Uncomfortable Timing for a Supreme Court Gun Fight

The justices contemplate expanding arms rights in the wake of mass shootings.

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How Much Sway Does the N.R.A. Still Have?

The group’s lobbying power is diminished — but that hasn’t shaken Republican opposition to gun control.

#firearms, #gun-control, #mass-shootings, #national-rifle-assn, #polls-and-public-opinion, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Authorities Did Not Try to Use ‘Red Flag’ Law for Indianapolis Gunman

Citing shortcomings of the state’s “red flag” law, the local prosecutor explained why he did not seek a ruling last year that would have barred Brandon Hole from possessing guns.

#firearms, #gun-control, #hole-brandon-scott, #indiana, #indianapolis-ind, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

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Red Flag Law Didn’t Prevent Indianapolis Shooter.

Red flag laws are supposed to keep guns away from people who should not have them. That did not happen with the gunman who killed eight people in Indianapolis.

#fedex-corporation, #firearms, #gun-control, #hole-brandon-scott, #indiana-university, #indianapolis-ind, #indianapolis-ind-shooting-april-2021

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Indianapolis Police Chief Says Gunman Bought Weapons Legally

Chief Randal Taylor said the gunman in the attack bought two assault-style weapons in July and August. Months earlier, his mother had warned the police about his mental state.

#federal-bureau-of-investigation, #firearms, #indianapolis-ind, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

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Myanmar’s Protesters Face Down the Military With Slingshots and Rocks

What began as peaceful demonstrations against the military coup has rapidly grown into a resistance movement in which citizens use improvised weapons to fight the junta.

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Our Firearms Problems Just Keep Piling Up

The gun crazies go wild and children die from curious trigger fingers.

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While Not Common, Police Officers Have Mistaken Pistols for Tasers, Sometimes with Deadly Outcomes

One of the most famous cases happened in 2009 in Oakland, Calif., where a transit officer shot and killed Oscar Grant III.

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N.R.A. Chief Takes the Stand, With Cracks in His Armor

Wayne LaPierre has led the National Rifle Association for 30 years, but his implacable image looked threadbare in bankruptcy court.

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Ghost Guns: What They Are, and Why They Are an Issue Now

One of the actions taken by President Biden to curb gun violence was to crack down on the proliferation of firearms that are assembled from kits and do not have serial numbers.

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Biden Takes Initial Steps to Address Gun Violence

With legislation in Congress stalled by Republican opposition, the president ordered a crackdown on “ghost guns” and said the epidemic of shootings was “an international embarrassment.”

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Biden proposes gun control reforms to go after ‘ghost guns’ and close loopholes

President Biden has announced a new set of initiatives by which he hopes to curb the gun violence he described as “an epidemic” and “an international embarrassment.” Among other things, the ATF will be closing loopholes in unregulated online sales and so-called “ghost guns,” which can be built or printed with no serial numbers or background checks.

Speaking in the White House Rose Garden Thursday afternoon, Biden recounted the many recent mass shootings as horrific tragedies, but pointed out that over a hundred people are shot every day in this country. “This is an epidemic, for God’s sake,” he repeated, “and it has to stop.”

Before outlining his plans for combating the problem, he made sure to address the inevitable Second Amendment objections from people who believe it is a Constitutional right for anyone to own things like assault rifles.

“Nothing I’m about to recommend in any way impinges on the Second Amendment,” Biden said. “From the very beginning, you couldn’t own any weapon you wanted to own. From the very beginning of the Second Amendment existing, certain people weren’t allowed to have weapons.”

Of course federal laws often conflict with state laws on this point, giving rise to surprising sights like heavily armed protestors taking over the Michigan capitol building — quite legally. But the feds do have a few tricks up their sleeves.

Background checks and registration tracking involve federal authorities, and there are loopholes that have appeared or worsened over recent years as online traffic in guns has increased (social networks are notorious for thinly veiled gun trade) and the process of building weapons at home has become easier.

“I have directed ATF to begin work on an updated study of gun trafficking, one that takes into account the fact that modern guns are not simply cast or forged any more, but can be made of plastic, printed on a 3D printer, or sold in self assembly kits,” said U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, who took the podium after Biden. “We will ensure that we understand and measure the problem of criminal gun trafficking in a data driven way.”

“Ghost guns” were a hot topic a few years back when several people and organizations, among them Defense Distributed, attempted to popularize 3D-printed pistols and assault rifle components. The high-tech angle made the media bite, though of course traditional gun trafficking in the form of smuggling and in-person sales dwarf the scale of anything these sites and services delivered.

But gun building kits do represent a significant loophole in the ATF’s regulations, which do not require registration or background checks for them. So a person can get 80% of a gun that way, get the other 20% (usually the “receiver,” which component qualifies the assembly as a firearm) by printing or another method, and have a gun with no serial number or registration whatsoever.

Garland has proposed a rule for the ATF to adopt that would change this and a few other things, such as easily purchased modifications for pistols that effectively make them into short-barreled rifles; the new rule would require those conversion kits to be registered. This presumably will follow the confirmation of the ATF’s first director in five years — the position was vacant for the whole last administration — David Chipmen, whom Biden plans to nominate.

Other efforts by the administration include a $5 billion, 8-year investment in community violence intervention programs, a push for “red flag” laws that temporarily bar people in crisis from obtaining guns, and a nudge for Congress to start working on legislation that addresses things the Executive can’t.

#atf, #defense-distributed, #firearms, #ghost-guns, #government, #gun-laws, #guns, #joe-biden, #president-biden, #white-house

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I Helped Lead the Gun Control Movement. It’s Asking the Wrong Questions.

A campaign galvanized by mass shootings and assault weapons will inevitably find itself in a dead end. But there’s a way out.

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Biden to Announce Executive Actions to Tackle Gun Violence

President Biden is expected to announce his plan, including a measure to try to stop the proliferation of so-called ghost guns, on Thursday.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bureau-of-alcohol-tobacco-firearms-and-explosives, #firearms, #garland-merrick-b, #gun-control, #house-of-representatives, #justice-department, #law-and-legislation, #mass-shootings, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Embattled N.R.A. Chief Kept Bankruptcy Filing Secret From Deputies

Facing enforcement by the New York attorney general, the National Rifle Association’s chief executive hatched a secret plan for bankruptcy.

#ackerman-mcqueen-inc, #bankruptcies, #firearms, #gun-control, #james-letitia, #lapierre-wayne, #loesch-dana, #national-rifle-assn, #nratv, #texas

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Making Gifts for Those Who Have Everything

A group of wealthy friends and some specialty artisans turn out one over-the-top design each year.

#firearms, #gifts, #lepee-1839, #miami-fla, #switzerland, #unnamed-society, #watches-and-clocks

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How Do We Stop the Parade of Gun Deaths?

A first step: Biden should act urgently against untraceable “ghost guns.”

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #firearms, #gun-control, #law-and-legislation, #mass-shootings, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Is Biden Missing His Chance on Guns?

President Biden spent decades pushing for gun control. In the early days of his presidency, he’s taking a far less aggressive approach.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #firearms, #gun-control, #law-and-legislation, #mass-shootings, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #united-states-politics-and-government

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C.D.C. Funding Gun Violence Research For First Time in Decades

As the C.D.C. funds gun violence studies for the first time in a generation, public health experts are hopeful it will eventually guide lawmakers through the partisan gridlock — and save thousands of lives.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #firearms, #gun-control, #mass-shootings, #medicine-and-health, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Motive in Boulder Shooting Is Still a Mystery, Police Say

The gunman used a semiautomatic handgun that is essentially a shortened version of an AR-15-style rifle. He had purchased it legally six days before the attack.

#alissa-ahmad-al-aliwi, #boulder-colo, #boulder-colo-shooting-march-2021, #firearms, #mass-shootings

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How To Fix the Debate over Guns

We can find real solutions to gun violence if we recognize the trauma it causes

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A Heavily Armed Man at a Grocery Store Adds to Anxiety in Atlanta

Days after mass shootings in Atlanta and Boulder, Colo., a man carrying six weapons and wearing body armor was arrested at an Atlanta market.

#atlanta-ga, #atlanta-spa-shootings-2021, #boulder-colo, #boulder-colo-shooting-march-2021, #firearms, #georgia, #mass-shootings

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‘Tell Congress It’s Time to Step Up’ on Gun Control

Readers express frustration and outrage at the failure to pass stricter gun laws. “What about my right to live in a safe community?” one asks.

#boulder-colo-shooting-march-2021, #firearms, #gun-control, #mass-shootings

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The (Way Too Many) Kids Whose Lives Have Been Upended by Gun Violence

“Children Under Fire,” by the Washington Post reporter John Woodrow Cox, homes in on the often overlooked suffering of children who have witnessed a shooting or lost a loved one to it.

#anxiety-and-stress, #books-and-literature, #children-under-fire-an-american-crisis-book, #cox-john-woodrow-1985, #firearms, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks

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After Boulder Mass Shooting, a City Grapples With Gun Control

Cities across the country have tried to adopt their own regulations. Boulder’s ordinance was blocked in court shortly before a mass shooting left 10 people dead.

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2 Massacres: ‘How Can This Be Possible in Our Country?’

Readers urge measures such as gun licensing and ending “open carry” laws.

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Biden Seeks Assault Weapons Ban and Background Checks

After the second mass shooting in a week, the president said tighter gun laws should not be a partisan issue, but Republicans in Congress showed little interest in Democratic proposals.

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‘Beyond Comprehension:’ 10 Lives Lost in Boulder

Ten people were shot to death at a Colorado grocery store on Monday. The victims included a police officer who was among the first to arrive on the scene.

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Across States, a Checkerboard of Gun Laws Reflects Partisan Tilt

The political divide on gun policy between red and blue states is another example of the way national issues — including abortion rights and, in the post-Trump era, voting rights — are defining local politics.

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After the Boulder Massacre, New Calls for Gun Control

“How many people have to die in mass shootings before there is the political will to pass reasonable gun control legislation?” a reader asks.

#boulder-colo-shooting-march-2021, #firearms, #gun-control, #mass-shootings

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Boulder Shooting Revives Gun Control Debates

Gabrielle Giffords, the former representative from Arizona, was among those sharing messages of support for the victims.

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What to Know About the Colorado Grocery Store Shooting

Ten people were killed in the attack at a supermarket in Boulder, Colo., including a police officer, the authorities said.

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Lady Gaga’s Dog Walker Recalls Being Shot and Cradling ‘Guardian Angel’ Dog

Ryan Fischer wrote on Instagram about his “recovery from a very close call with death.”

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Lady Gaga’s Dogs Are Stolen and Dog Walker Is Shot

The Los Angeles police said that two French bulldogs were taken Wednesday night and that a dog walker was critically injured. Lady Gaga is offering a reward for their safe return, a representative said.

#dogs, #firearms, #hollywood-calif, #lady-gaga, #police-department-los-angeles-calif, #pop-and-rock-music

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A Bristling Standoff Rattles Gun-Friendly Vermont

In Pawlet, Vt., where a landowner opened a tactical weapons training site, a zoning dispute has escalated into something more dangerous.

#firearms, #gun-control, #land-use-policies, #pace-university, #vermont

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Gunman Who Killed 2 at Louisiana Gun Store Fired 32 Rounds, Sheriff Says

Joshua Williams, who went to the Jefferson Gun Outlet to buy ammunition and “flipped out,” was fatally shot by store employees in the parking lot, the authorities said.

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Louisiana Gun Store Shooting Leaves 3 Dead, Including Gunman

Two other people were injured and in stable condition after the shooting at the Jefferson Gun Outlet in Metairie, La., the police said.

#deaths-fatalities, #firearms, #jefferson-gun-outlet, #jefferson-parish-la, #metairie-la, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

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Canada’s Weapons Bill Would Allow Cities to Ban Handguns

The legislation, building on an assault weapon ban issued last year, would also make it easier to revoke gun licenses.

#canada, #firearms, #gun-control, #nova-scotia-canada, #trudeau-justin

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Why Does Louisiana Consistently Lead the Nation in Murders?

It has problems common to several Southern states, like a high rate of poverty, but also an inheritance of violence.

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Supermarket Worker Stole $1 Million and Bought Cars and Guns, Police Say

The theft, by a 19-year-old who worked at a Kroger in Duluth, Ga., occurred over two weeks when a supermarket compliance officer was away, the authorities said.

#atlanta-ga, #firearms, #frauds-and-swindling, #georgia, #gwinnett-county-ga, #kroger-company, #robberies-and-thefts, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores

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The N.R.A. Wants to ‘Dump’ Its Regulators via Bankruptcy. Will It Succeed?

In a showdown with New York State, the National Rifle Association is trying an unusual strategy. Legal experts doubt it will work.

#bankruptcies, #corruption-institutional, #firearms, #james-letitia, #lapierre-wayne, #national-rifle-assn, #new-york-state, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #texas

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A Republican Lawmaker for Whom the Spectacle Is the Point

Rep. Lauren Boebert represents an increasingly clamorous faction of the party that carries Mr. Trump’s anti-establishment message and is ready to break all norms in doing so.

#boebert-lauren, #colorado, #firearms, #house-of-representatives, #republican-party, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc

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Proud Boys Supporter With 1,000 Rifle Rounds Made Threats, U.S. Says

Prosecutors said Eduard Florea threatened violence against the Rev. Raphael Warnock in online messages on the day of the Capitol riot.

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Man Who Stormed Capitol With Assault Rifle Charged With Threatening Pelosi

The Department of Justice said on Friday that Cleveland Grover Meredith Jr. was one of 13 people who had been charged in federal court after a violent pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol.

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In Michigan, a Dress Rehearsal for the Chaos at the Capitol on Wednesday

In April, armed protesters crowded into the State Capitol in Michigan. Frightened lawmakers saw echoes of that day in Wednesday’s deadly riot at the Capitol in Washington.

#austin-tex, #charlottesville-va, #charlottesville-va-violence-august-2017, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #firearms, #michigan, #republican-party, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021

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Black and Armed

The surge in Black gun-buying is a response to America’s failing to create a society where all citizens feel safe.

#firearms, #gun-control, #louisiana, #rural-areas, #united-states

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Cathedral Shooting in Manhattan: What We Know About the Gunman

Luis Vasquez grew up in the Manhattan neighborhood where he opened fire as an outdoor carol service ended. The police fatally shot him.

#cathedral-church-of-st-john-the-divine-manhattan-ny, #churches-buildings, #deaths-fatalities, #firearms, #manhattan-nyc, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-nyc

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Why Some Young New Yorkers Carry Guns

Police struggling to stem a rising wave of shootings in New York City are confronting a deep-seated subculture that glorifies guns.

#brooklyn-nyc, #firearms, #gangs, #harrison-rodney-k, #men-and-boys, #police-department-nyc, #youth

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Criciúma, Brazil, Attacked by Armed Gang, Police Say

An organized “crime gang” besieged the coastal city of Criciúma early Tuesday, robbing several bank branches, according to a police official.

#bank-robberies, #brazil, #firearms, #organized-crime, #santa-catarina-brazil

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Justice Barrett’s Vote Could Tilt the Supreme Court on Gun Rights

For years, conservative justices have said the court disfavors the Second Amendment. Justice Amy Coney Barrett is likely to shift the balance, and a case to help her do so may be knocking.

#barrett-amy-coney, #firearms, #gun-control, #second-amendment-us-constitution, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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