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United States

28 June 2016

Weekly Standard (USA)

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer used logic frequently employed by pro-gun advocates to help justify his majority opinion in the Texas abortion clinic case decided Monday. As John McCormack reported, the Court struck down a Texas statute that compelled, in part, abortion clinics to upgrade their facilities to match the standards of surgical centers. Such a requirement calls to mind the story of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who operated a squalid... (GunPolicy.org)

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Micronesia (FSM),United States,Oceania

30 March 2016

Guardian, Agence France Presse

America's heated gun debate has reached a remote Pacific territory, with a court overturning a ban on handguns in the Northern Marianas after ruling it breached the US constitution's second amendment. In a ruling greeted with dismay by the island territory's leaders, the US district court found the right to bear arms enshrined in the second amendment also applied to the commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). "The second amendment … [is] the law of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian, Agence France Presse

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Israel,United States,Australia,United Kingdom

14 October 2015

Washington Times

Australia and Britain have been held out as examples of foreign countries that moved quickly to impose gun restrictions in the wake of national tragedies as the United States grapples with what — if any — policy reforms could prevent future mass shootings like the recent attack in Oregon. Both countries saw a drop in gun-related crimes after imposing restrictions, though analysts debate whether the laws deserve credit. But all sides agree the moves Britain and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Times

39251

United Kingdom

7 June 2014

Voice of Russia, Audio

The leader of the UK Independence party, Nigel Farage, has suggested in an interview that Britain's gun laws should be relaxed. He said it was party policy for hand guns to be legalised and licensed in the UK. They've been banned for the last 18 years following the Dunblane School shooting in 1996. VoR's Juliet Spare hosts a discussion. Recent statistics from London's ambulance service reveal paramedics were called to 973 victims under the age of 25 suffering a gun or... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Voice of Russia

38748

Mexico,United States

10 March 2014

Baltimore Post Examiner

America is a violent place by any standard. The national firearm-related death rate has held steady at 10.5 per 100,000 people since 1999, well above the global average. Some of its cities exhibit epidemic rates of gun death on par with crime-affected urban centers in Latin America and the Caribbean. Hard as it might be to believe, levels of lethal violence are actually at historic lows. Declines occurred after the passage of specific legislation designed to prevent... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Baltimore Post Examiner

38448

United States

5 November 2013

Runner's World (USA)

I love my Second Amendment right. I was raised in Boise, Idaho, and have been hunting the Treasure Valley for upland game and waterfowl since I was strong enough to carry a gun. I come from a long line of hunters who take pride in the time-honored tradition of stalking game, killing it ethically, and providing food for their families. I was raised to appreciate the awesome power of firearms and to treat all guns as if they are loaded. I own several guns and would be sad... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Runner's World (USA)

38050

Canada,Australia,United States,United Kingdom

20 September 2013

SBS (Australia), Series

This week brought news of yet another gun massacre in the United States at Washington Navy Yard. It is the latest in a string of 146 mass shootings, with more than 900 victims since 2006. The tragedy gives us pause to reflect on the "common sense" gun controls proposed by president Barack Obama but blocked by gun lobby senators only a few months ago. Among other measures, Obama's proposals sought to reform the national firearm purchase check system, so that offenders... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: SBS (Australia)

37896

United States

7 February 2013

Atlantic (USA)

Here is how advocates of gun control used to talk about their cause: They openly disputed that the Second Amendment conferred the right to own a gun. Their major policy goals were to make handguns illegal and enroll all U.S. gun owners in a federal database. The group now known as the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence was once known as Handgun Control Inc.; a 2001 book by the executive director of the Violence Policy Center was entitled Every Handgun Is Aimed at... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Atlantic (USA)

37039

United States,England & Wales

2 February 2013

Washington Post

LONDON — When police on a weapons raid swarmed a housing project after London's 2011 riots, they seized a cache of arms that in the United States might be better suited to "Antiques Roadshow" than inner-city ganglands. Inside plastic bags hidden in a trash collection room, officers uncovered two archaic flintlock pistols, retrofitted flare guns and a Jesse James-style revolver. These days, that kind of antiquated firepower is about the baddest a British gang member... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

37029

Norway,Switzerland,Finland,Germany,Canada,Australia,United Kingdom,United States

18 December 2012

ABC News (USA) / AP

If there's anywhere that understands the pain of Newtown, it's Dunblane, the town whose grief became a catalyst for changes to Britain's gun laws. In March 1996, a 43-year-old man named Thomas Hamilton walked into a primary school in this central Scotland town of 8,000 people and shot to death 16 kindergarten-age children and their teacher with four legally held handguns. In the weeks that followed, people in the town formed the Snowdrop campaign — named for the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (USA) / AP

36854

United States,Canada

17 December 2012

Now Toronto, Opinion

I'm not going to ask if what happened in Newtown, Connecticut can happen here because now's a time for reflection, not panic and cheap one-liners. Our gun laws are a good deal stricter than those in the United States. The days when you could purchase a rifle at the counter of the Canadian Tire with little more than a driver's license are over, thanks to Marc Lepine's 1989 outrage. But when it comes to gun control, we've been headed in the wrong direction for the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Now Toronto

36838

United States

27 November 2012

Reuters

The state of New York can continue to require residents who want to carry a concealed handgun in public to obtain a special license, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York rejected a challenge brought by several Westchester residents and the Second Amendment Foundation against the state's handgun licensing scheme. Like numerous other states, New York imposes restrictions on individuals who wish to carry concealed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

36777

Canada

18 July 2012

Radio France Internationale

[Translated summary: Toronto shooting revives debate over firearms sales and handgun ban. According to Police data, 700,000 handguns are legally held and registered in Canada.] Toronto est sous le choc après la fusillade qui a fait deux morts et 23 blessés dont un enfant de 22 mois. Les tirs sont intervenus pendant un barbecue qui rassemblait les habitants d'un quartier. Au lendemain du drame, la presse relance le débat sur la vente libre des armes à feu. « La... (GunPolicy.org)

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36357

United States

13 April 2012

Washington Post, Opinion

Monday marks five years since the massacre at Virginia Tech, where a mentally ill student, Seung Hui Cho, used two handguns he had bought legally to kill 32 people and wound 25 others. Other than a relatively minor law to improve the national database used for background checks, no significant gun-control legislation followed that tragedy. Since then, there have been several mass shootings, including additional school rampages and the attempted assassination last year... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

36028

United States

11 December 2011

Sydney Morning Herald, Bloomberg (USA)

NEW YORK -- Robin Natanel picks up a compact black pistol, barrel pointed down range. Gripping the gun with both hands, left foot forward, she raises the semi-automatic and methodically squeezes off five shots. The first one creases the left edge of a red bull's-eye on a target 7.5 metres away. The four others paint a 7.5-centimetre pattern around the first. If the target were a person's head or heart, he would probably be dead. Natanel is a Buddhist, a self-avowed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald, Bloomberg (USA)

35655

United States,Norway,Australia

26 July 2011

Herald Sun (Melbourne) / AAP

The National Coalition for Gun Control has renewed its call for a ban on semi-automatic handguns after the Norway massacre. Coalition co-convenor Samantha Lee said semi-automatic longarms were deemed too dangerous and banned in 1996 after the Port Arthur massacre in which Martin Bryant shot dead 35 people. But semi-automatic handguns remain available to sporting shooters. "It only takes one person with a high-powered semi-automatic firearm and access to lots of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Herald Sun (Melbourne) / AAP

35114

Australia,Norway

25 July 2011

News.com (Australia) / AAP

The shooting spree in Norway should force Australia to ban semi-automatic handguns, Greens leader Bob Brown says. More than 80 people were killed and scores more injured when a lone gunman opened fire on a Labour Party youth meeting on the island of Utoeya, near the Norwegian capital Oslo. Senator Brown said reports the killer had used a semi-automatic handgun should force a re-think of Australia's laws. "These would not necessarily be prohibited in Australia," he... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: News.com (Australia) / AAP

35117

United States

8 June 2011

Chicago Sun-Times

WAUKEGAN — Past efforts to draft an ordinance requiring background checks for resold firearms came to an end Monday with the City Council instead voting 6-3 to repeal all municipal ordinances regulating firearms. "Why does Waukegan need (firearm ordinances)? Let's quit paying the lawyers all this money. Just follow the state laws," said 6th Ward Ald. Larry TenPas, supporting 2nd Ward Ald. Thomas Koncan Jr.'s motion to eliminate local measures. "This is crazy,"... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Chicago Sun-Times

34908

United States

30 April 2011

Washington Post

The only licensed firearms dealer active in Washington says he is closing his business temporarily, meaning D.C. residents will have no way to legally buy pistols under a landmark court decision that ended the city's handgun ban. The US Supreme Court struck down the city's 33-year-old handgun prohibition in 2008, ruling that the Constitution guarantees the right to own firearms. But because of a federal law governing the interstate sale of pistols, Washingtonians who... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

34743

United States

29 April 2011

National Review (USA)

PITTSBURGH - At first glance, life seems good for the National Rifle Association [NRA or US Gun Lobby] and its members. While many conservatives bewailed the era of Democratic rule that began in January 2009, Obama actually signed several pieces of NRA-supported legislation, including bills allowing Americans to bring guns onto Amtrak trains and carry them in national parks. Now a largely pro–Second Amendment Democratic House majority has been replaced by a largely... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: National Review (USA)

34734

United States

4 April 2011

San Francisco Chronicle / Bloomberg (USA)

It's every employer's nightmare. A year ago, Edgar Tillery was told by his supervisor at the Indiana Workforce Development Department that his performance as an auditor was subpar, and that he should shape up or consider resigning. His response? He went outside to his parked car, grabbed a gun, and came back firing, court documents say. Luckily the weapon jammed, and no one was hurt. Tillery is now serving a 15-year prison sentence. Business groups seized on the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: San Francisco Chronicle / Bloomberg (USA)

34632

United States

31 March 2011

Bloomberg (USA)

It's every employer's nightmare. A year ago, Edgar Tillery was told by his supervisor at the Indiana Workforce Development Dept. that his performance as an auditor was subpar, and that he should shape up or consider resigning. His response? He went outside to his parked car, grabbed a gun, and came back firing, court documents say. Luckily the weapon jammed, and no one was hurt. Tillery is now serving a 15-year prison sentence. Business groups seized on the incident as... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bloomberg (USA)

34624

United States

28 March 2011

Miami Herald

WASHINGTON - Wednesday is the 30th anniversary of the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan. Gun-control advocates, including Reagan's wounded press secretary, Jim Brady, will use the day to launch a renewed push for curbs on guns. Once again, chances are they won't get very far. The public remains sharply divided, largely along geographic lines, over gun rights vs. gun control. Gun-rights groups, led by the National Rifle Association, dramatically outspend... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Miami Herald

34600

United States

6 March 2011

Peoria Journal Star (Illinois)

PEORIA — Tazewell County Sheriff Bob Huston has been around guns all his life. Target shooting with his grandfather. A member of Manual High School's rifle club in Peoria in the 1960s. Manager of a shooting range 25 years. Almost 40 years in law enforcement, including 12 as sheriff. In all those years, he's never had to fire a weapon on duty. "Most police officers don't," he says. He's only had to pull a gun once while off duty. "I was at the track running, I saw a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Peoria Journal Star (Illinois)

34522

United States

8 February 2011

Washington Post / AP

WASHINGTON - Police data shows that since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Washington's handgun ban more than 2½ years ago, hundreds of residents in the District's safest and wealthiest areas have registered handguns — more than those in poor areas with higher crime. The Washington Post reports that since the 2008 ruling, records show more than 1,400 firearms have been registered with police. Among those, nearly 300 are in the high-income, low-crime Georgetown,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post / AP

34350

United States

23 January 2011

Washington Post

The number of guns with high-capacity magazines seized by Virginia police dropped during a decade-long federal prohibition on assault weapons, but the rate has rebounded sharply since the ban was lifted in late 2004, according to a Washington Post analysis. More than 15,000 guns equipped with high-capacity magazines - defined under the lapsed federal law as holding 11 or more bullets - have been seized by Virginia police in a wide range of investigations since 1993,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

34213

United States

23 January 2011

New York Times, Editorial

It is widely believed in Washington that there is no chance the gun lobby and the new Republican majority in the House would ever permit passage of the modest ideas for tightening America's absurdly lax gun laws that have surfaced since the massacre in Tucson. That may be true, but it is no reason for supporters of reasonable gun regulation not to put up a fight. Nor is it an excuse for the lack of principled presidential leadership on this issue. We are still waiting... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

34212

United States

19 January 2011

CNN

Against the horrific backdrop of the Tucson, Arizona, tragedy, new gun control proposals are on the way. Some of our legislators will be tempted to apply Rahm Emanuel's aphorism, "Never let a good crisis go to waste." For example, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-New York, wants to outlaw magazines with more than 10 rounds -- even those already in circulation. She hasn't explained how a ban on previously sold magazines would deter anyone but law-abiding citizens. Still, the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CNN

34188

United States

10 January 2011

Time (USA)

When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the handgun ban in the nation's capital in 2008, Representative Gabrielle Giffords applauded the ruling, calling gun ownership "an Arizona tradition." That she had co-signed a congressional amicus brief against the ban came as no surprise: she has always been pro-gun, and she represents a state with a history of proud gun ownership and lax gun laws. So there is at least a touch of irony to the fact that her name is being invoked,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Time (USA)

34019

United States

10 January 2011

Postmedia News (Canada)

WASHINGTON — Seventeen years ago last month, New York congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy's husband was killed when a deranged gunman opened fire on passengers riding a Long Island commuter train. It was a crime similar, in some ways, to the weekend rampage in Arizona that targeted McCarthy's Democratic colleague, Gabrielle Giffords, who was one of 14 people wounded in an attack that also claimed six lives. Now McCarthy, one of America's fiercest gun control advocates,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Postmedia News (Canada)

34005

United States

29 December 2010

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Texas)

Several groups, including a university student government organization and a prominent gun-control lobby, this week filed a document in federal court asking a judge to uphold the current ban on handgun sales to people younger than 21. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Graduate Student Assembly and Student Government of the University of Texas at Austin, Mothers Against Teen Violence, Students for Gun-Free Schools in Texas and Texas Chapters of the Brady... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Texas)

33933

United States

5 November 2010

Harvard Crimson (USA)

This summer, Robert Freeman was shot dead in his neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. He was 13 years old and riding his bike at the time. Sources say that after shooting him off of his bicycle, the masked gunman proceeded to stand over his wounded body and fire round after round — 22 in total. Tragic stories like Freeman's are too common these days in my hometown. If one wants more proof of Chicago's descent into gun-related horror, the evidence is too easy to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Harvard Crimson (USA)

33646

United States

8 October 2010

Huffington Post (USA), Blog

This week's Time magazine cover story on "The Secret World of Extreme Militias" sounds an alarm that cannot be ignored. The threat of terrorism is real, but it does not originate with Al Qaeda alone. The danger of homegrown right wing political violence is just as real. The Time article describes, in chilling terms, the proliferation of heavily armed, right wing militias engaged in paramilitary training to resist the perceived "tyranny" of government authority. Time... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Huffington Post (USA)

33438

United States

14 August 2010

New York Times

A right-wing Internet radio host was convicted on Friday by a federal jury in Brooklyn of threatening three federal judges who had issued a ruling he disagreed with. Two previous prosecutions of the host, Harold C. Turner, ended in mistrials after jurors were unable to agree on a verdict, but the decision Friday came after less than two hours of deliberation. Mr. Turner, 48, posted inflammatory Internet messages about the three appeals court judges who had upheld a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

33183

United States

2 August 2010

The Hill (Washington DC)

The Supreme Court nomination of Elena Kagan presents a political conundrum to the National Rifle Association (NRA), one of the nation's most powerful grassroots lobbying groups. Republicans lawmakers and conservative activists fear Kagan will emerge as a strong voice on the high court against gun-ownership rights. But five Republican senators have pledged to vote for Kagan, making her a shoo-in for confirmation. This puts the NRA in the tricky position of having to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Hill (Washington DC)

33158

Australia

27 July 2010

Australian Associated Press

A spate of shootings over the past 24 hours in NSW has lead to calls for both federal leaders to back national uniform gun laws. NSW Greens Senate candidate Lee Rhiannon on Tuesday said it was time for tighter gun control laws, with a ban on semi-automatic pistols, following four separate shooting incidents. "The events underline the need for law reform in this area," she said in a statement. "Handguns are the most concealable firearm, which is why they are the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Australian Associated Press

33065

United States

22 July 2010

Columbia Missourian (Missouri), Opinion

LONDON – America is known for its trendsetting. It's the land that brought the world McDonald's, Facebook and Lady Gaga. When Americans buy into something, everyone takes notice. But some hot items are more dangerous than others. A recent article in Marie Claire's UK edition identified one questionable craze: "Across America, firearms are fast becoming a must-have accessory." Trend alert? It's long been the stereotype that Brits view America as a gun-toting,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Columbia Missourian (Missouri)

33044

Canada,United States

21 July 2010

Globe & Mail (Toronto), TV review

One of the many unsubtle indicators of how closely we now resemble the United States is an obsession with guns and gun control. There is an entire political subculture devoted to the issue, it seems. Certainly, there is a vast amount of rhetoric. If we are to believe a lot of the rhetoric, the farmers and hunters of Canada have been insulted, demeaned and made to feel like criminals. They are a group under siege. The current situation is rooted in reaction to the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Globe & Mail (Toronto)

33051

United States

15 July 2010

Associated Press

CHICAGO — A federal appeals court upheld a ban on gun possession for a domestic violence offender in a ruling that several anti-violence advocates applauded Wednesday for providing some clarity after the U.S. Supreme Court's recent landmark decision on gun restrictions. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago ruled 10-1 on Tuesday to reinstate a southern Wisconsin man's conviction for having a gun while on probation for a misdemeanor domestic violence... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

33029

United States

13 July 2010

Chicago Sun-Times

Mayor Daley today denied that he's making Chicago gun owners jump through hoops to exercise their Second Amendment rights and expressed confidence the city's new gun law can withstand a court challenge. "We're not jumping through hoops. We have to have accountability. … This is protection of the city from lawsuits from a lot of people," the mayor said. "You have to ask for reasonable gun laws. Until the federal government seizes more illegal guns, that is the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Chicago Sun-Times

33017

United States

12 July 2010

Chicago Tribune, Blog

It is understandable that Chicago's Mayor Richard M. Daley would implement a new municipal gun ordinance to replace the one recently overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. But frankly, I don't think that what went into effect today (register firearms with the city, take a gun training course, and keep all but one gun locked up) will make any difference. The problem of gun violence in Chicago — and it is a huge problem — is about the proliferation of guns and not... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Chicago Tribune

33013

United States

12 July 2010

Fox News (USA), Opinion

As always, gun control proponents say they merely want "reasonable" gun control laws. Yet, when listing the actual laws they favor, they go well beyond what most people would possibly consider "reasonable." Just look at the gun bans in Chicago and Washington, D.C. that local politicians and gun control organizations such as the Brady Campaign and the Violence Policy Center have fought to protect. Today, exactly two weeks after the Supreme Court struck down Chicago's... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Fox News (USA)

33010

United States

11 July 2010

Chicago Tribune

As Chicago prepares to implement its new firearms ordinance Monday, gun advocates have begun a legal assault, filing two lawsuits that constitutional law experts said could be the next round of challenges to how cities can regulate personal gun ownership. Less than two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for citizens to have handguns at home, Chicago was hit with the lawsuits that target, among other things, the city's ban on gun shops, a controversial... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Chicago Tribune

33000

United States

11 July 2010

Poughkeepsie Journal (New York), Opinion

Lobbyists for gun possession owe black Americans a historical debt of gratitude. The Supreme Court reminds us of this debt in its recent decision to overturn Chicago's sweeping prohibition of firearm possession. The decision rests on more than the Second Amendment. It also rests on the 14th Amendment, which brought equal protections under law to freed slaves after the Civil War. How times do change. An amendment that helped blacks protect themselves from Ku Klux Klan... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Poughkeepsie Journal (New York)

32999

United States

10 July 2010

Age (Melbourne)

Lawsuits and guns go hand in hand in America, as neatly as a Glock 9mm slides into a holster. Seemingly forever have Americans wrestled with the Second Amendment to the constitution, the 27-word clause contained in America's Bill of Rights that would appear on the face of it a relic of the 18th century. Was its intent to grant individuals an inviolable right to possess a gun? Or was it simply a get-out for states to create "a well-regulated militia" during those... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Age (Melbourne)

32995

United States

9 July 2010

Patriot Ledger (Massachusetts), Editorial

Anyone who thinks the Supreme Court's decision on gun rights last week was an exercise for constitutional scholars – and nothing more – didn't catch what happened with the stock of gun manufacturers Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger. Like a trigger had been squeezed, their stock went up on a day other stocks went down. The justices' 5-4 decision was a landmark one, establishing clearly that the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is not a lesser right among... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Patriot Ledger (Massachusetts)

32994

United States

9 July 2010

Chicago Tribune

Mayor Richard Daley's newly minted ban on gun stores in Chicago is being challenged in federal court by a man who hopes to sell firearms from a Lincoln Park storefront. Joe Franzese, who owns Second Amendment Arms in far north suburban Lake Villa, believes the gun regulation the Chicago City Council passed last week is unconstitutional. While the ordinance allows residents to own handguns, it outlaws their sale within the city, said Franzese's lawyer, Walter... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Chicago Tribune

32993

United States

7 July 2010

Bloomberg (USA)

A Chicago Mercantile Exchange trader and three other people have joined with the Illinois Association of Firearms Retailers to sue the city of Chicago over a restrictive gun law passed by its legislators last week. The gun-owning plaintiffs, who include a teacher's aide and a married couple, claim the new ordinance restricting handgun possession to inside the home and mandating firearms training and permitting is unconstitutional. The measure imposes "new restrictions... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bloomberg (USA)

32983

United States

6 July 2010

Washington Times, Opinion

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Chicago's handgun ban. Gun rights groups hailed the ruling as a seminal moment in their ongoing fight to roll back restrictive gun-control legislation. As far as the National Rifle Association (NRA) is concerned, McDonald settles the matter once and for all: "This decision makes absolutely clear that the Second Amendment protects the God-given right of self-defense for all law-abiding Americans, period." Be that as it may,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Times

32979

United States

5 July 2010

Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

The drug dealers carrying guns and the menacing gang members in the street outside his home look as if they come from The Wire, the gritty television police drama set in Baltimore. But Otis McDonald, a 76-year-old who lives in one of Chicago's poorest and most dangerous inner-city neighbourhoods, was forbidden from carrying a weapon to defend himself. "I warn them that I'm calling the police but they just laugh and cuss and call me an old so-and-so," McDonald said of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

32970

United States

3 July 2010

Associated Press

The Chicago City Council on Friday approved what city officials say is the strictest handgun ordinance in the United States. The 45-0 vote came four days after a Supreme Court ruling made it almost certain that Chicago's handgun ban would be overturned. The high court ruled Americans have a right to own a gun for self-defense anywhere they live. The new city ordinance bans gun shops in Chicago and prohibits gun owners from stepping outside their homes, even onto their... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

32959

United States

30 June 2010

Sydney Morning Herald

CHICAGO — American cities began wrestling with how to reshape their handgun laws after the US Supreme Court placed limits on such local ordinances. The justices, voting 5-4 along conservative-liberal lines in a challenge to Chicago's handgun ban, ruled that cities and states must abide by the US constitution's Second Amendment on the right to bear arms. The decision strengthens the rights of gun owners and opens courthouse doors nationwide for gun rights advocates to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

32905

Israel

29 June 2010

Ha'aretz (Tel Aviv)

West Bank residents claim discrimination as nationwide campaign to limit gun use makes no exception for Israelis living beyond the Green Line. West Bank settlers on Tuesday accused the government of putting them at physical risk by initiating a nationwide crackdown on handguns. Settlers were infuriated when it emerged at a Knesset meeting on Monday that Israel Police would make no exception for West Bank residents in a campaign to reduce the number of licensed and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ha'aretz (Tel Aviv)

32940

United States

29 June 2010

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

Nothing that the Supreme Court did in striking down a Chicago handgun ban is likely to change life in Utah anytime soon, advocates on both sides of the gun divide said Monday. Already, Utahns can keep handguns and carry them just about anywhere they go in the state. The Legislature has directed that guns are allowed in most public places, including the University of Utah. School zone restrictions are likely to get looser, not tighter, according to one state... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

32930

United States

29 June 2010

Detroit Free Press, Editorial

No one on either side of the gun control debate could have been very surprised by Monday's ruling in McDonald v. Chicago, in which a 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court majority all but doomed local and state efforts to ban firearms outright. The latest ruling came just two years after a similarly divided court struck down Washington, D.C.'s, handgun ban, and there was little reason to believe the majority would be more sympathetic to a similarly restrictive Chicago gun law,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Detroit Free Press

32928

United States

29 June 2010

Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that cities and states must abide by the 2nd Amendment, strengthening the rights of gun owners and opening courthouse doors nationwide for gun rights advocates to argue that restrictions on firearms are unconstitutional. In a 5-4 decision, the justices said the right to have a handgun for self-defense is "fundamental from an American perspective [and] applies equally to the federal government and the states." The high... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

32927

United States

29 June 2010

Financial Times (UK)

The US could see a wave of challenges to local gun-control measures after the US Supreme Court yesterday overturned a ruling upholding Chicago's 28-year-old ban on handguns - one of the country's strictest gun-control regimes - in a victory for gun-rights activists. The US's highest court had never previously ruled whether the constitutional right to keep and bear arms applied to US cities and states. But by a 5-4 vote, the justices deemed that the second amendment... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Financial Times (UK)

32926

United States

29 June 2010

ABC News (Australia)

A United States mayor is vowing to fight a US Supreme Court decision overturning his city's ban on handguns in the home. Each day, 80 Americans die from gun violence. Last month 164 people were murdered in Chicago. In the majority of cases a gun was the weapon of choice. Chicago mayor Richard Daley is convinced the figure would be higher if it was not for a ban on handguns in the home which has been in place in Chicago for the last 30 years. "Common sense tells you... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

32925

United States

29 June 2010

National Review (USA)

The Supreme Court's rejection of Chicago's handgun ban in McDonald v. City of Chicago is more than a recognition that the Second Amendment applies to the states as well as the federal government. The McDonald decision is a harbinger for the end of gun prohibition as an idea. The simple, undeniable truth is that gun control does not work. McDonald brings the law up to speed with reality, where advocates of gun control have been wrong since the issue became a national... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: National Review (USA)

32924

United States

29 June 2010

Philadelphia Inquirer

WASHINGTON — A split Supreme Court ruled Monday that Chicago's strict handgun ban violated an individual's right to own firearms, enshrined in the Second Amendment, a landmark decision that casts state and local gun laws into question. The 5-4 ruling marks the first time the court has determined that the Constitution restricts state and municipal gun-control powers. "Self-defense is a basic right, recognized by many legal systems from ancient times to the present... (GunPolicy.org)

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32923

United States

29 June 2010

Chicago Sun-Times

The Daley administration will take its time before rushing through a replacement for Chicago's "unenforceable" handgun ban to avoid providing more legal ammunition for gun control opponents, the city's top lawyer said today. As a result, the City Council's Police Committee will hear testimony from experts about what can legally be included in a new ordinance, but take no action on specific regulations. "We're just trying to get it right… . We're trying to figure out... (GunPolicy.org)

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32922

United States

29 June 2010

San Francisco Chronicle

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said Monday that Americans have a constitutional right to have a handgun at home for self-defense, even in cities that until now have outlawed handguns. The 5-4 decision reversed a ruling that had upheld Chicago's ban on handguns and all but declared the 1982 ordinance unconstitutional. The justices ordered a federal appeals court in to reconsider its ruling. Monday's ruling extends the reach of the Second Amendment and will open... (GunPolicy.org)

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32921

United States

29 June 2010

Associated Press

CHICAGO — A Supreme Court ruling finding that Americans have the right to bear arms anywhere they live almost certainly means the end of Chicago's decades-old handgun ban, but it may not make handgun ownership there much easier if the city's powerful mayor has his way. Shortly after the high court voted 5-4 Monday along familiar ideological lines — with five conservative-moderate justices in favor of gun rights and four liberals opposed — Chicago Mayor Richard M.... (GunPolicy.org)

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32920

United States

29 June 2010

New York Times, Editorial

About 10,000 Americans died by handgun violence, according to federal statistics, in the four months that the Supreme Court debated which clause of the Constitution it would use to subvert Chicago's entirely sensible ban on handgun ownership. The arguments that led to Monday's decision undermining Chicago's law were infuriatingly abstract, but the results will be all too real and bloody. This began two years ago, when the Supreme Court disregarded the plain words of... (GunPolicy.org)

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32919

United States

29 June 2010

New York Times

WASHINGTON — The Second Amendment's guarantee of an individual right to bear arms applies to state and local gun control laws, the Supreme Court ruled Monday in a 5-to-4 decision. The ruling came almost exactly two years after the court first ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to own guns in District of Columbia v. Heller, another 5-to-4 decision. But the Heller case addressed only federal laws; it left open the question of whether Second... (GunPolicy.org)

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32918

United States

29 June 2010

Wall Street Journal, Opinion

There is a remarkable academic consensus that the original meaning of the 14th Amendment protected an individual right to keep and bear arms against interference by state governments. Yesterday's Supreme Court decision in McDonald v. Chicago affirmed that this is indeed the case. It is, therefore, a great victory for enforcing the original meaning of the Constitution. Thankfully for the rights of Americans, the Chicago gun ban at issue will soon be consigned to the dust... (GunPolicy.org)

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32917

United States

29 June 2010

CNN

WASHINGTON — In another dramatic victory for firearm owners, the Supreme Court has ruled unconstitutional Chicago, Illinois', 28-year-old strict ban on handgun ownership, a potentially far-reaching case over the ability of state and local governments to enforce limits on weapons. A 5-4 conservative majority of justices on Monday reiterated its 2-year-old conclusion that the Constitution gives individuals equal or greater power than states on the issue of possession... (GunPolicy.org)

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32916

United States

29 June 2010

Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court Monday extended nationwide the right to armed self-defense, a historic conclusion to an age-old battle over the meaning of the Second Amendment. The decision gives federal judges the power to strike down state and local weapons laws for violating the Constitution. But the court said that the right isn't unfettered, and the decision is likely to lead to years of litigation as lower courts try to determine what restrictions are... (GunPolicy.org)

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32904

United States

28 June 2010

San Jose Mercury News (California)

California can expect a barrage of legal challenges to its many strict gun control regulations as a result of Monday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that state and local governments are bound to adhere to the constitutional right to bear arms. In a 5-4 ruling, the court found that a Chicago-area ban on handguns can be challenged on Second Amendment grounds, meaning that the law will not stand if it is found to trample on the right to self-defense inherent in the federal... (GunPolicy.org)

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32908

United States

28 June 2010

Chicago Tribune

Q: Did the justices once and for all answer whether Americans have an individual right to keep and bear arms? A: There's no way to predict what a future court will do. But Monday's ruling was quite definitive that Americans have a basic right to own guns. "A majority of the Supreme Court believes that the federal constitutional right to keep and bear arms does not depend on service in an organized militia," said University of Chicago law professor Adam Samaha, who... (GunPolicy.org)

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32907

United States

28 June 2010

Christian Science Monitor

Gun-rights advocates say that a US Supreme Court ruling today will embolden them to challenge gun-control laws in cities across the country. The ruling says that the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms applies to every jurisdiction in the country – throwing doubt on a Chicago law that bans handguns in the home. But lessons from Washington, which had a similar law declared unconstitutional in 2008, suggest that if tough gun-control laws are rewritten... (GunPolicy.org)

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32906

United States

28 June 2010

BBC News

The US Supreme Court has restricted the rights of state and city governments to enforce controls on gun ownership. The US's highest court ruled by 5-4 that a ban on handgun ownership in the city of Chicago was unconstitutional. Justices said the US Constitution protected the right to keep and bear arms for the purpose of self-defence. The ruling could potentially change laws on gun ownership in many of the 50 US states. Debate over the exact meaning of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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32894

United States

24 June 2010

Associated Press

CHICAGO — If the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down Chicago's handgun ban, the city will likely do what Washington, D.C., did when its own ban was overturned two years ago: Put in place all sorts of restrictions to make it tougher to buy guns and easier for police to know who has them. Prospective gun owners in D.C. now are required to take training courses that include spending one hour on a firing range and several hours in a classroom learning about gun safety. They... (GunPolicy.org)

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32884

United States

22 June 2010

Associated Press

CHICAGO - Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley defended the city's handgun ban Tuesday after a spate of shootings that left 10 people dead and dozens wounded, saying the violence bolsters the city's argument that the 1982 ordinance is needed. Daley said the city must continue to fight against handguns even if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the ban as unconstitional. The court is expected to rule later this month. "Look at all the guns that shot people this weekend.... (GunPolicy.org)

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32885

United States

18 June 2010

Fox News (USA)

CHICAGO - Chicago's law banning handguns is under fire at City Hall, as the City Council Committee on Police and Fire is considering ways to change the city's ban on handguns if it is struck down by the Supreme Court. The committee Friday heard expert opinions on gun violence and how it relates to the city's ban, and how the law could be changed if the Supreme Court rules on a challenge to the law. So far, witnesses have said more guns mean more violence. Chicago's... (GunPolicy.org)

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32871

United States

17 June 2010

United Press International

CHICAGO - Chicago will ensure that officials can account for handguns if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the city's 28-year-old handgun ban, Mayor Richard Daley said. "If the ban is overturned, we will see a lot of common-sense approaches in the city aimed at protecting first responders," Daley said Thursday, outlining steps to protect police officers, paramedics and emergency workers from being shot when responding to an incident at a home. "We have to have some... (GunPolicy.org)

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32875

United States

17 June 2010

Post Dispatch (Missouri)

The signs barring the carrying of concealed weapons inside Schnucks quietly came down earlier this month — more than six years after they first went up in the grocery chain's Missouri stores following the passage of a state law allowing individuals to carry concealed weapons. Lori Willis, a Schnucks spokeswoman, said the company's policy change came about during a routine review of its policies. Schnucks has not barred weapons in four other states — Indiana, Iowa,... (GunPolicy.org)

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32874

United States

14 June 2010

Christian Science Monitor

CHICAGO - Every spring, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley stands before a table full of confiscated firearms and urges federal and state lawmakers to pass new gun-control measures that he says will keep streets safer. This year, there's a twist: Mayor Daley is at risk of losing a gun-control law he already has. By the end of June, the US Supreme Court is slated to decide whether the city's 28-year ban on handguns – the last of its kind in the nation – is... (GunPolicy.org)

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32848

United States

13 June 2010

Washington Post

Gun regulation is as American as Wyatt Earp, the legendary frontier lawman who enforced Dodge City's ban on gun-carrying within town limits. But two years ago in District of Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court decided for the first time that the Second Amendment grants a personal right to keep and bear arms, a decision that cast doubt on the future of gun control regulations in this country. Now, the court is considering a challenge to Chicago's ban on handgun... (GunPolicy.org)

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32839

United States

7 June 2010

Chicago Tribune, Editorial

Back in the 1980s, people did lots of things that might seem hard to understand today. Women sported big hair and shoulder pads. Pop music fans listened to New Kids on the Block. Motorists bought the Yugo, which has been rated one of the worst cars ever built. And Chicago passed a law barring residents from acquiring handguns. We can't justify those other developments, but the handgun law passed with the Tribune's support. It was a reasonable attempt to keep guns out... (GunPolicy.org)

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32833

United States

23 May 2010

Philadelphia Inquirer, Opinion

The case of Otis McDonald, a 76-year-old black man living in a drug-infested neighborhood of Chicago, is now being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court. McDonald's home has been broken into three times, and drug dealers have threatened him. He would like a gun to protect himself. Two years ago, in the landmark case District of Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court affirmed that the Second Amendment to the Constitution guarantees individuals such as McDonald the right... (GunPolicy.org)

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32750

United States

23 May 2010

Philadelphia Inquirer, Opinion

In its 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a D.C. law banning handguns violated the Second Amendment to the Constitution. The Second Amendment, however, is a limitation only on federal law. Now, in McDonald v. City of Chicago, gun-rights advocates have asked the court to apply the right to bear arms to state and local gun-control laws. The Second Amendment says: "A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of... (GunPolicy.org)

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32742

United States

23 May 2010

Tulsa World (Oklahoma), Opinion

If a Martian landed in Oklahoma and read local newspapers with the aim of learning our ways, he'd surely conclude that nothing matters more to us than our guns. Except maybe the reproductive fates of women we don't even know. Certainly many lawmakers think we place great importance on firearms matters. Why else would they have handily passed so many measures aiming to expand our gun rights? The conventional wisdom is that we Oklahomans are a gun-loving bunch, and no... (GunPolicy.org)

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32738

United States

21 May 2010

CBS News (USA)

Chicago's ban on handguns is facing a serious challenge in the U.S. Supreme Court, and when a reporter asked if the ban is working, Mayor Richard M. Daley didn't mince any words. Chicago Reader reporter Mick Dumke asked whether the ban is effective, given the amount of gun violence that continues to plague the city. "It's been very effective," Mayor Daley replied at the City Hall news conference Thursday, smiling as he walked away from the podium. He then picked up a... (GunPolicy.org)

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32736

United States

3 May 2010

Philadelphia Inquirer, Opinion

After graduating from college, I served four years as an infantry officer in the Army's 25th Infantry Division. I fired everything from 9mm pistols to .50-caliber machine guns, routinely qualifying as "expert" with an M16A2 rifle. It's not despite such experience, but precisely because of it, that I think the availability of guns in America is stunningly negligent public policy. And it may get worse. One needn't be a constitutional law scholar to discern the Founding... (GunPolicy.org)

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32616

United States

27 April 2010

East Texan (Texas)

There are laws at A&M-Commerce regarding the possession of concealed weapons on campus. While these laws may be in place to ensure student safety, there are some people who object to those restrictions. As stated in Section 46.03, Chapter 46, Title 10 of the Texas Penal Code, a person is allowed to carry a concealed weapon on campus, but is prohibited from taking it into university-owned buildings. "A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly or... (GunPolicy.org)

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32587

United States

4 April 2010

Daily Camera (Colorado)

Valerie Stoyva cringes at the idea of allowing concealed carry permit holders to bring guns on her University of Colorado campus. "I would like to feel safe — and know that people are not carrying guns on campus," said Stoyva, who is earning her teaching certificate at the Boulder campus. "It's impossible to know the psychology of others." On the flip side, Susan Wiersma, an incoming freshman from Laramie, said she believes students have Second Amendment rights and... (GunPolicy.org)

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32486

United States

26 March 2010

Christian Science Monitor

A federal judge has upheld the new regime of gun laws passed in Washington, D.C., after the US Supreme Court invalidated the city's handgun ban in a landmark Second Amendment ruling two years ago. The plaintiff in the new case was the same man, Dick Heller, who brought the initial challenge to the handgun ban and won the historic 2008 ruling. Mr. Heller did not fare as well in his latest round of legal challenges. US District Judge Ricardo Urbina ruled on Friday that... (GunPolicy.org)

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32444

United States

8 March 2010

Chicago Tribune

Flanked by several parents who had lost children to gun violence, Mayor Richard Daley on Monday called for new laws to restrict gun sales and stiffen penalties for criminals who use them. Although Daley announces new gun-control initiatives every year, this year's announcement took on added significance because the U.S. Supreme Court is weighing whether to overturn the city's handgun ban. "The aggressiveness of the gun advocates is just one reason it's more important... (GunPolicy.org)

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32317

United States

8 March 2010

Chicago Sun-Times

Mayor Daley today unveiled his annual package of gun control legislation and denied he's "swimming upstream" at a time when the U.S. Supreme Court has signaled its intention to overturn Chicago's handgun ban. Most of the ideas are re-treads, but there are a few new wrinkles. They include a proposal to make it a mandatory Class 1 felony to "knowingly sell or transfer a gun to a known gang member." Daley also wants to strengthen penalties for unlawful use of a weapon so... (GunPolicy.org)

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32308

United States

7 March 2010

San Francisco Chronicle

WASHINGTON - Gun-control advocates think, if not pray, they can win by losing when the Supreme Court decides whether the constitutional right to possess guns serves as a check on state and local regulation of firearms. The justices will be deciding whether the Second Amendment - like much of the rest of the Bill of Rights - applies to states as well as the federal government. It's widely believed they will say it does. But even if the court strikes down handgun bans... (GunPolicy.org)

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32294

United States

4 March 2010

Philadelphia Inquirer, Editorial

A gun-rights decision by the Supreme Court two years ago threatened to make it more dangerous to walk the streets of Washington. Now the top court's conservative voting bloc seems intent upon expanding the risk to other U.S. cities by dismantling strong gun-violence safeguards. Chicago's long-standing handgun ban came into the crosshairs of the National Rifle Association this week, as the group sought to extend the reach of the court's earlier ruling that the Second... (GunPolicy.org)

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32288

United States

4 March 2010

Chicago Tribune, Column

When Chicago passed a ban on handgun ownership in 1982, it was part of a trend. Washington, D.C., had done it in 1976, and a few Chicago suburbs took up the cause in the following years. They all expected to reduce the number of guns and thus curtail bloodshed. District of Columbia Attorney General Linda Singer told The Washington Post in 2007, "It's a pretty common-sense idea that the more guns there are around, the more gun violence you'll have." Nadine Winters, a... (GunPolicy.org)

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32282

United States

3 March 2010

El Paso Times, Editorial

In 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a strict handgun ban in the District of Columbia. Now the court is considering a strict gun ban in Chicago. But there's a big difference between the two cases. The D.C. case covered only federal jurisdictions. According to a McClatchy Newspapers story, "District of Columbia v. Heller applied only to federal jurisdictions, because the Bill of Rights, as originally written, covers federal but not state and local... (GunPolicy.org)

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32284

United States

2 March 2010

Augusta Chronicle (Georgia), Editorial

In the comedy Roxanne , Steve Martin is a fire chief of an incompetent department that's as likely to start a fire as put one out. "I have a dream," he tells the men after dousing one of their own little fires. "It's not a big dream, it's just a little dream. My dream -- and I hope you don't find this too crazy -- is that I would like the people of this community to feel that if, God forbid, there were a fire, calling the fire department would actually be a wise thing... (GunPolicy.org)

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32285

United States

2 March 2010

National Public Radio (USA), Transcript

The U.S. Supreme Court steps back onto the firing range, so to speak, as it takes up the controversial question of gun rights Tuesday. At issue is whether the Second Amendment right to bear arms puts constitutional limits on state and local laws as well as federal laws. For the first 100 years of America's history, the Bill of Rights — protecting rights of free speech and religion, among others — limited only what the federal government could do. The states had a... (GunPolicy.org)

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32269

United States

2 March 2010

Reuters

The Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared likely to extend the federal right to own guns to state and local governments, but some justices said firearms still could face regulations and restrictions. In a legal challenge to Chicago's 28-year-old handgun ban, the high court seemed deeply divided along conservative and liberal lines in considering how broadly to extend its landmark 2008 ruling that individual Americans have a federal right to own guns to all the states and... (GunPolicy.org)

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32267

United States

2 March 2010

Washington Times, Editorial

The year after the Supreme Court struck down the District of Columbia's handgun ban and gun-lock requirements, the capital city's murder rate plummeted 25 percent. The high court should keep that in mind today as it hears oral arguments about a Chicago handgun ban. Gun controllers screamed to high heaven that impending disaster would follow the court's decision to junk some of the district's gun controls. One of those screaming the loudest was Chicago Mayor Richard M.... (GunPolicy.org)

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32266

United States

2 March 2010

Christian Science Monitor

WASHINGTON - The US Supreme Court appears to be on verge of extending the constitutional protection of the Second Amendment's right to keep and bear arms to every jurisdiction in the nation. During an hour-long oral argument at the high court on Tuesday, several justices exhibited a willingness to enforce their landmark 2008 gun-rights decision at the state and local level. If they do so, the decision may doom not only the Chicago handgun ban at the center of... (GunPolicy.org)

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32264

United States

2 March 2010

Wall Street Journal

The Supreme Court today is the scene of a Constitutional duel in a case that will decide if the Second Amendment's guarantee of an individual right to bear arms applies to the states. The answer will determine whether the Court's landmark 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller is a hollow legal anomaly, or if it extends nationwide. In McDonald v. Chicago, the Justices will consider whether the Windy City's ban on handguns is Constitutional. Brought by... (GunPolicy.org)

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32254

United States

2 March 2010

Chicago Sun-Times

Otis McDonald doesn't care what you think. You can accuse the black inner-city grandfather of betraying Chicago neighborhoods overrun by thugs with guns. Go ahead, call him a pawn of wealthy, white gun-nuts suing to lift the city's handgun ban. But the 76-year-old Morgan Park man who has become the face of one of the most important Second Amendment lawsuits in history wants you to know this: He is not a "showpiece" for the pro-gun lobby in the landmark case that... (GunPolicy.org)

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32253

United States

2 March 2010

ABC News (USA)

Otis McDonald, 76, is afraid for his life in his crime-saturated Chicago neighborhood and he is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn his city's strict ban on handguns in the home. "In my home, this is the only time I worry," McDonald said. "There's more guns coming into this city than the police can take away from them. So if I've got a gun, and if others have guns in their homes to protect themselves, then that's one thing that police would have to worry about... (GunPolicy.org)

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32252

United States

1 March 2010

San Francisco Chronicle, Opinion

In 2006, Harvey Jackson pleaded guilty to illegal drug distribution and firearm possession after he was caught selling cocaine out of his home. Two years later, when the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment protects a right to possess a firearm in the home for self-defense, however, Jackson challenged his conviction, arguing that the amendment guaranteed his right to keep a gun to protect himself while conducting his home drug enterprise. Jackson's... (GunPolicy.org)

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32239

United States

1 March 2010

Associated Press

CHICAGO — A couple worries that burglars who tried to break in when the wife was home alone will return. A retiree fears the drug dealers and junkies just outside his window will attempt — again — to steal what he spent a lifetime earning. And a businessman wants to protect himself as he could when he was a police officer. Together, they are the face of the most serious challenge yet to Chicago's 28-year-old handgun ban. On Tuesday, the four will take their... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

32237

United States

1 March 2010

Washington Post

As a member of the Junior ROTC, teenager Antonin Scalia toted his rifle on the subway ride back and forth to Queens. As a hunter, he speaks lyrically of stalking wild turkeys. And as a justice, he may have reached the pinnacle of his more than two decades on the Supreme Court when he wrote the majority opinion that said the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to own a firearm. But when the justices on Tuesday confront the question of whether the amendment... (GunPolicy.org)

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32233

United States

28 February 2010

Associated Press

Dale Welch recently walked into a Starbucks in Virginia, handgun strapped to his waist, and ordered a banana Frappuccino with a cinnamon bun. He says the firearm drew a double-take from at least one customer, but not a peep from the baristas. Welch's foray into the coffeehouse was part of an effort by some gun owners to exercise and advertise their rights in states that allow people to openly carry firearms. Even in some "open carry" states, businesses are allowed to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

32232

United States

27 February 2010

Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Gun control advocates are hoping they can win by losing when the Supreme Court rules on state and local regulation of firearms. The justices will be deciding whether the right to possess guns guaranteed by the Second Amendment — like much of the rest of the Bill of Rights — applies to states as well as the federal government. It's widely believed they will say it does. But even if the court strikes down handgun bans in Chicago and its suburb of Oak... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

32220

United States

26 February 2010

USA Today

WASHINGTON — In 2008, when national gun rights advocates were looking for residents to challenge Chicago's ban on handguns, Otis McDonald was in effect looking for them. McDonald, 76, says he had seen his neighborhood on the far South Side of Chicago turn from bad to worse over the years with "gangbangers and drug dealers." "My wife and I are here alone all the time now," says McDonald, a retired maintenance engineer, who with his wife, Laura, reared three children.... (GunPolicy.org)

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32218

United States

23 February 2010

Colorado Springs Gazette, Editorial

The Colorado State University Board of Governors voted unanimously Tuesday to place students at both of its campuses in harm's way with a sweeping weapons ban law-abiding citizens will obey and criminals will ignore. Larimer County Sheriff James Alderden, outraged by the ban, told The Gazette's opinion department he will undermine it in the interest of student safety. CSU-Fort Collins Police Chief Wendy Rich-Goldsmith, a relative newcomer to the campus, supports the... (GunPolicy.org)

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32210

United States

21 February 2010

Washington Post

He was at the heart of the landmark Supreme Court case that took down the District's handgun ban. But before arriving at the range, he warns in a text message: "You will find I'm not the best shot." Once he fires a few rounds, however, it's clear that Tom G. Palmer is no novice, either. He lands a couple right in the torso of his human-shaped target. Then he aims at the target's head, misses once by a few inches, then hits twice. But what good is such a skill, Palmer... (GunPolicy.org)

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32194

United States

19 February 2010

Bloomberg (USA)

For gun-control advocates, defeat may be inevitable in the Chicago handgun-ban case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The question is whether they will get a consolation prize. The central issue in the case, set for argument March 2, is whether the Constitution's Second Amendment applies to state and local gun laws, in addition to those enacted by the federal government and District of Columbia. When the court in 2008 struck down D.C.'s handgun ban and declared that the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bloomberg (USA)

32215

United States

19 February 2010

Wall Street Journal / Law Blog, Blog

"Of course, properly understood, it is no limitation upon arms control by the states." — Justice Antonin Scalia, writing in 1997 about the Second Amendment. Since we declared our affection for McDonald v. Chicago, the big gun rights case that will be heard next month by the Supreme Court, the pre-gaming analysis has continued unabated. Today LB colleague Jess Bravin weighs in with his own take on the alliances and buzz surrounding the case, and he's got a lot to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Wall Street Journal / Law Blog

32214

United States

19 February 2010

Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Loaded guns will be allowed in Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon and other national parks under a new law that takes effect Monday. The law lets licensed gun owners bring firearms into national parks and wildlife refuges as long as they are allowed by state law. It comes over the objections of gun-control advocates who fear it will lead to increased violence in national parks. The national parks law takes effect in a climate that favors advocates of gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

32169

Finland

17 February 2010

Associated Press

HELSINKI, Finland - A Finnish government commission on Wednesday proposed a ban on semiautomatic handguns after two school shootings in recent years left 20 people dead. The ban, which needs parliamentary approval, would sharply reduce the number of legal weapons in a country that ranks among the world's top five in civilian gun ownership. "We've had a very weapon-friendly culture," commission chairman Pekka Sauri said. "In carrying out the proposals we would, of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

32155

United States

8 February 2010

Washington Post

The National Rifle Association was on the outside looking in when the Supreme Court handed gun rights activists a landmark victory in 2008. After the court ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to gun ownership and that the District's handgun ban was unconstitutional, it was an upstart band of libertarian lawyers that celebrated on the marble steps and received the glory for the breakthrough decision. The NRA, the nation's premier and most... (GunPolicy.org)

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32055

United States

30 January 2010

Chicago Tribune

From behind the wheel of his hulking GMC Suburban, 76-year-old Otis McDonald leads a crime-themed tour of his Morgan Park neighborhood. He points to the yellow brick bungalow he says is a haven for drug dealers. Down the street is the alley where five years ago he saw a teenager pull out a gun and take aim at a passing car. Around the corner, he gestures to the weed-bitten roadside where three thugs once threatened his life. "I know every day that I come out in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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32019

United States

22 January 2010

Chicago Sun-Times

WASHINGTON -- Mayor Daley revved up a coalition of mayors Thursday to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold Chicago's handgun ordinance in the wake of the Illinois State Rifle Association challenge to be argued March 2. Here for the winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Daley also went to the White House with other mayors for a session with President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. And in his role as the "mayor of mayors," he also hosted a reception for... (GunPolicy.org)

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31945

United States

6 January 2010

Chicago Sun-Times

U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Chicago, had 54 members of congress join his friend-of-the-court brief Wednesday that urged the court to leave Chicago's handgun ban in place. Chicago residents represented who challenged the city's gun ban in court say they would like to have handguns to defend themselves in their homes. Gun-rights activists back them up. The U.S. Supreme Court's majority threw out Washington D.C.'s handgun ban but left open the issue of whether their... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Chicago Sun-Times

31793

United States

28 December 2009

Wall Street Journal, Blog

In a few months time, the Supreme Court will revisit the Second Amendment in McDonald v. City of Chicago, which challenges a gun-control ordinance in the city. Not surprisingly, the case is attracting heavy interest around the country. The Sacramento Bee today reports that Sacramento's City Council has voted to join other cities arguing in support of Chicago's right to regulate the posssesion and use of firearms. Other cities invited to file briefs supporting Chicago... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Wall Street Journal

31770

United States

18 October 2009

United Press International

WASHINGTON — As the U.S. Supreme Court makes its stately way into the new term, a case over the horizon promises to hit the 20,000 gun control laws in this country with the impact of a 9mm round. The prep work came last year in District of Columbia vs. Heller. A narrow 5-4 majority struck down the gun control law in the nation's capital, and for the moment settled an argument over just what the Second Amendment to the Constitution, part of the Bill of Rights,... (GunPolicy.org)

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31277

United States

8 October 2009

Dallas Morning News (Texas)

WASHINGTON — Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison renewed her opposition Wednesday to certain gun control measures in anticipation of a major case on the issue coming before the U.S. Supreme Court. Hutchison, a Republican, announced that she and other lawmakers would file a brief urging the high court to rule that Chicago's strict gun control ordinances violate an individual's right to keep and bear arms. The upcoming test of limits on gun control laws follows last... (GunPolicy.org)

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31198

United States

1 October 2009

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court could ignite a vigorous new fight over state and local gun controls across the nation when it rules on a challenge to Chicago's handgun ban. The court said Wednesday it will consider a challenge to Chicago's ban, and even gun control supporters believe a victory is likely for gun-rights proponents. If the court rules that the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms doesn't allow the city's outright handgun ban, it could lead to... (GunPolicy.org)

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31128

United States

1 October 2009

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court announced on Wednesday that it would decide whether state and local gun control laws may be challenged under the Second Amendment. The court also agreed to hear nine other cases from among those that had piled up over its summer break, including one concerning the constitutionality of an antiterrorism law that is a favorite tool of federal prosecutors. The Second Amendment case, McDonald v. Chicago, No. 08-1521, addresses a question... (GunPolicy.org)

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31126

United States

1 October 2009

Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed to decide whether some state gun regulations violate the Constitution, the second phase of the justices' re-examination of the right to bear arms in the 21st century. Last year, the court ruled that the Second Amendment includes an individual right to self-defense, and struck down a Washington, D.C., ordinance that effectively banned possession of handguns within the capital. That decision rested on the District of Columbia's... (GunPolicy.org)

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31101

United States

30 September 2009

USA Today

The U.S. Supreme Court raised the stakes for its new term and for gun owners nationwide by agreeing Wednesday to hear an appeal from firearms owners in Chicago. The question in the case goes to the heart of the Second Amendment and could become a major test of the court led by Chief Justice John Roberts. The gun owners are challenging an appeals court ruling that the Second Amendment's guarantee of an individual right to guns applies only to federal law, not to state... (GunPolicy.org)

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31106

United States

30 September 2009

Chicago Sun-Times

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision Wednesday to hear a challenge to Chicago's strictest-in-the-nation handgun ban likely means the other holster is ready to fall on the ban, advocates on both sides of the issue seemed to agree Wednesday. "A year from now there will not be a Chicago handgun ban," said Alan Gura, the attorney representing the gun owners fighting the ban. The high court's five-member conservative majority last year threw out Washington, D.C.'s gun ban in... (GunPolicy.org)

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31103

United States

30 September 2009

Chicago Tribune

The Supreme Court set the stage for a historic ruling on gun rights and the 2nd Amendment by agreeing today to hear a challenge to Chicago's ban on handguns. At issue is whether state and local gun-control ordinances can be struck down as violating the "right to keep and bear arms" in the 2nd Amendment. A ruling on the issue, due by next summer, could open the door to legal challenges to various gun control measures in cities and states across the nation. The case... (GunPolicy.org)

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31092

United States

7 July 2009

Austin Business Journal (Texas)

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott joined with the attorneys general of 32 other states Tuesday in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, which the authors say seeks to defend the rights of Americans to keep and bear arms. The brief supports a legal challenge by Otis McDonald, a community activist who lives in a high-crime neighborhood in Chicago. McDonald's work to improve his neighborhood has reportedly subjected him to violent threats from drug dealers,... (GunPolicy.org)

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30485

United States

7 July 2009

Sunday Herald (Scotland)

NEW YORK — Last summer, the National Rifle Association ran adverts claiming that Barack Obama would "ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns" if elected. The campaign didn't do much for John McCain, but in every other respect it has been wildly successful: NRA membership is up 30% and gun control has disappeared from the administration's list of priorities. Americans have gone on an extraordinary gun-buying spree. The best available measure of... (GunPolicy.org)

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30468

United States

20 June 2009

Christian Science Monitor

ATLANTA — It's been a disappointing year for American cities seeking to curb violence via tough gun laws. Since last June, when the US Supreme Court struck down key parts of the District of Columbia's gun-control ordinance, cities have seen the 20,000 local gun regulations enacted over the years begin to slip from their grip, one by one. Philadelphia's ban on assault weapons and limits on handgun purchases are the latest to succumb, struck down Thursday by a state... (GunPolicy.org)

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30347

United States

9 June 2009

Boston Globe, Column

President Obama really must say something about guns now, less he fecklessly watch the National Rifle Association take over his beloved Chicago. The NRA is appealing to the Supreme Court after a federal appeals court in Chicago last week upheld a handgun ban in Chicago and the nearby suburb of Oak Park. The Supreme Court threw out the District of Columbia's handgun ban last year. The appeals court said that only the Supreme Court can overturn the ban since... (GunPolicy.org)

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30282

United States

7 June 2009

USA Today

WASHINGTON — One year after the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep handguns, the justices have before them a new test of that right. The National Rifle Association has appealed a ruling from a U.S. appeals court in Chicago that said the right to bear arms cannot be invoked by gun owners challenging state and local firearm regulations. It said the high court's groundbreaking decision last term in a case from Washington,... (GunPolicy.org)

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30256

United States

4 June 2009

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The National Rifle Association is asking the Supreme Court to strike down strict gun control laws in the Chicago area, setting the stage for another high court battle over Second Amendment protections for gun owners. The NRA wants the court to rule that last year's gun rights decision invalidating a handgun ban in the District of Columbia applies as well to local and state laws. The appeal to the Supreme Court comes almost immediately after a federal... (GunPolicy.org)

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30246

United States

3 June 2009

Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON — The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld strict gun control ordinances in Chicago and suburban Oak Park, Ill., setting the stage for a Supreme Court battle over whether the 2nd Amendment and its protection for gun owners extends to state and municipal laws. In a 3-0 decision, the judges said they were bound by legal precedents that held the 2nd Amendment applied only to federal laws. Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama's nominee to the... (GunPolicy.org)

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30229

United States

3 April 2009

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The nation's capital would be more vulnerable to a terrorist attack if the District of Columbia's gun laws were weakened, the city's attorney general said Friday. Peter Nickles testified before a House subcommittee examining the potential effect of a gun amendment attached to legislation that would give D.C. its first full vote in Congress. The measure sponsored by Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., would repeal the city's strict gun registration requirements... (GunPolicy.org)

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29717

United Kingdom

13 March 2009

Washington Post, Opinion

"I believe in the Second Amendment, I believe in the people's lawful right to bear arms. I will not take your shotgun away. I will not take your rifle away. I won't take your handgun away." - Barack Obama, September 2008 The recent Senate vote to ensure that D.C. residents can purchase and own firearms without unreasonable restrictions and the House's subsequent delay of legislation to give the District a voting representative — the result of pressure from... (GunPolicy.org)

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29517

United States

11 March 2009

Chicago Tribune

SPRINGFIELD — Emboldened by recent high-profile deadly gun violence across Illinois and a Supreme Court decision striking down a handgun ban, busloads of gun rights backers will descend on the Capitol Wednesday to lobby lawmakers on issues such as letting people carry concealed weapons. Call it the flip side of Mayor Richard Daley's yearly news conference where, flanked by the families of shooting victims, he pushes the idea of banning semiautomatic assault... (GunPolicy.org)

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29512

United States

11 March 2009

Chicago Tribune

SPRINGFIELD — Hours before busloads of gun rights advocates are scheduled to descend on the Capitol, a House committee today advanced a series of measures designed to increase gun control in Illinois. Among the restrictions approved by the House Executive Committee include an assault weapons ban and legislation allowing only one gun purchase a month. Chicago Mayor Richard Daley perenially pushes for such gun crackdowns due to continued violence in some city... (GunPolicy.org)

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29500

United States

4 March 2009

Washington Post

Supporters of a D.C. vote bill scrambled yesterday to find a way to get it approved by the House of Representatives without a controversial amendment that would repeal many of the city's gun laws. The bill had been expected to get a final vote as early as today. But that vote was put on hold after House leaders learned that the influential National Rifle Association was urging its members to use a procedural maneuver to press for gun amendments, according to D.C. Del.... (GunPolicy.org)

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29378

United States

4 March 2009

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

WASHINGTON, DC — This showdown harks to the grainy old Westerns: You want voting rights? Well, you're going to have to take them with a dose of cold steel and gunpowder. A congressional duel is shaping up this week over whether to expand the U.S. House to include new seats for Utah and the District of Columbia. Where once the battle centered on the plan's constitutionality, it now hinges on something more basic and ballistic: guns. On one side, minority... (GunPolicy.org)

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29375

United States

28 February 2009

Washington Post

Supporters of the D.C. vote bill expressed optimism yesterday that the legislation would be stripped of an amendment that would turn the nation's capital into one of the easiest places in America to own a gun. Senate Republicans added the gun amendment to the D.C. vote bill just before it was approved Thursday by the chamber. D.C. officials call the measure a public-safety threat. The House is expected to pass its version of the bill next week without any gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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29313

United States

27 February 2009

Washington Post

The Senate passed a bill yesterday that would give the District a voting seat in the House of Representatives, but lawmakers attached language strongly opposed by city leaders that strips most local gun-control laws. The gun amendment complicates the D.C. vote bill's passage into law, because the legislation will have to be reconciled with a companion bill in the House with no gun provisions that is expected to be approved next week. Some D.C. officials said it was... (GunPolicy.org)

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29270

United States

27 February 2009

New York Times

WASHINGTON — The Senate approved a bill on Thursday to provide the nation's capital with a voting representative in the House, but it came with a hitch. A controversial amendment was added that would repeal most of the city's gun-control regulations. Approved by a 61-to-37 vote, the D.C. House Voting Rights Act would expand the House for the first time since 1913, providing a vote for Washington and an additional seat for Utah, which narrowly missed getting one after... (GunPolicy.org)

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29267

Canada

26 January 2009

National Post (Toronto)

There were fresh calls for a handgun ban yesterday, as one murdered Toronto bystander was laid to rest and two men accused of killing another appeared in court. Hou Chang Mao was honoured in a Buddhist ceremony in a small chapel on Spadina Avenue, his children sombre and wearing white. "As a citizen of this city, we urge the government to control guns so that something like this will not happen anymore," Qing Guan Wang, president of the Fujian Community Association of... (GunPolicy.org)

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29380

United States

14 January 2009

San Francisco Chronicle

The San Francisco Housing Authority has agreed to allow its residents to own guns in a settlement of a National Rifle Association lawsuit that followed last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the right to bear arms. In papers filed Monday with a federal judge, the Housing Authority agreed not to enforce a provision it added to tenant leases in 2005 prohibiting the possession of guns and ammunition. The ban will now apply only to illegal gun ownership, like possession... (GunPolicy.org)

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29012

United States

5 January 2009

Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — The National Rifle Association says the San Francisco Housing Authority is preparing to drop its blanket handgun ban in public housing. NRA lawyer CD Michel says the agreement, which settles a federal lawsuit, hasn't been finalized. But he says if the settlement is approved as expected, the housing authority will allow public housing tenants to keep legally obtained handguns. In exchange, the housing authority won't be required to pay any damages or... (GunPolicy.org)

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28966

United States

5 January 2009

NBC News (Chicago)

Is Roland Burris armed? It's hard to tell, given the putative gun control advocate's record of saying one thing about gun ownership and doing another. "A longtime advocate of a national handgun ban, Burris organized Chicago's first Gun Turn-In Day in 1993," the Tribune's Steve Chapman recalls. "But when he ran for governor the following year, he admitted that he owned a handgun ('for protection') and did not hand it over to police as he urged others to do." The... (GunPolicy.org)

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28955

Canada

26 December 2008

National Post (Toronto)

In 2008, the shooting deaths of several innocent Torontonians rocked the city. In June, Dylan Ellis and Oliver Martin, both 25, were killed while waiting for a friend in an SUV parked on Richmond Street West. In January, John O'Keefe, a 42-year-old father, was walking home along Yonge Street when he crossed into the path of gunfire and was shot in the head. This Fall, we were also made to remember the Boxing Day 2005 shooting death of 15-year-old Jane Creba; the first... (GunPolicy.org)

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28878

United States

19 December 2008

Chicago Tribune

Chicago won round one in its defense of the city's handgun ban, but Mayor Richard Daley said today he's looking at less sweeping gun control measures in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision against such laws this year. The nation's high court struck down a Washington, D.C. handgun ban similar to Chicago's law. The National Rifle Association then moved to challenge Chicago's ban. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Milton Shadur rejected the gun rights group's effort... (GunPolicy.org)

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28856

Ireland

13 December 2008

Irish Times

On a bitterly cold Sunday morning in the depths of rural Co Cork, a man wearing earmuffs and thick goggles lifts a heavy rifle onto his shoulder and lines up his shot. He takes aim at his defenceless target 50 metres away. He smiles as he hits his target and prepares to reload. There is no scream of pain or shock, no blood or gore in sight, no damage caused at all, really, apart from a small hole in a large sheet of white paper. The man is one of over 100 members of... (GunPolicy.org)

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28809

Ireland

19 November 2008

Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Dublin), Media release

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Mr. Dermot Ahern, T.D. today outlined his proposals to ban licensed handguns. The Minister said the handgun ban would be included in legislation currently being prepared which will be published shortly. Minister Ahern said: "Since being appointed, I have made clear my growing concern at the number and type of handguns being licensed. "From the early 1970s, in the light of the Troubles, until 2004, all handguns were... (GunPolicy.org)

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28685

United States

7 November 2008

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

An unequivocal "no" from the state Attorney General's Office is often enough to shoot down a city proposal. Not so with a move by Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels to ban legally permitted handguns from city-owned parks and buildings, an effort that, if successful, could shatter a 47-year-old state prohibition against cities' regulation of firearms. The Mayor's Office continues to build a case for the ban despite an Oct. 14 opinion issued by Attorney General Rob McKenna's... (GunPolicy.org)

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28599

Australia

8 October 2008

ABC News (Australia)

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Stephen Pallaras is again urging a total ban on guns in South Australia. His call has been made in light of more violence in the Adelaide CBD. The SA Government knocked back the DPP's call a year ago for an end to legal ownership of guns. Mr Pallaras says his position has not changed and he wants something done about the guns problem before it is too late. "We've had three shootings in five months and I've previously said that... (GunPolicy.org)

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28379

United States

28 September 2008

Washington Times, Opinion

Last spring, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to arms, Democrats hoped the decision would neutralize the gun issue. Instead the ruling, by inviting debate over which kinds of gun control are constitutional, has made the issue more salient. That's bad news for Barack Obama, whom the National Rifle Association says "would be the most anti-gun president in American history." The Democratic nominee pays lip... (GunPolicy.org)

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28360

Ireland

28 September 2008

Sunday Business Post (Ireland)

Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern is considering an outright ban on handguns, The Sunday Business Post has learned. Private handgun ownership in Ireland has skyrocketed from zero to 1,700 in the past five years, after firearm lobbyists exposed the lack of legislative prohibition available to Garda licensing authorities, in a series of High Court actions. The minister has previously signalled a major reform of handgun ownership laws and announced an "intensive review"... (GunPolicy.org)

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28341

United States

23 September 2008

Daily Northwestern (Illinois)

The Evanston City Council is still discussing what to do next after being "forced kicking and screaming" to amend its handgun ban last month. The change was made following a June 26 Supreme Court ruling, District of Columbia v. Heller, declaring a similar ban in Washington, D.C. to be in violation of the Second Amendment. The day after the landmark decision, the National Rifle Association brought a lawsuit against Evanston alleging its ban was unconstitutional. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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28301

United States

23 September 2008

Huffington Post (USA), Blog

It was national news on June 26 when the Supreme Court overturned the District of Columbia's strict gun laws and declared that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. The media continues to dissect the impact of the District of Columbia v. Heller case on the future of gun control — and gun violence — in our country. While the Court's 5-4 decision has remained under the magnifying glass, very little has been written to date about the... (GunPolicy.org)

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28290

Canada

22 September 2008

Toronto Star (Ontario)

GATINEAU, Quebec — The killing of an innocent fruit vendor during a gunfight on a bustling Toronto street "steeled" the resolve of NDP Leader Jack Layton to outlaw handguns. Layton said yesterday if he's elected Prime Minister on Oct. 14 he would empower provinces, cities, and towns to impose handgun bans. Heeding calls from Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and Toronto Mayor David Miller to outlaw the easily concealed weapons, the Toronto Danforth MP said he has lost... (GunPolicy.org)

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28262

Canada

20 September 2008

Calgary Herald (Alberta) / CanWest News

Banning handguns, as politicians on the federal campaign trail have suggested, is a "weak-kneed" strategy that won't stop the flow of illegal weapons in Calgary, the city's police chief said Friday. Rick Hanson, while announcing charges against a suspect in the shooting of Brazilian student Neto Ribeiro, said the accused has "one of those feared prohibitions for possessing firearms." "There's a little bit of sarcasm there because, personally, I'm tired of when serious... (GunPolicy.org)

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28274

United States

18 September 2008

Washington Post

The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly yesterday to legalize semiautomatic rifles in the District and repeal its gun registration laws, but the bill's future appeared in doubt as a prominent senator announced she would try to block it. "If this bill comes to the floor of the United States Senate, I will do everything in my power to stop it," Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said in a statement. The House bill passed 266 to 152, with the support of 85... (GunPolicy.org)

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28232

Canada

17 September 2008

Now Magazine (Toronto)

Bang. Bang. Two shootings in the span of eight hours on Tuesday. Don't tell us there isn't a crisis in our city. Handguns are blasting a hole in our national fabric, snuffing out young lives and costing billions in health care every year. And it's not just a gang thing. Mayor David Miller has been taking aim at the feds and is pushing a national handgun ban. So far, more than 65,000 Canadians have signed his online petition (toronto.ca). Yet in this election, the NDP is... (GunPolicy.org)

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28245

Canada

17 September 2008

Now Magazine (Ontario)

Mayor David Miller tells NOW why he's launched a campaign for a federal ban on handguns. It's Personal I'm doing this for the families of those killed by gun violence. Every single time I go to the visitations, a mom asks me to do everything in my power to stop it. I've looked a lot of moms in the eye, and I take this very seriously. When I heard deputations from families at City Hall hearings, I just couldn't keep the tears out of my eyes. I put my head down so... (GunPolicy.org)

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28243

United States

17 September 2008

Philadelphia Inquirer, Editorial

If U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Murphy (D., Pa.) had not served as an Army captain in Iraq, the Bucks County congressman might be suspected of running scared as he faces a spirited challenge for reelection. It sure looked that way yesterday, when Murphy voted with the National Rifle Association — and against the best interests of cities in his own backyard trying to stem gun violence, including Philadelphia. Murphy was among 85 House Democrats who joined 181 Republicans in... (GunPolicy.org)

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28235

United States

17 September 2008

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The pro-gun majority in the House moved Wednesday to compel the nation's capital to broaden the rights of its residents to buy and own firearms, including semiautomatic weapons. Critics, led by the District of Columbia's sole delegate to Congress, decried the action. They said the vote tramples on the district's right to govern itself and could endanger both residents and political dignitaries who often travel across the city. But the National Rifle... (GunPolicy.org)

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28229

United States

17 September 2008

Washington Post

The struggle to regulate guns in the District in light of a historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling sparked competing legislative efforts yesterday as members of Congress debated taking control of the issue and the D.C. Council implored them to leave it in local hands. On the most significant day of legislative activity on gun control since the high court ended the District's 32-year-old handgun ban in June, the council voted unanimously to ease some contentious firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

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28225

Canada

17 September 2008

Canwest News Service (Canada)

TORONTO — Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty renewed calls for an outright ban on handguns Wednesday after a rash of teen shootings around Toronto and Calgary. Federal party leaders also reacted to the shootings — which killed two in Toronto, one in Calgary and put three others in hospital — as gun violence threatened to explode as an election issue. NDP Leader Jack Layton on Wednesday pledged to introduce a comprehensive program to empower cities to eliminate... (GunPolicy.org)

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28213

United States

14 September 2008

Washington Post

D.C. officials, coping with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that threw out the city's handgun ban, have drafted legislation that would do away with several remaining firearms restrictions, including safe-storage requirements and a provision that bars ownership of semiautomatic pistols. The legislation could come up for a vote in the D.C. Council as early as Tuesday — the same day the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on a bill that would virtually end... (GunPolicy.org)

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28201

United States

10 September 2008

USA Today

CHICAGO — Some communities have moved quickly to repeal handgun bans since the U.S. Supreme Court in June established an individual right to gun ownership, while others plan to defend their bans in court battles with the National Rifle Association. The NRA filed at least five lawsuits after a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling struck down a handgun ban in Washington, D.C., and said for the first time that the Constitution's Second Amendment gives individuals the right to keep... (GunPolicy.org)

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28188

United States

29 August 2008

Washington Times, Opinion

Sen. Barack Obama's campaign just won't let the gun issue rest. Mr. Obama and his campaign surrogates continue to assure gun owners that he is on their side, and it appears to be paying off. John McCain only leads Mr. Obama among hunters by 14 percentage points, just about half the 27-point lead that President Bush held over John Kerry in 2004. If Mr. McCain had a similar lead, he would be ahead in most polls, particularly in many battle ground states. Yet, despite... (GunPolicy.org)

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28072

United States

26 August 2008

Legal Times (USA)

The lawyers who defeated Washington, D.C.'s handgun ban in the Supreme Court, successfully arguing that Americans have an individual right to arm themselves, want about $3.5 million for their trouble, according to a motion for attorney fees and costs filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The team — financed by The Cato Institute's Robert Levy and led by civil rights and intellectual property lawyer Alan Gura — says it clocked at... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Legal Times (USA)

28068

United States

20 August 2008

New York Blade / Washington Blade

A decision by House Democrats to allow a vote next month on a proposal to gut the city's handgun law has stunned local home rule advocates and could foretell a congressional overturn of a future same-sex marriage bill, according to city hall insiders. Developments surrounding proposed House action to weaken the city's controversial handgun law come at a time when some gay activists are urging Mayor Adrian Fenty and the D.C. Council to approve legislation legalizing... (GunPolicy.org)

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28023

United States

18 August 2008

Washington Post

WASHINGTON — A 66-year-old security guard whose lawsuit overturned the District's handgun ban is now officially authorized to keep a revolver in his Capitol Hill home. Dick A. Heller, a security guard whose lawsuit resulted in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling favoring gun-ownership rights, was given his handgun registration certificate at D.C. police headquarters this morning. He applied for it last month, a few weeks after the June 26 court ruling, and had been... (GunPolicy.org)

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27998

United States

18 August 2008

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The man whose lawsuit overturned Washington's handgun ban has successfully registered his revolver, ending a more than 30-year wait to keep the weapon in his home. Dick Heller walked out of D.C. police headquarters Monday, clutching a yellow firearms registration certificate stamped "approved." He gave the thumbs-up sign, grinned and said, "Victory!" Heller was among the first people to seek a gun permit under new rules adopted after the Supreme Court... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

27997

United States

14 August 2008

Christian Science Monitor

The US Supreme Court's decision striking down a 32-year ban on handguns in Washington, D.C., has sparked a string of lawsuits across the country challenging the constitutionality of various gun regulations. Two suits in Chicago seek to have that city's handgun ban declared unconstitutional. A ban on handgun possession by public housing residents in San Francisco is under attack. To avoid legal action, three Chicago suburbs have voted to repeal their gun bans, while a... (GunPolicy.org)

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27948

United States

1 August 2008

Chicago Sun-Times

Mayor Daley today cracked the door open to abandoning the costly fight to uphold Chicago's 1982 handgun freeze — if he can fashion a replacement ordinance that protects the safety of first-responders. Until now, Daley had emphatically promised to defend Chicago's ordinance — all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, if need be — despite what he called the dangerous precedent set by the nation's highest court. On June 26, the Supreme Court overturned a Washington... (GunPolicy.org)

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27875

United States

30 July 2008

The Hill (Washington DC)

WASHINGTON — Pro-gun Democrats have reached a compromise with the National Rifle Association to avoid an election-year showdown on gun laws in the District of Columbia. The deal was negotiated with the powerful gun-rights group by Reps. John Dingell (D-Mich.), Mike Ross (D-Ark.) and John Tanner (D-Tenn.), according to two sources familiar with the negotiations. The NRA has also signed off. Details of the compromise were still incomplete late Wednesday, but a bill is... (GunPolicy.org)

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27862

United States

30 July 2008

Washington Post

D.C. officials are trying to beat back an effort by some lawmakers to send a bill to the House floor that would dramatically weaken the city's gun laws. The gun bill, co-sponsored by Reps. Mike Ross (D-Ark.) and Mark Souder (R-Ind.), was introduced previously and stalled. The measure now stands a good chance of gaining approval by the House of Representatives because of an unusual legislative maneuver, congressional staff members and observers said. Souder said he... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

27840

United States

29 July 2008

Chicago Tribune

Morton Grove's landmark handgun ban, imposed 27 years ago, died quietly Monday night, as the suburb's Village Board bowed to a new legal reality and repealed the ordinance. The board's 5-1 vote came in response to last month's ruling by a divided U.S. Supreme Court that struck down a similar ban. The high court ruled that the 2nd Amendment protects a person's right to own a firearm for self-defense. Fighting in court to try to keep the law would cost money the village... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Chicago Tribune

27832

United States

28 July 2008

Washington Post

The man who successfully challenged the D.C. handgun ban before the U.S. Supreme Court filed a second federal lawsuit yesterday, alleging that the District's new gun-registration system is burdensome and continues to unlawfully outlaw most semiautomatic pistols. Dick A. Heller, a 66-year-old security guard who lives on Capitol Hill, and two other plaintiffs allege in the lawsuit that the D.C. government violated the letter and the spirit of the landmark Supreme Court... (GunPolicy.org)

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27833

United States

26 July 2008

Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago is fighting tooth and nail to keep its 1982 handgun freeze, in part to protect first-responders, even as suburbs such as Wilmette and Morton Grove are throwing in the towel, Mayor Daley said today. In fact, Daley is talking about drafting yet another ordinance to spell out the responsibilities and liabilities of homeowners in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision to overturn Washington D.C.'s handgun ban. If the nation's highest court says... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Chicago Sun-Times

27812

United States

25 July 2008

Chicago Tribune

Wilmette may be the first, but it's unlikely to be the last Chicago suburb to repeal its handgun ban in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision last month to declare a similar measure unconstitutional. Morton Grove, which approved the nation's first handgun ban in 1981, is set to repeal its anti-gun ordinance next week after the high court's June 26 ruling that the 2nd Amendment guarantees a person's right to possess a handgun in one's home for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Chicago Tribune

27809

United States

25 July 2008

Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Police will continue to enforce the city's handgun ban and firearm registration laws while lawyers fight the pro-gun lobby in federal court. The National Rifle Association and the Illinois State Rifle Association filed federal lawsuits to shoot down Chicago's gun laws after the U.S. Supreme Court voided the District of Columbia's handgun ban last month. City Corporation Counsel Mara Georges told a City Council committee Thursday that she's prepared to fight... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 July 2008

The Hill (Washington DC), Editorial

It's not easy to get lawmakers to pay attention to issues other than energy and housing when gas is $4 per gallon and banks are announcing record losses due to failing mortgage investments. Yet that's exactly what the National Rifle Association is attempting to do by grading members on whether they sign a discharge petition to force a vote on an NRA-backed bill. Given the lobby's clout, the chances are that many lawmakers will give it a serious look. The NRA remains... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 July 2008

Wilmette Life (Illinois)

Wilmette village trustees voted Tuesday night to strike the village's 1989 handgun ban from the books in the wake of last month's U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn a Washington, D.C., ban. Village officials suspended enforcement of the ordinance shortly after the June 26 ruling and said it would probably not withstand legal challenges based on the court's reasoning in the ruling, which said outright gun bans are unconstitutional. The proposed ordinance to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

19 July 2008

Wall Street Journal

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia — For decades the Second Amendment might as well have been called the Second-Class Amendment. The U.S. Supreme Court spent the late 20th century expansively interpreting the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth amendments, not to mention unenumerated rights ranging from travel to sexual privacy. But not until last month did the court hold that the Second Amendment means what it says: that "the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 July 2008

Queens Tribune (New York)

The debate is over. No more arguing over the meaning of commas or engaging in semantic minutiae over the definition of militia. The June 26 Supreme Court decision to strike down the Washington D.C. handgun ban in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller clearly established the right to bear arms as an individual right guaranteed by the Constitution's Second Amendment. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia summerized the court's decision: "We hold that the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 July 2008

Post-Standard (New York)

The recent historic handgun ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court should have no impact on gun control and licensing provisions in New York state, a local judge has concluded. Onondaga County Judge William Walsh ruled the June 26 Supreme Court ruling striking down the District of Columbia's strict handgun ban has no effect on the rights of individual states to establish their own firearm laws. Walsh made that finding in a written decision in which he reinstated a local... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 July 2008

News-Gazette (Illinois)

Bring a gun to the Illini Union, a dorm, or elsewhere on the University of Illinois campus and you'll be slapped with a class A misdemeanor. University policy, student code, not to mention state law, bars handguns, rifles and weapons like knives from campus. But after the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling last month on gun ownership, which overturned a Washington, D.C., handgun ban, questions have been raised about the implications for some college gun policies around... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

9 July 2008

Examiner (Washington DC), Column

The ballyhoo over the Supreme Court's recent decision that declared Washington DC's handgun ban unconstitutional, and therefore implied the same for Chicago, didn't last through the holiday. Unfortunately, neither did five poor souls who fell victim to gun violence in downtown Chicago during the long weekend. "Why should our streets be open to someone carrying a gun?" Daley remarked after the Supreme Court handed down the ruling. "Do [people] have a right to carry a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

7 July 2008

San Francisco Chronicle, Opinion

Christmas came early for the NRA this year. The big gift: the Supreme Court's June 26 ruling in the case of District of Columbia vs. Heller, which struck down the District's decades-old handgun ban and held that the Second Amendment guarantees the right to possess a handgun in the home for self-defense. The court did just what the gun lobby wanted — it disregarded long-standing judicial precedent (including a 1939 Supreme Court decision holding that the Second... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

2 July 2008

Toronto Sun (Ontario)

When the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Washington's ban on handguns, our beloved mayor warned this would add to gun violence in Toronto. The mayor is out to lunch — fear mongering. Again. Under Mayor David Miller's prodding, city council recently voted 31-9 to ban gun clubs in Toronto, hopefully en route to making Toronto a gun-free city. Superficially, it's convenient for those who blame guns for the violence that has been blossoming on our streets for years, to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

2 July 2008

Washington Post

With the unanimous support of his 12 D.C. Council colleagues, Phil Mendelson introduced a bill that would end the city's handgun ban and make it legal for residents to keep firearms in their homes without requirements that trigger locks be used or that they be disassembled. The bill is in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last week to strike down the ban as unconstitutional and is meant to address the ruling's assertion that individuals have a right to... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

29 June 2008

Associated Press

CHICAGO — Mayor Richard Daley and gun control advocates have lined up predicting more innocent lives lost if the city's handgun ban is overturned, but David Sigale isn't buying it. "I don't know for whom the gun ban has made the city safer," said Sigale, one of the attorneys who filed a lawsuit to overturn Chicago's 26-year-old handgun ban just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Washington, D.C.'s gun ban. "It doesn't seem like the gun ban has made the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

29 June 2008

Boston Globe, Column

When it comes to gun control, the Democratic Party is a house divided against itself. That helps explain Barack Obama's dizzyingly inconsistent positions on District of Columbia v. Heller, the landmark Second Amendment case decided by the Supreme Court last week. As a candidate for the Illinois Legislature in the 1990s, Obama had supported legislation to "ban the manufacture, sale, and possession of handguns," so it wasn't surprising that he endorsed the gun ban being... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

28 June 2008

Sydney Morning Herald

NEW YORK, WASHINGTON — A fortnight ago the Mayor of Washington, Adrian Fenty, instructed his police to set up roadblocks and search everyone entering the suburb of Trinidad, three kilometres from the White House. There had been 22 murders in Trinidad in the first five months of this year. Most were drive-by shootings associated with the drug trade. On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled that the District of Columbia's ban on handguns, introduced in 1976, was... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

27 June 2008

Pioneer Press (Illinois)

Wilmette has suspended enforcement of its 19-year-old ordinance banning handgun possession in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that appears to invalidate such bans. In a 5-4 decision, the court's majority struck down Washington, D.C.'s ban on handguns, a prohibition similar to those used in several major cities, including Chicago, and a handful of suburbs including Wilmette, Evanston, Winnetka and Oak Park. "The Law Department and the Police Department have... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

27 June 2008

Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — The National Rifle Association sued the city of San Francisco on Friday to overturn its ban on handguns in public housing, a day after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a handgun ban in the nation's capital. The legal action follows a similar lawsuit against the city of Chicago over its handgun ban, filed within hours of Thursday's high court ruling. In San Francisco, the NRA was joined by the Washington state-based Citizens Committee for the Right... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

27 June 2008

The Hill (Washington DC)

Republicans believe Thursday's Supreme Court ruling striking down Washington D.C.'s handgun ban has revived gun rights as a campaign issue, benefiting the GOP up and down the November ticket. "The gun issue is not going away," said Tucker Bounds, a spokesman for Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the Republican presidential candidate. "We are going to drive it. We are going to keep talking about this issue." Republicans will be aided by the National Rifle Association, which... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

27 June 2008

Boston Herald

Yesterday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down the District of Columbia's 32-year-old ban on handguns will force Massachusetts officials to review the state's gun laws, long considered among the toughest in the nation. In the justices' first major pronouncement on gun rights, the court ruled 5-4 that Washington's ban was incompatible with gun rights under the Second Amendment. Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley said her office was reviewing the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

27 June 2008

Daily American (Illinois) / Gatehouse News

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — A U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the District of Columbia's handgun ban won't have a direct, immediate effect on existing gun-control laws in Illinois, according to legal experts. But the high court's ruling could affect what happens here in the future when state and local officials grapple with restrictions on guns. "When you see the gnashing of teeth by the anti-gun types, there's a good reason for that," said Todd Vandermyde, an... (GunPolicy.org)

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