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Gun Policy News, 15 September 2002

United States

15 September 2002

New York Times

Carolyn McCarthy spent the better part of her spring and summer buttonholing colleagues in Congress to sell her latest attempt at gun control — a bill that would spend $375 million helping states update the national database used for background checks on gun buyers. After four months of wheedling and cajoling, the House Judiciary Committee passed the bill, 30-2, in late July. She expects the bill will pass the full House this fall, because not only has she won the... (

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United States

15 September 2002

Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — A Republican candidate for Congress is offering campaign volunteers extra protection for their visits to immigrant neighborhoods: escorts from the National Rifle Assn. Democrats said the offer by the campaign of incumbent Rep. Robert "Robin" Hayes is an insult to residents, and they held a rally Saturday. "A representative in Congress should not be afraid of the district they represent," said Mecklenburg County Democratic Chairman John... (

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United States

15 September 2002

Baltimore Sun

Democrat Kathleen Kennedy Townsend angrily denounced Republican Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. yesterday for saying he would review at least two of the state's tough gun laws, setting up gun control as the first major conflict to arise in the gubernatorial campaign since last week's primary election. "We have common-sense gun laws here in the state of Maryland and he wants to roll them back. That's wrong," Townsend told a rally of supporters as she opened her Baltimore... (

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United States

15 September 2002

Pioneer Press (Minnesota)

Minnesota's gubernatorial candidates are in the bull's-eye this year. The man who becomes Minnesota's governor in January will inherit an emotional debate over whether to allow more Minnesotans to carry loaded, concealed weapons in their purses and pockets for self-defense. A polarizing, high-risk issue for all of the candidates, the fight over concealed weapons is no longer a theoretical argument. The Legislature is one or two votes from passing a bill that would... (

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