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'Second Amendment Is Becoming a Suicide Pact'

California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks out amid 3 mass shootings in 3 days in his state

(Newser) - California has seen three deadly mass shootings in three days , and Gov. Gavin Newsom delivered a line to CBS Evening News likely to fire up both sides of the gun laws debate. "The Second Amendment is becoming a suicide pact," said Newsom on a visit to Monterey Park,...

NHL Star Blasts Trudeau on Gun Bill

Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price calls PM 'unjust': 'I am not a criminal or a threat to society'

(Newser) - Canada has stricter gun laws than the United States, and after the April 2020 massacre in Nova Scotia—the country's deadliest mass shooting ever, with 22 fatally shot—Bill C-21 came into existence. It seeks to ban the purchase and import of handguns and "assault-style" guns across the...

Beto Blows Up at Heckler During Texas Town Hall

O'Rourke blasts 'motherf---er' who laughed as he talked about Uvalde mass shooting

(Newser) - Beto O'Rourke isn't afraid to get a little salty when taking on the topic of gun violence in the US, and he didn't disappoint on that front this week during a Texas town hall. Speaking Wednesday in front of a crowd gathered in Mineral Wells, the Democratic...

Victim's Father Interrupts Biden, Who Agrees on New Gun Law

Advocates at White House and outside want stronger legislation

(Newser) - People affected by gun violence addressed a gathering on the White House lawn Monday to mark the passage of new restrictions involving weapons, then another shouted down President Biden from the crowd. Manuel Oliver, whose son Joaquin was killed in the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School...

After Court Ruling, State Puts Limits on Concealed Guns

New York lawmakers quickly approve new measures

(Newser) - New York has answered the US Supreme Court's ruling last week that overturned state restrictions on carrying concealed weapons—a law that had been in place for more than a century. "I just signed a new law to keep New Yorkers safe," Gov. Kathy Hochul tweeted after...

Gun Safety Measure Clears Congress
Biden Signs Landmark
Gun Safety Measure

Biden Signs Landmark Gun Safety Measure

'Lives will be saved'

(Newser) - Update: President Biden on Saturday signed the most sweeping gun violence bill in decades, a bipartisan compromise that seemed unimaginable until a recent series of mass shootings, including the massacre of 19 students and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. "Lives will be saved," Biden...

We've Never Had a Day Like That on Guns Before
We've Never Had a Day
Like That on Guns Before
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We've Never Had a Day Like That on Guns Before

Both sides in debate score landmark wins, but pro-gun advocates seen as the bigger winners

(Newser) - Thursday was a head-spinning day in regard to guns. First, the Supreme Court handed a major victory to gun rights advocates with a ruling that loosens restrictions on who can carry handguns. Later, the Senate passed the first significant gun safety measure in three decades. Coverage:
  • Unprecedented: Washington, "so

Senate Passes Biggest Gun Safety Package in 29 Years

House is expected to approve the bill Friday

(Newser) - The Senate on Thursday easily approved a bipartisan gun violence bill that seemed unthinkable just a month ago, clearing the way for final congressional approval of what will be lawmakers' most far-reaching response in decades to the nation's run of brutal mass shootings. The AP reports the $13 billion...

Senate Has Reached Compromise on Gun Violence Bill

Schumer predicts approval later this week

(Newser) - Senate bargainers reached agreement Tuesday on a bipartisan gun violence bill, potentially teeing up final passage by week's end on an incremental but landmark package that would stand as Congress’ response to mass shootings in Texas and New York that shook the nation. Lawmakers released the 80-page bill nine...

Gun Group Demands Apology From Cornyn

Organization says it's not a mob, despite senator's post-speech comment

(Newser) - The boos at the Texas Republican convention weren't the end of it for Sen. John Cornyn. After jeering him as he defended his role in gun control negotiations in Washington in a speech Friday, a pro-gun access group said it felt disrespected, the Dallas Morning News reports. The senator...

Definition of 'Boyfriend' Stalls Deal on Gun Laws
'Boyfriend Loophole'
Hangs Up Gun Deal
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'Boyfriend Loophole' Hangs Up Gun Deal

Senate negotiators at impasse on defining who should be barred from owning a gun

(Newser) - A group of senators is trying to hammer out the final details of legislation on gun safety , and one particular issue has emerged as a major snag: It revolves around the definition of the term "boyfriend". Coverage:
  • The loophole: Under current federal law, anyone convicted of domestic violence against

Waiting Period, Licensing Didn't Make It Into Gun Legislation

Senate package is a far cry from what many Democrats wanted, but they say it's a start

(Newser) - On Sunday, a bipartisan group of senators said they struck an "agreement on principle" for a package of gun-related and safety legislation . It currently has filibuster-proof support from the 10 GOP senators who helped cobble it together, but that could change as lawmakers hustle to create an actual bill...

Student-Led Rallies Demand Action on Guns

8-year-old tells crowd she learned 'to hide in a classroom before I learned to read'

(Newser) - Thousands of people attended rallies across the country on Saturday to call for new gun control laws, saying the issue can no longer be ignored after the recent series of horrific mass shootings. "If you listen closely, you will hear the cries of our fallen loved ones, in our...

March for Our Lives Plans Weekend Rallies

Hundreds are scheduled for around the country seeking gun law changes

(Newser) - March for Our Lives is planning hundreds of demonstrations across the country this weekend to demand changes to gun laws, driven partly by a series of mass shootings in the US. More than 450 rallies have been organized in at least 45 states, Axios reports, with protests possible at US...

House Makes a First Move on Gun Laws

Chamber passes legislation, but it stands no chance in the Senate

(Newser) - The House passed a wide-ranging gun control bill Wednesday in response to recent mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, that would raise the age limit for purchasing a semi-automatic rifle and prohibit the sale of ammunition magazines with a capacity of more than 15 rounds. The legislation...

'Thoughts and Prayers Won't Fix This': NY Changes Gun Law

Sale of semiautomatic rifles restricted to those 21 and older

(Newser) - New Yorkers under age 21 will be prohibited from buying semiautomatic rifles under a new law signed Monday by Gov. Kathy Hochul, making the state one of the first to enact a major gun control initiative following a wave of deadly mass shootings, per the AP . Hochul, a Democrat, signed...

Biden Calls for Banning Assault Weapons

President pleads for Congress to act after mass shootings

(Newser) - Asking Americans "how much more carnage" they're willing to accept, President Biden implored Congress in a nationally televised address Thursday night to take steps in response to the nation's spate of mass shootings. The president said he wants assault weapons and high-capacity magazines banned, the Washington Post...

House Preps Bill to Raise Age Limit for Certain Firearms

But the legislation will be largely symbolic

(Newser) - The House is beginning to put its stamp on gun legislation in response to mass shootings in Texas and New York by 18-year-old assailants who used semi-automatic rifles to kill 31 people, including 19 children. The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing Thursday to advance legislation that would raise...

A Mass Student Strike Could Force Gun Legislation

A national strike could provide the 'hard power' that forces political change

(Newser) - Columbine, Sandy Hook, Parkland, Uvalde: these are some of the place names that will forever invoke images of horror and grief. We’ve been here before, faced with the familiar “misalignment” between political will and public consensus, according to Gal Beckerman, senior editor for the Atlantic, who argues that...

Canada Is Instituting a Handgun 'Freeze'

There will be no more buying, selling, transferring, or importing them

(Newser) - In one of its biggest gun control moves in decades, Canada is planning place a so-called "freeze" or cap on handgun ownership in the country. Thanks to a deal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has with a smaller left-wing party to support the minority Liberal administration and its legislation, the...

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