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January 5, 1994

'Icebreaker' Clears Way for Gun Control Efforts

JAMA. 1994;271(1):11-12. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510250019006

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AT ITS December meeting, the American Medical Association took its toughest stand yet on the issue of violence, particularly as it relates to guns, calling for restrictions on the purchase of weapons and ammunition. The House of Delegates reaffirmed its support for the Brady bill, which requires a 5-day interval between purchase and pickup of a handgun, and called for restrictions on the sale of assault weapons.

These were just a few steps in the growing national momentum for gun control efforts. The Brady bill signed into law at the end of November is, in the view of antigun lobbyists, just the beginning of increased pressure for gun control laws.

"We intend to push for some very aggressive gun control legislation," says Richard Aborn, president of Handgun Control Inc, one of the more assertive gun control lobbying groups in the nation's capital.

"To us, the Brady bill is the political

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