ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Legislation that would give New York state the toughest gun restrictions in the nation is expected to easily pass today in the state Assembly, where is it being debated this morning.
It's already won approval in the state Senate, where the Republican leader says it is "well-balanced" and "protects the Second Amendment."
It provides for a stricter assault ban, and seeks to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. It also calls for restrictions on ammunition and the sale of guns.
Two rifles and ammunition have been seized from vehicles at the Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg but the principal says the guns were used for hunting and he doesn't believe the students intended to harm anyone.
The school policy prohibits having firearms on school grounds.
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.
Friday’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, is on record as the second deadliest mass shooting in the nation’s history. 26 lives were taken; the majority of them children aged 6 and 7.
The shooting has renewed the debate on the role of guns in American society, with politicians and advocacy groups again at odds over whether new restrictions should be put on how guns are bought and what types of guns should be made available.
On this edition of Vox Pop we want to hear your opinion on guns in America. WAMC’s Alan Chartock hosts.
A Vermont town that had banned firearms in town-owned buildings has changed its mind.
The Brattleboro Reformer reports the Townshend selectboard had approved the ban on July 16. It applied to all town buildings including the office, highway garage, library and fire station. Only "authorized law-enforcement officers" were excluded.
The board rescinded the ban Monday after hearing opposition from gun-rights advocates and after being advised by the town attorney that the ban could not stand.
A series of proposals aimed at cracking down on crime are pending before the city council in western Massachusetts' largest city. Several of the public safety initiatives proposed in Springfield are intended to reduce illegal guns, and are being considered in the aftermath of recent horrific gun violence. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.