In Japan, the possession or import of firearms, as well as certain kinds of knives and other weapons, is illegal without a special licence.
The ruling, which comes as the country grapples with a shocking surge in gun crime, overturns a New York law that required person to prove legitimate needs to receive a gun permit.
The attack at St Stephen's Episcopal Church is the latest of several high-profile shootings that triggered a debate and renewed calls for stricter gun control measures in the country.
About 200 Hollywood figures sign letter –– shared by Brady Campaign, a gun control nonprofit –– asking writers, directors and producers "to be mindful of on-screen gun violence and model gun safety best practices."
Legislation has almost no chance of becoming law as the Senate pursues negotiations focused on improving mental health programmes, bolstering school security and enhancing background checks.
President Biden delivers an impassioned plea to Congress to act on gun control, calling on lawmakers to restore limits on the sale of assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines after a string of mass shootings in the country.
Funerals are being held for a pair of 10-year-old girls with further ceremonies scheduled through the coming weeks, including of 17 other small children and two teachers killed at an elementary school in the US state a week ago.
"You couldn't buy a cannon when the Second Amendment was passed. You couldn't go out and buy a lot of weapons," says President Biden, hoping to see some bipartisan support over gun culture in US.
US President Joe Biden visits Uvalde to console residents mourning 19 children and two teachers who were gunned down at an elementary school in the small Texas town.
Mass shooting that left 19 children and two teachers dead raises pressure on US politicians to take action over the ubiquity of firearms — but also brings the grim expectation of little or no change.
Supreme Court agrees to hear a challenge backed by National Rifle Association to New York state's restrictions on people carrying concealed handguns outside the home.
Since 1968, more Americans have been killed by guns on US soil than the number of Americans killed in all US involved wars, combined.
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