gun laws http://wamc.org en Conn. lawmakers pass wide-ranging gun control law http://wamc.org/post/conn-lawmakers-pass-wide-ranging-gun-control-law-0 <p>Connecticut lawmakers have approved legislation in response to last year's deadly school shooting in Newtown.</p><p>Following hours of respectful and at times somber debate, the House and the Senate voted in favor of the 139-page bill crafted by leaders from both major parties in the Democratic-controlled General Assembly.</p><p>The bill now goes to Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy, who plans to sign it at noon on Thursday.</p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 09:50:31 +0000 Jaired Crofut 61410 at http://wamc.org Conn. lawmakers pass wide-ranging gun control law With release of documents, Newtown vote imminent http://wamc.org/post/release-documents-newtown-vote-imminent <p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">&nbsp;Legislative leaders say the newly released search warrants in the Newtown school shooting help confirm the need for many of the gun law changes they've been negotiating for weeks.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">Several leaders said Thursday it was chilling to learn the extent of weaponry and ammunition the 20-year-old shooter, <font color="red">Adam</font>&nbsp;<font color="red">Lanza</font>, had amassed inside his home.</span></p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 11:19:40 +0000 Jaired Crofut 60989 at http://wamc.org With release of documents, Newtown vote imminent Stephen Gottlieb: We Will Not Comply http://wamc.org/post/stephen-gottlieb-we-will-not-comply <p></p><p>Did you hear the demonstrators against New York's new gun law chanting in unison "We will not comply!"</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That's the problem. Guns allow some of their owners to think that they can define right and wrong and everybody else has to comply. In the hands of </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">some</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of their owners, guns puff up their sense of self-importance, their sense that laws are written for everybody else but that they are above the law.</span></p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 20:45:00 +0000 Stephen Gottlieb 59145 at http://wamc.org Paul Elisha: The 2nd Amendment, Still Fertile for Second Guessers http://wamc.org/post/paul-elisha-2nd-amendment-still-fertile-second-guessers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s time we stopped dancing around the obvious institutional source of the U.S. Tue, 05 Mar 2013 17:37:00 +0000 Paul Elisha 59118 at http://wamc.org Vermont Lawmakers Propose Tightening Gun Laws http://wamc.org/post/vermont-lawmakers-propose-tightening-gun-laws <p></p><p></p><p>A group of Vermont lawmakers is pushing legislation that would ban large capacity ammunition-feeding devices on guns and would require background checks for people buying weapons at gun shows.<br><br>Representatives Linda Waite-Simpson, Adam Greshin and Mike Mrowicki are among those backing a bill that also would bring state law in line with federal law in prohibiting convicted felons from possessing firearms. Sun, 03 Feb 2013 18:15:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 57049 at http://wamc.org Vermont Lawmakers Propose Tightening Gun Laws Firearms cable locks to be distributed in Rockland http://wamc.org/post/firearms-cable-locks-be-distributed-rockland <p></p><p>NEW CITY – Starting today, the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office and County Clerk’s Office will be distributing free firearms cable locks to county residents.</p><p>A total of 1,600 of the devices were donated to the county. Persons seeking the locks will be asked to complete a voluntary basic information form. If they chose not to, they must display visual proof of Rockland County residency.</p><p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 13:53:34 +0000 Hank Gross 56999 at http://wamc.org Rabbitt launches online petition to repeal new gun laws http://wamc.org/post/rabbitt-launches-online-petition-repeal-new-gun-laws <p>ALBANY – Assembly woman Annie Rabbitt has posted an online petition seeking to repeal the new state gun control laws.</p><p>Rabbitt, who has family members in law enforcement, said the governor’s budget proposes $36 million to create a database of lawful gun owners in New York. “I believe there are a lot better uses for $36 million in taxpayer funds,” she said.</p><p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 13:43:27 +0000 Hank Gross 56904 at http://wamc.org Rabbitt launches online petition to repeal new gun laws Democrats Unveil Bill To Ban Assault-Style Weapons http://wamc.org/post/democrats-unveil-bill-ban-assault-style-weapons As they said they would following <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/167276841/shootings-in-newtown-conn" target="_blank">the Dec. 14 mass shooting</a> at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Democrats today unveiled legislation that would ban assault-style weapons.<p>The lead lawmaker, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, <a href="http://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/assault-weapons" target="_blank">has summed up the legislation's key points this way</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"Bans the sale, transfer, importation, or manufacturing of: Thu, 24 Jan 2013 17:16:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 56425 at http://wamc.org Democrats Unveil Bill To Ban Assault-Style Weapons Deerpark Board opposes state gun law http://wamc.org/post/deerpark-board-opposes-state-gun-law <p>HUGUENOT – The Deerpark Town Board voted Tuesday night to condemn the state’s new gun law.</p><p>Town Supervisor Karl Brabenec said the board’s opposition is unanimous.</p><p>“We are basically saying that the legislation that was passed by our state government officials and signed by our government is basically unconstitutional according to the Second Amendment,” Brabanec said.</p><p>The local lawmakers praised Republican Senators William Larkin and John Bonacic and Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt for voting against the new gun law.</p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 12:44:53 +0000 Hank Gross 56304 at http://wamc.org Deerpark Board opposes state gun law NRA: NY's quick gun law passage nixed opposition http://wamc.org/post/nra-nys-quick-gun-law-passage-nixed-opposition <p></p><p></p><p>ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The National Rifle Association says the secret negotiations and lightning-fast passage of New York's tough new gun control laws squelched the powerful gun lobby's ability to mount opposition.</p><p></p><p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he had to engineer quick enactment to prevent a counterproductive buying spree of now-outlawed guns.</p><p>The legislation was introduced and signed into law in less than two days.</p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 23:08:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 55997 at http://wamc.org NRA: NY's quick gun law passage nixed opposition