gun laws

NY Safe Act of 2013
3:51 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

NY Gun Law Funds School Safety Initiatives

Credit Jared Benedict

A month after the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown,  New York State has led the nation in gun law reform. One change coming involves money - the gun bill passed into law this week provides additional funding for school security measures.

Safety is paramount when it comes to our schools and schoolchildren - "the NY Safe Act of 2013" will send money to public schools to pay for a variety of safety and security features that are designed to deter, slow down or identify an intruder.

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New England News
6:58 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Mass. Gov. Proposes New Laws on Gun Ownership

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The Governor of Massachusetts has filed new legislation that would introduce stricter regulations on gun ownership. The bill includes strict background checks and closing licensing loopholes. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Governor Patrick announced the legislation just over a month after the shooting deaths of children and educators in the massacre in Newtown, Conn, and only one day after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the SAFE Act, putting tighter restrictions on gun ownership in the Empire State.

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New York News
4:43 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Gun-rights backers expect suits against NY gun law

Senator Kathy Marchione

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) —Gun rights advocates expect court challenges to New York's tightest-in-the-nation restrictions on guns.

A Republican state senator from Saratoga says her online petition for repealing the provisions has drawn more than 37,000 signatures since yesterday. Sen. Kathy Marchione says if legislative attempts at repeal fails, she'll go to court.

Besides banning assault rifles, the state law calls for mandatory background checks for ammunition purchases and tries to keep guns out of the hands of mentally ill people who may be a threat.

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North Country News
5:35 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Vermont Mayors Call for Ban on Felons Getting Weapons

Credit U.S. Census Bureau

Vermont's mayors say they want a state law banning convicted felons from getting firearms, to match the current federal law.

Mayors from seven of the state's eight cities held a news conference Tuesday to outline proposals for the Legislature. The one absent mayor, Paul Monette of Newport, had a scheduling conflict.

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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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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? 

New England News
8:00 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Mass. Legislative Leaders Eye Gun Laws in New Session

Massachusetts already has some of the nation's toughest gun laws, but legislative leaders see room for improvement.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo on Wednesday asked Jack McDevitt, an associate dean at Northeastern University, to lead a special commission on gun violence, with a possible focus on keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally ill.

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