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Gun Control Bill / Violence Commission / Hoover / Clark #1765

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Sep 19, 1968
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(Studio) Senator rejects amendments to gun control bill that would require gun registration and licensing of owners. President Commission on Violence holds its 1st formal session.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Senator moves toward final vote. Bill will forbid mail order sale of shotguns and rifles. Advocates like Senator Joseph Tydings hope to require gun registration and owner licensing. Opponents say law abiding citizens would comply but criminals wouldn't. Tydings amendment defeated 55-31. Senator Edward Kennedy present for 1st time since June. Attorney General Ramsey Clark and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover testify before Commission on violence. Hoover says Chicago police had no alternate but to use force. Calls it tribute to authorities that Democratic Convention wasn't disrupted. Clark says confrontations of police and citizens can be controlled without excessive force. [CLARK - says policemen must follow law. Our safety and liberty depends on police. Can't judge Chicago matter as it's under investigation.] Both men agreed news media not at their best in Chicago.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

Donaldson, Sam;
Reynolds, Frank

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