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April 13, 2013 | By Alan Fram, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Congress' most serious gun-control effort in years cleared its first hurdle Thursday as the Senate pushed past conservatives' attempted blockade under the tearful gaze of families of victims of December's Connecticut school shootings. The bipartisan 68-31 vote rebuffed an effort to keep debate from starting, giving an early victory to President Obama and his gun-control allies. Four months after 20 first graders and six staffers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown were killed, relatives watching the vote from a gallery overlooking the Senate floor dabbed at tears and clasped hands, some seeming to pray.
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April 12, 2013 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Gov. Christie should tighten some gun laws but doesn't need to enact major initiatives such as expanded background checks, a ban on Internet gun sales, or new limits on high-capacity magazines, according to a report Tuesday from a task force he commissioned. The report, released nearly a month after Christie's deadline and on a day a breakthrough emerged in Congress on federal legislation to curb gun violence, is expected to form the basis of antiviolence policy proposals that the Republican governor will release next week.
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April 12, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON - Congress' most serious gun-control effort in years cleared its first hurdle Thursday as the Senate pushed past conservatives' attempted blockade under the teary gaze of families of victims of December's Connecticut school shootings. The bipartisan 68-31 vote rebuffed an effort to keep debate from even starting, giving an early victory - and perhaps political momentum - to President Obama and his gun-control allies. Even so, few supporters of the legislation are confident of victory.
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April 11, 2013 | By Ed O'Keefe and David A. Fahrenthold, Washington Post
WASHINGTON - The Senate is poised to begin the most wide-ranging and ambitious battle over gun control on Capitol Hill in 20 years, with a vote scheduled Thursday that would formally start the debate. News of that vote was a boost for the Obama administration, which has lobbied hard for increased background checks on potential gun buyers, and new limits on assault rifles and high-capacity ammunition magazines. All will face heavy opposition from the National Rifle Association and its Capitol Hill allies in both parties.
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April 11, 2013
AN IMPORTANT victory in the efforts to curb gun violence - as well as efforts to bring a little sanity to Congress - could be in the offing Thursday. The Senate will take a procedural vote on gun-control measures, including one bipartisan effort crafted by Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to require background checks on all commercial-firearm sales, including those at gun shows and on the Internet. The lack of such checks has created a big loophole for countless guns to be bought and sold to anyone - including criminals and people with mental illness.
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April 8, 2013
WASHINGTON - Amid waves of change in public opinion and demographics, the political landscape has been reshaped for some of the country's most divisive issues. In recent weeks, Republicans have found themselves dragged toward immigration reform while Democrats have been falling over themselves to declare their support for same-sex marriage. But on a third cultural divide where public opinion appears to be shifting in favor of the forces pushing for change - gun laws - the political effort is close to just falling flat.
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April 6, 2013 | By Allison Steele and Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writers
On a day when Connecticut and Maryland legislators ushered in historic new gun laws, a bipartisan lineup of Pennsylvania legislators and law enforcement officials put forth a bill that would slap an added mandatory two-year prison term on anyone caught with an illegal firearm - but only in Philadelphia. "This is not about gun control," Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said Thursday, flanked by politicians and officials from the city and suburbs. "People who carry guns illegally are the people who are shooting people, murdering people, pistol-whipping people, threatening witnesses.
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April 5, 2013 | By Allison Steele, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
District Attorney Seth Williams wants to send a new message to Philadelphia residents who walk around with illegal guns: "You carry, you do two. " Williams, flanked Thursday by a group of politicians and district attorneys from surrounding counties who attended a news conference at Philadelphia Police Headquarters, announced a proposed new law that would slap an added two-year prison sentence on anyone caught in the city with an illegal firearm....
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April 2, 2013 | By Kate Brumback, Associated Press
NELSON, Ga. - The city council in a small north Georgia town is preparing to make gun ownership mandatory - sort of. City council members in Nelson, a city of about 1,300 north of Atlanta, were set to vote Monday night on the Family Protection Ordinance. The measure would require every head of household to own a gun and ammunition to "provide for the emergency management of the city" and to "provide for and protect the safety, security, and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants.
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April 2, 2013 | BY CHARLOTTE AND HARRIET CHILDRESS, For the Daily News
IMAGINE if African-American men and boys were committing mass shootings month after month, year after year. Articles and interviews would flood the media, and we'd have political debates demanding that African-Americans be "held accountable. " But when the criminals and leaders are white men, race and gender become the elephant in the room. Nearly all the mass shootings in this country in recent years have been committed by white men and boys. Unlike other groups, white men are not used to being singled out. So we expect that many of them will protest that it is unfair if we talk about them.
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