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October 2, 1997 | GEORGE SKELTON
You want Gov. Pete Wilson to ban those cheap, little Saturday night specials? Forget it. But if they're unsafe? That's a different matter. He'd probably sign that bill--assuming somebody could prove they're truly unsafe pieces of junk. Wilson also probably would sign legislation to strengthen California's ban on assault weapons. Such a bill is likely to pass the Legislature next year. "I think assault weapons have no place in a modern civilized society," the governor told me Tuesday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
WILLITS, Calif. - We've heard a lot in this post-Newtown moment about how California leads the nation in gun laws. But you probably haven't heard the unlikely story of Brandon Maxfield, a quadriplegic 26-year-old who helped drive a notorious segment of California's gun industry toward extinction. "It wouldn't have happened without him," said Garen Wintemute, a UC Davis professor of emergency medicine whose anti-gun advocacy has made him a firearms industry nemesis. In 1994, at the age of 7, Brandon was accidentally shot through the neck with a .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 1997
To be precise, handguns themselves do not kill people, but the ready availability of cheap guns known as Saturday night specials results in hundreds, if not thousands, of needless deaths in California each year. Many children are among the victims of criminals and others wielding these wretched little weapons. According to the state Department of Health Services, more California children are killed by handguns than by car crashes, disease or drugs. And the state Police Chiefs Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1999
I greatly appreciated Jerry Hicks' Oct. 14 column, "O.C. Gun Maker Bryco Caught in Firing Range," to update us on the latest happenings in the junk gun business. It was saddening to read that a Bryco .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun, made in Orange County, reportedly was used by a white supremacist to kill an innocent person in Illinois. But how encouraging to learn about 10 to 20 cities filing lawsuits against various gun makers to recoup some of the costs of gun violence and associated deaths.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 1996 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
West Hollywood made front-page headlines earlier this year as the first city in California to ban the sale of Saturday night specials. Cities from Los Angeles to Compton quickly jumped on the bandwagon, pledging to enact their own laws against the cheap pistols. But West Hollywood officials say they soon discovered that enforcing its milestone legislation was no easy task because of potential loopholes that let guns with minor cosmetic changes slip through the cracks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 1999 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County banned the sale of so-called "junk guns" Tuesday, and took preliminary steps toward becoming the nation's largest government agency to sue the handgun industry. A sometimes rambunctious 160-minute debate over a wide array of gun proposals dominated the Board of Supervisors' weekly meeting.
OPINION
February 9, 1997
On junk guns and guns in general, Mark Nielsen put a modest proposal in (letter, Jan. 24): "Let's turn into a military state for a month and conduct house-to-house searches, waiving search warrants, and take all unregistered arms." And unregistered copies of the Bill of Rights? In the same spirit, I modestly propose that, when we trash the 4th Amendment's search and seizure protections in order to trash the 2nd Amendment's right to keep and bear arms, we should not forget to trash the 3rd Amendment along the way. In over two centuries since independence, no administration has attempted "quartering of soldiers" in people's houses, but there's always a first time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 1997
The Jan. 24 letters using sarcasm to ridicule Sen. Barbara Boxer's efforts to create safety standards for handguns simply miss the target. "Saturday night special" handguns produced domestically are not subject to any quality or safety standards (toy guns are!). Firearms industry experts have conducted tests of these products (published in Gun Test) and found them "unacceptable" and "self-destructing." The February 1968 American Rifleman publication of the National Rifle Assn. urged the Johnson administration to ban the import of "these miserably made, potentially defective arms that contribute so much to rising violence," and our Congress accepted this recommendation in 1968 by banning the importation of this type of handgun.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 1999
The liberal Democrats are showing their true colors. When running for office they call themselves moderates but when it comes down to it, they are liberal socialist Democrats. Hannah-Beth Jackson wants to take away our right to carry weapons in our own residence, business and on our own property. She has authored Assembly Bill 17. She wasn't in office 60 days when she proposed this bill. Does she sound like a moderate? Gov. Gray Davis said that if SB 23 passes he will sign it. Does he sound like a moderate?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 1997
Our entire family was deeply saddened that Gov. Pete Wilson had vetoed SB-500 ("Governor Vetoes Bill to Ban Sale of Cheap Guns," Sept. 27). His veto will perpetuate the status quo, which is that gun violence is the leading cause of death among our young people in California. That's right, not auto accidents, not drugs, not disease, but gun violence! We were alarmed at his rationale for the veto. One only needs to compare our auto industry to the current situation in our gun industry to understand and our focus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 1999
The liberal Democrats are showing their true colors. When running for office they call themselves moderates but when it comes down to it, they are liberal socialist Democrats. Hannah-Beth Jackson wants to take away our right to carry weapons in our own residence, business and on our own property. She has authored Assembly Bill 17. She wasn't in office 60 days when she proposed this bill. Does she sound like a moderate? Gov. Gray Davis said that if SB 23 passes he will sign it. Does he sound like a moderate?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1999
We are heartsick, mournful, horrified, outraged. Seeing the children's terror in Littleton, Colo., knowing the parents' profound loss, we remember the young victims of gun violence who died in Los Angeles County--over a dozen each month--and their families and friends. We are one community. Ultimately, no matter how many directions fingers are pointed, it's the gun. We must ban assault-type weapons and large-capacity magazines once and for all, set sensible consumer safety standards that will take junk guns off the market, require childproof safety locks and stop gun trafficking to minors by limiting sales to no more than one gun per month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 1999 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County banned the sale of so-called "junk guns" Tuesday, and took preliminary steps toward becoming the nation's largest government agency to sue the handgun industry. A sometimes rambunctious 160-minute debate over a wide array of gun proposals dominated the Board of Supervisors' weekly meeting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 1997
Our entire family was deeply saddened that Gov. Pete Wilson had vetoed SB-500 ("Governor Vetoes Bill to Ban Sale of Cheap Guns," Sept. 27). His veto will perpetuate the status quo, which is that gun violence is the leading cause of death among our young people in California. That's right, not auto accidents, not drugs, not disease, but gun violence! We were alarmed at his rationale for the veto. One only needs to compare our auto industry to the current situation in our gun industry to understand and our focus.
NEWS
October 2, 1997 | GEORGE SKELTON
You want Gov. Pete Wilson to ban those cheap, little Saturday night specials? Forget it. But if they're unsafe? That's a different matter. He'd probably sign that bill--assuming somebody could prove they're truly unsafe pieces of junk. Wilson also probably would sign legislation to strengthen California's ban on assault weapons. Such a bill is likely to pass the Legislature next year. "I think assault weapons have no place in a modern civilized society," the governor told me Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1997
When Gov. Pete Wilson vetoed a bill last Friday banning the manufacture and sale of cheap little handguns in California, he complained that the measure would not keep guns out of the hands of thugs but would deprive the law-abiding of affordable protection. Criminals, the governor said, prefer the safer and more expensive models. So, he said, the legislation would punish the average Californian who wanted a weapon, albeit a small, shoddy, unsafe one, for self-defense.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
WILLITS, Calif. - We've heard a lot in this post-Newtown moment about how California leads the nation in gun laws. But you probably haven't heard the unlikely story of Brandon Maxfield, a quadriplegic 26-year-old who helped drive a notorious segment of California's gun industry toward extinction. "It wouldn't have happened without him," said Garen Wintemute, a UC Davis professor of emergency medicine whose anti-gun advocacy has made him a firearms industry nemesis. In 1994, at the age of 7, Brandon was accidentally shot through the neck with a .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1999
We are heartsick, mournful, horrified, outraged. Seeing the children's terror in Littleton, Colo., knowing the parents' profound loss, we remember the young victims of gun violence who died in Los Angeles County--over a dozen each month--and their families and friends. We are one community. Ultimately, no matter how many directions fingers are pointed, it's the gun. We must ban assault-type weapons and large-capacity magazines once and for all, set sensible consumer safety standards that will take junk guns off the market, require childproof safety locks and stop gun trafficking to minors by limiting sales to no more than one gun per month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 1997
Regarding " 'Safe' Is Better Than 'Cheap,' " editorial, Sept. 11: Do you really think that California gun owners believe you are interested in their protection? And if these guns are so dangerous why is law enforcement exempt from this law? It's just more liberal incrementalism on our diminishing freedoms. Future generations will despise us for giving away their rights. MARK A. URBANOSKI Palmdale
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1997
Gov. Pete Wilson has not indicated whether he will sign or veto a bill that outlaws the manufacture and sale of so-called Saturday night specials in California. But shortly after the Legislature gave final approval to the bill Tuesday, a Wilson spokesman worried aloud whether the measure would "preclude people from obtaining an inexpensive form of self-protection."
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