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Gun Policy News, 14 December 2000

United States

14 December 2000

Associated Press

TRENTON — A state appeals court ruled Wednesday that robbers who use fake guns should not be sentenced as violent offenders under the 1997 law mandating more prison time. The ruling came in the case of a man sentenced under the No Early Release Act, intended to make sure violent offenders serve at least 85 percent of their prison terms before becoming eligible for parole. Most convicts become eligible for parole after serving about one-third of their... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 December 2000

ABC News (USA)

The nation hasn't seen a teen murder rate this low since Lyndon Johnson was president. But a new Justice Department study says violence is still one of the leading causes of death among children. Despite high-profile cases like the Columbine High School shootings, children in the United States are committing fewer violent crimes, according to a report released today. The juvenile arrest rate for murder in the United States fell by 68 percent between 1994 and 1999,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 December 2000

Detroit News

LANSING — A controversial measure giving most law-abiding adults the right to a concealed weapons permit passed the state legislature easily Wednesday. The law would add tens of thousands of new concealed weapons permit holders to the 21,000 who now are authorized to carry handguns, backers acknowledge. It cleared the House by 62-39 and the Senate on a 23-13 vote. Under the change set to take effect next summer, county gun boards would have to issue concealed... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 December 2000

Detroit Free Press

LANSING — Michigan lawmakers on Wednesday approved sweeping reforms of state law governing the carrying of concealed weapons, changes that will make it possible for more citizens in more communities to obtain permits to carry them. The votes in the state House (62-39) and Senate (23-13) came after years of debate. The Legislature has backed away from CCW reform more than once because of outcry over school shootings. Backers of the legislation have long said that the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 December 2000

Houston Chronicle (Texas)

Carrying a firearm into an airport can be a sure-fire ticket to anxiety. There's awfully good reason for that. Airports are some of the most security-conscious pieces of property in the nation, and much of that heightened safeguarding was generated by criminal misuse of firearms or threat of same. Add to that a society increasingly convinced all firearms are tools of Satan and that hunting is a cruel anachronism, and it seems perfectly normal to be a bit apprehensive... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 December 2000

Reuters Health

NEW YORK — Drive-by shootings that leave young people lying in the street may make headlines, but children are actually more likely to be shot at home, results of a study show. The study findings "refute cultural myths," according to lead author Dr. Jonathan Groner, trauma director at the Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. In an investigation of 177 gun injuries and 18 deaths, Groner and his colleagues found that 71% of the victims were shot at home — 51% in... (GunPolicy.org)

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