gun control

Gun Ownership
11:18 am
Mon May 13, 2013

A Younger Look At The Gun Debate

A.J. Chetta fires a Glock at the Jay Henges Shooting Range in St. Louis.
Credit Sean Sandefur/St. Louis Public Radio

Few things are more polarizing in American culture than guns. There is no scarcity of opinions on the issue, but a voice that we have perhaps not heard is that of a younger generation, specifically those who are 18 to 29 years old. They fall under the millennial generation, and will make up the future of gun ownership. So, what do they think? St. Louis Public Radio’s Sean Sandefur reports.

Guns Evoke Many Emotions

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5:14 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Blunt, McCaskill At Odds Over Background Check Bill

Credit Blunt – Flickr/Gage Skidmore , McCaskill – Flickr/SenatorMcCaskill

Missouri’s U.S. Senators are divided on a bill that would expand background checks to more gun buyers. Republican Blunt has indicated that he does not support the bill, while Democrat Claire McCaskill says she will.

On a conference call with reporters on Wednesday, McCaskill said Congress needs to do something to try to prevent mass shootings.

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9:36 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Quinn Goes To Church To Call For Ill. Gun Regulations

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn took his call for new state gun regulations to the church pulpit.

Quinn has been talking to church-goers about how to reduce gun violence in Chicago.

At Saint Sabina's Sunday on the city's South Side - Quinn invoked the Bible in talking about proposals like expanding background checks and banning certain guns.

"We're not going to stand by and let children and others be killed," Quinn said. "No no no. We're going to listen to what Paul said: Love is patient. Love is kind. Love never fails."

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2:48 pm
Sat March 30, 2013

Officials, Religious Leaders And Others Rally For New Gun-Control Measures

Pro gun-control supporters rally at Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis on Saturday, March 30.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

From a podium at Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis, Democratic Mo. State Rep. Stacey Newman asked a crowd of gun-control supporters to hold up their phones and punch in a new contact, the switchboard for the U.S. Senate.

She told them to call every day, ask for Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and demand that they vote in favor of universal background checks for gun sales.

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Ill. Gun Laws
10:24 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Facing June Deadline, Ill. No Closer To Concealed Carry Law

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Groups on both sides of the concealed carry debate in Illinois say the state is no closer to crafting a court-ordered law than they were the first day of this legislative session.

Richard Pearson is executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association. He says lawmakers are sidelining the plan by bypassing the usual committee process:

"We've had committee meetings from one end of the state to the other, and out of this we have gotten nothing," Pearson said.

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O'Fallon City Council
9:48 am
Mon March 18, 2013

O'Fallon City Council Measure Would Invalidate Federal Gun Control In Town

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The city council in a St. Louis area town is considering a bill that would declare any federal, state or local laws prohibiting guns to be in violation of the U.S. and Missouri constitutions, rendering them invalid in the town.
The measure has been proposed in O'Fallon. The Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis reports it could be the subject of a vote on March 28.

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MO Statehouse
4:17 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Enforcing New Federal Gun Regulations Could Be A Crime Under New Bill

A gun show in Houston, Texas in 2007.
(via Flickr/ M Glasgow)

Enforcing new federal gun regulations could send Missouri officers to prison under a bill endorsed by a Missouri House committee.

The committee voted 9-5 on Tuesday to advance the bill that would criminalize the enforcement of federal gun control laws enacted after Jan. 1 of this year. The vote was along party lines with Republicans supporting the bill and Democrats in opposition.

The panel also advanced a bill barring federal regulation of guns that are manufactured in Missouri and remain inside the state's borders.

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MO Statehouse
10:20 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Mo. House Bill Makes Proposing Gun Control Legislation A Felony Offense

Rep. Mike Leara, of St. Louis County.
(Rep. Leara's campaign site)

Updated at 2:00 p.m. with quotes from State Reps. Mike Leara (R) and Stacey Newman (D).

Lawmakers proposing gun control legislation could end up in prison under a bill introduced by a Missouri House Republican.

Rep. Mike Leara, of St. Louis County, said Tuesday that he has no illusions that his bill actually will pass and become law.

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Gun Policy
1:07 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Mo. Senators Respond To Obama's Call For More Background Checks For Gun Purchases

A gun show in Houston, Texas in 2007.
(via Flickr/ M Glasgow)

During his State of the Union address last night, President Barack Obama emphasized the need for more background checks for gun buyers, saying that that the majority of Americans favor the proposal as a way to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals.

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National Politics
10:34 am
Wed January 16, 2013

President Obama Reveals Plan To Reduce Gun Violence

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden announce their plan to reduce gun violence on Jan. 16, 2013.
(White House video screen capture)

Updated 11:18 a.m. Thank you for joining us earlier for this live event. It has now concluded.

President Obama revealed a multiple-part plan to reduce gun violence today. 

NPR's The Two-Way reports on the details. What do you think about the plan?