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Gun Policy News, 9 December 1999

États-Unis

9 December 1999

Los Angeles Times, Editorial

The Clinton administration's threat to bring a class-action lawsuit against gun makers might be largely bluster. But even if it is, Tuesday's announcement, along with suits already filed by 29 cities and counties, reflects the real frustration of public officials and ordinary Americans over gun violence-the unending school shootings, workplace massacres and domestic quarrels that turn lethal. Gun makers, then, would be wise to enact on their own the modest, obvious... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

9 December 1999

Washington Post

The gun industry, already facing dozens of lawsuits filed by cities and public-interest groups, yesterday expressed frustration and bewilderment at the Clinton administration's plan to join those suits on behalf of the country's public housing authorities. Just a year ago, when New Orleans became the first city to ask for reparations for gun violence, the industry scoffed, dismissing the suit as the work of the same money-hungry lawyers who had attacked the tobacco... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

9 December 1999

Wall Street Journal

The leader of the gun industry's main trade group voiced striking receptivity to the Clinton administration's desire to forge a settlement of municipal litigation against firearms makers and distributors. But some individual gun-company executives, as well as the National Rifle Association, condemned the White House for threatening to file a federal class-action lawsuit on behalf of 3,200 public-housing authorities. During a broad-ranging news conference Wednesday in... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

9 December 1999

Los Angeles Times

People under 18 years old are nearly three times as likely as those 21 or over to use a gun in committing murder in Los Angeles County, according to a study by UCLA researchers. The research, which also found youths far more likely than their elders to use guns in suicides, offers what is believed to be the first comprehensive look at who uses guns in fatal acts in a large urban area. It comes at a time when the federal government is threatening to join legal assaults... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

9 December 1999

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin)

A study of suicides by firearm in southeastern Wisconsin has found the highest risk period was within a week of gun purchase, the Firearm Injury Center reported Wednesday. "This really confirms that some people buy a firearm for the purpose of committing suicide," said Stephen Hargarten, director of the center and chairman of emergency medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. The number of suicides by firearm (102) topped the number of gun homicides (96) last... (GunPolicy.org)

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Pays-Bas

9 December 1999

Associated Press

VEGHEL, Netherlands — Dutch police today charged the suspect in the Netherlands' first school shooting with attempted murder and attempted manslaughter, then arrested his father and young sister and charged them as accessories. Police spokeswoman Gerda Preusting said authorities investigating Tuesday's shooting at a high school in Veghel, about 60 miles south of Amsterdam, also seized a weapon and ammunition in a raid on the family's home. She said the 17-year-old... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

9 December 1999

Reuters

WEST HARTFORD, Connecticut — Colt's Manufacturing Co., inventor of the legendary six-shooter handgun "that won the West," said on Thursday that lawsuits against gun makers could cost jobs and may force some companies out of business. "If these lawsuits continue I fear that not only will this legacy disappear, but so will the jobs of hard-working Americans in this industry if we are forced out of business," Colt's Chief Executive William Keys said in a news... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

9 December 1999

Statewide

GAHANNA, Ohio — The mayor of the Columbus suburb of Gahanna thinks school administrators should be armed to curb school violence. Jim McGregor suggests school principals and other administrators should carry guns for quicker intervention in school violence. He thinks school officials could then keep violent situations under control until police officers arrive. McGregor outlined his idea in a letter to Gahanna School Superintendent Gregg Morris. Morris promptly... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

9 December 1999

Statewide

OREGON — A group representing gun owners has filed an initiative measure dealing with gun violence. KGWTV says it's an effort to head off another measure being pushed by gun control activists for the 2000 ballot. Both measures would mandate background checks for firearms purchases at gun shows. But the measure filed by Oregon Gun Owners would eliminate all government record-keeping on gun purchasers … and toughen penalties against people who use firearms in... (GunPolicy.org)

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