ADL Reaffirms Support for Gun Control Initiatives During National Policymaking Session in Philadelphia
New York, New York, June 8, 1999
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has reaffirmed
support for gun control initiatives "designed to make it more difficult for
extremists as well as children to acquire and use guns and other dangerous weapons in this
At a meeting last week of the National Executive Committee, ADLs top
policymaking body, in Philadelphia, members adopted a resolution in support of efforts to
expand the regulation of firearms and other weapons.
ADLs support for gun control measures at the state and federal level goes back to
"While we have always supported legislation that attempts to address the problems
of extremism and gun violence in our society, the recent school shootings in Littleton,
Colo. and Conyers, Ga. have focused public attention on another troubling dimension of the
problem the ease with which young people are able to obtain guns in this
country," said Howard P. Berkowitz, ADL National Chairman, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL
National Director. "Strong gun laws are the only way we can act immediately and
decisively to hopefully prevent another tragedy from happening in our schools."
In reaffirming support for gun control initiatives, ADL urged Congress to support
legislation proposed by President Clinton to further restrict gun sales. The legislation
would require safety locks, background checks at gun shows, and a ban of high-capacity
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