guns

Gun ownership
5:32 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Mo. Sen. Bill Would Require Parents To Notify Their Kids' Schools If They're Gun Owners

iPad photo of (l-r) State Senators Jamilah Nasheed (D, St. Louis) and Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D, University City). Chappelle-Nadal is sponsoring SB 124. Nasheed and other lawmakers attended the news conference announcing the bill.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Legislation filed in the Missouri Senate would require parents to notify their kids’ schools if they are gun owners.


If passed, parents would have to provide written notification that they own a firearm within 30 days of enrolling their child in school or within 30 days of becoming a gun owner if the child is already enrolled.  Failure to do so would be an infraction and result in a $100 fine.  It would also make it a Class A misdemeanor if the parent or guardian knows that their child is illegally in possession of a firearm and does nothing to stop it or does not report it to police -- and the parent or guardian would be guilty of a Class D felony if their minor child kills or wounds someone with an illegally-possessed gun.  The bill’s sponsor, State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D, University City), told reporters today that their goal is to prevent minors from illegally possessing firearms and to also keep them out of the hands of gang members.

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SIBA shooting
5:29 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Gun Used In Downtown School Shooting Was Stolen

The scene at Stevens Institute of Business and Arts on Washington Ave. following a Jan 15th shooting.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis police say the gun used in last week’s shooting at a downtown business college was stolen during a 2011 burglary in St. Louis County.

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Concealed carry
1:47 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Illinois AG Asks To Take Concealed Carry Fight Back To Court

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The head of the Illinois State Rifle Association says he doesn't mind that Attorney General Lisa Madigan is asking a federal appeals court to review a ruling striking down the state's ban on concealed carry.

Madigan has requested that all the judges on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals review a lawsuit challenging the ban.

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Gun shows
4:37 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

St. Louis County Lawmaker To Propose Closing 'Gun Show Loophole' In Mo.

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

A St. Louis County lawmaker plans to file legislation that would require background checks on anyone who buys a firearm at a gun show.

State Representative Stacey Newman (D, Richmond Heights) says her proposal would close the so-called “gun show loophole” in Missouri.

“Right now, federal background checks are only done through licensed dealers," Newman said.  "That exempts gun shows where people can purchase unlimited amounts of weapons, including assault weapons.”

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Economy
4:06 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

In Wake Of Newtown Massacre, Missouri Gun Sales Skyrocket

The AR-15 rifle is made by several weapons companies
Credit via Wikimedia Commons

Updated 1:56 p.m. Dec. 20 with information about background  checks in Illinois

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.

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.

“It’s been one of our best days in 13 years but…not for the right reasons,” says owner Mark Campbell.

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Crime stats
4:52 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Gun Crimes Continue Downward Trend In City

The side of a St. Louis Metropolitan Police patrol vehicle.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis police chief Dan Isom says aggressive policing efforts are continuing to bring down the rate of aggravated assaults and other gun crimes in the city.

Isom's analysis came during his monthly report on crime numbers to the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners. Overall, crime in the city is down 12.7 percent from last year.

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St. Louis police
2:31 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

St. Louis police battling jump in gun crime, new HQ construction running behind

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St. Louis police say they're seeing a significant uptick in gun violence in St. Louis, even as crime is down overall.

The department released the latest crime numbers for 2012 at the meeting of its oversight board on Wednesday morning. Aggravated assaults with a weapon are up 19 percent in 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.

Special groups like the Violent Offenders and gang units are targeting individuals with a history of gun violence and possession, police chief Dan Isom said, but that won't solve the entire problem.

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Assault Weapons
10:22 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Illinois Supreme Court rules on assault weapon ban

The Illinois Supreme Court building.
(via Flickr/lilhelen)

Updated to include link to opinion.

Gun rights advocates scored a victory when the Illinois Supreme Court allowed a challenge to a Cook County assault weapons ban to proceed.

The court on Thursday ruled that lower courts were wrong to throw out the challenge. The Supreme Court says it wants the trial court to hear evidence on whether assault weapons get the same Second Amendment protections as handguns.

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Bonnie and Clyde / History
9:32 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Bonnie and Clyde guns to be auctioned in Missouri

Infamous outlaw couple Bonnie and Clyde.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

Bidders will get a chance later this month to buy two weapons once owned by Bonnie and Clyde.

A tommy gun and a 12-gauge 1897 Winchester shotgun that were used by the infamous outlaw couple will go up for auction in Kansas City on Jan. 21.

The Joplin Globe reports that the weapons were among those seized during a raid of Bonnie and Clyde's apartment in Joplin on April 13, 1933. Until recently, the guns were displayed at the Springfield Police Museum.

Illinois & Firearms
1:52 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Judge rules in favor of gun owners in FOID case

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The leader of the Illinois State Rifle Association says he's pleased a Peoria judge signed an order barring the state police from releasing the names of 1.3 million firearm owner identification cardholders.

Richard Pearson says the order signed this week is further protection for gun owners, who won a similar victory this year when the state Senate passed a bill prohibiting public disclosure of people with FOID cards.

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