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Gun Policy News, 15 April 2000

South Africa

15 April 2000

African National Congress

More than 500 people marched to the Saul Tsotetsi Sports Centre in Sebokeng on the Vaal Rand on Saturday in protest against gun-related crimes in the area, SABC radio news reported. The march is part of a national campaign aimed at supporting the Gun Control Bill. Addressing demonstrators, Gun Free South Africa's director Adele Kirsten said more than 800 South African children were killed in gun-related incidents since 1998. Kirsten said it was important that guns... (

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United States

15 April 2000

Denver Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)

Legislation to crack down on adults who make "straw purchases" of guns for children or for felons had a close call Friday, but the bill survived. The legislation, among nearly a half-dozen measures sought by Gov. Bill Owens this year, emerged from the Senate Appropriations Committee on a 5-4 vote. Two other gun measures — one aimed at halting the transfer of guns to young people in ganglike situations and another imposing stiffer penalties on felons caught with... (

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United States

15 April 2000

Associated Press

SAN JOSE, California — Al Gore called for a ban on guns in churches and other places of worship Friday, taking a poke at Republican presidential rival George W. Bush's Texas version of the idea. "We should ban guns from our churches and school events — something that is shamefully legal in George Bush's Texas and in 20 other states," Gore told a group of young people. "Our children can't reach for their dreams if they're ducking for cover." The vice president was... (

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