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Chapel Hill takes part in new movement for gun safety

Posted April 16, 2014

— Mayors and moms across the country are joining together to advocate for more gun-violence prevention with the launch Wednesday of a new community group called "Everytown for Gun Safety."

Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt, victims of gun violence, faith leaders and lawmakers gathered in Chapel Hill – one of 10 across the country – to mark the occasion.

Spearheaded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Everytown is a national grassroots effort of more than 1.5 million local leaders, parents, educators, gun owners and everyday people working to make their communities safer. Its goal, the organization says, is to reduce the number of Americans killed daily – the group says 86 – as a result of gun violence.

Bloomberg has pledged $50 million to the group, which plans to mobilize voters to back candidates and ballot measures supporting such causes as enhancing background checks for gun buyers. The group also plans to issue candidate questionnaires and scorecards and form a political action committee.

The National Rifle Association had no immediate comment Wednesday but said it would respond at its annual meeting next week in Indianapolis.

Among those attending Wednesday's kick-off event in Chapel Hill was Giles Rousseau, whose 30-year-old daughter, Lauren, was a teacher among the 26 students and staff killed in the Dec. 14, 2012, massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.


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  • ncprr1 Apr 17, 2014

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    No, the NRA hasn't changed thier lobbying efforts. Rather the left wing media has gone off the deep end, dragging many like yourself, right along with them. The NRA is about gun saftey and protecting our second ammendmant rights...as they always have been.

  • 68_dodge_polara Apr 17, 2014

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    hippaa no longer restricts health information from being available for purposes of back ground checks to purchase firearms.


  • Kenny Dunn Apr 17, 2014
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    All well and good but I still think we need some changes in the country. Especially when it comes to expanding background checks and empowering the mental health system to be involved. HIPAA has put too many restrictions in that area.

    I do have some issues with an unrestricted ability to carry guns in certain places but addressing the background checks seems like a great step to take and one we should move on sooner than later.

  • Kenny Dunn Apr 17, 2014
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    Yes, the NRA does have some good programs and I took advantage as a child. It's the lobbying efforts they do that I have a problem with. They essentially own the GOP when it comes to anything related to guns.

  • REPUBLICAN HANS Apr 17, 2014

    How about they take part in a new move to prevent criminality?

  • 68_dodge_polara Apr 17, 2014

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    I believe your right, the minimum 6 inch rule might only apply to open carry. Which good luck doing that in that town! As far as state laws over riding local laws you right as well. However it has to be challenged in court which means one has to be arrested, charged, then win in court which in such a case one can win but the arrest record never goes away and will haunt them the rest of their life.

  • rmsmith Apr 17, 2014

    Chapel Hill needs to ban bicycles as well afterall, more people are hurt on bikes than weapons

  • nonPC Apr 17, 2014

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    Thats a joke right? Do you really live in fear of being gunned down? You are far more likely to be robbed by knife than by gun...die in a car wreck because someones texting...or have a heart attack...why dont we spend the money on the real killers like driver safety and the obesity epidemic

  • Sgt. Sneaky Apr 17, 2014

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    Can you cite a source on that? Statute or ordinance or something?

    I could be mistaken, but I'm fairly sure that the couple of bills passed by the state legislature over the past few years (HB650 and 937, I think were the numbers) pretty much did away with local laws restricting concealed carry. I know that Cary used to outlaw it altogether, and these state laws nullified that. But I'm not familiar with that law in Chapel Hill or if the most recent laws would have addressed it.

  • saturn5 Apr 17, 2014

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    I imagine it's 6" overall length, not 6" barrel length.