A federal judge has upheld most of New York's new gun control law, rejecting arguments that its bans on large-capacity magazines and the sale of some semi-automatic rifles violate Second Amendment rights.
Judge William Skretny in Buffalo says those provisions are constitutional because they're related to achieving an "important governmental interest" in public safety. He says those two features make guns more lethal.
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.
Governor Peter Shumlin says the rest of the country should look to Vermont on how to manage firearms, but he'll leave it to Congress to debate access to military-style assault weapons.
Shumlin says Vermont has a strong hunting culture and strong support for the right to own and use firearms. But he tolds The Burlington Free Press, "People don't use machines of war to shoot whitetail deer."