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Biden Remains Opposed to Expanding Supreme Court

President's commission hadn't recommended adding justices

(Newser) - President Biden renewed his criticism of the Supreme Court on Saturday but stood by his opposition to increasing the number of justices. After signing gun violence legislation into law at the White House, the president was asked whether he thinks the court is a broken institution, the BBC reports. The...

Gun Safety Measure Clears Congress
Biden Signs Landmark
Gun Safety Measure
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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...

Firm Parts With Lawyers Who Won Gun Case

Kirkland & Ellis would work with ex-partners 'in matters not involving the Second Amendment'

(Newser) - The world's largest law firm made changes as soon as two of its partners won a major victory from the Supreme Court in a New York case expanding gun rights on Thursday, deciding that won't happen again. Paul Clement and Erin Murphy are out, Kirkland & Ellis announced....

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
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Supreme Court Gives Big Win to Gun Rights Advocates
Supreme Court Gives Big Win
to Gun Rights Advocates
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Supreme Court Gives Big Win to Gun Rights Advocates

Justices strike down New York law restricting who can carry concealed weapons

(Newser) - The Supreme Court handed advocates for gun rights a major victory on Thursday with a ruling expected to make it easier for people to carry concealed handguns:
  • Decision: The court struck down a New York law requiring that people who want to carry concealed weapons must show a "proper
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Judge: America 'Would Not Exist' Without Armed Teens

But ruling on under-21 gun ban was not a total victory for gun rights advocates

(Newser) - A US appeals court ruled Wednesday that California’s ban on the sale of semiautomatic weapons to adults under 21 is unconstitutional. The 2-1 ruling by a panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals said Wednesday the law violates the Second Amendment right to bear arms and a...

Here Are the Big Cases SCOTUS Will Hear This Term

Abortion, gun rights, state secrets are on the docket

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has begun a momentous new term, back in the courtroom after a nearly 19-month absence because of the coronavirus pandemic. Eight of the nine justices took the bench at 10am Monday for the first arguments of the new term. Justice Brett Kavanaugh is participating remotely from his...

Supreme Court Takes Major Gun Rights Case

It involves the right to carry firearms in public for self-defense

(Newser) - The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to hear an appeal to expand gun rights in the United States in a New York case over the right to carry a firearm in public for self-defense. The case marks the court's first foray into gun rights since Justice Amy Coney Barrett...

DC Police Respond to Lawmaker Who Wants to Carry Glock

Lauren Boebert 'will be subjected to the same penalties as anyone else' if necessary

(Newser) - Newly elected Congresswoman Lauren Boebert wants to bring her gun with her to Washington, DC , and now DC's police chief is weighing in. Chief Robert Contee III, asked during a press conference about Boebert's desire to carry, said he would make sure "she is aware of the...

Armed Activists Take Black Lawmaker to Work

Rep. Sarah Anthony says she 'was pleased to receive the type of support'

(Newser) - Talk about an escort: Armed black activists walked a black lawmaker to work Wednesday in Michigan, the Guardian reports. Rep. Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing) was accompanied by six people—some of them armed, one Hispanic—on her trip to the state Capitol building. "Being a black and brown female Democrat...

Supreme Court Dismisses Closely Watched Gun Case

Move is a relief to gun control advocates

(Newser) - The Supreme Court sidestepped a major decision on gun rights Monday in a dispute over New York City's former ban on transporting guns, per the AP . The justices threw out a challenge from gun rights groups, ruling that because the city already has rescinded the controversial law in question,...

LA County Sheriff Drops Effort to Close Gun Stores

Villanueva ordered shutdown last week

(Newser) - Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who was sued by gun-rights groups after trying to shut down firearms dealers in the wake of coronavirus concerns, said Monday that he is abandoning the effort. The sheriff said he's heeding a federal Department of Homeland Security advisory issued on Saturday that...

Dad of Parkland Shooting Victim Booted From SOTU

After 'rough night,' Fred Guttenberg apologizes for shouting out

(Newser) - President Trump spoke on gun rights at his Tuesday State of the Union address , vowing to "always protect your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms." At least one person in the crowd didn't appreciate his remarks and very vocally made that known: That would be...

Big Richmond Gun Rally Sees Just 1 Arrest

Richmond's pro-gun rally draws 22K

(Newser) - Fears of a violent clash in Richmond, Virginia, over gun rights never materialized on Monday. The two big numbers: 22,000 pro-gun protesters and only one arrest, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch . The single arrest was that of a 21-year-old woman for wearing a mask in public, per the newspaper and...

Pro-Gun Rally Brings Thousands to Richmond
Pro-Gun Rally Brings
Thousands to Richmond
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Pro-Gun Rally Brings Thousands to Richmond

Large protest underway in Virginia

(Newser) - Gun-rights supporters gathered en masse at Virginia's state Capitol in Richmond Monday, and things have been peaceful in the early going. Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency ahead of the march, which is taking place amid a heavy police presence and temperatures in the 20s. "...

Va. Preps for Gun Rally With 'Enormous Potential to Go Bad'

Capitol Square gun rights demonstration expected Monday in Richmond

(Newser) - Law enforcement agencies in Virginia are planning a "strong presence" Monday as gun rights advocates are set to converge upon the state's capital of Richmond to protest proposed gun control measures. The rally is happening amid a governor-issued state of emergency barring weapons from Capitol grounds through Tuesday...

With Virginia on Edge, Trump Fires Off a Tweet
With Virginia Facing Huge
Gun Rally, Trump Tweets
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With Virginia Facing Huge Gun Rally, Trump Tweets

Organizers call for tens of thousands to carry guns into Richmond on Monday

(Newser) - Tensions are rising over a pro-gun-rights rally scheduled for Monday at the Virginia State Capitol, Reuters reports. The rally's organizers, the Virginia Citizens Defense League, are urging 10,000 people to attend without guns in compliance with an emergency ban imposed by Gov. Ralph Northam last week; they're...

After Big Dem Wins, State's Gun Advocates Seek 'Sanctuary'

Virginia's Roanoke County just declared itself '2nd Amendment Sanctuary'; Roanoke the city declined

(Newser) - Officials of a Virginia city have rebuffed pleas by gun advocates asking it to declare the city a so-called "Second Amendment Sanctuary." Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea on Monday announced at a packed City Council meeting that he sees no benefit in validating what the US Constitution already guarantees,...

Supreme Court Hears First Big Gun-Rights Case in Nearly a Decade

It could lead to major expansion of gun rights

(Newser) - The last time the Supreme Court heard a gun case this big, Donald Trump was the host of The Apprentice—and not that many people had heard of Sandy Hook, Conn. The court, which now has a 5-4 conservative majority, is set to hear New York State Rifle & Pistol...

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...

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