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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1997
The British Parliament has decided to ban handguns in that country (June 12). Period. Is our country so much less civilized that our Congress cannot enact a similar law for us? How long will our representatives continue to allow the gun lobby to block such a simple solution to end our annual slaughter? HOWARD C. GOODMAN Marina del Rey
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - George Deukmejian was not a flashy governor. Wasn't a spellbinder. But he was a bold leader on a perilous front: gun control. In a state that prizes entertainers and celebrities, Deukmejian twice got elected governor anyway. He was the quiet-spoken, strong-willed type. "Iron Duke," they called him. Gary Cooper would have been perfect for the part. Think "High Noon. " We're coming up on the 24th anniversary of Iron Duke's outdrawing the gun lobby to enact the nation's first assault weapons ban - an action hardly anyone could have predicted, given his political past.
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NEWS
May 23, 1991 | MICHELE FUETSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A proposed ordinance banning the possession of handguns in the city has failed before a divided City Council. Mayor Walter R. Tucker Jr. and Councilwoman Jane D. Robbins voted against the proposed ban, and Councilwoman Bernice Woods abstained. Tucker described the ordinance as "ludicrous," drawing applause from several residents at Tuesday night's council meeting. Tucker said the ordinance would make citizens who own guns helpless in the face of assailants who invade their homes.
NATIONAL
July 14, 2010 | David G. Savage and James Oliphant
Justice Sonia Sotomayor's decision last month to oppose expanded gun rights under the 2nd Amendment is being cited by the National Rifle Assn. as reason for senators to oppose Elena Kagan, President Obama's second nominee to the Supreme Court. The NRA released an anti-Kagan ad this week that shows Sotomayor seemingly assuring senators during her confirmation hearing last year that she supports individual gun rights. Citing her vote in June to uphold a handgun ban in Chicago, the ad urges members to call their senators and "tell them not to fall for the same trick twice."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1986
Benenson's article must be answered. He quotes, "criminologist" Don B. Kates Jr. It should be made clear that this is the same Don B. Kates who defended the mandatory gun ownership law in Kennesaw, Ga., and is the author of a number of pro-gun articles. He testified at hearings in San Francisco in November in favor of the McClure-Volkmer bill, which is opposed by every major law enforcement organization because it weakens present laws. It would be difficult to agree that these could be the impartial statements of a criminologist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 1996
After unanimously agreeing to ban Saturday night specials last month, the Sierra Madre City Council backtracked Tuesday night, voting down an ordinance to bar the local sale of the small, cheaply made handguns. Sierra Madre has no gun stores, but agreed to consider the law after the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments urged the 30 cities in the valley to pass bans modeled on ordinances adopted by the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood.
SPORTS
March 17, 1985 | Associated Press
Monday would have been Ben Wilson's 18th birthday, but instead of a party, friends of the slain high school basketball star plan to give city officials petitions seeking a ban on handguns. Wilson was fatally shot Nov. 20 as he walked with his girlfriend near Simeon Vocational High School. Police said he apparently bumped into two gang members on a sidewalk; two 16-year-olds have pleaded innocent after being charged with murder and await trial.
NEWS
November 29, 2007
Handgun ban: A Nov. 21 Section A article on a Supreme Court case involving Washington, D.C.'s, handgun ban said the city's lawyers had argued that handguns were involved in most violent crime. The city argued in its petition that handguns were used in the majority of murders and robberies, a narrower category than violent crime in general.
NEWS
November 2, 1994 | STEPHEN BRAUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From the immaculate display cases lined with pistols to the neat stacks of National Rifle Assn. pamphlets piled near the front entrance of the Badger Guns & Ammo store, there is no doubt where owner Mickey Beatovic stands. There is no doubt, either, where the store itself stands, and that is what riles Beatovic as Milwaukee girds for a showdown over a referendum to ban possession of handguns within the city limits. Batovic's gun store lies in suburban West Milwaukee.
NATIONAL
March 3, 2010 | By David G. Savage
The Supreme Court justices, hearing a 2nd Amendment challenge to Chicago's ban on handguns, signaled Tuesday that they were ready to extend gun rights nationwide, clearing the way for legal attacks on state and local gun restrictions. The court's majority appears almost certain to strike down a Chicago ordinance and rule that residents have a right to a handgun at home. Of U.S. cities, only Chicago and its Oak Park suburb have total bans on handguns. But many cities and states have laws regulating who can have a gun and where they can take it. Gun rights advocates have said they've been waiting for the court's ruling in this case to begin challenging gun regulations nationwide.
NATIONAL
February 28, 2010 | By David Savage
When the Supreme Court takes up a challenge this week to Chicago's strict ban on handguns, it will hear two contrasting visions of how to make the city safer and to protect its residents from gun violence. On one side are the law-abiding city dwellers who say they need guns to protect themselves from armed thugs. Among them is Otis McDonald, who says he is worried about the armed drug dealers on the streets in his Morgan Park neighborhood. "I only want a handgun in my home for my protection," said McDonald, 76. On the other side are prosecutors and police who say the city's ban on handguns gives them a legal basis for confronting gang members and drug dealers.
NATIONAL
October 1, 2009 | David G. Savage
The Supreme Court set the stage for a historic ruling on gun rights and the 2nd Amendment by agreeing today to hear a challenge to Chicago's ban on handguns. At issue is whether state and local gun-control ordinances can be struck down as violating the "right to keep and bear arms" in the 2nd Amendment. A ruling on the issue, due by next summer, could open the door to legal challenges to various gun control measures in cities and states across the nation. The case also will decide whether the 2nd Amendment protects a broad constitutional right, similar to the 1st Amendment's right to free speech or the 4th Amendment's protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.
NATIONAL
January 13, 2008 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
In their legal battle over gun ownership and the 2nd Amendment, gun- control advocates never expected to get a boost from the Bush administration. But that's just what happened when U.S. Solicitor General Paul D. Clement urged the Supreme Court in a brief Friday to say that gun rights are limited and subject to "reasonable regulation" by the government and that all federal restrictions on firearms should be upheld.
NEWS
November 29, 2007
Handgun ban: A Nov. 21 Section A article on a Supreme Court case involving Washington, D.C.'s, handgun ban said the city's lawyers had argued that handguns were involved in most violent crime. The city argued in its petition that handguns were used in the majority of murders and robberies, a narrower category than violent crime in general.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2004 | From Associated Press
Supervisors want voters to approve a sweeping handgun ban that would prohibit almost everyone except law enforcement officers, security guards and military members from possessing such firearms in the city. The measure, which will appear on the municipal ballot next year, would bar residents from keeping handguns in their homes or businesses, said Bill Barnes, an aide to Supervisor Chris Daly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2001
Re "Limits Weighed on Ammunition Sales," April 4: I am pleased that the Los Angeles City Council is moving to ban ultra-compact handguns and [limit the sale of] high-caliber ammunition. With L.A. enacting these laws, criminals in Orange County will realize that it is much safer to do their evil deeds in L.A. The resultant exodus of criminals will ensure the continued well-being of Orange County residents, including those who choose not to own a handgun. After all, Orange County still allows law-abiding residents to possess handguns and ammunition, and criminals know it is a bad idea to attack a citizen here.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 1998
he California Supreme Court upheld a city's right to ban the sale of a class of handguns commonly known as Saturday night specials (Dec. 23). The NRA lawsuit against this city ordinance is important for at least two reasons: The five legal issues used to attack this ordinance were found to be simply not applicable, and the NRA's attorneys did not invoke the 2nd Amendment in challenging this local ordinance. Clearly this omission was not an oversight; but rather an acknowledgment that the 2nd Amendment is not a deterrent or threat to responsible guns laws affecting the private possession of firearms.
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