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Fort Hood shooting sparks debate on concealed guns

Two separate rampage shootings within five years at Killeen’s Fort Hood Army base have sparked renewed discussion over whether those on military bases in Texas should be able to carry concealed handguns.
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White House honors Pam Simon for work against gun violence

For Pam Simon, gun violence was something that happened to other people – until she was one of 13 wounded in a January 2011 attack on former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords that killed six. Simon was honored by the White House for her work since then on gun control.... Read more»

Australia, Scotland and Finland changed gun laws after mass shootings

Australia, Scotland and Finland tightened their gun laws following mass shooting tragedies. GlobalPost takes a closer look.... Read more»

Gunman kills three at Fort Hood

A gunman killed three fellow soldiers and then himself Wednesday afternoon at Fort Hood, an incident that invariably brought back memories of the mass shooting on the military base in November 2009 that claimed 13 lives.... Read more»

TSA: Don't bring guns to Sky Harbor

Sixty-six firearms were confiscated at Sky Harbor in 2013, trailing only three other U.S. airports, according to the TSA. In just the past week, security checkpoints there have taken away a stun gun, brass knuckles, toys and lighters shaped like hand grenades, a circular saw, a golf club, souvenir bats, a bowling pin and a slingshot.... Read more»

NRA spends record money on lobbying this year

Pro-gun organization increases influence spending as congressional debate rages.... Read more»

White House drug policy chief calls immigration reform a priority

Gil Kerlikowske, head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, also said border security has received a boost from more personnel, better technology and increased communication among local, state and federal agencies – and their counterparts in Mexico.... Read more»

Tucson lawyer tells senators assault-weapons ban is misguided

Tucson lawyer David Hardy told a Senate committee that limiting semiautomatic weapons would be a misguided response to mass shootings that have sparked renewed calls for gun control. Others at the often-contentious hearing said something must be done.... Read more»

Analysis

Constitutionality of proposed firearms legislation

Tragic mass shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, and elsewhere have prompted renewed national interest in the federal regulation of firearms. In January 2013 President Barack Obama publicly announced support for three new legislative measures to regulate firearm ownership and sales.... Read more»

Border roundup: Obama's immigration policy goals, Peña Nieto takes on cartels

A look at migrant experiences along the border, responses to immigration policy announced by President Obama and lawmakers, threats to Border Patrol from cartels and corruption, and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto faces down cartels and gas explosions.... Read more»

Az House Dem: GOP refusing to hear gun-violence bills

House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix, said he’s troubled that none of the bills making up his Safer Schools, Safer Communities plan has been scheduled for a committee hearing. He says that by ignoring his bill GOP leaders are avoiding discussion of the issue.... Read more»

Az Dem: Double school resource officers, close gun show loophole

Rep. Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix, says spending $261 million to beef up school security, help at-risk students and address the needs of the mentally ill would help prevent gun violence in schools and communities. A House GOP spokesman calls the proposal “irrelevant.”... Read more»

200 guns turned in at Jan. 8 buyback

More than 200 unwanted guns were turned in to be destroyed in exchange for $50 grocery store gift cards Tuesday. The buyback was aimed at honoring the victims of the Jan. 8, 2010, Safeway shootings.... Read more»1

Giffords, Kelly launch gun-control effort

Two years to the day after being shot through the head, Gabrielle Giffords announced an effort to “stand up for solutions to prevent gun violence” in launching Americans for Responsible Solutions.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Tucson gun buyback set for Jan. 8

An interview with Ward 6 Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik, Then, the Reporters’ Roundtable with Sarah Garrecht Gassen, editorial writer at the Arizona Daily Star, and Mark B. Evans, administrator at TucsonCitizen.com.  Plus, Matt Russell checks in with his top picks on the Weekend Watch.... Read more»

Mass shootings do little to change state gun laws

While legislators in Virginia, Alabama, Arizona, New York, Texas and Colorado sometimes contemplated tightening rules after rampage shootings, few measures gained passage. In fact, several states - including Arizona - have made it easier to buy more guns and take them to more places.... Read more»

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