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A judge in Texas uses a recent Supreme Court ruling to say domestic abusers can keep their guns

BY: and - December 6, 2022

For a large part of the history of the United States, domestic abuse was tolerated under the nation’s legal system. There were few laws criminalizing domestic violence, and enforcement of the existing laws was rare. It was only in the past few decades that laws criminalizing domestic violence came to be widespread and enforced. But […]

Rise of extremist groups and lax gun restrictions connected, groups argue in new report

BY: - July 25, 2022

Amid the latest calls by groups wanting more federal and state action on firearm regulations, progressive organizations are laying out their latest appeal for tougher restrictions – make it harder for white supremacists and anti-government extremists to get guns.  The Institute for a Progressive Nevada and the Center for American Progress released a report Wednesday […]

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Do to guns what we did to cigarettes — make them culturally repellent

BY: - June 29, 2022

Maybe you’ve wondered how much innocent blood needed to get spilled to finally convince Senate Republicans that gun violence has spiraled out of control, and we need to do something. The back-to-back mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde gave us the unhappy answer. One month later Congress presented President Joe Biden with a modest bipartisan […]

U.S. Senate moves forward on gun safety legislation

BY: - June 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Senate is poised to pass a bipartisan bill later this week that could become the first notable federal gun safety legislation in years, including billions in new mental health funding. Senators on a procedural vote late Tuesday agreed 64-34 to start debate on the gun control bill, which would also have to be passed by […]

Effects of gun violence on kids probed by U.S. Senate committee

BY: - June 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday examined the public health effect gun violence has on children. “Guns are killing our kids at a devastating rate,” Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., chair of the committee, said in his opening statement. The hearing followed the May 24 mass school shooting in which 19 children and […]

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Did the assault weapons ban of 1994 bring down mass shootings? Here’s what the data tells us

BY: - June 16, 2022

A spate of high-profile mass shootings in the U.S. has sparked calls for Congress to look at imposing a ban on so-called assault weapons – covering the types of guns used in both the recent Buffalo grocery attack and that on an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Such a prohibition has been in place before. […]

Fourth grade survivor of Uvalde shooting tells Congress: ‘I don’t want it to happen again’

BY: and - June 9, 2022

Content Warning: This story contains graphic descriptions related to gun violence.  WASHINGTON — A fourth grader who survived the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting where 19 students and two teachers were murdered told lawmakers Wednesday that she is afraid to go back to school. “I don’t want it to happen again,” 11-year-old Miah Cerrillo said in […]

‘My mom’s life mattered’: Son of Black shooting victim urges Congress to act

BY: - June 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — The son of a Black woman shot and killed by a white supremacist begged members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday to take action against such domestic terrorism. The gunman in Buffalo, New York, was motivated by the “great replacement theory,” a racist conspiracy theory that claims growing numbers of immigrants and people […]

Fourth grader who survived Uvalde school shooting will testify before Congress

BY: - June 3, 2022

WASHINGTON — Survivors of two horrific mass shootings in New York and Texas will appear before the U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday to relate their experiences with gun violence. The witnesses will include fourth grader Miah Cerrillo of Uvalde, Texas, where 19 children and two adults were gunned down at Robb Elementary […]

Nevada to divest up to $89M in gun stocks

BY: - June 2, 2022

Nevada’s treasurer, who oversees a $49 billion investment portfolio, announced plans Thursday to divest from companies that manufacture or sell assault-style weapons. The policy change has the potential to affect roughly $89 million in assets, according to the Treasurer’s Office. State financial managers said they are working on identifying all public companies that manufacture or […]

What gun control proposals will the U.S. House consider? Here’s the list

BY: - June 1, 2022

WASHINGTON — Democrats on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee have unveiled a gun control legislative package that they plan to mark up Thursday morning. The package, named the Protecting Our Kids Act, is made up of eight bills related to gun control, all first introduced in 2021 by Democratic lawmakers. Only one had any Republican […]

Rep. Susie Lee weighs in on proposed gun legislation: ‘we better try like hell’

BY: - June 1, 2022

As Congress considers, yet again, gun control legislation following recent mass shootings in New York and Texas, Democratic U.S. Rep. Susie Lee worried about its fate without enough support from Republican senators. Lee, who took questions on social security and access to health care at a seniors town hall in Las Vegas Tuesday, was also […]