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February 23, 2014 | By Adam Winkler
What's the best way to minimize the number of guns on California's streets? That's the question confronting gun control supporters after this month's ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals striking down San Diego's restrictions on carrying handguns in public. That case was brought by gun owners who applied for but were denied permits to carry concealed weapons. San Diego will undoubtedly appeal the decision in the hope of saving its restrictive policy for awarding concealed carry permits.
February 22, 2014 | By David Colker
For extraordinary acts of courage during the D-day invasion of World War II, Walter Ehlers received the nation's highest military award - the Medal of Honor. And it changed his life. "I didn't have a life before the medal," Ehlers said in a 2004 Washington Post interview. A self-described "farmer boy" who not only took out enemy gun nests single handedly during the D-day operation, but also drew fire to himself so other soldiers could withdraw, Ehlers was invited to every presidential inauguration from Eisenhower on. He spoke all over the world to student, military and other groups.
February 21, 2014
Re "Gun control made harder," Editorial, Feb. 18 In your argument against the recent U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision invalidating San Diego County's restrictions on concealed carry firearms, you don't go into much detail as to why this particular restriction is unconstitutional. California banned the open carry of firearms. As many pointed out at the time, this blanket prohibition made it impossible for typical California residents to "bear arms" outside the home, and so strengthened arguments against restrictive concealed carry requirements.
February 21, 2014 | By Chris Erskine
The diva guard is orchestrating coaching changes. The boss man is an inveterate womanizer, as is most of the team, except for the committed virgin they just signed, who firmly believes sex shouldn't take place till marriage. This a dynasty or a soap opera? Well, actually it's both. Welcome to Showtime, the run-and-gun Lakers of the 1980s, one of the most successful yet dysfunctional franchises in the history of sports. What a tonic Jeff Pearlman's new book is for forlorn Lakers fans suffering through the team's disastrous current season.
February 20, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
Orange County has loosened requirements for carrying concealed weapons in public following a pro-gun ruling last week by a federal appeals court, officials said Thursday. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2 to 1 that California counties may no longer require residents who want to carry concealed firearms to demonstrate special, individualized needs for protection. The court majority said law-abiding residents have a 2nd Amendment right to bear a gun in public.
February 19, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Everyone agrees that a 17-year-old Georgia boy held something in his hand when police shot him to death on his doorstep: The officers say it was a gun; an attorney for the boy's family says it was a Nintendo Wii remote control. And a neighbor speculates that it might have been a BB gun. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into Friday's shooting, which took place when two officers arrived to serve two arrest warrants for probation violations on someone else in the household.
February 19, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
A young man mouths off from the back of an SUV in a Florida convenience store parking lot - and Michael Dunn, sitting in the next vehicle, pulls a gun out of his glove compartment and opens fire , later claiming he felt threatened by a shotgun that he, and only he, saw. A group of teens pulls a prank by dumping eggs, mayonnaise and leaves on a parked car - and Willie Noble, whose car it was, allegedly storms out of his house and opens fire,...
February 16, 2014 | Helene Elliott
T.J. Oshie had only one concern when Coach Dan Bylsma called his name six times during the shootout that would settle Team USA's preliminary-round game against Russia. "I was just thinking of something else I could do to try to keep them guessing," said Oshie, whose shootout success with the NHL's St. Louis Blues helped him win an Olympic berth. "I had to go back to the same move a couple times, but I was glad it ended when it did. I was running out of moves there. " Unlike the NHL, international rules permit players to take multiple shootout attempts after three rounds.
February 14, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- Assemblyman Tim Donnelly took some friendly fire on Friday when he spoke with John and Ken, the radio duo who host a Burbank-based talk show.  The Republican candidate for governor appeared to violate his probation agreement last week by firing borrowed weapons at a gun range in Santa Cruz County. Donnelly was barred from using firearms that are not registered to him for three years after pleading no contest to two misdemeanors for bringing a loaded weapon to an airport in 2012.  One of the hosts greeted him on the show by saying, "This is one way to raise your name recognition, if you end up in the paper every few days for some gun violation.
February 13, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, Republican candidate for governor and outspoken gun-rights advocate, appears to have violated his probation agreement while firing borrowed weapons at an indoor gun range last week. The San Bernardino County lawmaker was placed on probation for three years after taking a loaded gun to Ontario International Airport in his carry-on briefcase in 2012. The terms of his plea deal say Donnelly cannot “personally use, own or possess any firearm that is not registered to him,” according to court records.
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