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Stricter New Zealand gun laws formally put into effect

Apr 11, 2019 - 7:19 PM

The new rules are aimed at removing semi-automatic firearms from circulation through a buy-back scheme, prohibition, and harsh prison sentences

AL NOOR. An armed police officer (R) stands guard outside the Al Noor mosque, one of the mosques where some 50 people were killed by a self-avowed white supremacist gunman on March 15, in Christchurch on April 5, 2019. File photo by Sanka Vidanagama/AFP

New Zealand lawmakers give final okay to tougher gun laws

Apr 10, 2019 - 8:07 PM

Lawmakers pass the legislation on final reading, less than a month after a gunman entered two mosques in Christchurch killing 50 people

NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT. New Zealand's Parliament House (middle and right) and the Beehive (rear left) in Wellington. Photo by Midnighttonight/Wikimedia Commons

Strong Swiss gun culture faces EU pressure

Apr 06, 2019 - 5:17 PM

Switzerland has the world's 16th highest rate of gun ownership according to a 2017 report by the Small Arms Survey

A visitor checks a label attached to a rifle displyed during the 45th edition of the Arms Trade Fair, in Lucerne, on March 29, 2019. Switzerland, where gun culture has deep roots, has managed to avoid the charged national debates surrounding firearm ownership that have consumed other countries. But in a country where compulsory military service means that many are comfortable around weapons, voters might, in a May 2019 referendum, push back against gun reforms demanded by the European Union.  STEFAN WERMUTH / AFP

U.S. judge blocks release of 3D gun blueprints amid uproar

Aug 01, 2018 - 1:55 PM

US District Judge Robert Lasnik in Seattle, Washington grants the motion for a temporary restraining order blocking the release of the digital plans, and schedules a hearing for August 10

'LIBERATOR.' In this file photo taken on July 11, 2013, software engineer Travis Lerol takes aim with an unloaded Liberator handgun in the backyard of his home in Hanover, Maryland. File photo by Robert Macpherson/AFP

Annapolis mourns victims of newspaper shooting

Jun 30, 2018 - 4:15 PM

"The people who worked here are our friends, our neighbors, our colleagues, so it's sort of like a part of us has been taken with their death as well," said resident Christine Feldmann.

MOURNING. People walk down Main St. during a candlelight vigil to honor the 5 people were shot and killed at the Capital Gazette newspaper yesterday, on June 29, 2018 in Annapolis, Maryland. Photo by Mark Wilson / Getty Images / AFP

5 dead in 'targeted attack' on U.S. newsroom

Jun 29, 2018 - 8:22 AM

(UPDATED) Police do not yet know the shooter's motive, but 'we know that there were threats sent to the Gazette through social media'

CAPITAL GAZETTE. Police gather near the office of the Capital Gazette Newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, on June 28, 2018. Photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

'You're all going to die': Parkland shooter's phone videos released

May 31, 2018 - 12:22 PM

'My name is Nik, and I’m going to be the next school shooter of 2018,' says the 19-year-old, in clips apparently in part filmed on February 14 – the day of the shooting

FLORIDA SHOOTING. Hector Romero Assistant Public Defender (L) and Melisa McNeill, Public Defender (R) are seen on screen at the first appearance in court for high school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz (C) on February 15, 2018 at Broward County Court House in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. File photo by Susan Stocker-Sun Sentinel/AFP

Texas school gunman 'confused,' his lawyers say

May 22, 2018 - 8:56 AM

'I think that there is definitely something going on in terms of mental health history,' says lawyer Nicholas Poehl

REMEMBER. Greg Zanis lines up crosses he built in front of Santa Fe High School on May 21, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. The crosses are a memorial to the victims of last Friday's shooting when 17-year-old student Dimitrios Pagourtzis entered the school with a shotgun and a pistol and opened fire, killing 10 people. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. school shootings rise rapidly in two decades – study

Apr 20, 2018 - 8:46 AM

'In less than 18 years, we have already seen more deaths related to school shootings than in the whole 20th century,' says lead author Antonis Katsiyannis of Clemson University

EVACUATION. People are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting at the school that reportedly killed and injured multiple people on February 14, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. File photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Florida school shooter wants to donate inheritance to survivors

Apr 12, 2018 - 8:51 AM

Nikolas Cruz's legal team suggests any wealth that may be discovered should go to his victims rather than expensive lawyers

NIKOLAS CRUZ. This video screen grab image shows shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz on February 15, 2018 at Broward County Jail in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. File photo by Miguel Guttierez/AFP TV/AFP

U.S. poised for largest gun control protest in a generation

Mar 24, 2018 - 6:13 PM

The student-organized "March For Our Lives" is to feature rallies from coast to coast, with the main event scheduled to take place in Washington within sight of the US Capitol

BEFORE THE MARCH. Young activists paint signs to be carried at the upcoming March for Our Lives Los Angeles on March 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Mario Tama / Getty Images / AFP

U.S. Congress inches forward with gun violence measure

Mar 15, 2018 - 8:49 AM

The House of Representatives votes overwhelmingly to fund violence prevention measures at the nation's schools, including boosting school security and creating anonymous reporting systems for students

GUN CONTROL. Thousands of local students march down Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House to the US Capitol during a nationwide student walkout for gun control in Washington, DC, March 14, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP PHOTO

'#ENOUGH': U.S. students stage walkout against gun violence

Mar 14, 2018 - 11:56 PM

(UPDATED) According to the #ENOUGH campaign, students from more than 3,000 schools nationwide took part in demonstrations on Wednesday, March 14

AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE. Students from Harvest Collegiate High School stand in Washington Square Park on March 14, 2018 in New York to take part in a national walkout to protest gun violence, one month after the shooting in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 people were killed. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Trump accused of backpedaling on gun control

Mar 13, 2018 - 3:50 PM

'President Trump has completely caved to the gun lobby,' says Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein

TRUMP ON GUNS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump (R) speaks next to Senator John Cornyn, R-TX, during a meeting with bipartisan members of Congress on school and community safety in the Cabinet Room of the White House on February 28, 2018 in Washington, DC. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Florida passes bill to restrict guns, arm some teachers

Mar 08, 2018 - 10:33 AM

(UPDATED) The bill raises the minimum age to purchase all firearms from 18 to 21, bans modification devices that makes a semi-automatic weapon fully automatic, and increases mental health funding

Ad-hoc Trump fuels White House meltdown

Mar 03, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Trump's off-the-cuff enticement of a global trade war and calls for limits on the right to bear arms cleave a schism between the president and his Republican backers, spark a stock market sell-off, and prompt threats of retaliatory sanctions from across the globe

TARIFFS. US President Donald Trump speaks on steel and aluminum tariffs watched by Dave Burkitt (R) of US Steel Corporation during a meeting with industry leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House on March 1, 2018. Photo by Mandel Ngan / AFP

Trump stuns by embracing gun control as Florida students return to class

Mar 01, 2018 - 4:44 PM

'We have to do something about it. We have to act,' Trump said, voicing support for expanded background checks, more secure schools, curbs on the ability of the mentally ill to buy firearms and raising to 21 the age for buying certain guns

TRUMP ON GUNS. US President Donald Trump (R) speaks next to Senator John Cornyn, R-TX, during a meeting with bipartisan members of Congress on school and community safety in the Cabinet Room of the White House on February 28, 2018 in Washington, DC.  Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Students make emotional return to Florida school after shooting

Feb 28, 2018 - 1:15 PM

(UPDATED) Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland are greeted by heavy security and scores of well-wishers as they return to classes

TRIBUTES. Flowers, candles and mementos sit outside one of the makeshift memorials at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 27, 2018. Rhona Wise/AFP

After shooting, students brace for emotional return to Florida school

Feb 26, 2018 - 7:03 AM

Students and teachers preparing to return to the Florida school that was the scene of a gruesome mass shooting continue to urge politicians to act swiftly to address gun violence

RETURNING TO SCHOOL. People visit Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 25, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

The week in photos: February 17-23, 2018

Feb 24, 2018 - 2:21 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A cow is prepared for a photo shooting during the 45th edition of the Show of the Best" (Schau der Besten) dairy cow beauty pageant on February 22, 2018 in Verden an der Aller, northwestern Germany. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Carmen Jaspersen / Germany OUT

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Trump, gun lobby chief push armed citizens as solution to shootings

Feb 23, 2018 - 12:50 PM

National Rifle Association chief Wayne LaPierre hits back at what he calls 'the shameful politicization of tragedy' and repeated the organization's position that 'to stop a bad guy with a gun, it takes a good guy with a gun'

PROTEST. In this file photo, a demonstrator from CodePink holds up a banner as National Rifle Association's Wayne LaPierre delivers his remarks. File photo by Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images / AFP

Students turn up heat on Trump, lawmakers over gun control

Feb 22, 2018 - 7:22 AM

Students stage walkouts from high schools in Florida and elsewhere vowing to make the tragedy a turning point in America's deadlocked debate on gun control

NEVER AGAIN. Students of area High Schools rally at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after participating in a county wide school walk out in Parkland, Florida on February 21, 2018. Rhona Wise/AFP

Trump suggests arming teachers at emotional meeting with shooting survivors

Feb 22, 2018 - 7:11 AM

(UPDATED) Trump also promises 'very strong' background checks on gun owners during the poignant "listening session" on Wednesday, February 21, in which he heard first-hand accounts from bereaved parents and friends, and schoolchildren who narrowly escaped with their own lives

LISTENING SESSION. US President Donald Trump takes part in a 'œlistening session' on gun violence with teachers and students in the State Dining Room of the White House on February 21, 2018. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump backs ban on 'bump stocks' on semi-automatic weapons

Feb 21, 2018 - 6:34 AM

(UPDATED) Trump announces his support for the ban nearly a week after 14 students and 3 teachers were killed at a high school in Florida

DEADLY WEAPONS. Semi-automatic AR-15's are for sale at Good Guys Guns & Range on February 15, 2018 in Orem, Utah. George Frey/Getty Images/AFP

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Trump backs improved background checks on gun buys

Feb 19, 2018 - 10:26 PM

(UPDATED) The legislation amounts to a narrow, technical fix, leaving unaddressed the broader, divisive issue of permissive gun laws under a constitutional amendment that protects the right to bear arms

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks at the Major Cities Chiefs Association and Major County Sheriff's Association Winter Meeting in Washington, DC, on February 8, 2017.  File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

'No idea' of 'monster under our roof,' say couple who took in Florida gunman

Feb 19, 2018 - 3:00 PM

The couple who took in Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz after his mother's death says they had no idea they had a 'monster living under our roof'

MOURNING. Thousands of mourners attend a candlelight vigil for victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida on February 15, 2018. Rhona Wise/AFP

Florida students to march on Washington in call for gun reform

Feb 19, 2018 - 7:30 AM

They pledge to make the February 14 slaughter in Parkland, Florida a turning point in America's deadlocked debate on gun control

SEEKING JUSTICE. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Emma Gonzalez speaks at a rally for gun control at the Broward County Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on February 17, 2018.  Rhona Wise/AFP

Trump turns on FBI over school shooting after criticism from survivors

Feb 18, 2018 - 4:08 PM

US authorities have come under mounting scrutiny for failing to act on a series of warning signs

TO FLORIDA. US President Donald Trump walks to Marine One prior to departure from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, February 16, 2018, as he travels to Florida for the weekend. Saul Loeb/AFP

'Shame on you!' student tells Trump at Florida anti-gun rally

Feb 18, 2018 - 8:36 AM

(UPDATED) In Washington, the political response makes clear the powerful NRA lobby remains formidable, while Trump himself suggests the root cause of mass shootings is a crisis of mental health – making no mention of gun control

PROTEST. People join together after a school shooting that killed 17 to protest against guns on the steps of the Broward County Federal courthouse on February 17, 2018 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Photo by Joe Raedle/AFP

Trump visits Florida shooting survivors, FBI admits it missed tip

Feb 17, 2018 - 10:32 AM

(UPDATED) The FBI admits it had received a chilling warning in January from a tipster who said the 19-year-old gunman, Nikolas Cruz, could be planning a mass shooting, but that agents failed to follow up

IN FLORIDA. US President Donald Trump (C) speaks with Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel (L) and Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) while visiting first responders at Broward County Sheriff's Office in Pompano Beach, Florida, on February 16, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Former student confesses to Florida school shooting

Feb 16, 2018 - 8:28 AM

(UPDATED) 'Cruz stated that he was the gunman who entered the school campus armed with a AR-15 and began shooting students that he saw in the hallways and on the school grounds,' court documents show

FLORIDA SHOOTING. Hector Romero Assistant Public Defender (L) and Melisa McNeill, Public Defender (R) are seen on screen at the first appearance in court for high school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz (C) on February 15, 2018 at Broward County Court House in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Photo by Susan Stocker-Sun Sentinel/AFP

PH sends condolences over Florida school shooting

Feb 15, 2018 - 2:20 PM

No Filipino is reported hurt in the shooting incident, says the Philippine embassy in Washington DC

PARKLAND, FL - FEBRUARY 14: People wait for loved ones as they are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting at the school that reportedly killed and injured multiple people on February 14, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. Numerous law enforcement officials continue to investigate the scene. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

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17 killed in Florida school shooting

Feb 15, 2018 - 7:25 AM

(UPDATED) A 19-year-old former student opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at a Florida high school, the local sheriff says, calling the scene 'horrific'

EVACUATION. People are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting at the school that reportedly killed and injured multiple people on February 14, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Texas mass shooting leaves U.S. mourning, Trump says guns not to blame

Nov 06, 2017 - 3:42 PM

'This isn't a guns situation,' Trump insists, calling it 'a mental health problem at the highest level'

IN MOURNING. A candlelight vigil is observed on November 5, 2017, following the mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, that left 26 people dead according to authorities. Suzanne Cordeiro/AFP

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After Vegas massacre, U.S. gun lobby backs calls for new curbs

Oct 06, 2017 - 1:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations,' the National Rifle Association says

Marilou Danley denies knowledge of planned Las Vegas carnage

Oct 05, 2017 - 9:00 AM

(UPDATED) 'I knew Stephen Paddock as a kind, caring, quiet man,' says Paddock's girlfriend Danley in her first public statement on the deadly shooting

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 04: A memorial for the victims of Sunday's shooting is seen along the Las Vegas Strip on October 4, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The makeshift memorial made with candles, flowers and mementos was created after a lone gunman opened fire on the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival killing at least 59 people and injuring more than 500. The massacre is one of the deadliest mass shooting events in U.S. history. David Becker/Getty Images/AFP

Republicans freeze as Democrats demand action on gun violence

Oct 04, 2017 - 8:45 AM

Lawmakers in US President Donald Trump's party appear stymied over what legislative steps, if any, to take to contain US gun violence in the aftermath of America's deadliest shooting in modern history

FIRST RESPONDERS. An ambulance leaves the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Ave. after a mass shooting at a country music festival nearby on October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Gaga, Grande urge gun control amid artist shock at Vegas carnage

Oct 03, 2017 - 6:57 AM

While most artists left their comments to general messages of sympathy after the assault on a country music festival, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande use their social media power to press politicians

MAD SCRAMBLE. People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. David Becker/Getty Images/AFP

After Las Vegas massacre, Trump silent on gun control

Oct 03, 2017 - 6:50 AM

While the gunman's motive remains unclear, the shooting instantly rekindles the divisive national debate on gun control

MOMENT OF SILENCE. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump take part in a moment of silence with White House staff for the victims of the Las Vegas shootings, on the South Lawn of the White House on October 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan/AFP

3 dead in murder-suicide at California school

Apr 11, 2017 - 8:18 AM

The shooting in San Bernardino will likely reignite the debate on gun violence in the US where attempts to put in place tougher gun control measures have failed despite a series of mass killings

Trump firm on agenda but says Americans have nothing to fear

Nov 14, 2016 - 10:59 AM

US President elect Donald Trump vows to move aggressively on a conservative agenda but also sought to reassure worried Americans they have nothing to fear from his presidency

US President-elect Donald Trump during an interview with CBS News' '60 Minutes', taped November 11, 2016 and aired November 13, 2016. Photo courtesy CBS News

High approval for cannabis, other measures in US vote

Nov 09, 2016 - 2:43 PM

US voters also weighed in on a slew of ballot measures including several related to marijuana gun control and the death penalty

Voters cast their ballots at voting machines at Shadow Ridge High School on Election Day on November 8, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Americans across the nation are picking their choice for the next president of the United States. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Obama condemns 'calculated and despicable' Dallas attack

Jul 08, 2016 - 6:14 PM

We still don t know all the facts What we do know is that there has been a vicious calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement Obama says at a NATO summit in Warsaw

DALLAS ATTACK. Dallas police officers face protesters on the corner of on the corner of Ross Avenue and Griffin Street after eleven police officers were shot during a peaceful protest in Dallas, Texas, USA, July 8,2016. Photo by Ralph Lauer/EPA

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