CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1989 |
The M1-A1 rifle weighs 12 pounds, holds 20 bullets and, when cradled in the steady arms of a sharpshooter, can hit a bull's-eye at 600 yards, which is why Los Angeles Police Sgt. Louis H. Salseda owns three of the assault-type, semiautomatic rifles. He is a member of the Police Department's rifle team and uses the guns in both civilian and police shooting matches. He is also a member of the National Rifle Assn.
December 17, 2012 |
I choked up repeatedly while watching and reading the stories about the slaughter of the innocents in Newtown, Conn., and, throughout the mournful weekend, I pondered the question raised by everyone from stricken parents to mayors and senators on the news talk shows: What will be done to prevent similar sick-minded gun rampages in the future? My early conclusion: Nothing. Narrow political interests and the perplexing nature of the crime make inaction nearly certain. This has proved true after the 15 other multiple-shooting rampages of 2012, and it has been the case with all the other terrible incidents in past years.
June 25, 1995 |
Squinting through aviator glasses, a Beretta 12-gauge poised menacingly skyward, National Rifle Assn. chief Wayne R. LaPierre is a figure straight out of American Rifleman, the gun group's magazine. But nothing that involves the NRA is ever so simple. The shotgun is empty. It is pointing in the wrong direction, away from the Fairfax Rod and Gun Club skeet range, where other gunners are banging away at clay pigeons.
April 5, 2012 |
The National Rifle Assn. has been so successful at pushing back gun-control laws that it has run out of laws to push back on. Once you can buy all the weapons you want at unrestricted gun shows and pack a pistol in a national park, it is harder to feel your 2nd Amendment rights are being infringed. And this is not good for the NRA because if folks are no longer scared of losing their guns, they might stop sending money to the gun lobby. To stifle any incipient sense of security, gun-rights advocates have been busy inventing new laws to solve problems that do not exist.
January 19, 2000 | ,
Talks aimed at settling the wave of anti-gun lawsuits by major cities have hit a snag because handgun manufacturers are refusing to admit Clinton administration officials to the negotiations. The White House announcement last month that it would throw its weight behind the cities and join them at the bargaining table had been widely seen as boosting chances for a settlement.
June 19, 1999 |
A bitterly divided House overwhelmingly defeated a gun control bill Friday that had consumed lawmakers for weeks, showing just how far from consensus Congress and the country are on the best way to stem gun violence. The modest bill, which included new safety lock requirements and a ban on juvenile possession of assault weapons, lost by a resounding 280 to 147, just 14 hours after the House voted to weaken existing background checks on certain firearm sales at gun shows.
March 9, 1999 |
The National Rifle Assn., mounting a counterattack against U.S. cities seeking to recover millions of dollars in damages from gun violence, has helped draft legislation in 14 states and Congress to bar cities and states from suing firearm manufacturers. NRA supporters in three more states plan to introduce similar bills when their legislatures convene.
May 15, 1999 |
Senate Republicans pushed through a proposal Friday that they said would mandate background checks on people who buy firearms at gun shows and also indicated they would endorse a provision to require safety locks on all guns sold. The Senate voted, 48 to 47, to approve the gun show provision, which Republicans had helped to defeat only two days before.
October 10, 1998 |
Tanya Metaksa, a blunt, no-nonsense voice for the gun lobby in Washington fpr four years, is stepping down as lobbyist for the National Rifle Assn. Metaksa said in a statement Thursday that she is eager to spend more time with her grandchildren. She will remain with the NRA as n advisor to Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre.
June 6, 2000 |
The City Council on Monday urged the National Rifle Assn. not to open a theme store and restaurant in Times Square. The NRA is negotiating to lease space for a restaurant tentatively called The N.R.A. Grille. An adjoining shop is to offer virtual-reality trap and skeet shooting, and hunting accessories. Bill Powers, an NRA spokesman, said the council action would have no effect on the group's plans.