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Senate OKs Gun-Show Restrictions

May 20, 1999

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Acting only hours after another school shooting, the Senate today approved tighter restrictions on firearms transactions at gun shows and pawn shops. Democrats said the measure still enables people to buy guns without undergoing background checks.

By 79-29 vote, the Senate passed a Republican amendment to a juvenile crime bill that would require background checks on all firearms dealings at pawn shops and gun shows, reversing a proposal it passed a week earlier.

The measure was adopted after a shooting at a high school in Conyers, Ga., about 35 miles east of Atlanta.

After approving the Republican proposal, the Senate turned to a vote on a Democratic amendment that would allow three days to complete background checks. The provision backed by the Republican majority set a 24-hour time limit, after which the sale could go through even if the background check were not completed.

Referring to the Georgia school shooting, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., asked, ``How much longer are we going to embrace the gun lobby?″

It was the images of the Littleton, Colo., school shooting last month that generated pressure on the Senate to tighten laws governing gun sales, particularly at gun shows.

Six students were injured in the Georgia shooting this morning and all were in stable condition, according to authorities.

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