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Gabrielle Giffords / Tucson shooting prompts more gun control law in New York. Is New Jersey next?

I try to stay out of national issues on this blog, but you can’t ignore the Giffords / Tucson shooting and its potential impact on the already insane laws of New Jersey.  While there are no state politicians making any statements as far as I can tell, I figured I’d round up some of the news articles that discuss the issue from across the country.

Long Island congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, who went into politics after her husband was killed by a crazed gunman, says she’s going to kick off that debate as early as today by introducing new legislation to keep these weapons out of the hands of the deranged.  Story is at:

Rep. Peter King said Tuesday he plans to introduce a new gun safety bill in Congress in the wake of the mass shooting in Arizona that killed six people and wounded 14 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz.  King said his bill would make it illegal to knowingly carry a gun within a thousand feet of “certain high-profile” government officials.  Story is at:

Gun control advocates say the immediacy of the Tucson shootings is key to pushing legislation now, before public outrage fades.  “The NRA is doing what it always does, they want people to not talk about the issue, they want to delay until the collective state of excitement over the issue has gone down,” said Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.

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Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) on Tuesday called for tougher federal gun laws, including banning large ammunition clips and federal regulations on concealed weapons permits, in the wake of the shooting rampage in Tucson that killed six and left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) gravely wounded.

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The number of Americans who favor stricter gun laws has spiked significantly in the wake of the weekend shooting spree that killed six and left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) in critical condition, reversing a long-running trend of declining support for more stringent gun control, according to a new CBS poll.

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Fears of potential legislation that would limit the size of handgun clips in the wake of this weekend’s mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona, have led many gun owners to flock to gun shops to stockpile high-capacity magazines.
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“The only reason to have 33 bullets loaded in a handgun is to kill a lot of people very quickly,” Lautenberg said Monday in a statement announcing the bill. “Before 2004, these ammunition clips were banned, and they must be banned again.”

A Hoyer spokesman was more certain that lawmakers would take a look at gun reform options, but offered no specifics about what those reforms might look like — or if they stand a chance of passing a GOP-led House.

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Couric: There are also laws that allow you to take concealed or non-concealed weapons and carry them with you at all times. Is that correct?

Dupnik: That is absolutely correct. That’s the height of insanity. I don’t know what else they can do. Maybe they could pass a law that would require that every child have an Uzi in their crib.

Yet for a number of the gun owners who wandered among the hundreds of displays of shotguns, handguns and ammunition at the South Towne Expo Center on Sunday, there potentially was another tragedy lurking in the background.  It centered on the fear the shooting could spark a new wave of gun control legislation that could threaten to undermine the right to keep and bear firearms.

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