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Former New York Mayor Bloomberg to spend $50 million in anti-gun drive

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ramped up his efforts to fight gun violence on Wednesday with a plan to spend $50 million on a grassroots network to organize voters on gun control. The initiative's political target is the powerful pro-gun lobby, including the National Rifle Association, that spends millions of dollars each year to back gun-rights supporters.

Bloomberg arms US gun control with $50 mn

Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg announced plans Wednesday to spend $50 million this year on the fight to tighten gun control laws and counter America's powerful gun lobby. Bloomberg's money will help bankroll a new campaign to reduce gun violence across the United States and the billionaire philanthropist hopes the initiative can eventually outdo the might of the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Two incompatible gun ballot measures lead in Washington state

By Jonathan Kaminsky OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - Two incompatible ballot measures on background checks for gun buyers in Washington state enjoy majority support in a poll released on Tuesday, but the one advancing stricter gun controls is more popular. The competing measures, both slated to be on the ballot in November in the Pacific Northwest state, are the only firearm background check initiatives up for a vote this year in the United States.

US top court rules domestic abusers can't own guns

The US Supreme Court in a unanimous ruling Wednesday upheld a federal law barring anyone convicted of even a minor domestic violence charge from ever owning a gun. The nine justices of the top court ruled against James Castleman, who argued that his past conviction in Tennessee of misdemeanor domestic assault against the mother of his child shouldn't keep him from owning a firearm under federal law.

Obama asks Congress for money to prevent mass shootings

By David Ingram WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama returned to the subject of mass shootings on Tuesday by proposing to spend millions of dollars more on gun safety programs, inspections of retailers and background checks for people buying firearms.

Supreme Court declines challenges to gun laws

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Monday declined to wade into the politically volatile issue of gun control by leaving intact three court rulings rejecting challenges to federal and state laws. The court's decision not to hear the cases represented a loss for gun rights advocates, including the National Rifle Association, which was behind two of the challenges.

Laws, childproof triggers may cut back on gun violence

Fatal gun violence can be reduced with laws that require background checks before purchasing firearms, as well as childproof trigger technologies that limit firing to the gun's owner, scientists say. Experts are also studying new approaches that would take guns away from anyone served with a restraining order due to domestic violence, a controversial effort that was recently tried for the first time in California.

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.

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.
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