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September 18, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole said Sunday that he would like to see Congress draft a bill limiting the use of semiautomatic weapons and suggested that lawmakers "might go further than the President" in setting such limits. In a television interview, the Kansas Republican also said that cutting the capital gains tax rate would be of greater overall benefit than a more politically popular expansion of individual retirement accounts.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein and Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times
The semiautomatic weapon used in the Santa Monica shooting rampage appears to have been put together from various parts, possibly in an attempt to circumvent the state's restrictions on such guns, law enforcement sources said Wednesday. While certain types of AR-15-style rifles are banned in California, it's legal to purchase parts that can be used to assemble and customize the guns. Santa Monica police have said John Zawahri, 23, used an AR-15-style gun during the attack and was also carrying a .44-caliber handgun.
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NEWS
February 26, 1989 | CRAIG QUINTANA, Times Staff Writer
The City Council moved to ban the possession and sale of semiautomatic assault rifles Thursday, joining at least 10 other California cities that have adopted such laws. The unanimous vote drew widespread applause from most of the audience of more than 300, which packed the council chambers to urge adoption of the ban. The ordinance, modeled after one adopted Feb. 7 by Los Angeles, bans semiautomatic or carbine rifles, which use detachable ammunition clips of 20 rounds or more.
OPINION
January 15, 2013 | By Michael Shermer
President Obama has vowed to do everything in his power to prevent another Sandy Hook. "Because what choice do we have?" he asked. "We can't accept events like this as routine. " Unfortunately, such events are far more random than they are routine. They are what the statistician Nassim Taleb calls "Black Swan events": improbable, rare and unpredictable. We will never be able to prevent them. But that does not mean we can do nothing in response. We should start by understanding the distinction between murder and mass murder.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 1989 | STEVEN R. CHURM, Times Staff Writer
The head of one of the largest gun stores in Orange County said Friday he will stop selling such military assault weapons as the AK-47 rifle, the type used to kill five grade-school pupils in Stockton. Randy Garell, president of the Grant Boys store in Costa Mesa, said the retail gun dealers must "wake up and face facts." "The handwriting is on the wall that these types of weapons with massive firepower have little true purpose," said Garell, who also sells camping and outdoor gear.
NEWS
November 29, 1990 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Owners of assault guns angrily protested Wednesday that they have tried to obey a law that requires them to register their weapons but were prevented from doing so by rude and uncooperative law enforcement bureaucrats. A state Department of Justice official conceded that administrative foul-ups had occurred and promised to immediately streamline the process so citizens can more easily comply with the Dec. 31 registration deadline.
NEWS
April 7, 1998 | From Associated Press
President Clinton blocked the import of 1.6 million military-style rifles Monday, saying Americans do not need an AK-47 or an Uzi for hunting deer or skeet shooting. The executive order bars 58 high-powered, foreign-made guns with large-capacity magazines after a finding that they failed to meet an exemption to U.S. gun laws as a sporting rifle. Most of the affected guns were variations of the AK-47 and Uzi semiautomatic weapons.
NATIONAL
July 13, 2011 | By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
Believing that the Operation Fast and Furious scandal reaches into the highest levels of the Justice Department, congressional Republicans asked the attorney general's office to turn over a sweeping trove of emails, documents and other material to determine Washington's role in the "reckless" operation that allowed U.S. semiautomatic weapons to flow to Mexican drug cartels. "As our investigation into Operation Fast and Furious has progressed, we have learned that senior officials at the Department of Justice, including Senate-confirmed political appointees, were unquestionably aware of the implementation of this reckless program," they said in a letter to Atty.
NEWS
May 5, 1994 | WILLIAM J. EATON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three former presidents endorsed legislation Wednesday to ban the future manufacture, sale and possession of combat-style assault weapons as a closely divided House neared a showdown today on the hotly controversial issue. Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan sent a letter to all House members expressing their support for the measure, effectively joining President Clinton in urging approval of the ban.
NEWS
May 20, 1992 | DAVID FREED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a deranged drifter armed with an "assault" rifle turned a Stockton schoolyard into a killing ground in 1989, California became the first state to outlaw many such weapons. Lawmakers and law enforcement officials warned that the public was endangered by the rising number of criminals armed with Uzis, MAC-10s and Rambo-style AK-47 rifles. But records show that the use of assault weapons to commit crimes is dwarfed by less exotic firearms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 2012 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Two rocket launchers turned in to the Los Angeles Police Department as part of the city's gun buyback event appear to be antitank weapons from the military, experts said. Police said the people turning them in at the buyback told officers they had family members who were at one time in the military and "they no longer wanted the launchers in their homes. " Several military experts said one of the weapons was probably a version of the AT4, an unguided antitank weapon. It's a single-shot weapon that a soldier fires and then the tubing is discarded.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 2012 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
A one-day gun buyback event in Los Angeles on Wednesday gathered 2,037 firearms, including 75 assault weapons and two rocket launchers, officials said. The total was nearly 400 more weapons than were collected in a similar buyback earlier this year. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the collection at two locations was so successful that the city ran out of money for supermarket gift cards and got a private donation through the city controller to bolster the pot. The gun buyback was moved up from its usual Mother's Day date in response to the massacre Dec. 14 that claimed the lives of 26 people, including 20 students, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
NATIONAL
July 13, 2011 | By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
Believing that the Operation Fast and Furious scandal reaches into the highest levels of the Justice Department, congressional Republicans asked the attorney general's office to turn over a sweeping trove of emails, documents and other material to determine Washington's role in the "reckless" operation that allowed U.S. semiautomatic weapons to flow to Mexican drug cartels. "As our investigation into Operation Fast and Furious has progressed, we have learned that senior officials at the Department of Justice, including Senate-confirmed political appointees, were unquestionably aware of the implementation of this reckless program," they said in a letter to Atty.
WORLD
August 31, 2009 | Tracy Wilkinson
It was a street party at a popular gathering place, typical of Saturday nights in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. Drinks, a musical band, a joining together of the mostly young. Then, shortly before midnight, a white double-cabin pickup screeched to a stop on Palm Tree Street in the town of Navolato. At least four gunmen burst from the vehicle and sprayed the party with semiautomatic gunfire. Eight people were killed, among them women and teenagers. Several more were seriously wounded and remained hospitalized Sunday, said Jose Luis Leyva of the state prosecutor's office in Culiacan, the state capital about 20 miles to the east.
NATIONAL
July 29, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court case that struck down the city's handgun ban filed a federal lawsuit alleging that its new regulations still violate an individual's right to own a gun for self-defense. Dick Heller and two other plaintiffs contend that the city continues to violate the intent of the Supreme Court's June 26 decision by prohibiting the ownership of most semiautomatic weapons, requiring an "arbitrary" fee to register a firearm and establishing rules that make it all but impossible to keep a gun in the home for immediate self-defense.
NATIONAL
January 19, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Atty. Gen. nominee Alberto R. Gonzales told the Senate that he supported extending the expired federal assault weapons ban. Gonzales also said he wanted Congress to reauthorize the Patriot Act this year, despite complaints that it was too intrusive. "I believe the USA Patriot Act has greatly improved our nation's ability to detect and prevent terrorist attacks," Gonzales told the Senate Judiciary Committee in written answers to questions. A vote on his nomination is expected this week.
NEWS
April 4, 1989
Boston Mayor Raymond L. Flynn signed a proposal to ban new ownership of seven types of automatic and semiautomatic weapons in the city. The measure would outlaw AK-47, Uzi and other semiautomatic weapons named in the statute, require current owners of the weapons to register their guns, and set a $1,000 fine for a first offense. It also establishes a commission to decide whether additional types of guns should be added to the list.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1989
Hoping to goad Gov. George Deukmejian into signing a bill to outlaw assault rifles statewide, the Beverly Hills City Council this week banned the sale and possession of semiautomatic weapons. "The state Legislature moved, but the governor hasn't moved, so we hope to move the governor," said Councilman Robert K. Tanenbaum. His comments came as the City Council unanimously reversed an earlier decision to let the state take the lead on banning Uzis, AK-47s and other semiautomatic weapons.
NATIONAL
September 14, 2004 | Michael Finnegan, Times Staff Writer
Hours after the federal assault weapons ban expired, Sen. John F. Kerry said Monday that President Bush "chose to make the job of terrorists easier" by letting the law lapse. Kerry, portrayed for months by Bush as lacking core convictions, described the gun law as a "test of character" that the president had failed by not working to keep it on the books. "In a secret deal, he chose his powerful friends in the gun lobby over police officers and families that he promised to protect," Kerry said.
NATIONAL
September 11, 2004 | Michael Finnegan, Edwin Chen and James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writers
With the nation's assault weapons ban on the verge of expiring, Sen. John F. Kerry accused President Bush on Friday of endangering public safety by refusing to fight for renewal of the law, while Bush continued his effort to undercut Kerry's national security credentials. In a harsh new attack on Kerry, Bush said that if the Massachusetts Democrat "had his way, Saddam Hussein would still be in power and would still be a threat to the security and to the world."
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