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Gun Policy News, 28 March 2000

United States

28 March 2000

Deseret Morning News (Utah)

A collection of Utahns will march in Salt Lake City on Mother's Day, joining moms from around the country who will be marching in Washington, D.C., and other cities for gun safety as part of the "Million Mom March." Salt Lake organizers have planned a local march and rally for 3 p.m. at the City & County Building on May 14, the same day as the national event. "We were going to just go to Denver," where another sympathetic march is being held, said Ty Oyer, one of the... (

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United States

28 March 2000

Chronicle of Higher Education (USA)

A geology professor at the University of Oklahoma has triggered a fiery response from students and faculty members after he compared a woman's vagina to a handgun in a letter to the student newspaper this month. The letter by David Deming, a gun owner and a member of the National Rifle Association, was in a response to a column that ran in The Oklahoma Daily advocating stricter gun-control laws. Joni Kletter wrote in the column that "easy access to a handgun allows... (

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United States

28 March 2000

Baltimore Sun

Two gun shops that sold a shotgun and rifle allegedly used by Joseph C. Palczynski to kill four people are unlikely to face federal charges, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Special Agent Mike Campbell also said the Gun Shop in Essex and White Marsh Arms in Reisterstown are not under investigation. Officials found no indication, he said, that either shop knew that the guns were purchased for a convicted felon with a history... (

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United States

28 March 2000

Chicago Sun-Times

The City of Chicago tried to fortify its lawsuit against the gun industry Monday with new statistics showing just a handful of "low-end" dealers are responsible for selling almost half the guns used in Chicago crimes. Deputy City Corporation Counsel Larry Rosenthal said the new information undermines the gun manufacturers' argument that they can't know which dealers sell guns to criminals. "That's the core of their defense," he said. "The trace date shows that they've... (

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United States

28 March 2000

Washington Post

Senators from Montgomery and Prince George's counties and Baltimore helped push through a vote yesterday that would make Maryland the first state in the nation to require that all handguns be sold with built-in locks. In a decision that reflected urban and rural sensibilities as much as political philosophies, the Senate voted 26 to 21 to require the built-in locks by 2003 and to mandate that all new handguns be sold with trigger locks beginning Oct. 1. The... (

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United States

28 March 2000

Oklahoman, Opinion

No matter what your political persuasion is, you have to admire the power of the news media. They can and do control what you think about and what you don't think about. Consider the recent news event when a 6-year-old boy shot and killed a 6-year-old classmate in a school. As a result of the way this shocking story was covered, most Americans ended up focusing upon the need for new gun laws-even though it is obvious that the real problem was that the little boy was... (

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28 March 2000

PM News (Lagos) / Africa News Online

LAGOS — Law and order may totally break down in Lagos soon if reports emanating from security agents hold water. P.M. News investigations revealed that security reports have raised an alarm at the rate at which illegal arms have been entering into Lagos State in recent times. The arms, including explosives are reportedly being shipped into Lagos from neighbouring countries and some parts of the Northern and Eastern hemispheres. Some of the arms were reportedly... (

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United States

28 March 2000

Denver Post (Colorado)

An effort to prevent local governments from suing gun manufacturers for the harm done by the weapons they produce won final approval Monday in the Colorado Senate on a 21-13 vote. Sen. Ron Teck, R-Grand Junction, who sponsored House Bill 1208 in the Senate, had amended it to allow civil lawsuits in cases where federal rules are violated or weapons or ammunition are stored improperly. A similar bill was vetoed by Gov. Bill Owens last year shortly after the massacre at... (

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United States

28 March 2000


UTICA, New York — With the President and National Rifle Association's Wayne LaPierre dueling for the hearts and minds of voters, a Zogby America poll reveals that Americans are almost equally divided on Clinton's gun control policy. Just over four in 10 adults (42%) in the February survey of 1,003 believe the president's measures-trigger locks, photo licensing and restrictions on the sales of weapons at gun shows-would deter violence. At the same time, 46% believe... (

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