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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2000
I'm sure that handgun registration will have about the same impact on gun-related crime as DMV registration has had on reducing automobile accidents. BRIAN OHNO Whittier
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April 15, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Even as Congress prepares to debate new gun legislation, New York's tougher gun control provisions became effective on Monday, the latest example of how the issue has broadened into a battle on the state as well as federal level. In the wake of the Newtown, Conn., massacre -- which followed mass shootings last year in Colorado and Wisconsin -- many have called for greater control of gun violence. New York was the first to pass a tougher measure, but other states including Colorado, Connecticut and Maryland have also tightened their requirements.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 1995 | RUSS LOAR
Mayor Marilyn Bruce Hastings has refused to support a gun-control resolution, sparking a heated debate in which the law-and-order mayor finds herself at odds with the city's police chief. Hastings, who has fought for increased police patrols in the city's beach areas, said at Monday's City Council meeting that she could not support a position paper issued by the California Police Chiefs Assn. The document calls for mandatory gun registration.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
With the state about to tap a surplus from gun registration fees to increase enforcement efforts, a group of 31 Republican lawmakers called Monday for an audit of the account to determine whether gun owners are being overcharged. The legislators said the Dealers' Record of Sale Special Account should be looked at by the state auditor to determine whether the fee is set at a rate that only covers the state's cost to conduct the required background check of the gun purchaser. The fee was increased from $14 to $19 in 2004.
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January 4, 1991 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In one of his first acts after taking office on Monday, Atty. Gen.-elect Dan Lungren must decide whether to give local law enforcement agencies the names and addresses of assault gun owners who mailed their registration documents too late and are liable for prosecution. Under the policy of retiring Atty. Gen. John K. Van de Kamp, police and sheriffs will be notified of assault gun owners who missed last Monday's midnight deadline to register their assault firearms with the state.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1991 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To curb an alarming increase in drive-by shootings, newly elected City Councilwoman Rita Walters on Monday proposed the creation of a system for registering guns and restricting the sale of ammunition in Los Angeles. Accompanied by City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas, Walters announced her motion at a news conference held in front of a South-Central Los Angeles pawnshop known to sell single bullets for as little as 40 cents each. "Here, for 40 cents you can purchase death," Walters said.
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August 18, 1999 | STEVE BERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Putting close to 1,500 gun owners in legal jeopardy, state Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer has decided to drop a court fight defending his predecessor's controversial practice of registering semiautomatic assault weapons declared illegal by a 1989 state law. The decision means that the owners of almost 2,000 UZIs, AK-47s, AR-15s and 72 other types of assault weapons will face a fine and imprisonment if they do not turn in their guns, destroy them or take them out of California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1991
Walters' gun registration idea is a prime example of our elected officials complete ignorance of human nature, history and the street facts of life. Law-abiding citizens do not commit crime, let alone drive-by shootings! Criminals will not register their guns. When crime is not cut by gun registration, the registration lists of law-abiding citizens will be used for gun confiscations. The only thing criminals fear today are armed citizens. Slaves do not own guns. Why would an honest government not trust its law-abiding citizens with guns except to make it easier in the future to make slaves of us through the pretext of crime control?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2000
Gun registration is a runaway train that will carry the bad guys to freedom and expose the law-abiding to great danger. I have just returned from my native country, Australia, and am horrified to learn that within the 12 months since law-abiding citizens surrendered 640,381 guns in a buyback campaign, this is what happened: homicides up 3.2%; assaults up 8.6%; robberies up 44%. Funny thing happened in the government's rush to disarm Australia: The...
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June 5, 1999 | The Washington Post
President Clinton said Friday that Americans should be required to register guns as they do cars, waving a red flag in front of gun owner advocates who long have argued that registration could be a step toward new restrictions, even confiscation. But the president said he is not proposing mandatory registration, because he believes Congress won't accept it.
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December 14, 2012 | By Karin Klein
Do we know whether the gunman who killed 20 elementary school children and six adults obtained his weapons through legitimate means? Not yet. Would gun registration have made a difference? Unclear so far. Is it a coincidence that Newtown, Conn., the town where the shooting took place -- a small, picturesque and usually ultra-safe place -- is also the home of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which describes itself as the "trade association for the firearms industry"? Probably.
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June 28, 2001 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft plans to initiate potentially far-reaching changes today in the national clearinghouse that the FBI uses to check the backgrounds of millions of would-be gun buyers, a move that could inflame gun control activists who accuse Ashcroft of kowtowing to the firearms lobby.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2000
Gun registration is a runaway train that will carry the bad guys to freedom and expose the law-abiding to great danger. I have just returned from my native country, Australia, and am horrified to learn that within the 12 months since law-abiding citizens surrendered 640,381 guns in a buyback campaign, this is what happened: homicides up 3.2%; assaults up 8.6%; robberies up 44%. Funny thing happened in the government's rush to disarm Australia: The...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2000
The California Supreme Court decision last week upholding the state's assault weapons ban is a positive signal that the Legislature's efforts to cut gun violence are on track. The unanimous ruling should spur legislators and Gov. Gray Davis to embrace measures requiring handgun registration and the licensing of owners. The ruling centered on California's 1989 assault weapons ban, the first prohibition of semiautomatic assault weapons in the nation.
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May 15, 2000 | From Associated Press
The FBI has fixed an internal software problem that halted gun sales nationwide for more than two days, an official said Sunday. The repairs allowed resumption of firearms sales that are dependent on background checks with the bureau's criminal history database. The system began operating again at 7:30 a.m. EDT, said FBI spokesman Steve Fisher. The FBI's Interstate Identification Index, a database containing criminal histories of 36 million people, stopped working late Thursday afternoon.
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May 14, 2000 | From Associated Press
A nationwide halt in firearms sales entered its third day today as FBI employees worked to fix an internal software problem in the bureau's criminal history database that halted instant background checks of gun buyers. The FBI's Interstate Identification Index, a database containing criminal histories of 36 million people, stopped working late Thursday afternoon, the bureau said Friday.
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May 13, 2000 | From Associated Press
All gun sales have been halted nationwide since Thursday afternoon because an internal software problem in the FBI criminal history database has temporarily stopped instant background checks of gun buyers, the FBI said Friday. The FBI's Interstate Identification Index, a database that has the criminal histories of 36 million people, is expected to be working again tonight or Sunday morning, FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2000
Registration of firearms and licensing of their owners, as advocated by participants in the Mothers' Day march on Washington, will do about as much to reduce firearms accidents and violence as registration of motor vehicles and licensing of their owners have done to reduce automobile accidents, car theft, road rage and prime-time freeway chases. These schemes will serve only to harass legitimate gun owners. DAVID R. BERRY Rancho Cucamonga
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