Gun Control

WAMC News
3:40 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Critics Say Cuomo Rushed Action on Guns

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo
Credit Pat Arnow

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is being criticized by a good-government group and rank-and-file lawmakers for rushing his gun control law through secret meetings to make New York the first state to enact a measure since the Newtown, Conn., tragedy.

Dick Dadey of Citizens Union says the closed-door negotiations followed by immediate votes were unnecessary for a bill in which most measures aren't effective for 60 days.

Dadey says public input and debate makes better laws.

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New England News
2:45 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Massachusetts State Representative David Linsky - Gun Control

Massachusetts State Rep. David Linsky
Credit Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

Massachusetts State Representative David Linsky speaks with WAMC's Brian Shields on his package of gun control measures set to be introduced Friday.

The gun control debate is about to begin on Beacon Hill in Boston. A state lawmaker will introduce legislation this week that will, among other things, require assault weapons in Massachusetts to remain locked and secured at gun clubs, when not in use by their owners. The legislation is from State House Democrat David Linsky of the 5th Middlesex District. He spoke today with WAMC’s Brian Shields.

Vox Pop
1:32 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

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

An AK-47 assault rifle.
Credit wikipedia commons

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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New York News
9:35 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

New York poised to be 1st to pass post-massacre gun bill

Credit Pat Arnow

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Only days after calling for an overhaul of gun control in New York following the Connecticut school shooting, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a tough proposal on gun control is ready to become law.

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New York News
12:17 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Republican State Senator Expects NY Gun Vote Today

Sen. Michael Nozzolio, R., Monroe County

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) —  The first Republican senator to emerge from a five-hour private session says he expects the New York Legislature to vote on a gun control bill by the end of the day.


State Senator Michael Nozzolio from Monroe County says there are a number of concerns remaining, but he expects the vote.


The issue would not be coming to the floor under Albany rules if it wasn't almost sure to pass.


People familiar with closed-door negotiations say a tentative deal was struck over the weekend.

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The Roundtable - Question of the Day
9:15 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Question of the Day - Gun policy recommendations?

What are you expectations for Vice President Biden's gun policy recommendations? 

The Two-Way
9:48 am
Thu January 10, 2013

If Obama Took 'Executive Action' On Guns, What Might He Do?

Vice President Biden and President Obama at the White House on Dec. 19. Biden has been charged with drawing up "concrete proposals" on how to reduce gun violence.
Fang Zhe Xinhua /Landov

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 7:29 am

After Vice President Biden said Wednesday that the Obama administration might take some executive actions on the issues of guns and gun-related violence, questions naturally arose:

What kinds of things was he talking about? What might the administration do that doesn't require Congressional action?

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Vox Pop
3:00 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Vox Pop : Open Forum - 'Americans for Responsible Solutions' and Gun Control - 1/8/13

On the second anniversary of the Arizona mass shooting that almost took her life and almost a month after the shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut that claimed the lives of 20 children, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords announced today the formation of a political action committee aimed at countering the influence of the gun lobby in Washington.

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US News
2:37 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Illinois AG seeks new hearing on concealed carry

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan
Credit John D. Rockefeller IV

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is trying to salvage the state's ban on concealed carry.

Madigan said Tuesday that she's filed a petition asking that all 15 judges on the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals review a lawsuit challenging the ban.

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Commentary & Opinion
1:05 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Liz Benjamin: Gun control battle is joined

Liz Benjamin
Credit YNN, Capital Tonight

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will deliver his third annual State of the State address Wednesday in the Empire State Plaza Convention Center.

A tip for first-time attendees: Don’t check your coat. The governor likes to keep things cold. 

Cuomo has declined to keep up the tradition of official pre-speech leaks. But he has dropped hints about the topics he'll be discussing, including responses to the two highest-profile tragedies of recent months: Superstorm Sandy and the Sandy Hook massacre.

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