Tag: Firearms

A Call to Arms at the Supreme Court

A specter is haunting the Supreme Court — disrespect for the Second Amendment. Perhaps you haven’t realized that the Supreme Court’s disinclination to expand on its landmark 2008 decision creating an individual right to gun ownership means that the justices are treating the Second Amendment as a “second-class right.” A […]

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Washington Bans Sale of Assault Weapons to Those Under 21

People under 21 are no longer able to buy semiautomatic assault rifles in Washington, as of Jan 1. It is the first of several new state measures intended to reduce gun violence. The National Rifle Association has already filed suit. Previously, state law barred the assault weapons’ sale to those […]

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Brazil Swears In New President, Cementing Hard Shift to the Right

RIO DE JANEIRO — Just over four months ago, Jair Bolsonaro was fighting for his life after being stabbed in the gut during a presidential campaign rally. On Tuesday, after a quick recovery and an unlikely victory, he was sworn in as Brazil’s president, steering Latin America’s largest nation far […]

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How Did Rifles With an American Stamp End Up in the Hands of African Poachers?

HOEDSPRUIT, South Africa — High-powered hunting rifles are the tools of the trade for poachers in South Africa and Mozambique. Steady and deadly accurate, the rifles are capable of dropping a rhinoceros with one shot from long distances, and are a major reason the rhinos in those African countries, highly […]

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Glocks, Ammo, Night Vision Gear: How a City Agency Stockpiled Arms to Fight White-Collar Crime

From its Lower Manhattan headquarters three blocks north of Wall Street, an unlikely city agency seemed to be ramping up for battle. It bought 140 Glock 9-millimeter semiautomatic pistols. It spent $155,000 on ammunition, $140,000 on body armor, more than $800,000 on two-way radios and $54,000 for night-vision goggles. There […]

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Trump Administration Report on School Safety Plays Down Role of Guns

WASHINGTON — Unveiling a report commissioned by President Trump in the aftermath of a mass shooting last winter at a Florida high school, administration officials on Tuesday played down the role of guns in school violence while focusing instead on rescinding Obama-era disciplinary policies, improving mental health services and training […]

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A Mall Shooting, a Black Man’s Death, and a Debate Over Race and Gun Rights

HOOVER, Ala. — After gunshots rang out in a cavernous suburban shopping mall on Thanksgiving night, Ashlyn McMillan encountered a man she considered a hero. He directed frantic shoppers to safety, hand on his gun to defend against a looming threat. “Get down,” Ms. McMillan recalled him saying. “Go in […]

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Trump Administration Is Set to Ban Bump Stock Devices on Guns

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is preparing to officially ban bump stocks on guns, a move that would put an end to the sale of attachments that allow semiautomatic rifles to fire faster and that would follow through on an order President Trump made this year to the Justice Department […]

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My Son Was Dead. Did I Feel Better Holding a Gun?

In 1992, my son was killed in a school shooting in Massachusetts, a random victim of a disturbed fellow college student who’d purchased a semiautomatic rifle at a local gun shop and smuggled it onto campus. College officials had been warned that this student had a gun, but they didn’t […]

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Thousand Oaks and Our Peculiarly American Affliction

It has become my habit to check social media when I first wake up, a consequence of this modern age. I wasn’t sleeping well, so this morning I checked my phone around 5 a.m., expecting to see continued analysis of the midterm elections and maybe a charming news item about […]

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If this creepy PSA doesn’t make gun owners lock up their weapons at home, nothing will

The effort aims to be a platform that all sides around the gun issue can rally around. “This really came from a desire to fundamentally change the landscape with regards to gun violence prevention,” says Hunter. “A lot of Americans are feeling we’re at a stalemate in this conversation. There are staunch sides — one says […]

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Lawyers in Sandy Hook Lawsuit Spar Over Meaning of an Online Broadcast

In April 2017, according to court documents, Mr. Jones aired a clip of Ms. De La Rosa’s interview with Anderson Cooper of CNN after the shooting. Mr. Jones notes that when Mr. Cooper turns his head, “his nose disappears repeatedly because the green screen isn’t set right,” implying that the interview was not filmed near […]

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A Push for 3-D Weapons by One of the World’s ‘Most Dangerous People’

Born in Little Rock, Ark., Mr. Wilson and his family moved to Cabot, Ark., when he was in the first grade. At Cabot High School, Mr. Wilson was elected student body president. He attended the University of Central Arkansas, where he majored in English, and studied abroad in China for a semester. After graduating in […]

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N.R.A. Joins Questioning of Florida Sheriff in ‘Stand Your Ground’ Case

“It’s very rare that the N.R.A. and the Republican lawmakers who drafted and passed Stand Your Ground tell a sheriff that his version of Stand Your Ground is not applicable in this case,” Benjamin L. Crump, an attorney for Mr. McGlockton’s family, told The New York Times in an interview on Tuesday. “Michael Drejka should […]

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A Rush to Block Downloadable Plans for 3-D Printed Guns

Gun control proponents and state officials are racing the clock to try to block blueprints to make guns from 3-D printers from going online Wednesday. The varied efforts, in courthouses and legislatures, are aimed at Defense Distributed, a Texas-based nonprofit organization that won permission last month from the State Department to post schematics for homemade […]

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Newly legal 3D-printed gun blueprints targeted by state lawsuits

Hot on the heels of the effective legalization of 3D models used to print firearm components, 21 states have filed a joint lawsuit against the federal government, alleging not only that decision is dangerous but also that it’s illegal for a number of reasons. But the lawsuit may backfire via the so-called Streisand Effect, further […]

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U.S. states sue Trump administration over lift of 3-D printable guns ban

States are suing the Trump administration in hopes of halting the release of 3-D printable gun blueprints, like the one used to print this Liberator pistol.Image: Robert MacPherson/AFP/Getty Images By Matt Binder2018-07-30 22:24:18 UTC Just days before the blueprints for 3-D printable guns get released to the public, several U.S. states have jointly filed a […]

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Google bans crypto miners, ‘repetitive content,’ and more from the Play Store

Google regularly updates its Play Store developer policies; the last time it happened, fake ID apps were banned from being submitted by developers. The guidelines have once again been changed, and several more categories of applications are now banned. First, applications that “appeal to children but contain adult themes” are no longer allowed. This is […]

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Toronto Shooting Shakes City Amid a Rash of Violence

TORONTO — The shots rang out, one by one and in bursts. Diners at the outdoor tables of the packed bars and restaurants along the Danforth, the main drag of one of Toronto’s hottest neighborhoods, dived for cover. In the end, two people were killed, including a 10-year-old girl, and 13 were wounded. The shooting […]

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