CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2000
With Police Chief Bernard C. Parks by his side, U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles) unveiled two bills Tuesday aimed at enabling local law enforcement agencies across the country to trace weapons used in violent crimes and reduce the number of guns on the streets. Becerra's proposal would require gun manufacturers and importers to test-fire weapons prior to sale, thereby creating a database of "fingerprints" left on bullets and shell casings.
March 21, 2000 |
Faced with mounting political pressure, the nation's biggest supplier of police firearms said Monday that it is considering entering into a settlement that would free it of legal liabilities in exchange for placing severe restrictions on its manufacturing and marketing operations. If it agrees to a settlement in the next few days, Glock Inc.
March 18, 2000 |
The nation's biggest maker of handguns--Smith & Wesson--agreed Friday to dozens of once-unthinkable safety and marketing restrictions aimed at keeping firearms out of the hands of children and criminals. The settlement with the federal government and more than a dozen cities is a landmark victory for gun control advocates. It frees Smith & Wesson, one of the oldest and best-known names in the gun industry, from millions of dollars in potential liability.
March 5, 2000 |
President Clinton appealed to lawmakers Saturday to reject "the pressure tactics and the threats" of the gun lobby in anticipation of this week's White House meeting on gun-safety legislation. In his weekly radio address, Clinton said he will push for a requirement that handguns come with child safety locks, a ban on importation of large-capacity ammunition clips and mandatory background checks on handgun purchasers at gun shows.
January 28, 2000 |
Urging Congress to enact stricter gun control laws, several big-city mayors Thursday unveiled a memorial to victims of gun violence containing the names of more than 3,000 men, women and children who were among those fatally shot in 1999 after the slayings last April at Colorado's Columbine High School. The memorial--a stark black wall more than 10 feet high and 45 feet long--lists victims of fatal gun shootings in 89 cities across the country between April 20 and Dec. 31 of last year.
December 15, 1999 |
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.
December 6, 1999 |
Three decades after a landmark study found crime and poverty tearing away at the nation's fabric, a sobering update released Sunday concludes that America has moved backward in fighting these ills and remains "a society in deep trouble" because of misguided policies.
November 5, 1999 |
Gun control legislation that seemed to be gaining momentum in Congress just six months ago appears dead for the year, even as a new spate of shootings has focused attention on the issue. Democratic and Republican leaders traded charges Thursday over who was responsible for holding up final action on several gun control measures that the Senate approved in May after a shooting rampage at a Littleton, Colo., high school claimed 15 lives, including those of the two gunmen.
October 2, 1999 |
A loner with a short fuse, a history of mental problems, a personal arsenal and a penchant for hurting animals: Matthew Beck might have been stamped out of a mold. So many qualities displayed by the 35-year-old accountant who killed four fellow employees at the Connecticut State Lottery in Newington in 1998 before putting his gun to his own head are shared by a roster of recent rampage killers.
September 22, 1999 |
A week after a gunman killed seven people and himself at a Fort Worth church, Texas Gov. George W. Bush said Tuesday that it is time to get tougher on criminals illegally possessing guns. Bush, the Republican presidential front-runner, said the way to make streets safer is to vigorously enforce existing federal and state laws. "We have some very tough laws against gun violence in Texas, and federal law with its mandatory sentences is tough as well," Bush said.