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posted July 18, 2014
District of Columbia lawmakers called a Congressional amendment that would undo the District's strict gun control laws "dangerous" at a press conference on Thursday. The GOP-controlled House on Wednesday approved Kentucky Republican Rep. Thomas Massie's amendment, which blocks the District from spending any money to enforce local gun laws.
posted July 17, 2014
The Massachusetts Senate has begun debating a sweeping overhaul of the state’s gun laws. Like a similar bill approved by the House, the Senate proposal would create a web-based portal to allow for real-time background checks in private gun sales and would stiffen penalties for some gun-based crimes. It would also create a new firearms trafficking unit within the State Police. Debate began Thursday.
posted July 15, 2014
Gun deaths outpaced motor vehicle deaths in Oregon in 2011, the most recent year for which comprehensive nationwide data is available, a new analysis from the Violence Policy Center (VPC) finds.Overall in 2011, gun deaths outpaced motor vehicle deaths in 14 states: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington State, as well as the District of Columbia (see below for the mortality figures for each jurisdiction).
posted July 15, 2014
Gun deaths outpaced motor vehicle deaths in Oregon in 2011, the most recent year for which comprehensive nationwide data is available, a new analysis from the Violence Policy Center (VPC) finds.Overall in 2011, gun deaths outpaced motor vehicle deaths in 14 states: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington State, as well as the District of Columbia (see below for the mortality figures for each jurisdiction).
posted June 3, 2014
A new Google Glass application would allow shooters to aim around corners while protecting them from return fire, the app developer claims. Tracking Point, a Texas company that develops precision-tracking technology for firearms, announced via a YouTube video on Thursday that it has combined wearable technology, like Google Glass, with a Precision Guided Firearm (PGF) in a way that allows users to shoot around corners. The new combined system is called ShotView. "When... [RT-TV Novosti (Russia), via GunPolicy.org]
posted June 3, 2014
The National Rifle Association is distancing itself from an article on its website that called demonstrations by gun rights advocates who brandished weapons in public "scary" and "weird," and that said such advocates had "crossed the line from enthusiasm to downright foolishness." The article and the subsequent denunciations in the past week are an unusual public disagreement inside the N.R.A. about the tactics of protesters, particularly in Texas, who have shown up... [New York Times, Opinion, via GunPolicy.org]
posted June 3, 2014
Like the Republican Party, the National Rifle Association has been moving right for more than three decades - ever since radicals calling for maximum gun rights took over the organization's convention in Cincinnati in 1977. And like Republican leaders who keep caving to the demands of Tea Party extremists at virtually every turn, the NRA's national leadership has a big fat Tea Party problem that it cannot solve. NRA leader Wayne LaPierre has proved willing to shout... [Bloomberg (USA), Opinion, via GunPolicy.org]
posted June 3, 2014
A new Google Glass application would allow shooters to aim around corners while protecting them from return fire, the app developer claims. Tracking Point, a Texas company that develops precision-tracking technology for firearms, announced via a YouTube video on Thursday that it has combined wearable technology, like Google Glass, with a Precision Guided Firearm (PGF) in a way that allows users to shoot around corners. The new combined system is called ShotView. "When... [RT-TV Novosti (Russia), via GunPolicy.org]
posted June 3, 2014
The National Rifle Association is distancing itself from an article on its website that called demonstrations by gun rights advocates who brandished weapons in public "scary" and "weird," and that said such advocates had "crossed the line from enthusiasm to downright foolishness." The article and the subsequent denunciations in the past week are an unusual public disagreement inside the N.R.A. about the tactics of protesters, particularly in Texas, who have shown up... [New York Times, Opinion, via GunPolicy.org]
posted June 3, 2014
Like the Republican Party, the National Rifle Association has been moving right for more than three decades - ever since radicals calling for maximum gun rights took over the organization's convention in Cincinnati in 1977. And like Republican leaders who keep caving to the demands of Tea Party extremists at virtually every turn, the NRA's national leadership has a big fat Tea Party problem that it cannot solve. NRA leader Wayne LaPierre has proved willing to shout... [Bloomberg (USA), Opinion, via GunPolicy.org]
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