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State’s Right to Slow Gun Sales During Pandemic Upheld by 2nd Circuit
In The States
State’s Right to Slow Gun Sales During Pandemic Upheld by 2nd Circuit
2021-07-30 18:38:15
by Dan McCue

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday tossed a legal challenge that claimed Connecticut violated citizens’ 2nd Amendment right when it curtailed fingerprinting services during the pandemic. The Connecticut Citizens’ Defense League and six state residents sued Gov.... Read More

Clyburn Predicts August Return to Vote on Reform Legislation
Congress
Clyburn Predicts August Return to Vote on Reform Legislation
2021-07-29 14:39:45
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON -- Reciting Thomas Paine’s The American Crisis from memory, Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., philosophized about fair weather patriots in America today during a discussion with Axios. Claiming that some people only “love the country when everything is going... Read More

Garland Launches Gun Trafficking Strike Forces in 5 Cities
Justice
Garland Launches Gun Trafficking Strike Forces in 5 Cities

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is launching an effort in five cities in the U.S. to reduce spiking gun violence by addressing illegal trafficking and prosecuting offenses that help put guns in the hands of criminals. Attorney General Merrick... Read More

Biden Anti-crime Effort Takes on Law-breaking Gun Dealers
White House
Biden Anti-crime Effort Takes on Law-breaking Gun Dealers

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is announcing new efforts to stem a rising national tide of violent crime as administration officials brace for what could be a turbulent summer, focusing on attacking gun violence, providing money to cities that... Read More

Gottheimer Leads Effort to Have Panic Alarms Installed in all Schools
Law Enforcement
Gottheimer Leads Effort to Have Panic Alarms Installed in all Schools
2021-06-01 20:07:45
by TWN Staff

Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., is leading a bipartisan effort to have silent panic alarms installed in every primary and secondary school across the nation. The vehicle for this is the Alyssa’s Legacy Youth in School Safety Alert Act, named for... Read More

Second Amendment Sanctuaries Facing 1st Court Test in Oregon
In The States
Second Amendment Sanctuaries Facing 1st Court Test in Oregon

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The first court test of whether local governments can ban police from enforcing certain gun laws is playing out in a rural Oregon county, one of a wave of U.S. counties declaring itself a Second Amendment... Read More

What People are Saying About the Biden Gun Control Proposals
White House
What People are Saying About the Biden Gun Control Proposals
2021-04-09 20:24:07
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Americans took to social media Thursday after President Joe Biden announced measures to curb the rampant spread of gun violence by restricting access to firearms. The measures, lauded by some and condemned by others, were laid out in... Read More

Private Sales Emerge as Obstacle to Senate Action on Guns
Political News
Private Sales Emerge as Obstacle to Senate Action on Guns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats in Congress are trying to pass the first major gun control legislation in more than two decades with the support of President Joe Biden, who said Thursday that it is "long past time" to do so.... Read More

Gun Violence Plan Seeks New Ownership Restrictions
White House
Gun Violence Plan Seeks New Ownership Restrictions
2021-04-08 20:42:38
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden announced measures Thursday to restrict sales of “ghost guns” and to take firearms away from potentially dangerous persons. The proposals are part of a larger campaign against gun violence. “Gun violence in this country is... Read More

Senate Vote for Gun Violence Reform is Complicated by Filibuster
In The News
Senate Vote for Gun Violence Reform is Complicated by Filibuster
2021-03-23 19:38:52
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON-  The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing Tuesday on common sense gun prevention after two mass shootings occurred in Atlanta and Boulder this past week.  Chairman Dick Durbin, D-Ill., started the hearing with a moment of silence and a... Read More

House Passes Legislation to Expand Background Checks
In The News
House Passes Legislation to Expand Background Checks

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.   The House... Read More

New Metal Detectors at House Chamber Entrances Rankle Gun-toting Member
In The News
New Metal Detectors at House Chamber Entrances Rankle Gun-toting Member
2021-01-13 22:02:42
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A new policy requiring members of Congress to pass through metal detectors to search for weapons created a controversy Tuesday evening only hours after the House sergeant at arms announced it. The policy is a reaction to rioting... Read More

State Attorneys General Oppose Online Sales of ‘Ghost Guns’
Guns
State Attorneys General Oppose Online Sales of ‘Ghost Guns’
2020-12-29 15:10:53
by Tom Ramstack

Nineteen state attorneys general filed an amicus brief this month supporting a lawsuit that seeks to require the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to regulate Internet sales of “ghost gun” components. Ghost guns refer to homemade or... Read More

Walmart Pulls Guns Off Shelves as Precaution Ahead of Election
2020 Elections
Walmart Pulls Guns Off Shelves as Precaution Ahead of Election

Walmart Inc. has temporarily pulled ammunition and guns off its shelves ahead of any possible looting or civil unrest that could take place following next week's election. "We have seen some isolated civil unrest and as we have done on... Read More

New York AG Sues to Dissolve National Rifle Association
State News
New York AG Sues to Dissolve National Rifle Association
2020-08-06 20:02:40
by Gracie Kreth

ALBANY, N.Y. - New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit against the National Rifle Association Thursday. The lawsuit calls to dissolve the country’s largest pro-gun organization alleging years of corruption and leadership’s personal use of millions of dollars... Read More

Court Upholds Maryland’s Ban on Rapid Fire Gun Bump Stocks
State News
Court Upholds Maryland’s Ban on Rapid Fire Gun Bump Stocks
2020-07-06 14:03:19
by Tom Ramstack

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan won a judgment this week against gun rights advocates who wanted to overturn the state’s ban on bump stocks and other attachments. Bump stocks speed up the firing rate on semi-automatic weapons, turning them into the... Read More

Amid Pandemic, Gun Control Advocates Celebrate Wins on NRA’s Home Turf
Guns
Amid Pandemic, Gun Control Advocates Celebrate Wins on NRA’s Home Turf

LEXINGTON, Va. — It was supposed to be a friendly crowd. Mostly white, male and middle-aged, they had gathered in this college town in the Shenandoah Valley to hear about the National Rifle Association plan to blunt gun control legislation... Read More

Pa. Supreme Court Denies Gun Advocates’ Challenge to Coronavirus Clampdown
State News
Pa. Supreme Court Denies Gun Advocates’ Challenge to Coronavirus Clampdown

PHILADELPHIA — A divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismissed a group of gun rights advocates’ legal challenge to Gov. Tom Wolf’s statewide order closing all non-“life-sustaining” businesses, clearing the way for enforcement of the mandate to begin. In an order issued... Read More

Virginia Senate Panel Says No to Democrats’ Assault Weapons Ban
State News
Virginia Senate Panel Says No to Democrats’ Assault Weapons Ban

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The final and most controversial of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s gun control bills that would have stopped the sale of assault weapons and banned people from having 12-round magazines has been tabled for the year. The... Read More

Protest of Virginia’s Proposed Gun Laws Ends Peacefully
State News
Protest of Virginia’s Proposed Gun Laws Ends Peacefully

RICHMOND, Va — Thousands of mostly white men — many decked out in camouflage and armed with assault-style rifles — packed Richmond’s streets Monday, circling the gun-free Capitol Square, where thousands more waved signs and listened to speeches, all wanting... Read More

Gun Violence Research Could Be Funded by Congress for First Time in Two Decades
Guns
Gun Violence Research Could Be Funded by Congress for First Time in Two Decades

WASHINGTON — Congressional negotiators agreed to spend $25 million to study gun violence in America next year, the first time in more than two decades that federal funds will be dedicated to researching the contentious issue. The National Institutes of... Read More

Thousands of Lawful California Gun Owners Are Being Denied Ammunition Purchases. Here’s Why
Guns
Thousands of Lawful California Gun Owners Are Being Denied Ammunition Purchases. Here’s Why

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Zachary Berg usually buys guns and ammunition with relative ease. After all, he’s a Sutter County sheriff’s deputy and needs them for his job. California’s stringent gun laws usually don’t apply to him. But Berg couldn’t buy... Read More

Supreme Court May Punt Rather Than Rule on Key Gun-Rights Case
Supreme Court
Supreme Court May Punt Rather Than Rule on Key Gun-Rights Case

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court justices sounded uncertain Monday over whether to rule on a major gun-rights case, since New York City has repealed the disputed law at issue that restricted carrying a licensed weapon outside the city. The gun... Read More

Calif. High School Shooter Opens Fire on Crowded Quad, Killing 2 and Injuring 3
Crime
Calif. High School Shooter Opens Fire on Crowded Quad, Killing 2 and Injuring 3

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. — Authorities said the shooting at Saugus High School that left two students dead and three wounded Thursday occurred over a 16-second period in which a classmate pulled out a gun in the quad area and opened... Read More

Senate Democrats Push House Gun Provisions in Violence Against Women Act
Guns
Senate Democrats Push House Gun Provisions in Violence Against Women Act

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Wednesday introduced the same Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill passed by the House, days after they say talks with Republicans about a compromise broke down over controversial gun provisions. The entire Democratic caucus has... Read More

Bipartisan Bill Incentivizes States to Report of Domestic Violence to Federal Background Check Systems
In The News
Bipartisan Bill Incentivizes States to Report of Domestic Violence to Federal Background Check Systems
2019-11-08 21:24:51
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan bill introduced by Reps. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., and Mike Turner, R-Ohio, will create incentives for states to provide complete domestic violence records to federal background check databases. Rep. Rice announced the filing of the bill at... Read More

School Shooters Exhibited Unreported Warning Signs, Secret Service Study Finds
In The News
School Shooters Exhibited Unreported Warning Signs, Secret Service Study Finds
2019-11-08 13:46:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Students who have committed deadly school shootings in recent years exhibited worrisome warning signs that went unreported to authorities, a U.S. Secret Service study released Thursday says. The report, "Protecting America's Schools: A U.S. Secret Service Analysis of... Read More

Florida Senate Opens Session to Decide Fate of Broward Sheriff
State News
Florida Senate Opens Session to Decide Fate of Broward Sheriff

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Emotions were high and security tight Monday as the Florida Senate convened a three-day special session to decide whether or not to uphold Gov. Ron DeSantis’ suspension of Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. At an early morning... Read More

Guns
Supreme Court to Rule on Gun Law As Mass Shootings Create Outrage
2019-10-10 17:02:31
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court cast itself back into the emotional gun rights controversy when it put a lawsuit over a New York City ban on the transportation of  firearms on its schedule for its current session. The New York... Read More

Senate Democrats Prepare Marathon Floor Session On Gun Violence
Congress
Senate Democrats Prepare Marathon Floor Session On Gun Violence

WASHINGTON — Nearly two dozen Senate Democrats plan to make it a late night on Tuesday, speaking out on the Senate floor about the impact of gun violence and legislative proposals Congress could explore. The speeches are expected to begin... Read More

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