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Boston plans gun buybacks after shooting death of 9-year-old

BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston plans to launch a gun buyback program in a bid to reduce shootings following the death last week of a 9-year-old boy who was shot by his 14-year-old brother in an apparent accident, Mayor Marty Walsh said. Walsh, who took office last month, said he was still developing a specific plan, including how much would be paid and how collection would work, with the city's newly appointed police commissioner, William Evans.

Judge upholds Connecticut gun control law passed after Newtown shootings

By Ellen Wulfhorst (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday upheld Connecticut's tough gun control law that was passed in the wake of the deadly 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The stringent law is constitutional, said the ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Alfred Covello, denying a legal challenge by a group of gun owners.

Italian gun maker Beretta to build manufacturing plant in Tenn.; says gun rights a factor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Italian gun maker Beretta said Wednesday that Tennessee's support for gun rights was a major factor in its decision to build a manufacturing and research facility in the Nashville suburb of Gallatin. The $45 million plant is projected to be complete this year and create 300 new jobs. Gun rights were "the first criteria for deciding to even consider a state," said Jeff Reh, a member of Beretta USA Corp.'s board of directors.

US Supreme Court weighs 'straw' gun purchases challenge

The US Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a case about legal provisions intended to prevent the "straw" purchases of guns by one individual for other buyers. In the case -- the second taken up by the justices in a week concerning gun laws -- former Virginia police officer Bruce Abramski was a straw purchaser who bought a gun for an uncle. Although both men were legal gun owners, Abramski indicated on a federal form that he was the gun's actual buyer.

US Supreme Court weighs 'straw' gun purchases challenge

The US Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a case about legal provisions intended to prevent the "straw" purchases of guns by one individual for other buyers. In the case -- the second taken up by the justices in a week concerning gun laws -- former Virginia police officer Bruce Abramski was a straw purchaser who bought a gun for an uncle. Although both men were legal gun owners, Abramski indicated on a federal form that he was the gun's actual buyer.

Judge rules Chicago ban on gun sales is unconstitutional

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A Chicago ban on gun sales within the city, aimed at reducing gun violence, is unconstitutional because it goes too far in barring buyers and dealers from engaging in lawful sales, a federal judge ruled on Monday. U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang found that the U.S. Constitution's protection of the right to keep and bear arms must include the right to acquire them, within limits.

Federal Judge largely upholds NY state ban on assault rifles

By Marina Lopes NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge upheld most of New York state's tough gun-control law on Tuesday, but struck down a provision that limits the number of bullets in a weapon to seven. The New York Safe Act, approved in January 2012, expanded the state's assault weapons ban to include semi-automatic weapons with characteristics of assault weapons, added background-check requirements and put limits on ammunition.

Obama marks Newtown school shooting anniversary with call for gun control

By Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama marked the anniversary of the Newtown school shootings on Saturday by calling for tighter gun control and expanded mental healthcare, and by lighting 26 candles to commemorate the victims. "We haven't yet done enough to make our communities and our country safer," the president said in his weekly address. "We have to do more to keep dangerous people from getting their hands on a gun so easily. We have to do more to heal troubled minds."

Thousands of guns sold illegally online: mayors group

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Thousands of guns are being offered for sale illegally by unlicensed firearms dealers on a single website in the United States, according to a report released on Thursday by Mayors Against Illegal Guns. The group, founded and largely funded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, examined sales on Armslist.com, a major gun-trading website that enables sales in all 50 states, over an eight-week period this year.

U.S. mayors say thousands of guns sold illegally online

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Thousands of guns are being offered for sale illegally by unlicensed firearms dealers on a single U.S. website, according to a report released on Thursday by a group of U.S. mayors campaigning for gun control. Mayors Against Illegal Guns, founded and largely funded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, examined sales on Armslist.com, a major gun-trading website that enables sales in all 50 states, over an eight-week period this year.
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