Gun Control


In the latest efforts aimed at gun reform, top New York state and federal officials are making rules and calling for crackdowns.

The push to regulate toy guns has multiplied since last November

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A "Memorandum of Understanding" between the Cuomo Administration and New York state Senate Republicans suspending a statewide ammunition registry program has opened a political can of worms, causing a commotion at the Capitol.

One provision of the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013, commonly known as the SAFE Act, called for an ammunition database to be rolled out in January 2014. Cost and the difficulty of implementation became obstacles apparently too difficult to sidestep.

On Wednesday night, nine people in a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina were shot to death during a bible study. The shooting once again brings the conversation around gun control reform to the forefront.

  The Newtown massacre is as raw today as it was two years ago.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Representative Elizabeth Esty tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Sandy Hook was only the beginning.


  The Second Amendment was written to calm public fear that the new national government would crush the state militias made up of all (white) adult men—who were required to own a gun to serve.

In The Second Amendment: A Biography, Michael Waldman recounts the raucous public debate that has surrounded the amendment from its inception to the present.

Waldman is the president of the prestigious Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.

7/7/14 Panel

Jul 7, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf and Political Consultant, Libby Post.

Topics include:
Bloomberg on Gun Control
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    The killings at Newtown were supposed to change America.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut representative Elizabeth Esty tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that reforming gun laws can take a long time.

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A large crowd was at City Hall Monday night for the last public hearing on three gun-control provisions proposed by the Burlington City Council. 

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a national gun industry group's lawsuit challenging a wide-ranging firearms law passed by Connecticut in response to the shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven ruled Monday that the Newtown-based National Shooting Sports Foundation Inc. doesn't have legal standing to challenge how state officials approved the law.

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The Burlington City Council has approved two gun control measures and sent a third back to committee.