Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Nation Briefing

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Nation Briefing

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HUD, 16 CITIES SUED OVER SMITH & WESSON DEAL

WASHINGTON -- Seven gunmakers and an industry group sued the Department of Housing and Urban Development and 16 cities yesterday over a plan to give preferential treatment to Smith & Wesson.

The lawsuit filed in an Atlanta federal court alleges an illegal conspiracy in restraint of trade.

In March, President Clinton announced a safety agreement with Smith & Wesson, the nation's largest gunmaker. The plan included the installation of gun locks on all the weapons it sells, the introduction within three years of "smart gun" technology and barring sales of its weapons at gun shows without a background check.

In return, the company was to be dropped from lawsuits against gunmakers and was to be given preference when government agencies bought guns.

INMATE KILLED IN TEXAS DURING PRISON RIOT

LAMESA, Texas -- Racial tensions fueled fights between 300 black and Hispanic inmates at a West Texas prison that left one inmate dead and five others in intensive care, authorities said. …

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