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Alito Sends Message to Gun Law Opponents

Court lets New York restrictions stand for now

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to block New York state restrictions on carrying concealed firearms, though two justices encouraged the law's opponents to not give up their fight. The law is being challenged, with the case now before the federal appeals court in New York, and the justices...

His Weapons in Public Caused Panic, but the Law Is Murky

'New York Times' takes a look at ongoing case of Rico Marley, arrested in a Georgia grocery

(Newser) - Nearly two years after a heavily armed man sparked panic in an Atlanta supermarket, Georgia’s justice system is still trying to figure what laws the man broke, if any. The New York Times follows up on the case of Rico Marley, who was 22 when he was arrested in...

Prosecutors Charge Father of Parade Shooting Defendant

Robert Crimo Jr. sponsored his son's application for a gun license

(Newser) - Prosecutors announced that they've charged the father of a man facing 21 first-degree murder counts in a mass shooting at a July 4 parade near Chicago. Robert Crimo Jr., who surrendered Friday, is charged with seven felony counts of reckless conduct, Lake County State's Attorney Eric Rinehart said,...

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...

Group of Senators Reaches Broad Deal to Address Gun Violence

10 Republicans agree to measures on 'red flag' laws, background checks

(Newser) - A bipartisan group of senators announced Sunday that they'd agreed to an outline of a gun legislation package that could reverse years of congressional inaction on proposals to reduce mass shootings. The deal includes "red flag" laws and enhanced background checks on prospective gun buyers, NBC News reports....

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...

Nevada Makes a Move Against Assault Weapons

State to divest from manufacturers; meanwhile, mass shootings claim 13 lives over weekend

(Newser) - The issue of gun safety remains in the headlines after at least nine mass shootings in the US over the weekend left 13 people dead and more than 50 injured. Axios rounds up details on seven shootings in Philadelphia ; Chattanooga , Tennessee; Mesa, Arizona; Summerton, South Carolina; Phoenix; Macon, Georgia, and...

Domestic Terrorism Bill Fails in the Senate

Bipartisan group begins work on new guns measure

(Newser) - Democrats’ first attempt at responding to the back-to-back mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas, failed in the Senate Thursday as Republicans blocked a domestic terrorism bill that would have opened debate on questions surrounding hate crimes and gun safety, per the AP . Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer tried to...

Second Amendment Isn't Absolute, Biden Says

President, first lady plan trip to Texas town reeling from school shooting

(Newser) - President Biden, arguing again for new gun control laws after the mass shooting in a Texas school, said Wednesday at the White House that the "Second Amendment is not absolute." When it was added to the Constitution, the president said, "You couldn't own a—you couldn'...

Texas Inspires Gun Legislation
Texas Inspires Gun Legislation

Texas Inspires Gun Legislation

California measure would involve citizens in enforcing assault weapons ban

(Newser) - A new bill in California would allow private citizens go after gun-makers in the same way Texas lets them target abortion providers, though gun advocates immediately promised a court challenge if it becomes law. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday backed legislation that would let private citizens enforce the state'...

In This City, a US First on Gun Ownership

City Council in San Jose, Calif., votes to require gun owners to pay fee, carry liability insurance

(Newser) - Gun owners in San Jose will soon need to pony up more cash than the cost of the firearm itself. An ordinance has passed in the California city that would require individuals with guns in their possession to pay a $25 annual fee for the privilege, as well as to...

Supreme Court Questions Limits of New York Gun Law

Roberts sounds open to overturning state restrictions

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed ready to strike down a restrictive New York gun permitting law, but the justices also seemed worried that a broad ruling could threaten gun restrictions on subways, bars, stadiums, and other gathering places. The court was hearing arguments in its biggest guns case in...

In 2020, Background Checks Blocked Most Gun Sales Ever

As firearm sales surged in US

(Newser) - The number of people stopped from buying guns through the US background check system hit an all-time high of more than 300,000 last year amid a surge of firearm sales, according to new records obtained by the group Everytown for Gun Safety. The FBI numbers provided to the AP...

Texans Need Guns, Abbott Says After Signing Bills

NRA boss watches governor sign repeal of permit requirement

(Newser) - Gov. Greg Abbott invoked not just the imagery of the Alamo when he signed a package of legislation relaxing gun control laws in Texas—he called on the head of the National Rifle Association to line up with him. The governor staged a bill-signing ceremony Thursday in San Antonio, a...

Texas to Permit Carrying Handgun Without a License

Governor says he'll sign though police have doubts

(Newser) - Texas legislators on Monday approved removing some of the few remaining restrictions on gun ownership in the state. The measure being sent to Gov. Greg Abbott will let Texans carry handguns without a license and without undergoing a background check and training, CNBC reports. Abbott has said he'll sign...

House Takes Action on Gun Laws
House Takes Action
on Gun Laws

House Takes Action on Gun Laws

2 bills would expand background checks, but passage in Senate will be difficult

(Newser) - Emboldened by their majorities in the House and Senate, Democrats are making a new push to enact the first major new gun control laws in more than two decades—starting with stricter background checks, per the AP . The House passed two bills Thursday to require background checks on all firearms...

Supreme Court Rejects Appeal From Gun Groups

Bump stock ban was upheld by lower courts

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal of the federal ban on bump stocks, devices that allow semi-automatic firearms to fire rapidly like machine guns. The justices did not comment in declining to review a lower court ruling that upheld the ban, which took effect nearly a year ago,...

Girl, 11, Brings AR-15 to Gun Law Hearing

'She's been shooting since she was 5 years old,' grandfather tells committee

(Newser) - An 11-year-old girl toting a loaded AR-15 assault weapon appeared Monday at a legislative hearing with her grandfather, who is supporting a proposal that would allow visitors to Idaho who can legally possess firearms to carry a concealed handgun within city limits. Charles Nielsen addressed the committee that voted to...

O'Rourke's Plan to 'Take Your AR-15' Raises Questions

Americans own an estimated 16 million AR-15s and AK-47s

(Newser) - Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke's recent vow to take away people's AR-15 and AK-47 rifles raised one big question: How is it possible to round up the millions of such guns that exist in the United States? The number of AR-15 and AK-47s in the US is...

Red-Flag Gun Laws Are Gaining Momentum

It's still early, but studies say they do help

(Newser) - With bipartisan support in many cases, 17 states and Washington, DC, have now passed "red flag laws" that allow the court-ordered removal of guns from people who are considered to be dangerous. The back-to-back shootings that killed 31 people this month in Texas and Ohio have given new momentum...

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