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White House to Plan 'All-Out Offensive on Guns'

December 15, 1999|The Washington Post

WASHINGTON — The Clinton administration, convinced that Congress has badly underestimated the public appetite for new gun regulations, will convene a meeting of top aides today "to prepare an all-out offensive on guns in the coming year," a senior White House official said Tuesday night.

The plan will include extra spending by the Justice and Treasury departments for various gun control measures, the official said. It underscores a growing fervor for gun regulation in the administration, which last week announced it was joining with several cities that have sued or threatened to sue the gun manufacturing industry over safety and distribution issues.

Administration sources said the aim was to force the GOP majority to adopt new gun control measures or pay a heavy political price.

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