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February 14, 2013 |
Whenever the topic of gun control comes up, some activists say they need high-powered weapons to protect themselves from the people who run the country. In the words of one reader, the 2nd Amendment exists "so we can defend ourselves against the tyranny of government. The Constitution didn't provide for gun ownership so we could shoot turkeys at Thanksgiving. " In his Thursday column , George Skelton says the notion of allowing citizens enough firepower to fight the government is ridiculous.
September 19, 2012 |
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.
April 16, 2013 |
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.
July 23, 2012 |
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.
December 13, 2011 |
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.
February 23, 2013 |
Las Vegas -- The saga of disgraced Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks just keeps on growing. Last month, Brooks was arrested on suspicion of threatening a fellow Democrat, Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick. Now, law enforcement officers say investigators shadowing the troubled assemblyman from North Las Vegas say he unsuccessfully tried to purchase an unspecified type of gun Thursday at a northern Nevada sporting goods store. Officials at the Carson City Sheriff's Office say it's unclear whether Brooks was denied his intended purchase at Scheels gun shop in Sparks or whether he is awaiting a routine 72-hour waiting period for such purchases.
July 5, 2013 |
What is it about guns, healthcare and marijuana that bring out the antebellum nuttiness in state lawmakers? Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a bill Friday that would have declared virtually every federal gun law invalid and subjected federal agents to state charges for enforcing them. Among other things, the measure would have invalidated federal rules banning the possession of machine guns and silencers, requiring gun dealers to be licensed and mandating a waiting period on gun sales.
December 9, 2013 |
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 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2010 |
A federal court jury last week acquitted a Los Angeles police officer of attempting to illegally export guns to Belize for a private security business he owned. Federal prosecutors had alleged that LAPD Officer Johnny Augustus Baltazar illegally shipped a safe packed with firearms and ammunition to Belize in July 2007. The cache included eight .40-caliber handguns, two 9-millimeter handguns and more than 1,500 rounds of ammunition. Baltazar had bought most of the weapons at the LAPD police academy store for his Belize business, Elite Security.