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Supreme Court Dismisses Closely Watched Gun Case

Move is a relief to gun control advocates

(Newser) - The Supreme Court sidestepped a major decision on gun rights Monday in a dispute over New York City's former ban on transporting guns, per the AP . The justices threw out a challenge from gun rights groups, ruling that because the city already has rescinded the controversial law in question,... More »

Holding an AR-15, GOP Lawmaker Tells Biden to Try to Take It

Ken Buck keeps the weapon in his Capitol Hill office

(Newser) - A Republican member of Congress has posted a challenging, if not threatening, video on gun control. "I have just one message for Joe Biden and Beto O'Rourke," Rep. Ken Buck tweeted . "If you want to take everyone's AR-15s, why don't you swing by my... More »

Dad of Parkland Shooting Victim Booted From SOTU

After 'rough night,' Fred Guttenberg apologizes for shouting out

(Newser) - President Trump spoke on gun rights at his Tuesday State of the Union address , vowing to "always protect your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms." At least one person in the crowd didn't appreciate his remarks and very vocally made that known: That would be... More »

Va. Preps for Gun Rally With 'Enormous Potential to Go Bad'

Capitol Square gun rights demonstration expected Monday in Richmond

(Newser) - Law enforcement agencies in Virginia are planning a "strong presence" Monday as gun rights advocates are set to converge upon the state's capital of Richmond to protest proposed gun control measures. The rally is happening amid a governor-issued state of emergency barring weapons from Capitol grounds through Tuesday... More »

With Virginia Facing Huge Gun Rally, Trump Tweets

Organizers call for tens of thousands to carry guns into Richmond on Monday

(Newser) - Tensions are rising over a pro-gun-rights rally scheduled for Monday at the Virginia State Capitol, Reuters reports. The rally's organizers, the Virginia Citizens Defense League, are urging 10,000 people to attend without guns in compliance with an emergency ban imposed by Gov. Ralph Northam last week; they're... More »

NZ Collects 50K Guns in Buyback

But critics say many owners illegally stashed their now-banned weapons instead of turning them in

(Newser) - New Zealand authorities said Saturday their country will be safer after owners handed in more than 50,000 guns during a buyback program following a ban on assault weapons. But critics say the process was flawed and many owners illegally stashed their firearms, reports the AP . The government banned the... More »

Supreme Court Hears First Big Gun-Rights Case in Nearly a Decade

It could lead to major expansion of gun rights

(Newser) - The last time the Supreme Court heard a gun case this big, Donald Trump was the host of The Apprentice—and not that many people had heard of Sandy Hook, Conn. The court, which now has a 5-4 conservative majority, is set to hear New York State Rifle & Pistol... More »

NYT: NRA Chief Told Trump to 'Stop the Games' on Gun Laws

NRA confirms meeting took place, denies Wayne LaPierre offered 'special arrangements' to Trump

(Newser) - A scathing Senate report claiming the National Rifle Association acted as a "foreign asset" for Russia wasn't the only headline the gun lobby group ended up in this week. The New York Times reports that NRA chief Wayne LaPierre met with President Trump on Friday at the White... More »

Relatives of Aurora Victims 'Horrified' by Joker Trailer

'such unnecessary violence ... chilled me to my bones,' says one victim's mom

(Newser) - Relatives of some of the 12 people killed in a mass shooting during a Batman movie in 2012 say they found the trailer for the new Joker movie disturbing—and they have asked Warner Bros. to help gun control causes. Sandy Phillips, whose daughter, Jessica Ghawi, was killed in the... More »

After Beto's AR-15 Pledge, He Sees a 'Death Threat'

Texas lawmaker tweets that 'my AR is ready for you,' and Twitter removes it

(Newser) - Beto O'Rourke delivered one of the most talked-about lines of Thursday night's debate when he declared , "Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47." Now a Texas lawmaker is in the spotlight for his response, reports CBS News . "My AR is ready... More »

Big-Name CEOs to Congress: You Need to Act Now

Heads of Twitter, Uber, others write letter asking for tougher gun laws

(Newser) - The CEOs of nearly 150 companies are stepping into the nation's gun debate, imploring Congress to expand background checks and enact a strong "red flag" law. In a letter sent to the Senate on Thursday, CEOs from businesses including Airbnb, Twitter, and Uber asked Congress to pass a... More »

Kroger Makes a Big Change on Guns

Grocery chain doesn't want customers openly carrying in its stores anymore

(Newser) - On the same day Walmart made its big change regarding guns , Kroger made its own move: The grocery store chain no longer wants to be a place where "open carry" is OK. "Kroger is respectfully asking that customers no longer openly carry firearms into our stores, other than... More »

McConnell: Senate Will Consider a Gun Bill, on One Condition

Majority leader says President Trump must signal he'd sign it into law

(Newser) - In the wake of the most recent mass shootings in Dayton , Ohio, and the Texas cities of El Paso and Odessa , Republican Mitch McConnell finds himself once again under pressure to bring some sort of gun legislation to the Senate floor, including measures that have a thumbs-up from both the... More »

After Mass Shooting, O'Rourke Campaign Hawks 'F-ed Up' T-Shirts

Proceeds will benefit anti-gun violence groups

(Newser) - Beto O'Rourke denounced gun violence in no uncertain terms after Saturday's mass shooting in his home state—and his campaign has now put those words on a T-shirt. The Democratic presidential candidate repeatedly described the massacre in Odessa, Texas, and the "epidemic of gun violence in America"... More »

As Trump Flips on Background Checks, an 'Audacious' Plan

March for Our Lives' bold proposal calls for an assault weapons ban, raising gun-buying age

(Newser) - Student activists who survived the 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Fla., are responding to more recent mass shootings in a bold way: with a full-blown gun-control proposal. "It's nothing like anyone else is proposing. We are really setting audacious goals," March for Our Lives board member Tyah-Amoy... More »

Andrew Yang Cries Over a Mom's Grief

Candidate leaves town hall stage to hug woman who lost child to stray bullet

(Newser) - A question from a grieving mom at an Iowa town hall brought Democratic hopeful Andrew Yang to tears on Saturday. As CNN reports, Yang took a question from a woman identified only as Stephanie who had lost a child to a stray bullet, who asked him, "as president, how... More »

'Intelligent' Background Checks Get Thumbs-Up From Trump

NRA opposition won't be an issue, president says

(Newser) - "This isn't a question of NRA, Republican or Democrat," President Trump said Friday in talking about passing gun-control legislation in response to the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. "We need intelligent background checks." Trump said Mitch McConnell now is "totally on board,... More »

McConnell Open to Considering New Gun Laws

But he doesn't want to bring Senate back early

(Newser) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn't want to bring the Senate back early from its August break to debate gun legislation, and he won't commit to supporting measures like expanded background checks—but he is at least willing to consider new legislation. McConnell told a Kentucky radio station... More »

NRA Calls Trump After He Cites Background Checks Support

Your supporters wouldn't like that, LaPierre tells president

(Newser) - Since the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, President Trump has suggested to reporters, aides and members of Congress that background checks for people wanting to buy guns might be a good idea. That has earned him warning calls from the head of the National Rifle Association, the Washington ... More »

Trump Talks Gun Control After Mass Shootings

The president says 'we've actually done a lot' on the issue

(Newser) - President Trump emerged from his New Jersey golf club Sunday and said "perhaps" the government could do more to control guns, CNN reports. "We've actually done a lot," he said on a tarmac before boarding Air Force One for Washington. "But perhaps more has to... More »

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