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  • Schools remain gun-free after weapons bill pulled Play Video

    April 16, 2014 2:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A Chalmette lawmaker shelved his proposal to let school employees who have a concealed handgun permit to go to work armed. Rep. Ray Garofalo pulled his bill Wednesday after getting negative feedback from the House criminal justice committee. Garofalo said he wanted to send a message that violent... more »
  • Student in Calcasieu arrested for bringing gun to school

    April 11, 2014 12:11 PM

    SULPHUR - Sheriff deputies in Calcasieu Parish have arrested a middle school student for bringing a gun to school. The 14-year-old was arrested Thursday. Officials at W. W. Lewis Middle School in Sulphur say students told the assistant principal about a student who brought a gun to school... more »
  • Thieves rob woman in labor

    March 3, 2014 7:30 PM

    ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND- A strange thing happened to a woman in labor headed to the hospital. She and her boyfriend were robbed by three men with guns. The couple was confronted by the thieves as they left their apartment. The boyfriend took off and the robbers tried to... more »
  • Bail bondsman arrested for illegally firing gun

    February 28, 2014 2:51 PM

    PAINCOURTVILLE- A bail bondsman has been arrested in Assumption Parish, after authorities say he illegally fired his weapon. Deputies say Tyrone Williams, owner of Tyrone Bail Bond Service, was running down a fugitive that was wanted in Lafourche Parish for Contempt of Court and Issuing Worthless Checks. They... more »
  • Student caught with gun at McKinley

    February 28, 2014 12:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - School Drug Task Force members arrested a McKinley High School Friday after investigators said he was caught with a gun on campus. The task force was called to the school at 11:00 a.m. after reports of a student acting suspiciously. Officers found a loaded .380 handgun... more »
  • Officials consider change to Zachary gun law Play Video

    February 18, 2014 10:32 PM

    ZACHARY - City leaders want to consider changing an outdated law that allows guns to be fired anywhere in city limits. The ordinance was intended for rural areas before the city began to expand. After a couple of complaints about gunshot noises, the council and mayor are considering... more »
  • Shreveport student brings loaded gun clip to school

    January 8, 2014 2:50 PM

    SHREVEPORT- A student at Youree Drive Middle School in Shreveport has been arrested after allegedly bringing a 9mm clip loaded with bullets to campus. The school was locked down for nearly two hours Wednesday as police searched for weapons after authorities discovered the gun magazine. Caddo Parish Schools System officials... more »
  • Man in Santa Claus suit shot with pellet gun

    December 24, 2013 2:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - Police say a man dressed as Santa delivering toys in southeast Washington, D.C., was popped in the back with a pellet gun as he walked down the street. He is now recovering in the hospital. Police say the man heard a popping sound a felt a... more »
  • Student arrested with pellet gun

    November 6, 2013 2:05 PM

    HOUMA - Sheriff's deputies arrested a 16-year-old student after they said he brought a pellet gun to Houma Junior High in Terrebonne Parish. Detectives said they found the pellet pistol inside the waistband of the student's pants. He was taken to the Terrebonne Parish Juvenile Justice Center and... more »
  • Two students arrested after gun found at junior high

    October 9, 2013 11:33 AM

    MANDEVILLE - Two students were arrested after a loaded handgun was found in a boy's restroom at Mandeville Junior High School. The school was placed on lockdown and parents were informed with a "robo call". Police say students alerted school officials about rumors that a student had a... more »
  • Pay attention, he's got a gun

    October 8, 2013 7:27 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO- Passengers on a light rail train were so absorbed in their phones and tablets they didn't see a man flashing a gun several times, who's accused of shooting a college student. Justin Valdez was shot in the back of the head as he got off the train. Nikhom... more »
  • Robbery suspect living with PTSD Play Video

    October 7, 2013 10:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The mother of a man who pulled a gun in a Subway store last week says he is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Gerri Hobdy says the veteran soldier has been formally diagnosed with PTSD, and his actions last week were a cry for help.... more »
  • BRPD: Man robbed restaurant for sandwich Play Video

    October 2, 2013 6:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A man is in jail after police said he forced a couple of "sandwich artists" to make a 12-inch roast beef sub at gunpoint. Investigators said Daniel Hobdy, 29, walked into the Subway restaurant on Burbank and demanded the employees make him a sandwich. After the... more »
  • Crooks wanted after gun-toting tirade

    October 1, 2013 10:32 PM

    PONCHATOULA - Sheriff's deputies are on the hunt for two guys who walked into a store east of town with their guns drawn and held the clerk at bay while they tore up the sales counter. Their tirade was caught on security video. The video shows one man holding... more »
  • 8th-grader arrested after gun found at school in Baton Rouge

    September 12, 2013 2:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE- An eighth-grader at Beechwood Superintendent Academy in Baton Rouge has been arrested after an unloaded gun was found in his back pack. The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office says an on-campus deputy was notified by a school administrator who received a tip about a weapon at the... more »
  • 4 Independence High students arrested

    September 11, 2013 8:19 AM

    INDEPENDENCE - Four Independence High School students have been arrested after a campus-wide search uncovered prescription pills and an unloaded handgun. Assistant Superintendent Lionel Jackson says a school resource officer suspected students were smoking marijuana on campus early Tuesday. Officers with the Independence Police Department, the Tangipahoa Parish... more »
  • iPad video could be key in George Zimmerman case

    September 10, 2013 12:06 PM

    LAKE MARY, Fla. - Police investigating a domestic dispute between George Zimmerman and his estranged wife say video from Shellie Zimmerman's iPad may be crucial evidence in determining whether any charges are filed. Lake Mary Police Department spokesman Zach Hudson said Tuesday that the iPad captured video of the dispute,... more »
  • Gonzales man arrested for dispute involving gun

    September 4, 2013 3:07 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - A man accused in a disturbance involving a gun in Ascension Parish is now behind bars. On August 29, deputies went to 15009 Beau Jon Ave. in Prarieville, where they found two men fighting on the floor of a bedroom. Carlos Jackson then began fighting with... more »
  • La. joins NRA, other states in gun sales petition

    September 4, 2013 10:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell signed on with 21 other state attorneys general to an NRA petition asking the Supreme Court to overturn a ban against handgun sales to people younger than 21. The petition to overturn the ban was filed in August and notes a... more »
  • 8-year-old shooter kills woman Thursday evening

    August 22, 2013 9:19 PM

    SLAUGHTER- State Police are assisting East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's investigators in a case where an eight-year-old boy shot a woman in the head. The unidentified woman died at the scene deputies said Thursday night. The shooting happened just after 5 p.m. at a mobile home community on Highway... more »
  • Juvenile arrested after threats with replica gun

    August 19, 2013 1:10 PM

    THIBODAUX - Police arrested a juvenile in Thibodaux after they said he threatened someone with what looked like an assault rifle early Saturday morning. Police said when they tracked down the juvenile they found out the gun was actually an Airsoft rifle meant to look like an AR-15 which... more »
  • Investigative Unit: judge's son has accounts frozen

    August 14, 2013 10:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A man accused of stealing drugs and other items from the evidence locker at the 19th Judicial Clerk of Court's Office said he made around $200,000 of the loot. He is believed to have stashed the money in numerous bank accounts, which were frozen the WBRZ News 2... more »
  • Look what I found

    July 30, 2013 7:38 PM

    PRESCOTT, ARIZONA- A boy digging for worms found a gun buried near his home in northern Arizona. The stainless-steel .38-caliber revolver was in a plastic bag along with one bullet just under the dirt's surface. The nine-year-old was not identified. Police say it appears the gun was only covered up... more »
  • Six indicted for evidence room cocaine, gun thefts

    July 18, 2013 5:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A grand jury handed up indictments for six people, including a judge's son, in connection with a scheme which led to the theft of cocaine and weapons from the evidence locker at the 19th Judicial District Courthouse last year. The indictment includes charges of malfeasance in... more »
  • Road rage on I-20 in La. lands Texan in jail

    July 12, 2013 9:10 AM

    MINDEN- A road rage incident involving a gun on Interstate 20 in Louisiana has landed a Texas man in jail. State police say the alleged victim was traveling west on I-20 near Minden around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday when the driver of a small pickup began tailgating and making inappropriate hand... more »
  • LSP: Man arrested after BB gun brought to Capitol

    June 20, 2013 5:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities arrested a man today who State Police said brought a BB gun which looked like a rifle to the State Capitol Building. Sgt. J. B. Slaton with LSP charged Russell W. Vaughn, 32, of Greenwell Springs with resisting arrest after he was arrested by the... more »
  • BRPD: One arrested, stolen NOPD gun used in killing

    June 20, 2013 10:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested one person after a deadly shooting in Baton Rouge overnight which they said involved a gun stolen from New Orleans Police. Lt. Don Kelly said Baton Rouge Police arrested Jermaine Ruffen, 29, on suspicion of shooting and killing Anthony Jerard Jones, 29, and injuring... more »
  • Gun-toting woman wanted for intersection tirade

    June 18, 2013 8:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Deputies are looking for a woman who, it appears, couldn't hold her temper, and made some outlandish remarks at a stop light. A spokesperson for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office said Crystal Renee Price, 25, got out of her car on Greenwell Street at Silverleaf,... more »
  • Senate leader won't weaken gun background checks

    June 13, 2013 1:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he won't accept watered-down background checks as the price for pushing gun control legislation through the Senate. The Nevada Democrat isn't getting into specifics. But gun control advocates have worried that if Democrats are trying to declare victory on the issue, they... more »
  • Lawmakers pass bill protecting ID of gun owners

    June 6, 2013 1:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Journalists, bloggers or anyone else will be prohibited from publicly identifying applicants for concealed handgun permits in Louisiana. A bill that will make it a misdemeanor crime to release the information received final passage Thursday and heads to Gov. Bobby Jindal's desk. The House approved the measure... more »
  • BRPD: Robber chased off by store clerk Play Video

    June 5, 2013 10:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police released photos today of a man they said robbed or tried to rob three convenience stores overnight in Baton Rouge. Lt. Don Kelly said the man had a gun when he robbed three stores around Alvin Dark, Highland Road and Nicholson Avenue, but a clerk... more »
  • Bills preempting federal gun laws stall in Senate

    June 4, 2013 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two far-reaching and controversial House-approved bills that sought to prohibit federal oversight of gun laws in Louisiana have stalled in the Louisiana Senate and won't become law. Promoted as state's rights measures against an increasingly intrusive federal government, the proposals were easily approved in the House despite... more »
  • Disney World patron finds gun on ride

    May 29, 2013 4:01 PM

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - A Walt Disney World patron on a ride with her grandson found a loaded gun on her seat. Officials said Wednesday that the woman found the automatic gun on the Dinosaur ride at Animal Kingdom. The woman gave the loaded gun to a park attendant... more »
  • House rejects change in concealed permit ID bill

    May 28, 2013 5:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The final version of a bill to make it a criminal act for journalists, bloggers or anyone else to publish or release the names or addresses of applicants for concealed handgun permits will be worked out in a legislative compromise committee. The House on Tuesday refused to... more »
  • La. ranks high in gun violence, low in gun safety

    May 24, 2013 11:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A recent national study says Louisiana has the highest rate of gun violence in the nation and the weakest gun safety laws. But state lawmakers are moving to expand the already permissive laws. According to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a nonprofit group that tracks... more »
  • Senate defers gun bill ban on federal oversight

    May 21, 2013 5:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators have delayed a vote on a controversial bill that would prohibit enforcement in Louisiana of any federal bans on assault weapons. Postponement Tuesday came after opponents repeatedly called the measure unconstitutional. Following a barrage of questions about the effort to usurp federal laws and several attempts... more »
  • With high-tech guns, users could disable remotely

    May 21, 2013 11:43 AM

    SAN JOSE, Calif. - A high-tech startup is wading into the gun control debate with a cellphone controller that would allow gun owners to know when their weapon is being moved - and disable it remotely. There's no actual gun yet, but the technology from Yardarm Technologies LLC comes at... more »
  • Lawmaker plans to address exploding targets after News 2 report

    May 16, 2013 10:51 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- A state lawmaker wants to have a discussion about exploding practice targets featured in a recent WBRZ News 2 report. "It's a little bit more than protecting your rights. It's actually something that could potentially be used by someone that's not quite ready to be responsible," said State... more »
  • Huge explosion shakes neighborhood but it's legal Play Video

    May 15, 2013 10:11 PM

    BAYOU SORREL - An explosive combination is causing a scene in Iberville Parish. A product marketed as explosive targets mixes ammonium nitrate and aluminum powder to create targets for firearms practice. Problem is people are using them in large amounts, said Iberville Sheriff's Office Major Johnnie Blanchard. One... more »
  • School put on lockdown after fight, prank call

    May 15, 2013 11:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies said they're investigating a call which claimed there was a gun at an East Baton Rouge school after a fight earlier this morning. Sheriff's department spokesperson Casey Hicks said investigators found no gun at Southeast Middle School, and believe the call was a prank.... more »
  • 14 charged in case of bizarre jail video

    May 10, 2013 2:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Indictments were filed Friday against 14 inmates in connection with videos showing prisoners brazenly using drugs, drinking beer and flashing a loaded gun in the New Orleans jail. The videos, made in June and July 2009, came to light in April during a federal court hearing on... more »
  • Senators back bill blocking federal gun regulation

    May 7, 2013 2:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- It took a Senate panel less than five minutes to approve a bill prohibiting the enforcement of federal laws in Louisiana regarding ownership of semi-automatic weapons. The Senate judiciary committee took a bit longer to approve a separate bill that would criminalize the release and publication of names... more »
  • Shreveport student arrested for bringing gun to school

    May 7, 2013 11:59 AM

    SHREVEPORT - A Shreveport high school student is facing charges after taking a handgun on a school campus. Police tell The Times that the 17-year-old Fair Park High School student was arrested Friday after authorities found a .22 caliber handgun in his backpack. Authorities took the weapon and arrested the... more »
  • Committee considers gun measures at Capitol

    May 7, 2013 10:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Several gun bills are scheduled to be discussed this morning at a Senate Judiciary committee hearing in Baton Rouge. The measures include a proposed lifetime concealed carry permit, a bill defying any future federal ban on semi-automatic weapons, and allowing people with concealed carry permits to... more »
  • Bars in La. could see concealed guns approved

    May 2, 2013 10:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Restaurant owners are watching a bill which is intended to allow people with concealed carry permits to bring their weapons into bars. The House already approved HB 48 by Rep. Henry Burns (R-Haughton), and it is currently scheduled for a Senate Judiciary committee hearing. The... more »
  • La. House backs ban on enforcing federal gun law

    April 23, 2013 5:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has voted to ban enforcement of any federal restrictions on owning semi-automatic weapons. The 67-25 vote Tuesday followed more than an hour of contentious debate. Supporters say the measure is a protection of individual and states' rights. Opponents argue that Louisiana can't choose which... more »
  • Christie proposes measures to curb gun violence

    April 19, 2013 3:39 PM

    TRENTON, N.J. - Gov. Chris Christie has announced a multi-faceted plan to curb gun violence. The proposal calls for expanding government-funded mental health treatment, requiring parental sign-off before minors can buy or rent violent video games and mandating would-be gun owners show government-issued IDs. The New Jersey governor also recommended... more »
  • Obama slams senators who opposed gun measure

    April 17, 2013 4:59 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the Senate's opposition to a bill that would have expanded background checks for gun buyers marks a "shameful day" in Washington. He says a minority of senators decided "it wasn't worth it" to protect the nation's children. Obama spoke in the Rose Garden shortly... more »
  • Pro-gun bills approved by La. House committee Play Video

    April 17, 2013 4:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers are advancing a batch of bills they say are aimed at pre-empting any stricter gun laws that could make it out of Congress. In heated exchanges over five hours of debate, the House Criminal Justice Committee approved Wednesday an array of "state's rights" gun regulations.... more »
  • Senate rejects expanded gun background checks

    April 17, 2013 3:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has rejected a bipartisan effort to expand federal background checks to more firearms buyers in a crucial showdown over gun control. Wednesday's vote was a jarring blow to the drive to curb firearms sparked by December's massacre of children and staff at an elementary school in... more »
  • Student arrested after gun found in Baton Rouge school

    April 15, 2013 2:05 PM

    Baton Rouge- A 15 year-old eighth-grade student at Glen Oaks High School in Baton Rouge is under arrest, after a loaded .22 revolver was found in his sock. Deputies say the school Drug Task Force was alerted after a teacher saw the student put something in his sock. ... more »
  • Gun measures put moderate Senate Dems in bind

    April 12, 2013 4:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's push for tougher gun measures and expanded background checks is putting several moderate Senate Democrats in a bind, forcing them to take sides on a deeply personal issue for rural voters. The Senate is scheduled to begin weeks of discussion over gun control legislation pushed... more »
  • Gun control bill clears first hurdle in Senate

    April 11, 2013 10:42 AM

    WASHINGTON - Gun control supporters have won the first Senate showdown over restricting firearms, rejecting an effort by conservatives to derail a package of gun curbs before debate could even begin. The 68-31 vote gave an initial burst of momentum to efforts by President Barack Obama and lawmakers, mostly Democrats,... more »
  • Dem, GOP senators reach background check deal

    April 10, 2013 10:21 AM

    WASHINGTON - Two pivotal senators have announced a bipartisan deal on expanding background checks to more gun buyers. The agreement could build support for President Barack Obama's drive to curb firearms violence. Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Sen. Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania said their agreement would... more »
  • Biden: Threats to block gun bill 'embarrassing'

    April 9, 2013 2:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden says he refuses to believe a small group of senators will block a vote on gun legislation. The vice president says it would be "embarrassing" if a filibuster would be the climax of a national tragedy like the shooting at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary... more »
  • Conn. governor signs sweeping gun limits into law

    April 4, 2013 12:22 PM

    HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut's governor has signed into law some of the country's tightest gun restrictions in response to December's shooting massacre at a Newtown school. The measure adds more than 100 firearms to the state's assault weapons ban and outlaws the sale of large-capacity ammunition magazines similar to the... more »
  • Some Colo. sheriffs oppose more gun control

    April 3, 2013 10:21 AM

    DENVER - Some Colorado sheriffs are speaking out against any more gun control measures as President Barack Obama visits the state. Sixteen sheriffs, including Larimer County's Justin Smith and John Cooke of Weld County, plan to hold a news conference Wednesday in Denver. They'll gather in a park near where... more »
  • Baton Rouge man convicted for having gun as felon

    March 28, 2013 12:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A 30-year-old man has been convicted in Baton Rouge federal court on a charge that he was a felon in illegal possession of a firearm in May 2009 when two police officers stopped him for a traffic violation. Lonnie Poydras, of Baton Rouge, became a convicted felon... more »
  • Senate panel OKs Dems gun background check bill

    March 12, 2013 10:38 AM

    WASHINGTON - A divided Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday narrowly approved a Democratic bill expanding required federal background checks for nearly all gun purchases, but put off immediate consideration of an assault weapons ban. The panel approved the measure by 10-8, supported by all Democrats and opposed by every Republican.... more »
  • EBRSO: Gun threat actually happened on-campus Play Video

    March 11, 2013 1:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office confirmed a man walked onto McKinley High School's campus after school hours on Friday and threatened two students with a gun. Until noon Monday, the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board told News 2 the incident happened off campus near... more »
  • Teen booked in jail, accused of holding gun to classmate's face

    March 5, 2013 4:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Sheriff's deputies released the booking photo of a 17-year-old charged with holding-up an unloaded .38 caliber handgun to a classmate's face Tuesday. Jesus Morejon and an unidentified 16-year-old were arrested after the incident at Tara High School. Deputies said the 16-year-old bought the gun illegally off the... more »
  • Witness: student held gun to classmate's face

    March 5, 2013 2:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Two students were arrested at a high school Tuesday, accused of having a gun and pointing it at other students. The two tenth graders were arrested at Tara High. Agents from a special school task force said one of the students had the .38 caliber handgun in... more »
  • Committee votes to block gun information

    February 26, 2013 11:28 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. - A Mississippi Senate committee approved a bill that would make it difficult to get information on weapon permits, including concealed carry permits. The bill would exclude the permit information from the state public records act. A court order would be required to obtain the data. A representative... more »
  • Symposium discusses gun violence, mental health

    February 20, 2013 10:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers held a public meeting today in Baton Rouge to discuss links between mental health and recent gun massacres. The goal of the symposium is to find possible solutions to get mental health treatment for those who need it most. The speakers include Congressman Bill... more »
  • Biden says a shotgun will scare off intruders

    February 19, 2013 3:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden says Americans don't need semi-automatic weapons to protect their homes because a couple of blasts from a shotgun will scare off intruders. The vice president encouraged those worried about defending themselves to buy a shotgun. He was speaking Tuesday in an online video as... more »
  • Obama says gun violence killing too many children

    February 15, 2013 5:25 PM

    CHICAGO - President Barack Obama says that every four months, his hometown of Chicago suffers the loss of as many children as were killed in the Connecticut elementary school shooting. Obama says gun violence is taking too many children's lives, not just in mass shootings like the one in Newtown,... more »
  • NFL greats appear in PSA favoring gun law reforms

    February 8, 2013 3:31 PM

    NEW YORK - Emmitt Smith, Deion Sanders and other big-name NFL players appeared in a public service announcement in favor of reforming gun laws. The legends are joined by Michael Irvin, LaDainian Tomlinson and Marshall Faulk in the ad, which is paid for by Mayors Against Illegal Guns. The... more »
  • Gun background checks drop by 10 percent in Jan.

    February 5, 2013 8:44 AM

    WASHINGTON - The number of federal background checks for firearm sales declined unexpectedly last month following a surge toward the end of the year as Washington considered new gun control measures. An Associated Press analysis of new FBI data published early Tuesday shows the National Instant Criminal Background Check system... more »
  • Students help find sawed-off shotgun Play Video

    February 4, 2013 5:22 PM

    PORT ALLEN- A 16-year old student is still in jail after school administrators say he brought a sawed-off shotgun to school Friday. The administration was tipped off by two students who saw the boy with the weapon and the school was put on lock down until it was secured.... more »
  • Three men arrested following long-standing feud Play Video

    January 29, 2013 4:50 PM

    BAYOU PIGEON - Less than 48 hours after he was released from jail, an Iberville Parish man was arrested and accused of breaking into his neighbor's house in Iberville Parish. That neighbor told News 2 it was the 13th time he broke into her home. "For about three... more »
  • La. State Police head in DC gun violence meetings

    January 29, 2013 2:46 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The superintendent of Louisiana State Police is in Washington for meetings on gun violence. Col. Mike Edmonson said Tuesday his itinerary this week included conversations with police chiefs who have had to deal with three mass-shootings: the shootings at a Colorado movie theater where 12 died; the... more »
  • Police push for background checks on gun purchases

    January 29, 2013 7:06 AM

    WASHINGTON - Law enforcement leaders who met with President Barack Obama are urging him to improve the mental health system and strengthen background checks, but did not unify on more controversial gun control measures. Leaders of the Major County Sheriffs' Association said they told the president Monday to focus on... more »
  • Doctor shot, killed at Southern Calif. office

    January 28, 2013 7:21 PM

    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - Police say a doctor has been shot and killed in a doctor's office in a Southern California medical building and a man is in police custody. Newport Beach police spokeswoman Kathy Lowe says police received a report at about 2:45 p.m. Monday of six or seven... more »
  • Bill filed in Miss. seeks to nullify federal laws

    January 25, 2013 6:17 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. - In a state that defied the union during the Civil War and Civil Rights era, two lawmakers want Mississippi to block some current and future federal laws. Republican state Reps. Gary Chism and Jeff Smith have filed a bill to form the Joint Legislative Committee on... more »
  • Biden: Limit on magazine rounds a bigger priority

    January 25, 2013 6:14 AM

    WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden says he's more concerned about limiting the number of rounds in a gun magazine than about banning assault weapons that account for a small percentage of gun deaths. The vice president participated in an online chat Thursday on Google Plus. He says... more »
  • Biden to promote gun control in pro-gun Virginia

    January 23, 2013 3:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden is launching a White House campaign of road trips to promote gun control with a visit to the heart of avidly pro-gun Virginia. The White House announced Wednesday that Biden would travel to Richmond on Friday along with other Obama administration officials and Democratic... more »
  • Fontana, Calif., schools get high-powered rifles

    January 23, 2013 1:03 PM

    FONTANA, Calif. - A Southern California school police force has acquired semiautomatic rifles for officers to bring to campuses under a controversial safety program. Fontana Unified School District police purchased 14 of the Colt 6940 rifles last fall, well before the Connecticut school massacre. The $1,000 rifles were received last... more »
  • Experts back NYC's link of gun laws, lower crime

    January 23, 2013 1:02 PM

    NEW YORK - Mayor Michael Bloomberg is an outspoken advocate for gun control. He touts historic crime lows in New York City as an outcome of strict gun laws that are strictly enforced. And criminologists say for the most part he's right. As proof, they cite the all-time low number... more »
  • Family of toddler who was shot, killed speaks out Play Video

    January 22, 2013 6:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Relatives of a toddler killed last night when a gun accidentally went off spoke to News 2 about the pain it's caused their family. Police arrested Terrance Varise, 18, in connection with the shooting death of his brother, Travin Varise, Monday evening. Investigators said Terrance accidentally... more »
  • Will Obama's order lead to surge in gun research?

    January 17, 2013 3:46 PM

    MILWAUKEE - Researchers say that President Barack Obama's order to encourage use of federal money to study gun violence may help lead to more knowledge about how to prevent firearm injuries and deaths. About 30,000 Americans die from gun violence each year, nearly the same number as from car crashes.... more »
  • Obama calls for research on media in gun violence

    January 16, 2013 4:21 PM

    NEW YORK - The sweeping proposals from President Barack Obama today for curbing gun violence put little of the focus on movies, TV and video games. The White House pressed most forcefully for Congress to pass universal background checks and bans on military-style assault weapons like the ones used in... more »
  • ATF urges background checks in private gun sales

    January 16, 2013 2:29 PM

    WASHINGTON- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is encouraging licensed gun dealers to help private gun sellers run federal background checks. In an open letter to the country's federally licensed gun dealers, the ATF says they can "enhance public safety and assist law enforcement" by facilitating private sales... more »
  • Obama taking 23 actions aimed at gun violence

    January 16, 2013 11:18 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is taking 23 executive actions aimed at curbing gun violence that don't require congressional action, including measures to encourage schools to hire police officers, increase research on gun violence and improve efforts to prosecute gun crime. The executive actions are part of an overarching... more »
  • Bryant: Miss. should resist federal limits on guns

    January 16, 2013 11:09 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said Wednesday that he wants the state to resist any presidential order that might restrict gun rights. Republican Bryant made the call shortly before President Barack Obama issued 23 executive orders designed to curb gun violence. "I am asking that you immediately pass... more »
  • Obama unveils $500 million gun violence package

    January 16, 2013 11:03 AM

    WASHINGTON - Even as he uses his executive powers to enact 23 measures that don't require the approval of Congress, President Barack Obama says there's only so much he can do to reduce gun violence unless lawmakers act. He says that's what it will take to make a "real and... more »
  • White House calls NRA video repugnant, cowardly

    January 16, 2013 10:56 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says a National Rifle Association video referencing President Barack Obama's daughters is "repugnant and cowardly." Obama spokesman Jay Carney says most Americans agree that a president's children should not be used as "pawns in a political fight." Carney was referring to an online video from... more »

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