Tag: Firearms

Heeding Warning Signs Before School Shootings

To the Editor: Re “When a Student Raises Red Flags, What Is the School’s Responsibility?” (news article, Dec. 5): As a clinical psychologist who has evaluated dozens of emotionally distressed students who may have posed a danger to their fellow students, I find the story of Oxford High School administrators allowing Ethan Crumbley back into […]

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Oxford School Officials Announce Investigation Into Shooting

On Saturday, the Michigan school district of Oxford High School, Oxford Community Schools, announced in a letter to parents and staff members that it would seek an outside party to investigate the shootings of Nov. 30 that left four students dead and many wounded. The shooting suspect, Ethan Crumbley, 15, has been charged with murder […]

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Dramatic Day Reveals Details About the Parents of a School Shooting Suspect

But Shannon Smith, one of the couple’s lawyers, told the judge that a fuller picture would come to light. “There is far more going on than what this court has been made aware of,” she said. During the proceeding, the defense team revealed a few details of the couple’s lives. Ms. Crumbley, 43, grew up […]

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Alec Baldwin Says He Is Not Responsible for Fatal Shooting on ‘Rust’

The actor Alec Baldwin fiercely insisted he was not to blame in the fatal shooting of a cinematographer on the set of a Western being filmed in New Mexico, claiming that another person had accidentally placed a live round in the gun that went off in his grasp as he was rehearsing a scene. “Someone […]

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In China, Buying That Toy Gun Could Get You Arrested

China’s strong gun controls mean that fatal shootings are rare, and many citizens support the laws to keep it that way. But there has been a growing debate over the legal definition of a firearm. Experts say that China’s regulations — which ban buying, selling or owning weapons above a very low threshold of force […]

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How Did Live Ammunition Get on the ‘Rust’ Film Set?

Ms. Gutierrez-Reed told investigators that the guns and ammunition used on the “Rust” set had been supplied by Mr. Kenney, according to the affidavit. On Oct. 27, as the police executed a search warrant on the set, Mr. Kenney told investigators that he had provided the production with dummy rounds and blanks that came from […]

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What the Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict Says About Justice in America

Wow. Yet another punch in the face to the thousands of women abuse survivors incarcerated for acts of self-defense. This verdict had nothing to do with justice. This verdict was a clear message about power and control, and exactly who in American society is permitted to hold it. Valerie M. FieldSea Cliff, N.Y. To the […]

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Rittenhouse Case Highlights Nation’s Deep Divide on Gun Rights

For the advocates, there have been some gains, including a pending ban on the online sale of kit guns and $5 billion in new violence prevention funding that was included in the social spending passed by the House hours before the verdict was announced. But congressional Republicans have blocked efforts to expand federal background checks […]

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How the Acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse Shows the Burden for the Prosecution in Self-Defense Cases

For many Americans, the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse on all charges on Friday was a vindication of an innocent, if not heroic, teenager with good intentions. For others, it was a brutal disappointment, further evidence that the courts give white men a pass for their actions. But for legal scholars, it was not a surprise. […]

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Rittenhouse Verdict Reveals a Widening Political Divide

KENOSHA, Wis. — Kyle Rittenhouse, who fatally shot two men and wounded another amid protests and rioting over police conduct in Kenosha, Wis., was found not guilty of homicide and other charges on Friday, in a deeply divisive case that ignited a national debate over vigilantism, gun rights and the definition of self-defense. After about […]

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Conservatives celebrate Rittenhouse’s acquittal, as liberals lament the verdict.

KENOSHA, Wis. — Kyle Rittenhouse, who fatally shot two men and wounded another amid protests and rioting over police conduct in Kenosha, Wis., was found not guilty of homicide and other charges on Friday, in a deeply divisive case that ignited a national debate over vigilantism, gun rights and the definition of self-defense. After about […]

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‘Rust’ Script Supervisor Sues Alec Baldwin and Others

The shooting took place Oct. 21 on the set of the film on Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe County, N.M., as Mr. Baldwin prepared to film a close-up of him drawing a .45 revolver from a shoulder holster. According to Ms. Mitchell’s lawsuit, Mr. Baldwin failed to check the gun himself to see if […]

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Why Kyle Rittenhouse No Longer Faces a Gun Possession Charge

KENOSHA, Wis. — The judge in Kyle Rittenhouse’s homicide trial on Monday dismissed the misdemeanor gun possession charge the teenager faced after defense lawyers argued that he did not violate the state statute in question because of his age and the length of the barrel of his semiautomatic rifle. Judge Bruce Schroeder’s ruling, delivered shortly […]

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‘Ghost Guns’: Firearm Kits Bought Online Fuel Epidemic of Violence

Mr. Ely was among the victims of a flash of carnage that began, investigators say, when a man named Travis Sarreshteh, 32, walked up to a hotel parking attendant, Justice Boldin, and, without warning, shot him with a Polymer80 pistol. Mr. Boldin, 28, a former college baseball player, died almost instantly. Then Mr. Sarreshteh, who […]

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‘Rust’ Crew Member Sues Alec Baldwin, Gun Handlers and Producers

A lawyer for Mr. Baldwin did not immediately comment on the suit. Defendants in the lawsuit include Rust Movie Productions LLC, the company created to produce the western; its star, Mr. Baldwin, who was also a producer on the film; Ms. Gutierrez-Reed; Ms. Zachry; Mr. Halls; and several producers with the project. Mr. Svetnoy said […]

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The ‘Rust’ Shooting Spurs a Debate Over Using Guns on Film Sets

Ever since the actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot the cinematographer of the film “Rust” last month with a gun he had been told, incorrectly, contained no live ammunition, the debate on the use of firearms on sets has been growing. Dwayne Johnson — the action star whose production company has made gun-filled films like the […]

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What Happens if the Supreme Court Strikes Down New York’s Gun Law?

New York State has one of the most restrictive gun laws in the country, sharply limiting people’s ability to carry weapons outside their homes. But questioning from Supreme Court justices this week suggested that the law could soon be declared unconstitutional, upending the way the state regulates firearms at a time when many of its […]

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Justices’ Questions Suggest New York Gun Control Law Is Unlikely to Survive

At the same time, it indicated that many kinds of gun regulations are permissible. “Nothing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or […]

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Weapons Tracing Study Implicates Russia in Ukraine Conflict

KYIV, Ukraine — A study of weapons and ammunition used in the war in Ukraine shows that Russia has been systematically fanning the conflict with arms shipments, according to a new report funded by the European Union and the German government. The study is hardly the first to reach this conclusion: the United States and […]

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Lawyers for ‘Rust’ Armorer Say Gun Was Unattended Before Deadly Shooting

The lawyers for the armorer on the film “Rust” — who has been under scrutiny since Alec Baldwin fatally shot the movie’s cinematographer with a gun that was not supposed to contain live ammunition — said in interviews on Wednesday that the gun was left unattended on a tray for about two hours on the […]

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Prominent Conservatives Back Letting States Limit Guns in Public

WASHINGTON — When the Supreme Court hears a major Second Amendment case on Wednesday, many expect that the court’s recently expanded conservative majority will be poised to strike down the New York law under review, one that imposes strict limits on carrying guns outside the home. But a brief filed by a group of prominent […]

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Lawyer for ‘Rust’ Assistant Director Says Checking Gun Was Not His Job

A lawyer for the assistant director on the film “Rust” — who law-enforcement officials said had handed a gun to the actor Alec Baldwin before it discharged a live round that killed the cinematographer — said in an interview on Fox News Monday that it was “not his responsibility” to check the weapon. The assistant […]

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Kyle Rittenhouse’s Homicide Trial Will Be a Debate Over Self-Defense

KENOSHA, Wis. — After more than a year, Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager from Illinois who has been labeled by some as a defender of law and order and by others as a reckless gunman, is set to stand trial on charges of homicide in a Wisconsin courtroom starting on Monday. In Kenosha, a former factory […]

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How the Shooting on the Alec Baldwin Set Happened

SANTA FE, N.M — Alec Baldwin was on the set of his latest film, a low-budget western called “Rust,” working on a scene in which his character, a grizzled outlaw named Harland Rust, finds himself in a small wooden church, cornered by a sheriff and a U.S. Marshal, and decides to shoot his way out. […]

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‘Rust’ Armorer Has ‘No Idea’ How Live Rounds Got on Set, Lawyers Say

Lawyers for Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the armorer on the set of the film where Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer last week as he rehearsed with a gun he was told had no live ammunition, issued a statement Friday defending her adherence to safety protocols and saying that she did not know how live rounds wound […]

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Gun Handed to Alec Baldwin Was Not Thoroughly Checked, Affidavit Says

Sheriff Mendoza said about 500 rounds of ammunition had been recovered from the set, including a mixture of blanks, dummy rounds and what the sheriff’s department believes to be live ammunition. In recent days there has been increasing scrutiny of Mr. Halls and Ms. Gutierrez-Reed, since they handled the gun before it went off. Mr. […]

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Criminal Charges Possible in Shooting on Alec Baldwin Set, D.A. Says

SANTA FE, N.M. — The Santa Fe County district attorney said on Tuesday that she was not ruling out criminal charges in last week’s fatal shooting on a film set. The actor Alec Baldwin was rehearsing with a gun that he had been told did not contain live ammunition when it went off, killing the […]

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11 Days After Driveway Killing, Texas Man Is Arrested

Eleven days after a Texas man fatally shot a person in his driveway and told a 911 dispatcher “I just killed a guy,” the police arrested him in the killing, according to the authorities and an arrest affidavit. On Friday, the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office said that it had obtained an arrest warrant on Oct. […]

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Loose and Boxed Ammunition Found at Scene of Alec Baldwin Shooting

Detectives found three revolvers, spent casings and ammunition — in boxes, loose and in a fanny pack — when they searched the New Mexico film set where the actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer last week with a gun he had been told did not contain any live rounds, according to an inventory of […]

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