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Gun Policy News, 23 December 1998


23 December 1998

Herald Sun (Melbourne)

Up to one million illegal and unregistered firearms could still be hidden in Victorian homes despite the guns buy back scheme and a new amnesty. Murders by firearms have actually increased since the buyback scheme which removed 225,000 registered and unregistered firearms from circulation. There were 18 shooting murders in 1996-97, after the buyback scheme had been introduced compared with only six in 1995-1996 before the scheme started. Anti-gun and pro-gun... (

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23 December 1998

USA Today

Behind every heated debate over gun control lies a basic question: What is the meaning of the Constitution's Second Amendment? Does its awkward wording declare an individual right to "keep and bear arms," or does it refer to keeping state militias well-equipped? Seems like a question ripe for answering by the Supreme Court. But the justices have not taken up a single Second Amendment case since 1939, declining to hear dozens of cases that raise the issue directly or... (

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23 December 1998

Associated Press

CHICAGO — Laws barring felons from buying guns should be expanded to ban prospective buyers who have committed misdemeanors, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers found that handgun purchasers with a prior misdemeanor conviction were nearly five times as likely as gun buyers without a criminal record to be charged with new offenses involving firearms or violence. A critic of the study said its methods... (

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23 December 1998

States News Service

WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood is celebrating a win at the California Supreme Court. The panel refused to hear an appeal of a city law banning the sale of "Saturday Night Specials." The National Rifle Association was contesting a ruling by the Second District Court of Appeal. That court said, state law bars cities and counties from setting their own registration or licensing requirements for guns … But not from regulating gun sales. The refusal of the... (

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