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California governor vetoes tough gun control bills

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed several gun control bills on Friday, a move that essentially rebuffs an effort by fellow Democrats to enact a sweeping expansion of firearms regulation in the most populous U.S. state. Brown vetoed the strictest bill, which would have classified any rifle with a removable magazine as an assault weapon, calling it an "infringement on gun owners' rights." But he signed other less stringent gun bills into law.

Four charged in shooting of 13 people at Chicago park

Four young men were charged in the shooting of 13 people at a park in President Barack Obama's adopted hometown Chicago which has been struggling to stem violent crime, police said Tuesday. The gang-related shooting has renewed calls for stricter gun controls after an assault rifle was used to spray bullets at a crowd gathered for a pickup basketball game. A toddler who was shot in the ear was among those wounded Thursday night in the city's troubled South Side.

Citing shootings, Obama says must 'go back at' gun-control push

By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama urged supporters on Saturday to "go back at it" and pursue gun-control measures after mass shootings in Washington and Chicago in the past week put the spotlight back onto the problem of gun violence in the United States. Obama made passing tough gun laws a top priority after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, in December, stunning the nation.

Senate gun-reform advocate deplores 'litany of massacres'

Senator Dianne Feinstein demanded an answer to America's continuing gun tragedies, asking "when will enough be enough" in the wake of Monday's horrific deadly shooting in the US capital. Feinstein, who chairs the powerful Senate Intelligence Committee, helped lead a push for tighter gun laws in the wake of last December's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut that left 20 children and six adults dead.

Colorado ousts lawmakers over gun control law

Voters in the US state of Colorado have ousted two lawmakers who promoted tighter gun controls after last year's Aurora movie theater massacre. The removal of State Senate President John Morse and Senator Angela Giron, both Democrats, has garnered close national attention, in the wake of the killings and other gun violence in the United States in 2012. Morse and Giron were kicked out in a historically unprecedented recall election, hailed by the pro-gun National Rifle Association (NRO).

California lawmakers pass expanded semi-automatic weapons ban

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - New sales of semi-automatic rifles with removable magazines would be banned in California under a bill passed by the Democratic-led state legislature on Tuesday, and those who already own such weapons would have to register them.

Homemade 3D guns in US stir more buzz than bang

Like many Americans, Travis Lerol has owned guns for much of his life, but the single-shot Liberator he made himself in his basement with a tabletop 3D printer is unique. For one thing, as a firearm, it leaves something to be desired. "I've got it to go off a grand total of once," out of about 200 attempts, the 31-year-old software engineer told AFP at his home in this sleepy suburb outside Washington.

One in four injured youth owns a gun: study

By Genevra Pittman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Close to one-quarter of teenagers and young adults treated for assault injuries in a Michigan emergency room reported owning or carrying a gun, according to a new study. Most of those weapons were obtained illegally, researchers found, and 22 percent of young gun owners said they had an automatic or semi-automatic firearm.

Racially sensitive murder trial to start in Florida

A volunteer night watchman goes on trial Monday in a Florida court over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager, which sparked protests and claims that the killing was a case of racial profiling. George Zimmerman, son of a white father and a Hispanic mother, has said he acted in self defense when he killed Trayvon Martin, 17, on a rainy night in February 2012.

Gun enthusiasts fearful of new weapon controls

Gun enthusiasts fearful of new weapon controls and alarmed by rumors of government hoarding are buying bullets practically by the bushel, making it hard for stores to keep shelves stocked and even putting a pinch on some local law enforcement departments.At a 24-hour Walmart in suburban Albany, the ammunition cabinet was three-fourths empty this week; sales clerks said customers must arrive before 9 the morning after a delivery to get what they want.Nearby, a sporting good mega-store puts up a red rope after ammunition deliveries so buyers can line up early to get a number, a
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