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Congress blocks rule barring mentally impaired from guns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress on Wednesday sent President Donald Trump legislation blocking an Obama-era rule designed to keep guns out of the hands of certain mentally disabled people. On a vote of 57-43, the Senate backed the resolution, just one of several early steps by the Republican-led Congress to undo regulations implemented by former President Barack Obama. The House had passed the measure earlier this year. The White House has signaled Trump will sign the legislation. The Obama rule would have prevented an estimated 75,000 people with mental disorders from being able to purchase a firearm. It was crafted...

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You’ll Never Guess How Many Guns the Average Gun Owner Has

We Americans love our guns — and apparently, we love them twice as much as we used to. We first twigged to this trend in 2015, when an astounding story on The Washington Post’s Wonkblog site revealed that the average number of firearms owned by a “typical gun-owning household” had roughly doubled between 1994 and 2013, to 8.1 guns per household. The trend has only gone up since. Gun-toting America How do we know this? A recent Harvard/Northwestern University joint study estimates that America’s 319 million citizens own about 265 million guns today. And although from 1994 to 2016 the...

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Background Check To Buy A Gun

Findings from a new study on recent gun purchases in the U.S. have the potential to reshape the national conversation on gun control. Published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the study by Harvard and Northeastern researchers looked at purchases since 2014 and found the number of Americans obtaining guns without a background check is much lower than the figure long cited in gun control debates. The study found that 22 percent of people who obtained guns in the past two years did so without a background check — that’s nearly half the 40 percent figure from a 1994 federal survey that researchers...

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Carson Wentz Buys Shotguns For Philadelphia Eagles;; CeaseFirePA Sends Gun Locks

After news spread that Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was buying personalized shotguns for his offensive line this Christmas, the players were quickly offered another gift: gun locks. The gun-violence-prevention group CeaseFirePA said it was sending gun locks to the Eagles players who were receiving the shotguns from Wentz. The rookie quarterback, who is a hunter, is buying the offensive line Beretta shotguns, each with the player’s number engraved on the butt of the gun, according to ESPN. And now, the players are also getting locks for their firearms.   Read...

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Washington State Bill Would Allow Guns In Sports Stadiums

Republican legislators in Washington state have introduced a bill that would allow licensed firearms inside sports stadiums. Known for its generally progressive politics, the Washington State Legislature is unlikely to pass the bill ― but it could give ideas to other states, especially red ones that might have a greater chance of passing something similar. If it does become law, the measure would have a major effect on Seattle’s Safeco Field for the Mariners baseball team and the Seahawks’ CenturyLink Field, notes Sports Illustrated. Both facilities are on public land but are privately operated. Major League Baseball and the National Football League...

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