Gun Control Archive

OH – Gun Control – Senate Democrats seek assault weapons ban, gun registration

COLUMBUS DISPATCH February 20, 2018 – In the wake of the shooting deaths of 17 students and teachers at a Florida high school, a pair of Ohio Senate Democrats introduced a bill to ban the possession of assault-style rifles and require the registration of gun purchases in Ohio. 

DC – Gun Control – Trump pushes ban on ‘bump stocks’ — devices that turn weapons into ‘machine guns’

CNBC.COM February 20, 2018 – President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he has recommended that “bump stocks” — devices that let semi-automatic weapons fire hundreds of rounds per minute — be banned. The proposed regulators would first have to be published in the Federal Register and be subject to public comment before they could be adopted. 

Nat’l – Gun Control – Will more young people support gun control after Parkland? Recent history suggests no.

CNN.COM February 20, 2018 – In the aftermath of the shooting in Parkland, Florida last week, some of the student survivors are calling on Congress to pass legislation that would address gun violence in schools. Their public calls raise an interesting question: Will there be a significant shift among the younger generation of today in favor of stricter regulation on guns? 

FL – Gun Control – Mayors in Florida face fines of $5,000 if they enact stricter rules on gun control

TAMPA BAY TIMES February 19, 2018 – South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard may be one of the most liberal mayors in Florida, so he would be a natural candidate to push through a package of local gun-control rules in the wake of the Parkland massacre 50 miles away. But that would be against the law. Florida bans cities and counties from imposing their own gun-control rules. Seven years ago,…

FL – Gun Control – Trump open to improving background checks, spokesman says (VIDEO)

CNN.COM February 19, 2018 – President Donald Trump “is supportive of efforts to improve the federal background check system” for gun purchases, less than a week after the Florida school shooting that killed 17 people. Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said in a statement on Monday that Trump spoke with Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, on Friday about a bill he introduced with Sen. Chris Murphy, a…

Shooting survivors on potential collision course with Trump

KNWA.COM February 19, 2018 – PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) – Student survivors of the deadly Florida school shooting who hope to become the face of a revived gun control movement are on a potential collision course with President Donald Trump. Several of the students have criticized the president, whose election was strongly supported by the National Rifle Association and who ran on a platform opposing gun control. [full…

GA – Gun Control – Gun Owners of America’s Eric Pratt Debates CNN’s Richard Quest on Gun Control

CNN.COM February 16, 2018 –  Every time a mass shooting occurs, gun control advocates propose enforcing stricter gun control laws although the shooters typically bypassed gun laws that were already on the books. Gun Owners of America’s executive director, Eric Pratt, went on CCN on Thursday to debate Richard Quest about gun control and how to prevent future mass shootings in America. 

Nat’l – Gun Control – Everytown Has a 5-Point Action Plan to Get Rid of Lawmakers Beholden to the Gun Lobby

VOGUE MAGAZINE.COM February 16, 2018 – As outrage after the Parkland, Florida, school shooting hits a fever pitch, Everytown for Gun Safety (which reportedly received some $750,000 in unsolicited donations immediately after the attack) has released a “five-action plan”—called Throw Them Out—to kick out lawmakers beholden to the gun lobby and to energize supporters ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Everytown is also organizing 200 vigils around the country. 

Nat’l – Gun Control – Liberals, Media Waste No Time in Bashing NRA, Republicans

LIFEZETTE.COM January 15, 2018 – Liberals, anti-gun activists and journalists wasted no time at all in politicizing the deaths of 17 people in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday after a gunman went on a rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Eager to advance gun regulation, the Left and the media rushed out dubious statistics, weeping commentators and outright scoldings of the White House for inaction on gun regulation.  

Nat’l – Gun Control – Gun safety group’s running tally of school shootings is flat wrong

SF GATE.COM ( via Washington Post) February 15, 2018 – Everytown has long inflated its total by including incidents of gunfire that are not really school shootings. Take, for example, what it counts as the year’s first: On the afternoon of Jan. 3, a 31-year-old man who had parked outside a Michigan elementary school called police to say he was armed and suicidal. Several hours later, he killed himself….

NY – Gun Control – Gun lobbyist helped write ATF official’s proposal to deregulate

CNN (Via February 13, 2018 –  Behind the scenes, a gun industry lobbyist provided comments that were directly incorporated into an internal memo at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to newly disclosed documents — a white paper that suggested the agency peel back a number of gun regulations. 

CA – Gun Control – SF to consider ban on concealed guns at large demonstrations

SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER February 13, 2018 – As the nation’s lawmakers consider relaxing rules around permits to carry concealed firearms, San Francisco is proposing to ban them from large gatherings like protests. State law bans the open carry of firearms, but people can obtain a state license to carry a concealed firearm. 

Background Checks Are Not the Answer to Gun Violence

NEW YORK TIMES February 12, 2018 – With each mass shooting, calls rise from gun control advocates for tighter rules on firearms. The go-to policy prescription involves background checks. But a measure passed by the House and being considered in the Senate to expand the National Instant Criminal Background Check System would not only fail to fix major flaws in the system but would also probably introduce new ones. …

NYC – Gun Control – CBS News on National Reciprocity: Flyover Country’s ‘Security Blanket’ Could Become Coastal Cities’ Nightmare

BREITBART.COM February 12, 2018 – During the February 11 airing of 60 Minutes, CBS News described guns as a flyover county “security blanket” that could become coastal cities’ worst nightmare. They turned to Robyn Thomas, with Gabby Giffords’ gun control group, and Thomas said, “Someone who lives in Nevada, who’s able to carry a loaded, concealed weapon in Nevada could now bring that loaded gun into Los Angeles, into San Francisco, and…

Nat’l – Gun Control – After Texas massacre, military adds 4,000 to gun ban list

LOCAL 10.COM (CNN) February 12, 2018 – In the months since, the Department of Defense has scrambled to ensure all of its branches have properly updated the FBI’s system to track personnel kicked out of the military who are barred from owning firearms. That push, a CNN review has found, has uncovered a backlog so significant that the FBI’s tally of dishonorably discharged former service members has ballooned by…

When a Gun Maker Proposed Gun Control

NEW YORK TIMES February 9, 2018 – When Devin Patrick Kelley took a Ruger AR-556 semiautomatic assault rifle to the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Tex., last November, he brought 15 high-capacity magazines that each contained 30 bullets. How many did he empty? “All of them,” a Texas law enforcement official said at a news conference in the days after the massacre. If William B. Ruger Sr., the…

Int’l – Gun Control – Australia’s Ambassador Says His Country’s Gun Laws Can’t Save America

PACIFIC STANDARD MAGAZINE.COM February 9, 2018 – Gun control advocates point to Australia for inspiration in ending gun violence. Australian Ambassador to the United States Joe Hockey thinks they should stop. 

TX – Gun Control – Texas cities can’t ban rapid-fire bump stocks used in Vegas mass shooting

DALLAS MORNING NEWS February 6, 2018 – With Congress slow to restrict bump stocks in the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting, cities in states from Colorado to Massachusetts are taking matters into their own hands. But gun control advocates aren’t holding their breath for a ban in Texas, where state law prohibits municipalities from restricting firearms and supplies. 

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