March 5, 1997 in Nation/World

Clinton To Target Foreign Gun Buyers

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The Clinton administration is adopting new proof-of-residency requirements for foreigners purchasing guns in the wake of a Palestinian’s killing spree atop the Empire State Building, officials said Tuesday.

President Clinton also scheduled an Oval Office ceremony with law enforcement officials today to endorse a Senate bill that would make it illegal for non-immigrant foreigners to carry or buy firearms.

The new regulations will require legal aliens to submit a photo ID plus other documentation - such as utility bills - to prove they have been in country for at least three months.

The initiatives were prompted by the shooting of seven tourists last month at the Empire State Building by a Palestinian teacher who arrived in December on a tourist visa and purchased a gun.


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