The justices contemplate expanding arms rights in the wake of mass shootings.
The justices contemplate expanding arms rights in the wake of mass shootings.
The group’s lobbying power is diminished — but that hasn’t shaken Republican opposition to gun control.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The gun crazies go wild and children die from curious trigger fingers.
One of the most famous cases happened in 2009 in Oakland, Calif., where a transit officer shot and killed Oscar Grant III.
Wayne LaPierre has led the National Rifle Association for 30 years, but his implacable image looked threadbare in bankruptcy court.
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.
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.”
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.
A campaign galvanized by mass shootings and assault weapons will inevitably find itself in a dead end. But there’s a way out.
President Biden is expected to announce his plan, including a measure to try to stop the proliferation of so-called ghost guns, on Thursday.
Facing enforcement by the New York attorney general, the National Rifle Association’s chief executive hatched a secret plan for bankruptcy.
A group of wealthy friends and some specialty artisans turn out one over-the-top design each year.
A first step: Biden should act urgently against untraceable “ghost guns.”
President Biden spent decades pushing for gun control. In the early days of his presidency, he’s taking a far less aggressive approach.
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.
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.
We can find real solutions to gun violence if we recognize the trauma it causes
Days after mass shootings in Atlanta and Boulder, Colo., a man carrying six weapons and wearing body armor was arrested at an Atlanta market.
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.
“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.
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.
Readers urge measures such as gun licensing and ending “open carry” laws.
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.
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.
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.
“How many people have to die in mass shootings before there is the political will to pass reasonable gun control legislation?” a reader asks.
Gabrielle Giffords, the former representative from Arizona, was among those sharing messages of support for the victims.
Ten people were killed in the attack at a supermarket in Boulder, Colo., including a police officer, the authorities said.
Ryan Fischer wrote on Instagram about his “recovery from a very close call with death.”
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.
In Pawlet, Vt., where a landowner opened a tactical weapons training site, a zoning dispute has escalated into something more dangerous.
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.
Two other people were injured and in stable condition after the shooting at the Jefferson Gun Outlet in Metairie, La., the police said.
The legislation, building on an assault weapon ban issued last year, would also make it easier to revoke gun licenses.
It has problems common to several Southern states, like a high rate of poverty, but also an inheritance of violence.
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.
In a showdown with New York State, the National Rifle Association is trying an unusual strategy. Legal experts doubt it will work.
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.
Prosecutors said Eduard Florea threatened violence against the Rev. Raphael Warnock in online messages on the day of the Capitol riot.
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.
The surge in Black gun-buying is a response to America’s failing to create a society where all citizens feel safe.
Luis Vasquez grew up in the Manhattan neighborhood where he opened fire as an outdoor carol service ended. The police fatally shot him.
Police struggling to stem a rising wave of shootings in New York City are confronting a deep-seated subculture that glorifies guns.
An organized “crime gang” besieged the coastal city of Criciúma early Tuesday, robbing several bank branches, according to a police official.
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.