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CBS Evening News for Monday, Jul 28, 1969
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(Studio) National Violence Commission puts out report proposing restricting use of handguns.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Report shows 90 million firearms owned by Americans: 24 million handguns, 35 million rifles, and 31 million shotguns. Of homicides from 1963-69, firearms up 48%. Report urges restrictive licensing and compensating those whose firearms are restricted. Having handguns would be crime. More friends, neighbors, and family killed by handguns than robbers. [Chairperson Dr. Milton EISENHOWER - says most crimes where most handguns. Federal government should pass act for restrictive licensing and states given 4 years to adopt legislature Those holding illegal handguns subject to punishment. Home defense shouldn't be reason for granting license; hope we'll dvp. non-lethal weapon for homes.] 4 of 13 members didn't agree with statement. By concentrating on handguns, relieves opposition from sportsmen and NRA.
REPORTER: Bruce Morton

(Studio) National Rifle Assn. criticizes report saying all Americans would be deprived of guns or prosecuted for having them.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Morton, Bruce

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