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    A Los Angeles City Council candidate posted an image of a handgun on his Facebook page last week while describing a dispute involving local Democratic Party activists, prompting one state lawmaker to call for him to drop out of the race. David Cunningham, who is running against Councilman Curren Price in next year’s election, uploaded the gun image as part of a post in which he accused Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles) of having members of a slate of Democratic Party delegate candidates threaten him and his family. “Guess what sir? We can and will defend ourselves from all enemies, foreign and domestic,” Cunningham wrote in his post. Jones-Sawyer said he did not make, or arrange for, any threats and has contacted the Legislature’s police force about the post. He said the handgun image, now deleted, was a threatening message that could spur others to commit violence — and shows...
    A Maryland man was arrested after investigators said he fired his handgun at security guards outside a Secret Service facility. Peter Watson, a 22-year-old resident of Hyattsville, Maryland, was charged Friday with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The incident occurred Thursday at the gated entry of the Secret Service facility within the National Agricultural Research Center, according to the Justice Department. UNSPECIFIED 'EVENTS' KEEPING GUARD IN DC AS AGENCIES DODGE THREAT QUESTIONS Watson, who was driving a damaged sedan, pulled up to the gate and got out of his car before approaching the security guard in “an aggressive manner,” investigators said. Another guard came to help, but Watson allegedly kept approaching, prompting the guard to deploy pepper spray. After Watson began driving away from the area, another guard and a Secret Service officer came to assist, and the first security guard was...
    Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert boasted that her arsenal of handguns and rifles were 'ready for use,' after displaying them in her Zoom background for a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on Thursday.  The popular 'Room Rater' account on Twitter gave the Colorado Republican a zero out of 10 writing, 'Unsafe gun storage is no laughing matter. Is this Fascist fraulein really the best Colorado's 3rd [congressional district] can do?'  'Who says this is storage?' Boebert retorted. 'These are ready for use.'  Colorado Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert boasted about her rifle and handgun collection that she used as her Zoom backround Thursday during a House Natural Resources Committee hearing  Boebert replied, 'Who says this is storage? These are ready for use,' when the popular Room Rater twitterfeed rated her background a zero saying, ''Unsafe gun storage is no laughing matter. Is this Fascist fraulein really the best Colorado's 3rd [congressional...
    By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter (HealthDay) MONDAY, Feb. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Owning a handgun increases a person's risk of firearm-related suicide more than owning a shotgun, a new study finds. Researchers surveyed surviving loved ones of 121 gun owners who had died by suicide, including 93 who died by a firearm and 28 by other means. The survey respondents were asked about the types and numbers of firearms the person who died had owned. According to the findings, 77% of those who died using a firearm and 61% of those who died by another method owned a handgun, the survey found. Nearly 90% of people who only owned handguns used a firearm in their suicide death, compared to about 82% of those who only owned shotguns. The study, published online Feb. 11 in the journal Archives of Suicide Research, also found that the more firearms a person owned,...
    A man was arrested after allegedly threatening the owner of a Long Island business with a handgun and smashing the front glass of the building. David Tejada, 42, of Rockville Centre, was arrested around 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6, for the incident that occurred in Roosevelt, said Nassau County Police.  According to detectives, Tejada went to Precision Tint & Glass Detail Center, 260 Centennial Ave., where his car was being repaired and banged on the rear garage door to get the attention of the owner.  The owner opened the door and a verbal argument ensued over Tejada’s car repairs not being completed on time. Tejada then withdrew a gun, pointed it at the victim, and threatened him with it, police said. Police said Tejada then walked around to the front of the business and was seen by the victim using the gun to smash the front door glass causing it to shatter.  He then left the scene on...
    The elderly man who fired two rounds at officers from a Sussex County parking garage has been charged with attempted murder, Newton Police said. Edwin Greene, 80, called officers from the parking garage under the Newton Town Centre complex stating that he had a gun and was suicidal around 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 25, police said. A temporary lockdown was put into place when Greene fired two rounds from a .22 caliber handgun and drove away, dodging officers’ attempts to block the area, authorities said. Greene was later found outside Newton Medical Center and subdued with physical force, police said. Greene, of Newton, was charged Wednesday with first-degree criminal attempt of murder, eluding and various weapons offenses, police said. He was taken to Overlook Hospital in Summit for treatment and will be detained once released, authorities said. Greene’s court date has not yet been scheduled. The Sussex County Sheriff’s Department,...
    A Connecticut man has been sentenced to four-and-half years in prison for illegally possessing two firearms. Carlos Barnes, also known as "Buddha," age 29, of New Haven, was sentenced to prison time in addition to three years of supervised release on Thursday, Jan. 21, said John H. Durham, U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut. According to court documents and statements made in court, on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, Hamden Police arrested Barnes after they found him in possession of a Taurus Millennium G2 9mm handgun and a Springfield XD-40 .40 caliber handgun with an obliterated serial number. Prior to October 2019, Barnes was convicted in state court of carrying a pistol without a permit, sale of illegal drugs, and robbery in the first degree.  It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a felony offense to possess a firearm or ammunition that has moved...
    (CNN)The rapper known as DaBaby was arrested in Beverly Hills Thursday for allegedly possessing a loaded and concealed handgun, according to the Beverly Hills Police Department.On Thursday afternoon around 4:30, a security guard at the Gucci store called BHPD regarding "a group of males walking southbound with one male having a handgun in his waistband as seen inside the store," according to a police statement.Police said they made contact with the group after they entered a vehicle and were preparing to leave the area. After an investigation, police said they found a 9mm firearm.The six-time Grammy-nominated rapper, whose real name is Jonathan Kirk, was arrested on suspicion of possessing a loaded and concealed firearm.According to Los Angeles County Sheriff's booking information, Kirk, 29, was released on $35,000 bond. He is expected in court on January 11.Read MoreHe was previously arrested in January 2020 for allegedly attacking a music promoter in...
    WWE star Lacey Evans may be sexy and strong in the ring - but she always shows her softer side when it comes to her little girl, Summer. And for Christmas she was surprised with the perfect gift that combines both fearsome and warm nature - a handgun featuring her daughter's picture. 5WWE star Lacey Evans has revealed her special Christmas gift 5She received a gun that was personalised with a picture of her daughter's face on it View this post on Instagram A post shared by Macey Estrella (@laceyevanswwe) The self-proclaimed 'Lady of WWE' showed off her haul of presents on her Instagram story, including the new personalised weapon. Evans, 30, was apparently given a Ruger handgun with her eight-year-old daughter Summer's smiling face on either side of the handles. While this is not the average gift, Lacey Evans is not your average WWE star. Evans served in the...
    WWE star Lacey Evans may be sexy and strong in the ring - but she shows her soft side as mom to her little girl, Summer. And for Christmas she was surprised with the perfect girl that combines both - a handgun featuring her daughter's picture. 21Evans posted some of her Christmas gifts on her Instagram story including a gun with her daughter's faceCredit: Instagram 21The personalized gun features her daughter's smiling faceCredit: Instagram The self-proclaimed 'Lady of WWE' showed off her haul of gifts on her Instagram story, including the new personalized weapon. Evans, 30, was apparently given a Ruger handgun with her 8-year-old daughter Summer's smiling face on either side of the handles. While this is not the average gift, Lacey Evans is not your average WWE star. 21Evans has been vocal about her love of guns Credit: Instagram Evans served in the US Marines for five...
              Virginians will no longer be able to get concealed handgun permits through online classes after January 1, 2021. A law passed last March by the General Assembly amends Virginia Code § 18.2-308.02 to require in-person firearms training or safety courses. The amendment makes the requirement state, “Completing any in-person firearms training or safety course or class, including an electronic, video, or online course, conducted by a state-certified or National Rifle Association-certified firearms instructor.” Executive Director of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police Dana Schrad told The Virginia Star that the organization had no official position on the change, but she said, “As professionals who have to be certified in the use of firearms, we do see the benefit in in-person [Concealed Carry Weapon] CCW training to prevent fraud and insure participation in a critical training program to enhance firearms safety.” However, Bob...
    SAN MARCOS – A 22-year-old man was arrested for driving a stolen sport-utility vehicle and having methamphetamine on Monday, San Marcos police said. Jacob Anthony Fuentes, of San Marcos, was arrested early Monday morning for driving the stolen vehicle first spotted by officers traveling “recklessly” at around 100 miles per hour. Police say they saw a 2014 Jeep Trailhawk SUV traveling on the east access road of Interstate Highway 35, near Highway 123. According to a statement by the department, the driver “failed to yield, then traveled northbound and on to Linda Drive where he then drove in and out of several apartment complexes.” At the Townwood Apartments, Fuentes exited the vehicle while it was still moving and fled a short distance. Police say the SUV hit another vehicle parked in a parking space at a low speed and caused minor damage to both vehicles. “Fuentes was caught by...
    CHICAGO -- A West Rogers Park man has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly firing shots at a Chicago police officer Saturday on the North Side.Gerardo Jasso, 35, is accused of firing at an officer during a stop in the 6200-block of North Oakley Avenue, according to Chicago police.About 3:15 p.m., officers attempted to speak to Jasso after they saw him in a public way with an open can of alcohol, police said.Jasso allegedly fled on foot and pointed and fired a handgun at an officer who then returned fire, police said. No one was struck, according to police.A handgun was recovered from the scene and Jasso was arrested and charged with one felony count of attempted murder, one felony count of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, one felony count of aggravated unlawful possession of a weapon, one felony count of possession of a controlled substance...
    SAN CLEMENTE (CBSLA) — Authorities need help identifying a man who pointed a gun at a 10-year-old boy walking his dog in San Clemente. A composite sketch was released Friday of a man who police say pointed a handgun at a boy at about 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 21 near Camino Celosia and Camino Silla. The boy had been walking his dog in an isolated greenbelt area when the man passed him. When the boy turned around, the man pointed the gun at him and chased him for a short distance. The suspect was described as a Hispanic man between 30 and 40 years old, 5-foot-9 with a stocky build, a mustache and spiky hair. He wore dark baggy shorts and a washed-out, dark-colored shirt. Anyone with information about the man or the incident can contact Investigator Sanders at (949) 425-1844 or via email at cysanders@ocsd.org.
    An area teen has been arrested for a rash of car burglaries in which a handgun was stolen from an unlocked vehicle on Friday, March 27. The teen was arrested on Monday, Nov. 23 following a lengthy investigation into the thefts which took place in Milford, said the Milford Police. The investigation led to a juvenile arrest warrant being issued for larceny and burglary charges. The juvenile was charged with: Larceny  Conspiracy to commit larceny  Conspiracy to commit burglary  The juvenile was released and given a juvenile court date.
    Police arrested former Miami Dolphins safety Reshad Jones at a Davie, Florida, gas station where he was allegedly carrying a fully-loaded handgun Wednesday. Jones also had “a heavy odor of alcohol,” WPLG reported. Jones, 32, had “the grip of a handgun protruding from his front right pants pocket,” according to police that arrived on the scene at approximately 4:15 a.m. Jones reportedly told police he does not hold a concealed carry permit. Police said Jones “was very difficult with officers and appeared to be on the influence of an unknown substance.” Jones was later release after posting a $1,000 bond, the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reported. The Dolphins released the two-time Pro-Bowler in March after ten seasons. Jones was drafted by the Dolphins in the 5th round of the 2010 NFL Draft, and was the team’s longest-tenured player. He was scheduled to earn $11.5 million in 2020. Other NFL players have been arrested...
    A Virginia groom made a costly mistake when packing his honeymoon carry-on bag, according to the Transportation Security Administration. The man, who remains unidentified, was reportedly arrested on Saturday for having a loaded 9 mm handgun in his carry-on luggage at the Richmond International Airport, the TSA shared in a press release. WOMAN CHARGED FOR ILLEGALLY BOARDING PLANE AT CHICAGO'S O'HARE AIRPORT A TSA officer detected the handgun at a security checkpoint and found that it was loaded with eight bullets and had one in the chamber. The man’s belongings had gone through the checkpoint’s X-ray machine. Airport police were alerted about the firearm and responded to the checkpoint. The handgun was confiscated while the Dinwiddie County man who had packed it was arrested. NOT-SO-'GOODFELLAS' BUSTED IN $6M JFK AIRPORT HEIST The man was originally scheduled to fly to Hawaii with his wife for their honeymoon. He reportedly told officials that...
    SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) — A 21-year-old Santa Rosa man was in custody Monday morning after he allegedly drove through several neighborhoods intoxicated and fired shots randomly from a handgun out of his vehicle’s window, authorities said. Santa Rosa police said Daniel Guerrero-Barragan has been booked into Sonoma County jail on several charges including DUI and illegally discharging a handgun from a vehicle. Investigators said officers responded a report of gunshots in the 500 block of Olive Street at around 7:08 p.m. Saturday. The initial call to dispatch came from nearby residents who heard six to eight gunshots and saw a Ford sport utility vehicle leaving the area. When officers arrived, they located spent shell casings from a handgun in the middle of Olive Street, but did not locate any evidence that the gunfire struck people, vehicles, or residences. Throughout the evening, Santa Rosa police responded to additional reports of...
    JOPPA, Md. (WJZ) — A 46-year-old Aberdeen man was arrested following a road rage incident in the Joppa area on Tuesday afternoon, state police said. Robert Hays Salsbery is being held without bond on a number of charges, including two counts of both first-degree and second-degree assault and firearms use in a felony-violent crime. Robert Hays Salsbery. Credit: Maryland State Police Police said around 3 p.m., a woman in an orange Volkswagen was in the area of U.S. Highway 40 and Joppa Farm Road when she swerved to avoid a pothole and cut Salsbery off. Salsbery then pulled up next to the Volkswagen and pointed a handgun at the woman and her passenger. After the driver called 911, troopers stopped Salsbery in a white Chevrolet Equinox on U.S. Route 40 and Edgewood Road. They reportedly found a Ruger .380 handgun in the vehicle. Salsbery was arrested at the scene. Police...
    A 31 year-old man from Atlantic County has been sentenced to 16 years in state prison for fleeing police with an illegal handgun, authorities said. Jaime Cambrelen of Mays Landing pleaded guilty to first-degree unlawful possession of a handgun on Aug. 20 and was sentenced by Presiding Judge Bernard E. Delury, Jr. on Monday, according to Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner. Cambrelen must serve at least eight years in prison before he is eligible for parole, Tyner said. Atlantic City police officers stopped a vehicle on Oct. 17, 2019, in which Cambrelen was a passenger, Tyner said. Cambrelen ran from the police with an illegal handgun, the prosecutor said. Members of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit later retrieved the handgun and arrested Cambrelen, Tyner said. Assistant Prosecutor Allison L. Eiselen is handling the case.
    A 31 year-old man from Atlantic County has been sentenced to 16 years in state prison for fleeing police with an illegal handgun, authorities said. Jaime Cambrelen of Mays Landing pleaded guilty to first-degree unlawful possession of a handgun on Aug. 20 and was sentenced by Presiding Judge Bernard E. Delury, Jr. on Monday, according to Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner. Cambrelen must serve at least eight years in prison before he is eligible for parole, Tyner said. Atlantic City police officers stopped a vehicle on Oct. 17, 2019, in which Cambrelen was a passenger, Tyner said. Cambrelen ran from the police with an illegal handgun, the prosecutor said. Members of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit later retrieved the handgun and arrested Cambrelen, Tyner said. Assistant Prosecutor Allison L. Eiselen is handling the case.
    A former federal agent who survived a cartel ambush in Mexico in 2011, where his partner died, set a world record by successfully making a 2010 yard handgun shot. Using a 10 mm handgun and standing without the help of a bench or rest, former ICE agent Victor Avila struck a target more than a mile away as part of a series of endeavors to give back to the community. In an exclusive interview with Breitbart Texas, Avila spoke about his record shot and his experiences in Mexico. He also discussed his current race for a city council position in South Lake, Texas. After a lifetime of police work behind the scenes on both sides of the border, Avila, a special agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, first made headlines in February 2011 after he and his partner Special Agent Jaime Zapata were shot numerous times by members of...
    An off-duty Hyattsville, Maryland, police officer has been indicted on charges of assault and brandishing a gun while allegedly arguing with a group of teenagers at a Howard County apartment complex’s pool. Prosecutors claim 29-year-old Mitchell Joseph Lowery, a private first class with the Hyattsville Police Department, was involved in an argument with teens while off-duty at a pool in the 12000 block of Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia on July 13. “It is alleged that during the argument, Lowery brandished a handgun to the teenagers,” prosecutors said in a news release. Hyattsville police were made aware that Lowery was under investigation for assault, and immediately suspended him from duty. Lowery was indicted on Sept. 2 by a Howard County grand jury, on seven counts of first-degree assault and one count of using a handgun during the commission of a crime of violence. The statutory maximum for a first-degree assault...
    A 51-year-old man has been indicted for murder in a shooting outside their home during a family argument over the summer in Westchester.  Jeffrey Hirschorn was indicted and charged with murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon after shooting his sister on Friday, July 3 in Yonkers, Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino Jr. announced on Wednesday, Sept. 9. Hirschorn and his sister, Leslie Hirschorn, 54, lived with their elderly mother on Oakland Avenue in Yonkers, where they were involved in a verbal dispute on the front lawn of their shared home, according to the indictment. Scarpino said that the dispute escalated to violence when Hirschorn took out a handgun and a struggle ensued.  Hirschhorn allegedly pointed the handgun at his sister and fired once, striking her in the neck, resulting in her death. Hirschorn remained at the scene following the shooting and police recovered...
    A former employee at Tarrant County College (TCC) is suing after being fired for leaving his handgun on his desk, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Friday. Joseph Matthews sued the Tarrant County Community College District and Chancellor Eugene Giovannini, according to court documents. Matthews had put the handgun near his office’s desk riser and went to the bathroom, according to the court documents. Another employee went into his office when he was in the bathroom, took a picture of the gun and reported it to the human resources department. The handgun wasn’t in view of his office’s main door. (RELATED: Texas Attorney General Rules Cities And Counties May Not Prohibit Or Restrict Gun Sales) Matthews was put on paid administrative leave and afterwards, Giovannini informed Matthews in a letter that he was fired because of “serious misconduct” and for violating the school district’s policy and “the Concealed Campus Carry Regulations,”...
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) — A man has been sentenced to spend 74 years in prison after being convicted in a series of robberies in Colorado Springs in 2018. Police say 42-year-old Joshua Youngblood robbed nine businesses in the city in eight months. Joshua Youngblood (credit: Colorado Springs Police) The businesses that were robbed included fast food restaurants, grocery stores, a Walgreens pharmacy, and the Staybridge Suites hotel, where Youngblood pointed a handgun at victims and got away with cash and controlled narcotics. Youngblood was arrested on Aug. 18, 2018 and police say he had a handgun and robbery notes in his possession.  
    A man is wanted after allegedly pointing a gun at his victim while driving through a busy intersection and speeding away, police said. A 25-year-old man reported to the Nassau County Police Department that at approximately 8:50 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 13, after parking near the intersection of Newbridge Road and Charles Court in Bellmore a man pointed a handgun at him. Police said that a brown Mercury Mountaineer SUV pulled up behind the man, at which point he looked at the SUV and saw the driver pointing a black handgun at him for several seconds before driving away. The suspect proceeded to drive down Charles Court before making a U-turn and proceeding north on Newbridge Road towards the Southern State Parkway. According to police, the suspect was described as being a white male, approximately 65-years-old. No other descriptive information was provided by investigations. No injuries were reported...
    By Sarah Teague ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Lawyer Albert Watkins on Saturday turned over to police what he said was the handgun that city resident Patricia McCloskey had waved at protesters June 28. Police served a search warrant Friday at the Portland Place home of Mark and Patricia McCloskey and seized the rifle that Mark McCloskey had brandished that evening. The couple made national headlines after they stood in their yard holding a rifle and a handgun and shouted at a crowd of protesters marching through the neighborhood on their way to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson’s house. Watkins said he took possession of the handgun “to maintain the integrity of the defense of Mr. and or Mrs. McCloskey in the event — what I believe to be the highly unlikely event — of any charges being brought.” No charges have been filed against the McCloskeys. St. Louis Circuit Attorney...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Officials in St. Cloud say a 22-year-old man was arrested over the weekend for a robbery earlier this month where he hit the victim with a handgun. The St. Cloud Police Department says the man was arrested early Sunday morning at a home on the 1100 block of 13th Street South. It took the officers executing the search warrant several hours to find the man, as he was hiding in the attic. According to police, the man was wanted in connection with a June 20 robbery where he and another 26-year-old man forced their way into an apartment on the 100 block of 4th Street Northeast. Inside, the 22-year-old man allegedly hit a 51-year-old man with a handgun and robbed him. The victim had been visiting the apartment. Police say that robbery was not random. The 22-year-old man is currently in the Benton County Jail,...
    A couple from St. Louis have been caught on video pointing a rifle and a handgun at passing peaceful protestors who walked by their home. Husband and wife, Mark and Patricia McCloskey who are both personal injury lawyers, could be seen aiming the guns at demonstrators who walked by their palatial property in the wealthy Forest Park neighborhood at around 6pm on Sunday.  At one point, the pair seemed to be unknowingly pointing their weapons at one another other while trying to keep protesters away.  Armed homeowners, Patty and Mark McCluskey, stand in front their house along Portland Place and confront protesters marching to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson's house on Sunday The married couple came out of their house armed on Sunday to prevent protesters from walking onto their property Mark McCluskey could be seen carrying a firearm as protesters entered his neighborhood A couple has...
    SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police are searching for two men who robbed an East Side convenience store late Wednesday night. The robbery occurred around 9:30 p.m. at a Chevron Star Shop in the 100 block of North W.W. White Road, not far from Interstate 10 and East Houston Street. According to police, one of the men walked into the store while the other stayed outside, acting as a lookout. That’s when, police said, one of the men brandished a handgun and began to threaten the store clerk. Police said the man gave the clerk a bag and demanded money, to which the clerk complied. The suspect took the money and fled with the man that was waiting outside, police said. Officers and the Eagle helicopter searched the area for the men, but were unsuccessful. Police did not give a description of the suspects, or getaway vehicle.Read Also: Police seek...
    Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials on Saturday said a Gardena man shot by a deputy this week was armed with an illegal handgun but did not provide details on what prompted the shooting that resulted in the man’s death. Speaking at a late-afternoon news conference, Sheriff Alex Villanueva told reporters that investigators were still gathering evidence and that it was too early to say what exactly led to the shooting of Andres Guardado, 18, who family members said worked as a security guard. He also urged the public not to buy into conspiracy theories spreading on social media. The sheriff promised a thorough investigation and urged the public to “wait until all the facts are known” before making judgments. “It’s sometimes going to be maddeningly slow because today in the 24-hour news cycle, everybody wants information immediately,” Villanueva said. “But you have to remind yourself this happened not even 48...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gun rights advocates are suing to block a Virginia law from taking effect that would ban people from being able to buy more than one handgun a month. The Virginia Citizens Defense League, Gun Owners of America and Gun Owners Foundation are among plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed recently in a circuit court. Dubbed the one-handgun-a-month law, the measure seeks to reinstate legislation that was in effect for nearly two decades before being repealed in 2012, news outlets reported. TOP STORIES Four St. Louis police officers charged with beating undercover colleague Zogby Poll: Trumps gonna win in 2020 Trump team should get a lot of credit for fast coronavirus stimulus: CBO Virginia’s Democrat-controlled General Assembly passed the bill, along with other gun control measures, in April and Gov. Ralph Northam promptly signed it into law. The ban is set to take effect on July...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday passed up several challenges to federal and state gun control laws, over the dissent of two conservative justices. Gun rights advocates had hoped the court would expand the constitutional right to “keep and bear arms” beyond the home. Instead, the justices left in place restrictions on the right to carry weapons in public in Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jersey. They also declined to review Massachusetts’ ban on some semi-automatic firearms and large-capacity ammunition magazines, a California handgun control law and a half-century-old federal law banning interstate handgun sales. Justice Clarence Thomas, joined by Justice Brett Kavanaugh, wrote a dissent in the court’s denial of a New Jersey resident’s appeal seeking the right to carry a gun in public for self-defense. Rather than take on the constitutional issue, Thomas wrote, “the Court simply looks the other way.”
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