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Supreme Court Upholds Gun-Control Law

Measure is designed to protect victims of domestic violence

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Friday upheld a federal gun-control law intended to protect victims of domestic violence, per the AP . In their first Second Amendment case since they expanded gun rights in 2022, the justices ruled in favor of a 1994 ban on firearms for people under restraining orders to...

GOP Senators Block Bill to Outlaw Bump Stocks

One senator called it a 'gun grabbing overreach'

(Newser) - Senate Republicans blocked bipartisan legislation Tuesday that would have outlawed bump stocks after the Supreme Court struck down a ban on the rapid-fire gun accessory used in the deadliest shooting in modern US history. Democrats tried to force a voice vote on the bill to ban bump stocks, a tactic...

Supreme Court Flips Trump-Era Ban on Bump Stocks

A 6-3 ruling on gun accessory says Trump administration didn't follow federal law

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Friday struck down a Trump-era ban on bump stocks, a gun accessory that allows semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like machine guns and was used in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. The high court found 6-3 that the Trump administration didn't follow...

Arrest Made Day After Gun Storage Law Takes Effect

Michael Tolbert of Michigan was charged after his 2-year-old daughter shot herself

(Newser) - A Flint, Michigan, man whose 2-year-old daughter accidentally shot herself in the face with his handgun has become the first person to be charged under the state's new safe storage of firearms law. Michael Tolbert's daughter Skye McBride shot herself on Valentine's Day and is still in...

Hawaii Supreme Court Quotes The Wire in Gun Rights Ruling

'The thing about the old days, they the old days' was first heard on the HBO show

(Newser) - "What's past is past" was the underlying message, sort of, of a ruling this week from Hawaii's Supreme Court, though its decision cited a different famous quote from a popular TV series to get its point across. CBS News and the AP report that the state's...

Federal Judge Calls California Gun Law 'Repugnant'

He blocks law that would have banned carrying firearms in most public places

(Newser) - A federal judge on Wednesday blocked a California law that would have banned carrying firearms in most public places, ruling that it violates the Second Amendment of the US Constitution and deprives people of their ability to defend themselves and their loved ones. The law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom...

Maine Lawmaker Does U-Turn on Assault Weapons Ban

Democratic Rep. Jared Golden says 'misjudgments' led him to oppose ban

(Newser) - As the manhunt continued for the suspect in this year's deadliest mass shooting in the US, a Maine congressman reversed his position on an assault weapons ban. US Rep. Jared Golden, a Democrat whose district includes Lewiston, where 18 people were killed in Wednesday night's shooting , said "...

White House Rolls Out a Gun Violence Initiative

VP Kamala Harris will oversee the new Office of Gun Violence Prevention

(Newser) - For the first time, the White House will have an office dedicated solely to fighting gun violence. The Biden administration announced its plans Wednesday on the new office, which Reuters notes will "implement existing laws and work with local authorities to pass gun safety legislation at the state level,...

Albuquerque Police Chief Balks at Governor's Emergency Order

After shootings, New Mexico's Michelle Lujan Grisham suspends open, concealed carry in city

(Newser) - New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday issued an emergency order suspending the right to carry firearms in public across Albuquerque and the surrounding county for at least 30 days after a spate of gun violence. The Democratic governor said she expects legal challenges but was compelled to act...

As 'Tennessee Three' Member Is Silenced, Shouts of 'Fascists'

GOP lawmakers in state House bar Dem Rep. Justin Jones from speaking amid tense session

(Newser) - Republican lawmakers voted Monday to temporarily silence a Democratic member of the so-called "Tennessee Three" during an already tense House floor session after determining the young Black member violated newly enacted rules designed to punish disruptive members. The move directed at Rep. Justin Jones prohibited him from speaking on...

SCOTUS Rarely Takes On 2A Cases, but One's Coming Up

Justices agree to review whether government can bar domestic abusers from having guns

(Newser) - The Supreme Court wrapped up its latest term this week with high-profile rulings involving affirmative action , LGBTQ+ and religious rights , and student loan debt , and now it's looking ahead to its next roster of cases, including one that's sure to draw the attention of both gun safety and...

Gavin Newsom Proposes 28th Amendment

Governor wants to 'enshrine fundamental, broadly supported gun safety measures into law'

(Newser) - There hasn't been a new amendment to the United States Constitution since the 27th Amendment in 1992—and that one took more than 200 years to ratify—but California Gov. Gavin Newsom is pushing for a 28th to deal with gun violence. According to a statement from the Democratic...

'Children's Book' Chronicles 'My First School Shooting'

Patricia Oliver, mom of Parkland victim Joaquin Oliver, wrote book to make impact on lawmakers

(Newser) - There's a new "children's book" that recently made the rounds in DC—except it's actually a book for lawmakers, penned by the mom of a 17-year-old Parkland victim. Joaquin's First School Shooting is written by Patricia Oliver, mother of Joaquin Oliver, who was gunned down...

Serbia Shows Scores of Guns Turned In After Mass Shootings

President asks, 'What does anyone need an automatic weapon for?'

(Newser) - Authorities in Serbia on Sunday displayed stacks of guns and cartons of hand grenades from the thousands of weapons, including anti-tank rocket launchers, that they said people handed over since back-to-back mass shootings stunned the Balkan nation. The government declared a one-month amnesty period for citizens to surrender unregistered weapons...

Judge: No More Barring 18- to 20-Year-Olds From Buying Handguns

Decision is expected to be placed on hold as higher courts consider the case

(Newser) - Federally licensed weapons dealers are subject to laws and regulations barring them from selling handguns to anyone under 21—but on Wednesday, a judge in Virginia struck those laws and regulations down, ruling that 18- to 20-year-olds cannot be barred from buying handguns. "Because the statutes and regulations in...

Texas GOP Puts Stop to Gun Control Measure

Measure neared House vote before gun rights groups went to work

(Newser) - Rare momentum in the Texas Capitol for a tougher gun law flickered out Wednesday after Republicans stalled a bill that would raise the purchase age for AR-style rifles, virtually ensuring the GOP-controlled Legislature will in no major way restrict gun access after more mass shootings. The legislation—always a longshot—...

After School Shooting, Tennessee Moves to Shield Gunmakers

Bill passes state Senate to protect manufacturers from liability, will now head to governor

(Newser) - In the wake of a deadly school shooting last month, Republican lawmakers in Tennessee awarded final passage Tuesday to a proposal that would further protect gun and ammunition dealers, manufacturers, and sellers against lawsuits. The Senate's 19-9 vote sends the bill to Republican Gov. Bill Lee, despite pushback from...

Michigan Approves Gun Laws on Campus Where 8 Were Shot

Whitmer signs background check, safe storage legislation

(Newser) - Anyone who wants to buy a gun in Michigan will have to undergo a background check, and gun owners will be required to safely store all firearms and ammunition when around minors under new laws signed Thursday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The signing took place on the Michigan State University...

Tennessee Governor Takes Big Step on Gun Control

He urges lawmakers to pass 'red flag law'

(Newser) - Tennessee's Republican governor has taken some firm steps on gun control in the wake of the Nashville mass shooting that killed six people, including one of his wife's closest friends. Gov. Bill Lee signed an executive order Tuesday that will strengthen background checks for gun buyers, the Tennessean...

Tennessee Dems Face Expulsion for Gun Reform Chants

Reps. Gloria Johnson, Justin Jones, Justin Pearson accused of 'disorderly behavior'

(Newser) - Three Democrats in Tennessee are on the verge of being ousted from the state House after leading protesters in chants in support of gun control. Reps. Gloria Johnson, Justin Jones, and Justin Pearson approached the podium between bills on Thursday without being recognized to speak, USA Today reports. Using a...

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