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GOP
. ."
activists
vie for
support
WASHINGTON (AP) - Conser-
vative activists were getting their an-
nual pep talk from President Reagan
before they take a closer look at six
potential bidders for their support in
the campaign for the 1988 Republican
presidential nomination.
At a news conference opening the
13th annual Conservative Political
Action Conference, David Keene,
chairman of the American Conser-
vative Union, said it was the first time
in the history of such meetings that
"the heart and soul of the conser-
vative movement hasn't been, in
essence, owned by a major national
figure."
SEN. BARRY GOLDWATER,
(R-Ariz.), was the hero of the con-
servative movement in the early 1960s
and then its allegiance shifted to
Reagan. He has been the featured
speaker at 11 of the 13 C-PAC
meetings, addressing them every
year since he entered the White House
in 1981.
One potential condidate avidly
wooing conservatives was Vice
President George Bush, who will ad-
dress the conference Friday night.
Earlier that day, four of his potential
rivals the Rev. Pat Robertson, Rep.
Jack Kemp, (R-N.Y.), former U.N.
Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick and
Sen. Bob Dole, (R-Kan.) will speak
to the conference. Former Senate
Majority Leader Howard Baker was
invited to attend but declined.
The opening day of the conference,
delegates could read blistering attack
on Bush by syndicated columnist
George Will, a conservative favorite.
In his column, published in The
Washington Post, Will wrote, "The
unpleasant sound Bush is emitting as
he traipses from conservative
gathering to another is a thin, tinny
'arf' the sound of a lapdog. He is
panting along (Walter) Mondale's
path to the presidencey."
Mondale, the 1984 Democratic
presidential nominee, was often
criticized for pandering to special in-
terest groups.

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The Michigan Daily - Friday, January 31, 1986-- Page 5
Polce groups
lobby against
House gun law

Daily Photo by PETER ROSS
Dress you up
Karen Emde, LSA sophomore applies Madonna's (LSA sophomore Calli Baldwin) mole during the Millions
Against MS campaign kick-off in the Union Ballroom. The Rock-A-Like fundraiser featured celebrities in-
cluding The Blues Brothers and Tina Turner.-
CBO revises budget deficit down

wire reports
WASHINGTON - A host of police
groups representing chiefs and cops
on the beat implored the House of
Representatives yesterday to defeat
Senate-passed legislation easing gun
controls, saying Congress' failure to
do so would be "adding to the car-
nage" on the streets.
Insisting that the Senate bill
allowing resumption of interstate
sales of guns would increase the
availability of handguns, the
organizations urged House members
to oppose the legislation "in the name
of sanity."
THEY URGED opposition to efforts
s by Rep. Harold Volkmer (D-Mo.),
chief sponsor of the House version, to
bring the legislation to the floor by a
rarely successful discharge petition.
The petition needs 218 signatures, and
currently has 102, the groups said.
The Senate bill, sponsored by
James McClure, (R-Idaho), passed
79-15 last July 10 affer heavy lobbying
by the National Rifle Association and
allied gun groups.
"The far right gun lobby knows it's
in trouble with law enforcement over
this issue," said Richard Boyd,
president of the 173,000-member
Fraternal Order of Police.
ASKED TO identify the "far right
gun lobby," he said, "I consider the
NRA and the Gun Owners of America
the people over the edge on this."
The bill would permit a purchaser
from one state to buy a firearm from a
licensed dealer in another state,
provided such sales were legal in both
locations. Currently, a customer can
only buy a gun in his own state, or an
adjoining state, if there's cooperative
agreement between the states.
The police groups said this would
make it easier for criminals to bypass
state and local statutes because
dealers could not keep track of the

23,000 gun laws in the nation. Further,
they contended the bill would weaken
licensing and record-keeping
requirements, making it more dif-
ficult to trace weapons used in
crimes.
"CRIMINALS don't go to dealers,
buy guns, get them registered and
then commit a robbery or killing," he
said. "The vast majority of criminals
obtain guns illegally."
Volkmer said the legislation "per-
mits law-abiding citizens to purchase
firearms in other states" and added
that dealers would not "sell to a
criminal because he happens to be
from another state. If a dealer wante
d to sell to a criminal, he could do it
today.
"We are trying to protect the rights
of our members and all gun owners
and that is the main reason for the
bill," NRA spokesman David Warner
added. "The 1968 gun control act has
been used to harass and entrap law-
abidinig gun owners and gun
dealers."
IN A statement on behalf of 10
police organizations, Hubert
Williams, president of the Police
Foundation, said: "Violent crime im-
poses too terrible a burden on the
nation now without adding to the car-
nage by allowing more guns to slip in-
to the hands of criminals."
Robert Scully, a Detroit policeman
and president of the National
Association of Police Organizations,
said the bill would "make the laws
easier for criminals and harder for
cops."
The news conference by police
organizations was held in the room
used by the House Judiciary Commit-
tee, whose chairman, Rep. Peter
Rodino is co-sponsor of legislation
that would make the nation's 1968 gun
control law even stricter.

WASHINGTON (UPI) - Congressional
Budget Office now expects a $178
billion deficit in fiscal 1987, a lower
figure than earlier estimate that could
lessen the severity of Gramm-
Rudman cuts, congressional sources
said yesterday.
The CBO revisions, which will be of-
ficially released next month, closely
parallel new projections by the ad-
ministration's Office of Management
and Budget, which earlier had predic-
ted deficits in excess of $200 billion for
fiscal 1987.
UNDER the Gramm-Rudman

balanced budget law, the deficit in
fiscal 1987 must be no more than $144
billion - meaning a $34 billion reduc-
tion if the current deficit projections'
hold up. Gramm-Rudman requires a
gradually declining deficit until the
budget is balanced by fiscal 1991.
Congressional sources, who confir-
med the figures first reported by The
New York Times, cautioned that they
are preliminary but were unlikely to
to change significantly before their
official release Feb. 18.
One congressional aide also warned
against the belief that "that number
will make it any easier to reach the
Gramm-Rudman level or subsequent
levels."

He said the CBO projections assume
no real growth in military spending,
an assumption "I'm not going to the
bank on," as well as an assumption
that nearly $12 billion in Gramm-
Rudman cuts scheduled for this
spring are going to "stick permanen-
tly and Congress is not going to
restore funds (ever)."
If the CBO had included a 3 percent
increase in military spending, the
amount President Reagan plans to
request in his 1987 budget, the deficit
would be about $186 billion.

'U' prefers publishable research

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classified.
The University's research
guidelines, currently under review,
forbid accepting classified contracts
the results of which would not be
publishable for more than a year. The
guidelines also forbid classified
research; the sole purpose of which is
to damage human life.
SUSSMAN SAID access restrictions
are often inappropriate, and the
government will usually agree to

change the restrictions.I
"Frequently there's over-
classification;," Sussman said, 'Some
of the projects need not be classified
at all."
Price said the government willi
sometimes not give in, forcing the
rejection of the proposal. This wasI
the case with the rejection of a
proposal submitted by Prof.
Raymond Tanter last May.
Tanter's project would have

required the use of classified
documents and possible
classification of the results beyond the
one-year limit stipulated by the
University guidelines. The proposal
was rejected by the Research Polici~a
Committee.
In Tanter's case, Price said, the
rejection was necessary because the
U.S. Arms Control and Development
Agency, the proposed sponsor, would
not agree to change the access
requirements.

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