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Bush Administration Ends Clinton/Cuomo Gun-Surrender Program

Friday, July 27, 2001

The Bush Administration has once again shown common sense in rejecting a costly and ineffective anti-gun policy of the past administration. On Monday, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced it would end the gun-surrender program implemented by former HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo, who fancied himself the point-man of Bill Clinton`s anti-gun crusade. Critics of Cuomo`s program protested it was a waste of tax-payer funds, had no impact on reducing crime, and fell well outside HUD`s purview. Congressional appropriators and HUD`s own Inspector General agreed that the program was also an illegal diversion of taxpayer funds. HUD spokeswoman Nancy Segerdahl concurred, stating, "This is clearly not part of the core mission of HUD."

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