Gun Control/2nd Amendment
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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Mar 20, 2012 Florida shooting renews debate over 'stand your ground' laws
QUOTE: Florida's 2005 "stand-your-ground" law...allows people to use deadly force away from their homes -- where such force has long been allowed -- if they have reasonable fear an assailant could seriously harm them or someone else. It also eliminated a longstanding "duty to retreat" in the face of imminent harm...
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 02, 2011 Some With Histories of Mental Illness Petition to Get Their Gun Rights Back
QUOTE: law passed by Congress after the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech that was actually meant to make it harder for people with mental illness to get guns. As a condition of its support for the measure, the National Rifle Association extracted a concession: the inclusion of a mechanism for restoring firearms rights to those who lost them for mental health reasons.
New York Times Feb 05, 2011 States Struggle to Disarm People Who've Lost Right to Own Guns
QUOTE: Tens of thousands of gun owners, like Mr. Perez, bought their weapons legally but under the law should no longer have them because of subsequent mental health or criminal issues.
New York Times Mar 03, 2010 Supreme Court does more wrangling with gun laws
QUOTE: The same members of the Supreme Court who ruled two years ago that the Second Amendment provides an individual right to own a firearm seemed ready Tuesday to ensure that state and local gun-control laws do not interfere with it. But a majority also indicated that the states may have "broader interests" in restricting gun ownership than the federal government.
Washington Post Oct 07, 2009 Investigators Document Repeat Illegal Sales at Gun Shows
QUOTE: Undercover investigators working on behalf of the New York City mayor's office repeatedly bought guns from unlicensed dealers at gun shows even though they disclosed they probably couldn't pass a background check.
Washington Post Oct 01, 2009 Supreme Court decision may open up other gun laws to challenges
QUOTE: The Supreme Court's decision Wednesday to hear a 2nd Amendment challenge to Chicago's handgun ban could open the door to similar lawsuits in cities and states across the nation.
Los Angeles Times Aug 19, 2009 When Protesters Bear Arms Against Health-Care Reform
QUOTE: The fact that protesters at President Obama's political events have begun showing up bearing arms may be disquieting, but it's perfectly legal...
Time Magazine Jun 23, 2009 Easy for suspected terrorists to buy guns in the US, report says: One senator calls this the 'terror gap' and vows to plug it, but gun owners fear the government might use the FBI's terror list to crack down on law-abiding citizens.
QUOTE: Gun-control activists say the [Government Accountability Office] report demonstrates potentially lethal flaws in gun laws. But gun-rights advocates counter that the terror list is perhaps a greater menace in itself. They see it as ripe for manipulation – allowing the government to tar people as terrorists when it is politically expedient to do so.
Christian Science Monitor Jun 20, 2009 Cities' gun restrictions begin to topple: After big D.C. case in '08, San Francisco and Philadelphia have seen setbacks for local gun controls. More laws are expected to come under fire.
QUOTE: Since last June, when the US Supreme Court struck down key parts of the District of Columbia's gun-control ordinance, cities have seen the 20,000 local gun regulations enacted over the years begin to slip from their grip, one by one.
Christian Science Monitor Apr 14, 2009 U.S. Stymied as Guns Flow to Mexican Cartels (War Without Borders: A Paradoxical Struggle)
QUOTE: The federal system for tracking gun sales, crafted over the years to avoid infringements on Second Amendment rights, makes it difficult to spot suspicious trends quickly and to identify people buying for smugglers, law enforcement officials say.
New York Times Mar 17, 2008 Fighting Gun Traffickers Involves Lots of Legwork, a Little Luck
QUOTE: Firearms traffickers...profit in an underground economy that has bustled for decades in the District, regardless of the city's long-debated prohibition on handgun ownership, one of the toughest gun-control laws in the nation.
Washington Post Mar 16, 2008 D.C.'s Gun Ban Gets Day in Court: Justices' Decision May Set Precedent In Interpreting the 2nd Amendment
QUOTE: "This may be one of the only cases in our lifetime when the Supreme Court is going to be interpreting the meaning of an important provision of the Constitution unencumbered by precedent,'' said Randy E. Barnett, a constitutional scholar at the Georgetown University Law Center. "And that's why there's so much discussion on the original meaning of the Second Amendment.''
Washington Post Mar 05, 2008 Caught in an arms race, Virginians pack more guns ("State of the Gun" part 4 of 4)
QUOTE: Members of the group know their choice [to open-carry a weapon] makes people nervous. Individually, they've been kicked out of businesses, barred at public gatherings and handcuffed by police. That's why they take part in Open Carry Dining Out - a national push to exercise the right to bear arms.
Hampton Roads Pilot (Virginia) Feb 05, 2008 Lawyers Fighting D.C. Gun Ban Argue Against Militia Focus
QUOTE: If the Constitution protects an individual's right to possess a handgun, then [Washington DC's] ban on such arms must be declared unconstitutional, lawyers for the man challenging the "nation's most draconian gun laws" told the Supreme Court yesterday.
Washington Post Jan 12, 2008 Justice Dept. Critical Of Appellate Ruling On D.C. Handgun Ban
QUOTE: The federal government, protective of its own gun control measures, took issue with the 2 to 1 decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which said because handguns are "arms" under the provisions of the Second Amendment, an outright ban is unconstitutional.
Washington Post Jan 12, 2008 A Militia of One (Well Regulated)
QUOTE: How do the two clauses of the [Second] amendment interact? Does the first limit the second? Does it give a reason or the reason for the constitutional guarantee of a right to bear arms?
New York Times Nov 12, 2007 Justices May Hear Right to ‘Keep and Bear Arms’ Case
QUOTE: The question is whether the Second Amendment to the Constitution protects an individual right to “keep and bear arms.” If the answer is yes, as the federal appeals court held in March, the justices must then decide what such an interpretation means for a statute that bars all possession of handguns and that requires any other guns in the home to be disassembled or secured by trigger locks.
New York Times Nov 09, 2007 Finland's Gun Culture Facing New Questions: Details of Deadly School Shooting Released
QUOTE: Now, news that an 18-year-old used one of the country's easily available handguns to kill eight people in a suburban high school less than an hour's drive north of here has some Finns wondering if the country's gun laws should be tightened.
Washington Post Nov 03, 2007 Texas Proceeding With Plan to Auction Nature Preserve
QUOTE: The dispute pits the donors of the land, the Conservation Fund and the Richard King Mellon Foundation, against a pistol-packing commissioner adamant about preserving hunting and firearms rights on the property, even at the cost of denying the land to the National Park Service, although Texas ranks 44th in park land.
New York Times Oct 05, 2007 At high court: In a drugs-for-gun deal, is the gun being 'used'?: The issue is coming up more often in sting operations – and has meant more jail time for convicts.
QUOTE: Although the case sounds unique, it is becoming increasingly common in sting operations for undercover agents to introduce or suggest a gun as a form of payment in a drug deal. Under the law as written by Congress, the gun adds an automatic five years in prison – and sometimes much more – to any drug charges.
Christian Science Monitor Oct 03, 2007 Oklahoma Senator Blocks Widely Accepted Gun Bill
QUOTE: The lawmaker who put the hold on the bill, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), contends that the bill would create "a pathway by which individuals can lose their Second Amendment rights but no pathway through which they can gain them back if they're stable."
Washington Post Sep 18, 2007 Should teachers be allowed to pack a gun? The case of an Oregon teacher fighting for the right to take a gun to school for protection from her ex-husband.
QUOTE: In Michigan last week, 16 state lawmakers sponsored legislation allowing teachers, administrators, and other school employees to carry concealed weapons on school property. Ohio has a similar bill pending.South Carolina, Alabama, and Virginia are among several other states that have considered lifting school campus gun bans this year...
Christian Science Monitor Sep 04, 2007 D.C. Asks Supreme Court to Back Gun Ban
QUOTE: Most legal experts believe the court will accept the case, which could lead to a historic decision next year on whether the ambiguously worded Second Amendment to the Constitution protects private gun ownership or only imparts a civic right related to maintaining state militias.
Washington Post Jun 14, 2007 Confusion Over Laws Impedes Aid For Mentally Ill: U.S. Panel Reports on Va. Tech; House Passes Gun-Control Bill
QUOTE: Because school administrators, doctors and police officials rarely share information about students and others who have mental illnesses, troubled people don't get the counseling they need, and authorities are often unable to prevent them from buying handguns, the report says.
Washington Post Nov 30, 2006 Catch and Shoot: The perils of "contagious shooting."
QUOTE: We can't keep doing what we've been doing: giving cops high-round semiautomatic weapons because we trust them not to blast away like robots, then excusing them like robots when they blast away.
Slate Feb 24, 2006 Is self-defense law vigilante justice? Some say proposed laws can help deter gun violence. Others worry about deadly confrontations.
QUOTE: "Stand Your Ground" bills are now being considered in 21 states...more judgment in an individual's hands stem from people's increased concern about crime in their communities...many observers say the laws may promote gun violence as urban gangs could claim self-protection in the aftermath of shootouts.
Christian Science Monitor Nov 14, 2005 Two Families Seek Church Accountability in Abuse Cases: Relatives of Slain Men Fault Lack of Safeguards Against Troubled Priests
QUOTE: They want a mechanism for punishing seminary rectors and bishops "who recklessly ordain troubled seminarians." They want disclosure of the names and whereabouts of "every admitted, proven or credibly accused Catholic cleric." They want each bishop to publicly acknowledge his mistakes, meet with victims and support legislation in all 50 states to lift the criminal and civil statutes of limitations in child sex abuse cases.
Washington Post Oct 20, 2005 House passes gun lawsuit shield legislation: Bush Vows to Sign Bill That Contradicts D.C. Law; Opponents Call for Action
QUOTE: The legislation is intended to cut off an avenue that gun-control advocates have used in recent years to exert leverage on the firearms industry, trying to curb the sale of weapons to criminals by holding it financially responsible for crimes.
Washington Post Oct 01, 2005 Brazil Weighs a National Gun Ban: Country Is First To Vote on Issue
QUOTE: Should the sale of all types of guns and ammunition be banned nationwide for everyone except the police and military?
Washington Post Aug 21, 2005 Parents must pay $7M: Jury: Partly at fault for son's knife attack
QUOTE: Parents are responsible for their children's actions....The jury determined that Lance and Diane White were 70 percent responsible for the attack by their son, Benjamin, who was 17 at the time.
Cincinnati Enquirer Aug 12, 2005 Worker right or workplace danger?: NRA and employers square off over Oklahoma law that allows the practice
QUOTE: The boycott is the latest skirmish in an expanding battle over gun control. Now that many states allow citizens to carry concealed weapons, the NRA is pushing to eliminate remaining restrictions on where those guns can be taken. Gun-control groups - and some employers - are fighting back...
Christian Science Monitor Jul 29, 2005 Liability Shield for Gunmakers Near Passage
QUOTE: The nation's gun lobby is close to realizing a long-sought goal of protecting firearms manufacturers and dealers from being held legally responsible for violent crimes committed with their handguns and automatic weapons... a bill making it virtually impossible for victims of gun violence to file civil suits against the industry...
Washington Post Jun 03, 2005 Alarmed by Killings, Filipino Journalists Aim for Self-Defense
QUOTE: Since 2000, more than 20 journalists have been killed in connection with their work...the killings have all taken place in rural provinces (of the Philippines -Ed.), where corrupt officials, including police, compound the problem.
Washington Post Apr 27, 2005 2 Rulings Reveal Views on Effects Of Overseas Law: High Court Debates Whether Foreign Rulings Apply Here
QUOTE: The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the government may not deny a U.S. citizen gun ownership because of a criminal conviction abroad -- but may prosecute one for plotting to cheat a foreign government out of tax revenue.
Washington Post Apr 26, 2005 Fla. Gun Law to Expand Leeway for Self-Defense: NRA to Promote Idea in Other States
QUOTE: ...let Floridians "meet force with force," erasing the "duty to retreat" when they fear for their lives outside of their homes, in their cars or businesses, or on the street.
Washington Post Sep 29, 2004 Bid to Lift Gun Bans Infuriates Williams: Congress's Push Called 'Outrageous'
QUOTE: An angry Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) accused members of Congress...of hypocrisy and abuse of power as the U.S. House of Representatives prepared to vote today on a bill repealing virtually all of the District's gun laws.
Washington Post Jul 15, 2004 Guns Worn In Open Legal, But Alarm Va.: 'Exercising Right' Called 'Unreasonable' by Some
QUOTE: ...Fairfax County police received a 911 call from a Champps restaurant in Reston. Six men are seated at a table, the caller said. They're all armed. Turns out, packing a pistol in public is perfectly legal in Virginia.
Washington Post Jul 29, 2003 Utah law tests limits of gun culture in West
QUOTE: Supporters of a new law that loosens restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons in Utah assert that allowing teachers, janitors, and other school staff to carry such weapons will add to school security.
Christian Science Monitor May 04, 2003 Gun Firms On Verge Of Winning New Shield
QUOTE: The gun industry, demonstrating its resurgent influence over Washington politics, is on the cusp of convincing President Bush and Congress to protect it from pending and future lawsuits.
Washington Post Apr 10, 2003 House Votes to Limit Lawsuits Against Gun Manufacturers
QUOTE: "We shouldn't use the judicial process to bankrupt an industry that produces a legal weapon, a legal product."
New York Times Apr 04, 2003 A New Push to Grant Gun Industry Immunity From Suits
QUOTE: ...the House Judiciary Committee approved a bill giving gun manufacturers and dealers immunity against many [law]suits...suits [that] fault the makers for not adding safety features and for distribution practices that make it easy for criminals to get guns.
New York Times Feb 07, 2003 Protecting a Gun Law, or a Family
QUOTE: ...he had the right to shoot the guy in his house. But he had no right to have an illegal weapon.
New York Times Feb 04, 2003 Gun Industry Ex-Official Describes Bond of Silence
QUOTE: ...a senior official in the gun industry has broken ranks to challenge practices in the business...that allows many guns to fall into the hands of criminals and juveniles...
New York Times Oct 16, 2002 Bush Questions Gun Tracking's Usefulness: White House Challenges ATF Study That Says Ballistic Fingerprinting Helps Solve Crimes
QUOTE: Last night, the White House said domestic policy aides had met with ATF officials (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) and asked them to have the agency's experts look into whether a national database would be an effective crime-fighting tool.
Washington Post Oct 15, 2002 Gun Dealer's Case Reaches High Court
QUOTE: The case...indirectly raises the most hotly debated question in gun control law today: Does the Second Amendment create an individual right to have a gun?
Washington Post Sep 30, 2002 Letter Is Crucial in Lawsuit on Liability of Gun Makers
QUOTE: "They make no effort to identify problem dealers, because they want to remain blind so they can deny they know what has happened to their guns,"...
New York Times Jul 23, 2002 Revised View of 2nd Amendment is Cited As Defense in Gun Cases
QUOTE: Scores of criminal defendants around the nation have asked federal courts to dismiss gun charges against them based on the Justice Department's recently revised position on the scope of the Second Amendment.
New York Times Dec 06, 2001 Justice Dept. Bars Use of Gun Checks in Terror Inquiry
QUOTE: Even as the [Justice] department is instituting tough new measures to detain individuals suspected of links to terrorism, they say, it is being unusually solicitous of foreigners' gun rights.
New York Times Aug 15, 2001 I.R.A. Withdraws Its Disarmament Proposal
QUOTE: ...the Irish Republican Army withdrew a plan today to dispose of its weapons, propelling the faltering peace effort once more toward collapse.
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