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June 13, 1989 | By Matthew Purdy, Inquirer Washington Bureau
A three-month government review of imported assault weapons has concluded that some of them are not legitimate sporting weapons. The likely consequence is that further importation of such weapons will be permanently banned. Dot Koester, a spokeswoman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, said some of the 49 types of semiautomatic rifles reviewed by the bureau failed the "sporting test. " She would not say how many. She said the agency's report was on the desk of bureau director Stephen E. Higgins and within weeks would be forwarded to the White House.
NEWS
May 14, 2008
AS I MOURNED during the funeral for Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski, I was struck by the youth of the officers in attendance. Most were no older than my own children. Sgt. Liczbinski was only 39. As I thought about the circumstances that claimed the life of another Philadelphia cop, my sadness turned to anger - and that anger is now directed at legislators in Harrisburg who refuse to stand up to the NRA and pass tough gun-control laws. Sgt. Liczbinski was murdered by a career criminal with an SKS assault rifle, a military killing machine that has no place on our streets or anywhere else in a civilized society.
NEWS
December 1, 2001
Thanks are due to the U.S. Supreme Court, which this week smartly let stand New Jersey's toughest-in-the-nation ban on assault weapons. The 1990 law bans 37 models of semiautomatic firearms and other weapons that are "substantially identical. " Some gun shop owners complained the law was too vague. But it's specific where it should be - in defining assault weapons by capability - without falling into the trap of banning only specific models. That would have created a loophole that look-alike brands could exploit.
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December 4, 1993 | by John M. Baer, Daily News Staff Writer
Acting Gov. Mark S. Singel, breaking with conventional political wisdom, yesterday called for a statewide ban on assault weapons, and said he'll veto legislation aimed at overturning Philadelphia's ban. He might get the chance. The state House next week is expected to take up a bill passed by the Senate in June that overturns a City Council-passed ban on assault weapons. For Democrat Singel, the issue is packed with politics. The lieutenant governor wants to seek the governorship next year.
NEWS
May 20, 2008
THE DUMBEST argument for not banning assault weapons is "Guns don't kill people, people kill people. " Not true. The bullet tearing through the body, ripping apart vital organs is what kills. The assault weapon that lets off 50 bullets in five seconds and only needs to be pointed in the general direction of the target is a lot more deadly than the handgun that needs to be aimed by someone being fired back at and is a lot less likely to hit its target. Keith Callan, Philadelphia Eloquent commish Watching TV the other day, I saw a black man speaking from a church pulpit.
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December 10, 1993 | by Yvonne Latty, Daily News Staff Writer
The only people using assault weapons are drug dealers, gang members and violent criminals, said Acting Gov. Mark S. Singel. And, he said, it's time to stop them. Singel wants a statewide sales ban on assault weapons and says he'd veto any attempt by the legislature to prohibit local governments from banning assault weapons. A bill in the state House to overturn Philadelphia's ban on assault weapons is expected to be voted on next week. Yesterday, he picked up the support of Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Neal, who joined him at a news conference.
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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.
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March 13, 1990 | By Daniel LeDuc, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Ignoring one police official's plea that "this law will only affect the law-abiding citizens" and heeding another's warning that cities are "becoming militarized zones," a Senate panel yesterday approved the nation's strictest statewide ban on assault weapons. The measure, strongly backed by Gov. Florio, was approved 6-5 by the Judiciary Committee and will be considered Thursday by the full Senate. The proposal is moving swiftly despite determined opposition by the National Rifle Association and other gun enthusiasts.
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July 20, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 No place for guns There will be thousands of angry people in Cleveland this week legally voicing their concerns about the Republican candidate and the state of our nation. Among them, whatever their motivations, will be people visibly carrying all kinds of weapons, from pistols to assault weapons, loaded with bullets, some capable of piercing bulletproof vests ("A peaceful, focused protest," Monday). "Open carry" is allowed in Ohio. Its exercise seems foolish and provocative, especially now, when shootings, ugly discourse, and heated political rhetoric make us all on edge and sad. At the least, open carry is confusing for police officers, who deserve all the support they can get. What if a police officer - making a split-second decision - kills someone walking around in camouflage gear and toting a long weapon?
NEWS
June 27, 2016
ISSUE | GUN CONTROL Think of the victims In April, Dr. William Begg spoke in Philadelphia about the experience of watching the 6-year-old victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting come into the emergency room. As a doctor, that is one of my worst nightmares. Every time a mass shooting such as the one in Orlando happens, I think of the injuries that gunfire causes, and then I remember that people are injured or killed every day with guns in the city where I live. When I read about Sen. Pat Toomey's votes against gun-control bills Monday ("Gridlock on gun violence," Tuesday)
NEWS
June 22, 2016
ISSUE | TERROR IN ORLANDO Toomey wrong about weapons ban Sen. Patrick Toomey (R., Pa.) contends that bans on entire classes of commonly owned firearms prevent law-abiding Americans from exercising their constitutional rights ("Prevent more senseless deaths," Sunday). Anyone familiar with the history of the 1994 federal assault-weapons ban, however, knows this contention to be inaccurate. Prior to its expiration in 2004, the constitutionality of the ban was challenged in five court proceedings and was rejected in each.
NEWS
June 20, 2016
Shira Goodman is executive director of CeasefirePA ( www.ceasefirepa.org ) Phil Goldsmith is a former president and current board member of CeasefirePA Aurora, Sandy Hook, San Bernardino, Orlando. The list is mind-boggling. Different locations, different shooters, different victims. But they share a common feature - a very specific type of gun, a semiautomatic rifle - a lethal weapon that can quickly unleash 75 to 100 rounds of ammunition. Talk about efficiency. These are efficient killing machines.
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The only thing as predictable as America's gun violence, including mass shootings, is America's political rapid reaction, especially in an election year - calling for legal measures to save us from America's gun violence. If that sounds annoyingly repetitive, it's because it's like everything to do with this issue. The Orlando nightclub shootings early Sunday set off yet another national debate on guns, offering politicians at all levels yet another platform for themselves. So, no surprise, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty is calling out her Republican opponent, Sen. Pat Toomey, to do more to fight gun violence.
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June 16, 2016 | By John Baer
THE ONLY THING as predictable as America's gun violence, including mass shootings, is America's political rapid reaction, especially in an election year - calling for legal measures to save us from America's gun violence. If that sounds annoyingly repetitive, it's because it's like everything to do with this issue. The Orlando nightclub shootings early Sunday set off yet another national debate on guns, offering politicians at all levels yet another platform for themselves. So, no surprise, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty is calling out her Republican opponent, Sen. Pat Toomey, to do more to fight gun violence.
NEWS
June 15, 2016
ISSUE | GUN VIOLENCE Make it tougher for shooters In the aftermath of the worst mass shooting in American history, we are struggling to make sense of how something so horrific could happen. The ex-wife of gunman Omar Mateen said he had been abusive and was mentally unstable. He had been interviewed by the FBI after telling coworkers he might have terrorist ties. Yet he was able to legally buy the high-powered weapons and high-capacity magazines used in the killing of 49 people and wounding of 53 others at an Orlando nightclub early Sunday.
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June 15, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, STAFF WRITER
In Pennsylvania, buying an AR-15 semi-automatic weapon is about as easy as buying lunch, experts say. Go to a licensed gun store, sign the papers, complete an instant background check, pop down the money and walk out with the weapon. No waiting period is necessary. "You can buy an AR-15 as quickly as you can buy a cheesesteak," said Michael J. Chitwood, Upper Darby police superintendent. "It is astonishingly easy," said Bryan Miller, spokesman for the Philadelphia chapter of Heeding God's Call, a faith-based movement to prevent gun violence.
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September 23, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
CANADENSIS, Pa. - Search teams combing the dense, rugged woods not far from where two state troopers were shot on Sept. 12 - one fatally - have discovered an AK-47-style assault weapon like the one suspect Eric Frein was known to have. That discovery and other clues, state police Lt. Col. George Bivens said Sunday, convinced authorities the searchers were closing in on the accused killer. "We're pushing him hard," Bivens said. "He's no longer safe there. " With the weapon were two magazine clips of ammunition and a camouflage bag full of ammunition, all partially hidden in tangled forest undergrowth.
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April 12, 2013 | By Jonathan Tamari, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
WASHINGTON -- It was a procedural vote, part of the Senate's arcane process, but it brought tears to the eyes of family members of those killed in Newtown in December. The Senate voted Thursday morning to take the first step toward considering the background-check bill sponsored by Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey, a Republican, and West Virginia's Joe Manchin, a Democrat. While the vote will only allow debate to move ahead, it opens the door to up-or-down votes on the background check bill as well contentious plans to ban assault weapons and high-capacity gun magazines.
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