Heartland Health Monitor
10:38 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Mission Hills Lawmaker Sees Gun Background Checks As Health Issue

Rep. Barbara Bollier, a Mission Hills Republican, wants to expand background checks for gun sales.
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A former physician now in the Kansas Legislature says she will promote a bill expanding background checks for gun sales because she believes gunshot wounds are a public health issue.

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7:57 am
Wed August 20, 2014

School Districts Arming Teachers In Rural Missouri

A dozen school districts in Missouri, including tiny Climax Springs in the Ozarks, are training teachers and arming them for the start of school.
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As the school year begins we're hearing a lot about accreditation, Common Core and teacher tenure. All important, but the issue that may worry educators the most is security. School officials spend a lot of time thinking about it and a huge amount of money trying to improve it.

Right now, about a third of all states allow teachers or staff with a conceal and carry permit to pack a gun in school as long as they have permission from the school board. Nowhere in America right now is the issue of armed teachers more complicated than in Missouri.

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Heartland Health Monitor
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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8:17 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Kansas Statehouse Visitors Can Now Carry Hidden Firearms

Visitors with a concealed carry permit can now bring handguns into the Kansas Statehouse.

The change took effect this week, and Statehouse security officers have a process in place to determine who's carrying in the Capitol. Visitors with a firearm will need to provide their concealed carry permit and a photo ID.

Kansas Capitol Police Officer Stephen Crumpler says staff will screen the person for other weapons and use a system to double-check that the concealed carry permit is valid.

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Up to Date
1:44 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Using Science To Stop Violence

Dr. Gary Slutkin is the founder of Cure Violence.

An expert on the epidemic of gun violence that has gripped Kansas City and cities across the country for decades, says the issue has been "completely misunderstood."

In the second part of Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk with him about his method of viewing violence as an epidemic, a condition that can be reversed using "science-based methods."


  • Dr. Gary Slutkin, epidemiologist and founder/executive director of Cure Violence
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Missouri Statehouse
8:17 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Missouri Senate Strips Gun Theft Reporting Amendment From Nullification Bill

Mo. Capitol
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Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 10:03 am

The Missouri Senate has stripped an amendment from the gun-control nullification bill that would have required an individual to report a stolen gun within 72 hours.

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6:26 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Tell KCUR: Have You Applied For A Concealed Carry Permit?

Follow Tell KCUR responses with the #TellKCUR hashtag on Twitter.
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Record numbers of people have applied for concealed carry handgun permits in Kansas.

More than 24,000 applied in 2013, exceeding the previous year’s applications by 50 percent.

We want to know if you were part of that number.

Tell KCUR: Did you apply for a permit to carry a concealed gun in 2013? Why or Why not?

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Cops & Crime
4:45 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Overland Park Police At Loss To Define Shooting Violence

Overland Park, Kan. police say they can make no connection between Monday night’s gun assault on a house in the ten thousand block of Kessler and other violent crimes this summer.  

A wounded 8-year-old boy, shot in the shoulder, is recovering.

His mother and two younger children in the house were unharmed.

As many as ten shots were fired into the house and police are unable to find a credible witness to identify the shooter or shooters. A dark colored sedan was seen speeding away.

The city had its first two homicides of the year in July and September.

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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun August 25, 2013

Preschoolers & Gunplay: What's Normal?

On Monday's Up to Date, we explore how much gunplay is normal for children.
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Playing cops and robbers is just part of normal childhood, right? Should we be more concerned about what children learn through these games?

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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.
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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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9:47 am
Fri July 12, 2013

KC Council Will Wait On Traffic Lights

A city council committee set a hot button issue aside to cool for another week. The debate is over the city turning off 37 traffic lights in east-central Kansas City which by federal standards are no longer needed.

Traffic light changes stopped for one week

Some area residents did not agree with the city manager that four-way stop signs would be safer at intersections that were near schools. And a resolution to turn 23 of the 37 back on was introduced.

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9:13 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Missouri House Passes Bill Allowing Guns In Parked Cars On Business Property

The Missouri House has passed yet another bill that expands the rights of gun owners, less than 24 hours after passing legislation aimed at blocking the federal government from enforcing federal gun laws in the Show-Me State.

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4:00 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Proposed Legislation Would Require Gun Owning Parents To Notify Schools

Legislation filed in the Missouri Senate would require parents to notify their kids’ schools if they are gun owners.

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10:06 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: December 24, 2012

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

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Research News
5:08 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Bigger, Taller, Stronger: Guns Change What You See

Survey participants in a UCLA study were asked to look at pictures of a hand holding different items and guess how tall, how big and how muscular the person connected to that hand actually was.
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A new study out of UCLA suggests that when people wield a gun, they don't just feel bigger and stronger — it makes others think they are bigger and stronger.

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