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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 »

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 »

NJ to Wyoming: Butt Out of Our Gun Laws

Star-Ledger slams legal meddling with concealed-carry law

(Newser) - New Jersey's biggest newspaper isn't happy about Wyoming's attempt to meddle in its gun laws. It seems Wyoming is leading a coalition of 19 states supporting a man's Supreme Court challenge to New Jersey's concealed-carry law, and the Star-Ledger think the least populated state in... 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 »

House's Plastic-Gun Ban Has a Dangerous Loophole

It doesn't take into account 3D technology: Eleanor Clift

(Newser) - The good news is that the House yesterday passed in bipartisan fashion a 10-year extension of a law that requires guns to include metal parts, writes Eleanor Clift at the Daily Beast . In theory, then, the measure makes it a lot tougher to smuggle weapons through the metal detectors of,... More »

Stats on Accidental Child Shootings Are Way Off

About half go unrecorded: report

(Newser) - Accidental shooting deaths of children may be far more common than we realize. An investigation by the New York Times found these deaths happen about twice as often as statistics indicate, because authorities often don't record them as "accidents." The Times looked at 259 accidental firearm deaths... More »

Blind Iowans Get Gun Permits

No sight, no problem under state law

(Newser) - Not being able to see what you're shooting at is no barrier to obtaining a gun license in Iowa, the Des Moines Register finds. Gun permit changes that took effect in 2011 allow even people completely without vision to carry guns in public, and while disability rights groups argue... More »

Missouri Poised to Scrap All Federal Gun Laws

Democrats will join Republicans to override governor's veto

(Newser) - It looks like Missouri is about to order the federal government to butt out in terms of gun laws. The state legislature appears to have the votes to override the governor's veto of a bill that nullifies all federal gun legislation, reports the New York Times . (The AP talks... More »

Chicago Teen's Death Could Be Case of Mistaken Identity

Daquan Boyd, 18, dies the day before Illinois' gov signs new gun legislation

(Newser) - Yet another Monday brings with it stories of another bloody weekend in Chicago. The Tribune has two particularly wrenching stories:
  • In the first , an 18-year-old was shot dead on Saturday while coming home from a neighborhood festival. He was killed less than a block from a police station, in what
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Gun Permit Requests Soar In Newtown

Residents react to strict Connecticut gun laws

(Newser) - Residents of Newtown, Conn., haven't exactly shied away from guns since the Sandy Hook massacre , reports Yahoo . Newtown police already have a stack of 209 gun permit requests, exceeding last year's 171 requests and more than doubling the 99 requests from 2011. But the horrendous massacre last year—... More »

Obama: This Is How We Should Honor Trayvon...

Calls for 'calm reflection' in wake of Zimmerman trial

(Newser) - As the aftermath of George Zimmerman's acquittal continues to unfold—the Washington Post reports protests across the nation with more planned for the future—Obama has issued a statement, asking for Americans to "respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son,"... More »

Last Holdout State Legalizes Concealed Carry

Illinois lawmakers shoot down governor's veto

(Newser) - The final state with a ban on concealed weapons has dropped it—just in time to beat a federal deadline . Lawmakers in the Illinois House and Senate, fearing a firearms free-for-all if they failed to act, voted by hefty margins to override Gov. Pat Quinn's veto and pass a... More »

Another Bloody Weekend in Chicago

67 shot, 11 killed on July 4 long weekend

(Newser) - It's been another grim weekend in Chicago, with 67 shot and 11 dead since Wednesday afternoon. One drive-by alone saw eight people shot, one fatally, the Chicago Tribune reports. Among those wounded: a 7-year-old boy and a 5-year-old boy, who were both shot in parks in separate incidents. The... More »

It's July 1: Hundreds of New Laws Go Live

On everything from drones to tanning to Election Day drinking, and more

(Newser) - The Jersey Shore is about to get a little paler. As of today, minors in the state won't be allowed to use tanning beds—and anyone under age 14 won't even be able to get a spray tan there. It's July 1, the day hundreds of of... More »

Ricin Letter Sent to Mayor Bloomberg

He never received it; NYPD says writer angry about gun laws

(Newser) - Someone angry about the push for stricter gun laws sent a letter believed to be tainted with ricin to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, says the NYPD. Police think the same person also sent a ricin letter to the DC headquarters of a group that Bloomberg helps run called... More »

Suit Filed Over Country's 'Toughest' Gun Law

Groups, individuals say Connecticut law is unconstitutional

(Newser) - The toughest-in-the-nation gun-control law passed in Connecticut in the wake of Sandy Hook shooting is getting its first legal challenge—but state officials don't seem worried. The Connecticut Citizen's Defense League and Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen have, with an assist from the NRA, filed a lawsuit that claims... More »

Activist Plans Armed July 4 March on DC

Cops say armed marchers won't be allowed into district

(Newser) - Libertarian activist Adam Kokesh is planning an armed march on Washington—not as a War of 1812 re-enactment, but as a move to "put the government on notice that we will not be intimidated & cower in submission to tyranny." The radio host wants supporters to carry loaded... More »

Gun Group to Give Away AR-15 Semiautomatic Rifle

Tennessee Firearms Association hosting online raffle

(Newser) - The Bushmaster AR-15 semiautomatic rifle—weapon of choice for Newtown shooter Adam Lanza, among others—might well be the most vilified and the most popular gun in America. Hence, the controversial new raffle by the Tennessee Firearms Association: The group is giving away an AR-15 on Monday as part of... More »

Hope for Tighter Gun Laws Still Alive in Senate

Two different efforts 'quietly' underway, says NYT

(Newser) - The push for stricter gun laws might not be quite so dead after all in the Senate. The New York Times reports that efforts are "quietly" underway to get something done on background checks and illegal trafficking. Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey, the co-sponsors of the background-check bill that... More »

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