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December 17, 2014 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
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.
NEWS
December 12, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
CHANCIER McFARLAND, testifying yesterday as a prosecution witness in the shooting death of off-duty Officer Moses Walker Jr., said he and co-defendant Rafael Jones were looking for someone to rob in the early morning of Aug. 18, 2012. Their target? "Someone that looked easy, who wouldn't put up a fight," McFarland, 21, said at the nonjury murder trial of Jones, 25. McFarland, testifying in a low voice and not making eye contact with Jones, said he and Jones first drove around North Philly in a car shortly after 5 a.m. that day. McFarland had with him a .40-caliber semiautomatic gun, which he had previously stolen from a friend.
NEWS
December 7, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
POLICE WERE searching last night for a suspect who allegedly brought a gun into a Kensington high school yesterday morning, prompting a lockdown. The incident happened around 10:30 a.m. at Kensington Urban High School, on East Cumberland Street near Coral, officials said. According to school district spokesman Fernando Gallard, a student reported a person flashing a gun at him on the first floor before exiting the building. The school was briefly placed on lockdown. Gallard said police have not confirmed that a gun was involved.
NEWS
December 6, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane will not defend a new law that effectively stripped municipalities of the right to enact their own gun measures, raising the prospect that the controversial statute might not take hold. A spokeswoman on Thursday said Kane had exercised her authority to decline representing the state in a challenge to the law filed by Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Lancaster, and area lawmakers. Instead, she is deferring to lawyers working under Gov. Corbett - who in six weeks will relinquish their offices to a new Democratic administration.
NEWS
November 20, 2014 | By Joe Dolinsky, Inquirer Staff Writer
You'll know Philadelphia CeaseFire's newest tool to combat gun violence when you see it. A converted 33-foot 1995 Winnebago branded with the words "Stop. Shooting. People. " doesn't exactly blend in. And that's the point. "This tool gives us a constant opportunity to show residents and those just driving by that we're really out here, on the streets, working toward a reduction in youth violence," said program director Marla Davis Bellamy. Bellamy spoke Tuesday outside Temple University's Student Faculty Center at 3300 N. Broad St., moments after the ribbon was cut on the mobile office by State Sen. Shirley Kitchen and Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke.
NEWS
November 13, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Delaware County woman Wednesday became the first person sentenced for the straw purchase of guns under the state's "Brad Fox Law," receiving a six- to 12-year jail term. In addition, Delaware County Court Judge James Bradley ordered seven years of probation for Staci Dawson, 22, of Chester. The law, which went into effect last year and is named for a slain police officer in Plymouth Township, Montgomery County, is aimed at toughening penalties for those who buy guns for felons.
NEWS
November 12, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 57-year-old man fatally shot in the city's Germantown section this weekend was identified Tuesday as the father of a player for the Los Angeles Lakers. Police said no motive was known for why Wayne R. Ellington, of the 400 block of West Mount Airy Avenue, was shot inside a car Sunday night. "My family and I are devastated by the news of my father's murder on Sunday night in Philadelphia," Wayne R. Ellington Jr. said in a statement. "We appreciate everyone's support and ask that you respect the privacy of our family during this very difficult time.
NEWS
November 12, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Five Democratic legislators and the cities of Philadelphia and Lancaster have filed suit to block a new state law that greatly expands the ability of gun advocates - including the National Rifle Association - to challenge local attempts to regulate firearms. The law, passed in late October, gives the NRA legal standing to bring suits against local municipalities that enact their own gun laws and to require those municipalities to bear all legal costs should they lose. As the result of the law, gun control advocates say, municipalities that attempt to place restrictions on guns could face prohibitively costly court fees should those laws be found legally wanting.
NEWS
November 12, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
One of the guns was used last week by a man who was angry at his ex-girlfriend and fired seven bullets through a window into her Norristown home – just missing an 8-year-old child, police said. Three more guns allegedly were sold outside Cheltenham Mall in July. The man who bought them was slain in Philadelphia four months later, his death still unsolved, officials said. Yet another weapon, an AK-47, was sold to "a foreigner" - a man from Africa who lives in Ambler and drives a gold-colored SUV, a confidential informant allegedly told detectives.
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