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Winnetka Rejects Uzi Weapons

July 19, 1989

WINNETKA, Ill. (AP) _ Trustees in this village where a woman went on a shooting spree in a school have voted down a request to buy Uzi submachine guns to replace shotguns carried in police cars.

″I do not believe we should have Uzis in Winnetka,″ said Jeanne Bradner, village president in the suburb north of Chicago. Her vote broke a 3-3 tie Tuesday night and defeated the proposal.

Police Chief Herbert Timm asked the trustees for funds to buy six Uzis, a request that was turned down by a Village Council committee last week. In a last-ditch effort, three trustees then proposed that Timm be allowed to buy two or three Uzis, a measure that was defeated Tuesday.

However, the trustees did approve funding for the police department to replace revolvers with 29 semiautomatic Glock-17 pistols, which can fire 18 bullets before reloading. The Austrian-made weapons cost $311 each.

Winnetka is the stylish suburb where Laurie Dann went on a shooting spree in an elementary school a year ago, killing one student and injuring six other people before taking her own life.

Timm said his request for new weapons was to replace out-of-date firearms - not in response to the Dann shootings. He said the Uzis would replace 12- gauge shotguns that are kept in patrol cars.

Some residents who opposed giving police rapid-firing Uzis said the weapons would increase the chances of innocent bystanders getting shot. Some also said the guns would be targets of thieves.

Some residents also disapproved of the Glock-17s, arguing that the pistols lack a built-in safety mechanism to guard against accidental firing.

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