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Gun Policy News, 2 August 2000

United States

2 August 2000

New York Times

There is no evidence that the Brady law requiring background checks of handgun buyers contributed to a reduction in homicide rates after it went into effect in 1994, according to a study published today in The Journal of the American Medical Association. The authors of the study, Philip J. Cook, a professor of public policy at Duke University, and Jens Ludwig, a professor of public policy at Georgetown University, suggested that the Brady law did not go far... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 August 2000

Education Week

It's against the law to bring a gun to school in the United States. Right? Think again. In the post-Columbine world, when most schools are ratcheting up their security to guard against gun-toting students, many adults can still bring guns on campus without fear of prosecution. A little-known provision in a 1996 federal law allows adults to carry concealed firearms in schools if they have state- issued permits. More than half the states, including New Hampshire, South... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 August 2000

Washington Post

A provocative new study published yesterday concludes that the 1994 Brady law restricting handgun purchases has had no effect on firearm homicide and suicide rates in states that previously had looser controls. The study casts doubt on one of the pillars of the gun control movement, and provides a volatile new addition to the politically charged debate over how and why the rate of gun crime has declined steadily since its peak in 1993. The study reported in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 August 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Clinton on Wednesday commended a state ballot initiative to close what critics complain is a gun show loophole in Colorado — and then scolded Congress for failing to pass gun safety legislation. "Colorado voters can now do what Congress has failed to do: close a deadly loophole that allows criminals, juveniles and other restricted persons to buy guns at gun shows with no questions asked," Clinton said. "Congress should heed the voices of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 August 2000

Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — The "ballistic fingerprint" of every new handgun sold in Maryland will soon be stored on a state computer system. State Police Superintendent David Mitchell said the system will give police an important new tool to solve crimes in which guns are fired. Beginning Oct. 1, new handguns shipped into Maryland must include the casing from a bullet test performed by the manufacturer. Gun dealers will have to provide the casing, with the name of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 August 2000

Associated Press

MILWAUKEE — City officials have dropped plans for a lawsuit against gun manufacturers that would have sought to recover costs associated with gun violence. The Common Council never took formal action on a potential gun lawsuit, but Alderman Michael Murphy, the gun lawsuit's prime sponsor, no longer supports the idea. Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist said Tuesday the city should not pursue the lawsuit because state law would not be on the city"s side. " It's tempting... (GunPolicy.org)

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