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Hawaii Will Put Gun Owners Into FBI Database

It's the first state in the US to do so

(Newser) - Hawaii has positioned itself on the leading edge of gun control after Gov. David Ige signed a bill Thursday that would put the state's gun owners into an FBI database, the AP reports. According to Hawaii News Now , Hawaiian gun owners will be entered in the "Rap Back"... More »

Democrats End Gun-Control Sit-In After 25 Hours

They've declared victory despite no vote

(Newser) - Democrats ended their gun-control sit-in at the House of Representatives on Thursday after more than 25 hours on the floor, the AP reports. According to Reuters , Democratic lawmakers, who had stayed overnight while chanting and singing, were trying to force a vote on legislation to expand background checks and stop... More »

Democrats' Dramatic Sit-In Now in Second Day

But Ryan officially adjourns House until July 5

(Newser) - Democrats are calling their sit-in protest on the House floor a success, even though it hasn't led to the votes on gun-control legislation they demanded. About two dozen lawmakers were still taking part Thursday morning, even after House Speaker Paul Ryan adjourned the chamber about 3am until after the... More »

House Dems Stage Sit-In Over Gun Control

Accuse GOP of turning off C-SPAN cameras, demand House not go to recess until vote

(Newser) - Less than a week after Sen. Chris Murphy's filibuster for gun control on the Senate floor (and two days after the Senate voted down a series of gun control measures), another power move, this time by House Democrats: a sit-in protest Wednesday, per the AP . With Georgia Rep. John... More »

Heartbreaking Image of Girl Standing on Toilet Goes Viral

What she's doing there is devastating

(Newser) - Stacey Feeley thought she'd caught a silly moment recently when she found her 3-year-old daughter standing atop one of their home's toilets. She took a picture, planning to send it to her husband to amuse him. Then the little girl told her mom what she was doing: practicing... More »

Senate Answers Orlando With Gridlock on Gun Curbs

Two proposals fall short of needed 60 votes

(Newser) - A divided Senate blocked rival election-year plans to curb guns on Monday, eight days after the horror of Orlando's mass shooting intensified pressure on lawmakers to act but knotted them in gridlock anyway—even over restricting firearms for terrorists, the AP reports. In largely party-line votes, rejected were one... More »

A Gun-Control Win for Dems as Likely Failure Looms

Senate will Monday night consider 4 gun-control proposals

(Newser) - The fruits of Sen. Chris Murphy's almost 15-hour filibuster labor will be tasted beginning at 5:30pm Monday, as the Senate votes on four gun-control bills, with each needing 60 votes to advance. A primer on the proposals, introduced in the wake of the Orlando massacre :
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15-Hour Filibuster Lands Deal for Gun Control Vote

GOP agrees to vote on 2 amendments

(Newser) - After almost 15 hours of filibustering, Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy declared victory early Thursday morning, saying he had secured a Senate vote on gun control measures. The Connecticut senator, who cited the Sandy Hook massacre when he launched the filibuster Wednesday morning, called it a day at 2:11am, the... More »

Trump May Be Breaking With GOP, NRA on Gun Control

He wants to talk about keeping people on terror watch lists from buying guns

(Newser) - Someone check Hell for ice cubes because it appears Donald Trump has broken with the GOP to side with Hillary Clinton and the Democrats. The Atlantic reports Trump is seeking to meet with the NRA about keeping people on terror watch lists from buying guns. “If Con Man Don... More »

Senate Democrats Are Filibustering for Gun Control

'I am prepared to ... talk about the need to prevent gun violence for as long as I can'

(Newser) - Senate Democrats, led by Connecticut's Chris Murphy, launched a surprise filibuster Wednesday morning to pressure Republicans on gun control, Politico reports. “I am prepared to stand on the Senate floor and talk about the need to prevent gun violence for as long as I can," Murphy tweets... More »

Gen. Petraeus, Astronaut Mark Kelly Form Gun-Control Group

They want stricter background-check laws

(Newser) - Former CIA director Gen. David Petraeus and former astronaut Mark Kelly have teamed up to create a new gun-control group, the Hill reports. The Veterans Coalition for Common Sense was announced Friday with the goal of implementing tougher rules for background checks and reducing suicides among veterans. "[Veterans] have... More »

Where 64 Are Shot, 6 Killed in One Weekend

Chicago neighborhoods torn apart by Memorial Day violence

(Newser) - One long weekend. Sixty-four shootings. Six people dead. That was Memorial Day weekend in Chicago, where the New York Times sent in journalists to report on gun violence over three heart-breaking days. What they found: Little gun control, gangs bent on retaliation, and police so distrusted that most homicides go... More »

Trump Gets NRA Endorsement, Says He'll Ban Gun-Free Zones

He also took the opportunity to bash 'Heartless Hillary'

(Newser) - The NRA endorsed Donald Trump during its national convention in Kentucky on Friday, NBC News reports. According to CNN , Trump called the endorsement a "fantastic honor." In a speech immediately following, he said American citizens "sitting in an apartment" need guns because “outside is tremendous crime;... More »

Browser Plugin Scrubs Internet of Mass Killers

'Denying a killer the notoriety that they literally kill for'

(Newser) - Research shows 30% of mass shootings are inspired by prior mass shootings, CBS News reports. A gun-control nonprofit is hoping to do something about that with a new browser plugin that removes the names and photos of mass killers from websites. Google Chrome users can download the Zero Minutes of... More »

Florida Woman Shoots, Kills Teen Intruder

Now his family wants to know why he had to die

(Newser) - The family of a 17-year-old who was fatally shot by a homeowner while allegedly breaking into her Miami home doesn't believe she was justified in killing him, CBS Miami reports. According to the Washington Post , the state will likely see it differently. Gwendolyn Jenrette rushed home last Thursday after... More »

Obama: I'm Not Out to 'Grab Your Guns'

Meanwhile, poll shows 67% of Americans support his actions on gun control

(Newser) - President Obama says he will not vote for any candidate, even a Democrat, who does not support what he calls "commonsense gun reform." Obama made the demand in an op-ed published Thursday on the New York Times website . The president says 90% of Americans support such reform and... More »

Obama Cries During His Gun Remarks

He chokes up remembering Sandy Hook victims

(Newser) - President Obama laid out his plan to tighten gun laws Tuesday—see details here —at one point with tears running down his cheek. It came when he spoke of the young victims at Sandy Hook Elementary, reports USA Today . "First graders," he said, choking up. "Every... More »

Obama Gun Rules Free Doctors to Report Mentally Ill

Health care providers can now report patients to FBI without repercussions

(Newser) - President Obama is announcing tighter gun rules Tuesday via executive action , with expanded background checks part of the initiative. Here's a look at related coverage:
  • One new rule makes it easier for doctors and other authorities to report mentally ill people to the FBI's background check system. The
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New Obama Gun-Control Plan Won't Involve Congress

The president begins to roll out new initiative

(Newser) - President Obama is gearing up for another whack at gun control —this time on a smaller scale and without Congress. Unlike his failed push for legislation after Sandy Hook , these moves will mostly enforce existing laws and seek extra funding, the New York Times reports. His biggest planned move:... More »

Executive Action on Gun Control Expected in New Year

Obama likely to shrink—not close—the 'gun show loophole'

(Newser) - President Obama looks likely to begin his final year in office by taking unilateral action on gun control in an effort to reduce shooting deaths, CNN reports. The president is expected to release an executive action on gun control sometime before his Jan. 12 State of the Union address. According... More »

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