Gun Control

Health
10:41 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Brady Group Sues Over Kansas Law Voiding Federal Gun Rules

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is challenging a Kansas law, titled the “Second Amendment Protection Act,” which exempts all guns manufactured in Kansas that haven’t left the state from federal gun control laws.
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A national gun control group on Wednesday challenged the constitutionality of a Kansas law that nullifies federal gun laws in the state.

In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Kansas City, Kan., The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence alleges the law’s provisions are “unconstitutional on their face under long-standing, fundamental legal principles.”

“Neither the Kansas legislature, nor any state legislature, is empowered to declare federal law ‘invalid,’ or to criminalize the enforcement of federal law,” the complaint asserts.

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Government
6:58 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Kansas City Council Opposes State Attempt To Void Local Animal Control Rules

Kansas City's city council is asking the Legislature not to pass a bill that would restrict local Missouri animal control ordinances.

Supporters say the bill was created to prevent cities from outlawing pit bulls. The proposed state law forbids animal control rules directed at any specific breed.

Pit bulls are not illegal in Kansas City, Mo., but they must be spayed or neutered and the city has a program offering the spaying and neutering at no cost to the owner.

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Up to Date
9:45 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Grandmothers Against Gun Violence

The Cape Cod Grandmothers Against Gun Violence rally in Boston.
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In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School and Washington Navy Yard shootings, many find themselves questioning the use of guns in society. 

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk with a Cape Cod grandma who wants to change the dialogue on gun violence in this country. She joins Steve Kraske to discuss her plan to encourage accountability and responsibility while finding common ground with gun owners. 

Guests:

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Government
9:24 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Handgun Found At Mo. Capitol Stirs Gun Control Debate

There could be an effort next year to change the law allowing Missouri lawmakers and others to carry guns at the State Capitol.

A loaded handgun was found by police in the basement of the Capitol last week. It had been left in a men's bathroom on top of a toilet paper dispenser. Police discovered that it belonged to a staff member of Republican House Speaker Tim Jones, and that the staffer does have a conceal-carry permit. Jacob Hummel, the top Democrat in the Missouri House, says only law enforcement officers should be allowed to carry arms at the State Capitol.

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Government
7:29 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Missouri's 2013 Veto Session Begins Wednesday

The showdown between Missouri's Democratic Governor and the Republican-led General Assembly finally arrives this week, as lawmakers return to Jefferson City for their annual veto session.  Governor Jay Nixon struck down 29 bills this year, with most of the post-veto attention falling on two bills in particular, a controversial tax cut proposal and an even more controversial attempt to nullify federal gun control laws. 

Campaign to prevent House Bill 253 override attempt

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Government
7:09 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Police Departments Oppose '2nd Amendment Preservation Act'

Several police departments and organizations around Missouri are speaking out against a bill that would bar enforcement of federal gun laws if they interfere with a Missourian's Second Amendment rights.

St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch says House Bill 436 would in effect end cooperation between local and federal law enforcement agencies.  He cites a recent traffic stop where his officers apprehended two armed men wanted for different crimes.

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Government
1:51 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Council Votes To Restrict Investments In Firearm Companies

The Kansas City city council is asking city pension fund boards not to invest in companies that manufacture guns – and will request that the Board of Police Commissioners consider the same policy for police retirement funds.

Mayor Sly James told the council that the goal is discussions with firearms companies on letting cities with gun violence problems enact more restrictive gun control laws within their jurisdictions.

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Government
4:38 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Kansas City Council To Consider Slap At Gun Makers

Confiscated handgun ammunition at K.C. Police Headquarters in July 2013.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

If the Kansas City Council agrees, city pension system funds will  not be invested in companies that make guns. 

The resolution passed a Council Committee with one dissenting vote.

The police commission retirement board will be asked to do the same.

The Finance, Governance and Ethics Committee voted to forward the resolution after hearing Mayor Sly James argue it’s  time to send a message to gun manufacturers.

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Government
3:31 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Missouri Gun Control Veto Raises Pro And Con Cries

Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Missouri’s Democratic Governor and the Republican led legislature are again nose-to-nose and toe-to-toe over gun control.

Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed what supporters of the bill call one of the most gun friendly in the country.

Local reaction was swift and heated.

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Central Standard
11:58 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Concealed Carry Changes Soon To Arrive In Kansas, Senate Votes To Defund DMV in Missouri

The constitutional right to bear arms has long been viewed as a critical American principle. But, does this right threaten public safety or allow us to better shield ourselves from random gun violence?  Starting July 1 it will be legal to bring a concealed weapon into all Kansas buildings with a concealed carry permit unless the building provides "adequate security."  In Missouri, state agencies have been under fire for providing concealed carry permit information to federal agents. In response the Senate has voted to defund the DMV.  Are these bills and laws necessary?  Will they really make us safer? And why do some oppose them?


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Government
9:39 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Missouri House Passes Another Bill To Reform Gun Laws

The Missouri House in session on April 30th, 2013.
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The Missouri House has passed another bill that would expand the rights of gun owners and reduce the role of the state Department of Revenue.

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KC Currents
3:38 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Kan. Gun Law Puts Pressure On Local Governments

Prairie Village complex
Monica Sandreczki KCUR

In Kansas, you can carry a concealed weapon anywhere, unless there’s a “no handgun” sign posted at eye-level at the entrance.

Currently, it’s up to local governments whether or not to allow concealed carry in their public buildings. If they don’t want handguns in their buildings, like any business, they have to post that “no handgun” sign.

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Government
9:50 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Kansas Committee Proposes Bill Allowing Concealed Guns In Public Buildings

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A Kansas legislative committee has advanced a bill that would expand the number of public buildings in which concealed weapons are allowed. The measure also eliminates the possibility of being criminally charged if a person accidentally brings a legally carried concealed weapon into a building where concealed carry is forbidden.

Representative Larry Campbell, a Republican from Olathe, proposed the change.

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Government
9:59 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Missouri Senate Moves To Strengthen Right To Bear Arms

machine guns and sawed-off shotguns are attention getters at K.C. Police HQ. The 'streetsweeper\" is a shotgun that fires fully automatic.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

A Missouri Senate Committee has unanimously passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would expand the State Constitution’s right to bear arms. 

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Headlines
10:06 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: December 24, 2012

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Gun shows, Missouri Medicaid expansion & more: Your morning news from KCUR.

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Headlines
9:27 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: December 21, 2012

A array of illegal guns, such as these, have been seized by Kansas City Police. The City Council joins the Mayor seeking tougher gun controls for some weapons.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Thursday morning's snowstorm disrupted flights, schools and power, but by Friday Kansas City is getting back on track. That & more news from KCUR.

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Government
11:56 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Council Joins Mayor On Gun Control Stance

K-47 Assault Rifle
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The Kansas City city council has joined the mayor in calling for tougher gun control laws. One focus is on controlling weapons like AK-47's and AR-15's.

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Government
9:45 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Topic Of Mayors' Letter: Gun Violence

The gun that was used in the Newtown, Conn. shootings.
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Kansas City Mayor Sly James is among the latest to sign a letter being sent the President and Congress. The subject: gun and ammunition control.

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Headlines
6:30 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: December 20, 2012

National Weather Service

The KC metro area experienced its first winter storm. Missouri Senators weighed in on legislation to curb gun violence. Kansas tied for last when it comes to public health preparedness. Those stories & more from KCUR.

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Government
5:06 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

State Legislators In Missouri Discuss Firearms In The Classroom

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback unveiled his new public school funding proposal Wednesday.
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Legislation pre-filed in the Missouri House would allow teachers to carry firearms in their classrooms.

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Government
4:14 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Missouri Senators Disagree About Gun Control

Mo. Senator Roy Blunt has said he does not think stricter gun control laws will help prevent violence.

After the tragedy in Connecticut, many are now looking to Congress and the President to enact legislation that will curb gun violence. But Missouri’s Senators don’t agree on what that response should be.

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Headlines
8:53 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: December 18, 2012

Governor Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon of Missouri
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Governor Jay Nixon says his administration may seek legislation to protect school children. U.S. Senator Roy Blunt says greater gun control is not the answer. Those stories and more from KCUR News.

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Government
4:35 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Blunt Says No To Gun Control, Blames Fed Health Programs

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt lent a hand for charity while most questions posed to him were about gun violence.
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U.S. Senator Roy Blunt says badly administered mental health programs should be fixed as a remedy, rather than blame guns, for violence like the Connecticut school killings.

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Up to Date
10:07 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Is It Time To Talk About Gun Control?

A Bushmaster .223-caliber rifle was Adam Lanza's main weapon in his massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary which left 6 teachers and 20 first graders dead.
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It may be the tipping point: among the issues of discussion after Friday's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut: mental health and gun control.

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