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March 22, 2013 | 10:43 am

Poll Finds Strong Gun Control Support in California

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California has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation. Asked if they’d like some more, Californians are telling pollsters, “Bring it on.” A narrow majority, 51 percent, said it’s more important to protect people from guns than to protect the rights of gun owners, according to a poll released on Friday by […]

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California Senate OKs Money for Gun-Seizure Program

March 7, 2013 | 2:56 pm

California Senate OKs Money for Gun-Seizure Program

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by Don Thompson, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP)—Legislation approved Thursday by the state Senate would send more money to a program unique to California that seizes guns from people who are prohibited from having them. The bill authorizes $24 million for the state Department of Justice’s Armed and Prohibited Persons program, which is the only […]

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February 27, 2013 | 8:25 am

Slain Santa Cruz Officers Remembered

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Friends and family of two slain Santa Cruz officers offered tributes to them on Wednesday. Officers Elizabeth Butler and Loran “Butch” Baker died Tuesday afternoon after confronting a suspect police identified as Jeremy Goulet, who died in a subsequent shootout. Susan Valot, a freelance reporter for the California Report, remembered Elizabeth Butler from schooldays. Butler […]

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Poll: California Voters Favor Gun, Ammunition Controls

February 26, 2013 | 8:13 am

Poll: California Voters Favor Gun, Ammunition Controls

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By Don Thompson, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California voters overwhelmingly favor additional controls on guns and ammunition, with women far more eager to regulate firearms than men, according to a Field Poll released Tuesday. The survey found that 61 percent of voters say it is more important to control guns and ammunition than […]

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News Pix: Police Escort Oakland Students to Library, Burrowing Owls in Berkeley, Protests Brew Around the Bay

February 22, 2013 | 12:11 pm

News Pix: Police Escort Oakland Students to Library, Burrowing Owls in Berkeley, Protests Brew Around the Bay

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Second and third graders from Oakland’s New Highland Academy marched to the library with a police escort on Thursday, February 21 to protest the gun violence that halted their weekly trips. (Deborah Svoboda/KQED) Jeremy Beasley is a 43-year-old inmate who spent 15 years in California’s highest-security lockup, Pelican Bay State Prison’s Security Housing Unit. At […]

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Oakland Students March to Protest Gun Violence

February 21, 2013 | 7:29 pm

Oakland Students March to Protest Gun Violence

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Elementary school students and teachers from New Highland Academy in Oakland marched to the local library Thursday … with a police escort. They used to take the six-block walk every third Thursday, but gun violence in the neighborhood halted the monthly outings. The group marched wearing signs around their neck that said “Peace. Love. Books.” […]

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February 21, 2013 | 10:53 am

Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and E. Palo Alto Gun Buyback on Saturday

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(Bay City News Service) Three Peninsula cities are preparing for an anonymous gun buyback  in East Palo Alto on Saturday, police said. Police agencies from East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Palo Alto are  sponsoring the gun purchase event, which will take place in the parking lot  of East Palo Alto City Hall between 10 […]

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Former Oakland Gang Member Talks Guns, Race, Retaliation, and Bratton

February 1, 2013 | 3:49 pm

Former Oakland Gang Member Talks Guns, Race, Retaliation, and Bratton

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Oakland is a city with its share of struggles: crime, gun violence, under-performing schools. Kevin Grant is working to change that. He is a former Oakland gang member who now works against youth violence by literally taking to the streets. In his work with Oakland Unite, Grant intervenes in retaliatory violence and works to keep […]

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January 30, 2013 | 8:37 am

Video: Gabrielle Giffords Makes Dramatic Appeal For Gun Control at Senate Hearing

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WASHINGTON (AP) — In a dramatic appeal, wounded former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords urged Congress on Wednesday to enact tougher curbs on guns, saying, “too many children are dying” without them. “The time is now. You must act. Be bold, be courageous, Americans are counting on you,” she told the Senate Judiciary Committee at Congress’ first […]

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Oakland’s Gun Problem: 11 Firearm Crimes a Day

January 28, 2013 | 11:39 am

Oakland’s Gun Problem: 11 Firearm Crimes a Day

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Oakland has a gun problem. In 2012 alone, 2,091 armed robberies and 783 shootings were reported. Shootings accounted for the vast majority of the city’s 131 homicides. Add to that illegal gun possession and other related crimes, and Oakland police recorded an average of 11 gun-related crime reports per day for the year, according to […]

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