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December 5, 1993 | By Lee Mueller and Robert H. Campbell, KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE
Along with goats, dogs and rusty chain saws, a roadside flea market in Johnson County offers a dishpan full of snub-nosed Saturday night specials or a brand-new AK-47 assault rifle. Right now, Kentucky gun buyers and sellers don't worry about the Brady gun- control bill. There's no waiting. No embarrassing questions. Nothing to sign. No identification required. No serial numbers to write down. No taxes, either. Check out the rows and rows of guns for sale in the backs of pickup trucks - at least 150, by a visitor's count.
NEWS
May 16, 2006
PERHAPS NOW, after the murder of police officer Gary Skerski, the state legislature will make a move to allow Philadelphia to draft its own gun laws. Where are their priorities? Doesn't human life mean anything to them? They were quick to pull the trigger on their pay raises. Last year, 380 Philadelphians were murdered. At the current pace, we will surpass that appalling amount by year's end. Come on, Gov. Rendell, a Philadelphian, get their butts moving. The elections are coming in November.
NEWS
November 8, 2007
AS MOURNERS gathered yesterday to pay their last respects to Officer Chuck Cassidy, and to offer thanks to him and his family for making the ultimate sacrifice for the city, we can't help wondering if there will be another opportunity to thank Cassidy . . . when much-needed gun laws are passed. Cassidy's death has galvanized the city in ways that hundreds of other homicides haven't been able to. Let's hope it galvanizes lawmakers in Harrisburg to stop their cowardly lack of action on sane and common-sense gun laws.
NEWS
January 7, 1987
Alan S. Krug in an Op-ed Page article Dec. 23 states: "The anti-gun forces have no valid scientific data to support their contention that proposed restrictions on rifles, shotguns and handguns would reduce crime rates. " If Mr. Krug would take the trouble to consult statistics he would find that whereas each year in the United States more than 10,000 people are killed by handguns, in other civilized countries such as Britain, West Germany and Japan fewer than 100 are killed each year by handguns.
NEWS
December 13, 2007
ACCORDING to the Daily News, mall killer Robert Hawkins' step-parent/guardian Debora Maruca-Kovac told Omaha papers that the night before the slaughter, Hawkins and her sons showed her the semi-automatic used in the attack. You'd think a woman who knows this kid spent time in a mental institution for threatening to kill people, would have reported this to police. Common sense, not gun laws, would've stopped this disaster. Instead, she's being paid to be on talk shows, instead of going to jail for not reporting a crime.
NEWS
June 17, 1999
Today the U.S. House of Representatives should heed the public, not the gun lobby, as it votes on the most significant gun-control measures to come before it in years. Since April, Congress has been scrambling to respond to the public outrage over the massacre in a Colorado high school. Last month, the Senate, under intense pressure from voters, did an about-face and approved a modest package of controls, including mandatory background checks at gun shows. Under the Senate bill, every sale at any gun show would require a criminal background check of the buyer by the FBI. That's common sense.
NEWS
March 5, 2008
RE SIGNE'S recent cartoon on guns: Does she realize that every single gun crime in Philadelphia is a serious federal offense? Federal firearm law is found in the U.S. Code, Title 18, Chapter 44. These laws cover every aspect of straw-man sales, illegal purchases, illegal transfers, illegal possession, etc. Why isn't existing law being enforced? Examples: 1. Sec. 922 (a)(6): False answers on Treasury Form 4473 when buying a handgun from a federally licensed dealer, or making false oral statements, is a 10-year felony offense.
NEWS
January 11, 2005
THE ARTICLE "They're taking aim at gun laws" (Jan. 8) sadly repeated the same misinformation gun-control advocates trot out every time they want to pass new laws to restrict legitimate gun ownership. Using your own clean record to purchase a gun for someone who is not allowed to own a gun is called a straw purchase. Gun-control groups would have us believe that this is legal in Pennsylvania. It is not. Under federal law, it is illegal "for any person in connection with the acquisition or attempted acquisition of any firearm knowingly to furnish misrepresented identification . . . " [18 U.S.C.
NEWS
October 25, 2005
RE "IN PHILLY, killers stick to their guns": Commissioner Johnson was quoted as saying, "We have the most lenient gun laws in the entire nation" to explain Philadelphia's high murder rate. With all due respect, Commissioner Johnson's reasoning for Philadelphia's murder rate is fatally flawed. Pennsylvania has 66 other counties with the same laws. If Commissioner Johnson were correct, the other counties would have the same murder rate, but they do not. I don't mean to imply that the Philadelphia Police Department is to blame for Philadelphia's murder rate.
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June 27, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Washington Bureau
CLEVELAND - Expectations are soaring. Cory Booker arrives here a day after helping lead a 15-hour Senate filibuster demanding votes on gun laws, and amid chatter about his chances to become Hillary Clinton's running mate. The lunch crowd of roughly 300 Democrats sipping iced tea in a Westin ballroom buzz about the Senate blockade and one of their party's rising stars. Far from New Jersey, many here are already familiar with Booker, a testament to his political celebrity, talent for grabbing attention and broad personal appeal.
NEWS
June 22, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, WASHINGTON BUREAU
WASHINGTON - A partisan divide on Monday blocked the four latest Senate proposals meant to curb gun violence, providing no change in the nation's gun laws but adding to this election year's political fodder. With the Orlando massacre still fresh, the stakes were particularly high in Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate race, where Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) has trumpeted his support for expanding background checks on gun buyers and Democratic challenger Katie McGinty has attacked him as failing to take real action.
NEWS
June 22, 2016 | By Karen Langley, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday declined to reinstate a law that gave groups like the National Rifle Association the right to challenge local gun-control rules in court. Commonwealth Court overturned the law last year on the ground that the legislative process used to make it had violated the state constitution. The gun provision had been added to a bill that addressed the theft of metals. The Supreme Court agreed "that the legislature violated the single-subject rule in an effort to pass an unpopular and irrational bill without being noticed," said Sen. Daylin Leach (D., Montgomery)
NEWS
June 21, 2016
ISSUE | GUN CONTROL Don't blame Second Amendment The Islamic State may encourage mass murders, but America is the great enabler. One need look no further than Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's 2008 opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller to find approval of gun laws and legal limits to the Second Amendment. Scalia wrote, "Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited. " He agreed that it "was not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.
NEWS
June 18, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna, TRENTON BUREAU
Debate over guns resumed in Trenton on Thursday, as Democrats challenged Gov. Christie and sought to tighten New Jersey's laws. Backed by advocates, Senate President Stephen Sweeney announced plans to try to override the Republican governor's veto of a bill that would require domestic violence offenders to surrender firearms. In light of last weekend's massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, "if that doesn't send a signal that we need to do more with our gun laws to protect our citizens, I don't know what does," said Sweeney (D., Gloucester)
NEWS
June 15, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - A day after the deadliest shooting in U.S. history, Democrats challenged Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) to take a stronger stand on gun laws, aiming to undercut one of his prime arguments for reelection. His Democratic challenger, Katie McGinty, hammered Toomey for voting last year to block a bill that would have barred suspected terrorists from buying guns. And Senate Democrats vowed to bring the politically charged measure back for another vote. "Pat Toomey has worked to allow suspected terrorists to buy guns in this country, and that is just an outrageous position," said McGinty, who is challenging Toomey in one of the country's most critical Senate races.
NEWS
June 14, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - The Orlando shooting that left 50 dead Sunday immediately brought new calls for tougher gun laws from Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.), who plans to introduce a bill Monday to ban anyone convicted of misdemeanor hate crimes from purchasing firearms. Currently, only those convicted of a felony face such bans. Casey is scheduled to introduce his measure at a Pittsburgh news conference. He was among several officials from the Philadelphia area who said the latest mass shooting shows the need for tighter regulation of gun purchases.
NEWS
May 27, 2016
By Madeleine Dean It is difficult to find a more contentious issue in the United States than gun laws. Two things that both sides can agree on, however, is that guns should be kept out of the hands of criminals and that criminals who illegally carry or try to purchase a firearm should be prosecuted. Gun rights advocates like Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump argue that we should "enforce the laws on the books. " On this - and perhaps only this - I agree with Trump. When the legislature returns after the holiday, the House Judiciary Committee, of which I am a member, is scheduled to vote on a number of gun-related bills - some that require stronger penalties for gun-possession violations, others to increase mental-health-records reporting to the federal government.
NEWS
April 10, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna, TRENTON BUREAU
Gov. Christie's administration announced measures Friday to ease some New Jersey state gun restrictions, including an expansion of the standard for getting a permit to carry a gun. The Republican governor, who previously endorsed loosening the state's gun laws, said in a statement Friday that the changes would "deliver relief and assurance to New Jerseyans exercising their Second Amendment rights. " The changes, which follow recommendations issued by a study commission Christie formed last year, include a regulatory amendment that adds "serious threats" to the circumstances considered a special danger to a person's life.
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