rage, California-style. The latest incident occurred Monday afternoon in Pierrefonds when an angry motorist, whose car had been cut off by a Montreal Urban Community Transit Corp. bus, pulled out a pistol and fired a pair of shots at the bus. Either the shots missed their mark or the motorist was firing a starter's pistol. Still, the incident is another disturbing sign that road rage can be deadly. Last week, 28-year-old Pierre... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

22 March 2000

Salon (USA)

The Clinton White House hasn't had much to party over recently, so you could feel the jubilation emanating from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. last weekend when Rep. Henry Hyde, R-Ill., and leaders of the National Rifle Association started calling one another names. As President Clinton took off for South Asia still gloating over Friday's Smith & Wesson handgun settlement, one of the immovable iron triangles of American politics-the old bargain among the NRA, the firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

22 March 2000

Denver Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)

The couple looked long and hard at the rugged Smith & Wesson .22-caliber revolver for sale Saturday at the Tanner Gun Show: $410 was kind of pricey. "You have to do a background check for this?" the woman asked the seller. "No, there's no law that says I have to," said J.D. Tanner, the man behind the table. He should know. Tanner is Denver's gun show guru. And he's manning a few tables at his own show now that he's decided to sell off his sizable collection. On... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia,United States

22 March 2000

ABC News (Australia)

The Federal Government has written to the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) over its latest advertising campaign. In a letter to the NRA president, Charlton Heston, the Attorney-General, Daryl Williams, says he is concerned the ads use misleading statistics about crime rates in Australia. The campaign portrays Australia, particularly South Australia, as a haven for criminals, with increases in home invasions and murders. Mr Williams says there are many... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

22 March 2000

Wall Street Journal

The National Rifle Association, which is used to staring down a hostile president and angry lawmakers, is about to encounter what could be a tougher crowd: moms. A "Million Mom March" for gun safety is scheduled for May 14, Mother's Day, in Washington. Donna Dees-Thomases, a mother of two young girls, began organizing the march last August after watching news coverage of shootings at a Los Angeles day-care center. Within a week, she had enlisted friends, secured the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia,United States

22 March 2000

ABC News (Australia) / PM, Transcript

COMPERE: Our sister program, AM, this morning reported the latest ad campaign by the United States gun lobby. A lurid portrayal of societal breakdown in Australia as a result of gun control. Tonight Australians in the United States are saying there's no doubt that the National Rifle Association campaign is harming Australia's reputation. A leading figure in the anti-gun push after the Port Arthur massacre, Rebecca Peters, is currently a visiting Senior Fellow at the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

22 March 2000

Reuters

WASHINGTON — Enforcement is the latest buzzword in the Congressional war of words over gun control. Two bills focusing on tougher enforcement-sponsored by people at opposite ends of the political spectrum-have been introduced this week. Both of the new enforcement bills have been in the works for some time, but they were unveiled against the backdrop of an extremely high-decibel clash between President Clinton and the National Rifle Association. The powerful gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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Yemen

22 March 2000

Associated Press

SAN'A, Yemen — "Let me tell you about my arsenal," tribal leader Ahmed Abbad Sherif says, sitting cross-legged at his home in the Yemeni capital. "I have cannons, missiles, mortars, anti-aircraft guns," he says, ticking them off on his fingers. "I have machine guns, rocket launchers and grenades." Though not everyone in Yemen has an arms cache the size of Sherif's, almost every home in the country of 17 million has at least one firearm, many smuggled in during the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

22 March 2000

Age (Melbourne)

An American gun lobby infomercial that claims violent crime has sky-rocketed in Australia since gun laws were tightened was offensive, inaccurate and outrageous, the Attorney-General and acting Justice Minister, Mr Daryl Williams, said yesterday. Mr Williams yesterday wrote to the president of the United States National Rifle Association — Hollywood legend Charlton Heston — describing the use of the Australian figures as misleading and asking that they be wiped... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

22 March 2000

Associated Press

SMYRNA, Georgia — Two gunmakers — Glock Inc. and Browning — will not sign voluntary gun-control agreements similar to the one reached last week between Smith & Wesson Corp. and the Clinton administration. The deal-breaker for Glock was the creation of an outside "oversight commission," made up of local, state and federal officials, who would supervise the gun manufacturer. "The commission is an absurd concept," said Paul Jannuzzo, vice president and general... (GunPolicy.org)

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