Tag: Firearms

Fearing a Mass Shooting, Police Took His Guns. A Judge Gave Them Back.

REDMOND, Wash. — The authorities in the Seattle area came across an alarming photo on social media at the beginning of October. It showed a man holding two AK-47-style rifles. The caption above read: “one ticket for joker please.” With only a couple of days left before the opening of the “Joker” movie, law enforcement […]

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California School Shooting Is Another Nightmare Made Real

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. — Frantic parents texted with teenagers barricaded in classrooms. Others offered shelter to students fleeing their high school in this sleepy suburb north of Los Angeles on Thursday. It was the latest example of a wrenching sequence that has become a recurring nightmare for families in America. This time it was a […]

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Smith & Wesson Maker to Split Into Two Companies

American Outdoor Brands, which owns Smith & Wesson firearms, said Wednesday it would split into two companies. The move would leave an outdoor products business and hive off the firearms business into a separate publicly traded company. The decision was motivated by “significant changes in the political climate as well as the economic, investing, and […]

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Justice Dept. Unveils Gun Plan, Sidestepping a Preoccupied Washington

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr unveiled a new Justice Department initiative on Wednesday to tackle gun violence as Congress and the White House remain largely immobilized on the issue. The initiative, Project Guardian, is focused primarily on strengthening partnerships among the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, federal prosecutors and state and […]

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Blueprints for 3-D Printed Guns Cannot Be Posted Online, Judge Says

A federal judge in Washington State on Tuesday blocked the Trump administration from allowing blueprints for making plastic guns on 3-D printers to be posted on the internet, ruling that the move violated federal procedures. The judge, Robert S. Lasnik of United States District Court in Seattle, said that the government violated federal law in […]

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Supreme Court Allows Sandy Hook Relatives to Sue Gun Maker

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it would not hear an appeal in a case seeking to pierce firearm manufacturers’ legal immunity in the aftermath of shootings, allowing relatives of victims from Sandy Hook Elementary School to sue Remington Arms Co., maker of the rifle used there, in Connecticut courts. The case, Remington […]

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3 Students Charged With Plotting Attack on Their Middle School

Three middle school students in western New York plotted a lethal attack on their school that was thwarted after an online threat by one student led law enforcement authorities to open an investigation, officials said on Friday. The students, whose names were not released because of their ages, were charged on Thursday with second-degree conspiracy […]

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2 people arrested after ammunition, possible drugs found during Newport News traffic stop

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A man and a woman were arrested in Newport News after a traffic stop on their vehicle found ammunition and suspected drugs inside. According to Newport News Police, the incident occurred at 11:41 p.m. Wednesday. Police observed a silver vehicle with a left tag light out and conducted a traffic stop […]

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Mexico’s Murder Problem Starts in America’s Gun Shops

MEXICO CITY — The seven-month-old baby Faith Marie Johnson survived hours without food and water in a bullet-ridden SUV in northern Mexico until her family members arrived. She had miraculously escaped the bullets flying around her. Her mother was among the three women and six children killed on Monday when gunmen ambushed their cars after […]

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244-Year-Old Rifle Stolen Decades Ago Is Returned to Museum

A rare Revolutionary War-era rifle stolen from a display case at Valley Forge State Park nearly 50 years ago has been returned to its rightful owners. The five-foot-long rifle was made in 1775 by Johann Christian Oerter, a master gunsmith at the Moravian settlement of Christian’s Spring, near Nazareth, Pa. Only a few signed and […]

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Judge Strikes Down Gun Laws Enacted in Wake of Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre

A Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday struck down three gun control ordinances enacted by the City of Pittsburgh after the mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue last year, saying that state law prevented the city from regulating firearms. The ordinances, announced in December, include an assault weapons ban, a ban on large-capacity magazines and […]

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New Video Shows That Fresno Officer Shot Teen as He Fled

FRESNO, Calif. — New video footage shows the final moments before a Fresno police officer shot and killed an unarmed teenage boy whom the police had been trying to question about a homicide, raising concerns about whether lethal force was justified. Isiah Murrietta-Golding, 16, was shot in the back of the head by the officer […]

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She Saved a School From Her Armed Son, but Now She Faces Charges

An Indiana woman who called the police in December and told them that her 14-year-old son had threatened to shoot up his former school will face criminal charges if prosecutors have their way. Prosecutors in Wayne County filed an affidavit on Friday recommending six felony charges against the woman, Mary York, 43, in the episode, […]

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Florida Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Deadly Parking Confrontation

A Florida man was sentenced on Thursday to 20 years in prison in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man during a confrontation last year over a handicapped parking space. The local sheriff had initially refused to arrest the gunman, who is white, citing the state’s sweeping and controversial Stand Your Ground law. During […]

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Our Collective Responsibility for Mass Shootings

We have reached a point in America at which mass shootings happen so often that the country sometimes only has a few days — sometimes only a few hours — to catch its breath in between. When the shooter is white and male, as mass shooters so often are, the narrative of the “lone wolf” […]

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They Took Different Paths. They Died Together in the Bronx.

ImageCreditGregg Vigliotti for The New York Times Brian Mulkeen, 33, had a fascination with heroes and loved action movies. It did not surprise his friends when he became a New York City police officer, in an aggressive plainclothes unit focused on getting guns off the street. Antonio Lavance Williams, 27, a cook and a father […]

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Dick’s Sporting Goods Destroyed $5 Million Worth of Guns

ImageA Dick’s Sporting Goods store in Tucker, Ga., last year.CreditErik S. Lesser/European Pressphoto Agency Edward W. Stack, the chief executive of Dick’s Sporting Goods, said in an interview this week that his company had destroyed over $5 million in military-style, semiautomatic rifles and was reviewing whether it would continue to sell guns in its more […]

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Woman ‘Consumed’ by Columbine and Oklahoma City Killings Had 24 Pipe Bombs, Police Say

A Florida woman obsessed with the Columbine High School massacre and the Oklahoma City bombing was arrested after her parents discovered two dozen pipe bombs in her bedroom, the authorities said on Friday. The woman, Michelle Kolts, 27, was charged with 24 counts of making a destructive device with intent to harm, Chad Chronister, the […]

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Coast Guard Officer Called a ‘Domestic Terrorist’ Pleads Guilty to Gun and Drug Charges

A Coast Guard lieutenant who described himself as a white nationalist pleaded guilty on Thursday to federal gun and drug charges, prosecutors and court filings said. The lieutenant, Christopher Paul Hasson, 50, who was arrested in Maryland in February, had been plotting to kill journalists, Democratic politicians, professors, Supreme Court justices and those he described […]

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Trump Meets With LaPierre to Discuss How N.R.A. Could Support Political Defense

President Trump met on Friday with Wayne LaPierre, the chief executive of the National Rifle Association, to discuss how the N.R.A. could provide financial support for the president’s defense as he faces political headwinds, including impeachment, according to two people familiar with the meeting. It was not clear whether Mr. Trump asked Mr. LaPierre for […]

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Who Paid for the N.R.A.’s ‘Special Projects’ Trip to Russia?

In January, as congressional investigators were examining a trip to Russia by a delegation of its board members and supporters, the National Rifle Association issued a statement of disavowal. “Wayne was opposed to the trip,” the gun group’s outside counsel, William A. Brewer III, said, referring to Wayne LaPierre, the N.R.A.’s chief executive. To bolster […]

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