November 7, 2015 |
TRENTON - In 2002, New Jersey became the first state in the nation to pass a law requiring all firearms retailers to sell "smart guns" instead of traditional handguns once the technology became available. On Thursday, the Democratic lawmakers who spearheaded that effort acknowledged that it had backfired by roiling gun-rights groups and impeding the technology from coming to market. So on Thursday, they introduced legislation they presented as a compromise: It would repeal the section of the law that would prohibit the sale of normal handguns but also require wholesale or retail dealers to offer and maintain an inventory of smart guns.
August 29, 2015
ISSUE | IRAN DEAL How about this lobby? It never ceases to amaze me that if a lawmaker votes (or announces his or her attention to vote a certain way) and it has the potential to benefit Israel, our friend and ally, there is always that "Aha! The Israel lobby. " Oddly, when a lawmaker acts similarly for a piece of legislation that is unfavorable to Israel, one never reads or hears of the accusation "Aha! The Arab lobby" or "Aha! The Iran lobby. " And yet it's been reported that some U.S. lawmakers have received donations from the Iranian American Political Action Committee - the Iran lobby - and have announced their intentions to vote for the Iran deal.
June 26, 2015 |
IN A VICTORY for gun-safety advocates in Philadelphia, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania yesterday overturned a state law that had made it easier for gun owners and the National Rifle Association to sue cities and towns over local gun ordinances. "The Court has preserved the ability of democratically elected local officials throughout this Commonwealth to do what they think is necessary to protect their citizens from the scourge of gun violence," Mayor Nutter said in a statement.
February 9, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - The sounds of birds calling to one another rose in a cacophony above the table, honking and piping as though a flock of Canada geese were on the verge of touching down. The noise at Sean Mann's display of goose and duck calls is bound to be a constant for the next nine days, as he sets up shop each day as part of the Great American Outdoor Show. After all, he said, customers need to try out the wares before they buy. Mann, a Maryland longtime professional waterfowl guide, custom callmaker, and world goose-calling champion, is known in birding circles for manufacturing what experts in the field have characterized as one of the most realistic goose calls ever made.
December 17, 2014 |
WHATEVER REASON we eventually settle on for the latest deadly shooting spree, this time in Montgomery County yesterday - mental illness, easy access to guns, a world gone mad - we know one thing for sure: A gun shattered families, a community and our sense of safety. A gun. Again. Just hours after the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Conn., that left 26 people dead, including 20 children, and in the midst of a siege in Sydney, Australia, that eventually ended with three dead, including the assailant, another shooting spree unfolded closer to home.
July 16, 2014 |
IT MAY BE a longer, hotter summer for the gun freaks than they have had in some time, mainly the National Rifle Association, which approaches every election with a strategy to oppose everything and dole out money only to candidates who pledge allegiance to the industry's policy of no firearms restrictions, period. Michael Bloomberg is planning to give the NRA and its minions a dose of their own medicine at the same time a movement is gaining momentum among some states to take guns away from those identified as potentially dangerous because of mental problems.
July 11, 2014 |
Terry Rumsey fights for gun safety. Before that, it was mental health reform. And reducing homelessness. And fair voting laws. And ending the death penalty. "The thread between all the work I've done is a belief in nonviolence," said Rumsey, 59, of Media. His current crusade is universal background checks on gun sales. Rumsey and Robin Lasersohn, 48, his wife and business partner, created Delaware County United for Sensible Gun Policy after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn.
June 1, 2013 |
TRENTON - New Jersey has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, and they are likely to get tougher still. The state Senate on Thursday gave final passage to a bill banning the sale of .50-caliber rifles, high-powered weapons that are accurate to more than one mile and popular with some firearms enthusiasts. The measure was included in a package of gun measures crafted by Senate Democrats after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14. It passed largely along party lines.
April 29, 2013 |
OLYMPIA, Wash. - After struggling to sway both state and federal lawmakers, proponents of expanding background checks for gun sales are now exploring whether they will have more success by taking the issue directly to voters. While advocates generally prefer that new gun laws be passed through the legislative process, especially at the national level, they are also concerned about how much sway the National Rifle Association has with lawmakers. Washington Rep. Jamie Pedersen, a Democrat who had sponsored unsuccessful legislation on background checks at the state level, said a winning ballot initiative would make a statement with broad implications.
April 25, 2013 |
For all the recent flurry of proposals about gun safety from Gov. Christie and the Democratic-led Legislature, few have sought to change much in the places that have spurred much of the discussion: local schools. The Christie-appointed task force created after the Newtown, Conn., killings largely praised steps New Jersey schools and the state had taken to ensure student safety. Christie said in his package of gun safety proposals released Friday that he would leave further steps to local communities.