gun control

Presidential Gun Safety

President Trump has unveiled his new proposals to improve school safety.

President Trump’s gun safety plan calls for arming school teachers, and an audit of the FBI’s tip line. The White House is set to formally endorse bills that would improve federal background check systems and give grants to states developing plans to counter school violence starting Monday. The administration is also creating a commission on school violence that will be…

Back in Class

The Florida school where shots rang out earlier this month is back in session.

Classes resume today for students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, exactly two weeks after a former student opened fire, killing 17 teenagers and staffers. Efforts by student activists are credited for movement on state gun laws. Florida legislators are expected to take up a number of proposals. The age to buy a rifle would be raised from 18 to…

Slow Start Towards Control

There will be effort in Congress today to raise the minimum age to purchase rifles.

There’s going to be a lot of talk on Capitol Hill about gun control, namely the minimum age to purchase rifles. With pressure mounting, state lawmakers in Florida moved forward on a proposal to raise the minimum age to purchase rifles from 18 to 21. Similarly, in Congress today, a bipartisan plan to do the same thing at the federal…

Florida Rallying Cry

Survivors of other mass shootings join Parkland to form new gun control advocacy groups.

There have been more rallies and vigils around Parkland for victims of last week’s school shooting. Parkland is vowing to keep making noise until lawmakers act. They’re planning to march on Washington next month, and students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School will be meeting with state representatives in Tallahassee. Then they’ll head to Washington. Parkland students say they hope…

Strengthening Gun Control

A new bipartisan bill sets out to make sure criminal histories of prohibited gun buyers are accurately reported to the FBI.

A new bipartisan bill in the senate is aimed to strengthens background checks by ensuring a person’s criminal history is uploaded to the FBI. The bill requires federal agencies and states to produce plans for submitting those records. It also penalizes ones that fail to report that information. The bill is Washington’s response to the Texas church shooting, after the…

Banning the Bump-Stop

A gun accessory used in the Las Vegas shooting is now under legislative scrutiny.

  The Las Vegas shooting shook up the usual coalitions on Capitol Hill, so much so that calls for some gun control are coming from republicans and the NRA. Police say the shooter on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay didn’t have completely normal guns – many were altered, with so-called bump stocks- a legal device that replaces a pistol…

Constitutional carry bill passes in SC House

COLUMBIA S.C. (WFXB) – The South Carolina House passed a bill Wednesday to allow anyone who can legally buy a gun to carry it without any kind of permit. It’s called constitutional carry or permitless carry. Under the bill, someone could carry a gun concealed or openly. The bill passed 64-46. After a routine third reading on Thursday, the bill goes…

NC lawmaker proposes bill that wouldn’t require gun owners to obtain conceal permit

RALEIGH, N.C. (WFXB) – A new bill introduced in North Carolina is sparking a lot of controversy. It would allow people to carry guns without a permit. State Rep. Larry Pittman introduced House Bill 69 last week in Raleigh. North Carolina’s concealed carry law requires that an applicant first take a safety course. In making the permits optional, gun owners would…

Liberty University to build on-campus shooting range

LYNCHBURG, VA (WFXB) – Liberty University could become the first college to have an NRA and NCAA certified outdoor shooting range on campus. The university is looking into plans to build a shooting range on its land in Campbell County, Virginia. The outdoor space would include a pistol range, a rifle range, an instructional area, and a three-gun competition range. There would…

A Stand for Gun Control

A marathon fillibuster has come to an end in the U.S. Senate after lasting nearly 15 hours.

Representing a state also home to an historical mass shooting, senator Chris Murphy (D-MA) held the Senate floor for nearly fifteen hours yesterday, a filibuster asking for stricter gun control. It was not the longest filibuster Congress has seen, but Murphy felt he had made some headway. Following the Orlando shooting, there’s a new Congressional push to strengthen gun laws,…