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Surgeon General: Gun Violence Is a Public Health Emergency

Vivek Murthy's official advisory is likely to be controversial

(Newser) - The US surgeon general on Tuesday declared gun violence a public health crisis, driven by the fast-growing number of injuries and deaths involving firearms in the country. The advisory issued by Dr. Vivek Murthy, the nation's top doctor, came as the US grappled with another summer weekend marked by...

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...

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...

Recall of Gun Safes Follows Death of 12-Year-Old Boy

Fortress recalls 61K safes that may allow unauthorized access despite fingerprint feature

(Newser) - A maker of gun safes is recalling some 61,000 of them across the US because of an apparent glitch that allows unauthorized access, reports CNN . The safes are made by Fortress Safe, and the ones in question use fingerprint reader technology. "Consumers can believe they have properly programmed...

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...

Barrett, Roberts Side With Liberals on Ghost Guns

New regulation on them will stay in effect while courts weigh its legality

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is reinstating a regulation aimed at reining in the proliferation of ghost guns—firearms without serial numbers that have been turning up at crime scenes across the nation in increasing numbers. The court on Tuesday voted 5-4 to put on hold a ruling from a federal judge...

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...

Biden: US Needs New Gun Laws or 'We Need a New Congress'

Legislation approved after Uvalde massacre was just a first step, president says

(Newser) - President Biden made a passionate call for increased gun restrictions on Friday in Connecticut, celebrating the one-year anniversary of the first significant piece of federal firearms legislation in nearly three decades but declaring it was only an "important first step." He urged voters to defeat lawmakers who resist,...

'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...

Colorado Toughens Gun Laws After Latest Shooting

One raises the age to buy guns from 18 to 21

(Newser) - Colorado’s governor signed four gun control bills Friday, edging the once-purple state closer to liberal-leaning governments in California and New York just months after a shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs , the latest in the state’s long history of notorious massacres, per the AP . The new...

Critics See Dangerous 'Design Flaw' in a Top-Selling Handgun
Critics See Dangerous 'Design
Flaw' in a Top-Selling Handgun
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Critics See Dangerous 'Design Flaw' in a Top-Selling Handgun

SIG Sauer P320 can fire on its own, reports the 'Washington Post' and the Trace

(Newser) - It's an investigation into gun safety, but not of the usual variety. This one looks into one of the most popular handguns in existence—the SIG Sauer P320—and allegations that its design results in too many accidental discharges. The eight-month investigation by the Washington Post and the Trace...

GOP Lawmaker on Gun Violence: OK, Maybe We Can Fix It

Tennessee Rep. Tim Burchett says he's 'floated ideas about mental health' with Democrats

(Newser) - Rep. Tim Burchett was a relative unknown outside of Tennessee before his comments about gun control earlier this week. In the wake of the school shooting in Nashville that killed six, he proclaimed , "We're not gonna fix it," referring to tougher gun laws addressing gun violence in...

Lawmaker Responds to 'Hatred' Over His Shooting Comments

GOP Rep. Tim Burchett has taken criticism after his 'we're not gonna fix it' remark

(Newser) - A Tennessee congressman named Tim Burchett got an unexpected taste of the national spotlight this week after the Nashville school shooting. Interviewed after the assault, the Republican declared that "we're not gonna fix it" because "criminals are going to be criminals" even if tougher gun laws were...

Tenn. Congressman's Shooting Response: 'We're Not Gonna Fix It'

GOP Rep. Tim Burchett says tougher gun laws won't accomplish anything

(Newser) - Monday's school shooting in Nashville has put the focus back on gun safety in Congress, and the Hill reports that Democrats aim to force votes on as-yet unspecified reforms. Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger of Virginia is pushing for what's known as a "discharge petition" that would force...

'Second Amendment Is Becoming a Suicide Pact'

California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks out amid 3 mass shootings in 3 days in his state

(Newser) - California has seen three deadly mass shootings in three days , and Gov. Gavin Newsom delivered a line to CBS Evening News likely to fire up both sides of the gun laws debate. "The Second Amendment is becoming a suicide pact," said Newsom on a visit to Monterey Park,...

NHL Star Blasts Trudeau on Gun Bill

Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price calls PM 'unjust': 'I am not a criminal or a threat to society'

(Newser) - Canada has stricter gun laws than the United States, and after the April 2020 massacre in Nova Scotia—the country's deadliest mass shooting ever, with 22 fatally shot—Bill C-21 came into existence. It seeks to ban the purchase and import of handguns and "assault-style" guns across the...

Visa Delivers Big Win to Gun Control Advocates

Payment processor will start categorizing gun shop sales

(Newser) - Payment processor Visa Inc. said Saturday that it plans to start separately categorizing sales at gun shops, a major win for gun control advocates who say it will help better track suspicious surges of gun sales that could be a prelude to a mass shooting. But the decision by Visa,...

After Parade Shooting, 2 Jarring Comparisons
After Parade Shooting,
2 Jarring Comparisons
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After Parade Shooting, 2 Jarring Comparisons

Doctor and senator say gunfire, resulting injuries were like those in war

(Newser) - Monday's mass shooting at a parade in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park has led to some disturbing comparisons:
  • Like war: "Those are wartime injuries," Dr. David Baum, who treated victims after the shooting, tells CNN . "Those are what are seen in victims of war, not

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