May 4, 2015
ISSUE | CLINTON Euphoria vote I would like a recent letter writer, or anyone else, to please let me know what Hillary Clinton has done to make her the most qualified presidential contender ("Clinton critics," April 27). As first lady, her health-care program didn't work out. As a senator from New York - where my cat could be elected if running on the Democratic ticket - she didn't pass one piece of significant legislation. And as secretary of state, with the Russian reset, Iran nukes, and more, well, how's that working out?
October 22, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - In the final minutes of the legislative session, the House on Monday approved a bill clearing the way for the National Rifle Association and other groups to sue local municipalities, among them Philadelphia, that enact ordinances stricter than state firearms laws. The bill, approved by a 138-56 vote, will grant legal standing to "membership organizations" to sue over local gun laws, and collect legal fees and other costs if they win. Mayor Nutter said Monday before the vote that he was "profoundly opposed" to the bill, which he said increases the vulnerability of municipalities trying to combat gun violence to lawsuits by pro-gun advocates.
June 20, 2014
IN A RARE victory for common sense in the gun debate, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the federal ban on "straw" purchases can be enforced even if the person who eventually gets the gun is legally allowed to have one. The 5-4 decision was written by Justice Elena Kagan. Justice Anthony Kennedy, a frequent swing vote, voted with the majority. Kagan found that any other reading of the statute, which prevents someone from buying a gun for someone else, would gut the federal law. The case involved a Virginia man who bought a Glock handgun for his uncle who lived in Pennsylvania.
May 8, 2014 |
PER CAPITA, Chester marked four times as many slayings as Philadelphia last year. This year, it's on track to see six times as many. As U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger said, Chester's crime stats are "astronomical. " Even as law-enforcement officials from across the region gathered at the Delaware County Courthouse in Media yesterday to announce "Operation City Surge," a plan to flood Chester's streets with additional manpower to address the growing violence, a man was shot in Chester, at 21st Street near Edgmont Avenue, about 1:30 p.m. He was not expected to survive.
August 28, 2013 |
Freddie Henriquez apologized for using Facebook to urge associates to "kill all rats" - specifically a woman who was a witness against his friend in a gun case. His threats and gangsta slang were all co-opted from popular rap songs, Henriquez, 20, told Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Robert P. Coleman on Monday. Poseur or not, Henriquez's sentence was real: 111/2 to 23 months in prison, followed by five years' probation. "I want to completely apologize for everything I've done," the baby-faced Henriquez told Coleman.
June 5, 2013 |
A WEST CHESTER man learned over the weekend that buying guns for those who can't legally buy their own is illegal and can get you locked up. Kurt Kramer, 24, was charged with making a false written statement in conjunction with the purchase of a firearm, conspiracy, tampering with public records, unsworn falsification and possession of marijuana after members of the District Attorney's Office and the Attorney General's Gun Violence Task Force busted...
June 2, 2013 |
Stacie Dawson has a chance to become a first in Pennsylvania criminal history. Under the new "Brad Fox Law," named for a fallen Plymouth Township police officer, the 21-year-old Chester woman could end up spending the next five years behind bars. The law, which went into effect in the fall, is aimed at toughening penalties for those who purchase guns for convicted felons. Dawson, charged Thursday, could become the first sentenced. In September, Fox was killed in the line of duty while pursuing a hit-and-run suspect who had illegally purchased guns from another individual.
May 3, 2013 |
POLICE HAVE arrested a Frankford man on gun and conspiracy charges after he admitted he bought two handguns for someone else, an offense called straw purchasing. William Santore, 24, of Jackson Street near Wakeling, told detectives he purchased a 9 mm Astra semiautomatic handgun and a .40-caliber Steyr semiautomatic handgun on March 26 at a city gun shop for a man he identified only as "Fat Cat," according to the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. Authorities discovered the illegal buy after police recovered one of the illicit guns when they arrested Jonathan Sanchez on April 16 in Frankford on burglary and gun charges.
March 16, 2013 |
A Montgomery County man, who allegedly made straw purchases of handguns in exchange for heroin, was arrested Friday and charged with numerous weapons counts. Michael Veneziale, of Hatfield, bought 15 guns during a three-year period, investigators said. One of Veneziale's buyers, Jose Torres, was later shot dead by police in Kensington as Torres pointed a gun at officers. After his arrest, the 25-year-old Veneziale admitted he bought a 9mm Glock for Torres in exchange for three bundles of heroin, said Tasha Jamerson, spokeswoman for the Philadelphia District Attorney's office.