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September 19, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Only DNA from George Zimmerman was found on the grip of the gun that was used in the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, according to DNA test results released Wednesday. The test results were in the latest batch of discovery material released by officials in the notorious murder case , which has become a national flashpoint in race relations and gun laws. Zimmerman, 28, is free on bail awaiting trial on charges of second-degree murder in the killing of Martin, an African American teenager, who was shot to death in a confrontation at a gated community in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26. The tests on the gun and the holster were performed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
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NATIONAL
May 4, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON - Vowing that “we will never surrender,” the leader of the National Rifle Assn. claimed victory over recently defeated gun control legislation and denounced “political and media” elites for vilifying gun owners and supporting laws that would limit their rights rather than stop criminals. “We will never give up or compromise our constitutional freedom - not one single inch,” NRA Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre told hundreds of supporters at the group's annual meeting here.
NEWS
April 16, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave politicians everywhere some sound advice on gun control recently. Defending New York's tough new measures against critics who charge that the state has exceeded its regulatory authority, he said : “Yes, they are against it, but they are the extremists, and the extremists shouldn't win, especially on this issue when it is so important to the majority. In politics, we have to be willing to take on the extremists, otherwise you will see paralysis.” How obvious, and how true.
NATIONAL
December 22, 2012 | By Andrew Khouri
An Oregon man faces misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment  after leaving his loaded semi-automatic handgun in a movie theater, where a 12-year-old boy found it. Tillamook Police Chief Terry Wright said Gary Quackenbush, 61, of Tillamook County left his Beretta at the Coliseum Theatre on Tuesday night, putting people in danger when he failed to call police after noticing it was missing from his holster.  The next morning, about 150...
NEWS
July 23, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.), one of the few members of Congress willing to publicly discuss the politically unpopular issue of gun control, has done so again in the aftermath of the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shootings. Congress convened Monday for the first time since the shootings in the Denver suburb, with the Senate holding a moment of silence in remembrance of the victims. Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the GOP leader, read aloud the names of the 12 people, including a 6-year-old girl, who were killed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 1989 | AL MARTINEZ
Chris tells the story like he is repeating a segment from a dream in which every detail remains brilliantly clear. He can recall seeing a movement of the pale blue curtains in his bedroom that day and the patterns of light and shadow created by sunlight streaming through a window. He remembers a trace of his wife's perfume in the air and the fact that their dog Oscar was barking in the distance. He remembers hearing a hammer pounding in the neighborhood. Accidents happen on just those kinds of days.
NEWS
December 13, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A gun accidentally discharged after being detected in a carry-on at an Atlanta checkpoint Sunday. The gun's owner was telling an Atlanta officer how to clear the loaded .22-magnum revolver when it accidentally discharged. A fragment grazed the officer but he was uninjured. The gun's owner was arrested and charged with carrying a deadly weapon at a public gathering, according to the police report . . . . Now Greyhound is mad at Alec Baldwin too. After being booted off an American flight last week for refusing to turn off an electronic device, he wrote in a column that flight attendants “have made flying a Greyhound bus experience.“ The rant drew a letter of complaint from Greyhound President Dave Leach.
NEWS
June 18, 1989
I would like to take this opportunity to clarify the gun owners' view regarding Art Buchwald's "Deer Hunters Get Drop on Bambi" (June 6). A misconception is that semiautomatic firearms are justified by our supposed right to hunt. This is not the case. The framers of the Constitution saw the necessity of an armed citizenry for the purpose of maintaining a free society. In those days, a military assault rifle was a muzzle-loaded flintlock gun. Today they are semiautomatic and full automatic firearms.
NEWS
December 9, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - The Senate on Monday agreed to extend by another decade a ban on plastic guns that can evade traditional security screening, after an effort to include stronger limits was rejected. The renewed Undetectable Firearms Act, which is due to expire at midnight, now goes to President Obama for his signature. First passed in 1988 and signed by President Reagan, the law requires that plastic guns contain enough metal to set off a metal detector or appear in X-ray scanners.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- State lawmakers late Thursday sent Gov. Jerry Brown bills that would outlaw the sale of rifles with detachable magazines and expand the list of crimes that result in a 10-year ban on possessing firearms. Thursday's action follows the approval of nine other gun control bills earlier in the week in a state that already had some of the toughest restrictions in the nation. The gun bills are part of a package of several measures introduced in response to the shooting death of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut last year.
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