June 30, 2010
While the Supreme Court's conservative majority remains fixated on expanding the right to bear arms, millions of other Americans should be more worried about preserving their right to be free from handgun violence. In a ruling that came as no surprise, the court on Monday effectively outlawed local handgun bans - signaling the end of Chicago's 27-year ban as well as one in a nearby Illinois suburb. Two years ago, the same 5-4 majority scrapped a Washington, D.C., ban. In his majority ruling, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. relied on the same tortured legal reasoning - that the Second Amendment assures individuals the right to arm, not merely state militias.
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.
May 11, 2002
The U.S. Constitution guarantees even the harshest government critic the right to gripe about a legislative decision. It gives citizens the right to worship the religion of their choice and the press the right to publish without government constraint. But it doesn't confer upon Americans an equally clear-cut right to own or pack a pistol. Or does it? The Justice Department this week formally adopted the controversial and troubling view of Attorney General John D. Ashcroft - arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court that the Second Amendment "broadly protects the rights of individuals" to own guns.
June 14, 2016 |
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.
April 2, 2013 |
Shivering in a black wool coat, Shira Goodman scanned the small crowd assembled at an Ambler park, listened to the gun-control speeches by local activists and lawmakers, and awaited her turn at the microphone. Aside from the cold - particularly biting for mid-March - this is the type of scene Goodman had envisioned when she accepted the job as executive director of the gun-control advocacy group CeaseFirePA. What she never expected was that she would become something of a household name, a regular on the TV news circuit, and end up sitting on an advisory panel to Vice President Biden.
February 9, 2013 |
The Florida gun loophole, which allowed Philadelphia gun owners to skirt the city's strict handgun-carrying rules, was closed today by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane. Florida gun permit holders in Pennsylvania now must be legal residents of Florida. The loophole allowed about 900 city residents to carry a weapon in Philadelphia if they had a mail-order permit issued by Florida. "Our state's gun traffic and permits should never be bypassed," said Kane in a statement.
June 17, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - The debate on gun laws roiled national politics Wednesday, with Donald Trump suggesting that he might be open to a plan to bar suspected terrorists from buying firearms, Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) offering a plan to do just that, and Sen. Cory A. Booker of New Jersey helping lead a marathon Democratic push on the Senate floor demanding action. But amid a heated political season, a day that began with talk of compromise ended with signs that the Orlando shooting would wind up producing the same intractable and emotional divides that have characterized Congress' responses to previous massacres.
April 25, 2000 |
A new gun-lock giveaway program announced yesterday by two Bucks County organizations will offer free cable gun locks to area residents who own firearms. The Bucks County Center for Church and Community in Levittown and the Lower Bucks Family YMCA in Fairless Hills are giving away the locks to encourage gun safety and keep firearms out of the reach of children. "We've visited representatives, we've talked to legislators about gun control," said Bill Matthews, of the Lower Bucks Center for Church and Community, at a news conference yesterday.
September 23, 1999 |
The Montgomery County commissioners put $10,000 toward the cause of gun safety yesterday, announcing a program through which anyone applying for a gun permit or a hunting license here will be able to buy a gun lock at the same time. The program, which should take effect in about a month, aims to improve gun safety in the county by making it more convenient for gun owners to buy locks for their weapons, Commissioner James W. Maza said at a news conference in Norristown. "This is not about gun control; it is about gun safety," Maza said.
May 12, 2005
I'M A RESPONSIBLE gun owner with a concealed-weapons permit, and I've read your series of gun-violence reports over the last few weeks. I feel they were all one-sided and inaccurate. If you wonder why responsible gun owners instantly get their dander up every time new "gun control" ideas are thrown around, I'll tell you. Because every anti-gun proposal is just that - anti-gun. It's all or nothing. There is no reasonable compromise. Every proposal is just a foot in the door to complete elimination.