Across the river from St. Louis, licensed citizens will soon be allowed to carry guns -- after lawmakers in Illinois yesterday officially tossed out the last ban in the nation on concealed carry. Notably, the legislature passed Illinois' new concealed-carry law without Governor Jay Quinn's suggest ... More >>
Today, there was a major development in the long, drawn-out battle of concealed-carry laws in Illinois, which is the only state in the country that still has a ban on firearms in public. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced today that he is working to rewrite the approved legislation on his desk to ... More >>
In a letter to the National Rifle Association that was also forwarded to KSDK Channel 5 News reporter Leisa Zigman, one of the heirs to the Anhesuer-Busch fortune took a surprising stand against the powerful gun rights organization. Adolphus Busch IV, eldest son of August "Gussie" Busch, Jr., was a ... More >>
It has been a particularly heated week for gun debates. In Missouri, a Republican outcry about gun owner privacy in Missouri sparked a major policy change and a high-profile resignation. Nationally, the U.S. Senate failed to pass a background check proposal, angering even some longtime NRA members. ... More >>
A Missouri bill to stop bills that force others not to introduce certain kind of bills? Almost. Representative Stacey Newman, a Democrat who has been very vocal on gun control, has collected thousands of signatures on a petition to urge lawmakers and legislative leaders to quit introducing pro-gun ... More >>
State Senator Dan Brown is not trying to teach all Missouri first-graders how to use guns. But a lot of people think he is. A frustrated Brown tells Daily RFT that his proposed school safety and training bill, which was introduced exactly one day before the tragic Sandy Hook massacre, would mandat ... More >>
The other night an associate and I were having a discussion regarding our distaste for crust-punk forefathers Amebix and other d-beat bands from the '80s/'90s -- "music that sounds like two castles crashing into one another," as we dubbed it. In the midst of this conversation, the band Christ On a C ... More >>
Gun debates are alive and well in Missouri and Representative Stacey Newman, a Democrat, is currently promoting her bill that would require all sales or transfers of firearms to go through a licensed dealer. She is also, however, speaking out about some Republican proposals that are directly in op ... More >>
Some you readers are gun-rights absolutists. We know this from the comments you leave on our blog posts. Thus you may be interested to know that on Friday, just hours after a deranged young man shot and killed 27 people (including 20 children) in a Connecticut school, Riverfront Times' founde ... More >>
Isn't it the NRA that likes to argue that, "Guns Don't Kill People; 12-year-olds Kill People"? Daily RFT can't remember. Nevertheless, gun-related tragedy struck yesterday in University City when a young boy accidentally and fatally shot his friend in the head while playing with his grandfather's gu ... More >>
Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>
In case you ain't heard, the ultimate visual prop for any would-be national political convention these days is a piece of furniture. But not just any piece of furniture. You can't walk out there and address a dog-hair covered Barcalounger. C'mon, this is the big leagues. If you want to win over the ... More >>
Yesterday, incumbent Lt. Governor Peter Kinder issued a press release to gloat about the endorsement he's received from the National Rifle Association in his re-election race. His quote:"I am honored [that] the NRA and its many Missouri members have renewed their longstanding support for my service ... More >>
Whoa. KMOV Channel 4 has gone way off-script. What is reporter Maggie Crane doing reporting the story of 69-year-old Ed Gischer? This is the guy who, in the wee hours of Monday morning, was snoozing in his Lemay home when a masked burglar kicked in the back door, pryed open the locked bedroom door, ... More >>
While reporting our current feature on the 2012 NRA Conference, I happened to be walking past right when Ted Nugent made these remarks: As you've probably heard, the Secret Service has arranged a meeting today with The Nuge in order to do "appropriate follow-up," but Nugent ain't concerned.
Whoowee! The America Center was all a-bustle yesterday with fork lifts bleeping, booths erecting, gun-lovers registering, and Daily RFT trying not to have an over-stimulated panic attack. Today begins the 2012 NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits; last time this happened in St. Louis, more then 64,000 ... More >>
As thousands of gun-loving Americans (and the politicians who crave their votes, including GOP-presidential candidates Mit Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum) descend on St. Louis today for the start of the NRA Annual Convention, one city mayor isn't having any of it. Conveniently that mayor is ... More >>
Next weekend, more than 60,000 people are flocking to downtown St. Louis for the 2012 National Rifle Association Annual Meetings and Exhibits! This is a huge deal because, first of all, I will have a tougher time finding a parking spot. Secondly, an important national figure will be present: Ted Nug ... More >>
"From an infant's cold, dead hands!"A ten-year-old Belleville boy accidentally shot and killed his five-year-old brother yesterday while playing with a shotgun kept in the home. An "extremely tragic accident" is how Belleville police chief William Clay described the incident. A day earlier -- Tu ... More >>
That's right. Open the floodgates.Here's what happened between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. in and around St. Louis last night. A three-year-old girl in south city found a gun belonging to her dad's girlfriend and accidentally shot herself in the head while playing with the weapon. She's dead. A twelve-ye ... More >>
The home on S. 38th where Brandon Tate drew his last breath.St. Louis police have identified the toddler who accidentally shot himself yesterday in a home in south St. Louis as three-year-old Brandon Tate. According to police, the toddler apparently found the gun in a back bedroom in the 4200 blo ... More >>
Ever hear of the IPCPR? No? Well, they're not quite the NRA, but they do lobby hard for what they believe is a fundamental right for all Americans: the right to smoke in public. Today the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association sent out a release alerting media that it wil ... More >>
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