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Feuer Urges Fingerprinting in Purchases of Guns

October 19, 2000

LOS ANGELES — City Councilman Mike Feuer said Wednesday that he would ask the City Council to require fingerprinting for anyone applying to buy a gun.

No date is set for the proposal to be reviewed but Feuer said he expects strong support from law enforcement.

If put into law, the councilman's proposal would require gun buyers to leave a thumbprint in addition to showing proper identification and filling out a form, he said.

The council member said he believes existing guns laws should be strictly enforced and that his proposal will aid efforts to restrict ex-convicts from buying firearms. Former convicts can get away with buying firearms by using fake identification, he added.

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