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Gun Policy News, 18 March 2000

États-Unis

18 March 2000

New York Times

WASHINGTON — Smith & Wesson, the nation's oldest and largest manufacturer of handguns, agreed today to accept a wide array of restrictions on the way it makes, sells and distributes hundreds of thousands of handguns each year in exchange for ending some lawsuits that had threatened to bankrupt it. The agreement represented a major splintering in the powerful alliance of gun makers and owners that has thwarted tough gun laws in Washington and state capitals for years.... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

18 March 2000

Miami Herald

WASHINGTON — In a move that could reshape the nation's gun debate, the White House on Friday announced that the nation's largest gun manufacturer has agreed to self-imposed restraints on the way it designs and sells guns.President Clinton lauded Smith & Wesson for a "powerful example of responsibility" that he hopes other gun makers will follow. In an Oval Office meeting with Clinton and other local officials, Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas hailed the Smith & Wesson... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

18 March 2000

Binghamton Press

WASHINGTON — Christine Horton of Owego, who is married to a public school teacher and has a school-age child, has plenty of reason to worry about the rising number of children bringing guns to school. So the 31-year-old woman is turning her personal concerns into public action. Over the past two weeks, she has spent hours on her home computer, sending e-mail messages to parents in her community, urging them to join her in the Million Mom March in Washington on... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

18 March 2000

Washington Post

The nation's largest handgun manufacturer, Smith & Wesson Corp., agreed yesterday to accept a broad package of gun safety measures and restrictions on gun sales in return for the withdrawal of lawsuits against the firm by several cities and the federal government's dropping its own threat of legal action. In a move White House officials hope will reshape the country's gun control debate, Smith & Wesson said it will begin, within 60 days, providing external trigger... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

18 March 2000

New York Times

Smith & Wesson's decision to adopt gun safety measures in order to settle lawsuits brought by state and federal agencies has set off criticism within the gun industry and a debate among handgun control advocates. To many other gun manufacturers, the decision by the nation's largest gun maker was seen as a betrayal that would only alienate customers and could make Smith & Wesson an industry outcast. Gun control advocates were mixed in their views. Some said the... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

18 March 2000

Washington Post

NEW YORK — Gunmakers sent a blistering rebuke to Smith & Wesson today as some industry observers said the agreement between the country's largest manufacturer of handguns and the Clinton administration could force firearms manufacturers to admit they bear some responsibility for gun safety and gun crimes. "The decision by foreign-owned handgun manufacturer, Smith & Wesson, to forge an agreement with the most anti-gun administration in history has violated a trust... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

18 March 2000

Chicago Tribune, Editorial

It would be a sweet irony if the National Rifle Association's revolting attempt to capitalize on the murder of Ricky Byrdsong finally broke Washington's stalemate on gun control. Even for an organization that thrives on cowboy rhetoric, the official wisdom that emanated from the NRA last week was shocking. Last Sunday, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre recklessly claimed that President Clinton was "willing to accept a certain level of killing to further his... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

18 March 2000

Associated Press

Lineup for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" — Topics: Gun control, the independent counsel investigations and the presidential campaign. Guests: National Rifle Association President Charlton Heston, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.; Independent Counsel Robert Ray and former President Ford. CBS' "Face the Nation" — Topics: Gas prices and gun control. Guests: Energy Secretary Bill Richardson. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah; and Rep. Henry Hyde, R-Ill. NBC's "Meet... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

18 March 2000

New York Times, Editorial

In a major victory for public safety, the nation's largest gun manufacturer, Smith & Wesson, agreed yesterday to change the way it designs, distributes and markets guns. In exchange, the Clinton administration and other plaintiffs agreed to drop a threatened lawsuit against the company. The agreement marks the first big concession by industry to the mounting public and political pressure for stronger gun controls. It also represents a crushing defeat for the National... (GunPolicy.org)

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18 March 2000

Reuters

MUNICH, Germany — Police in Germany yesterday found a huge cache of weapons at the home of a schoolboy who shot his teacher before turning the gun on himself in the stairwell of a Bavarian boarding school. The 16-year-old boy and the 57-year-old teacher suffered serious head wounds and were still in a critical condition in hospital after the shooting on Thursday in Brannenburg, in rural Bavaria. Police said they found an "arsenal of weapons" when they searched the... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

18 March 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Department of Housing and Urban Development and the mayors of Atlanta, Detroit and Miami moved Saturday to see that their law enforcement agencies give preference to Smith & Wesson when buying guns and called on others to follow suit. The preference would apply to "any gun makers that adopt a new code of responsible conduct," but — for the time being at least — that means Smith & Wesson. The company signed an unprecedented agreement with the... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

18 March 2000

Associated Press

CLEVELAND — A federal judge has ruled that the city of Cleveland may proceed with its lawsuit against the gun industry. The ruling was issued Tuesday by U.S. District Court Judge Donald C. Nugent, who rejected a gun-industry request to dismiss the lawsuit. James Dorr, an attorney representing the gun industry, said Friday that no decision had been made whether to appeal. Last year, the city sued gun makers to try to force the industry to share the cost of police,... (GunPolicy.org)

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