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February 26, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON New Jersey Democrats on Monday proposed legislation that would limit the ammunition capacity of gun magazines, 14 months after a massacre at a Connecticut elementary school revived a national debate about the role of guns in America. The bill, announced by the Legislature's Democratic leadership at a Statehouse news conference with parents of children slain at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, would reduce magazine capacity to 10 rounds, from 15. It also would ban semiautomatic rifles with fixed-magazine capacities that exceed 10 rounds.
NEWS
February 23, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
A bill is to be introduced next week in the New Jersey Legislature that would restrict gun magazine capacity, setting up a possible fight with Gov. Christie and gun-rights groups. A group of lawmakers is scheduled to announce the measure Monday alongside family members of schoolchildren who were fatally shot in 2012 at an elementary school in Sandy Hook, Conn. The bill would reduce magazine capacity to 10 from 15. The Assembly passed a similar bill last year, but Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester)
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.
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January 31, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
JAN. 17 WAS a wake-up call for Brandon Holiday. The principal of Delaware Valley Charter High School said that he and his staff are rewriting school policy after two students were shot in the gym that day, allegedly by a classmate. "This was a 9/11 moment for us," Holiday said. "It sparked us to review our security protocol and make some changes. " The changes include alarming every door to the school, and securing windows and other points of entry that could allow someone to slip in unnoticed.
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January 22, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former Delaware Valley Charter High School student has been charged with furnishing the gun used in a shooting at the school Friday, wounding two people, police said Monday. Donte Walker, 18, of the 5600 block of North Sydenham Street, is the second student charged in the shooting, which occurred in the high school gym about 3:30 p.m. Raisheem Rochwell, 17, turned himself in Saturday and was charged as an adult with aggravated assault, weapons offenses, and reckless endangerment.
NEWS
January 22, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
QUESTIONS are still swirling about Friday's shooting at Delaware Valley Charter High School in Olney, but at least one thing is certain, according to police: how the accused gunman secured his firearm. Surveillance footage reveals Donte Walker, 18, as the source of the gun allegedly used by Raisheem Rochwell, the teen arrested Saturday in the shooting, police spokesman Lt. John Stanford said. That footage, from one of the school's security cameras, shows an apparent gun sale between Walker and an unidentified male, whom police are investigating, not long before the shooting.
NEWS
January 21, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
IT MUST BE a mistake. That's what Rich Muller's friends were hoping as they walked up Stevens Street toward his home just after dusk yesterday. They'd heard that the 22-year-old college graduate and his mother, Donna, had been shot to death inside their Lawncrest rowhouse. They just didn't want to believe it. "He wouldn't hurt a fly. He wouldn't get in fights. It couldn't have been him," said classmate Brian Zukowski. "They don't have much. If it was a robbery, I don't know what they would have got. The hubcaps on his car didn't even match.
NEWS
January 19, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Saying they acted "in a reckless and shameless way," a Philadelphia judge sentenced two ex-Philadelphia police officers to 111/2 to 23 months in prison Friday for an off-duty showdown over a stolen pizza that ended in the fatal shooting of a West Oak Lane man. The prison terms for Chauncey Ellison and Robin Fortune were twice what is recommended by state sentencing guidelines for reckless endangerment. But Common Pleas Court Judge Sandy L.V. Byrd called the Nov. 17, 2008, killing of Lawrence Allen, 20, "not the typical recklessly endangering another person case.
NEWS
January 17, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
A 17-YEAR-OLD male student is facing charges after bringing a loaded handgun yesterday to a West Philadelphia charter school, police said. The weapon was discovered after an altercation between two students at KIPP DuBois Collegiate Academy, on Parkside Avenue near 51st Street in the Parkside section, about 9:15 a.m. The students involved were taken to separate offices, and one student alerted school officials that the other was carrying a gun...
NEWS
January 17, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 17-year-old student was taken into custody Wednesday morning after he was found with a loaded handgun in his backpack at the KIPP charter high school in West Philadelphia, police said. The teenager, whose name was not released, was being held at Southwest Detectives on Wednesday evening, and authorities expected him to be charged with a firearms offense, possession of an instrument of crime, and bringing a weapon to school. Lt. John Walker said the teen was involved in a fight with another student Wednesday morning at KIPP DuBois Collegiate Academy at 5070 Parkside Ave. After the fight was stopped, the other student told security staff the teen was carrying a weapon in his backpack, Walker said.
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