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March 5, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Under intensifying pressure from gun control groups and New York Atty. Gen. Eric Schneiderman, Facebook is tightening its policies to make it more difficult for people to illegally sell or trade guns on Facebook and Instagram, particularly to minors. The giant social network will block minors from seeing posts about gun sales and trades, the company said Wednesday. Facebook said it would limit access to posts about gun sales and trades to people 18 and older.
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March 5, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Under intensifying pressure from gun control groups and New York Atty. Gen. Eric Schneiderman, Facebook is tightening its policies to make it more difficult for people to illegally sell or trade guns on Facebook and Instagram, particularly to minors. The giant social network will block minors from seeing posts about gun sales and trades, the company said Wednesday. Facebook said it would limit access to posts about gun sales and trades to people 18 and older.
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NATIONAL
March 15, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
A bill to require universal background checks on gun sales was approved in the Colorado Senate on Friday and headed to the House. It is the latest in a series of proposed legislation to tighten gun laws in the state, the fates of which are now being decided in the House and Senate. The last several days have been marked by many hours of emotional debate over the proposed laws. Earlier this week a bill that bans the purchase of ammunition magazines of more than 15 rounds was passed.
BUSINESS
February 25, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook is in talks with two gun control groups that are pressuring the giant social network to crack down on illegal gun sales and trades. "We are talking with a number of organizations around our policies on guns," a Facebook spokesman said. Facebook also noted that it's common for the company to engage with advocacy groups concerned about hate speech, bullying and other hot-button issues. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the group backed by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, have stepped up their demands after recent gun arrests were tied to sales of guns facilitated through Facebook.
BUSINESS
December 7, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Gun maker Smith & Wesson had a strong second quarter as the consumer firearms market continues to grow, the company said this week. The Springfield, Mass., manufacturer said Thursday afternoon that it earned $21.2 million in profit, or 31 cents a share during the quarter ended Oct. 31. In the same period a year earlier, the company reported a loss of $1.6 million, or 2 cents a share. Revenue soared 48% to $136.6 million, from $92.3 million. The company's stock fluctuated in morning trading, swinging up to $11.25 a share -- a 3.7% surge -- before slumping down 7.7% to $10.01 a share.
NEWS
March 12, 2013 | By Melanie Mason
WASHINGTON - A bill to expand background check requirements for gun sales cleared its first Senate hurdle Tuesday, even though a compromise measure that would attract sufficient bipartisan support in the full chamber remains elusive. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a proposal by Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) by a 10-8 vote Tuesday, with the backing solely of the Democrats on the committee. Schumer said the bill, a variation of a broad background checks measure he introduced in 2011,  represented his “ideal approach” to extending background checks to nearly all gun sales; currently, only sales by licensed dealers are subject to checks.
BUSINESS
November 7, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
While investors moping over President Barack Obama 's reelection sent the Dow spiraling down more than 300 points Wednesday morning, one sector is seeing a surge: gun manufacturing. Firearms maker Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. surged 10.8% to $10.48 a share in morning trading, more than double its price at the beginning of the year. Sturm , Ruger & Co. Inc. got a 6.4% boost to $47.48 a share, a 39% increase from early January The impetus? Gun sales are expected to boom now that Obama , who said during one presidential debate that he's open to reintroducing an expired ban on civilian purchases of assault weapons, is returning to office.
NATIONAL
March 12, 2013 | By Melanie Mason, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - A bill to expand background check requirements for gun sales cleared its first Senate hurdle Tuesday, with Democrats hoping that it would be the vehicle for a compromise measure that could pass the full chamber. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the proposal by Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) by a 10-8 vote, with support solely from Democrats. Schumer said the bill, a variation of a measure he introduced in 2011, represented his "ideal approach" to extending background checks to nearly all gun sales.
NATIONAL
February 21, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - A group of Democratic lawmakers, led by Rep. Linda Sanchez of California  is launching an effort to secure money for gun buybacks, firearms safety campaigns and anti-violence programs from a new tax on handgun purchases. Sanchez unveiled the bill, which would impose a 10% tax on handgun purchases,  Thursday at Los Angeles County Sheriff's headquarters in Monterey Park.  “It is time to give our law enforcement agencies all the necessary resources to prevent gun violence," Sanchez said.
BUSINESS
December 24, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Calls for stricter weapons laws after the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school have gun enthusiasts scrambling to buy firearms before they're potentially restricted or banned outright. Brownells Inc., which claims to be the world's largest supplier of firearms accessories and gunsmithing tools, said it has sold 3 1/2 years worth of ammunition magazines in three days. Consumer demand has been “unprecedented” recently, according to a statement attributed to company President Pete Brownell on gun owner forum AR15.com . Police say Adam Lanza used a Bushmaster AR-15 semi-automatic rifle on Dec. 14, when he went on a shooting rampage in Newtown, Conn.
SCIENCE
January 3, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
The federal government on Friday announced it had drafted new rules aimed at keeping people who have been involuntarily committed to psychiatric treatment from buying guns. The Department of Health and Human Services said one proposed rule would "remove unnecessary legal barriers" to states reporting the names of patients involuntary admitted to psychiatric care. Those names would enter the National Instant Criminal Background Check Systems -- NICS -- that would be used by most gun dealers as a condition of sale.
NATIONAL
September 21, 2013 | By Joseph Tanfani
WASHINGTON - For years, federal and state governments have struggled to build a background check system that can keep guns out of the hands of mentally troubled people. Monday's mass shooting at the Navy Yard shows that goal remains elusive. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, run by the FBI, is supposed to prevent gun sales to people with serious mental illness, as well as to convicted criminals, fugitives and domestic violence offenders. (Despite the system's name, not all the people it flags have been accused of wrongdoing.)
NATIONAL
September 18, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg stepped up his call for universal background checks for gun buyers Wednesday in the wake of the deadly Navy Yard rampage in Washington, D.C., releasing a study that he said showed thousands of felons had used federal loopholes to pursue weapons via online sales. Bloomberg , the co-chairman of Mayors Against Illegal Guns and one of the country's most vocal proponents of stricter gun laws, said the thousands of websites offering firearms for sale were an option for  felons, domestic abusers and others who would face background checks and probably be turned away if they tried to buy guns in stores.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2013 | By Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
The FBI is investigating whether members of the Los Angeles Police Department's elite SWAT and Special Investigations Section units violated the law by purchasing large numbers of custom-made handguns and reselling them for profit, according to interviews. Federal authorities opened the inquiry into the alleged gun sales in recent weeks after LAPD officials alerted them to possible gun violations, multiple sources told The Times. The move comes after an earlier LAPD investigation found no wrongdoing on the part of officers.
NATIONAL
April 10, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Gun control efforts in Congress cleared a significant hurdle Wednesday as the Senate prepared to open what could be a weeks-long debate, even as opponents plotted a shift in strategy aimed at undermining a comprehensive package of legislation. Gaining enough support simply to open the debate has required extensive negotiation and legislative maneuvering, testimony to the difficult politics of gun control. If the Senate proceeds as scheduled Thursday, it will mark only the third time in a generation that a significant gun measure has come to the floor.
NEWS
April 10, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
WASHINGTON -- Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) on Wednesday announced a compromise on the centerpiece of gun legislation the Senate is to begin deliberating later this week -- an expansion of background checks that will cover most commercial gun sales. “I don't consider criminal background checks to be gun control. I think it's just common sense,” Toomey said at a news conference, explaining that keeping guns from criminals and the dangerously mentally ill was the right thing to do. “Background checks are not a cure-all, but they can be helpful.” Months of negotiations between Manchin and another Republican, Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, moved slowly and eventually stalemated last week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2001
Re "City Sets Sights on Gun Sales," Jan 23. The Cindy Miscikowskis and Mike Feuers of this world just do not get it. The addition of more restrictions on the legal purchase of firearms will do nothing to deter violent crime. . . . We do not have the resources to adequately enforce all gun legislation currently in place. To add another layer of "protection" (i.e. another bureaucratic impediment to the legal purchase of firearms) is ludicrous. The only thing that fingerprinting will accomplish is soiling the fingers of potential purchasers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1999
Re "Council Panel Supports Limits on Gun Purchases," Jan. 14: So no one testified against L.A. City Council member Mike Feuer's plan to implement yet one more of Sarah Brady's acts of harassment against law-abiding gun owners. Could this be because his committee is a cozy, self-absorbed cabal of 2nd Amendment foes? One more reason to work for secession from Los Angeles. MARSHALL BUCK West Los Angeles Your story regarding the proposed one-gun-per-month sales restriction now being considered by the L.A. City Council was most interesting.
NEWS
April 9, 2013 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- Family members of Sandy Hook shooting victims are bewildered that Congress is still struggling to pass stricter gun laws, Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday afternoon. Speaking to a room full of police in uniform at a White House event, Biden bluntly described the opposition that gun measures face. He blamed “the black helicopter crowd” for stirring up fears that the government wants to “swoop down” and seize everyone's guns. That opposition has stalled action, Biden said, frustrating the families of victims.
NEWS
April 3, 2013 | By Doyle McManus
In my Wednesday column , I reported on the gathering signs that President Obama's push for significant new gun control legislation is dead in the water -- mostly because the National Rifle Assn. has mounted opposition more intense than the support for new measures. The NRA and other gun rights advocates have effectively blocked an assault weapons ban or a limit on high-capacity ammunition clips. Now they're taking aim at the centerpiece of Obama's gun control agenda: expanded background checks that would cover most gun sales, including those between individuals (with an exemption for immediate family members)
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