The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on March 26, 1998 · Page 16
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 16

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Thursday, March 26, 1998
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i r 16A THE PALM BEACH POST THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 1998 S A 8 I S OF A School shootings bring cry for tougher gun laws u up to 7 4 40off LOWEST PRICES.. .EVERY PIALVO ON SALE LARGE SELECTION according to a Peter D. Hart telephone poll of 605 likely voters in early February. Another 13 percent said they would probably favor it, with 11 percent probably opposed, 8 percent definitely opposed and 6 percent not sure. NRA President Marian Hammer has said such regulation represents "a gradual erosion of our rights as citizens." Chiles said, "I want a Florida where children worry about hitting their books not getting hit by a bullet. I want a Florida where Gunsmoke is an old TV rerun, not reality for too many of our young people." SHOP EARLYNO MONEY DOWN90 DAYS NO PAYMENT ON APPROVED CREDIT W. PALM BEACH 2850 OkeeChObee BlVd. (WHERE PALM BEACH LAKES BLVD. MEETS OKEECHOBEE BLVD.) C561) 713-8880 Piano Inc. 'We've got to do something to get guns out of the hands of young people,' Gov. Lawton Chiles says. By Charles Elmore Falm Beach Post Capital Bureau : TALLAHASSEE Gov. Lawton Chiles called for tougher gun laws Wednesday in the wake of the Arkansas school shootings. Those killings "showed the problem with the argument that guns don't kill people, people do," Chiles said. "Are we going to put these kids in the electric chair? Give them a lethal injection? We've got to do something to get guns out of the hands of young people." . Chiles wants a law passed this spring to close what he calls a loophole that allows unregulated i sales at gun shows. A proposed constitutional amendment headed for the November ballot would give counties the option to do the same thing. Chiles said he supports both measures but does not want to wait until November to act Though there is no evidence the alleged teen shooters in Ar Mon-Fri 10-6 Sat 10-S Sun 1Z-5 MmL' Mm UJhm (timSt? GsiffiL hMM (B(P kansas bought the weapons at gun shows, the point is to reduce the unregulated flow of guns that could leave them in kids' hands, Chiles said. Not everyone shared the governor's sense of urgency. ; "Before we go overboard, I'd like to see figures on how many people commit crimes with guns they got at gun shows," said Sen. - ' -- ximMim , Charlie Bronson, R-Indian Harbor Beach. "I believe in public safety. I just don't think we need to overreact" $r)Ck99 : 1 -v.; "Ill ill l Rep. Les Miller, D-Tampa, whose son was shot less than a year ago, is sponsoring a bill to make a three-day waiting period at gun shows mandatory statewide and allow for background compare at $60 Ladies Spring Dresses checks at certain shows. Similar A huge selection of your favorite t career and casual styles. I l&'WW . VIA ! restrictions already exist for retail gun sales. "I've been there," said an emotional Miller, tears streaming from red-rimmed eyes. "I don't want one parent in this state to get a call like the one I got last April 26 to say their child has been shot. His son has since recovered, but another student hurt in the Tallahassee graduation-party incident is paralyzed. 0 Some backers of the proposed constitutional amendment indicated they might withdraw it if the legislature passed a tough enough bill. One bill in the Senate, backed by the National Rifle Association, would leave unregulated "personal collection" sales and swaps at gun shows. That effectively keeps the loophole open, said the constitutional amendment's sponsor, Miami-Dade state attor ney Katherine Fernandez Run-die. "I cannot support the NRA's presently proposed legislation .... RundJe said. Sen. Bill Turner, D-Miami, said he would amend another bill to make it similar to Miller's bill in the House. -Jf tlrx y " - t Some 62 percent of Floridians said they definitely favor the pro posed amendment to give counties local control of gun shows, Youth and crime Florida's rank in arrests of juveniles for violent crime, per 100,000 juveniles ages 10-17: Rank 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Arrests 1,528 996 764 704 674 Location D.C. New York Florida New Jersey Maryland 1 Source Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency P'evenuon. 1995 statistics latest available) 4 I l 1 Plan fights birth defects compare at $ 50 and up Ladies Top Same Spring Shoes A great assortment of the dress and casual lK)ks vou love to wear. leceive extra savings every time you shop. a . O' J rn j S bonun on all MjrvhjlU pun hise rnulf ith the 7 IX Visa Card, iwurd bv People's Bank. CT. Apply todav at vour nearest store to start rarninp rewards Tkt Associated Pms TALLAHASSEE Gov. Law-ton Chiles Wednesday called attention to a new program to reduce infant deaths. The Florida Birth Defects Registry will track defects and educate physicians and prospective parents on measures that would minimize the chances of problems developing with the fetus. The legislature spent $4Wf)0 last year to begin the program. The state would also send records on birth defects to the Center for Disease Control and lYeveition in Atlanta. Manrshalls. NtrrttiarHfise ar h store. C i Drond names for less. Every day.' Call V.W fr.-r 1 S Om r 40 store na!i'iiKie 2 n-SEI T

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