Curran Speaks at HUD Presser on Safe Gun Coalition

March 22, 2000

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., has been invited to speak at a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) press conference today, March 22, 2000, at 11:00am, in Washington, D.C., where the announcement of the formation of the Communities for Safer Guns Coalition will take place.

Community leaders nationwide will pledge to give preference to gun manufacturers that sign a code of conduct. The new code, agreed upon Friday by Smith & Wesson and the Clinton Administration, will make guns safer and keep them out of the hands of children and criminals. HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo has directed the nationís 3,200 housing authorities to give preference in their gun purchases to any gun makers adopting a new code of "responsible conduct."

General Curran applauds the idea saying, "This is a good start and a step in the right direction toward curtailing the number of guns in this country and the number of preventable gun-related deaths. Hopefully it will send a message to other gun manufacturers that it is a win-win for everyone involved that guns be made safer."

Smith & Wesson will also devote two percent of revenues to develop "smart gun" technology and will equip all newly designed guns with such technology within three years. "Smart guns" can only be fired by an authorized person, making them useless in the hands of thieves or children who could get hold of guns.

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