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NEWS
May 27, 2016
OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, our front porches, are staring down the barrel of a gun. Memorial Day weekend approaches, and so does the warm weather that usually brings increased gun violence. By Thursday afternoon, Philadelphia had clocked 445 shootings, 24 percent higher than the 358 recorded this time last year. How do you prepare when escape is not an option? How do you carry on when you can see the chaos coming straight at you and your loved ones? "Let's take a walk," Denise Carey says when I stop by the West Mill Creek Recreation Center in West Philly.
NEWS
May 27, 2016
By Madeleine Dean It is difficult to find a more contentious issue in the United States than gun laws. Two things that both sides can agree on, however, is that guns should be kept out of the hands of criminals and that criminals who illegally carry or try to purchase a firearm should be prosecuted. Gun rights advocates like Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump argue that we should "enforce the laws on the books. " On this - and perhaps only this - I agree with Trump. When the legislature returns after the holiday, the House Judiciary Committee, of which I am a member, is scheduled to vote on a number of gun-related bills - some that require stronger penalties for gun-possession violations, others to increase mental-health-records reporting to the federal government.
NEWS
May 25, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna, TRENTON BUREAU
Gov. Christie on Monday again conditionally vetoed a bill requiring domestic violence offenders to surrender firearms, saying current law already covers the issue. The Republican governor said in a veto message that the bill would place "redundant restrictions on firearms ownership while ignoring the larger problem of domestic violence. " Current law requires officers to seize a person's weapons when there is probable cause to believe the person has committed domestic violence, said Christie, who vetoed a version of the bill last year.
NEWS
May 23, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A man was taken into custody Friday following a two-hour standoff with police in North Philadelphia after he allegedly stole an SUV, fled from the authorities, and pointed what looked like a real gun at an officer, police said Saturday. The 48-year-old man, whose name was not released, was spotted by patrol officers in North Philadelphia around 6 p.m. Friday driving a stolen 2013 Ford Escape, police said. The officers, in police vehicles, stopped the driver at 16th Street and Allegheny Avenue, police said, and the man then got out of the SUV and pushed an officer aside, almost knocking her to the ground.
NEWS
May 19, 2016 | By Kim Stolfer
IF YOU READ the recent opinion piece titled, "Close loopholes that allow long guns to get in wrong hands," you were treated to another episode of the false and misleading narrative so often spouted by the gun-control group CeaseFirePA and executive director Shira Goodman. It's long past time to look behind the curtain of the "Wizard of Oz" mentality behind background checks and expose the false promise of background checks. In 2014, the Pennsylvania Instant Check System issued 13,178 denials to firearms purchasers.
NEWS
May 15, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
A Camden teenager fatally shot a 13-year-old boy as he walked away from a van in January, and used the same weapon - a .380 caliber Hi-point semi-automatic handgun - with which she had shot another person in October, prosecutors said Friday. Casche Alford, 17, had been waived to adult court for her arraignment in Superior Court in Camden, where she appeared in black pants and a longsleeve polo sports jersey, with her wrists in handcuffs. Alford, charged with murder, has been in a juvenile detention facility since Jan. 9. Authorities said she killed Nathaniel Plummer Jr. on Jan. 7 in the 2900 block of Line Street, near his grandmother's home.
NEWS
May 14, 2016
A man was shot to death Thursday night in North Philadelphia, police said. About 9:50 p.m. in the 1300 block of West Somerset Street, the man, described as 20 to 25 years old, was shot once in the head, police said. Officers who responded to a report of gunshots on the block found the victim unresponsive on the sidewalk, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:55 p.m. Police report no arrests as of Friday morning. The motive for the slaying remained unknown.
NEWS
May 13, 2016 | By Shira Goodman
LAST WEEK in Philadelphia, we heard about a gun sale gone horribly wrong. Two men met on armslist.com, a website that connects gun sellers and buyers, and arranged to meet in person. Armslist.com allows potential buyers to search for private sellers who are not required to conduct background checks on their buyers. Federal law regulates only sales by federally licensed dealers, not private sellers. Some states regulate private sales, and in Pennsylvania, the private sale of handguns requires a background check.
NEWS
May 11, 2016 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
WHAT IF we stopped trying to get guns off the streets and instead started licensing young men in Philly to legally pack heat? Do I have your attention? Yeah, Maj Toure got mine, too, when he suggested the idea, which he's pitching through a campaign he's calling Black Guns Matter. Catchy, right? And provocative. Toure, 29, is a local activist and artist. In many ways, he's also a walking, talking contradiction of what turns out to be an increasingly stereotypical idea of gun owners.
NEWS
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A man was shot to death outside a funeral home in Camden where a scheduled viewing was proceeding Thursday night, authorities said. The shooting occurred around 6:30 p.m. outside May Funeral Homes, 1001 S. Fourth St. A viewing was scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. for Rosa G. Serrano, according to her obituary. No further information was available on the victim or whether he was at the scene for the viewing. Authorities reported no arrest. No one was available for comment at May Funeral Homes.
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