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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.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | December 8, 1999
WASHINGTON -- In a move to force the firearms industry to adopt safer ways of doing business, the federal government said yesterday that it was preparing a lawsuit against gun makers on behalf of the 3 million people who live in public housing projects, where shootings have taken a heavy toll for years.The White House and the Department of Housing and Urban Development have been laying the groundwork for the suit in recent months in hopes that the threat of federal action would intensify pressure on the gun industry to change how it makes and sells weapons, officials said.
NEWS
By Jonathan Weisman and Jonathan Weisman,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | May 1, 1999
WASHINGTON -- Hoping to spark "a grass-roots movement to turn away from violence," President Clinton announced yesterday that he will summon religious leaders, entertainment and Internet industry executives, explosives manufacturers and weapons makers to the White House for a youth-violence summit on May 10.In the wake of the Littleton shootings, the president once again pleaded for parents to connect with the children, children to connect with their peers,...
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 ERNEST B. FURGURSON and ERNEST B. FURGURSON,Ernest B. Furgurson is associate editor of The Sun | November 10, 1991
Washington. -- While politicians squabble over the meaning of last Tuesday's voting, few have given attention to a local vote that has national implications as both parties look ahead to election-year debate over crime and what to do about it.Here in the District of Columbia, voters roared that they have had enough of murder and mayhem. The one political group that heard them loud and clear was the firearms industry: within hours after polls closed, the gun lobby was trying to reverse the will of the people.
NEWS
By Warren Buckler | November 16, 1998
FOR YEARS, I wondered when the public would finally turn against guns, just as it turned against cigarettes and other lethal tobacco products.For as long as I can remember, I have been perplexed as to why citizens were reluctant to rise in wrath against dunderheaded politicians who rejected even modest limits on certain kinds of people-killer firearms, the kind commonly used to blow away spouses, playmates, cops, members of opposing gangs or people on...
NEWS
By Jonathan Weisman and Karen Hosler and Jonathan Weisman and Karen Hosler,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | May 11, 1999
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton emerged from a White House meeting on youth violence yesterday with a flurry of new proposals, from limited agreements with firearms manufacturers on gun control to a new task force to help parents screen out violence from their television sets and computers.But beneath the harmonious surface, representatives from the entertainment and gun industries continued to insist that their businesses should not be held responsible for incidents such as the massacre at a school in Littleton, Colo.
NEWS
June 9, 1998
THE NATIONAL Rifle Association has done itself a good turn by making Charlton Heston its president. Mr. Heston is a powerful actor who believes in the cause.Despite the stridence of what he said at the NRA's meeting in Philadelphia, Mr. Heston is a comparative moderate within the leadership of that organization. It fronts for the interests of gun manufacturers and distributors while purporting to speak for some 2.8 million hunting, target-shooting, farming, antique-collecting legitimate gun owners and enthusiasts.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2013
Maryland's largest gun manufacturer has decided not to leave the state just yet. Beretta USA threatened to abandon its home on the Potomac if Maryland passed a strict new gun-control law, but after the law was signed the company announced that its operations would remain in Prince George's County for now. However, Beretta added, it would look elsewhere for future expansions. Beretta and another Maryland gun maker have taken a wait-and-see approach to leaving the state, balancing the risk of a customer backlash against the cost and difficulty of a possible move, while keeping up with unprecedented demand for guns of all kinds.
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