Thursday, April 18, 2013
The U.S. Senate voted down a measure that would require tougher background checks for those who purchase guns. We’d like to get your take on the issue!
President Barack Obama called the U.S. Senate’s April 17 vote denying stricter background checks for gun purchases “shameful.” The proposed law was shot down 54 to 46 with some Democrats joining Republicans in rejecting the measure, which was hoped to curb gun violence like that witnessed in the Newtown, Conn., massacre last year, according to the Huffington Post. The number of votes was less than the 60 needed to break a filibuster. If approved, the measure would have extended the country’s background check system to include gun shows and Internet purchases of weapons. The failure of the measure likely signals defeat for any other major legislation meant to clamp down on gun violence, the Post says. Other measures that “appear headed for …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Manatee County Sheriff's Office will host a gun buyback event Saturday in Bradenton.
Bradenton residents can turn in their guns for cash at the Manatee County Sheriff's Office on Saturday—no questions asked. The sheriff's office will host a gun buyback event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, March 9 at the Crime Prevention unit, 600 U.S. 301 Blvd. W., Bradenton. The sheriff's office will pay $50 for handguns, $100 dollars for rifles and shotguns and $150 for assault type weapons.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Should there be more controls on gun ownership? We asked Bradenton residents. Feel free to leave your comments below.
As people across the country talk about tightening gun control legislation in the aftermath of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., we asked local residents to share their thoughts: Here’s what a Bradenton Patch Facebook fan had to say: Does anyone see a connection between attempting to remove God and freedom from our lives with the incidence of nut cases rampaging with weapons? Instead of shouting about guns and the legality of such how about trying to find the reason the insane folks who perpetrate Newtown,CT type massacres are running free and are able to commit such deeds. Only one who is totally insane could kill children. SOMEONE had to realize this kid wasn't right in the head..... – David Reese What do …
In light of the Newtown, Conn., shootings major retailers across the county are pulling certain assault weapons from their shelves. The National Rifle Association has even issued a statement that it’s ready to make “meaningful contributions.”
As the cry for tighter gun control laws sounds louder throughout America and right here in Tampa Bay, major retailers are reacting. Walmart has announced plans to stop selling the Bushmaster Patrolman's Carbine M4A3 Rifle through its online store. That particular assault rifle is in the same family of guns as the one Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old shooter in the Newtown massacre, reportedly used in the massacre, the Huffington Post reports. Dick’s Sporting Goods, which has a number of Tampa Bay area locations, has also announced a shift in its stocking preferences. That store has suspended the sale of some semi-automatic weapons from all stores in the chain. In a statement, the store said it ordered the move out of respect for the victims …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Florida is poised to become the first state to have issued 1 million concealed gun permits. Why?
As Florida is poised to become the first state to have issued 1 million concealed firearm permits, Patch wants to know: Why are there so many guns here, and is there such a thing as too many guns? Florida had issued more than 993,000 active permits as of Nov. 30, Bloomberg.com reports. Adam Putman, Florida’s commissioner of agriculture and consumer affairs, said at a news conference Wednesday that the state will pass the 1 million mark next week. “Floridians have a great respect and appreciation for their Second Amendment rights,” Putnam said. The news comes just days after a shooting spree at an Oregon mall left two people dead, as well as a murder-suicide by an NFL player, which prompted some high profile calls from the media for gun …