DC – Politics – Schumer steers Dems away from gun votes

THE HILL.COM – October 18, 2017 – Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) is urging his colleagues to stay away from gun control in the budget debate despite pressure from activist groups that argue the party needs to take a stand given the string of mass shootings across the country. 

 

CT – Politics – Fact Checker: Murphy Gets ‘Three Pinocchios’ For Gun Control Claim

HARTFORD COURANT  October 17, 2017 – What we  know is that states that have tougher gun laws, that keep criminals from getting guns, that keep those dangerous weapons like AR-15s out of the hands of civilians, have dramatically lower rates of gun violence.”– Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Oct. 8, 2017. 

CA – Politics – Legislation undoes Kern High School District policy allowing concealed guns on campuses

BAKERSFIELD.COM October 16, 2017 – With the flick of a pen, Governor Jerry Brown undermined months of work Saturday that some California school districts — including Kern High School District —   Brown signed AB 424 Saturday, which eliminates an exception to the Gun Free School Zone Act that allowed local superintendents to grant permission for CCW permit holders to carry guns at school. 

Gov. Brown signs new bill banning all guns on school campuses

FOX 26 KMPH.COM October 15, 2017 – Governor Jerry Brown signed a new bill Saturday banning all guns on school campuses, even those allowed by school superintendents. That now reverses a Kingsburg Joint Union High School District board policy that was passed back in April. During that school board meeting, board members granted Superintendent Randy Morris the ability to select five employees to carry a gun on campus. Those employees would have to obtain a valid concealed carry permits,…

DC – Politics – ATF Association Blasts Critics of Bump Stock Decision, Says Only Congress Can Ban Devices

THE TRACE.COM October 14, 2017 – A group of current and former Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives employees has written to Congress proposing a way to change current law that would make bump stocks illegal, and pushing back against critics who said it was the ATF’s job to ban the devices in the first place. Michael Bouchard, president of the ATF Association, said he sent the letter to several key lawmakers on Friday, including Charles Grassley, who chairs the…

IN – Politics – Angered by gun control, this lawmaker drafted a bill to require licenses for journalists

WASHINGTON POST October 13, 2017 – A state lawmaker in Indiana has drafted a measure to require licenses for journalists akin to those that pertain to handgun owners, a proposal legal experts says directly violates the First Amendment. The measure would require journalists — defined as anyone writing or broadcasting news for a newspaper, magazine, website or television or radio station — to be registered and fingerprinted by the police and vetted for their “character and reputation.” 

Lawmakers Say The ATF Should Regulate Bump Stocks. It’s Not That Simple

NPR.ORG October 13, 2017 – Two weeks ago, bump stocks were just an odd-sounding firearm attachment largely unknown outside gun enthusiast circles. That all changed early last week with the deadly shooting in Las Vegas where police discovered a dozen of the devices in the shooter’s hotel room overlooking the city’s neon-lit Strip. Now, Republicans and Democrats in Congress, the National Rifle Association and other pro-gun groups are asking for a fresh look at the legality of bump stocks….

A Bump Stock Ban Is Popular With the Public. But Experts Have Their Doubts.

NEW YORK TIMES October 12, 2017 – A ban on the “bump stock” devices that made the Las Vegas attack so deadly would enjoy broad public support, according to a new poll. Yet gun policy experts say a ban would probably have a negligible effect on mass shooting deaths. In the aftermath of the attack, in which 58 people were killed at a country music festival on Oct. 1, the only gun-related legislation generating any serious political discussion is a ban…

Psychiatrists Can’t Stop Mass Killers

NEW YORK TIMES October 11, 2017 – In the wake of the Las Vegas massacre, politicians are once again promoting the politically expedient notion that better mental health care could stop such mass killings. Paul D. Ryan, the speaker of the House, said last week that “mental health reform is a critical ingredient to making sure that we can try and prevent some of these things from happening in the past.” The public appears to share this view. A 2015 poll found…

DC – Politics – Rare bipartisan gun control bill on bump fire stocks introduced following Las Vegas massacre

CNN.COM October 10, 2017 – Bipartisan legislation banning gun accessories known as bump fire stocks was formally introduced Tuesday in the House of Representatives, led by one of the most politically endangered House Republicans, Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo. “For the first time in decades, there is growing bipartisan consensus for sensible gun policy, a polarizing issue that has deeply divided Republicans and Democrats,” Curbelo said in a written statement accompanying the legislation.   

DC – Politics – ‘Bump stocks’ may be new to you, but federal officials have grappled with them for years (VIDEO)

USA TODAY October 10, 2017 –  Even gun-savvy politicians said last week they had never heard of “bump stocks” until a gunman used the rapid-fire device in Las Vegas to carry out the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. So how did these devices, which nearly everyone – including the National Rifle Association — now seems to agree should at least be regulated, go under the radar? They actually didn’t. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives issued a series of opinions…

How gun control advocates could break the NRA’s blockade (VIDEO)

CNN.COM October 10, 2017 – Since early in Bill Clinton’s first term as president, the National Rifle Association and its legislative allies have effectively stymied meaningful federal gun control legislation. That blockade has held for two decades despite a succession of mass shootings over so horrific they have become known simply by their location: Columbine, Aurora, Newtown, San Bernardino, Orlando and now Las Vegas. With Republicans skeptical of limiting access to firearms now holding the White House and both…

Schumer calls for defeat of gun reciprocity law

AM NEW YORK.COM October 9, 2017 – Sen. Chuck Schumer is criticizing proposed federal legislation that would let Americans from states with looser gun laws carry concealed firearms in more restrictive states like New York. Schumer, who says he doesn’t own a gun, but won National Rifle Association sharpshooter honors at summer camp, added: “Let our New York police determine who needs a gun, not the state of Wyoming. … I think New Yorkers have a lot more faith in…

No law could have prevented Vegas shooting, Feinstein says

WASHINGTON POST October 8, 2017 – No law could have thwarted last week’s massacre in Las Vegas, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee said Sunday. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), a longtime advocate of stricter gun laws and author of the 1993 ban on assault weapons, said the shooter, Stephen Paddock, legally acquired the arsenal he used to carry out the attack. Asked by CBS’s “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson whether any law could have stopped him, Feinstein…

DC – Politics – Scalise criticizes ‘rush to judgment’ on guns, bump stocks

POLITICO.COM October 8, 2017 – House Majority Whip Steve Scalise on Sunday criticized proposed legislation to ban so-called bump stocks as a “rush to judgment” in the wake of last week’s mass shooting in Las Vegas. “If you talked to anybody about a week ago, most people, including myself, didn’t even know what a bump stock was,” Scalise said. “So now we’re finding out about it. There are people that want to rush to judgment. They’ve got a bill…

DC – Politics – Five things to know about GOP’s gun-suppressor bill

THE HILL.COM October 8, 2017 – The deadliest mass shooting in modern American history has stalled a Republican proposal that would make it easier to buy gun suppressors. The bill’s author, Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), had said a vote on the Hearing Protection Act, wrapped into the broader Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act, would happen soon. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told reporters on Tuesday that he doesn’t know when the legislation will be scheduled for a floor vote. It’s the second…

DC – Politics – Dems lower their outrage on guns after massacre

POLITICO.COM October 4, 2017 – The last record-setting shooting spree on U.S. soil — at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, last year — prompted Democrats to occupy the House floor for a full day in protest of the GOP’s refusal to take up new gun control laws. This time, the minority party is employing tamer tactics, tamping down talks of another sit-in and demanding primarily that Republicans drop a gun silencer bill they’ve been pushing. The difference in approach…

Nat’l – Politics -The Gun Legislation With the Best Chance of Passing Congress

THE ATLANTIC.COM October 3, 2017 – Advocates for tighter laws renewed their push after the Las Vegas shooting. But any bills that pass under Republican control are likely to expand gun rights, not restrict them. The federal legislation likeliest to advance in Congress following the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history is not a measure strengthening background checks, banning the sale of assault weapons, or otherwise restricting access to firearms. Instead, the proposals that stand the best chance of passing are…