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Gun Policy News, 31 March 2000

United States

31 March 2000

Sunday Times (UK)

Smith & Wesson, the British-owned gunmaker, has come under fire from rival American firms and the National Rifle Association (NRA) for breaking ranks and agreeing to a new federal safety code. The gunmaking subsidiary of Tomkins is under siege after it agreed this month to a code of conduct in which it is putting safety locks on its handguns in return for the withdrawal of 30 lawsuits brought by US cities which sought to link the company with violent crime. Furious at... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

31 March 2000

New York Times

NEWARK — The leader of the New Jersey Senate today announced another attempt to require that all new handguns sold in New Jersey include so-called smart-gun technology sometime in the foreseeable future. The technology, still under development, prevents a gun from being fired by anyone but its owner. Once the state determines that such guns are commercially available, the bill proposed today would set a 30-month deadline for compliance. "There have been many... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

31 March 2000

Denver Post (Colorado)

Gov. Bill Owens has quietly signed into law the first gun proposal from the report on youth violence that formed the core of his gun-control package. Without fanfare Thursday, Owens announced that he had signed a bill to include juvenile criminal records in background checks for gun purchases. "This will enhance our ability to do substantive background checks for people who might have had substantive legal problems as juveniles," Owens said later. State law already... (GunPolicy.org)

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Honduras

31 March 2000

Newsnight (UK)

Congress in Honduras has approved strict gun controls in an attempt to tackle a crime wave. All high-calibre and automatic weapons will be banned, while other guns will have to be registered. Correspondents say violent crime is one of the biggest problems affecting Honduras, with armed robberies and shootings commonplace. Official figures put the number of weapons in circulation at almost a million-most of which were brought in during the civil... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

31 March 2000

Washington Post

Connecticut officials, suspecting collusion by the firearms industry to punish gunmaker Smith & Wesson for its promise to improve handgun safety, yesterday subpoenaed records of other companies in the weapons trade. New York's attorney general said he would follow suit within days as part of a coordinated strategy to bolster Smith & Wesson against a backlash prompted by the company's unprecedented decision to supply gun locks and restrict gun sales. "We knew and... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

31 March 2000

Baltimore Sun

As the National Rifle Association launched an attack on his gun-lock bill, Gov. Parris N. Glendening confidently predicted yesterday the landmark legislation will pass-and said he's trading public money for votes to make sure that happens. Glendening said he was using his control of pork-barrel spending to ensure victory for his gun-safety legislation, which is scheduled for a critical House committee vote today. "I will use the full resources of this office to save... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

31 March 2000

Reuters

ROME, Georgia — National Rifle Association President Charlton Heston said on Friday gun control would not become a hot-button issue in the 2000 election, which he said was the most important in at least 100 years. "I don't think it's going to be as important an issue as people think," Heston told reporters following a speech to Republican Party supporters in Rome, about 80 miles northwest of Atlanta. Heston, a former actor best known for his roles in the films "Ben... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

31 March 2000

Reuters

FLINT, Michigan — The 6-year-old Michigan boy accused of fatally shooting a first-grade classmate said at a court hearing on Friday that he remembered the girl being shot but he did not fire a gun at her. The boy, speaking in a whisper and at the prompting of attorneys, said he remembered classmate Kayla Rolland, 6, being shot. But when asked by attorneys if he shot her, the boy, who has not been identified, shook his head no and said someone else did it. The boy... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

31 March 2000

Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — A measure that would make Maryland the first state to require built-in locks on handguns breezed through a House committee Friday, with members not changing so much as a comma on the legislative session's most controversial bill. The vote was 14-7 in favor of the bill, which would require internal locks on all new handguns sold in Maryland, beginning in 2003. The measure, which has already passed the Senate, is up for a vote before the full... (GunPolicy.org)

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