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July 8, 1989 | By Matthew Purdy, Inquirer Washington Bureau The Associated press contributed to this article
The Bush administration announced yesterday that it would ban the importation of a wide range of semiautomatic assault rifles because they had no legitimate sporting use. The ban would keep about 700,000 guns awaiting importation from coming into the United States. But it would have no effect on limiting domestically manufactured assault weapons, which account for 75 percent of the approximately three million assault weapons in this country. A White House spokeswoman said the administration had no intention of expanding the ban to weapons produced in the United States, despite calls for such action from Congress and gun-control groups.
NEWS
March 9, 1994 | By Russell E. Eshleman Jr., INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
Gun-control advocates got their cause cranked up a notch yesterday when Gov. Casey proposed legislation to ban assault weapons and prominent Republican Teresa Heinz pledged to lead a campaign to support it. Casey's bill, which will be sponsored by House Majority Leader Ivan Itkin (D., Allegheny), would ban 45 guns that police have said are used by neither hunters nor target shooters. Among its provisions, the measure would place semiautomatic weapons under existing gun regulations for the first time, would lengthen handgun waiting periods to five days to conform with the federal Brady bill, and would forbid minors from owning or possessing firearms without adult authorization.
NEWS
September 23, 1994 | By Reid Kanaley, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Check one: Rep. Curt Weldon (R., Pa.) backed the assault-weapons ban in the recent crime bill because he supports the "responsible control of firearms. " Or: Rep. Curt Weldon (R., Pa.) hated the ban but bit his tongue and voted for it simply as a way of passing the crime bill. Sara Nichols, the Willistown Democrat opposing Weldon's re-election bid in the suburban Seventh Congressional District, insisted yesterday that Weldon, of Aston, has given both answers in recent letters to constituents.
NEWS
June 21, 1991 | by Kurt Heine, Daily News Staff Writer
Police instructor Ernie Allmond slapped a clip into the Uzi and clicked off 30 rounds in seven or eight seconds. Then he slapped in a new clip and - blam! blam! blam! - did it again. And again. And again. In less than a minute, he ran off 120 rounds of 9mm ammunition, chewed out the center of a human-shaped target, and left a gaggle of officials and newspeople agog. "You can do a lot of damage," Allmond deadpanned. Indeed, said the officials who gathered at the Police Academy yesterday to denounce assault-style guns and to back proposed state legislation to ban their sale, the weapons are capable of considerable damage.
NEWS
March 25, 1990
The gun lovers went to Trenton last week to defend their freedom to own weapons that can spew dozens of rounds of ammunition per minute. They claimed that in seeking to ban semiautomatic weapons in New Jersey Gov. Florio was following in the footsteps of Hitler and Stalin. The point was that both those tyrants had also been big on confiscating guns. And the point was preposterous. Gov. Florio, after all, is not trying to deprive citizens of hunting rifles, or even Saturday night specials - just semiautomatic weapons such as AK-47 assault rifles and Uzi submachine guns.
NEWS
December 9, 1993 | by John M. Baer, Daily News Staff Writer
The state House, apparently eager to leave town for the week, doused its gun debate last evening just as the fireworks were starting. House leaders agreed at 5 p.m. to postpone debate on a bill that would overturn Philadelphia's ban on assault weapons. At first, the vote was put off until Monday. But moments later, Democratic floor leader Ivan Itkin, of Pittsburgh, said that in deference to the state's "hunting community," the vote will be Tuesday. Monday is opening day of Pennsylvania's doe-hunting season.
NEWS
October 15, 1994 | by John M. Baer, Daily News Staff Writer
Tom Ridge opposes restoring Philadelphia's gun ban, and partly as a result has won the endorsement of the National Rifle Association. The NRA nod clearly helps the Erie Republican's bid for governor. It helps him secure conservative voters seen as essential to Republican statewide candidates because Democrats hold a 470,000-voter registration edge. Also, Ridge is under fire from the right. Independent candidate Peg Luksik, a conservative from Johnstown, aggressively opposes abortion and supports gun rights.
NEWS
July 8, 2004 | By Bryan Miller
It will be 10 years in November. Ten years since a man walked into Washington Metropolitan Police Headquarters, climbed the stairs to the second floor, opened the door to the Cold Case Homicide Squad, pulled a Mac-10 assault pistol out from under his jacket, opened fire, and killed two FBI agents and a Washington police sergeant and grievously wounded a third FBI agent. Ten years since one man was able to acquire, conceal and wield sufficient firepower to overwhelm a room full of trained and armed peace officers.
NEWS
March 10, 1994
Regarding Gov. Casey's proposed ban on assault weapons, it's about time. We don't say that to detract from the governor - or Republican Teresa Heinz, who joined in his appeal. We don't say it because school kids have already been mowed down by these killing machines: Stockton, Calif., 1989. We don't say it because New Jersey outlawed them a few years ago. We say it as a fact. And we say it because we'd like to see a matter of politics clarified in this state. This gun-control business has become Harrisburg's equivalent of an inside-the-Beltway joke.
LIVING
September 17, 1992 | By John Corr, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Anna Merz is on chummy terms with a couple of dozen ton-and-a-half rhinoceroses. She has stared down a leopard and routed a cobra from the henhouse. And she's a bit nervous about coming to Philadelphia to speak at the Academy of Natural Sciences tonight. But then, she is a bit nervous about all of the 11 stops on her North American tour. She is doing it as part of her crusade to save the African rhinoceros from extinction, and because she wants people to stop slandering the big, lumbering beasts.
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December 31, 2012 | By Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Recalling the shooting of 20 first graders as the worst day of his presidency, President Obama pledged Sunday to put his "full weight" behind a legislative package next year aimed at containing gun violence. In an interview with NBC's Meet the Press , Obama voiced skepticism about proposals to put armed guards in schools in the aftermath of the deadly assault Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. In his boldest terms yet, he vowed to rally the American people behind an agenda to limit gun violence and said he supports increased background checks and bans on assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines.
NEWS
December 24, 2012
RON JAWORSKI and the Maxwell Football Club should be ashamed of themselves. In November 2011, the club wrongly removed coach Joe Paterno's name from the Coach of the Year Award, citing the Jerry Sandusky scandal as the reason and wrongly blaming Paterno for the crimes. It was as if the head coach himself was the pedophile instead of Sandusky. Now, this hypocritical organization has announced its awards for the 2012 season and look who some of the winners are: Coach of the Year - Penn State's Bill O'Brien.
NEWS
August 12, 2009 | By DANA DiFILIPPO, difilid@phillynews.com 215-854-5934
AT LEAST 14 Pittsburgh Steelers participated in a shooting party with Pennsylvania State Police troopers at the Greensburg barracks, using state police ammunition and illegal assault weapons from the evidence room, sources say. Although the gun-fun day was three years ago, someone recently began circulating photographs of the pistol-packing players among state troopers, prompting outraged calls for an outside investigation. Critics contend it is proof of a pattern of state police ignoring or covering up misbehavior by superiors.
NEWS
May 9, 2008 | By Connie Williams
In the fall of 2004, just before the expiration of the federal ban on assault weapons, I introduced legislation in the Pennsylvania legislature to ban the sale of these types of weapons in the commonwealth. Senate Bill 1216 died for lack of action. It led in 2005-06 to S.B. 533, which also died in committee, and in 2007-08 to S.B. 48, which I'm realistic enough to recognize will never see the light of day. To date, I've been told there is no need to ban any type of gun, because the gun does not kill; the person using the gun kills.
SPORTS
January 18, 2008 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Eastern senior Bryant White, a standout running back for the Vikings' football team last fall, has pleaded guilty to assault and a gun charge in Camden County Superior Court and has agreed to a four-year prison sentence, Jason Laughlin, public information officer for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, said yesterday. White, a bruising 5-foot-11, 245-pounder who was nicknamed the "B-Train," also played linebacker; he rushed for 975 yards on 189 carries and scored eight touchdowns last season, helping Eastern put together a 9-2 record.
NEWS
March 29, 2005
MAYOR STREET'S efforts to restrict gun carry permits should trouble every law-abiding citizen of Philadelphia. In the last 10 years, violence has been significantly reduced in the 37 states now granting concealed carry permits. In contrast, those states and cities with virtual gun bans suffer the highest per capita violent crimes. The Street administration apparently wishes to punish law-abiding citizens who must pass strict background checks when applying for permits. Instead of apprehending and prosecuting violent offenders, the administration does a disservice to all citizens by attempting to enact gun bans which break state law and do nothing to impact drug-related violence.
NEWS
July 8, 2004 | By Bryan Miller
It will be 10 years in November. Ten years since a man walked into Washington Metropolitan Police Headquarters, climbed the stairs to the second floor, opened the door to the Cold Case Homicide Squad, pulled a Mac-10 assault pistol out from under his jacket, opened fire, and killed two FBI agents and a Washington police sergeant and grievously wounded a third FBI agent. Ten years since one man was able to acquire, conceal and wield sufficient firepower to overwhelm a room full of trained and armed peace officers.
NEWS
August 14, 1998 | By Craig R. McCoy, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If federal prosecutors launch a major crackdown on gun criminals in Philadelphia, their quarry won't be able to seek sanctuary across the river in South Jersey. Or so New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg and Mayor Rendell vowed yesterday. They announced support for a total of $2.3 million in federal money for such a gun crackdown in both Philadelphia and Camden County. Rendell, in an unusual alliance with the National Rifle Association, has been pushing Congress and the President to support $1.5 million in new funds to pursue gun crime in Philadelphia.
NEWS
March 23, 1996 | By David Hess, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU Inquirer staff writers Craig R. McCoy and Vanessa Williams contributed to this article
Republican leaders kept their promise to gun enthusiasts yesterday by steering a repeal of the assault-weapons ban through the House, but it was a victory without a conclusive result. The 239-173 vote to end the 18-month-old ban fell 48 votes shy of the two-thirds majority that would be needed to overcome a promised veto by President Clinton. And the bill is not likely to get out of the Senate. Still, the legislation will be a source of controversy and campaign contributions in the fall congressional elections.
NEWS
September 26, 1995 | By Terri Sanginiti, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A borough municipal court judge yesterday found probable cause to issue a complaint charging former Camden County Prosecutor Edward F. Borden Jr. with simple assault as a result of an alleged shoving match with a gun lobbyist last week. Alan Rice, 29, of Union County, had filed a complaint against Borden on Saturday saying the ex-prosecutor manhandled him Wednesday night when he attempted to snap photos at a local meeting organized by Handgun Control Inc. Rice, who is a member of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership and a supporter of the Coalition of New Jersey Sportsmen, said he and coalition chairman Rich Miller were turned away from the "voter education" meeting because of their opposing interests.
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