Gun Control

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A first-ever gun buy-back is taking place Saturday in two mostly rural counties in western Massachusetts—Hampshire and Franklin counties.  People will have  chance to dispose of guns at the police stations in Northampton and Greenfield from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.     WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan, whose office organized the gun buy-back.


Massachusetts legislators weighing dozens of proposals to reduce gun violence held a public hearing in Springfield today. They heard from people concerned about the loss of life, and also from people concerned about the potential loss of their livelihoods.

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A coalition of gun rights advocates and others are forming a new political movement, to get what they say are disaffected and disenfranchised New Yorkers to vote.

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The state legislature in Massachusetts is inching closer to acting on new gun laws more than six months after the school shooting in Newtown Connecticut.  A legislative committee is holding a series of public hearings around the state this summer.

A community discussion in the Berkshires Thursday focused on gun violence revealed a range of opinions that mirrors the debate at the national level.

The gun violence forum, hosted by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, brought together members of the public on both sides of the gun control debate, and three guest speakers.

Unable to break the filibuster threshold, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday rejected an effort to expand federal background checks to include all transactions at gun shows and online.  In our region, gun control advocates say it will move their efforts to the state level.

4/18/13 - Panel

Apr 18, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC newsman Ray Graf and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao. Joe Donahue moderates.

Today's topics include:
• The Latest from Boston - including yesterday's baffling suspect coverage
• Senate Gun Control Block
• Ricin letter to President
• Is Man Inherently Good or Evil?

  Congress is once again polarized over guns. 

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Carolyn Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that it’s time for legislators to show some courage in Washington.

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The Cuomo Administration is making $65,000 in state grant money available to shooting ranges across New York.  The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in cooperation with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County has developed a Shooting Range Small Grants Program.

4/8/13 - Panel

Apr 8, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Ray Graf, and Parry Teasdale – the man behind the Columbia paper and the news website: Joe Donahue moderates.

This morning our discussion topics include:
• School taxes
• Library programs
• States consider taxing guns and ammo