guns http://kut.org en Texas Group Part Of $50 Million Bloomberg Gun Regulation Effort http://kut.org/post/texas-group-part-50-million-bloomberg-gun-regulation-effort <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced that he is bringing his existing gun-regulation groups under one umbrella organization </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">to widen each group's reach.</span><p>Bloomberg has provided $50 million to establish Every Town Demands Action, a nationwide effort to advocate for gun control. One of those groups is <a href="https://momsdemandaction.org/" target="_blank">Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America</a>. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:11:02 +0000 Ryan Poppe 10239 at http://kut.org Texas Group Part Of $50 Million Bloomberg Gun Regulation Effort Activists Plan to Carry Guns on Sixth Street During SXSW Wednesday http://kut.org/post/activists-plan-carry-guns-sixth-street-during-sxsw-wednesday <p><strong>Update</strong>:&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">About forty gun activists marched from the Capital and down Sixth Street today, many openly carrying black powder revolvers and rifles strapped across their backs. The rally occurred right in the middle of the South by Southwest festival.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“We’re trying to get open carry of hand guns passed," says Chris Way from Fort Hood. That’s be a lot easier than carrying an AR-15 over the street. Really all it is, is we don’t want the government in our lives and we don’t want telling me how to protect my family and my little one.”&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:18:50 +0000 Nathan Bernier 9950 at http://kut.org Activists Plan to Carry Guns on Sixth Street During SXSW Wednesday Facebook Moves To Restrict Posts About Gun Sales http://kut.org/post/facebook-restrict-posts-about-private-gun-sales <em>This post was updated at 10:30 a.m. ET on March 6.</em><p>Facebook said Wednesday that it will limit minors' access to pages and posts that offer firearms for sale, along with other measures intended to curtail illegal gun trafficking.<p>"This is something we've been working on for a while," says Facebook spokesman Matt Steinfeld. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 10:38:53 +0000 9900 at http://kut.org Facebook Moves To Restrict Posts About Gun Sales How Would You React In A Shooting? Have A Plan, Experts Say http://kut.org/post/how-would-you-react-shooting-have-plan-experts-say The annual number of mass murders and attempted mass murders in the U.S. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 12:56:29 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 9508 at http://kut.org How Would You React In A Shooting? Have A Plan, Experts Say Travis County Commissioners Decline to Renew Gun Show Contract (Update) http://kut.org/post/travis-county-commissioners-decline-renew-gun-show-contract-update <p><strong>Update</strong>:<strong> </strong>Travis County Commissioners effectively ended their contract with Saxet Gun Show today by refusing to renew their contract to operate at the Travis County Expo Center.</p><p>The majority of commissioners <span style="color:#1f497d">declined</span> to renew the contract after the promoter refused to allow background checks for all purchases, not just purchases from federally licensed vendors, which already require checks. The term would have closed the so-called gun show "loophole," says Judge Sam Biscoe.<span style="color:#1f497d"> He estimates 10 percent of purchases at Saxet shows are done without background checks.</span></p><div class="yj6qo ajU"><div class="ajR" data-tooltip="Hide expanded content" id=":l8" role="button" tabindex="0"><img class="ajT" src="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/images/cleardot.gif" /></div></div><p>"So far we have been unwilling to give them a new contract without background checks as a term,” Biscoe tells KUT. “So as long as they insist on not doing background checks on this 10 percent, unless we change our minds, they’re still without a contract.”</p><p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 21:47:05 +0000 Nathan Bernier 9494 at http://kut.org Travis County Commissioners Decline to Renew Gun Show Contract (Update) How Do Texas Republicans' Gun Policies Compare with Public Opinion? http://kut.org/post/how-do-texas-republicans-gun-policies-compare-public-opinion <p>Several races in the 2014 GOP primary appear promising for advocates of expanding gun rights in Texas.</p><p>Top Republican candidates are making sure primary voters know they’re opposed to any gun control efforts at the federal level&nbsp;– with some even proposing ways to loosen current Texas law.</p><p>Attorney General <a href="http://www.gregabbott.com/">Greg Abbott</a> has included a couple of gun-related proposals as part of a major policy paper released by his gubernatorial campaign. As spelled out in his “<a href="http://townhall254.gregabbott.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/GregAbbottsWethePeoplePlanFINAL.pdf">We the People</a>” plan, Abbott would allow Texans to openly carry handguns and allow guns to be brought on college campuses.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/120728564&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 17:48:36 +0000 Ben Philpott 9206 at http://kut.org How Do Texas Republicans' Gun Policies Compare with Public Opinion? Attack At The Navy Yard: Gunman And 12 Victims Killed http://kut.org/post/attack-navy-yard-latest-shootings-dc <em>(We're constantly updating the top of this post and <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/09/16/223023740/developing-shooting-at-u-s-navy-yard-in-washington-d-c/#0001" target="_self">adding to it below as well</a>.)</em><p>The nation's capital went on high alert Monday after a shooting attack at the city's U.S. Navy Yard left at least 12 victims and one gunman dead and injured 8 others.<p>Police said one suspected shooter was dead at the scene. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 21:58:37 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 8704 at http://kut.org Attack At The Navy Yard: Gunman And 12 Victims Killed Video: U.S. Rep Steve Stockman Aims to Give You an AR-15 http://kut.org/post/video-us-rep-steve-stockman-aims-give-you-ar-15 <p>Texas Congressman Steve Stockman&nbsp;wants to give you an assault rifle.&nbsp;</p><p>Stockman has launched an&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">email and social media&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">campaign to promote his giveaway of a free AR-15, promoting it as a chance to "win the gun that Obama's trying to ban" by <a href="http://stockman2014.com/ar-15-entry">visiting his website </a>and entering a free contest. Watch Rep. Stockman's video below.</span></p><p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 21:44:13 +0000 Hardt Stevens 8246 at http://kut.org Video: U.S. Rep Steve Stockman Aims to Give You an AR-15 APD: Guns Used in a Quarter of Violent Crimes http://kut.org/post/apd-guns-used-quarter-violent-crimes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guns were used in nearly a quarter of violent crimes and disorderly conduct cases in Austin from 2010 to 2012, according to <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/708868-apd-analysis-of-gun-violence-in-austin.html">an analysis by Austin police.</a>&nbsp;</span></p><p>Crimes most likely to involve the use of a gun were <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/708868-apd-analysis-of-gun-violence-in-austin.html#document/p5">murders and robberies</a>. About 40 percent of murders and 38 percent of robberies involved firearms. More than 17 percent of aggravated assault cases involved the use of guns. Firearms were used in almost three percent of the 675 rape cases reported from 2010 to 2012.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 22:48:50 +0000 Nathan Bernier 7995 at http://kut.org APD: Guns Used in a Quarter of Violent Crimes 83rd Lege's Regular Session: What Happened, What Didn't http://kut.org/post/83rd-leges-regular-session-what-happened-what-didnt <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; box-sizing: border-box; ">It's been a whirlwind of an end to the 83rd Legislature's regular session, and with Monday's announcement of a special session, lawmakers aren't done.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; box-sizing: border-box; ">Here's a look at the deals reached and the measures that fell short during the 140 days of the regular session</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-famil Tue, 28 May 2013 15:54:37 +0000 Texas Tribune Staff 7904 at http://kut.org 83rd Lege's Regular Session: What Happened, What Didn't After 100,000+ Downloads, Group With 3-D Gun Plans Goes Dark http://kut.org/post/after-100000-downloads-group-3-d-gun-plans-goes-dark Minutes ago, just as we were <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2013/05/08/3d-printed-guns-blueprints-downloaded-100000-times-in-two-days-with-some-help-from-kim-dotcom/" target="_blank">reading a <em>Forbes</em> story</a> headlined "3D-Printed Gun's Blueprints Downloaded 100,000 Times In Two Days," this message <a href="https://twitter.com/DefDist/status/332552113014063104" target="_blank">appeared on the Twitter page</a> of the group that has made those plans available to the world:<p><blockquote><p>"#DEFCAD has gone dark at the request of the Department of Defense Trade Cont Thu, 09 May 2013 18:27:36 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 7685 at http://kut.org After 100,000+ Downloads, Group With 3-D Gun Plans Goes Dark Interview: U.T. Law Student Fires First 3D-Printed Gun http://kut.org/post/interview-ut-law-student-fires-first-3d-printed-gun <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A University of Texas law student has become the first person to fire a bullet from a gun made with a 3D printer. Forbes reporter Andy Greenberg<a href="http://youtu.be/k_wfF9pZZlo">&nbsp;recorded a video of the test shooting</a>,&nbsp;then <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2013/05/05/meet-the-liberator-test-firing-the-worlds-first-fully-3d-printed-gun/">wrote about it.&nbsp;</a></span></p><p>Wilson says he did it partly to make a political point about gun control.</p><p>“Especially at a time when all these actors on the Hill are pretending that we can control firearms and we can better regulate them. I’m seeing a future, a vision of the future where that’s not really possible," he told KUT News.&nbsp;</p><p>Listen to our interview with Wilson by clicking the player above.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 06 May 2013 21:57:10 +0000 Nathan Bernier 7637 at http://kut.org Interview: U.T. Law Student Fires First 3D-Printed Gun Gun Made With 3-D Printer Is Successfully Fired http://kut.org/post/gun-made-3-d-printer-successfully-fired <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wym1LF3mmYo</p> Mon, 06 May 2013 18:14:55 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 7633 at http://kut.org Gun Made With 3-D Printer Is Successfully Fired Computerized Rifle Makes Anyone an Expert Marksman - Should It? http://kut.org/post/computerized-rifle-makes-anyone-expert-marksman-should-it <p></p><p>An Austin-based company, <a href="http://tracking-point.com">TrackingPoint</a>, has developed a high-powered, long-range computerized rifle that can turn anyone into an expert marksman. But some wonder whether putting that technology in the hands of everyday people is a wise idea.&nbsp;</p><p>At shooting range just outside of Austin, I’m holding one of TrackingPoint’s top-of-the-line, $22,000 rifles. I have some shooting experience. But I’ve never shot a big rifle before. Three company representatives walk me through it.</p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Mark Dewey 7546 at http://kut.org Computerized Rifle Makes Anyone an Expert Marksman - Should It? APD Chief Disappointed by U.S. Senate Gun Vote http://kut.org/post/apd-chief-disappointed-us-senate-gun-vote <p>The Austin police chief says he’s disappointed by the U.S. Senate’s <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/04/17/177638177/senate-rejects-expanded-background-checks-for-gun-sales">failure to approve</a> a new gun control measure.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The legislation would have required federal background checks for all gun purchases, including those at gun shows and online.</span></p><p>Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo sees the votes against Senate passage as defying what most citizens support.</p><p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 10:12:00 +0000 Bobby Blanchard & Trey Shaar 7405 at http://kut.org APD Chief Disappointed by U.S. Senate Gun Vote