ABC Evening News for Monday, Mar 31, 1975
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(Studio) FBI reports serious crime increases 17% in United States during `74. Crimes against property and violent crimes up sharply. Many violent crimes committed with handguns; issue surrounding handguns remains controversial.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Chicago, Illinois) Nearly 1/2 of 970 murders here last year involved handguns. Local officials believe public wants gun control overwhelmingly. [Chicago police deputy Joseph DILEONARDI - says having handgun inhouse sextuples chances of shooting loved one or friend.] Handgun control committee wants consumer products safety commission to ban bullets as unsafe products.
REPORTER: Ron Miller
(Atlanta, Georgia) Actual holdup captured on film; capture reshown; man used handgun to rob small market In Atlanta, 80% homicides committed with handguns. [Public safety commission Reginald EAVES - says if city crackdown on guns started, gun purchases would be made in neighboring counties or states.] Twice as many South policeman shot last year as policemen in other parts of US; many killed with handguns. Even police disagree among themselves about gun control.
REPORTER: Bill Wordham
(NYC) Strictest gun laws in country found here. Month-long gun amnesty program just ended in NYC; details given. [Gun squad commander Captain John O'SULLIVAN - says mayor, police department, DA, all work together to increase penalties for crimes committed with handguns.]
REPORTER: Gregory Jackson
(Studio) Los Angeles police don't want complete ban on handguns; believe judges should be tougher on criminals. In California poll conducted last week by Mervin Field, 82% would approve of law requiring handguns to be registered by owners; 73% of gun owners questioned would approve such a law.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
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