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Gun Policy News, 13 December 1999

États-Unis

13 December 1999

Wall Street Journal

The gun industry won a round in its legal battles, as a Connecticut state judge dismissed a suit filed against handgun manufacturers and retailers by the city of Bridgeport, Conn. Superior Court Judge Robert McWeeny said in a 35-page ruling Friday that the city lacked authority to file such a suit. The judge didn't address the merits of whether the industry has been negligent in the manufacture or distribution of handguns. But he indicated that individual victims of... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

13 December 1999

Wall Street Journal

Just what might a settlement of the gun lawsuits look like? The White House jolted the firearm controversy last week by threatening to add its own class-action suit to legal actions by 28 municipalities against gun companies. The surprising thing about the gun-foe wish list is that it contains a number of demands that industry officials concede they would be willing to agree to. Other proposals, however, have sparked ferocious industry opposition. While many gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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13 December 1999

Wall Street Journal

First place in the race to market a "smart gun" will go to a Swiss-owned pistol maker that is introducing a handgun with a lock requiring the owner to punch in a personal identification code in order to pull the trigger. SIG Swiss Industrial Co. Holding Ltd. hopes the pistol will appeal to parents and others who want to arm themselves while thwarting children, criminals and other unauthorized users from firing their weapons. The Model P229 Electronic Personal Lock... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

13 December 1999

Wall Street Journal

GENTRY COUNTY, Missouri — The highpowered rifle gleaming dully between them, father and daughter sit side by side near some woods, talking in whispers and waiting for their quarry. Sarah Kelly is six years old, and this is her first deer hunt. The sound of gunfire punctuates the late-afternoon stillness: Distant shots that sound like pops, closer shots that boom and reverberate. In her orange safety cap and matching vest, Sarah is the picture of innocence. But while... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

13 December 1999

Denver Post (Colorado)

Requiring criminal background checks at gun shows is, arguably, the one piece of Gov. Bill Owens' gun-control package that could have changed the course of the Columbine High School massacre. But it's also the piece that has the least chance of winning legislative approval next year. No Republican has stepped forward to sponsor a bill to close the "gun-show loophole," as some call it, for the legislative session that starts Jan. 5. "It's hard to carry a bill if you... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

13 December 1999

Denver Post (Colorado)

The National Rifle Association and Republicans in the state Legislature want to weaken Colorado's instant background check for gun purchases, and critics say the change could make it easier for criminals to get guns. The issue is what the Colorado Bureau of Investigation does when it finds a potential gun buyer has an arrest record, but can't tell if the person was convicted. Currently, the CBI blocks the gun sale until the person can prove he wasn't convicted. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

13 December 1999

Chicago Tribune

About 100 Chicago area supporters of a gun law struck down by the Illinois Supreme Court plan to gather for a rally in Springfield on Monday, calling for reinstating provisions of the law. The rally will coincide with a special legislative session called by Gov. George Ryan to repair the law nullified by the state's high court Dec. 2. The coalition includes Chicago Police Supt. Terry Hillard, who is doing some high-profile lobbying on the issue. Hillard was critical... (GunPolicy.org)

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13 December 1999

Wall Street Journal

After seven years in office, the Clinton Administration last week unveiled its program to improve the lot of people living in the nation's public-housing projects: Sue the nation's gun manufacturers. The Housing and Urban Development Secretary, Andrew Cuomo, announced the threat of a class-action lawsuit on behalf of 3,200 public housing authorities around the country. We've come along way since the days when Jack Kemp was trying to free the residents of these... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

13 December 1999

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Texas Gov. George W. Bush stressed the need to enforce existing gun laws in Monday's Republican presidential debate. But a striking shortcoming in gun-law enforcement happened under his watch. "I'm in favor of keeping guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them, like felons," Bush said. Yet Texas was stung by revelations last week that during his tenure it failed to investigate more than 771 felons who applied for concealed weapons permits... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

13 December 1999

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Despite recent setbacks to the gun lawsuit cause in Florida and Connecticut, federal and local officials are still threatening to bring a national lawsuit against the gun industry if manufacturers fail to enter negotiations designed to increase firearm safety. "This is a problem that can no longer be ignored," Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo said after meeting Tuesday with representatives of 19 local jurisdictions and the... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

13 December 1999

Associated Press

DENVER — The Columbine High School gunmen came close to apologizing to their parents for their planned assault on the school, according to a published report. "They're going to be put through hell once we do this," Eric Harris, 18, said in home videos made before the April 20 massacre that were reviewed by Time magazine. Later, addressing his parents directly, Harris said, "There's nothing you guys could do about this." In the issue to hit newsstands today, Time... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

13 December 1999

Associated Press

DENVER — In videotapes laced with anger and apologies, the two teen-age Columbine High School gunmen said they planned to kill hundreds of people in their campus assault last spring, Time magazine reported. "I hope we kill 250 of you," Dylan Klebold, 17, said on one of five tapes reviewed by the magazine, which reported on the videos today. According to Time, Klebold predicted the moments prior to the April 20 attack would be the most "nerve-wracking of my life,... (GunPolicy.org)

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