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  1. Massachusetts attorney general bans 'copycat' assault weaponsRead the original story

    Wednesday Jul 20 | WHTC

    Massachusetts will ban the sale of "copycat" assault-style weapons similar to those increasingly used in mass shootings, state Attorney General Maura Healey said on Wednesday. The move takes effect immediately and is part of stepped-up enforcement of Massachusetts' ban on military-style assault weapons, she said in a statement.

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  2. Brady Campaign's ad draws ire of U.S. anti-gun violence activistsRead the original story

    Apr 29, 2016 | WHTC

    The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence said on Friday it has sharply cut back an online ad that had used the names and faces of mass shooters and urged the news media not to identify them after the group drew criticism from other gun control activists. The group, named for former White House spokesman James Brady, who was wounded in 1981 when a gunman tried to assassinate then-President Ronald Reagan, rolled out the "Zero Minutes of Fame" campaign earlier this week.

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  3. Brady Campaign unveils app to scrub mass killers' names from media sitesRead the original story

    Apr 27, 2016 | WHTC

    U.S. anti-gun-violence activists on Wednesday introduced a phone app designed to strip notorious mass shooters' names and photos from news stories, saying that keeping their images out of the public eye could help avert future mass killings. The Brady Campaign said the software, called "Zero Minutes of Fame" is intended to address research that shows gunmen who carried out attacks in recent years at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut; at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater, and at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, had researched and possibly drawn inspiration from prior mass shootings.

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  4. Ex-professor who called Sandy Hook shooting a hoax sues over firingRead the original story

    Apr 26, 2016 | WHTC

    A former Florida college professor who was fired after he suggested the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre was a hoax has sued the school for violation of his right to free speech, his attorney said on Tuesday. James Tracy was dismissed in January by Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, where he had taught since 2002.

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  5. Gunmaker to ask judge to dismiss lawsuit over 2012...Read the original story

    Feb 22, 2016 | WHTC

    The maker of the gun used in the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School is expected to ask a Connecticut judge on Monday to toss a lawsuit filed against it by the families of nine of the people who died in the attack, according to court filings. The lawsuit, filed in December 2014 and seeking unspecified financial damages, said the AR-15 assault weapon used in the attack that killed 20 young children and six educators in Newtown, Connecticut, should never have been sold because it had no reasonable civilian purpose.

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  6. Florida university ousts professor who called U.S....Read the original story

    Jan 6, 2016 | WHTC

    Florida Atlantic University has dismissed a professor who said massacres at a Connecticut elementary school and a county office building in San Bernardino, California, were staged, the university said. Media professor James Tracy's last day at the university in Boca Raton will be Friday, the school said in a statement after alerting him of the decision in a letter on Tuesday.

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  7. Obama to meet attorney general to curb U.S. gun vi...Read the original story

    Jan 1, 2016 | WHTC

    President Barack Obama said on Friday he would meet with U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Monday to discuss ways of reducing gun violence in the United States amid reports he intends to take executive action on the issue. Obama, in his weekly recorded address, said he has received "too many letters from parents, and teachers, and kids, to sit around and do nothing."

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  8. Obama may expand background checks on gun sales: n...Read the original story

    May 31, 2015 | WHTC

    U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to announce executive action expanding background checks on gun sales, media outlets reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with White House proposals and planning. The changes, which could come as soon as next week, would include requiring more small-scale gun sellers to be licensed and to conduct a background check whenever selling a weapon, Politico reported.

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  9. U.S. appeals court upholds core of N.Y., Connectic...Read the original story

    Oct 19, 2015 | WHTC

    A federal appeals court on Monday upheld the core provisions of two gun control laws passed in New York and Connecticut after the 2012 mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School that banned possession of semiautomatic assault weapons. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York upheld the bans on semiautomatic weapons and large-capacity magazines, but struck down a New York provision regulating load limits and a Connecticut prohibition on the non-semiautomatic Remington 7615.

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