Assault Weapons

New York News
12:35 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

New York Assemblyman Marc Butler - Amending the NY SAFE Act

Assemblyman Marc W. Butler (R,C,I-Newport) is presented with the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association’s 2011 Legislator of the Year Award by its President, Tom King.
Credit Office of Assemblyman Marc Butler

The opposition to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York SAFE Act continues to ramp up this week. One Central New York Assemblyman has proposed new legislation amending the law to change how ‘assault weapons’ banned by it are defined. WAMC’s Patrick Donges spoke recently with 118th District Assemblyman Marc Butler about his proposal.

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US News
12:16 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Democrats Unveil Bill To Ban Assault-Style Weapons

Semi-automatic assault-style rifles on display at a gun show in Chantilly, Va., in 2009.
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As they said they would following the Dec. 14 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Democrats today unveiled legislation that would ban assault-style weapons.

The lead lawmaker, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, has summed up the legislation's key points this way:

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North Country News
7:15 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Vermont Senator Withdraws Bill to Ban Assault Weapons

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The majority leader of the Vermont state Senate says he's withdrawing a bill that would have reinstated in Vermont a now-expired federal assault weapons ban.

Democratic Senator Philip Baruth, of Chittenden County, says there's not enough support among his colleagues and there's mounting opposition from outside the Statehouse.

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North Country News
6:20 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Cops Barred from Gun Range

Burlington City Hall
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A Vermont gun club has barred a city’s police department from its firing range after city leaders approved a measure that could lead to an assault weapons ban.

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Vox Pop
1:32 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Vox Pop : Open Forum - Gun Control : 1/15/13

An AK-47 assault rifle.
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Today, New York is expected to become the first state to enact major gun control policy following last month’s tragic elementary school shooting in Connecticut.

The New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement, or SAFE Act, includes a ban on all pre-1994 high capacity ammunition magazines, a ban on any magazine that holds over 7 rounds, and real-time background checks on ammunition purchases to alert law enforcement of high volume purchasing.

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US News
7:22 am
Tue January 15, 2013

White House Plan On Guns To Include 19 Executive Actions, Lawmakers Say

At a gun shop in Phoenix, a customer holds a handgun. Among the executive actions President Obama is expected to propose is an expansion of background checks for gun buyers.
Ralph D. Freso Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 1:30 pm

Update at 1:25 p.m. ET. Announcement on Wednesday:

The White House says President Obama and Vice President Biden will unveil the steps they intend to take and legislation they recommend to reduce gun violence at 11:45 a.m. ET on Wednesday.

Our original post:

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WAMC News
5:45 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Vermont Gun Show to Sell Assault Guns Despite Request

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The organizers of a Vermont gun show say they will allow the display and sale of assault weapons despite a request by the mayor of Barre that the weapons not be displayed in the aftermath of last month's school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

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North Country News
5:25 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Vermont Mayor Wants Ban on Assault Weapons at Gun Show

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Following the mass shooting at a school in Connecticut, the mayor of Barre, Vermont wants a ban on military-style assault weapons being sold at an annual gun show.

The Barre Fish and Game Gun Show will be held at the Barre Auditorium in February.

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North Country News
5:10 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Vermont Governor: Let Congress Debate Assault Weapons

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin
Credit Vermont Governor's Office

Governor Peter Shumlin says the rest of the country should look to Vermont on how to manage firearms, but he'll leave it to Congress to debate access to military-style assault weapons.

Shumlin says Vermont has a strong hunting culture and strong support for the right to own and use firearms. But he tolds The Burlington Free Press, "People don't use machines of war to shoot whitetail deer."

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WAMC News
6:20 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Burlington Councillors to Consider Assault Weapons Ban

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In the wake of the recent school shooting in Connecticut a city councilor in Vermont's largest city has drafted a proposed municipal charter change to ban ownership of assault weapons with high-capacity ammunition clips in the city.

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