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February 13, 2014 | By Maura Dolan and Tony Perry
SAN FRANCISCO - In a significant victory for gun owners, a divided federal appeals court Thursday struck down California rules that permit counties to restrict as they see fit the right to carry a concealed weapon in public. The 2-1 ruling by a U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel would overturn restrictions on carrying concealed handguns, primarily affecting California's most populated regions, including Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and San Francisco. The majority said the restrictions violate the 2nd Amendment's guarantee of the right to bear arms because they deny law-abiding citizens the ability to carry weapons in public unless they show they need the protection for specific reasons.
February 13, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court decided Thursday that a San Diego restriction on carrying concealed guns in public for self defense infringes on citizens' 2nd Amendment rights. In a 2-1 ruling, a panel of the U.S. 9 th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned San Diego County permit requirements because the court said they denied responsible, law-abiding citizens the right to carry concealed handguns in public for self-defense. California generally prohibits carrying guns, whether loaded or not, in public locations.
February 13, 2014 | By Michael McGough
Last year, after the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Illinois' blanket ban on the carrying of “ready to use” guns outside the home, a Los Angeles Times editorial said this: “Even if it were affirmed by the Supreme Court, the 7th Circuit's decision probably wouldn't threaten most state laws that impose sensible restrictions on the carrying of firearms. (In California, applicants for a 'carry a concealed weapon' permit must prove that they are of 'good moral character,' have sufficient cause to carry a weapon and have received firearms training.)
February 12, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly are writing a book on gun control. And while publisher Scribner describes it as a "book on America's gun debate," the title makes it clear that Giffords and Kelly are taking a side. The book will be called "Enough: Our Fight to Keep America Safe from Gun Violence. " Giffords was an Arizona congresswoman who was shot in the head during a 2011 attack on a public meeting she was holding with constituents at a Tucson mall. Giffords was among 13 injured; six people were killed, including a 9-year-old girl.
February 12, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
COLUMBUS, N.M. - Each morning, embattled Mayor Nicole Lawson performs a private ritual in this tiny U.S.-Mexico border village of 1,600 isolated souls, a forgotten place with mostly unpaved roads and not a single stoplight. After brushing her teeth, she pads over to a white note board bearing only an oversize number scrawled in black. On this mid-January morning, she wipes away the "58," replacing it with "57. " With a sigh of satisfaction, Lawson, 39, counts down yet another difficult day until the end of her term running a hamlet that may be one of America's most dysfunctional communities.
February 11, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Michael Dunn, on trial in the killing of an unarmed black teenager during a dispute over loud music, on Tuesday recounted their fatal confrontation, testifying that before shooting he saw a barrel of a gun and feared for his life. Dunn, 47, is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of Jordan Davis , 17, at a Jacksonville, Fla. convenience store in November 2012. Dunn has also pleaded not guilty to three counts of attempted murder for firing at three of Davis' friends.
February 8, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
Thiago Silva, a 31-year-old Brazilian mixed martial artist, was being held without bond Saturday in a Florida jail after allegedly threatening his estranged wife with a gun Thursday. Silva, who had his Ultimate Fighting Championship contract terminated on Friday following news of his arrest, was taken into custody after a four-hour standoff with police in Broward County. Officials allege that Silva confronted his extranged wife, Thaysa, at a mixed martial arts academy in Oakland Park.
February 8, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
Barely a month ago, Christopher Pengra became mayor of a bedroom community outside Salt Lake City, anticipating the usual headaches of a fast-growing area, such humdrum fare as traffic congestion and zoning disputes. But there was nothing in his newcomer's manual to handle this: A Utah County sheriff's deputy was killed late last month, gunned down on a lonely rural highway in Eagle Mountain after stopping to assist a stranded motorist. Sgt. Cory Wride, 44, a father of five whom friends knew as a "shy cowboy," had served the town for two decades.
February 7, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Authorities are looking for the person who phoned in a shooting threat Thursday that led to the closure of Los Angeles Valley College and a nearby high school in the San Fernando Valley. The caller also accused a 21-year-old former student of making the threat. Authorities interviewed the woman at her Panorama City home after tracking her down. They also searched her apartment but found no weapons. In an interview with  CBS  on Thursday, the former student, identified as Sydnee Lewis, said the caller should be jailed for the hoax.
February 5, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - "I'm hit! I'm hit!" U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry cried into the southern Arizona darkness that night, Dec. 14, 2010. "I can't feel my legs!" The 40-year-old Border Patrol agent, who was less than four years on the job, collapsed and died in the desert brush near Rio Rico. Terry's killing unraveled the Justice Department-sanctioned "Fast and Furious" gun-tracking operation and triggered one of the biggest political controversies of President Obama's first term.
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