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Wait until winter takes a firm hold on the Western Slope town of Rifle. That’ll be when cascades freeze over limestone cliffs — like bluish curtains over caves of icicles. Those are found along the Kopers Trail in Rifle Mountain Park. Nearby Rifle Falls State Park is a tropical-seeming escape in the summer. But the triple waterfall is no less spectacular in the winter.

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A man is accused of walking into a Walmart in Missouri equipped with body armor, a handgun and a rifle less than a week after a gunman killed 22 people in a Texas Walmart says it was a "social experiment"and not intended to cause panic. The 20-year-old was charged with making a terrorist threat.

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In Connecticut, 22-year-old Brandon Wagshol was arrested after authorities said he had expressed interest in committing a mass shooting on Facebook, according to a statement from the FBI and the Norwalk Police Department.

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SEN. KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND, Democratic presidential candidate, on Trump: "Remember after the shooting in Las Vegas, he said, 'Yeah, yeah, we are going to ban the bump stocks'? Did he ban the bump stocks? No, because the NRA came crashing down and said, 'Don't you dare do any restrictions on our guns around this country.'''— Fox News town hall on June 2.

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Alpers noted that New Zealand, although it requires handgun registration, "is still the only country apart from the United States and to some degree Canada that doesn't have (firearm) registration as its third pillar of gun control" along with licensing and treating possession as a conditional privilege.

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that "every semi-automatic weapon used in the terrorist attack last Friday will be banned."

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There are nearly 250,000 licensed gun owners in New Zealand, which has a population of 5 million people. Officials estimate there are 1.5 million guns in the country.

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From a purely economic perspective, University of Minnesota professor Timothy M. Smith writes, the social costs of gun deaths likely exceeded US$300 billion in 2013. Smith’s argument is not that you can put a price on human life, but that a government policy that discourages people from owning the most lethal types of guns – handguns – could protect society as a whole.

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Police in the Dayton, Ohio, suburb of Beavercreek responded to a Wal-Mart store in August 2014 on a call of a man waving an apparent rifle. A white officer fatally shot John Crawford III, 22, who was carrying what turned out to be an air rifle from a store shelf. Police said they believed it was a real gun and that he didn't respond to their commands to put it down. A grand jury declined to indict the officers. The U.S. Justice Department said it was reviewing the case, and an attorney for Crawford's family has filed a federal lawsuit.

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A Marble Rock man accused of selling weapons to a convicted felon living in mason city has pleaded guilty in federal court.

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