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TIMOTHY J. HART, A88istant Counsel
DOROTHY C. WADLEY, Clerk
McDonald, Hon. Larry, a Representative in Congress from the State
of Georgia, prepared statement...
Rich, General Maxwell E., executive vice president, National Rifle
Association of America, letter to Dr. Jefferys A. Macfie, Jr..
Appendix 3.—Metropolitan Atlanta Crime Index...
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MONDAY, JULY 21, 1975
SUBCOMMITTEE ON CRIME
Atlanta, Ga. The subcommittee met, pursuant to notice, at 9 a.m., in studio A, WETV-TV, channel 30, 740 Bismark Road, Atlanta, Ga.; Hon. John Conyers, Jr. (chairman of the subcommittee] presiding.
Present: Representatives Conyers and Mann.
Also present: Maurice A. Barboza, counsel; Timothy J. Hart, assistant counsel; and Constantine J. Gekas, associate counsel. Mr. CONYERS. The subcommittee will come to order.
Today, the Subcommittee on Crime of the House Committtee of the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives, meets in the city of Atlanta, Ga., to continue hearings on firearms legislation.
We are very pleased to be in the city, we have had tremendous cooperation on the part of the mayor of the city of Atlanta, the police commissioner, and channel 30 television. We are pleased that these hearings will be viewed by many who would not otherwise have access to these proceedings. We come to this city in the second last of a series of regional hearings which have moved from one end of the country to the other.
We are here in Atlanta to examine several very important questions. The first question is the amount of crime and accidents that occur involving firearms. The Atlanta homicide rate, which will be discussed by the mayor of the city, is one of the highest in the country. But more than that, Georgia is one of four Southern States that apparently is the source for many of the handguns that have been recovered in New York. There is almost a southern connection that has become very important to the investigations that have been conducted by the staff of this subcommittee.
In addition, there are some other fundamental questions that seem to be as overriding here as they were to the hearings conducted throughout the United States.
First and foremost, what is the impact of this increased amount of weaponry, almost like an arms race, that is going on within the United States.
Second, what does that have to do with the question of increasing violence that characterizes life in America in the 1970's. It is out of these concerns that Congress has been moved to reexamine its Federal legislation. Attempts are being made to relate to the State