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United States

16 April 2014

Associated Press

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million this year on a new group that will mix campaign contributions with field operations aimed at pulling 1 million gun-control supporters to the polls, he announced Wednesday, adding a new dimension to his long-running fight for tighter firearms regulation. The new organization, Everytown for Gun Safety, plans to mobilize voters to back candidates and ballot measures supporting such causes as enhancing... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 April 2014

Telegraph (UK)

The song blasts from two speakers placed either side of a beige canopy: "Guns, whether Remingtons and Glocks / Come on man it ain't like I'm a slingin' 'em on the block / I'm gonna tell you once, and listen son / As long as I'm alive and breathing, You won't take my guns." Under the canopy is a table full of T-shirts and baseball caps embossed with the words "Open Carry Texas". And gathered around that are a handful of people with AK-47 or AR-15 semi-automatic rifles... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 April 2014

Examiner (USA)

Gun ownership laws are a heated topic across the United States due to the constitutional issues involved. From a public health perspective it is however clear that guns are dangerous. With guns, suicide becomes the biggest problem, reports MedPage Today on April 11, 2014. In fact every single day 88 people die from a firearm associated injury and about two-thirds of those deaths are due to suicides. Researchers have reported a very high proportion of gun associated... (GunPolicy.org)

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38558

United States

10 April 2014

Washington Post

With last month's controversy over Vivek Murthy's nomination for surgeon general still fresh, the nation's second-largest physicians group reaffirmed Thursday that it considers firearm violence a public health issue and issued a wide-ranging set of recommendations to address the deaths and injuries caused by guns. The timing appears to be coincidental. But like Murthy — whose nomination was blocked in large part by a National Rifle Association offensive over his... (GunPolicy.org)

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38553

Mexico

7 April 2014

Frontera NorteSur / Mexidata

More Mexicans are acquiring arms to defend their families and property. According to a university researcher, the number of firearms legally possessed in Mexico increased 53 percent from 2009 to 2012, jumping from 2,033,749 to 3,118,592 guns. Ernesto Villanueva, a researcher for the National Autonomous University of Mexico's Institute of Legal Research, based his findings on data from the Mexican Defense Ministry (Sedena), which is in charge of registering firearms.... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

7 April 2014

Perth Now / Herald Sun (Melbourne)

Suburban schoolchildren as young as 12 years old are applying for and getting gun licences in their hundreds, new figures show. The approved youngsters, including pre-teens, can legally shoot rifles, shotguns and handguns under supervision. Victoria Police approved 1028 licences in metropolitan areas last year — more than 270 were granted to children aged 12 to 14. Junior gun owners live in some of the state's most exclusive suburbs including Prahran and span as... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Perth Now / Herald Sun (Melbourne)

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Slovenia,Malta,El Salvador,Denmark,Croatia,Hungary,Finland,Estonia,France,Spain,Italy,Bulgaria,United Kingdom,Germany,Slovakia,Ireland,Latvia,Romania

3 April 2014

Christian Today

The Methodist Church has praised the government's ratification of the UN's Arms Trade Treaty. The President of the Methodist Conference, the Reverend Ruth Gee, hailed it as a "legal milestone that should help to protect those who are abused and oppressed". Countries that ratify the treaty will be required to establish national arms regulators to control the exporting of conventional weapons and weapons components, and to properly regulate arms brokers. Domestic weapon... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

3 April 2014

Huffington Post (USA)

In a scathing critique of ABC's recent report "Young Guns," Dana Loesch stated that most gun deaths were the result of gang violence; therefore, America has a gang problem, not a gun problem. Her claim appears to be supported by sites positing that "a staggering 80 percent of gun homicides are gang-related." As it turns out though, not only is her statement factually incorrect, as the majority of gun deaths are suicides, but there is not a shred of evidence to support... (GunPolicy.org)

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Latvia,European Union,Slovenia,Ireland,Hungary,Finland,Estonia,El Salvador,Denmark,Malta,Croatia,Bulgaria,Spain,France,Romania,Germany,Slovakia,United Kingdom,Italy

2 April 2014

Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS — Eighteen countries, including five of the world's leading arms exporters, ratified a landmark treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar global arms trade on Wednesday, giving a significant boost to the campaign for the treaty's entry into force. The ambassadors of the 18 countries handed over the documents at a U.N. ceremony on the first anniversary of the General Assembly's adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, which is aimed at stemming the global... (GunPolicy.org)

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Guam,Oceania,United States

2 April 2014

ABC Radio Australia (Shortwave)

More residents in Guam may soon be able to carry concealed firearms if a bill introduced into its legislature is passed. The bill, which has bipartisan support, was introduced into Parliament by Senator Tony Ada. Co-sponsor of the bill, Senator Aline Yamashita, has told Pacific Beat that at present 50 per cent of residents in the US territory who apply for a permit to carry a concealed firearm are unsuccessful. She says the Second Amendment to the US Constitution... (GunPolicy.org)

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38523

United States

31 March 2014

New York Daily News

ALBANY - The head of New York's largest firearms organization is skipping a planned Tuesday Capitol protest of the state's tougher gun control laws enacted last year, saying he fears the rhetoric at such gatherings is becoming more "contentious and threatening." Thomas King, a national NRA board member and president of the state Rifle & Pistol Association, argues that the angry and inflammatory rhetoric only hurts the cause of gun lovers. "Let all these other groups... (GunPolicy.org)

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38517

United States

27 March 2014

Los Angeles Times, Editorial

Fifteen months ago, as the nation recoiled in horror from the massacre of 20 children and six adults by a mentally ill man armed with three semiautomatic weapons, there were firm proclamations that this time would be different. The violence at that Newtown, Conn., elementary school, it was said, would finally lead the nation to come together and embrace some reasonable gun control laws. Well, that didn't last long. If anything, the national gun frenzy, fueled by the... (GunPolicy.org)

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38509

United States

27 March 2014

Guardian (UK)

A new Georgia gun law will extend the state's stand-your-ground legislation to protect convicted felons who kill using illegal guns, under what one criminal law expert calls a "recipe for unnecessary killing". The bill, called HS60, was passed by the state legislature last week and is now awaiting governor Nathan Deal's signature. It was promoted by state Republicans for offering greater protection to law-abiding citizens. But lawyers, the state association of chiefs... (GunPolicy.org)

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38508

Philippines

27 March 2014

Manila Standard Today

The Supreme Court has been asked to nullify certain provisions in the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act of 2013 for alleged violation of constitutional rights. In separate petitions, Gun Owners in Action (GO Act) and Peaceful Respondent Owners of Guns Inc. (PRO Gun) said obtaining firearm licenses have become more difficult. GO Act board members and licensed gun owners Eric Acosta and Nathaniel Dela Paz assailed at least five sections of the law... (GunPolicy.org)

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38502

United States

23 March 2014

Washington Post, Editorial

Every year guns are used to kill thousands of people, and not always the bad guys. For decades, doctors and other public health experts have argued that preventing gun deaths, particularly from accidents and suicides, should be a priority — like curtailing car fatalities or tobacco use. For their sense, the National Rifle Association (NRA) and others on the pro-gun side have pilloried them, ruining careers and stopping needed research with the help of a cowed... (GunPolicy.org)

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38507

United States

23 March 2014

MSNBC News (USA)

The Georgia House passed a sweeping gun bill late Thursday night that allows firearms in bars, nightclubs, school classrooms and certain government buildings that lack security personnel or devices. Lawmakers moved the bill through the House during the last hour of the night on Thursday, meeting their midnight deadline before the end of the current legislative session. If signed by the state's governor, the law will give religious leaders the option to "opt-in" to... (GunPolicy.org)

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38492

United States

21 March 2014

Los Angeles Times, Editorial

WASHINGTON — In recent years, the National Rifle Assn. has stepped into fights over judicial nominees it views as weak on 2nd Amendment rights, but its decision to oppose a surgeon general nominee takes the powerful lobby into new territory, expanding its campaign to a post that has no direct power to regulate guns. President Obama's nominee, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, a Massachusetts internist and former emergency room doctor, has called for more stringent gun laws. But... (GunPolicy.org)

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38506

United States

21 March 2014

Talking Points Memo (USA)

With the White House and Senate Democrats in retreat, the National Rifle Association is winning its battle to scuttle President Barack Obama's nominee for surgeon general, but the group is escalating its war against him anyway. The gun industry lobby issued a "special alert" to members on Wednesday with a call to action in bright red: "Please call your U.S. Senators and Ask Them to Oppose the Confirmation of Vivek Murthy for U.S. Surgeon General." The group provided a... (GunPolicy.org)

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38491

United States

20 March 2014

Guardian (UK)

Few Americans have likely heard of Vivek Murthy, President Obama's nominee to be the nation's Surgeon General. But let me tell you, this guy has got some pretty nutty views. Don't believe me. Listen to what the National Rifle Association has to say about him: "Dr Murthy's record of political activism in support of radical gun control measures raises significant concerns." "Radical gun control measures"! Go on. Murthy has some crazy, crazy ideas about guns. For... (GunPolicy.org)

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38489

United States

19 March 2014

New England Journal of Medicine, Editorial

Surgeons general of the United States have often championed important causes that improve the nation's health. Leroy Burney and Luther Terry took on the issue of smoking and health. C. Everett Koop championed the treatment of HIV-AIDS as a medical condition. With the nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy, who aims to take on the epidemic of obesity, President Barack Obama is striving to continue this tradition. Murthy, whose parents immigrated to the United States from India,... (GunPolicy.org)

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38510

United States

19 March 2014

USA Today, Editorial

For a sense of how extreme some gun-rights advocates have become — and why Congress won't pass even modest firearms safety laws — consider what happened to history professor and longtime gun enthusiast Dick Metcalf. When he recently wrote in his Guns & Ammo column that the Second Amendment right to "keep and bear arms" is not unlimited, Metcalf suddenly became the enemy. Readers reacted in fury, and gun makers threatened an advertising boycott. The magazine quickly... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

19 March 2014

Bloomberg (USA)

Let's say your mental landscape is similar to that of Colby Sue Weathers back in 2012: suicidal, homicidal, paranoid, schizophrenic. Oh, and with a drug and alcohol problem. You are too disabled by mental illness - schizophrenia was diagnosed in 2011 - and recurring hospitalizations to work. You are not great about maintaining your psychotropic drug regimen, which you administer inconsistently and sometimes to woozy excess. And you have an occasional hankering,... (GunPolicy.org)

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38479

United States

18 March 2014

New York Daily News, Opinion

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has indefinitely put off a vote on Vivek Murthy's nomination to be surgeon general in part because he did not get help he sought from gun control groups, leadership aides said. Murthy's nomination came under fire in late February by the National Rifle Association. The NRA attacked him for leading a group, Doctors for America, which cited medical grounds for backing an assault weapons [sic] and steps like mandatory training... (GunPolicy.org)

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38483

United States

18 March 2014

New York Daily News, Opinion

The latest casualty of the National Rifle Association's wag-the-dog sway over Washington politics is Dr. Vivek Murthy, President Obama's choice to be surgeon general. He's a brilliant young Harvard- and Yale-educated physician and instructor at Harvard Medical School who has founded both a tech pharmaceutical startup and a charity focused on HIV education in his parents' home country of India. Among the many groups endorsing Murthy for the post are the American Cancer... (GunPolicy.org)

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38481

United States

18 March 2014

Washington Post, Editorial

The National Rifle Association calls it "the most comprehensive pro-gun reform legislation in recent state history." That's true, sad to say. After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, gun-control advocates thought reasonable firearm restrictions might have a chance at enactment. They scored a notable victory in Colorado but mostly failed elsewhere and on the national level. Now the old political calculus seems to be back at work: The momentum... (GunPolicy.org)

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38475

United States

17 March 2014

New York Times, Editorial

The National Rifle Association has mounted an outrageous campaign to torpedo President Obama's nomination of an outstanding young doctor to be the next surgeon general of the United States because of his attitudes on gun control. The sad part is, the campaign is causing some nervous Democrats whose votes may be needed for Senate confirmation to consider breaking with the president to bolster their own chances for re-election in states where the gun lobby is... (GunPolicy.org)

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38478

United States

17 March 2014

Bloomberg (USA), Editorial

Vivek Murthy is a well-regarded physician and instructor at Harvard Medical School. Like the president he hopes to serve as surgeon general, he supports greater regulation of firearms. That said, the surgeon general has no role in regulating guns, a task that falls to the perennially underfunded and legislatively hobbled Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. So why are the National Rifle Association and its allies in the extreme gun-rights movement so... (GunPolicy.org)

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38469

United States

15 March 2014

Economist

WARRENTON, Virginia - Live fire crackles from the range at Clark Brothers, a gun shop in Virginia. Inside, the most striking things are the enormous gun safes. Some of these metal boxes, which cost over $1,000, can withstand hours of exposure to wildfires and being dropped from 200 feet. They are the result of a shift in gun ownership. Surveys suggest that the proportion of American households that own guns has declined from about 50% in the early 1980s to about 35%... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 March 2014

New York Times

WASHINGTON — Facing a possible defeat in the Senate, the White House is considering delaying a vote on President Obama's choice for surgeon general or withdrawing the nomination altogether, an acknowledgment of its fraying relationship with Senate Democrats. The nominee, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, an internist and political ally of the president's, has come under criticism from the National Rifle Association, and opposition from the gun-rights group has grown so intense... (GunPolicy.org)

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38468

South Africa

12 March 2014

Deutsche Welle, Video

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is on trial, charged with the pre-meditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, who died after being shot four times on Valentine's Day in 2013. The paralympic gold medalist is also charged with three firearms offenses. While Pistorius has admitted to killing Steenkamp in his Pretoria home on February 14, he has pleaded not guilty and claims he fired through the bathroom door after mistaking her for an intruder. The rate of... (GunPolicy.org)

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38466

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)

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38448

United States

6 March 2014

Atlantic (USA)

It was after midnight on February 15. Valentine's Day had ended, but there were still roses in the gift shop when two men hobbled into Via Christi Hospital St. Joseph in Wichita, Kansas, each with a bullet wound in the thigh. One of them explained to police that he had a concealed-carry handgun license, and that he'd been drinking at the Shot Time II bar when he'd accidentally fired a bullet through his own leg and into the leg of the man sitting next to him. Kansas... (GunPolicy.org)

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38442

Switzerland,Canada

3 March 2014

CBC News (Canada)

The federal government has granted a five-year amnesty to owners of Swiss Arms Classic Green semi-automatic rifles, who will be able to continue to possess their guns "without threat of criminal charges," according to a statement from the public safety minister's office. Although the guns have been sold in Canada for a dozen years, the RCMP had been investigating a small group of rifles similar to the Classic Greens that were brought into Canada from the small arms... (GunPolicy.org)

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38431

Russia

3 March 2014

Russia Beyond The Headlines

Russians are seeking the right to use firearms to protect their home and property. A proposal to introduce the relevant amendments to the Russian Criminal Code has been put up for a popular vote on a special website, garnering the support of more than 100,000 people. However, experts are divided on the prospects of adopting these amendments. The public initiatives website was set up not long ago on an initiative from Russian President Vladimir Putin in order to collect... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

3 March 2014

USA Today

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — In an effort its spokesman has described as "outreach to rednecks," the Kentucky Baptist Convention is leading "Second Amendment Celebrations," where churches around the state give away guns as door prizes to lure in the unchurched in hopes of converting them to Christ. As many as 1,000 people are expected at the next one, on Thursday at Lone Oak Baptist Church in Paducah, where they will be given a free steak dinner and the chance to win one... (GunPolicy.org)

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38426

Ireland

1 March 2014

The Journal (Dublin)

A review of firearm licensing in Ireland has prompted questions over how gun owners will be compensated if they lose currently legal guns. The Department of Justice confirmed that a joint review of licensing is currently underway with An Garda Síochána, although no concrete proposals are yet in place. Licenses can be sought for a number of different firearms from the age of 16. Sport and hunting It is thought that over 200,000 licenses have currently be issued,... (GunPolicy.org)

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38424

South Africa

28 February 2014

BBC News, Video

Oscar Pistorius is due to go on trial on Monday for the murder of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp. The case has raised questions for South Africans about safety, as the paralympian claims he shot Ms Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder. Andrew Harding reports from... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

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United States

28 February 2014

Christian Science Monitor

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. And again. And again. That appears to be the mantra of proponents of federal gun control legislation, who arrived on Capitol Hill Friday with new ammunition for their fight. Though they were turned back last year on the issue of universal background checks, and neither the House nor the Senate has plans to revisit that issue, gun-control advocates came to Capitol Hill bearing … statistics. Assessing 20 years of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United Kingdom,United States

27 February 2014

New York Times, Opinion

BOISE, Idaho — To the chief counsel of the Idaho State Legislature: In light of the bill permitting guns on our state's college and university campuses, which is likely to be approved by the state House of Representatives in the coming days, I have a matter of practical concern that I hope you can help with: When may I shoot a student? I am a biology professor, not a lawyer, and I had never considered bringing a gun to work until now. But since many of my students... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

27 February 2014

ThinkProgress

The National Rifle Association (NRA) sent a letter to Senate leaders on Wednesday evening urging the chamber not to confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy, President Barack Obama's nominee for Surgeon General, over Murthy's belief that gun violence presents a major public health threat. The letter was issued on the same day that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said he would place a hold on Murthy's nomination over similar concerns. "Dr. Murthy's record of political activism in support of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada,Switzerland

27 February 2014

CBC News (Canada), Video

The gun debate may be flaring up again over what appears to be the imminent ban of a semi-automatic military-style weapon that has been legal in Canada for a dozen years. Gun enthusiasts got word of the ban Wednesday evening, although the RCMP has made no official announcement. According to Solomon Friedman, a lawyer for the National Firearms Association, the PE-90 rifle, made by SAN Swiss Arms AG, a Switzerland-based small arms manufacturer, is about to be... (GunPolicy.org)

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38415

United States

25 February 2014

Slate (USA)

Ever since George Zimmerman gunned down Trayvon Martin in his Sanford, Fla., gated community, it's become an article of faith that the rash of lethal shootings in public places — from the Florida moviegoer who was killed after a texting and popcorn-throwing incident to Jordan Davis, shot in his car at a Jacksonville, Fla., gas station to last week's lethal shooting in an Arizona Walmart — is attributable to the "stand your ground" laws enacted over the past decade... (GunPolicy.org)

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38410

United States

25 February 2014

MSNBC News (USA)

Smart guns similar to James Bond's pistol are marching closer to reality as manufacturers expect to continue testing prototypes throughout 2014 and a few politicians push for new technology to make firearms safer. Manufacturers design "smart" guns, also referred to as "personalized" or "owner-authorized" firearms, to prevent intentional and unintentional shootings by children and other unauthorized users. The idea of incorporating technology into guns took hold during... (GunPolicy.org)

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38407

United States

25 February 2014

Fox News (USA)

Piers Morgan believes he shot himself in the foot by crusading for gun control, with his CNN show as the final casualty. But the self-inflicted damage was far deeper than that. The British journalist undoubtedly alienated many in the audience (and perhaps delighted others) with his crusade against guns. But when he would bring on gun advocates and rail against them as "stupid," well, it was hard to watch. Morgan's political advocacy sliced at the heart of CNN's... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Fox News (USA)

38406

United States

25 February 2014

Bloomberg (USA), Editorial

The U.S. Supreme Court today told the National Rifle Association something the NRA has always known: Under the U.S. Constitution, gun possession can be legally regulated. The court declined to review two lower court rulings restricting the rights of Americans under age 21 to own handguns. The decisions run counter to the ferocious liberalization of gun laws throughout the nation after the court's 2008 Heller decision, in which a polarized 5-4 majority blew past the... (GunPolicy.org)

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38401

United States

23 February 2014

New York Times

There have been times when the CNN host Piers Morgan didn't seem to like America very much — and American audiences have been more than willing to return the favor. Three years after taking over for Larry King, Mr. Morgan has seen the ratings for "Piers Morgan Live" hit some new lows, drawing a fraction of viewers compared with competitors at Fox News and MSNBC. It's been an unhappy collision between a British television personality who refuses to assimilate — the... (GunPolicy.org)

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38417

United States

23 February 2014

Atlantic (USA)

Christy Salters Martin is a professional boxer and the owner of a concealed carry permit. But when she attempted to leave her husband, she was shot with her own gun. Today, she cautions other women against making the same mistake. "Just putting a weapon in the woman's hand is not going to reduce the number of fatalities or gunshot victims that we have. Too many times, their male counterpart or spouse will be able to overpower them and take that gun away." Wayne... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Atlantic (USA)

38398

United States

23 February 2014

Voice of Russia (Moscow)

Gun control activists in the United States have shamed the Visa digital payments giant for helping the National Rifle Association (NRA) boost gun sales thanks to non-cash payments with the NRA's special VISA cards. The so-called "Second Amendment" cards are part the NRA's efforts to prop up the constitutional amendment that grants individuals the right to keep and bear arms. They offer $35 bonuses and no annual fees and have enabled the NRA to add $20 million to its... (GunPolicy.org)

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38396

United States

20 February 2014

Washington Post, Editorial

In Virginia, about 5,600 people were convicted in 2011 and 2012 on misdemeanor counts of assaulting a member of their family or household. During the same period, the state's courts found 171 individuals guilty of misdemeanor stalking charges and 158 guilty of misdemeanor sexual battery. In Richmond, Republican lawmakers in the House of Delegates want to ensure that these offenders can continue to own handguns and rifles if they so wish. House Republicans last week... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

38389

United States

20 February 2014

Bloomberg (USA)

Do you really think the United Autoworkers Union's drive to organize the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee was about organizing a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee? How naive. Or maybe you believe that the battle over immigration reform in Washington is about … reforming immigration law. I laugh at your foolishness. At that treacherous corner where the privileges of the First Amendment collide most spectacularly with the passions of the Second, producing a flaming, 12-car... (GunPolicy.org)

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38386

United States

19 February 2014

Daily Mail (UK) / Reuters

Georgia lawmakers on Tuesday voted to allow bars and churches to decide for themselves whether to let gun owners carry weapons into their buildings. The measure heads for the state Senate after the members of Georgia's House of Representatives approved the legislation with a 119-56 vote, according to the chamber's Twitter account. The rights of gun owners became a major political issue in 2012, when the United States experienced a rash of mass shootings, including a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Mail (UK) / Reuters

38381

United States

18 February 2014

Washington Post

One of California's largest firearm stores recently added a peculiar new gun to its shelves. It requires an accessory: a black waterproof watch. The watch's primary purpose is not to provide accurate time, though it does. The watch makes the gun think. Electronic chips inside the gun and watch communicate with each other. If the watch is within close reach of the gun, a light on the grip turns green. Fire away. No watch means no green light. The gun becomes a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

38375

United States

17 February 2014

Raw Story

A new study has found that around 60 more people have been murdered each year since the state of Missouri made it easier to buy a handguns without going through a background check. In the study which will be published in an issue of the Journal of Urban Health, a team of researchers led by Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research Director Daniel Webster found that between 55 to 63 more people were murdered each year after Missouri repealed its... (GunPolicy.org)

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38374

United States

13 February 2014

Reuters

A federal appeals court on Thursday struck down a requirement by San Diego County that residents show "good cause" to carry a concealed firearm, a ruling that could force local governments across California to revisit the way they license handguns. A three-member panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, acting on a 2009 lawsuit, ruled in a 2-1 decision that San Diego County's restrictions amounted to an unconstitutional infringement on citizens' Second Amendment... (GunPolicy.org)

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38367

United States

13 February 2014

Washington Post, Blog

There have been at least 44 school shootings on K-12 or college campuses in 24 states — an average of more than three a month — since the deadly 2012 attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., according to a new analysis. Twenty-eight people have died and 37 have been injured. Twenty children and six adults working at Sandy Hook were killed in the December 2012 assault in Newtown, leading to renewed calls around the nation for Congress to take action... (GunPolicy.org)

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38366

United States

13 February 2014

Huffington Post (USA)

It was National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre who famously intoned that "the guys with the guns make the rules" during the 2009 Conservative Political Action Conference. I don't think I had ever fully understood the sheer arrogance and hypocrisy behind this belief, however, until pro-gun activists brought it into sharp relief for me recently. Late last month, the president of the radical pro-gun group Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL), Philip Van... (GunPolicy.org)

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38364

United States

12 February 2014

Guardian (UK)

Gun violence is erupting in America's schools and colleges at a rate of more than three incidents a month, with 13 school shootings recorded in the first six weeks of 2014 alone, a new study on the impact of gun violence since the Newtown tragedy shows. The analysis by groups campaigning for tighter gun controls in the US identifies at least 44 school and college shootings since Newtown in December 2012, when 20 children and six of their carers were killed in a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

38361

Australia

12 February 2014

ABC News (Australia)

Changes to firearm laws in Tasmania are expected to take more guns off the streets. The Police Commissioner is set to announce that firearm dealers will no longer be amnesty points. Under Tasmania's permanent firearm amnesty, people with unregistered and unlicensed guns can hand them into police without fear of criminal charges. Guns can also be handed in to registered firearm dealers who can then register and sell them. The anti-gun lobby says the practice defeats... (GunPolicy.org)

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38360

Australia,Canada

11 February 2014

Huffington Post (USA)

Conservative MP Blaine Calkins believes the Trudeau Liberals want to take away his firearms. And to that, the Alberta native says they must pry them from his "cold, dead hands." Calkins rose in the House during members' statements on Monday to highlight that Liberals will debate a resolution at their biennial convention later this month calling on any future Grit governments to reduce the number of firearms in Canada. And to Calkins, who represents the Alberta riding... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Huffington Post (USA)

38357

United States

10 February 2014

Washington Times

President Obama is using every executive power in his arsenal to infringe on Second Amendment rights. His latest maneuver is to nominate a rabidly anti-gun doctor to be the next U.S. surgeon general. Dr. Vivek Murthy is facing Senate approval in upcoming weeks. Dr. Murthy is the 36-year-old president and co-founder of Doctors for America, a group that advocates for Obamacare and gun control laws. The group calls gun violence "a public health crisis." It pushes for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Times

38355

United States

9 February 2014

Reuters

Boston plans to launch a gun buyback program in a bid to reduce shootings following the death last week of a 9-year-old boy who was shot by his 14-year-old brother in an apparent accident, Mayor Marty Walsh said. Walsh, who took office last month, said he was still developing a specific plan, including how much would be paid and how collection would work, with the city's newly appointed police commissioner, William Evans. "It's a short-term solution," Walsh told... (GunPolicy.org)

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38348

Canada,United States

5 February 2014

National Post (Toronto)

"Screw Canada." "Another reason not to venture to the dark north." Gun-related message boards lit up this week over news of the arrest of an American man at the Canadian border. Retired U.S. Army sergeant major Louis DiNatale and his wife were on a romantic getaway from Kentucky to Vermont when they say their GPS led them astray to the border. When DiNatale failed to declare a loaded handgun in the centre console — he says he simply forgot it was there — he was... (GunPolicy.org)

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38343

United States

2 February 2014

Christian Science Monitor

ATLANTA - Charles Ingram and Robert Webster were neighbors in Florida, but friends said the two older men had little love for each other and often quarreled. On a spring day in 2010, the two men, both gun enthusiasts who had state permits to carry concealed weapons, got into another argument across their lawns. This time, police later said, both men pulled out their weapons. When Mr. Webster began approaching, Mr. Ingram raised his gun, as did Webster. Two shots rang... (GunPolicy.org)

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38332

United States

30 January 2014

Wall Street Journal, Blog

A federal judge has upheld Connecticut's ban on many semi-automatic weapons as constitutional, a win for gun-control advocates who pushed for tighter firearm restrictions following the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Conn. U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello in Hartford ruled that Connecticut's 2013 prohibition, which expanded the definition of "assault weapon" under a 1993 law, does not violate the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The law currently... (GunPolicy.org)

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38326

South Africa

26 January 2014

Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa) / Post (South Africa)

Police have uncovered a corrupt gun syndicate that has granted temporary firearm licences to 150 Chinese nationals in Durban. The Sunday Tribune has learnt that the Chinese businessmen have been able to buy the temporary licences for R30 000 from corrupt police officials, often with a turnaround time of a day. Sources close to the probe, who cannot be named as they are not authorised to speak to the media, said there were major discrepancies in the licence issuing... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa) / Post (South Africa)

38308

United States

23 January 2014

New York Times

LOS ANGELES — Smith & Wesson, the firearms manufacturer, announced Thursday that it would not sell new semiautomatic pistols in California because of its objections to a gun safety law that took effect in the state last May. The Unsafe Handgun Act, which was signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2007, requires gun makers to use a technology called microstamping in new or upgraded gun models. Microstamping uses a laser to print a unique code on shell... (GunPolicy.org)

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38306

United States

23 January 2014

Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO — Gun maker Smith & Wesson announced Thursday that it would stop selling newly designed semiautomatic pistols in California because of a state law requiring those firearms to imprint a unique, identifying "microstamp" on bullet casings. The law, signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2007 but not implemented until May 2013, is intended to help police investigators link shell casings found at crime scenes to a specific gun. Smith & Wesson joins gun maker... (GunPolicy.org)

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38305

United States

20 January 2014

NBC News (USA)

Having guns in the home triples the risk of suicide and doubles the risk of homicide, researchers reported on Monday. Their review of 15 studies considered high quality confirms a clear association between gun ownership and violent death in the United States, where more than a third of the population owns firearms. It's a touchy subject — gun rights activists say they suspect researchers want to restrict gun ownership. Congress has restricted federal funding of gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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38300

New Zealand

20 January 2014

Scoop.co.nz, Media release

The knee-jerk call by anti-firearm lobbyists to toughen firearm laws following the tragic murder-suicide in Dunedin is totally misplaced and ignores reality says the Sporting Hunters Outdoor Trust. Trust spokesman Laurie Collins of Westport said New Zealand's firearm laws where the fitness of firearms owners is registered has been widely praised as practical and realistic. "A gun registry will not prevent one death or one crime. The tragedy underlines that the... (GunPolicy.org)

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38294

United States

19 January 2014

MSNBC News (USA)

Michael Graham killed himself a year ago. The 13-year-old was at home in Brewster, N.Y., and used one of his father's unsecured guns to shoot himself on Jan. 14, 2013. The boy "definitely" acted on impulse – "without a doubt," his aunt Maureen Hutchins told msnbc. "Did he have a bad day at school? Fight with a girlfriend? Things that happen to a 13-year-old – when you're that age – can seem overwhelming, but two hours later, you know, you move on," said Hutchins.... (GunPolicy.org)

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38293

United States

15 January 2014

New York Times

The gun lobby says Americans would be safer if more "good guys" carried loaded guns in public places, and extols the benefits of an armed citizenry. On Monday, the nation got a terrifying glimpse of how dangerous that vision really is — when a minor argument escalated into lethal violence at a movie theater in a Tampa suburb. In this tragic episode, an irascible patron at a matinee showing of "Lone Survivor" shot a fellow audience-member because he was... (GunPolicy.org)

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38289

United States

12 January 2014

USA Today

Both sides of the gun law debate have geared up to wage war across the country in 2014 using millions of dollars, midterm elections, opposing messaging strategies and dueling grass-roots campaigns. This year, groups will focus on pouring money into candidates that support their ideals and changing or upholding laws in hot spots such as Colorado, Washington and Illinois. On one side, gun rights activists plan to challenge laws in states like New Jersey and California... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: USA Today

38266

United States

9 January 2014

JC Online (Indiana) / USA Today

CHICAGO - Illinois is now the last state in the U.S. to allow average citizens to carry around concealed firearms. On Sunday, it joined a two-decade long parade of jurisdictions ranging from Arizona to Vermont that have loosened their gun laws at the same time violent crime rates were dropping across the country. "For years, we heard from gun control groups that concealed-carry laws would result in an increase in crime," said Larry Keane, general counsel for the... (GunPolicy.org)

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38256

United States

6 January 2014

New York Times

CHICAGO — This city's ban on gun shops violates the Constitution, a federal judge ruled on Monday, dealing the latest setback to politicians here who had put in place some of the nation's strictest limits on firearms. "The stark reality facing the city each year is thousands of shooting victims and hundreds of murders committed with a gun," the judge, Edmond E. Chang, of Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, wrote. "But on the other side of... (GunPolicy.org)

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38242

Japan,Asia,Europe

4 January 2014

Japan News

The government is likely to seek lower age restrictions on using air guns, to enable athletes to begin training earlier for shooting events at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, sources said. A revision of the Firearm and Sword Control Law that would lower the age limit from the current 14 years old to about 10 years old is being considered, the sources said. The plan also includes such safety considerations as restrictions on the number of athletes... (GunPolicy.org)

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38244

United States

4 January 2014

New York Times

BARRY, Illinois — The byline of Dick Metcalf, one of the country's pre-eminent gun journalists, has gone missing. It has been removed from Guns & Ammo magazine, where his widely-read column once ran on the back page. He no longer stars on a popular television show about firearms. Gun companies have stopped flying him around the world and sending him the latest weapons to review. In late October, Mr. Metcalf wrote a column that the magazine titled "Let's Talk Limits,"... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

38238

United States

4 January 2014

Digital Journal (Canada)

DETROIT - The police chief of Detroit, a city plagued by gun violence, recently suggested that crime could decrease if more residents armed themselves. Fox News reports Chief James Craig made his controversial comments at a Thursday press conference at which he touted a 14 percent reduction in homicides last year. Craig said his views on gun control changed during his tenure as police chief of Portland, Maine. "I changed my orientation real quick," Craig told... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Digital Journal (Canada)

38236

France,New Caledonia

26 December 2013

Fiji Times / Radio New Zealand

The French high commissioner in New Caledonia has expressed concern at the spike in firearms sales after last month's announcement that Paris would tighten gun laws before the end of the year. Jean-Jacques Brot says sales have doubled while the local press says weapon sales have grown tenfold. His comment comes only weeks after he warned that weapons should no longer be sold as if the territory was a haven of eternal peace. There are suggestions that now more than... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Fiji Times / Radio New Zealand

38219

United States

22 December 2013

al Jazeera

In the United States, the pendulum swings wide bearing the weight of a gun. Just one year ago, the nation found itself grappling with fresh grief following a mass shooting in which a gunman killed 20 children and six teachers in Newtown, Conn. It was another stroke in the drumbeat of tragedy ingraining a national vernacular centered on dateline — Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora. All were places where the semi-automatic weapon's innate purpose to briskly slaughter... (GunPolicy.org)

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38210

United States

21 December 2013

New York Times, Series

Last April, workers at Middlesex Hospital in Connecticut called the police to report that a psychiatric patient named Mark Russo had threatened to shoot his mother if officers tried to take the 18 rifles and shotguns he kept at her house. Mr. Russo, who was off his medication for paranoid schizophrenia, also talked about the recent elementary school massacre in Newtown and told a nurse that he "could take a chair and kill you or bash your head in between the eyes,"... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

38214

United States

20 December 2013

Hartford Courant (Connecticut), Opinion

In the year since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, more than 11,161 people were killed with a firearm in the U.S., while an estimated 69,000 were shot and survived and 20,000 committed suicide with a firearm. Also, at least six other mass shootings — such as the Navy Yard shooting in Washington and a shooting that injured 13 people in Chicago's Back of the Yards neighborhood — were committed. Although Sandy Hook motivated some states —... (GunPolicy.org)

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38207

United States

18 December 2013

USA Today

Moms will soon join mayors in a push to limit access to illegal firearms, as two high-profile groups reveal plans to merge. Outgoing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns on Thursday will announce that it is joining with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a year-old grassroots campaign launched the day after the Dec. 14, 2012, shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The combined group will align Bloomberg's... (GunPolicy.org)

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38201

United States

16 December 2013

Washington Post

More than a year after the most significant mass shooting this century, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Congress has failed to curtail the availability of guns in America. But one thing has happened on the federal level - or rather, not happened - that has at least delayed the spread of U.S.-made sporting firearms around the world. For the past four years, the State Department has been working to streamline the process of exporting goods that can be... (GunPolicy.org)

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38199

Europe,Germany,United States

13 December 2013

Deutsche Welle

The father of Joel Mosbacher, a rabbi from New Jersey, was shot dead in a petty robbery in 1999. The anger stayed with his son, but he decided to use it wisely and got involved in the citizens' organizing network Metro IAF. This year, he and other clergy from New Jersey started the "Do not stand idly by" initiative to reduce gun violence. A key demand is to get gunmakers to accept responsibility, and act accordingly. The top manufacturers fueling US gun culture are... (GunPolicy.org)

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38195

United States

12 December 2013

New York Times

To get to Joe Manchin's private office in the Hart Senate Office Building, you first pass through a lobby where you encounter a small bronze statue of an Old West lawman holding a firearm — an award given to Manchin several years ago by a chapter of the National Rifle Association for his unswerving defense of gun rights. Then you turn down a hallway, past several framed photographs of children who were victims of the massacre a year ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School... (GunPolicy.org)

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38180

United States

12 December 2013

Mother Jones (USA)

An unthinkable massacre ignites an intense national debate. Then, Congress does nothing. The powerful gun lobby wins again. End of story. [Interactive charts of US state gun laws are displayed in the original] So went the popular narrative last spring with the collapse of gun control legislation on Capitol Hill. Meanwhile, scores of people have been wounded or killed in five new mass shootings and other gun rampages around the country, and an estimated 30,000 have... (GunPolicy.org)

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38177

United States

12 December 2013

Washington Post

DENVER — In Colorado, a state scarred by two mass shootings, Democrats passed some of the nation's toughest gun legislation this year. Gun rights supporters responded by recalling two state senators who had championed the bills. Now gun-control advocates are plotting their revenge. Inside a hotel conference room here this week, 60 activists spent a day strategizing to defend the remaining legislators who voted for the measures and protect them from repeal efforts.... (GunPolicy.org)

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38176

Australia,United States

12 December 2013

Sydney Morning Herald

As America prepares to mark the first anniversary of the murder of 20 children and six staff at the Sandy Hook elementary school, Australia has again become a focus of the increasingly bitter debate over gun control in the United States. At issue for activists on both sides is the decision by former prime minister John Howard to ban a range of gun types in Australia following the Port Arthur massacre, in particular semi-automatic rifles. To gun control advocates in... (GunPolicy.org)

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38170

United States

11 December 2013

Washington Post, Blog

This Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of the massacre at Newtown, Conn.'s Sandy Hook Elementary School. Twenty children, six staff members, shooter Adam Lanza and his mother all died that day. The killings reinvigorated both sides of the gun-control debate, but gun rights advocates maintained the edge they've had for years. [Interactive charts of US state gun laws and lobbying are displayed in the original] An impressive (roughly) 1,500 state gun bills have... (GunPolicy.org)

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38173

United States

10 December 2013

New York Times, Web page

In the 12 months since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., almost every state has enacted at least one new gun law. Nearly two-thirds of the new laws ease restrictions and expand the rights of gun owners. Most of those bills were approved in states controlled by Republicans. Those who support stricter regulations won some victories — mostly in states where the legislature and governorship are controlled by Democrats — to increase... (GunPolicy.org)

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38171

United States

10 December 2013

Bloomberg (USA), Editorial

Some people, according to the federal government, are more dangerous than others. Among those so designated are convicted felons, fugitives, drug addicts and people prone to domestic violence. All are prohibited, under federal law, from owning a gun. The government's power to restrict gun ownership has limits. At the same time, authorities have an obligation to protect society from the scourge of gun violence. And as it turns out, the list of People Who Should Not Be... (GunPolicy.org)

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38158

United States

9 December 2013

Reuters

In the year since the massacre of 26 schoolchildren and adults in Newtown, Connecticut, efforts to pass gun legislation have stalled in the U.S. Congress but shifted to the states, helped by the deep pockets of outgoing New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In scores of statehouse battles, both gun-control and gun-rights advocates have notched wins since a mentally unstable gunman killed 20 first-graders and six adults at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School on December... (GunPolicy.org)

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38161

United States

5 December 2013

Washington Times

The federal government is moving to crack down on what it says is a burgeoning scam where people who are not allowed to own firearms under their own name create a trust or corporation, and then legally have the gun transferred to that trust. But gun rights groups are vociferously denouncing the proposal, saying it's an unnecessary fix to a nonexistent problem. The fight, which is playing out right now in the arcane world of federal regulations, is the latest sign that... (GunPolicy.org)

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38150

Canada

4 December 2013

Toronto Star (Ontario)

OTTAWA — The federal Conservatives have once again pushed back regulations that would require gun manufacturers and importers to imprint the year and country of origin on their products. It's the sixth time the federal government has punted the regulations, which are required by two international treaties, down the road for more consultations with industry. And the government is signalling the current review may result in the repeal of the regulations... (GunPolicy.org)

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38147

United States,Iceland

3 December 2013

Christian Science Monitor

PARIS - A 59-year-old man was shot and killed by police, who were called to the man's apartment east of Iceland's capital because someone reported gunshots being fired inside. It's an event that might not even make the news in some countries. In Reykjavik, the incident was front-page coverage and ultimately garnered a national apology from the country's top police official: It was the first time that the country's police have ever shot anybody in an operation.... (GunPolicy.org)

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38162

United States

1 December 2013

Eurasia Review

Mistaken for a prowler, an elderly man with Alzheimer's was shot early Wednesday in rural Walker County, Georgia after approaching a house miles from his own. Authorities says the state's "stand your ground" law may apply. An investigation continues into the death of Ronald Westbrook, 72, who was shot in rural, northern Georgia's Lookout Mountain region by Joe Hendrix, 34, around 4 am (EST) Wednesday. Westbrook was likely lost and confused when he rang Hendrix's... (GunPolicy.org)

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38143

United States

30 November 2013

Washington Post, Editorial

Lobbyists for the National Rifle Association (NRA) have spent considerable time and money to discourage the collection and sharing of information related to guns and gun violence. Keeping the public in the dark about the facts is helpful in advancing an extreme agenda. In particular, the gun lobby has used the under-counting of gun accidents involving children to oppose reasonable policies that could help prevent deaths and injuries caused by the careless handling and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Russia,Germany,Sri Lanka,Iran,Côte d'Ivoire,Afghanistan,United States,Canada,Togo,Ireland,India,Israel,Syria,Iraq

30 November 2013

Economist

To help push Soviet forces out of Afghanistan in the 1980s, America's Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) gave Afghan fighters shoulder-launched Stinger anti-aircraft missiles (pictured). Accurate and easy-to-use, the Stingers caused grievous losses. But after the Soviet withdrawal in 1989, the CIA wanted to discourage the use of the leftover missiles. It got hold of some of those circulating on the black market and booby-trapped them, so that anyone who tried to fire one... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Economist

38133

Guyana

29 November 2013

Caribbean Elections / Guyana Times

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – President Donald Ramotar has thrown his support behind embattled Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee for a review of the legal ownership and use of firearms. Commenting on the issue during a special interview at the Office of the President on Wednesday, the head of state said in his opinion renewal of gun licences should not be automatic. "The ministry and the police should have a right to review these, and see that the guns are in the hands of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Caribbean Elections / Guyana Times

38132

United States

28 November 2013

Washington Times

Federal gun-purchase background checks ticked up in October, but analysts say the surge in applications to buy guns, which peaked in the months after the Newtown school shootings in Connecticut, likely has leveled off. After hitting an all-time high of 2.8 million in December 2012, checks run through the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System remained high through May when compared to previous year tallies. Sales then dropped for the next four months,... (GunPolicy.org)

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