gun violence

The man suspected of killing three people and injuring more than a dozen others in shootings Thursday in Kansas had been served a protection-from-abuse order earlier that afternoon, according to Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton.

The shooter, whom Walton identified as 38-year-old Cedric Ford, was served the order at 3:30 p.m. CT at the Excel Industries manufacturing plant in Hesston where he worked. An hour and a half later, the shootings began.

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The Sundance Film Festival begins tonight in Park City, Utah. NPR's Mandalit del Barco is there with a preview of what's to come over the next 10 ten days. Hey, Mandalit.


Next to piles of kids' coats and boots, against the wall in the living room of Jesse Mackey's home in Xenia, Ohio, there's a glass case with an extensive display of Precious Moments, those porcelain dolls with the big eyes. Mackey would like to replace that — to expand his store.

"I have a lot of gun cleaning stuff and some accessories," he says.

Mackey is a licensed firearms dealer. Not only does he sell guns from his home, he teaches classes, too.

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This week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about their expectation for 2016, new presidential action in an attempt to reduce gun violence and a dispute between the State Auditor and the Attorney General.

The trio also discuss the recent earthquakes in Oklahoma and the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum.

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When President Obama announced new gun control measures on Tuesday, the White House said they were needed because Congress failed to address the problem of gun violence.

Gun control advocates also are frustrated with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. That's why they've been focused on changing state laws in recent years. And they're succeeding.

Oregon is one state where gun control advocates won last year with the passage of Senate Bill 941, which requires background checks for private party gun sales.

The notion of a gun smart enough to tell who's holding it isn't new.

Since the 1990s, inventors have been developing firearms geared with technologies that can authenticate their users — for instance by recognizing the fingerprint, the grip or an RFID chip — and stop working if held by the wrong hands.

President Obama announced executive actions Tuesday, intended to curtail gun violence. But if history is any guide, the president's effort may have the unintended effect of boosting gun sales — 2015 was a banner year.

Saying that America faces a "gun violence epidemic," President Obama is taking "a series of common-sense executive actions" to reduce gun violence Tuesday, the White House says. First among the measures: tighter rules on background checks for gun buyers.