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Campaign 1976 / Massachusetts / Handgun Issue #485941

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Oct 28, 1976
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(Studio) In Massachusetts, 1 issue on ballot with regard to ownership of handguns for private citizens. If passed this wouldn't be allowed. National Rifle Assoc. fighting it, some citizens groups for it.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Westwood, Massachusetts) Details of proposal noted. Group supporting Question 5 called People versus Handguns; Middlesex Cnty. sheriff John [sic] Buckley worked 9 years to bring issue to vote. [BUCKLEY - says professional criminals will always have handguns but measure will lessen percentage of murders committed by family, friends and acquaintances of victims.] Massachusetts associate of chiefs of police opposes ban. [Westwood, Massachusetts, police chief Francis ABBATE - notes problems if proposal passed.] Gun Owners Action League opposition and reasons for it cited; National Rifle Assn. has given some money and 1 aide to league. 1 worker for league is indoor and outdoor pistol champion Nancy Beverly, who quit job to work here. [BEVERLY - says is constitutional right to have guns and she wants to keep it.] Both sides agree vote will be close and, if passed, movement will go to other states quickly.
REPORTER: Lee McCarthy

Chancellor, John;
McCarthy, Lee

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