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Wallace / FBI's Gray; Gun Control #20597

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, May 16, 1972
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(Studio) In DC, new temporary FBI Director L. Patrick Gray, formally takes over office.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) [GRAY - says Wallace case is of great concern to him. Says political violence in American is tragic. Urges political officials to use restraint in public utterances. Expresses faith in American people, saying personal campaigns should continue. Doesn't want nation to be driven by fear. Says gun-control laws will never be absolutely effective, but are under consideration.
REPORTER: Virginia Sherwood

(NYC) Gun-control law to keep firearms out of hands of criminals and psychotics, without penalizing honest sportsmen, is so complex and politically explosive that it may never come about. 21 states require pistol permit or police check; 29 states require no check (as in WI where Arthur Bremer bought gun used on Wallace). Federal gun-control laws,passed in 1968 after assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy, ban interstate sales of hand guns and mail-order sales of most firearms, but without much effect. FBI reports in 1970, 15,800 murders in US, 52% committed with hand guns. 125 million firearms pvtly. owned in US; 35 million handguns. Opponents of gun-control laws say criminals can get guns by stealing them. Stronger laws, however, would be deterrent.
REPORTER: Jules Bergman

Reporter(s):
Bergman, Jules;
Sherwood, Virginia;
Smith, Howard K.
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