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September 8, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - The fate of tighter gun control measures and restrictions on oil fracking could hang on a mad dash of political maneuvering and deal-cutting in the Legislature this week, when lawmakers have just four days left to act on about 400 bills. But the thorniest issue may be Gov. Jerry Brown's $315-million plan for meeting a federal court order to relieve prison crowding, a proposal that has the support of the Assembly speaker but drew criticism from the Senate leader, who offered his own plan instead.
August 29, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration said Thursday it had closed a loophole in the gun laws that allowed the acquisition of machine guns and other weapons and had banned U.S. military-style firearms that were sent overseas from returning to this country. The announcement of the two executive actions came as Vice President Joe Biden swore in the new head of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Biden pledged that the White House would not give up its effort for more gun control since the shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school last year.
August 22, 2013 |
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August 21, 2013 |
Stop me if you've heard this one: A man armed with an assault rifle walks into a school … OK, it's no joke. And it wouldn't be funny if it were. On Tuesday, it happened again: “A 19-year-old man dressed in black and armed with an AK-47 assault rifle fired at least six shots at police from inside an elementary school in suburban Atlanta,” as my colleague David Zucchino reported . Fortunately, this time -- unlike in Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo., and Virginia Tech and, oh, you get the idea -- no one was hurt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2013 |
After he heard the gunshot, Lee Benton sat down, lifted his shirt and saw the hole in his body. The 16-year-old, who had been at a party in Wilmington, was going to spend the night with a friend. Walking home, the two had decided it would be safer if they took an alley rather than Wilmington Boulevard. It was a little past midnight. There was no confrontation, Lee says. All he could remember was hearing a gun and feeling a burning pain in his stomach. His friend, who was hit in the shoulder, was able to call a girlfriend, who met the boys and drove them to the hospital.
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August 11, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - State lawmakers, back from their summer break and starting their final month in session, have a lengthy to-do list that features such politically volatile issues as environmental rules, gun control and immigration. Some 1,100 bills - about 275 a week, or 55 a day - require action before the Legislature adjourns Sept. 13 if they are to become law by the beginning of next year. Among them are proposals to relax California's landmark environmental quality law; place restrictions on the controversial oil extraction method known as fracking; and grant new benefits to those in the country illegally.
July 8, 2013 |
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Snug against the Rockies, this conservative bastion is home to the U.S. Air Force Academy, Pikes Peak, scores of evangelical churches and soon, perhaps, the most significant gun control fight in the country. Unless a judge steps in, John Morse, the Democratic president of the Colorado Senate, faces an unprecedented recall attempt arising from the sweeping gun laws passed after the school massacre in Newtown, Conn. Morse, a former police chief, calls the legislation an act of sublime leadership and said that being tossed from office, if it happens, is worth the price.
June 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden, seeking to reinvigorate the White House's stalled gun safety push, touted incremental progress Tuesday in nearly two dozen executive actions pledged by the administration in January. In a speech to administration officials, members of Congress and gun control advocates at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Biden also tried to goad Congress to act on the issue, vowing that White House and gun control supporters would continue to press for new firearms laws.
June 17, 2013 |
Santa Monica shooter John Zawahri was prevented some years ago from buying a firearm, but that didn't stop the gunman with a history of mental illness from killing five people this month in a 10-minute shooting rampage. In his column today, The Times' George Skelton notes that the shooter sprayed 100 rounds of ammunition from his home-assembled weapons and had access to 1,200 more. So where gun control failed to stop a troubled man from using a deadly weapon, Skelton wrote, bullet control could have.
June 14, 2013 |
Six months ago today, on Dec. 14, Americans reacted with horror to the slaughter of 20 children and six school employees at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Suddenly, gun safety legislation was front and center everywhere, including Washington. Then in April, a recalcitrant Senate succumbed to pressure from gun manufacturers and the NRA's leadership and failed to pass even the most modest measure, a bill to extend background checks to gun shows and Internet sales. The president was angry, the families of victims frustrated, and the moment for gun control seemed lost.