gun control

California’s Proposition 63 is about gun and ammunition control. Most of the attention is focused on how Prop 63 requires a background check to buy ammunition and bans high-capacity ammunition magazines.

Your Call: Another day in the death of America

Oct 3, 2016

On the October 4th edition of  Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with the Guardian columnist Gary Younge about his new book Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives.

Prop 63 takes aim at ammo sales

Sep 21, 2016
Photo by Lucy Kang


Boxes of ammunition are stacked on the shelves of Coyote Point Armory, a gun store in Burlingame. Owner John Parkin has been in business here for two years. On a Friday afternoon, a steady stream of customers comes in to look at handguns under the glass counters.

Your Call: Guns, Greed, and the NRA

Sep 20, 2016

On the September 21st edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the new documentary Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and The NRA.

Arming the LGBT community, one beginner shooter at a time

Aug 18, 2016
Marylee Williams

Note: We’ve changed one of the names in this story because it’s a sensitive subject.

Rex Johnson is sitting at a picnic table outside the San Jose Municipal Firing Range. He just finished a round of target practice shooting a rifle with a scope, and he’s pretty pleased with his accuracy.

Daily news roundup for Thursday, June 23, 2016

Jun 23, 2016
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Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:


House Democrats’ Gun-Control Sit-In Turns Into Chaotic Showdown With Republicans // New York Times

Your Call: Media coverage of the Orlando tragedy

Jun 17, 2016

On the June 18th edition of  Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of the Orlando shootings.

Sandip Roy: Orlando

Jun 15, 2016

That most basic of human gestures of intimacy, a kiss, can still be deadly. 

Your Call: Working to reduce violence in the Bay Area

Jan 25, 2016
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On the January 25th edition of Your Call, we are going to be discussing these programs working to make a difference in the Bay Area to halt gun violence and provide victims of violence with resources to keep them from the revolving cycle of gang violence. 

Oakland steps into nationwide gun debate

Jan 13, 2016
Jeremy Dalmas


When President Barack Obama announced his executive order tightening rules on selling guns last week, he called on local governments around the country to step up, saying, “all of us need to demand governors and legislators and businesses do their part to make our community safer.”

Daily news roundup for Monday, January 11, 2016

Jan 11, 2016

Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW News:

No winning Powerball tickets sold; jackpot hits $1.3 billion // Los Angeles Times 

"The Powerball lottery jackpot has risen to more than $1.38 billion, the largest amount in U.S. history. Lottery fever has gripped the country as people scramble to buy tickets before the next drawing Wednesday. 


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Here is what is happening in the Bay Area as curated by KALW News:

Right to die: California Gov. Jerry Brown signs law //San Jose Mercury News

“Granting terminally ill patients the right to end their lives with a doctor's help, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed the End of Life Option Act, a measure that triggered personal and passionate conflict across the state -- and in the conscience of the governor himself.

Daily News Roundup for Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Jun 17, 2015
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Liz Pfeffer

Tony Spitaleri remembers the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut vividly. He was across the country, at home in Sunnyvale where he was mayor.

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Human employees take a financial toll

Toll-takers on the Golden Gate Bridge are on their way out – human toll-takers, that is. Today marks the first day of a testing period for a new all-electronic toll collection system. In sixty days – if all goes according to plan – motorists crossing into San Francisco will have to use an automated payment system, or they will receive a bill by mail after the bridge authority takes a photo of their license plate.

Spokesperson Mary Currie says the change is mostly about the budget.

East Bay Express: Teachers financing guns

Jan 28, 2013
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The state teachers' retirement system is attempting to divest itself from a company that finances the manufacture of assault weapons like the one used at Sandy Hook Elementary School. But even if it does, it still won't be out of the gun business.

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The Penny Arcade Report’s Ben Kuchera has a powerhouse of an editorial up today.

Kuchera uses Quentin Tarantino’s stark refusal to play into an interviewer gambit to see his films– specifically the gun violence heavy Django Unchained – through the lens of the Sandy Hook massacare as a prototype for how game makers should deal with the mainstream press on the issue:

On the next Your Call, we’ll talk about the recent mass shooting in Colorado and how we should be responding.  There have been 60 mass shootings in the United States since January 2011.  President Obama believes the solution is in better enforcement of existing gun laws.   How have leaders of other nations responded to similar incidents of gun violence?  Join us at 10am PST or post a comment here. What could we do, as a society, to prevent gun violence?  It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.



The U.S. Supreme Court turned down a Napa County resident’s challenge to a state law that imposes a 10-year ban on gun ownership for anyone convicted of a violent misdemeanor. The resident claimed the law violated his constitutional right to possess a firearm…