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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.
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February 28, 2013 | By Michael Baehni and Geir Moulson, Associated Press
MENZNAU, Switzerland - A longtime employee opened fire at a wood-processing company in central Switzerland on Wednesday, leaving three dead, including the assailant, in the country's second multiple-fatality shooting in two months, police said. Seven people were wounded, six seriously, in the shooting at the company Kronospan, in the town of Menznau, Lucerne criminal police chief Daniel Bussmann told reporters. The incident occurred as the parliament prepares to consider tightening some aspects of the country's famously lax gun legislation.
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August 7, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
MAYS LANDING, N.J. - The words common sense were mentioned quite a bit during Shaneen Allen's hearing yesterday in Atlantic County Superior Court. Allen, 27, cried for a moment in the hallway with her son Naiare and his father after a judge denied her motion to dismiss weapons charges filed against her in October and refused to overturn a prosecutor's decision to deny her entry into a first-time-offender diversion program. So Allen walked back into court, turned down a plea deal that would have given her a 3 1/2-year sentence and decided to go to trial in October, hoping a jury would use some common sense and not send a working mother of two to prison for not knowing New Jersey's gun laws.
NEWS
June 23, 2014
With staccato bursts of horrifying news of mass shootings coming almost weekly, it's hard to fathom how the U.S. Supreme Court came within a vote of upending a cornerstone of federal gun-trafficking laws. Had one more justice joined the court's conservative bloc last week, it would have become possible for a straw buyer to purchase a firearm and hand it over to just about anybody. Thanks to a 5-4 ruling, though, such transactions will remain illegal - and for good reason. Even if everyone involved in a gun sale has the right to own a weapon, federal lawmakers and authorities understand the need to track gun ownership.
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April 23, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
FIREARM FOES from the Philly-based CeaseFire PA have a simple answer for the gun-rights activists who have increasingly targeted them for protest: Bring it! Gun owners have shown up to CeaseFire PA rallies and events in bigger and louder groups, videotaping the goings-on and counterprotesting, said Shira Goodman, the group's executive director. Last month, Pittsburgh-area gun-rights activists visited CeaseFire PA's Center City office, prompting flustered staffers to call police. But CeaseFire is turning the criticism into cash: Goodman started a "Beat Back the Bullies" fund and is using her opponents to drum up support for her cause.
NEWS
February 21, 2014
I'M PRETTY SURE Michael David Dunn is a racist, but I'm certain he's a dunce who has done me harm. Not the kind of harm he did to 17-year-old Jordan Davis, his friends and family. There is no equivalency between that actual harm and my theoretical harm. The harm Dunn has done to me and other gun owners is to make us look like trigger-happy hot heads, when the opposite is true. How can I say that? With more than 100 million gun owners in America, we'd have thousands of shootings every day if we lacked impulse control, like Dunn.
NEWS
December 17, 2013
AS THE second World Trade Center fell at 10:28 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, so, too, did the old world order. Almost immediately, a new order arose in its place, in the form of the war on terror, a domestic infrastructure called homeland security, a new kind of military engagement with volatile new enemies, and a heightened surveillance culture in which notions of privacy have also been turned upside down. At least initially, few doubted such actions were necessary to curb terrorism, and even doubters felt the trade-off between, say, civil liberties and government scrutiny was a necessary price.
NEWS
September 26, 2013
AS WE all know, criminals who use firearms to intimidate, injure, and kill their victims must be held accountable for their actions, as they are truly the terrorists who live among us. We propose tougher gun laws with the hope that they will be the ultimate solution to our problem. Haven't we recognized that more laws upon more laws will not make us safe? The terrorists who live among us don't care about society and the laws that their politicians pass. Maybe the creation of jobs at a living wage might help.
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September 19, 2013 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The shootings at the Navy Yard here brought renewed calls on Capitol Hill for tougher gun laws, including the background-check plan cosponsored by Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.). But with the pleas came acknowledgments that the measures still don't have enough votes. With congressional politics against them, neither Toomey nor his cosponsor, Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.), was eager to bring the bill up, even as other lawmakers urged its passage. "The Senate spoke on this issue and we came up five votes short," Toomey said Tuesday in a statement.
NEWS
August 16, 2013
For an improvised press conference in his attorney's office last week, Mark Kessler, the suspended police chief of the small coal region town of Gilberton, wore a suit and tie and behaved politely. The video he was suspended for, however, shows him cursing away while firing a gun at what he says is a poster of House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi. In another video, which has been viewed 148,000 times, the avowed Second Amendment warrior and founder of "Chief Kessler's Constitutional Security Forces" fires an automatic weapon while scolding Secretary of State John Kerry for announcing that the administration would agree to a U.N. treaty regulating the global arms trade.
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July 18, 2013 | Manuel Roig-Franzia and Sari Horwitz, Washington Post
ORLANDO, Fla. - Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. strongly condemned "Stand Your Ground" laws Tuesday, saying the measures "senselessly expand the concept of self-defense" and may encourage "violent situations to escalate. " On the books in more than 30 states, the statutes have become a focal point of a complicated national debate over race, crime, and culpability following the shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old, by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Fla. The volunteer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted of murder charges on Saturday.
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June 27, 2013 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
GETTING hard time in jail for carrying a gun doesn't really happen in Philadelphia. Unless maybe the gun is dripping with the blood of a murder victim. Or your criminal record is packed so full of felonies that cops know the swirls of your fingerprints by heart. There's a raft of reasons why, but it starts with gun laws. In New York, it's illegal to carry a gun without a New York license, even if the owner has a permit elsewhere. Punishment for violators - even those with no criminal record - is swift and harsh: a 3 1/2-year mandatory-minimum prison sentence.
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