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November 5, 2013 | By Lee Romney, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Voters in the Santa Clara County city of Sunnyvale were overwhelmingly backing a host of gun safety measures Tuesday that would put the relatively safe city at the forefront of a nationwide conversation on firearms regulation. Sunnyvale's measure was passing with two-thirds of the vote. It would require residents to report lost or stolen weapons within 48 hours of the discovery and to keep weapons safely stored. It would also make it illegal to possess ammunition magazines of 10 or more rounds, and require those purchasing ammunition to provide documentation that would be kept on file by store owners for two years.
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January 6, 2014 | By Dahleen Glanton and Jason Meisner
CHICAGO - A federal judge Monday stripped away a key element of Chicago's gun ordinance, ruling that it was unconstitutional to prohibit licensed gun stores from operating in the city. U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang said Chicago had failed to persuade him that banning the sale of guns by licensed dealers was necessary to reduce gun violence that has plagued the city. The ruling also would make it legal for individuals to transfer ownership of firearms as gifts or in private sales as long as the recipients were over 18 and had state firearm owner identification cards.
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OPINION
December 4, 2009
Reasonable people agree that precautions should be taken to keep psychologically impaired individuals from buying guns. In the enduring debate over gun regulation, this has been one area of consensus. That's why it is difficult to fathom legislation proposed by Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) that would make it more difficult to keep guns out of the hands of veterans who have been deemed mentally incompetent by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Currently, such veterans fail their federal background checks if they attempt to buy a gun. So Burr wants to add another step to the background check: He proposes that the VA's medical diagnoses be subject to the approval of a judge or magistrate.
NATIONAL
December 21, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
CHADDS FORD, Pa. - Slowly and with a hitch in his step, Sal Foti made his way to the handicapped shooting lane at Targetmaster Indoor Firearm Range & Gun Shop. The lane is closest to the door, wide enough for a wheelchair or other equipment and marked with a handicapped sign. Foti, 57, a retired public relations executive, has suffered since childhood from rheumatoid arthritis, which stiffens his joints, making it difficult for him to walk or stand for long. "To put up even the target is hard for me," he said, "It's nice to see that ranges are starting to understand and accommodate handicapped shooters.
OPINION
March 31, 2013
Re "Voice of sense in gun debate," Column, March 28 I enjoyed George Skelton's piece on Republican Rep. Mike Thompson, a pro-gun legislator from Northern California who, as Skelton notes, proves you can be "both a gun lover and a gun controller. " FOR THE RECORD: Legislator: A March 31 letter to the editor on gun control misidentified Rep. Mike Thompson, a Democrat from Northern California, as a Republican. - As a member of the National Rifle Assn., I was disappointed that the organization didn't take a more reasonable stance on current gun issues.
OPINION
February 22, 2011
When a 19-year-old sophomore named Colton Tooley opened fire with an assault rifle last fall near the UT Tower at the University of Texas, it seemed to some like a horrible rerun: In 1966, the tower was the site of what was then the worst campus shooting in U.S. history, when a sniper firing from the top of the structure killed 14 people. In some states, this kind of history might lead to government action to protect students from gun violence. But not in Texas. Campuses are currently weapons-free zones in Texas.
NEWS
June 18, 2013 | By Christi Parsons and Melanie Mason
WASHINGTON -- The White House plans to announce Tuesday that it has improved gun safety in the country by chipping away at 21 of 23 items on an executive to-do list issued in January. But the progress report will also highlight steps that Congress has not taken, as some of the most significant measures ordered by President Obama will have little effect if lawmakers don't act to give funding or approval. Administration officials say there has been progress on several actions taken by Obama under executive authority, including directives to end the freeze on gun violence research and to reduce barriers that keep states from submitting records to the national background system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1998
Look around your kitchen, your office or your child's room: It's a safe bet that most of the appliances, furnishings, toys and office equipment came with labels or pamphlets warning of the hazards these products may pose to life and limb. Some may strike responsible adults as silly or self-evident--labels that caution against immersing an electric blow dryer in water, for instance.
NEWS
January 28, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Los Angeles Times
The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee on Friday rejected a request from Democrats to hold hearings related to gun safety in the aftermath of the shootings in Tucson earlier this month. All 16 Democrats on the committee, which has jurisdiction over firearms laws, sent a letter to Rep. Lamar Smith, the Texas Republican who recently took charge of the panel, asking him to convene hearings on the use of high-capacity magazines and improving background checks to prevent the mentally ill from obtaining guns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1990 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Citing an alarming increase in the number of children and teen-agers across the country being killed or wounded, Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl F. Gates and a national crime prevention group on Wednesday encouraged handgun safety and announced a series of nationwide television public service messages in an effort to curb the growing violence. The police chief also said that some parents should be criminally prosecuted if they do not keep their guns out of the reach of children.
NEWS
December 13, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
Some months after the Sandy Hook murders, Scott J. Svonkin, elected in 2011 to the Los Angeles Community College board of trustees, heard that a couple of his own campuses were hosting gun safety classes. They had to go, he decided. His colleagues unanimously agreed with him. “When I found out about it,” he said, “I decided I wanted to ban guns on our campuses. I wasn't aware of this noncredit gun class; I decided it'd be safer not to have guns on our campuses. I don't oppose people's right to own guns, but schools shouldn't be places where guns are allowed in the hands of anyone but law enforcement.” 2013 ENDINGS: Columnist Patt Morrison on what she won't miss His colleagues passed a resolution that, in the interest of a safe learning environment, banished the noncredit classes from all nine of the district's campuses; “the presence of firearms,” it read in part, “even when nonoperational and in the instructional setting, lends itself to the potential for panic and fear.” By doing so, the L.A. district bucked a trend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 | By Jason Wells
A statewide Amber Alert was issued Wednesday morning for a Sunnyvale man who authorities say abducted a 1-month-old baby. The California Highway Patrol identified the man as 22-year-old Mesut Guler, who was possibly driving a tan, medium-sized 2004 GMC Envoy SUV with the license plate number 6HIL892. The SUV has an image of a large American eagle on its rear window. The missing Latino child's name is Henry Guler-Romero, according to the CHP. The Amber Alert was issued shortly after 3:20 a.m. Guler was described as being 6 feet tall, 120 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2013 | By Lee Romney, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Voters in the Santa Clara County city of Sunnyvale were overwhelmingly backing a host of gun safety measures Tuesday that would put the relatively safe city at the forefront of a nationwide conversation on firearms regulation. Sunnyvale's measure was passing with two-thirds of the vote. It would require residents to report lost or stolen weapons within 48 hours of the discovery and to keep weapons safely stored. It would also make it illegal to possess ammunition magazines of 10 or more rounds, and require those purchasing ammunition to provide documentation that would be kept on file by store owners for two years.
NATIONAL
September 17, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - This month, a leading advocate of stricter gun safety laws argued that momentum had not stalled in Congress and cited an "inevitable fact" as proof. "There will be another mass shooting. And when it happens, members of Congress will have a lot of explaining to do," said Mark Glaze, director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. That shooting occurred Monday, claiming the lives of 12 people plus the gunman at a secure facility about a mile and a half from the Capitol. Yet sponsors of gun legislation expressed doubt that the Washington Navy Yard shooting would change the stubborn political reality that led to the defeat of a bipartisan proposal in April.
OPINION
July 30, 2013
Re "Congress has key state laws in cross hairs," July 28 How shameful that some Washington politicians would imperil our state's sensible environmental protection scheme by alleging its drag on interstate commerce. California's environmental quality laws are more farsighted than those of states more reliant on toxic industries. But the industry's adverse effects on the natural world don't magically vanish at state lines; neither should legitimate concerns about the environment.
NEWS
July 22, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - President Obama said he'll launch an effort this week to “refocus” the attention of lawmakers on the concerns of middle class families, dismissing what he called “phony distractions” that have left his agenda stalled in Congress. Obama will travel Wednesday to Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., a symbolic venue where as a young senator he once spoke about his economic vision, for a speech that he said would serve as the “kickoff” for a series of events in the coming months aimed at “changing the nature of the conversation” in the nation's capital.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 2001
"A Gunshy Governor" (editorial, Aug. 20) states that the gun lobby hates the comparison of car registration and drivers' licenses to gun registration and licenses. I love the comparison. According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicles accounted for 1,101 accidental deaths of 1-to 25-year-olds in California in 1998, the latest year that numbers are available. For that same year, firearms accounted for 32 accidental deaths--behind drowning, poisonings and pedestrian accidents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1999 | BRYNN MANDEL
A group known for holding candlelight vigils to commemorate murder victims plans to give away gun safety locks as soon as the first shipment arrives. Officials of the Faith Connection, a group based at the North Oxnard United Methodist Church, said the distribution could begin this week. The locks--which retail for $4 to $5--are lengths of cable that go through a gun's barrel and chamber similar to how a bicycle lock works.
NATIONAL
July 8, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak
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.
NEWS
June 18, 2013 | By Christi Parsons and Melanie Mason
WASHINGTON -- The White House plans to announce Tuesday that it has improved gun safety in the country by chipping away at 21 of 23 items on an executive to-do list issued in January. But the progress report will also highlight steps that Congress has not taken, as some of the most significant measures ordered by President Obama will have little effect if lawmakers don't act to give funding or approval. Administration officials say there has been progress on several actions taken by Obama under executive authority, including directives to end the freeze on gun violence research and to reduce barriers that keep states from submitting records to the national background system.
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