Tag: Firearms

news analysis: New Zealand Confronts an American Export: Mass Shootings

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — The ad hoc memorial at the police cordon spread out across a wide area. Within a few hours of the terrorist attack that stole the lives of 50 people at two mosques here, there was a mountain of flowers and handwritten messages filled with anguish. “This is your home and you […]

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New Zealand to Ban Military-Style Weapons

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Thursday announced a national ban on all military-style semiautomatic weapons, all high-capacity ammunition magazines and all parts that allow weapons to be modified into the kinds of guns used to kill 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, last week. “What we’re banning today are the things used […]

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New Zealand’s Dealing With Its Gun Problem. When Will We?

When a terrorist massacred 50 people at two New Zealand mosques last week, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern immediately grasped the nettle. “I can tell you one thing right now,” she told a news conference. “Our gun laws will change.” That’s what effective leadership looks like. New Zealand’s cabinet has now agreed in principle to overhaul […]

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New Zealand to Open Inquiry Into What Officials Knew About Gunman Before Massacre

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, on Monday ordered an inquiry into what government officials could have known about the gunman in Friday’s massacre before he carried out the attack that left 50 people dead at two mosques in Christchurch. “The purpose of this inquiry is to look at what all […]

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Anthony Comello: What We Know About the 24-Year-Old Accused of Killing a Gambino Mob Boss

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] When a hooded gunman pumped close to a dozen bullets into Frank Cali, a reputed leader of the Gambino crime family, outside his Staten Island home on Wednesday night, detectives naturally examined the possibility that the killing may have […]

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New Zealand Shooting Live Updates: ‘There Will Be Changes’ to Gun Laws, Prime Minister Says

• New Zealand grappled with grief and horror on Sunday as the death toll rose to 50 people two days after a gunman opened fire at two mosques in the city of Christchurch. The terrorist attack appeared to have been carried out by a white nationalist who posted a racist manifesto online and streamed live […]

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After Mosque Massacre, New Zealand Has Its Gun-Debate Moment

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — When the prime minister announced plans to ban semiautomatic rifles following Friday’s mass shootings, it seemed to be the bold response that many New Zealanders wanted — until the country’s attorney general backpedaled almost immediately and said that might not be the government’s final decision. Even after a massacre that left […]

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New Zealand’s Gun Laws Draw Scrutiny After Mosque Shootings

The shootings that killed at least 49 people at two mosques in New Zealand on Friday have placed new scrutiny on New Zealand’s gun laws and sparked a fervent debate about whether they were a factor in the gunman’s decision to carry out his attack there. The police have described the gunman as a man […]

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American Gun Culture Goes on Trial

For years, uncompromising gun enthusiasts have demanded that politicians, the press and the American people never slander their beloved military-style semiautomatic rifles with the name “assault weapons.” Even though the guns are marketed with military imagery. Even though there’s a thriving business in aftermarket accessories, like thermal scopes and high-capacity magazines made to “military specification.” […]

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Sandy Hook Massacre: Gun Makers Lose Major Ruling Over Liability

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The Connecticut Supreme Court dealt a major blow to the firearms industry on Thursday, clearing the way for a lawsuit to move forward against the companies that manufactured and sold the semiautomatic rifle used by the gunman in the […]

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How the Supreme Court Could Bring More Guns to New York City

A case before the Supreme Court this term could significantly affect whether densely populated cities like New York have the right to set their own gun policies. At a glance, New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. City of New York is a limited dispute. It pits residents who […]

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Trump at CPAC: Democrat Gun Control Will Not Get Past My Desk

President Donald Trump stressed during his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that the Democrats’ myriad gun control plans will not make all come to an end once they reach his desk. Trump expressed the agreement between his administration and the mindset of CPAC attendees by saying, “We believe strongly in the Second […]

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Pelosi Passes Second Gun Control Bill and Puts Down Democratic Rebellion

WASHINGTON — The House voted Thursday to extend the time allotted for the F.B.I. to conduct background checks for gun purchasers flagged by the national instant check system, the second major gun control bill to clear the chamber this week after two decades of inaction. Democratic leaders also succeeded in […]

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House Passes First Major Gun Control Law in Decades

WASHINGTON — The House voted on Wednesday to require background checks for all gun purchasers, including those at gun shows and on the internet — the first significant gun control bill to clear the chamber in a quarter of a century. The 240-to-190 vote is the first of two gun […]

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Victims of Handgun Attack Call for ‘Assault Weapon’ Ban

Victims of last summer’s Danforth handgun attack in Ontario, Canada, are calling for an “assault weapon” ban. The victims pushed to ban “assault weapons” on February 22, the seven-month anniversary of the attack that killed two. Breitbart News reported that the shooting occurred at 10:00 p.m. local time, when 29-year-old Faisal Hussain calmly walked down the […]

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DC leans on FBI, ATF to curb city’s rising murder rate

WASHINGTON — D.C. and federal authorities are cracking down on armed felons in an attempt to bring down the District’s rising homicide rate. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the Felon in Possession initiative at a news conference Wednesday. The initiative, which goes into effect this month, will make illegally possessing a firearm as a felon a […]

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Trump and Cohen Received Gun Licenses in Exchange for Favors, Former Police Official Alleges

President Trump, his eldest son, and his former lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, were among a roster of rich and powerful people who received gun licenses from the New York Police Department in return for special favors, a former lieutenant has claimed in court papers. The former lieutenant, Paul Dean, said […]

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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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