Gun Control

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy says closing loopholes in the background check system for gun purchasers won't threaten firearms owners' Second Amendment rights to own a gun, and is a matter of common sense.

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NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Several hundred Newtown residents have turned out for a legislative public hearing, urging Connecticut lawmakers to impose policy changes after last month's elementary school massacre that left 20 first-graders and six educators dead.

Gun Groups Prepare Lawsuit Against NYS

Jan 30, 2013
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Four gun-rights groups have filed a Notice of Claim in New York State, challenging the gun measure Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law earlier this month.

The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association; the Westchester County Firearms Owners Association, based in Rye Brook; the Sportsmen’s Association for Firearms Education, in Commack, Long Island; and, a web site run out of Farmington, in upstate New York, filed a notice of claim Tuesday with the New York State Attorney General’s office. Here’s President of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Tom King.

BOSTON (AP) — The highest court in Massachusetts has rejected challenges to a state law that requires gun owners to keep their weapons in a locked container or equipped with a safety device.

Ruling in two separate cases Tuesday, the Supreme Judicial Court found that the requirements of the state's gun storage law "are reasonably designed" to prevent people not licensed to carry a gun from gaining illegal access to a gun, including felons, the mentally ill and children. The court said the law does not violate the Second Amendment right to keep guns for self-defense in the home.

As the nation ponders how to stop the next mass shooting, the gun rights movement offers a straight-forward formula, laid out famously by NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre.

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," LaPierre said last month, as his group responded to the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn.

One Man's Story

In Washington state, one such "good guy" — a private citizen who drew his gun in defense of others — paid a heavy price.

Town officials in Highgate, Vermont are planning to consider an ordinance to bar recreational shooting in residential areas.

The ordinance was requested by residents of several streets who say neighbors firing guns on inadequate backyard ranges are creating a safety hazard.

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A gun buyback program that began last month in Connecticut's biggest city has netted more than 500 weapons, including several dozen assault-style weapons.

Bridgeport city officials say more than $150,000 has been donated in the form of cash and grocery store gift cards to buy guns back from people.

The latest session of the program is taking place on Saturday and Mayor Bill Finch says it will continue for as long as necessary.

Police are offering up to $200 for a working handgun and $75 for rifles.

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:

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.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he had to engineer quick enactment to prevent a counterproductive buying spree of now-outlawed guns.

The legislation was introduced and signed into law in less than two days.

A new poll finds voters overwhelming support for many of the items that Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing, including parts of the newly enacted gun control law.  

Steve Greenberg, with Siena College, says the poll asked voters whether they wanted New York to have the strongest anti gun laws in the nation, including banning assault weapons and outlawing magazine clips that hold more than seven bullets.   Greenberg says the measures have broad support, at 73% to 26%.