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Gun Policy News, 29 August 2000

United States

29 August 2000

Chicago Tribune

A former suburban gun-shop operator admitted Monday to illegally selling dozens of weapons-including several that authorities said were later used in three killings, two armed robberies and other felony offenses. Kenneth Wisch, 49, of New Lenox pleaded guilty to a 22-count indictment, becoming the second suburban gun dealer to be convicted in U.S. District Court since a federal crackdown over the last year on so-called straw gun sales locally. Wisch admitted he lied... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

29 August 2000

Cincinnati Enquirer (Ohio)

Tristate police are practicing a radical approach to deal with school shootings-immediately send in a team of officers whose only goal is to stop the gunfire. The new Quick Action Deployment (Quad) teams won't search the building or tend to victims. Instead, they're training to rush directly toward an ongoing shooting and end it. It's a new, more confrontational-and dangerous-concept for most officers, whose previous training would be to stay outside, contain the threat... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

29 August 2000

San Francisco Examiner

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Davis is shying away from one of the strongest gun-control measures to come before the Legislature this year because he thinks Democrats are moving too quickly on firearms regulations. With three days left before the end of the 1999-2000 session, the state Senate approved a measure Monday that would require California handgun buyers to pass a safety test — written and at a firing range — and then register their thumbprint with the state attorney... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

29 August 2000

Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO — Setting the stage for a potential collision with Gov. Gray Davis on gun control, the state Senate on Monday narrowly voted to require hundreds of thousands of handgun buyers to obtain licenses. The action represented a victory for the Legislature's most far-reaching gun control bill of the election year session, but its outlook is uncertain at best. The bill must still pass the Assembly, where its prospects are too close to call. And if the Assembly... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

29 August 2000

Chicago Tribune

JOLIET — Joliet police officials said their department disposed of more than 100 guns last week, including ones acquired through a buy-back program. The weapons were melted down at a local steel company, said Police Chief David Gerdes. The department's evidence section was also able to dispose of some confiscated guns and others that were found but never claimed, he said. "Gun violence has become an alarming problem throughout this country, and members of the Joliet... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

29 August 2000

Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh)

HARRISBURG — Along with God-and-guns rhetoric, the Second Amendment Sisters came to a rally yesterday armed with some hard-to-believe statistics. Some 2.5 million violent crimes are prevented by armed citizens each year. More than 1,000 murders and 550 rapes are prevented each day because people carry guns in self-defense. These numbers show that guns should not be regulated more than they already are, said members of the Second Amendment Sisters, a group set up... (GunPolicy.org)

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Peru

29 August 2000

Reuters

BOGOTA — Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, under fire for the Peruvian military's alleged role in a gun-running ring that smuggled weapons to Marxist guerrillas in neighboring Colombia, says even top army officers will be investigated regarding the sale. "Nobody is safe here, not even brigade generals nor division generals. The investigation does not rule out anything," Fujimori told Colombian RCN TV in an interview late Monday night. Last week Peru announced it... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

29 August 2000

Reuters

LOS ANGELES — The California Senate narrowly voted to require hundreds of thousands of handgun buyers to obtain licenses, setting the stage for a potential collision with Gov. Gray Davis on gun control, Tuesday's Los Angeles Times reported. The vote represented a victory for the Legislature's most far-reaching gun control bill of the election year session, but its outlook is uncertain at best, the paper said. The bill must still pass the Assembly, where its... (GunPolicy.org)

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