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Guns / Law / Background Checks / Richmond, Virginia #177303

ABC Evening News for Monday, Nov 30, 1998
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Fort Collins, Colorado: Tom Foreman) The new gun law requiring all purchasers of handguns and rifles to undergo a background check featured; details given of the loophole in which the Brady law does not cover private sales. [Gun shop owner Bruce KIRK - says guns will now be sold be individuals not gun stores.] [Handgun Control, Incorporated Bob WALKER - cites sales at gun shows.] The implications of the end of the five-day waiting period noted. [Suicide victim's widow Wendy CONNERLY - comments on her husband's impulsive death.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) The NRA's plans to sue over the law noted.

(Richmond: Barry Serafin) The Project Exile approach to combatting gun- related crime in Richmond, Virginia, featured; details given of the use of federal instead of state guns laws. [US attorney James COMEY - cites the drop in gun homicide rates in Richmond.] [Criminal Derek Holmes' lawyer Peter ELIADES - compares the state versus Project Exile sentence.] Locally supported advertising to promote Project Exile noted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Tomorrow's segment on suing the gun makers previewed.

Foreman, Tom;
Jennings, Peter;
Serafin, Barry

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