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Visa Delivers Big Win to Gun Control Advocates

Payment processor will start categorizing gun shop sales

(Newser) - Payment processor Visa Inc. said Saturday that it plans to start separately categorizing sales at gun shops, a major win for gun control advocates who say it will help better track suspicious surges of gun sales that could be a prelude to a mass shooting. But the decision by Visa,...

After Parade Shooting, 2 Jarring Comparisons
After Parade Shooting,
2 Jarring Comparisons
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After Parade Shooting, 2 Jarring Comparisons

Doctor and senator say gunfire, resulting injuries were like those in war

(Newser) - Monday's mass shooting at a parade in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park has led to some disturbing comparisons:
  • Like war: "Those are wartime injuries," Dr. David Baum, who treated victims after the shooting, tells CNN . "Those are what are seen in victims of war, not
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Gun Safety Measure Clears Congress
Biden Signs Landmark
Gun Safety Measure
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Biden Signs Landmark Gun Safety Measure

'Lives will be saved'

(Newser) - Update: President Biden on Saturday signed the most sweeping gun violence bill in decades, a bipartisan compromise that seemed unimaginable until a recent series of mass shootings, including the massacre of 19 students and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. "Lives will be saved," Biden...

We've Never Had a Day Like That on Guns Before
We've Never Had a Day
Like That on Guns Before
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We've Never Had a Day Like That on Guns Before

Both sides in debate score landmark wins, but pro-gun advocates seen as the bigger winners

(Newser) - Thursday was a head-spinning day in regard to guns. First, the Supreme Court handed a major victory to gun rights advocates with a ruling that loosens restrictions on who can carry handguns. Later, the Senate passed the first significant gun safety measure in three decades. Coverage:
  • Unprecedented: Washington, "so
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Texas Republicans Give Their Senator an Earful

GOP's John Cornyn is loudly booed at state convention for taking part in talks on gun safety

(Newser) - Texas Republicans wrapped up their annual convention this weekend, and they made clear they're in no mood to compromise on guns or other hot-button issues. That became clear when longtime GOP Sen. John Cornyn addressed the convention and was roundly booed, reports the Texas Tribune . See video here via...

Definition of 'Boyfriend' Stalls Deal on Gun Laws
'Boyfriend Loophole'
Hangs Up Gun Deal
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'Boyfriend Loophole' Hangs Up Gun Deal

Senate negotiators at impasse on defining who should be barred from owning a gun

(Newser) - A group of senators is trying to hammer out the final details of legislation on gun safety , and one particular issue has emerged as a major snag: It revolves around the definition of the term "boyfriend". Coverage:
  • The loophole: Under current federal law, anyone convicted of domestic violence against
...

'Thoughts and Prayers Won't Fix This': NY Changes Gun Law

Sale of semiautomatic rifles restricted to those 21 and older

(Newser) - New Yorkers under age 21 will be prohibited from buying semiautomatic rifles under a new law signed Monday by Gov. Kathy Hochul, making the state one of the first to enact a major gun control initiative following a wave of deadly mass shootings, per the AP . Hochul, a Democrat, signed...

Nevada Makes a Move Against Assault Weapons

State to divest from manufacturers; meanwhile, mass shootings claim 13 lives over weekend

(Newser) - The issue of gun safety remains in the headlines after at least nine mass shootings in the US over the weekend left 13 people dead and more than 50 injured. Axios rounds up details on seven shootings in Philadelphia ; Chattanooga , Tennessee; Mesa, Arizona; Summerton, South Carolina; Phoenix; Macon, Georgia, and...

Domestic Terrorism Bill Fails in the Senate

Bipartisan group begins work on new guns measure

(Newser) - Democrats’ first attempt at responding to the back-to-back mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas, failed in the Senate Thursday as Republicans blocked a domestic terrorism bill that would have opened debate on questions surrounding hate crimes and gun safety, per the AP . Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer tried to...

Rubio Takes Issue With NBA Call for Gun Reform

Miami Heat announcer makes 'strikingly strong' call

(Newser) - On Tuesday night, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr made waves with his gun reform-focused press conference . On Wednesday, the Miami Heat made a similar move. Ahead of their playoff matchup against the Boston Celtics, the PA announcer kicked things off with this: "The Heat organization, the Boston Celtics,...

Kimmel on Gun Rules: 'This Is Now Our Fault'

Late-night hosts tackle the mass shooting in Texas

(Newser) - Late-night hosts dug into the Texas mass shooting during their Wednesday monologues, often with emotional pleas:
  • Seth Meyers: He said he knew when he started his show he'd have days in which he'd have to talk about school shootings before segueing into lighter fare. He added that he
...

June 11 Is the Day to March: 'Do Our Lives Mean Nothing to You?'

In wake of Uvalde, March for Our Lives plans mass protest for gun safety, 4 years after Parkland

(Newser) - More than four years after its last huge demonstration in support of gun safety, March for Our Lives is rallying the masses again. "June 11, mark your calendar," the advocacy group tweeted Wednesday, announcing its plans for a nationwide protest in the wake of this week's mass...

Woman Reaches for Phone in Purse, Fires Gun Instead

She had a concealed carry permit

(Newser) - A woman's purse is a multitool. It can be a fashion accessory, a lunch bag, a first aid kit, a storage locker, or an impromptu umbrella for a dash to the door in a downpour—it is definitely not a holster, however. So learned Kashaun Alexsis McRunells of Edwards,...

Armorer on Baldwin Set Called 'Inexperienced and Green'

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed reportedly raised alarms on last film set with Nic Cage

(Newser) - As the investigation into how one was killed and another injured with what was supposed to be a prop gun on an Alec Baldwin film set, many have turned their focus to Rust's young head armorer. Per TMZ , Hannah Gutierrez-Reed was in charge of guns on the set where...

Family Sues Walmart After an Employee Kills Himself

Relatives of Jacob Mace say store sold him a gun but knew he was contemplating suicide

(Newser) - The family of a 23-year-old man who bought a shotgun at Walmart and killed himself with it hours later is suing the store over that sale. But the allegations from the relatives of Jacob Mace have an additional twist—he worked at the very store where he bought the gun,...

He Taught His Son About Guns. Then the Boy Shot Himself

An 11-year-old's death, and the subject of safe storage legislation

(Newser) - The night on which 11-year-old Tyler Paxton died in 2014 began in an unremarkable way. He had Taco Bell for dinner and watched YouTube videos, sharing one involving an otter with his mom. He told his parents he was going to watch cartoons in their room. Then came the gunshot....

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,...

Supreme Court Rejects Appeal From Gun Groups

Bump stock ban was upheld by lower courts

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal of the federal ban on bump stocks, devices that allow semi-automatic firearms to fire rapidly like machine guns. The justices did not comment in declining to review a lower court ruling that upheld the ban, which took effect nearly a year ago,...

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...

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...

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