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December 13, 1999
This is an edited excerpt of an editorial from the San Francisco Examiner, which was published Friday.THE SPECTER of a federal lawsuit should help turn up the heat on the gun industry to adhere to responsible manufacturing and distribution practices.A growing group of cities has been building a good case for a lawsuit that alleges that elements within the gun industry are well aware that their business practices are encouraging the flow of guns to criminals.For example, gun manufacturers get around certain states' tough gun laws by saturating nearby markets with more permissive regulations or channeling weapons through the tough-to-track gun shows, telemarketers or so-called "kitchen-table dealers."
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By David Horsey | April 15, 2014
In response to this month's mass shooting at Fort Hood, Speaker of the House John Boehner said mentally disturbed people should not be allowed to get their hands on firearms. But don't hold your breath waiting for legislation to emerge from Congress to keep that from happening. "There's no question that those with mental health issues should be prevented from owning weapons or being able to purchase weapons. " That is what Boehner said. Yet, last year, when a bipartisan bill to set up a system of background checks for gun purchases was put forward, Mr. Boehner showed no enthusiasm for bringing it up for a vote in the House.
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BUSINESS
By New York Times News Service | January 13, 1992
NEW ORLEANS -- Other businesses may feel the gloom of recession. But at the Shooting, Hunting Outdoor Trade Show, the annual meeting of the firearms manufacturing industry, the glow of prosperity was in the air.The 1,200 companies that took part in this year's SHOT Show, as those in the gun industry call the four-day gathering, needed 15 percent more space than last year to show their wares, from high-tech rifles and pistols to scopes, decoys and "Bee-A-Tree" camouflage.Most...
NEWS
December 20, 2013
This letter is in response to the letter from Edward Davenport who wrote about how his personal knowledge regarding decreased productivity of workers in America proves that legalizing marijuana will cause the destruction of the United States ("Legalizing marijuana a foolish idea," Dec. 17). While I sympathize with his belief that he knows everything and that his point of view must be true otherwise why would he believe it, the fact is that in studies done by the Economic Policy Institute, American workers are more productive than ever before, so his anecdotal evidence is just flat out incorrect.
NEWS
By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | July 17, 1999
Saying they want reform, not money, NAACP leaders filed a lawsuit yesterday demanding that nearly 100 gun manufacturers change the way they do business.The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, N.Y., is hotly contested by America's powerful gun lobby because the changes would limit handgun sales and prohibit distributors from selling certain weapons to gun show dealers.Large firearms manufacturers such as Smith & Wesson, Remington and Glock Inc. are accused in the lawsuit of contributing, through negligence, to handgun-related deaths.
NEWS
By Mike Adams and Mike Adams,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | May 15, 2003
The NAACP's effort to curb gun-related homicides in black communities suffered a setback yesterday when a federal jury rejected its contention that the gun industry knowingly allowed its products to fall into the hands of criminals. U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein will make a final determination in the case, tried in federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y. After deliberating for five days, the jury cleared 45 gun makers and distributors but was unable to reach a verdict on 23 other defendants.
NEWS
By CHICAGO TRIBUNE | July 29, 2005
WASHINGTON - After years of battle, gun rights advocates are poised to win one of their biggest victories as the Senate moves toward shielding gun makers, dealers, distributors and importers from liability lawsuits. A result of increased Republican majorities in Congress, the passage of legal protection for the gun industry would mark an enormous setback for gun control advocates and for leaders of cities such as Chicago, which has filed suit against gun dealers and manufacturers. It would also be the second big win for the National Rifle Association and its supporters in two years.
NEWS
By Tom Diaz | April 26, 1999
EVEN before the school shootings in Littleton, Colo., the U.S. gun industry was in trouble. Recently, a Brooklyn, N.Y., jury handed down the first verdict in U.S. history holding gun makers collectively liable for deaths and injuries to private parties.The Brooklyn case bodes ill for a shaky industry, and the worst is yet to come. Five cities have already filed lawsuits based on a variety of legal and factual arguments. More cities, several states and groups, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, are considering similar lawsuits.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,sun film critic | January 17, 1999
In the 1971 movie "Dirty Harry," Clint Eastwood pointed a huge revolver at a scruffy hoodlum and uttered 12 words that would leave an indelible mark on the gun industry."
NEWS
May 20, 2013
I understand that there are about 310 million people living in the United States, and private citizens here own about 300 million firearms. If these figures are even roughly correct, then the gun industry faces the challenge of selling into a saturated market. They clearly have a motive for promoting repeat and multiple sales while repressing any regulations that would slow down the process or discourage the buyer. In November of 2012, a barbaric mass human sacrifice was performed in Newtown, Conn.
NEWS
May 20, 2013
I understand that there are about 310 million people living in the United States, and private citizens here own about 300 million firearms. If these figures are even roughly correct, then the gun industry faces the challenge of selling into a saturated market. They clearly have a motive for promoting repeat and multiple sales while repressing any regulations that would slow down the process or discourage the buyer. In November of 2012, a barbaric mass human sacrifice was performed in Newtown, Conn.
NEWS
By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2013
A little-noticed provision tucked at the end of the sweeping gun legislation approved by the General Assembly last month would shield from view key state gun records that now are public — a change that was pushed by gun-rights advocates during the intense legislative debate and passed unknown to the most ardent gun-control supporters. Current laws allow the Maryland State Police to release the names of people who apply to buy guns, who hold collector's licenses and concealed-carry permits, as well as details about weapon sales.
EXPLORE
February 28, 2013
Over 2,000 people - 38 of them children - have been killed by guns in America since the massacre at Newtown two months ago. The U.S. firearm homicide rate is 20 times greater than other high-income countries. We have brought down the death toll from cars, toys and medications through careful study and thoughtful legislation - why can't we do this with guns? Taking steps to keep guns out of the wrong hands doesn't violate the second amendment any more than prohibitions against shouting "fire" in a crowded theater violate the first amendment.
NEWS
By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2013
The National Rifle Association and a trade organization representing the $13.6 billion gun industry began work in Annapolis this week as the General Assembly prepared to debate some of the nation's strictest gun laws. The NRA held a meeting for about 25 lawmakers Thursday to discuss strategy in a conversation expected to intensify as early as Friday morning, when Gov. Martin O'Malley releases details of his gun control plan. On Wednesday, the National Shooting Sports Foundation registered prominent Annapolis firm Alexander & Cleaver on its behalf.
NEWS
By RICHARD SIMON and RICHARD SIMON,LOS ANGELES TIMES | October 21, 2005
WASHINGTON -- The House sent to President Bush yesterday a long-debated bill that would shield gun makers and sellers from lawsuits arising from the misuse of their weapons - the latest in a spate of bills aimed at limiting lawsuits that congressional leaders say are hurting business. The bill, which passed the Senate earlier this year, has been a top priority of the National Rifle Association, which accused gun control groups of attempting to use the courts to impose gun controls. Once Bush signs the bill, as expected, gun industry lawyers are expected to seek the dismissal of about a dozen cases filed by cities and crime victims.
NEWS
By CHICAGO TRIBUNE | July 29, 2005
WASHINGTON - After years of battle, gun rights advocates are poised to win one of their biggest victories as the Senate moves toward shielding gun makers, dealers, distributors and importers from liability lawsuits. A result of increased Republican majorities in Congress, the passage of legal protection for the gun industry would mark an enormous setback for gun control advocates and for leaders of cities such as Chicago, which has filed suit against gun dealers and manufacturers. It would also be the second big win for the National Rifle Association and its supporters in two years.
NEWS
By Sarah Koenig and Sarah Koenig,SUN STAFF | September 26, 2002
Gun control advocates criticized Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. anew yesterday for his support of a bill that would give sweeping legal immunity to the gun industry. The bill, backed by the National Rifle Association, would bar certain kinds of lawsuits against gun dealers, manufacturers and trade associations. Ehrlich, a Republican running for governor, voted in favor of the measure yesterday as it passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The bill would not affect lawsuits claiming breach of contract or negligence on the part of the gun industry.
NEWS
By Mike Adams and Mike Adams,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | April 25, 2003
A federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Congress have become the latest battlegrounds in a war that could seal the fate of the beleaguered U.S. gun industry. Late last month, a trial opened over the lawsuit filed by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People against more than 80 gun manufacturers and distributors. The suit accuses the gun industry of allowing its products to be diverted from the legal market into criminal hands. A resulting epidemic of gun-related violence has caused a disproportionate number of black victims, the NAACP maintains.
NEWS
July 29, 2005
THEY CALL it a "straw" sale. A gun is bought by a criminal's accomplice, often with cash. Dealers may choose to look the other way. Manufacturers can ignore the practice, too. Under just these circumstances, a West Virginia pawnshop sold 12 semiautomatic handguns five years ago. One of those guns was used to wound two New Jersey police officers in 2001. Luckily for the officers, they had some legal recourse; they sued the pawnshop and recently won a $1 million settlement - and the action led to local reforms over how guns are sold.
NEWS
By Mike Adams and Mike Adams,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | May 15, 2003
The NAACP's effort to curb gun-related homicides in black communities suffered a setback yesterday when a federal jury rejected its contention that the gun industry knowingly allowed its products to fall into the hands of criminals. U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein will make a final determination in the case, tried in federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y. After deliberating for five days, the jury cleared 45 gun makers and distributors but was unable to reach a verdict on 23 other defendants.
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