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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.
March 4, 2014 | By Chris Megerian and Seema Mehta
SACRAMENTO -- Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, a Republican candidate for governor, on Tuesday likened President Obama to dictators such as Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin on the issue of gun control.   The comparison, issued in a tweet , included an image with two rows of portraits. The first one showed George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and others who Donnelly said "stood for gun rights. " The second had Obama alongside Hitler, Stalin and King George III as people who "stood for gun control.
March 2, 2014 | By Tony Perry
The pilot of a military plane that crashed in a mountainous region of northern Nevada was killed in the accident, the Navy said Sunday. The plane, an F/A-18C Hornet on loan from the Marine Corps to the Navy for "Top Gun" pilot training, crashed Saturday afternoon east of the Naval Air Station in Fallon, Nev. The plane was a total loss, the Navy said. Rescue teams from the Navy and the Lander County, Nev., Sheriff's Office took hours to reach the site in a remote, rugged area Saturday.
February 27, 2014
Re "The paradox of open carry laws," Opinion, Feb. 23 Only in the United States could there be a serious article on the advantages and disadvantages of carrying a gun openly or concealed; only in the United States could a George Zimmerman or Michael Dunn incident happen; only in the United States, among all developed countries, is there a mainstream culture of fear that accepts carrying a gun as necessary for protection. Some Americans still believe that Elvis is alive, that the Earth revolves around the sun, that the world is flat and that witches exist.
February 25, 2014 | By Jessica Garrison and Chris Megerian
The handgun that GOP assemblyman and gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly attempted to take through airport security in 2012 was not registered to him, according to a police report reviewed by The Times. Donnelly told officers who questioned him that he had bought it five years before and never registered it in his name. The San Bernardino County lawmaker and gun-rights advocate pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of carrying a loaded firearm in public without a concealed weapons permit and possessing a gun in an airport.
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.
February 24, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
So much for the argument that a gun in the house makes you safer. And it's especially not true for women. Atlantic Cities has a roundup piece Monday of recent studies of gun ownership and violence. It concludes that women living in homes in which guns are present are at much higher risk of being shot - most often by a spouse or partner - than women in homes without gun access. The most recent study is in the Annals of Internal Medicine , and its overall conclusion is direct: “Access to firearms is associated with risk for completed suicide and being the victim of homicide.” According to the study, there is a pronounced risk for a woman being the victim of a firearm homicide if she lives in a home in which guns are present.
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.
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