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President Urges Gun Legislation

March 1, 2000

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) _ Reacting to another shooting, President Clinton on Wednesday pressed Congress to approve gun safety legislation before lawmakers recess next week.

After touring an Internet service company in suburban Virginia, Clinton said today’s shooting of fast-food restaurant patrons in Wilkinsburg, Pa., underscored the fact that the nation’s elected leaders have not done all they can to ensure that criminals and children cannot get handguns.

``We don’t know all the facts yet, but it was a bad situation,″ Clinton said. ``We owe the families of the victims, the communities, our prayers and best wishes.″

He noted that Congress, scheduled to take a recess next week, has yet to act on gun legislation he submitted more than six months ago. That bill would, among other things, tighten regulations on handgun sales at gun shows and require that handguns be equipped with child safety locks.

``Before you take the recess, please send me this legislation,″ Clinton said. ``It will help keep America safer.″

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