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April 29, 2002

Teens, lawmakers to
duel about gun control

California high school students and state legislators will debate gun control and gun rights from 1 to 2 p.m., Thursday, May 2 at the State Capitol room 126.

The meeting is sponsored by LegiSchool, an award-winning civic education program of the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento and the State Legislature.

Participants will discuss recent laws making it more difficult to purchase and own certain types of guns. They will debate whether lawmakers have implemented too many gun control laws, whether communities are now any safer and what was really intended when the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was drafted.

The event will include student panelists from Butte Valley, Castro Valley, Elk Creek and Montebello high schools, as well as guest panelists from the state Assembly and Senate. Hundreds of other students will watch the meeting live on the California Channel or on videotape.

Paula Gardner, a professor in the CSUS College of Education, will moderate.
More information is available by contacting Bernadette Halbrook, LegiSchool Project director, at (916) 278-6173 or by visiting the LegiSchool website at www.csus.edu/calst/legischool.htm.


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