July 8, 1989 |
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.
March 9, 1994 |
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.
September 23, 1994 |
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.
June 21, 1991 |
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.
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.
December 9, 1993 |
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.
October 15, 1994 |
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.
July 8, 2004 |
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.
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.
September 17, 1992 |
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.