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November 12, 2013 | By David Horsey
If a bunch of men with guns showed up outside a restaurant, it might make anyone inside a wee bit nervous. If you happened to be one of four members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense who had gathered for lunch at that restaurant and you looked out the window and saw a group of 40 rifle-toting people staring back at you, you could be forgiven for freaking out. That is what happened at the Blue Mesa Grill in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday. The folks with the guns were a contingent representing Open Carry Texas.
November 10, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Lots of gun rumblings. The blood keeps spilling. And the carnage spreads. Start with the LAX shootings. The gun used by the government-hater to kill a checkpoint screener and wound three others? It was the type of firearm that would have been banned from the California market under legislation vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Not that it would have mattered for Gerardo Hernandez, 39, the TSA agent who was murdered. The bill would not have taken effect until Jan. 1. And Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, the disgruntled, alleged assassin, could have kept his semiautomatic rifle by registering it. And, yes, he also could have armed himself with a handgun and probably inflicted the same damage.
November 5, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
The 2014 gubernatorial campaign officially began Tuesday, with tea party favorite Tim Donnelly, a Republican assemblyman from the Inland Empire, announcing that he is running for governor. "I want to let Jerry Brown know that … not only are we coming for him, but the people of the state of California are coming for their freedom back," Donnelly said, flanked by his wife, three of their five children and dozens of supporters at a sawdust-covered furniture factory in Baldwin Park.
October 28, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- A Bay Area man pleaded no contest Monday to charges stemming from his threat to kill state Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) because he was angry that the lawmaker had introduced gun control bills. Everett Basham, who authorities say was building homemade bombs, was arrested in February. On Monday, he pleaded no contest to seven felony counts including making a terrorist threat and possessing assault weapons and a destructive device, as well as three misdemeanor charges, according to Sean Webby, a spokesman for the Santa Clara County district attorney's office.
October 16, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - One thing I don't get: If people kill people - guns don't - why is it OK for a perpetually drunken person to own a gun? Gov. Jerry Brown thinks it is. A drunk with a gun is double-barreled trouble. Studies show that a gun owner with one misdemeanor conviction - such as a DUI - is five times more likely to commit a violent crime with a firearm than a gunner with no prior arrest record, according to Garen Wintemute, director of the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program.
October 15, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
When a pair of Colorado lawmakers were recalled last month in a referendum on gun control, opponents had this to console them: At least, they said, the twin defeats did not alter the balance of power in Denver, the state capital. Now gun rights advocates are looking to change that. Organizers have received official go-ahead to start gathering signatures in a bid to oust state Sen. Evie Hudak, a Democrat from the Denver suburb of Westminister, who was the target of a failed recall petition drive earlier this year.
October 11, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed 11 gun control bills including a ban on the use of lead bullets by hunters, but vetoed seven measures restricting firearms that were introduced in response to the massacre last year at a Connecticut elementary school. Brown rejected a proposal to ban the sale of semiautomatic rifles with detachable magazines, and bills that would have expanded the list of crimes that would bar the offender from firearms possession. He signed bills requiring more safety training for gun owners and better tracking of guns that are lost or stolen.
September 24, 2013
Re "Gun laws for mentally ill not so easy," Sept. 22 The instant background check on Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis is no replacement for an in-depth universal background check. If the media were able so quickly to uncover information about Alexis' troubled history, an in-depth background check would have also. Gun advocates use the fact that the shooter purchased his gun legally with a background check to show that additional laws would be ineffective. In fact, the instant, inadequate background check that Alexis passed is a result of the gun lobby's efforts to limit gun restrictions.
September 18, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu and Ricardo Lopez
With the nation still reeling from another mass shooting, Starbucks has made it clear that customers should enjoy their beverages unarmed. Starbucks Corp. Chief Executive Howard Schultz has issued a public letter "respectfully requesting" customers to refrain from bringing guns into his stores. It's not a flat-out ban. Enforcing such a prohibition "would potentially require our partners to confront armed customers," Schultz said. So don't expect signs discouraging firearms or employees asking gun-toting patrons to disarm.
September 18, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
We're all feeling a little desensitized now, aren't we? Another mass shooting. Ho hum. Nothing will change, so why bother making noises about the gun sickness that pervades this country? Congress won't do anything to tighten up gun regulations. Politicians who advocate for stronger gun measures will be tossed out of office . The mentally ill will continue to fall through the cracks ( with or without Obamacare ). Background checks for military contractors will never be up to par . Young men who tell police they hear voices, are being followed or sent vibrations through microwaves will never be forced into 72-hour mental health holds.
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