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Virginia Governor: We Need 'Laws, Not Thoughts and Prayers'

Ralph Northam calls special session to discuss stricter gun laws

(Newser) - Following the Virginia Beach mass shooting that left a dozen dead, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is recalling lawmakers to the state Capitol for a special legislative session aimed at passing new gun laws. "Votes and laws, not thoughts and prayers," are needed right now, Northam said, per the... More »

Trayvon Martin's Mom Makes a Big Announcement

Sybrina Fulton plans to enter Florida politics

(Newser) - Trayvon Martin's mother is running for political office, the Miami Herald reports. Sybrina Fulton—whose son was infamously shot dead by a neighborhood crime watch captain in 2012—plans to officially announce Monday that she's running for the Miami-Dade County Commission. "Our county must continue moving forward... More »

New Zealand's Strict New Gun Laws Take Effect

They passed by a 119-1 vote

(Newser) - New Zealand's governor general on Thursday formally signed into effect sweeping gun laws outlawing military-style weapons, less than a month after a man used such guns to kill 50 people and wound dozens at two mosques in Christchurch. Governor General Patsy Reddy signed the bill as police said a... More »

Judge Cites Home Invasion in Ruling on Ammo Ban

Federal judge rules on high-capacity ammunition

(Newser) - High-capacity gun magazines will remain legal in California under a ruling Friday by a federal judge who cited home invasions where a woman used the extra bullets in her weapon to kill an attacker while in two other cases women without additional ammunition ran out of bullets, the AP reports.... More »

Supreme Court Says No on Bump Stocks

The high court refuses to impede the bump-stock ban

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is so far declining to stop the Trump administration from enforcing its ban on bump stock devices, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire like machine guns, the AP reports. The ban took effect Tuesday. The administration is in the unusual position of arguing against gun rights groups.... More »

'Our History Changed Forever. Now, Our Laws Will Too'

New Zealand introduces sweeping changes to country's gun laws

(Newser) - New Zealand has brought in stronger gun laws less than a week after the worst mass shooting in the country's history. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced sweeping changes to the country's gun laws Thursday, including a ban on military-style semi-automatics and assault rifles like the one used in... More »

New Zealand Wastes No Time on Gun Control

PM Ardern will move Monday to tighten laws in wake of tragedy; little opposition expected

(Newser) - The New Zealand PM's promise of tightened gun laws in the wake of the Christchurch mosque shootings has been widely welcomed by a stunned population, reports the AP . Jacinda Ardern said her Cabinet will consider the changes on Monday. She has said options include a ban on private ownership... More »

House Passes First Major Gun Control Measure in Almost 25 Years

Bill requires background checks for all gun sales

(Newser) - The Democratic-controlled House on Wednesday approved a measure requiring federal background checks for all firearms sales and transfers, the first major gun control legislation considered by Congress in nearly 25 years. Democrats called the 240-190 vote a major step to end the gun lobby's grip on Washington and begin... More »

One State Sees Sheriffs Mostly Ignore New Gun Law

Ballot Initiative 1639 is divisive, to say the least

(Newser) - Washington state may have passed a gun-control law, but will it be enforced? Not by at least 20 sheriffs—over half of those in the state—while some county governments are resisting the resolution and at least one state lawmaker wants a separate state, the Guardian reports. Ballot Initiative 1639,... More »

'Red Flag' Gun Laws Grow Since Parkland Shooting

Supporters say they can reduce US gun violence

(Newser) - In the year since the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school, more and more states have passed laws making it easier to take guns away from people who may be suicidal or bent on violence against others, and courts are issuing an unprecedented number of seizure orders across... More »

Parkland Dad Jokes About 'Kids Getting Shot'

Manuel Oliver responds to CK's December routine

(Newser) - "You ever hear dead baby jokes? I got a dead baby. His name was Joaquin Oliver." So says outspoken gun-control activist Manuel Oliver about his son, who was killed in the 2018 Parkland school shooting—part of the father's response to Louis CK making fun of politically... More »

Parkland Survivor Has News for Fox Host

He's been accepted to an Ivy League school

(Newser) - How's this for a comeback: David Hogg is going to Harvard, USA Today reports. The Parkland shooting survivor and gun-control activist, who was razzed by a Fox News host after rejections from other schools, tweeted Saturday about the news: "Thank you all for the well wishes," he... More »

NRA: 'Anti-Gun' Doctors Should 'Stay in Their Lane'

The doctors are pushing back

(Newser) - The NRA apparently doesn't like doctors weighing in on gun violence and gun control. On Wednesday—just hours before news of the Thousand Oaks, Calif. , broke—the gun lobby nonprofit voiced its displeasure with the medical community's assessments via a reprimanding tweet, reports USA Today . "Someone should... More »

Angry Dad Changes 'Fearless Girl' Statue

Manuel Oliver's son died in the Parkland shootings

(Newser) - A New York City statue went from "fearless" to "fearful" Friday—at least for an hour. Manuel Oliver, the father of Parkland shooting victim Joaquin "Guac" Oliver, 17, placed a bulletproof vest on the renowned "Fearless Girl" statue near Wall Street to protest America's mass... More »

Neil Young Finally Confirms Marriage to Daryl Hannah

He did so in introduction to new protest video

(Newser) - Neil Young has confirmed his marriage to Daryl Hannah in the most Neil Young way possible. The singer—who was rumored to have wed the actress in August —casually referred to her as his wife in a post on his website accompanying a new video for classic 1970 song... More »

Ban on 3D-Printed Gun Instructions Will Remain

A federal judge extended the ban on Monday

(Newser) - A federal judge in Seattle on Monday extended his previous ruling that barred uploading instructions for making 3D-printed guns to the Internet, the Hill reports. The existing ban instituted last month was set to expire on Tuesday,per Reuters . Now, the restriction will be in place until the case is... More »

Country Singer at Vegas Show Faults NRA

Eric Church: Nevada massacre 'wrecked' him, NRA lobbying ensures continued gun violence

(Newser) - For Eric Church, the year he left his 30s was rough. "Forty sucked," he said of his birthday last spring, which was followed by a life-threatening blood clot in his chest, emergency surgery to get rid of it, and then, a few months later, the massacre in Las... More »

GOP Candidate: I Had to Shoot My 'Insane' Mom

Pro-gun Arizona Senate candidate Bobby Wilson shared the story

(Newser) - A Republican Arizona state Senate candidate has shocked gun control advocates by sharing details about shooting and killing his mother in apparent self-defense more than 50 years ago. Bobby Wilson, who is running to represent a southern Arizona district, tells the AP that he's not trying to hide anything.... More »

2-Year-Old Boy Fatally Shoots Self After Finding Gun

It happened Saturday in Fresno, California

(Newser) - A California toddler has died after authorities say he accidentally shot himself. The tragedy occurred in a Fresno neighborhood, where police arrived to a call Saturday. Per ABC 30 , police said the boy's parent was not at home at the time, but that two adults were. Police said they... More »

She Reached for a Cart, Got Shot With Her Own Gun

Walmart shopper had the weapon in a holster at her side, police say

(Newser) - Police in Tennessee say a woman was injured when a gun she carried into a Walmart fired a shot after falling from its holster and hitting the floor. Lexington police Capt. Jeff Middleton says the woman walked into the store with the gun in the holster at her side. He... More »

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