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Gun Control Standoff

December 19, 1997 • Volume 7, Issue 47
Both sides remain unmoved in bitter debate.
By Kenneth Jost

Introduction

A safety initiative requiring trigger locks on all handguns sold in Washington state was defeated by voters in November. (Photo Credit: Smith and Wesson) December 19, 1997 The CQ Researcher      Pages 1105 - 1128© 1997, Congressional Quarterly Inc. All rights reserved.
A safety initiative requiring trigger locks on all handguns sold in Washington state was defeated by voters in November. (Photo Credit: Smith and Wesson) December 19, 1997 The CQ Researcher      Pages 1105 - 1128© 1997, Congressional Quarterly Inc. All rights reserved.

Both sides remain unmoved in bitter debate. Gun control continues to inflame public opinion three decades after passage of the first broad federal firearms law. Gun control supporters blame the high rate of violent crime and the large number of gun accidents and suicides on the easy availability of firearms and lax licensing and safety rules. Opponents argue that access to firearms deters crime and note that gun homicides are decreasing and fatal gun accidents are at a record low rate. Recently, gun control supporters have been pushing safety initiatives. They scored a partial victory in October when gun manufacturers in the United States agreed to include trigger locks on handguns. But they suffered a defeat in November when voters in Washington state rejected a measure to require safety training for all gun users.

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