The leader of the
"Hall of Shame"
(In Bright Cowardly Yellow)
Because Smith & Wesson signed onto the below
agreement, capitulating to the evil anti gun forces who seek to
destroy your freedom and mine and so as to serve warning to other
gun manufacturers that if they too wimp out the same fate awaits
them, they have earned the highest place of dishonor on my
Terms of the Agreement
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
March 17, 2000
CLINTON ADMINISTRATION REACHES HISTORIC AGREEMENT WITH SMITH AND
- Today, President Clinton will highlight an
historic agreement with Smith and Wesson to build on his
comprehensive efforts to reduce gun violence in America.
The agreement represents an unprecedented partnership between the
government and the gun industry to bring about meaningful reforms
in the way the industry does business.
- Since the beginning of his Administration,
President Clinton has been working on every front to reduce gun
violence and keep our communities safe. Since signing the
historic Brady Law and 1994 assault weapons ban, the President
has continued to fight for more tools to protect citizens from
gun violence. President Clinton took recent executive
action to crack down on unscrupulous gun dealers who sell guns to
criminals and youth, and has continued to lead the national fight
for common-sense gun safety legislation.
- As part of this effort, President Clinton
last December called on gun manufacturers to work with the
Administration to make needed changes in the way they do business.
Today, Smith and Wesson -- one of the nation's largest gun
manufacturers -- joined the federal government and cities and
states across the country in a landmark agreement that will keep
guns out of the wrong hands and result in safer guns.
- Today's agreement represents the first time a
major gun manufacturer has committed to fundamentally change the
way guns are designed, distributed and marketed. This deal
shows what is possible when we work together in good faith.
We applaud Smith and Wesson's leadership, and hope other
responsible members of the gun industry will step forward too.
- Some of the key provisions of the agreement
New design standards to make guns safer and prevent accidental
shootings and gun deaths
Locking devices. Safety locking
devices will be required for handguns and pistols, external
locking devices within 60 days and
internal locking devices within 24 months.
Smart guns. Two percent of annual
firearms revenues will be dedicated to the development of
authorized user technology that can
limit a gun's use to its proper owner. Authorized user
technology will be included in all new firearm models within 36
Large capacity magazines. New
firearms will not be able to accept ammunition magazines with a
capacity of over 10 rounds. The manufacture of such
magazines has been prohibited since 1994.
Safety testing and standards. All
firearms are to be tested by ATF to ensure that they meet
performance and safety standards such as drop tests.
Other safety devices. Within one
year, all pistols will have chamber load indictors to show that a
pistol is loaded to prevent accidents, and magazine disconnectors
will be available to customers within 12 months.
New sales and distribution controls to help keep guns out of the
hands of criminals and help law enforcement crack down on illegal
gun traffickers. Under the deal, manufacturers will agree
to sell only to authorized dealers and distributors who agree to
a code of conduct. The code of conduct imposes new
requirements on authorized dealers and distributors.
Cutting off dealers with
disproportionate crime guns. Under the agreement,
manufacturers will take action against dealers or distributors
who sell disproportionate numbers of guns that turn up in crimes
within three years of sale, including termination or suspension
against the dealer or distributor.
Gun shows. Authorized dealers cannot
sell at gun shows unless every seller at the gun show conducts
Ballistics testing. To help law
enforcement trace guns used in crime when only the bullet or
casing is recovered, ballistics fingerprints will be provided for
all new firearms to ATF/FBI National Integrated Ballistics
Identification Network within 6 months if technologically
Safety training for purchasers. No
sales will be made to dealers who do not require gun
purchasers to demonstrate that they can safety handle and store
Theft prevention. No sales will be
made to dealers who do not implement a security plan to prevent
Weapons attractive to criminals.
Authorized dealers and distributors will not sell large capacity
ammunition magazines or semiautomatic assault weapons.
Restrictions on multiple handgun sales.
To deter illegal gun trafficking, dealers must agree to new
limits on multiple handgun sales. All purchasers of
multiple handguns can only take one handgun from the day of sale,
the remainder 14 days later.
Enforcement of agreement. An Oversight Commission will be
established to oversee the implementation of the agreement.
The Commission will have five members selected as follows: one by
manufacturers; two by city and county parties; one by state
parties; one by ATF. ATF will work with manufacturers and
the Oversight Commission to assist them in meeting obligations
under the agreement.
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