Newtown shooting http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Ill. Senate Panel Endorses Ammunition Limit http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-senate-panel-endorses-ammunition-limit <p><em>Updated 4:25 p.m. with vote results &nbsp;</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Parents of two Sandy Hook elementary students killed by a Connecticut gunman last fall testified in favor of limiting high-capacity ammunition magazines in Illinois.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois Senate's Executive Committee voted 12-3 Monday to advance legislation banning magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.</span></p> Mon, 20 May 2013 13:57:34 +0000 WBEZ 26546 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. Senate Panel Endorses Ammunition Limit St. Louis County Lawmaker To Propose Closing 'Gun Show Loophole' In Mo. http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-county-lawmaker-propose-closing-gun-show-loophole-mo <p>A St. Louis County lawmaker plans to file legislation that would require background checks on anyone who buys a firearm at a gun show.</p><p><a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2013&amp;district=087">State Representative Stacey Newman</a> (D, Richmond Heights)&nbsp;says her proposal would close the so-called “gun show loophole” in Missouri.</p><p>“Right now, federal background checks are only done through licensed dealers," Newman said.&nbsp; "That exempts gun shows where people can purchase unlimited amounts of weapons, including assault weapons.”</p> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 22:37:08 +0000 Marshall Griffin 7780 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis County Lawmaker To Propose Closing 'Gun Show Loophole' In Mo. Slay, Dotson Don’t Like NRA Proposal For Armed Guards In Schools http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/slay-dotson-don-t-nra-proposal-armed-guards-schools <p></p><p>St. Louis City Mayor, Francis Slay, has a crystal clear response to the National Rifle Association's position that&nbsp;<a href="http://www.news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nra-calls-armed-police-all-schools-post-newtown-press-conference">armed guards should be placed in every school</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>He doesn’t like it, not one bit.</p> Sat, 22 Dec 2012 20:26:09 +0000 Tim Lloyd 7630 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Slay, Dotson Don’t Like NRA Proposal For Armed Guards In Schools NRA Calls For Armed Police At All Schools In Post-Newtown Press Conference http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nra-calls-armed-police-all-schools-post-newtown-press-conference <p><em>Thank you for joining us here for this live event. The event has now concluded.</em></p><p>The <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/tragedy-connecticut-deadly-shooting-elementary-school">massacre last week</a> at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. has sparked a national debate on guns and gun control.</p><p>This morning, the National Rifle Association (NRA) made its first public statement after the shootings in Newtown.</p> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 16:02:10 +0000 Kelsey Proud & Chris McDaniel 7585 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org NRA Calls For Armed Police At All Schools In Post-Newtown Press Conference Kelley Defends His Proposal To Allow Mo. Teachers To Carry Guns In School http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/kelley-defends-his-proposal-allow-mo-teachers-carry-guns-school <P>The sponsor of a bill that would allow Missouri teachers to be armed in classrooms says&nbsp;if passed, it won't lead to&nbsp;"people&nbsp;running around with guns drawn, acting like Rambo."</P> <P><A href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB70&amp;year=2013&amp;code=R">The proposal</A> by <A href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2013&amp;district=127">State Representative Mike Kelley</A> (R, Lamar) is just one of several aimed at protecting school kids in the wake of last week’s mass shootings&nbsp;at Sandy Hook Elementary School in&nbsp;Newtown, Connecticut.&nbsp; Kelley says there’s a lot of misconception out there about his bill. Thu, 20 Dec 2012 22:16:46 +0000 Marshall Griffin 7557 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Kelley Defends His Proposal To Allow Mo. Teachers To Carry Guns In School In Wake Of Newtown Massacre, Missouri Gun Sales Skyrocket http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/wake-newtown-massacre-missouri-gun-sales-skyrocket <p><em>Updated 1:56 p.m. Dec. 20 with information about background &nbsp;checks in Illinois</em></p><p>It’s perhaps counter intuitive, but when acts of violence shake the nation, sales of guns go up. The same is happening with the sales of semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines.</p><p>Under normal circumstances you might be confuse the rush of customers at Mid America Arms in South St. Louis, as Christmas shoppers, but not so this year.</p><p>“It’s been one of our best days in 13 years but…not for the right reasons,” says owner Mark Campbell.</p> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 22:06:39 +0000 Adam Allington & The Associated Press & the 7526 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org In Wake Of Newtown Massacre, Missouri Gun Sales Skyrocket Amid Calls For Gun Control, Some Push For Weapons At School http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/amid-calls-gun-control-some-push-weapons-school A growing number of lawmakers are indicating they are open to considering new gun control measures in the wake of Friday's school shooting in Newtown, Conn. But while much of the national debate has focused on limiting access to guns, others are suggesting that schools should arm themselves to defend against attacks.<p>David Thweatt, school superintendent for the small Texas town of Harrold, northwest of Fort Worth, decided in 2006 that it was time to arm his staff. There's only one school in Harrold, a K-12 with 103 students.<p>Before 2006, there had already been enough carnage at U.S. Tue, 18 Dec 2012 22:26:05 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 7496 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Amid Calls For Gun Control, Some Push For Weapons At School Nixon May Explore Legislation In Wake Of Newtown, Conn. Mass Shooting http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-may-explore-legislation-wake-newtown-conn-mass-shooting <p><a href="http://gov.mo.gov/">Governor Jay Nixon</a> (D) on Monday&nbsp;stopped short of saying that Missouri needs any new laws regarding gun control, mental illness or school safety – but he did tell reporters that his administration may call for legislation designed to better protect school children from tragedies like the one last week Newtown, Conn.</p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 00:21:02 +0000 Marshall Griffin 7462 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon May Explore Legislation In Wake Of Newtown, Conn. Mass Shooting Blunt: Preventing Mass Shootings Should Start With Mental Health, Not Stricter Gun Laws http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/blunt-preventing-mass-shootings-should-start-mental-health-not-stricter-gun-laws <p></p><p>Members of Congress from across the country are responding to the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.</p><p>Mo. &nbsp;Republican U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt called the shooting a huge tragedy and said that it put other parts of life in perspective.</p><p>But Blunt said stricter gun laws are unlikely to deter similar acts of violence.</p> Sat, 15 Dec 2012 20:19:43 +0000 Tim Lloyd 7415 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Blunt: Preventing Mass Shootings Should Start With Mental Health, Not Stricter Gun Laws Conn. Shooting Prompts Increased Patrols Near St. Louis Schools http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/conn-shooting-prompts-increased-patrols-near-st-louis-schools <p></p><p>Both St. Louis city and county police are stepping up patrols around schools following<a href="http://www.news.stlpublicradio.org/post/tragedy-connecticut-deadly-shooting-elementary-school"> the shootings in Connecticut</a>.</p><p>St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch says the extra patrols began this afternoon and will remain in place until further notice.</p><p>Fitch says the department already has 31 school resource officers in districts around the county.</p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 22:25:53 +0000 Maria Altman & maria 7384 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Conn. Shooting Prompts Increased Patrols Near St. Louis Schools