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Right-to-Carry Laws Linked to Violent Crime

Stanford study conflicts with previous statistical breakdowns

(Newser) - For years, gun-rights advocates cited a 1997 paper 's claim that "allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons deters violent crimes." The National Research Council came out with its own take in 2004, saying there was "no credible evidence that 'right-to-carry' laws … either decrease or... More »

George Zimmerman: Why I Won't Use an Alias

He does carry a semi-automatic for protection, though

(Newser) - George Zimmerman is constantly on the move and in the news. It's been nearly three years since he shot unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin to death in Sanford, Fla., and his speaking engagements and meetings with attorneys afford him no more than a month in any given state. The... More »

Aurora Victim's Parents Go After Ammo Suppliers

Suit: They 'negligently, unlawfully' sold items to James Holmes

(Newser) - James Holmes is a "patently dangerous homicidal man" who should never have been able to buy thousands of rounds of ammunition, tear gas, and body armor, argues a suit filed yesterday against four companies that supplied the accused Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooter with those items. The suit was... More »

Banned by Russia Sanctions, AK-47s Flying Off Shelves

Gun buyers are clearing out dealers' inventory

(Newser) - Gun control advocates may have been thrilled with US sanctions on Russia that banned imports of AK-47s, but they probably didn't count on the huge jump in US sales of the assault rifle that resulted. Gun dealers have run out of inventory after consumers rushed to stockpile Kalashnikov AK-47s... More »

Gun Control Fight's New Big Dogs: Bill, Melinda Gates

They back Washington state bill

(Newser) - After helping to save a million kids' lives through their anti-malaria efforts in Africa, as the Daily Beast notes, Bill and Melinda Gates are turning their eyes—and wallets—to an issue closer to home. The two are donating $500,000 each to support a Washington state ballot initiative calling... More »

Reagan's Press Sec James Brady Dead at 73

Took bullet in assassination attempt, became leading voice for gun control

(Newser) - James Brady, the White House press secretary shot in the1981 assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan who went on to become a leading voice in the fight for gun control, has died at the age of 73, reports NBC . "We are enormously proud of Jim's remarkable accomplishments," said... More »

Victim's Dad Slams 'Craven' Pols, NRA for Gun 'Insanity'

Richard Martinez 'lost and broken' after son killed in Calif. shooting spree

(Newser) - Richard Martinez lost his son in Elliot Rodger's shooting spree, and yesterday publicly lashed out at those he holds responsible for Chris Martinez's murder: "Why did Chris die? Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA. They talk about gun rights. What about Chris' right... More »

Georgia Gov Signs 'Guns Everywhere' Bill

Guns now allowed in schools, bars, churches, government buildings, and more

(Newser) - If you want to pack heat at your local bar, church, school or government building, then Georgia is now the state for you. Gov. Nathan Deal today signed a law allowing firearms in all of those places and more, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The law allows schools and churches to... More »

Chicago—'Chiraq' —Needs to Get Serious on Guns

Emanuel calls for unity after dozens shot this weekend

(Newser) - This weekend saw 45 people, including six kids, shot in Chicago; the weekend before, it was 37. The city has a new nickname, writes Michael Daly for the Daily Beast , and it is not a happy one: "Chiraq." And the war there demands action from President Obama, Daly... More »

Bloomberg Targets NRA With $50M Gun Control Supergroup

'We've got to make them afraid of us': former mayor

(Newser) - Michael Bloomberg is making his first move on gun control since leaving office, and it's less than subtle: The former mayor is dropping $50 million to create a rival to the NRA, he tells the New York Times . Everytown for Gun Safety will use NRA-style tactics to promote gun... More »

Judge Stevens: 5 Words Can Fix 2nd Amendment

Retired Supreme Court justice proposes a remedy

(Newser) - Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens argues in the Washington Post that the debate over the 2nd Amendment and the right to bear arms can be settled with the addition of five words. Here they are, inserted into the amendment in bold:
  • “A well regulated Militia, being necessary
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Facebook Cracks Down on Gun Sales

Minors to be blocked from viewing gun posts

(Newser) - Facebook, under pressure from gun control groups, has agreed to start cracking down on gun ads and illegal gun sales. The company says it plans to block under-18s from viewing posts about guns and gun sales, and will start removing sales that do not require a background check, reports the... More »

Supreme Court Rejects Trio of Gun Rights Cases

Plus: White House faces battle over EPA rules

(Newser) - In a blow to the NRA, the Supreme Court has opted not to hear a trio of cases challenging federal and state gun laws. Two involved NRA-backed challenges to laws limiting gun rights for people under 21, Reuters reports. One of those was a Texas law banning 18- to 20-year-olds... More »

Study: Repealing Gun Law Led to More Murders

Johns Hopkins study cites spike in Missouri

(Newser) - It turns out that when you make it easier to buy guns, more people wind up getting killed with guns. That's the conclusion researchers from John Hopkins University came to after studying the effects of Missouri's 2007 repeal of its "permit-to-purchase" law, which required a local sheriff... More »

Why Conn. Assault Weapon Owners May Now Be Felons

Tens of thousands haven't registered

(Newser) - The vast majority of assault weapon owners in Connecticut appear to have totally ignored the state's new law requiring them to register the guns. Police received 47,916 permit applications by the Dec, 31 deadline, reports Dan Haar at the Hartford Courant , which sounds like a lot—until you... More »

Weinstein: I'll Give NRA a Death Wish in 'Big Movie'

He says he's working on it with Meryl Streep

(Newser) - Harvey Weinstein thinks he's got the NRA's number. The movie mogul went on the Howard Stern Show yesterday to discuss among other things his upcoming directorial debut, which he described as a "Jews with guns" movie set during the Holocaust. When Stern asked Weinstein if he owned... More »

Philippines: Priests, Journos Can Carry Guns

Law relaxed for professions 'in imminent danger'

(Newser) - Pistol-packing priests may become a common sight in the Philippines with relaxed new gun laws that allow members of certain professions to arm themselves while at work. Journalists, doctors, nurses, engineers, and accountants will also be allowed to go armed under the law, which states that they are "in... More »

Gabby Giffords: What I've Gained

Physical recovery gives hope against odds

(Newser) - On the third anniversary of Gabrielle Giffords' shooting, the former congresswoman writes that "many may look at me and see mostly what I have lost": the ease of speaking, strong eyesight, a right arm and leg that move. But in an op-ed for the New York Times , Giffords for... More »

Judge: Chicago's Gun Ban Is Unconstitutional

But the city is allowed to let ordinance stand for now

(Newser) - A federal judge today overturned Chicago's ban on the sale of firearms, ruling that the ordinances aimed at reducing gun violence are unconstitutional. US District Judge Edmond Chang said in his ruling that while the government has a duty to protect its citizens, it's also obligated to protect... More »

Light Bulb Ban Among 2014's 40K New Laws

Placentas, drones, pot also feature

(Newser) - Most of the 40,000 new state, federal, and local laws that took effect at midnight are pretty dull but there are some doozies in there—including the legalization of recreational pot in Colorado, where over-21s will be able to walk into stores and buy weed for recreational toking starting... More »

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