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Lawsuit Filed Against Chicago's New Gun Laws

CHICAGO - (AP) A federal lawsuit has been filed against the city of Chicago asking the city's new gun control ordinance be declared "null and void." A group of people, including the Illinois Association of Firearms Retailers, filed the lawsuit Tuesday, saying the new ordinance infringes...

Massachusetts Gun Maker To Pay $600,000 In Wrongful Death Lawsuit

BOSTON - (AP) A Massachusetts gun-maker has agreed to pay nearly $600,000 to the families of one man who was killed and another man who was wounded in a shooting involving a gun allegedly stolen from the company, a national gun-control group announced Tuesday. Danny Guzman, 26, was slain outside. . ...

Border Gun Shop Owners Sue Over New Requirement

PHOENIX - (AP) Gun store owners in states along the U.S.-Mexico border sued the acting director of the federal agency that oversees firearms to halt a new requirement that they alert authorities if someone buys multiple high-powered rifles in a five-day span. The requirement, which goes into effect....

Can Piers Morgan Be Deported For His Comments on Gun Control?

"At the time of writing this blog, more than 48,000 people have signed a petition on the White House website asking that CNN talk show host be deported for his comments on gun control in the wake of the mass shootings at Sandy Hook school. According to one of the two petitions, "We demand that...

White House Nixes Effort to Oust British Journalist

"Not that there was much drama involved, but the White House responded to a petition asking it deport CNN host Piers Morgan over his views on gun control and said Morgan can stay. In a statement explaining the decision, White House spokesman Jay Carney told the petition’s 109,000 plus signees...

Connecticut Enacts Sweeping Gun Control Law

Last week in Connecticut, where less than four months ago Adam Lanza fired 154 shots in four minutes from a Bushmaster AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, killing 26 children and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School, lawmakers passed and Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) signed what some called the most comprehensive...

State Net Capitol Journal: Connecticut Enacts Sweeping Gun Control Law

In Connecticut, where less than four months ago Adam Lanza fired 154 shots in four minutes from a Bushmaster AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, killing 26 children and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School, lawmakers passed and Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) signed what some called the most comprehensive gun control...

SNCJ Spotlight: Some Hot Issues Cool Off, Others Heat Up Even More - Has Gun Control Become Hot or Cold

Last December, SNCJ reviewed several issues we believed would be hot in statehouses in 2013. At the halfway point of this year's sessions, some of those issues have cooled off a bit, while others have grown even hotter. GUN CONTROL: One of the year's hottest issues only became so after we...

State Net Criminal Law Update: Fast and Furious Flurry of Legislation in California

CRIME & PUNISHMENT: The Supreme Court of the United States refuses to hear an appeal from CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to overturn a lower court's directive to cull the Golden State prison inmate population to 137.5 percent of capacity by Jan. 27. The high court issued its decision without...

State Net Capitol Journal: U.S. High Court Refuses To Hear Gun Control Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court disappointed gun-rights advocates last month by refusing to hear three lower court rulings rejecting challenges to federal and state gun-control laws. Petitioners, which included the National Rifle Association, were seeking to overturn laws they contend are in conflict with the...

State Net Criminal Law Update: Battle Over 'Stand Your Ground' Heats Up

BATTLE OVER 'STAND YOUR GROUND' HEATS UP: Gun-control advocates — spurred in part by the recent shooting death of a black teen in Florida — have launched what the Rev. Al Sharpton last week called a "spring and summer offensive" to generate support for gun control in general...

State Net Capitol Journal: Gun Groups Fire Back at Gun Control Efforts in Ct. and Md.

After the December 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the state enacted sweeping gun control legislation (SB 1160) expanding its assault weapon ban. Gun rights advocates spent the next year holding protests and challenging the law in the courts. "You have a community...