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State Rep. Roland Gutierrez at the podium during news conference by local Texas Democrats calling for a special legislative session on gun violence. Other local state lawmakers stand behind him at event held at San Antonio College.
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Democratic state lawmakers held joint news conferences across Texas on Wednesday to urge Gov. Greg Abbott to call a special legislative session in Austin to address gun violence in the state.  


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President Trump on Friday indicated that he supported new legislation on "intelligent" background checks for gun purchases after recent mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.

"On background checks, we have tremendous support for really common-sense, sensible, important background checks," Trump told reporters at the White House.

The president said the issue "isn't a question of NRA, Republican or Democrat," and added that he had spoken with the head of the National Rifle Association.

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Ever since two important cases struck down gun restrictions in Washington, D.C. and Chicago – rulings that essentially protected gun ownership in the home – a question has remained as to whether it's legal to carry guns in public. But now, the Supreme Court is planning to review a case dealing with that very question; it's known by the shorthand "New York State Rifle."

Adam Winkler is a professor at UCLA School of Law who specializes in American constitutional law and the Supreme Court. Winkler says the case challenges a New York City ordinance that limits where people with permitted guns can bring them into public; they can bring them to specified gun ranges, for example.

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UT Health San Antonio surgeon Donald Jenkins supports gun rights. The San Antonio surgeon is among the gun-owning doctors who has signed on to a new set of gun-safety recommendations.


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The unfortunate pattern of gun violence and mass shootings are growing more frequent in American society. How did guns become such a significant part of our culture? Can common ground be found moving forward on gun policy? Experts and researchers speak on the social and legal aspects of America's connection to guns on "The Source" Wednesday at noon. 


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San Antonio may regulate where gun shops can set up in the city. The City Council’s public safety committee on Tuesday passed initial recommendations that would restrict gun stores and gun shows from setting up near neighborhoods and schools.


 March 24, 2018
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Dozens of students took to the streets of downtown San Antonio in a march against the National Rifle Association.

 


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Students who survived the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, joined young activists from Texas in a series of panel discussions on gun control last week.

Their vision for gun violence prevention is in stark contrast with state lawmakers’ plans.

 


Town hall panelists from left to right: Aayana Ragland, Janie Esparza, Sophia Mendez, Selina Eshraghi, Kelly Choi, Bria Smith, Ryan Deitsch and Cameron Kasky.
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Student gun control activists from Parkland, Florida, stopped in San Antonio Monday evening as part of a national Road to Change summer tour.

They joined state and local activists for a panel discussion that focused on bringing change to a red state known for its pro-gun-rights politicians.


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