BREAKING: Possible Gunman Spotted on the Campus of Kean University [Update]

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There are reports of an armed person on the campus of Kean University in Union, New Jersey. Details are spare, but Runnin' Scared is gathering gathered all the information out there as the story develops.

Update, 11:50 a.m.: The campus has gotten the all-clear and ended the lockdown.

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Mayor Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly Announce the Largest Gun Bust in New York City History

Half of the guns that were seized.
The mayor and his righthand man, NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly, have announced the details of the largest gun bust in the history of the city. Over 250 guns were seized, totaling nearly $160,000 in illegal merchandise entering the city from North and South Carolina.

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Two Recent Police Academy Grads Shoot and Kill a 14-Year-Old in the Bronx

Categories: Bronx, Guns

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Early Sunday morning two police officers, both of whom completed their training just last month, shot and killed a 14-year-old boy in south Bronx. The killing is a direct result of the Operation Impact, Commissioner Ray Kelly's policy of deploying the department's greenest members to the most crime-ridden parts of the city.

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This Dude Wants to Hand Out Free Shotguns to New Yorkers

When it comes to guns, New Yorkers know a thing or two. In August, people traded in 509 guns at a gun buyback program in Queens for cold hard cash; in September, monetary prizes were handed out in exchange for 85 guns in total over in Bushwick. This was followed a few months later with the signing of Governor Cuomo's gun control bill, as New York became the first state to actually do something about guns in a post-Newtown America.

And then we found out about this guy.

Kyle Coplen is the founder of the Armed Citizen Project. The mission of the organization is in its name: Coplen's group believes that the hoi polloi should be just as strapped as the police. By doing so, he argues that crime will slowly dissipate since, well, everyone will both figuratively and literally have a gun to their heads.

Coplen believes that the residents of New York City, under the anti-gun oversight of Bloomberg, Kelly and Cuomo, need guns in their hands more than ever. His plan? To give out free shotguns and training to learn how to use said shotgun to whoever wants one.

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Bloomberg's Gun Control Group Undeterred by Congressional Inaction

With Rep. Gabrielle Gifford alongside him, President Obama called it a "pretty shameful day for Washington." Nearly five months after the massacre at Sandy Hook, the gun control package making its way through Congress shut down in the Senate yesterday. Democratic politicians were unable to muster the 60 votes necessary to push forward provisions that would require universal background checks for all gun users. It was a defeat for the Obama administration and a heavily paid victory for the NRA.

Enter Bloomberg.

In recent weeks, the mayor of New York City has posited himself as the anti-NRA figure, the head of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns with enough financial firepower to pressure senators into voting for the reform bill. That bill's death proves to be a setback for Hizzoner's group but it doesn't look like the mayor and his colleagues are giving up anytime soon.

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Democrats Worried About Other Democrats With Bloomberg's $12M Ad Blitz

Yesterday, we reported on Mayor Bloomberg's announcement to spend $12 million on a campaign set forth by the Mayors Against Illegal Guns to counter the NRA in battleground states. The move is the largest yet from Hizzoner to translate ideology into action on the topic of gun control and, in effect, will provide enough monetary fodder to keep up with the notorious Second Amendment group.

But this is probably the last reaction the mayor expected to see.

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Mayor Bloomberg Pours Wealth Into Chicago Race; No One's Really Sure How To React

This Tuesday, there will be a Democratic primary for a Congressional seat left open by the resignation of Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. The race will be the first major election since Newtown so guns are at the center of this one. Several left-leaning Democrats are vying for the chair and all of them have one thing in common: they support gun control in a city known for its gun violence.

Except one candidate has defected, catching the eye of none other than Mayor Bloomberg.

Former Rep. Debbie Halverson is running on a gun rights platform, much to the support of the NRA and the rural districts outside of the Illinois hub. As a result, Independence USA, the Mayor's quote-on-quote SuperPAC, is inserting bucket loads of cash ($2.2 million, to be exact) into anti-Halverson ads, spotlighting the woman for her position. The huge move comes after a November season where the Mayor was busy meddling in Congressional races concerning gun control and same-sex marriage across the country.

Like most New Yorkers, the political scene in Chicago is at a loss of words regarding the sheer personal wealth of the Hizzoner. The NRA has chosen to remain silent in the face of the new ads while a spokesperson for the Halverson campaign commented, "We're just not going to let a guy from N.Y. dictate what's going to happen in this election."

But a message from the Illinois State Rifle Association pretty much sums up this story: "Bloomberg is coming to your state. Be ready."


Even A Blizzard Didn't Stop A Ton Of Violence From Happening This Weekend

Nemo was able to shut down power, the Long Island Expressway and most of the news over the weekend. But, somehow, it apparently couldn't prevent the unfortunate plague of crime in New York City.

The first shooting victim came Friday night during the apex of the snowstorm. At a baby shower up on East 165th Street, a 20-year-old man was fatally shot just after midnight as the blizzard began to weather down on the City. Also, the man's cousin was shot but is currently in critical condition. There's video surveillance that shows the attackers but the police told the New York Post that no one has been charged yet with the shootings.

The violence continued into Saturday night.

At around 8:50pm, a 19-year-old man was found with two fatal gun wounds in his back at a bodega in Brooklyn. Once again, the cops are still unsure what happened while no arrests have been made. And then three hours later, a 54-year-old man was found dead at a motel in Elmhurst. The officials on the scene determined it was homicide and could be the result of a strangling.

And we haven't even mentioned the other shootings that went down this weekend yet.

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The New York Times's Gun Owner Database Access Gets Shut Down In Appellate Court

As we said the last time this happened, we're still a bit afraid that this would become a "thing."

Remember, at the end of December, when the Journal News published the names and addresses of gun owners outside the City? And then that angry blogger posted the Journal News' staff names and addresses online in response? And then Gawker editor-in-chief John Cook of Gawker followed suit with a list of all the gun owners in the City?

Well, looks like the New York Times crew tried to jump on board of this ultra-transparency bandwagon. Except they didn't have as much luck.

Yesterday, a state appellate court struck down the media company's attempt to access the names and addresses of New York City's gun permit holders and hate crime victims. In 2010, before this gun control debate really took off, the Times tried to get a hold of the data through a Freedom of Information request to the NYPD. A year later, a state court upheld the request but that decision was reversed by the said appellate decision.

The SAFE Act passed by Governor Cuomo gives several exemptions to permit holders for withholding their information from public view. But, after this decision, looks like 'the media' will also fall into that category.

Maybe that'll prevent this story from continuing. Fingers crossed.


Gun Groups File Claim Against Gov. Cuomo's SAFE Act

Seriously, it was only a matter of time before this happened.

Yesterday, the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, along with other gun groups, notified Albany that it would be threatening to sue the state over the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act. The bill, passed by large margins in the State Assembly and Senate, reinstates and expands the state's ban on assault weapons, limiting magazine clips to seven bullets and adding universal standards for background checks and mental health care.

And all these measures, in the eyes of the gun groups, are unconstitutional by rule of the Second Amendment. As per usual, the claim (and eventual lawsuit) argues that the Act infringes upon gun owners' rights to privacy and firearms. Also, the gun groups have made the case that it is unconstitutional to bar people from obtaining guns that were previously available just a few weeks ago.

However, the legal showdown anticipated by the Second Amendment enthusiasts might hit a consensus roadblock: Recent polls show that the support for gun control amongst New Yorkers is somewhere around 70%. And, from what we know happened with the same-sex marriage issue (twice), the courts tend to take Gov. Cuomo's side on these overarching social mandates.

But that doesn't rule anything out. The Voice will keep you updated.