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January 29, 1989
I agree wholeheartedly with The Times position on gun control (editorial, "Outrage in Stockton," Jan. 19). It's time that Congress got the drop on the NRA and voted to ban the kinds of assault weapons used in the Stockton and McDonald's massacres. Congress also ought to win one for former Reagan press secretary Jim Brady by enacting a minimum national waiting period for handgun purchases. HAROLD N. BASS Northridge
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October 7, 1989 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, Times Staff Writer
A "festering hatred" of racial and ethnic minorities drove Patrick Purdy to massacre five children in a Stockton schoolyard last January, an extreme example of a growing trend of hate crimes, Atty. Gen. John K. Van de Kamp said Friday.
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NEWS
May 4, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Legislation to make California the first state in the nation to ban the sale of assault weapons was sent to Gov. George Deukmejian's desk today after the Republican governor and the Democratic leader of the Senate announced that they had reached agreement on the plan. Under the agreement, Senate President Pro Tem David A. Roberti's weapons bill was sent to Deukmejian in the form in which it passed the Assembly last month, and the relatively minor amendments that broke the Deukmejian-Roberti deadlock will be inserted in a separate bill.
NEWS
May 24, 1989 | From Times wire services
Gov. George Deukmejian signed two bills today making California the first state in the nation to ban the sale of military-style assault weapons. The Republican governor's signature ended a bitter fight ignited by the killing of five children at a Stockton schoolyard Jan. 17 by Patrick Purdy, a suicidal drifter armed with a Chinese-made AK-47. "These bills are not going to bring back the life of the five beautiful young children who died so tragically on the school ground in Stockton," Deukmejian said at a Capitol bill-signing news conference.
NEWS
May 24, 1989 | From Times wire services
Gov. George Deukmejian signed two bills today making California the first state in the nation to ban the sale of military-style assault weapons. The Republican governor's signature ended a bitter fight ignited by the killing of five children at a Stockton schoolyard Jan. 17 by Patrick Purdy, a suicidal drifter armed with a Chinese-made AK-47. "These bills are not going to bring back the life of the five beautiful young children who died so tragically on the school ground in Stockton," Deukmejian said at a Capitol bill-signing news conference.
NEWS
May 18, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
The Legislature today passed and sent to Gov. George Deukmejian a final compromise bill that would make California the first state in the nation to ban military-style assault weapons. If, as expected, Deukmejian signs the compromise legislation by Assemblyman Mike Roos (D-Los Angeles), the sale of about 60 models of assault firearms will be illegal after June 1. He has 12 days to act. Both houses today approved the measure, which included provisions sought by the governor.
NEWS
May 18, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
The Legislature today passed and sent to Gov. George Deukmejian a final compromise bill that would make California the first state in the nation to ban military-style assault weapons. If, as expected, Deukmejian signs the compromise legislation by Assemblyman Mike Roos (D-Los Angeles), the sale of about 60 models of assault firearms will be illegal after June 1. He has 12 days to act. Both houses today approved the measure, which included provisions sought by the governor.
NEWS
May 4, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Legislation to make California the first state in the nation to ban the sale of assault weapons was sent to Gov. George Deukmejian's desk today after the Republican governor and the Democratic leader of the Senate announced that they had reached agreement on the plan. Under the agreement, Senate President Pro Tem David A. Roberti's weapons bill was sent to Deukmejian in the form in which it passed the Assembly last month, and the relatively minor amendments that broke the Deukmejian-Roberti deadlock will be inserted in a separate bill.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1989 | STEWART KWOH, Stewart Kwoh is the executive director of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California and a member of the Los Angeles City Human Relations Commission
Stunned and saddened by the tragedy in Stockton, where five Indochinese children were killed on their school playground, many people are looking for answers. Reports of the type of weapon used have prompted calls for the elimination of or restriction in the accessibility of certain types of semi-automatic assault rifles. Some reports have revealed the killer as a man consumed by a hatred of Indochinese refugees and others, and who may have had links to white-supremacist groups.
OPINION
January 29, 1989
I am an opponent of gun control since I believe in the individual's right to own firearms; I also believe that a criminal will always find access to weapons. However, there is no justification for owning, selling, or purchasing firearms such as the AK-47. Each one of us needs to contact our representatives today and tell them that we want a law in California that will ban weapons of the AK-47 genre. This law could ban immediately the sale of such weapons in this state, establish a short time period for relinquishing all such weapons, and specify a very stiff mandatory jail sentence for anyone found in possession of such weapons.
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