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Gun Laws

From Texas Standard:

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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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.


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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.

 


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Mass shootings in Texas at Sante Fe High School and in Sutherland Springs claimed a combined 37 lives. One shooter showed warning signs beforehand. The other seemingly did not


Churchill High School students walk out of class to call for tighter gun control laws April 20, 2018.
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Hundreds of students at several different San Antonio schools called for an end to gun violence Friday by participating in walkouts and on-campus events.

For many who participated, ending gun violence means tightening gun control.

From Texas Standard.

Bump stocks are back in the news now that President Donald Trump has made a move to ban them. These devices, which basically turn a semiautomatic gun into an automatic gun, were not used in the latest mass shooting at a Florida high school, but were used in the deadly Las Vegas concert shooting in October.

Slide Fire Solutions, a leading maker of bump stocks, is facing scrutiny after a gunman added the device to his rifles on Oct. 1 in Las Vegas to make them more powerful.

The company is a large employer in the small town of Moran, Texas. Christopher Connelly (@hithisischris) of KERA asked residents what they think about calls to ban bump stocks and what it might mean for their town.

From Texas Standard:

For roughly six million law-abiding gun owners in Texas, part of the routine of legally purchasing a firearm from a gun shop involves completing a federal background check. It's a pretty straightforward affair – or at least has been, until now.

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