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"We're going to have to take one step at a time, and the
first step is necessarily -- given the political realities --
going to be very modest. . . . [W]e'll
have to start working again to strengthen that law, and then
again to strengthen the next law, and maybe again and again.
Right now, though, we'd be satisfied not with half a loaf but
with a slice. Our ultimate goal -- total control of handguns in the
-- is going to take time. . . . The first problem is to slow
down the number of handguns being produced and sold in this
country. The second problem is toget handguns registered.
make possession of all handguns and all handgun ammunition-except
for the military, police, licensed security guards, licensed
sporting clubs, and licensed gun collectors-totally
Richard Harris, A Reporter at Large: Handguns, New Yorker, July
26, 1976, at 53, 58 quoting
Pete Shields, founder of Handgun Control, Inc.AKA The