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June 4, 2000
Philadelphia on Friday became the 18th city to drop a lawsuit against Smith & Wesson in exchange for the company's pledge to produce safer weapons. The gun maker has promised to distribute external locks with all new guns, and within two years, to build locks into its firearms. It also has promised to develop weapons that can be fired only by their owners, to require background checks on all purchasers of its weapons, and to limit multiple-handgun sales. In April, Philadelphia filed suit against 14 weapons manufacturers and promptly began studying the Smith & Wesson pact that had been reached with the Clinton administration in March.
NEWS
December 12, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
In an agreement officials hope will be duplicated in cities around the country, gunmaker Smith & Wesson settled a suit with the city of Boston yesterday, pledging radical changes to safety features of its firearms nationwide and intensive programs to prevent guns from slipping into criminal hands. Terms of the settlement are slightly weaker than another agreement Springfield-based Smith & Wesson signed earlier this year to avert a threatened suit from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.
NEWS
June 10, 1999 | by Dave Davies, Daily News Staff Writer
Mayor Rendell and a leading gun manufacturer said yesterday they'll convene a meeting of mayors and gunmakers next month to try to resolve the growing number of lawsuits against firearms manufacturers. "By no means are we prepared to say that we can reach an agreement," Rendell said after an hour-long meeting yesterday with Smith & Wesson President Ed Schultz. "But I think it's a good sign that the industry sent Mr. Schultz here, and I think it's a good sign that the dialogue is continuing.
NEWS
April 19, 2000
A plan to make safer handguns - and dodge crippling lawsuits over gun violence - has put the nation's largest gun maker, Smith & Wesson, in the crosshairs. The company may face a boycott by some gun owners as punishment for being the first gun maker to break ranks and seek a truce in the court fights with two-dozen-plus cities. Some dealers say they'll clear Smith & Wesson guns from their sales racks. There have been reports about threats to bar Smith & Wesson ads from sportsmen's magazines and about efforts to dissuade lawyers from representing the firm.
NEWS
April 1, 2000 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Thirty-nine more cities and localities - including Philadelphia - have agreed to give preference, when buying guns for their police forces, to manufacturers who take steps to make their weapons safer, the Department of Housing and Urban Development said yesterday. The new backers, which also include Washington, D.C.; Oakland, Calif.; Kansas City, Mo.; and Richmond, Va., bring to 68 the number of communities that have joined the so-called Safer Guns Coalition. Those communities "will use their considerable purchasing power to encourage gun manufacturers to make a safer product that cannot be easily accessed by criminals and children," HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference.
NEWS
June 3, 2000 | By Jacqueline Soteropoulos, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Seven weeks after Philadelphia sued top handgun-makers, Mayor Street yesterday signed a settlement with the nation's largest gun manufacturer. With the move, Philadelphia becomes the 18th city to forgo litigation against Smith & Wesson in exchange for the company's pledge to produce safer weapons. The city's legal action against 13 other gun-makers will continue, unless those companies are willing to come to the table, Street said. "If we just keep the pressure on, all of the gun manufacturers will eventually fall in line.
NEWS
March 18, 2000 | By Jackie Koszczuk, Jodi Enda and Clea Benson, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
In a move that could reshape the gun-control debate, the White House yesterday announced that the nation's largest gun-maker has agreed to install trigger locks and impose other restraints on how it designs and sells firearms. Smith & Wesson said it would require safety locks on all the guns it sells, and would make its triggers child-resistant. The company also agreed to immediately start developing "smart guns" that can only be fired by their owners - and to market firearms to gun shows only if every dealer at a show agrees to do complete background checks on each potential buyer.
NEWS
March 19, 2000
The Clinton administration and the nation's largest handgun manufacturer, Smith & Wesson, announced agreement last week on a broad package of gun safety measures and restrictions on gun sales that the company will adopt in return for the federal government dropping its threat to sue the firm. In a move White House officials hope will reshape the country's gun control debate, Smith & Wesson agreed to begin providing external trigger locking devices with all the guns it sells within 60 days.
NEWS
August 5, 2009 | By Barbara Boyer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Palmyra man will spend five years in federal prison for illegally selling firearms and crack cocaine at area shopping malls' parking lots, a judge ordered yesterday. U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler also ordered Joseph Adams, 26, to serve five years of supervised release after prison. Adams pleaded guilty Feb. 20 to the charges. He admitted that between April 4 and June 21, 2007, on six separate occasions in Burlington and Camden Counties, he sold a gun to a person who was cooperating with law enforcement.
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February 4, 2013
Politics becomes amusing when liberalism becomes theatrical with high-minded gestures. Chicago's government, which is not normally known for elevated thinking, is feeling so morally upright and financially flush that it proposes to rise above the banal business of maximizing the value of its employees' and retirees' pension-fund assets. Although seven funds have cumulative unfunded liabilities of $25 billion, Chicago will sacrifice the growth of those assets to the striking of a political pose so pure it is untainted by practicality.
NEWS
January 13, 2013
Bail was set at $200,000 Friday for a woman arrested for carrying a loaded handgun into South Philadelphia High School, authorities said. Police say Kelly Jones, 21, entered the school Thursday morning accompanied by her infant and an aunt. Jones was there to enroll in an alternative diploma program. During a routine scan at the entrance, school police found a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson semiautomatic inside the infant's pink-and-white diaper bag, with eight rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber.
NEWS
January 11, 2013 | BY MORGAN ZALOT & REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writers zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
A YOUNG MOM walked into South Philadelphia High School with her baby Thursday morning packing more than diapers and bottles in her bag - police say she also was packing heat. It was one of two incidents Thursday in which guns were brought into Philly high schools. Cops said the woman, Kelly Jones, 21, of 69th Street near Elmwood Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia, entered the school about 10:45 a.m. with her aunt and baby so she could enroll in an evening high-school-diploma program.
NEWS
July 20, 2011 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 16-year-old fired four shots at a Philadelphia bicycle patrol officer near Front and South Streets Saturday after police tried to disperse a crowd of teenagers from the South Street pedestrian bridge, police said. The officer was not wounded. About 11:10 p.m. Saturday, Police Officer Michael Alice, an eight-year veteran assigned to the weekend South Street bike detail, and his partner saw more than a dozen male and female teenagers walking east on South Street, according to a police report.
NEWS
July 19, 2011 | By Mike Newall, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A 16-year-old fired four shots at a Philadelphia bicycle patrol officer near Front and South Streets Saturday after police tried to disperse a crowd of teenagers from the South Street pedestrian bridge, police said. The officer was not wounded. About 11:10 p.m. Saturday, Police Officer Michael Alice, an eight-year veteran assigned to the weekend South Street bike detail, and his partner saw more than a dozen male and female teenagers walking east on South Street, according to a police report.
NEWS
August 5, 2009 | By Barbara Boyer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Palmyra man will spend five years in federal prison for illegally selling firearms and crack cocaine at area shopping malls' parking lots, a judge ordered yesterday. U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler also ordered Joseph Adams, 26, to serve five years of supervised release after prison. Adams pleaded guilty Feb. 20 to the charges. He admitted that between April 4 and June 21, 2007, on six separate occasions in Burlington and Camden Counties, he sold a gun to a person who was cooperating with law enforcement.
NEWS
February 20, 2004
WITH THE City of Brotherly Love already breaking last year's record of homicides, and it's only February, we hear from one of Corporate America's news media mouthpieces - Lil' Ms. Michelle Malkin and her endorsement of guns and gun nuts. Because New York Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg is supporting a move to keep the NRA out of the 2004 Republican National Convention, Ms. Malkin sides with the likes of Ted Nugent and the ultra-right-wing organizations that share their beds with their Smith & Wesson spouses, and is asking people to boycott the city.
NEWS
December 12, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
In an agreement officials hope will be duplicated in cities around the country, gunmaker Smith & Wesson settled a suit with the city of Boston yesterday, pledging radical changes to safety features of its firearms nationwide and intensive programs to prevent guns from slipping into criminal hands. Terms of the settlement are slightly weaker than another agreement Springfield-based Smith & Wesson signed earlier this year to avert a threatened suit from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.
NEWS
June 4, 2000
Philadelphia on Friday became the 18th city to drop a lawsuit against Smith & Wesson in exchange for the company's pledge to produce safer weapons. The gun maker has promised to distribute external locks with all new guns, and within two years, to build locks into its firearms. It also has promised to develop weapons that can be fired only by their owners, to require background checks on all purchasers of its weapons, and to limit multiple-handgun sales. In April, Philadelphia filed suit against 14 weapons manufacturers and promptly began studying the Smith & Wesson pact that had been reached with the Clinton administration in March.
NEWS
June 3, 2000 | By Jacqueline Soteropoulos, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Seven weeks after Philadelphia sued top handgun-makers, Mayor Street yesterday signed a settlement with the nation's largest gun manufacturer. With the move, Philadelphia becomes the 18th city to forgo litigation against Smith & Wesson in exchange for the company's pledge to produce safer weapons. The city's legal action against 13 other gun-makers will continue, unless those companies are willing to come to the table, Street said. "If we just keep the pressure on, all of the gun manufacturers will eventually fall in line.
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