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Trump ‘suggested firing nuclear weapons at hurricanes to stop them hitting US’, report claims

Trump ‘suggested firing nuclear weapons at hurricanes to stop them hitting US’, report claimsDonald Trump suggested firing nuclear weapons into hurricanes to prevent them hitting the US, reports in Washington claim.The president is said to have raised the idea of bombing hurricanes with senior Homeland Security and national security officials on numerous occasions, dating back as far as 2017.



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Beto O’Rourke: As president, I’d institute a mandatory buyback of assault weapons

Beto O’Rourke: As president, I’d institute a mandatory buyback of assault weaponsOnly America has more guns than people. Follow the lead of moms demanding action and students marching for their lives, writes candidate Beto O’Rourke



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Putin says deadly military accident occurred during weapons systems test

Putin says deadly military accident occurred during weapons systems testRussian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that a deadly blast at a military site in northern Russia earlier this month had taken place during the testing of what he called promising new weapons systems. Putin said that Moscow could not reveal everything about the blast because of its military nature, but that information exchanges about such accidents should be improved. “When it comes to activities of a military nature, there are certain restrictions on access to information,” Putin told a news conference in Helsinki, standing alongside Finnish President Sauli Niinisto.



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UPDATE 1-Putin says deadly military accident occurred during weapons systems test

UPDATE 1-Putin says deadly military accident occurred during weapons systems testRussian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that a deadly blast at a military site in northern Russia earlier this month had taken place during the testing of what he called promising new weapons systems. Putin said that Moscow could not reveal everything about the blast because of its military nature, but that information exchanges about such accidents should be improved. “When it comes to activities of a military nature, there are certain restrictions on access to information,” Putin told a news conference in Helsinki, standing alongside Finnish President Sauli Niinisto.



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Lawsuit challenges California's assault weapons ban

Lawsuit challenges California's assault weapons banA gun-rights group sued Thursday to block California from enforcing its assault weapons ban, contending it violates the Second Amendment right to bear arms. The lawsuit was the latest among gun advocacy and lobbying groups to challenge California's firearms laws, which are among the strictest in the country, and comes after a recent series of deadly mass shootings nationwide involving military-style rifles. The lawsuit was filed in the same San Diego federal court district where a judge in April tossed out a nearly two-decade-old California ban on sales and purchases of ammunition magazines holding more than 10 bullets.



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Biden calls for reinstating assault weapons ban, buyback program

Biden calls for reinstating assault weapons ban, buyback programFormer vice president Joe Biden, the frontrunner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, called on Monday for reinstating a ban on assault weapons and including a buyback program to get them off the streets. In a column in The New York Times, Biden also called for stricter background checks for gun buyers and greater use of “smart-gun technology” that allows a weapon only to be fired by its authorized owner. “We have a huge problem with guns,” Biden said in the article published about a week after mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, left 31 people dead.



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N. Korea says Kim supervised weapons tests, criticizes Seoul

N. Korea says Kim supervised weapons tests, criticizes SeoulNorth Korea said Sunday leader Kim Jong Un supervised test-firings of an unspecified new weapons system, which extended a streak of launches that are seen as an attempt to build leverage ahead of negotiations with the United States while driving a wedge between Washington and Seoul. The report by North Korean state media came hours after President Donald Trump said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has expressed a desire to meet again to start nuclear negotiations after the end of ongoing joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises, and apologized for the flurry of recent short-range ballistic launches that rattled U.S. allies in the region.



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Fox Business Host Calls on Trump to Ban Assault Weapons, Battles Ex-NRA Spokeswoman

Fox Business Host Calls on Trump to Ban Assault Weapons, Battles Ex-NRA SpokeswomanD DipasupilIn a somewhat surprising move, Fox Business Network host Trish Regan—a vocal and loyal booster of President Donald Trump—on Wednesday called for stricter gun laws and the ban of assault weapons. Her comments drew the ire of one-time NRA spokesperson and frequent Fox News guest Dana Loesch.With renewed calls for action on gun control and universal background checks following this past weekend’s mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, the conservative Fox personality took to Twitter to call on the president to act.“.@realDonaldTrump has a major opportunity: he can BAN assault weapons and envoke strict gun laws and backgrnd (sic) checks in one executive order,” Regan wrote Wednesday morning. “To heck w/ lobbyists at NRA – the majority of Americans and common sense supports this! It’s time to do what is right for our country.”Regan’s message to Trump prompted Loesch to fire back, telling the Fox Business host that she disagreed with Regan and wasn’t sure where Regan was getting her data to support stricter gun laws.“She has to disagree bc she’s paid to disagree,” Regan replied, referencing Loesch’s former position at the gun lobby. “I don’t envy her position.”The primetime FBN host continued: “Nonetheless – majority of Americans believe we need better background checks for prospective gun owners. No one w/common sense believes we should hand an assault rifle to a mentally ill person.”Regan went on to write in another tweet that recent polls reveal the vast majority of voters favoring background checks on all potential gun buyers and purchases.Loesch, meanwhile, said Regan’s “ergo decedo response is unnecessary” since she’s been a strong Second Amendment defender for more a decade and that, seeing as she’s no longer employed by the NRA, she’s not currently paid to disagree with anyone. As for the poll numbers Regan shared, Loesch brushed them off, adding that she was “disappointed” to see such a response from the Fox host and “was hoping for good faith discussion on this issue.” She further asked for “cross tabs” of the polls, which showed 92 percent and 86 percent in favor of universal background checks, respectively.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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President Bill Clinton: Reinstate the Assault Weapons Ban Now

President Bill Clinton: Reinstate the Assault Weapons Ban NowWe know reinstating the assault-weapons ban and the ammunition limit will help end mass shootings, writes Bill Clinton for TIME.



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Poll: Most Republicans support assault weapons ban, despite Trump saying 'no appetite'

Poll: Most Republicans support assault weapons ban, despite Trump saying 'no appetite'Trump campaigned in 2016 on his strong support for the Second Amendment. But the poll found that more than half of GOP voters said they would support stricter gun laws after the recent shootings.



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