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February 10, 2013 | By Angela Delli Santi, Associated Press
TRENTON - The New Jersey Assembly planned to act quickly on 20 gun-violence prevention bills that Democrats unveiled Friday, as 300 gun-rights advocates held a Second Amendment rally in dreary weather outside the Statehouse. The package of proposals announced by the Democratic-led Assembly would restrict ammunition sales, require firearms-safety training, and make it tougher for some to obtain gun permits. The bills also address mental-health treatment and enhanced gun safety. "Whether it's the streets of our New Jersey communities, a movie theater in Colorado, or an elementary school in Connecticut, enough is enough is enough," said Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D., Essex)
NEWS
July 24, 1998 | By John Way Jennings, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Senate yesterday earmarked $2.3 million to help fight gun crime in Philadelphia and Camden. In a news release issued by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D., N.J.), $1.5 million will go to Philadelphia and $800,000 will be allotted to Camden. "These two cities need help getting gun violence under control," Lautenberg said. The money will be used to hire additional federal prosecutors and Justice Department investigators to crack down on guns used in crimes. According to Lautenberg, a study by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms found that 80 percent of the guns used in crimes in New Jersey were smuggled into the state and sold illegally by gun traffickers.
NEWS
August 10, 2013 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Gov. Christie signed 10 bills Thursday targeting gun violence in New Jersey, including measures requiring that certain mental-health records be submitted to the federal background-check database and increasing penalties for gun trafficking. Christie did not take action on several other measures passed by the Legislature after the December massacre in Newtown, Conn., including a proposal to ban .50-caliber guns and another requiring that gun-permit information be encoded on driver's licenses.
NEWS
September 11, 2012
Chillin' Wit' is a regular feature of the Daily News spotlighting a name in the news away from the job. "I'M NOT anti-gun," insists Max Nacheman, the 26-year-old director of CeaseFirePA. "If people want to have guns, that's their thing," he says, walking to his Center City rowhouse on Sunday. What he is against, he says, are irresponsible gun-owners, people who use guns to kill or injure others, and "straw purchasers" - people who buy guns legally for the benefit of criminals.
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October 10, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
ARMED WITH white balloons and candles, hundreds of mourners gathered last night to remember a 22-year-old man killed Sunday during a shooting rampage in a section of Kingsessing that has endured a recent surge of gun violence. The large crowd huddled together at 54th Street and Florence Avenue in front of the Los Papi Deli and Grocery where Devin Hatch and six other people were shot. Police said four or five men wearing hoodies approached a group standing at the corner and opened fire.
NEWS
April 12, 2000 | By Alan Fried
I am a Philadelphia police detective, on the force more than 22 years. I've lost count of the number of crimes I have investigated involving guns. Gun violence has long since left urban areas and become a national epidemic, affecting everyone. The president, Congress, state legislatures, city and county councils have repeatedly attempted to adjust and modify the laws to put controls on guns and increase sentencing. As proven by the steady increase in gun violence, all attempts so far have had little to no effect.
NEWS
January 7, 2007
Elected and appointed leaders in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania, the ones most responsible for protecting the public from violence, are supposed to be smart. The key phrase is supposed to be. People can dream, can't they? And dreaming it seems to be, considering how childishly local leaders have been acting lately. You'd think that with 406 homicides last year, and at least four so far this year, Mayor Street, District Attorney Lynne Abraham, and Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson would be focused on exchanging ideas for improving public safety.
NEWS
June 2, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three men were killed early Saturday in Philadelphia in separate shootings, police said. The first occurred about 12:30 a.m. in a bar on the 2000 block of Dennie Street in Nicetown. Officers found a man inside, shot once in his back near his left shoulder. The victim was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead just before 1 a.m. Police did not release his name, or those of the other victims, pending notification of family. Another man was shot once in the chest just before 1 a.m. on the 600 block of Spring Garden Street, on the edge of Northern Liberties.
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February 13, 2013 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
HOURS AFTER a gunman opened fire at a courthouse in his home state of Delaware on Monday, Vice President Joe Biden held a roundtable on gun violence with a slew of local officials in North Philadelphia. Biden said that the group of law-enforcement officers and Democratic politicians supported much of President Obama's recently announced gun-control plan, including an improved system for background checks and bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. "The nation is demanding that we act responsibly," Biden said of recent calls for gun control following the massacre in Newtown, Conn.
NEWS
October 19, 2005
YOUR ARTICLE "In Philly, killers stick to their guns" (Oct. 17) finds Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson once again dodging his department's chronic inability to solve the problem of violent crime in Philadelphia's neighborhoods. Johnson says, "We have the most lenient gun laws in the entire nation. " Not true, commissioner. Many states have more lenient laws than Pennsylvania. Montana, for example, doesn't even regulate possession of handguns for those under 18. Even liberal Vermont doesn't require a permit for a concealed firearm.
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