Russia Shooting: Gunman Kills Eight at University

A mass shooting at a provincial Russian university killed at least eight people in the latest outbreak of violence at schools or universities in Russia.

#deaths-fatalities, #firearms, #gun-control, #mass-shootings, #perm-russia, #russia, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks

دانشمند وربات قاتل مجهز به هوش مصنوعی و کنترل از راه دور

سال‌ها بود که ماموران اسرائیلی می‌خواستند دانشمند هسته‌ای ایران را ترور کنند. عاقبت راهی پیدا کردند تا بدون حضور مأموران در صحنه این کار را انجام دهند.

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The Scientist and the A.I.-Assisted, Remote-Control Killer Robot

Israeli agents had wanted to kill Iran’s top nuclear scientist for years. Then they came up with a way to do it with no operatives present.

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Why Are We Still Going Great Guns?

The subject is guns. The password is safety.

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Deadly and Untraceable, ‘Ghost Guns’ Are Becoming More Common in N.Y.

State and local prosecutors say they are concerned about an apparent increase in the weapons, which can be assembled from parts ordered online.

#firearms, #gun-control, #new-york-city, #new-york-state

Deputy Mayor of N.Y. Town Had 17 Illegal Guns in His Home

Brian Downey, the deputy mayor of Airmont, N.Y., was arrested on federal and state gun charges after authorities found “an arsenal of weapons.”

#airmont-ny, #badges, #downey-brian-1974, #firearms, #rockland-county-ny, #search-and-seizure

Why Mexico Is Suing U.S. Gunmakers

Mexican officials have long complained about the role that lax U.S. gun control has played in bloodshed in their nation. Now they are taking their arguments to a U.S. federal court.

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San Francisco Sues Three Online Retailers for Selling ‘Ghost Guns’

The authorities say “ghost guns,” untraceable firearms that can be made from do-it-yourself kits, are increasingly being used in violent crimes like murders and assaults.

#firearms, #gun-control, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Can the Black Rifle Coffee Company Become the Starbucks of the Right?

The company doubled its sales last year by leaning into America’s culture war. It’s also trying to distance itself from some of its new customers.

#coffee, #firearms, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #salt-lake-city-utah, #starbucks-corporation, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

After Another Times Square Shooting, Police Officers Will ‘Flood’ Area

The second shooting in the tourist destination in two months came as New York City is emerging from the pandemic and confronting a wave of gun violence.

#de-blasio-bill, #firearms, #police, #police-department-nyc, #times-square-and-42nd-street-manhattan-ny

Why G.O.P.-Led States Are Banning the Police From Enforcing Federal Gun Laws

Missouri is the latest state to throw down a challenge to the enforcement of federal firearms laws as Republicans seek to thwart President Biden’s gun control proposals.

#everytown-for-gun-safety, #firearms, #gun-control, #law-and-legislation, #missouri, #nixon-jay, #second-amendment-us-constitution, #state-legislatures, #states-us

St. Louis Couple Who Aimed Guns at Protesters Plead Guilty to Misdemeanors

Mark McCloskey and Patricia McCloskey of Missouri will pay a total of nearly $3,000 in fines and give up the weapons used in the confrontation.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #elections-senate, #fines-penalties, #firearms, #mccloskey-mark-t-1956, #mccloskey-patricia-n-1959, #missouri, #republican-party, #senate, #st-louis-mo, #united-states-politics-and-government

Honolulu Police Officer Is Charged With Murder in the Shooting of a 16-Year-Old

Geoffrey H.L. Thom shot Iremamber Sykap eight times after a high-speed chase on April 5, prosecutors said. Two other officers were charged with attempted murder.

#firearms, #honolulu-hawaii, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

Gun Makers Could Be Sued More Easily Under New York Bill

New legislation would allow civil lawsuits against manufacturers and dealers who make or sell guns illegally or inappropriately.

#firearms, #foo-fighters, #gun-control, #law-and-legislation, #madison-square-garden, #myrie-zellnor, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #springsteen-on-broadway-play

It’s Hard to Sue Gun Makers. New York Moves to Change That.

State lawmakers are trying to get around a federal law that gives gun manufacturers broad immunity from lawsuits.

#firearms, #gun-control, #immunity-from-prosecution, #law-and-legislation, #national-rifle-assn, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #suits-and-litigation-civil

A Gun Rights Win in California With Sights Set on the Supreme Court

A federal judge overturned California’s assault weapons ban. State officials vowed to win on appeal, but gun advocates are emboldened by a shifting Supreme Court.

#appeals-courts-us, #benitez-roger, #california, #firearms, #gun-control, #mass-shootings, #parkland-fla-shooting-2018, #second-amendment-us-constitution

An Arms Race in America: Gun Buying Spiked During the Pandemic. It’s Still Up.

Preliminary research data show that about a fifth of all Americans who bought guns last year were first-time gun owners. Sales usually spike around elections, but the sheer volume is notable.

#firearms, #gun-control, #mass-shootings, #united-states

Our Collective, Violent PTSD

It will take more than legislation for our communities to deal with the effects of the pandemic.  It will take people listening to one another.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #firearms, #gun-control, #mass-shootings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Congress Has Undermined Gun Regulators

In a rarity, the A.T.F. may soon have a director. But the agency still faces N.R.A.-backed limitations.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bureau-of-alcohol-tobacco-firearms-and-explosives, #chipman-david-h-1966, #firearms, #gun-control, #law-and-legislation, #united-states-politics-and-government

Texas Lawmakers Move to Drop Most Handgun Licensing Requirements

The bill would allow most adults over 21 to carry a handgun. Gov. Greg Abbott, who said he would sign it, called it “the strongest Second Amendment legislation in Texas history.”

#firearms, #gun-control, #law-and-legislation, #texas

The Crumbling of the N.R.A.

Could an investigation into financial misconduct be the undoing of America’s most powerful gun rights group?

#attorneys-general, #bankruptcies, #decisions-and-verdicts, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #firearms, #gun-control, #hakim-danny, #lapierre-wayne, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #national-rifle-assn, #new-york-state

Reimagining the Justice System, From Inside the Mayor’s Office

Eric Cumberbatch has been on a mission to curb violence through community outreach.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #firearms, #new-york-city, #police-reform, #urban-areas

N.Y.C. Mayoral Candidates Keep Focus on Crime After a Feisty Debate

Back on the campaign trail, the leading Democrats traded barbs over their competing visions for public safety.

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Who Sold That Gun? Nobody’s Telling.

Amazing the things our government keeps secret.

#blumenthal-richard, #bureau-of-alcohol-tobacco-firearms-and-explosives, #firearms, #gun-control, #law-and-legislation, #tiahrt-amendment, #united-states-politics-and-government

In Rebuke to NRA, Federal Judge Dismisses Bankruptcy Case

The N.R.A. filed for bankruptcy this year as it sought to end run regulatory action in New York, but a judge rejected the strategy.

#attorneys-general, #bankruptcies, #dallas-tex, #firearms, #gun-control, #james-letitia, #lapierre-wayne, #national-rifle-assn, #new-york-state, #texas

Russia School Shooting Leaves Several Dead

The state news media reported shots and an explosion at a school in Kazan, a provincial capital east of Moscow, in what appeared to be a rare mass shooting in the country.

#deaths-fatalities, #firearms, #kazan-russia, #mass-shootings, #russia

Mayoral Candidates Respond to the Shooting in Times Square

The contenders said the episode was emblematic of a growing crime problem and moved quickly to describe how they would address the issue.

#adams-eric-l, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elections-mayors, #firearms, #garcia-kathryn, #mcguire-raymond-j, #morales-dianne, #new-york-city, #police, #police-department-nyc, #stringer-scott-m, #times-square-and-42nd-street-manhattan-ny, #vaccination-and-immunization, #wiley-maya, #yang-andrew-1975

Justice Dept. Proposes Rule to Crack Down on ‘Ghost Guns’

The proposal came in response to a directive from President Biden to find a way to help combat gun deaths.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #firearms, #gun-control, #justice-department, #mass-shootings, #national-rifle-assn, #united-states-politics-and-government

‘Active Shooter’: How an Obscure Term Became a Shorthand for Violence

This law enforcement jargon has proliferated in recent years on social media and in breaking news reports. While it conjures fears of mass shootings, the term is often used imprecisely. Many reports turn out to be false alarms.

#active-shooter, #deaths-fatalities, #english-language, #firearms, #mass-shootings, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #news-and-news-media, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #social-conditions-and-trends, #social-media

NRA Leadership and Bankruptcy Assailed by U.S. Trustee

In a rare move, the trustee, part of the Justice Department, called for the dismissal of the N.R.A.’s bankruptcy filing or the appointment of an outside monitor.

#bankruptcies, #firearms, #gun-control, #lapierre-wayne, #national-rifle-assn, #office-of-the-united-states-trustee, #suits-and-litigation-civil

How the A.T.F., Key to Biden’s Gun Plan, Became an N.R.A. ‘Whipping Boy’

The federal agency tasked with enforcing gun laws has been hamstrung for years by the firearms lobby. Now, the president’s plan to rein in gun violence hinges on the A.T.F.’s success.

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Video of N.R.A. Chief Wayne LaPierre Shooting an Elephant Draws Criticism

The footage was taken during a 2013 hunting trip in Botswana for an N.R.A.-sponsored television series, but it never aired. It was obtained by The Trace and The New Yorker.

#africa, #botswana, #conservation-of-resources, #deaths-fatalities, #elephants, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #everytown-for-gun-safety, #firearms, #gun-control, #hunting-and-trapping, #international-union-for-conservation-of-nature, #lapierre-wayne, #mass-shootings, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #national-rifle-assn, #new-yorker, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

Supreme Court to Hear Gun Control Case

The justices, who have not issued a major Second Amendment ruling since 2010, will hear a challenge to a New York gun control law.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #firearms, #gun-control, #roberts-john-g-jr, #second-amendment-us-constitution, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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

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

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

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

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.

#accidents-and-safety, #blumenthal-richard, #boebert-lauren, #firearms, #gun-control, #house-of-representatives, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #newtown-conn-shooting-2012, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #roy-chip-1972, #united-states-politics-and-government

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.

#firearms, #minneapolis-minn, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #stun-guns, #wright-daunte-d-2020

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.

#bankruptcies, #boards-of-directors, #firearms, #gun-control, #lapierre-wayne, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #national-rifle-assn

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.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bureau-of-alcohol-tobacco-firearms-and-explosives, #everytown-for-gun-safety, #firearms, #ghost-guns, #glock-gmbh, #gun-control, #mass-shootings, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #united-states-politics-and-government

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

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.

#accidents-and-safety, #brady-campaign-to-prevent-gun-violence, #crime-and-criminals, #firearms, #gun-control, #mass-shootings, #mental-health-and-disorders, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts

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

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

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

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