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October 23, 2014

Majority of Washington State Sheriffs Oppose I-594

A majority of Washington State’s 39 sheriffs have come out in opposition to anti-gun Washington State Ballot Initiative 594.  The sheriffs oppose I-594 because it will not make anyone safer, will strain scarce law enforcement resources, will criminalize the lawful behavior of millions of law-abiding gun owners in Washington and will be unenforceable.  
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October 23, 2014

Backdoor gun control: D.C. sets impossible hurdles for carry permits

The District’s newly minted concealed carry laws require gun owners seeking permits to complete 18 hours of firearms training.One problem: As of Wednesday, the day before a court-ordered deadline for the permitting process to begin, no instructors had been approved to teach the compulsory course.
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October 23, 2014

Washington: Ex-official may be charged with stealing gun-measure yard signs

A former Bellevue City Council member once called the city’s “last liberal” could be charged with stealing yard signs in a duel over competing gun-background-check initiatives.Police said Margot Blacker, who served on the Bellevue City Council from 1990 through 1997, told them she took signs advocating I-591, which is supported by gun-rights supporters, as retaliation for the theft of signs promoting I-594, a measure that would expand background checks.
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October 22, 2014

Pennsylvania: Officials irked about state bill that could eliminate local gun laws

The Pennsylvania House's passage Monday of a controversial bill granting legal standing to the National Rifle Association to sue over local gun laws has put dozens of municipalities on notice.
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October 22, 2014

Gun-control battle swings to Washington state

The center of the national debate over firearm background checks has, for the moment, moved to Washington state.Next month, residents of Washington state will get to vote on whether gun buyers should be subject to background checks for purchases made at gun shows or online.
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October 22, 2014

Va. Beach OK's gun agenda item, triggering dissent

The city's legislative agenda isn't normally all that controversial for residents. But an item about guns this year has gotten people talking.The proposal asks the General Assembly to consider requiring gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms. Failure to do so within two days of realizing a gun has disappeared would result in a civil fine.
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October 22, 2014

Tennessee: Residents petition for Farragut guns in parks ban to be lifted

Another effort to repeal Farragut's ban on guns in parks is underway. A change in state law in 2009 allowed handgun permit holders to carry their weapons into parks, but local governments could opt out. That's what Farragut decided to do and they've stuck with it when the issue came up again last year.
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October 21, 2014

NRA-backed bill clears Pa. legislature; Corbett indicates he'll sign it

In the final minutes of the legislative session, the House on Monday approved a bill clearing the way for the National Rifle Association and other groups to sue local municipalities, among them Philadelphia, that enact ordinances stricter than state firearms laws.
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October 21, 2014

How gun-control legislation is affecting this election

Many sheriffs in states that recently passed gun-control laws have signed letters saying they are opposed to the laws, saying the gun bans won’t make America safer. Some even say they won’t enforce these new laws. This has gotten some press. What hasn’t been reported is the very governors in New York, Connecticut and Maryland who signed those gun and magazine bans are also reluctant to enforce these laws. It seems they don’t want a political backlash. They don’t want journalists making martyrs out of otherwise law-abiding citizens who might be charged with felonies for doing what they’ve done all their lives. This is where politics runs into reality. It’s a collision voters need to hear more about.
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October 21, 2014

Eric Holder: ‘I take personally as a failure’ the inability to pass gun control

If there’s one thing that Eric Holder regrets during his time as attorney general for the United States, it’s his failure to press through a Second Amendment crackdown on the heels of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead, he said.
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October 21, 2014

NRA-backed bill clears Pa. legislature; Corbett indicates he'll sign it

In the final minutes of the legislative session, the House on Monday approved a bill clearing the way for the National Rifle Association and other groups to sue local municipalities, among them Philadelphia, that enact ordinances stricter than state firearms laws.
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October 21, 2014

Gun bill passed by House could lead to NRA lawsuit against Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh and other communities with firearms regulations could soon face lawsuits from the National Rifle Association and other groups.
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October 21, 2014

Washington voters face rival measures on gun-sale background checks

Residents of Washington state will get to vote next month on whether gun buyers should be subject to background checks for purchases made at gun shows or online. In fact, they’ll be able to vote on the issue twice.
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October 20, 2014

Mental health issues put 34,500 on New York’s no-guns list

A newly created database of New Yorkers deemed too mentally unstable to carry firearms has grown to roughly 34,500 names, a previously undisclosed figure that has raised concerns among some mental health advocates that too many people have been categorized as dangerous.
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October 20, 2014

New D.C. rules on carrying gun in public will be put to legal test next month

U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. was quick Friday to dismiss a last-ditch request for reconsideration of his July ruling to legalize carrying a gun in public in the District.
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October 20, 2014

Gun-grabbers unite!

The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, initially avoided then signed by the Obama administration (but not ratified by the Senate), has received the necessary 50 ratifications needed to advance to its next stage — a conference of signers.
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October 20, 2014

Illinois: Threat of legal action prompts repeal of thumbprint rule for handgun purchases

An ordinance requiring a thumbprint to purchase a handgun within city limits has been repealed in the wake of possible legal action from the Illinois State Rifle Association.The Peoria City Council on Tuesday approved a measure that vacated portions of the deadly weapons ordinance without discussion.
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October 17, 2014

D.C. to begin accepting first applications in decades for concealed-firearm permits

D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier on Thursday said her department will begin accepting applications next week for the first public permits to carry concealed firearms in the nation’s capital in more than four decades.
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October 17, 2014

D.C. police chief doesn’t want to release names of gun permit recipients

D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said Thursday she does not support a proposal to publicly identify gun owners who are granted concealed carry permits, undercutting a nascent effort by some lawmakers to make the names available upon request.
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October 17, 2014

Pennsylvania Senate approves bill to allow gun groups standing to sue municipalities

The state Senate approved a measure late Wednesday that would give gun groups -- including the National Rifle Association -- standing in court to sue municipalities that enact their own gun laws.
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October 16, 2014

UN gun grab enters new and dangerous phase

Those wild and crazy bureaucrats on the banks of the East River are at it again. The United Nations – a bureaucracy so bloated and byzantine that it makes the United States Senate appear efficient by comparison – is poised to begin tossing legal monkey wrenches into international firearms transactions; and indirectly affecting firearms policies in the United States.
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October 16, 2014

D.C. police chief to testify on concealed-carry bill

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier is scheduled to testify at a hearing on a bill that would allow District of Columbia residents and visitors to get concealed handgun permits for the first time in nearly 40 years.
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October 16, 2014

Idaho Woman Wins: U.S. Army Corps Gun Ban Unconstitutional

 An Idaho woman who is barred from carrying a functional firearm for self-defense when she visits federal recreational facilities prevailed today with the ruling of an Idaho federal district court that the federal government ban on firearms violates the Second Amendment.  Elizabeth E. Morris of Nez Perce County is licensed to carry a concealed weapon, regularly carries a concealed weapon, and often seeks to recreate on lands managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Because Corps of Engineers regulations ban functional firearms, even while camped in tents, Ms. Morris is subject to criminal prosecution if she attempts to exercise her Second Amendment rights.  Alan C. Baker, a firearms instructor and a resident of Idaho’s Latah County, is a co-plaintiff in the suit, which was filed in August 2013 in Idaho federal district court.  The Corps of Engineers did not respond to requests from attorneys for Ms. Morris and Mr. Baker, Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF), seeking an exemption from its firearm ban, a ban that has not changed since the landmark Heller ruling.
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October 15, 2014

Charles C. W. Cooke: Another Brazen Lie from Moms Demand Action

Once again, Mom's Demand Action was caught in a lie. A recent Facebook post from the group shows a blatantly false meme intended to increase support for background checks.
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October 15, 2014

Washington measure to increase gun background checks bleeds support

A ballot initiative that would require background checks on all firearm purchases in Washington state, including sales at gun shows and online, has support from a majority of voters — but that majority is shrinking.
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October 15, 2014

Washington: NRA donates $150K more in fight against I-594

The National Rifle Association has donated an additional $150,000 to its political action committee in Washington to fight a measure seeking universal background checks on gun sales and transfers.
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October 15, 2014

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to advocate for semi-auto ban

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is drawing on the support of families of mass-shooting victims to highlight the issue of gun control and assault weapons in his re-election bid against Republican challenger Bruce Rauner.
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October 14, 2014

Shooting the foot in Biden’s mouth

Joe Biden’s ability to say, unfiltered, whatever thought pops into his head is his charm. He’s everybody’s favorite crazy uncle. Barack Obama didn’t even mind when ol’ Joe once described him as “the first mainstream African-American [presidential candidate] who is articulate and bright and clean.”
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October 14, 2014

Judge upholds concealed-gun ban at N.C. State Fair

Concealed-carry permit holders will not be able to bring their handguns into the N.C. State Fair when it opens Thursday, a Wake County Superior Court judge ruled Monday.
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October 13, 2014

I-594 Unenforceable

I am Scott Brennan. I have been with your Sheriff’s Department for over 26 years. As the person who will have to enforce I-594 I have read it very carefully. Here is what it will mean to you. If passed I-594 covers ALL gun SALES and TRANSFERS (more on this later).
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October 13, 2014

Money Pours Into Maine for Bear Hunting Vote

A ballot question that could ban the use of dogs, bait and traps for bear hunting in Maine has outside groups pouring money into the state on both sides of the issue.
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October 13, 2014

Lott: The FBI’s bogus report on mass shootings

It’s disheartening to see the FBI used to promote a political agenda, but that’s what we got with the bureau’s release last month of a study claim to show a sharp rise in mass shootings, a la Newtown, Conn.
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October 13, 2014

Joe Biden: ‘What we need is another Jim Brady’ to push gun-control measures

Vice President Joseph R. Biden said Friday the nation needs another high-profile, respected spokesman for gun control who is able to convince fearful members of Congress to buck the National Rifle Association and other organizations and vote for firearms restrictions.
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October 13, 2014

D.C. mayor signs into law emergency legislation on new gun carry permits

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) on Friday signed into law emergency legislation allowing residents who are properly registered to seek permits to carry concealed firearms in the District.
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October 10, 2014

Biden: ‘I Pray That It Is Sooner Rather Than Later’ That We Have Another Gun Control Champion

Vice President Joe Biden emphasized the need to pass more gun control Friday during a memorial service for former Reagan White House press secretary James Brady, one of the champions of the movement. Vice President Joe Biden shares his memories of former White House press secretary James Brady during a memorial service, Oct. 10, 2014 in Washington, D.C.  (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) “What we need is another Jim Brady who has the skill and the ability to convince those who are afraid to walk the halls of Congress to step up and do what they know is right,” Biden said. “One will come along. It will happen. I pray that it is sooner rather than later.”
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October 10, 2014

Denver Post Dumps Udall, Endorses Gardner in Colorado Senate Race

After endorsing Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) in his initial 2008 run, the Denver Post said Friday it had decided to back his Republican challenger, Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) this year.
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October 10, 2014

Bloomberg group’s mass-shootings report ‘riddled with errors’: gun reseacher

The July report by billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s funded gun-control group Everytown for Gun Safety is “riddled with errors,” including mistakes in the number of shootings reported, the extent of the shooter’s mental illness and even where the attacks occurred, according to an analysis by gun researcher John Lott.
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October 10, 2014

Rival Gun Measures on Ballot in Washington State

Two competing measures on the Washington state ballot this fall ask voters to take a stance on expanded background checks for gun sales. One is seeking universal checks for all sales and transfers, including private transactions. The other would prevent any such expansion.
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October 10, 2014

Mississippi: Amendment seeks to make hunting, fishing 'constitutional rights'

Preserving Mississippians' tradition of hunting and fishing is what backers of a constitutional amendment say is behind the issue that will be on the ballot on Nov. 4.
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October 9, 2014

Sheriff's gun views spark effort to revoke certification

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence wants Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis' teaching certification to be revoked.The group started a campaign after Lewis and his comments on gun rights were brought into the national spotlight. A quote from Lewis highlighted on the Web page from his interview with News21 reads:
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