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December 17, 2013

Markey calls for assault weapons ban

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) used the anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre to call for major gun control reforms.
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December 16, 2013

Americans simply not interested in gun control

Dec. 14 is the anniversary of the horrendous Newtown shooting, but despite the best efforts of opportunistic politicians, Americans show little sympathy for proposals to tighten restrictions on guns.In fact, firearms don’t even appear on their list of concerns when asked what worries them by Reason-Rupe pollsters, although big government and politicians do. And when asked directly about tightening gun laws, people say that would have no impact on criminals’ access to guns — a logical position to take, since nothing that’s been proposed so far would have prevented Newtown shooter Adam Lanza from doing what he did.
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December 16, 2013

Sheriffs refuse to enforce laws on gun control

When Sheriff John Cooke of Weld County explains in speeches why he is not enforcing the state’s new gun laws, he holds up two 30-round magazines. One, he says, he had before July 1, when the law banning the possession, sale or transfer of the large-capacity magazines went into effect. The other, he “maybe” obtained afterward.He shuffles the magazines, which look identical, and then challenges the audience to tell the difference.“How is a deputy or an officer supposed to know which is which?” he asks.
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December 16, 2013

National disability group rips BATFE operation, demands reform

A national disability rights group on Friday ripped ATF operations that used mentally disabled people and then charged them, demanding that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder take immediate action.
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December 13, 2013

Gun control dishonesty

Earlier in the year, as the gun-control movement tried clumsily to transform an abomination into a cudgel, the Washington Post’s Kathleen Parker distilled its problem into a single sentence. “Nothing proposed in the gun-control debates would have prevented the mass killing of children at Sandy Hook Elementary School,” Parker contended plainly, “and everybody knows it.”
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December 13, 2013

Return on investment miss: Gun control groups outspent opponents 7 to 1 on TV

In the year after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., gun control groups spent $14.1 million on TV advertising. According to Kantar Media's CMAG, that gave such groups a seven to one advantage over gun rights organizations, which only spent $1.9 million.
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December 13, 2013

Dick Heller challenges D.C.'s gun registration scheme

The District of Columbia will do anything to stop law abiding people from owning firearms to defend themselves.The Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that D.C.'s 30 year handgun ban was unconstitutional in the landmark District of Columbia v. Heller decision. In response, Washington's city council put in place the most onerous gun registration requirement in the country. So Dick Heller is taking D.C. to court again in a case known as "Heller II."
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December 13, 2013

Vermont: Burlington may push gun control despite preemption in 2014

It's against state law to try to regulate guns in the Green Mountain State, but city officials here are looking at what may be a loophole.Burlington wants to be able to confiscate and secure weapons for up to five days following a domestic dispute, and enact other restrictions.City Councilman Norm Blais told Vermont Watchdog the council has the authority to pass new city gun regulations because of a single clause -- "except as otherwise provided by law" -- that proceeds the state law making the firearms regulations illegal in Vermont.
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December 13, 2013

New York: Attorney calls search in SAFE Act arrest illegal

More than three dozen gun rights advocates returned to City Court on Wednesday in a show of support for Paul A. Wojdan, the Lockport man who was charged with violating the state's new SAFE Act on the number of rounds of ammunition in a magazine.Defense attorney James D. Tresmond told City Judge William Watson that he believes the officer overstepped his bounds by opening the gun and searching the magazine. Hearings will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 8 on motions to suppress the search and dismiss the charges.
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December 13, 2013

Alabama, West Virgina sign Right-to-Carry reciprocity agreement

West Virginia and Alabama have agreed to recognize each other's concealed carry handgun permits.West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced the reciprocity agreement on Wednesday in a news release.
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December 13, 2013

Poll: Support for strict gun control drops to pre-Newtown levels

Support for stricter gun-control measures has dropped to its lowest level since last year’s tragic shootings in Newtown, Conn., according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.Fifty-two percent of Americans now say they want stricter laws covering the sale of firearms. By comparison, 38 percent think gun laws should remain the same, and another 8 percent say they should be less strict.
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December 12, 2013

How government officials doom gun registration laws

The problem for gun control advocates is that they keep promising that no way will registration lead to confiscation of firearms, even as it does just that. The Brady Campaign's Dennis A. Henigan accuses the National Rifle Association of peddling "fear" for even raising the possibility. In the New York Times, Charles Blow calls such concerns "cultural paranoia."Yet gun owners seem to have legitimate worries. Hundreds of New York City residents are receiving, and publicizing, letters demanding the surrender, not of scary "assault weapons," whatever arbitrary definition may locally apply to that slippery term, but of target rifles and cowboy guns. Among the forbidden items gleaned from New York City registration lists and ordered to be surrendered or removed from city limits are the bolt-action Marlin 25N, and lever-action Browning 92 and Winchester 94 rifles. Semi-automatic rifles of the plinking variety, such as the AR-7, have been targeted, too.
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December 11, 2013

MILLER: Dick Heller challenges D.C.’s gun registration scheme, files for quick ruling in Heller II

The District of Columbia will do anything to stop law-abiding people from owning firearms to defend themselves. The Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that D.C.’s 30-year handgun ban was unconstitutional in the landmark District of Columbia v. Heller decision. In response, Washington’s city council put in place the most onerous gun registration requirement in the country.   So Dick Heller is taking D.C. to court again in a case known as “Heller II.”
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December 11, 2013

How the BATFE manufactures crime

Since the president was reelected in November of last year, a good deal of poison has been poured into Washington’s grimy alphabet soup. Among the departments that have become embroiled in scandal are the IRS, the DOJ, the DOE, the EPA, the NSA, the USDA, and, of course, the ATF. This week, the lattermost is back in the news — and for good reason.The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) is probably best known these days for the failure of its disastrous Fast and Furious scheme — a botched initiative that aimed to give American guns to Mexican cartels first and to ask questions later. Under pressure, the administration was quick to imply that the mistake was an aberration. But a watchdog report, published last week by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, suggests that the caprice, carelessness, and downright incompetence that marked the disaster was no accident. In fact, that it is endemic in the ATF.
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December 11, 2013

California: Gun control measure triggers lawsuit

A gun store owner and a national gun industry trade group have sued to keep parts of Sunnyvale's new gun control ordinance from taking effect on Jan. 1, claiming that it clashes with state and federal laws and tramples on constitutional rights.The National Rifle Association plans to file its own lawsuit early next week. But Sunnyvale announced Tuesday that the San Francisco law firm of Farella Braun + Martel will offer its services for free to defend the ordinance against all challenges.
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December 11, 2013

Florida: Appeals court rules that universities can't regulate guns on campus

State universities would be blocked from regulating guns on campus under a potentially far reaching ruling handed down Tuesday by a Florida appeals court.The 1st District Court of Appeal in a rare opinion decided by the entire appeals court sided with a University of North Florida student and a gun rights group that challenged a university rule banning students on campus from storing guns in their cars.
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December 11, 2013

Colorado: Democrats to name new state senator to replace resigned Hudak

Hudak resigned last month. The resignation came just days before gun control opponents planned to turn in signatures seeking to make her the third Colorado Democrat to face recall after the adoption of a slate of gun control measures.Democrats have just a one seat majority in the Senate, and a Hudak recall election would have risked losing the chamber to Republicans. Hudak's successor will serve on an interim basis until November of 2014, when another election will be held for the district in Denver's western suburbs.
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December 10, 2013

New Jersey: NJ City to Quiz Gun Vendors on Safety Issues in Exchange for Contracts

New Jersey's second-largest city is adopting a novel approach to gun control by requiring weapons-makers bidding on municipal contracts to answer questions about their positions on gun safety issues. Jersey City, a city of 250,000 across the Hudson River from Manhattan, is believed to be the first U.S. municipality to incorporate social responsibility questions into public contract bids. Mayor Steven Fulop says he wants municipalities to use their purchasing power to influence America's gun-safety conversation. The bid specification going out Wednesday — for roughly $200,000 worth of guns and $150,000 in ammunition — includes six questions measuring vendors' gun safety record. One asks whether the manufacturer would commit to preventing its weapons from appearing in violent video games. Another asks what the company does to combat illegal gun trafficking.
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December 10, 2013

Empire State gun owners bracing for Cuomo’s confiscation scheme

New Yorkers gauge registration and confiscation of firearms in the aftermath of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s landmark gun control law, the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013. “The next relevant deadline is April 16, 2014 the date the people are supposed to have their long arms registered,” said Assemblyman William R. Nojay (R. – Pittsford). The registration system is in place and firearm owners can register today, he said. Low compliance rates will put the governor in an interesting position especially in an election year, said Nojay. “I think registration rates are going to be less than 10 percent.”
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December 10, 2013

Unbelievable: ATF Using Mentally Disabled Teens to Run Drug-and-Gun Stings

If you thought the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) couldn't stoop any lower, you'd be wrong. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the agency responsible for setting off the events that led to Waco and were at the center of the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal are using mentally disabled teenagers to advertise businessess that are actually fronts for ATF sting operations.
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December 10, 2013

Colorado: After resignation, Dems to name new state senator

Democratsare gathering in Jefferson County on Tuesday to name a new state senator to replace one who resigned rather than face a recall election. A Democratic vacancy committee plans to meet in Westminster to name someone to fill the seat of former Sen. Evie Hudak.
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December 9, 2013

BATFE uses rogue tactics in storefront stings across nation

Earlier this year when the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel exposed a botched ATF sting in Milwaukee — that included agents hiring a brain-damaged man to promote an undercover storefront and then arresting him forhis work — ATF officials told Congress the failed Milwaukee operation was an isolated case of inadequate supervision.It wasn't.The Journal Sentinel reviewed thousands of pages of court records, police reports and other documents and interviewed dozens of people involved in six ATF operations nationwide that were publicly praised by the ATF in recent years for nabbing violent criminals and making cities safer.Agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives employed rogue tactics similar to those used in Milwaukee in every operation, from Portland, Ore., to Pensacola, Fla.
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December 9, 2013

Mississippi: Attorney General tries to clarify new gun law for local governments

Certain gun owners can carry concealed weapons even in areas where a local government has posted signs banning them, the Attorney General's office said Thursday in an opinion aimed at clarifying Mississippi's gun laws.Gun owners who hold "enhanced permits" can take their weapons to places like churches, voting precincts and even inside passenger terminals of airports, even if there are signs posted to expressly prohibit guns, Assistant Attorney General Ricky G. Luke said in an opinion originally crafted in response to a request from the city of Corinth.
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December 9, 2013

New York: Sheriffs bristle at SAFE Act site

Otsego County has become one of the first counties in New York to tell the state it does not want its official seal used on a New York State Police web site being created to help gun owners comply with a new mandate that they renew their county issued pistol permits."This would make more work for us," Sheriff Richard Devlin Jr. told the county Board of Representatives this week before panel voted 13 0, with one abstention, to come against having any county logo or seal on a web site now being set up by state police.
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December 9, 2013

More women carry guns: Trade show items now appeal to the ladies

Gun and knife trade shows are no longer just for the boys.A hot item at this weekend's Wichita Falls Gun & Knife Show wasn't a weapon, but rather something for a woman to use to carry one.While concealed handgun holsters that attach to a woman's hip or even in her bra exist, Daris Horn, owner of Huntsville's D&N Creations, said concealed handgun purses for women have seen a rise in popularity at her booth and many others within the past 18 months due to the rise of women attaining their concealed handgun license.
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December 5, 2013

CNN Poll: Support for stricter gun control fades

According to a new CNN/ORC International survey, 49% of Americans say they support stricter gun control laws, with 50% opposed. The 49% support is down six percentage points from the 55% who said they backed stricter gun control in CNN polling from January.
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December 5, 2013

27 states,territories in Supreme Court brief supporting citizens' rights to buy, sell guns

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today announced that West Virginia and 25 other states and one territory have filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief with the U.S. Supreme Court opposing a federal government attempt to prosecute legal gun owners who wish to sell a weapon to another person who can legally own and purchase firearms.
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December 5, 2013

Joe Biden makes gun control plea

In claiming progress on the White House's initiative, Biden renewed his call for action at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue. "Now, it's not enough to take these steps on our own -- we still need Congress to pass comprehensive legislation to reduce gun violence," he said.
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December 5, 2013

Virginia gun sales set new high for Black Friday

Virginia gun sales set a new high for Black Friday as the number of firearms sold statewide continues to soar and is just days away from setting an annual record.
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December 5, 2013

The new case for hunting

City dwellers are not known for being fond of blood sports. As the nation has grown less rural, the number of hunters has declined. People whose acquaintance is limited to "Bambi" tend to recoil at the notion of shooting deer or other game animals. But a convergence of developments makes it more plausible than ever for the skeptical to find virtues in hunting.
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December 5, 2013

One Year After Newtown, Public Still Not Interested in Gun Control

The anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook is approaching, and many on the Left are preparing to celebrate it with a new gun-control push. OFA, Moms Demand Action, and Mayors Against Illegal Guns have all signaled their intention to use the date as a rallying point on which to push for extended federal background checks. Some may go even further, ranging into an “assault weapons” ban or a restriction on “high-capacity” magazines.
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December 5, 2013

OFA, Anti-Gun Groups Politicize Sandy Hook Anniversary

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (MDA), Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), and Organizing for Action (OFA) have all made clear they intend to use the first anniversary of the heinous crime at Sandy Hook Elementary to push for stricter gun control laws.
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December 4, 2013

CONGRESSIONAL STUDY: MURDER RATE PLUMMETS AS GUN OWNERSHIP SOARS

A Congressional Research Service (CRS) report shows that while gun ownership climbed from 192 million firearms in 1994 to 310 million firearms in 2009, crime fell—and fell sharply. According to the report, the "firearm-related murder and non-negligent homicide" rate was 6.6 per 100,000 Americans in 1993. Following the exponential growth in the number of guns, that rate fell to 3.6 per 100,000 in 2000.
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December 4, 2013

House votes to extend Undetectable Firearms Act

The House approved a bill Tuesday that would extend a ban on manufacturing plastic firearms that are not detectable by security screening devices.
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December 4, 2013

Sen. Schumer's magical legislative forcefield against 3D-printed guns

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-Any Television Camera), dedicated foe of private ownership of firearms, is deeply concerned that the Undetectable Firearms Act will sunset on December 9, 2013. He also thinks simply renewing the law once again is insufficient to deal with the Dread Scourge of 3D printed plastic firearms that will soon be coming to a playground near you unless much tougher restrictions are imposed. His magical belief that just one more law will stop people from printing whatever they damned well please in the privacy of their workshops is a tad baffling -- unless you realize that, after so many years in government, he's basically nuts.
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December 4, 2013

Connecticut shouldn't be surprised that "fewer people than expected have registered weapons"

Earlier this year, Connecticut politicians took advantage of the horrific Newtown shootings to dust off a wish list of draconian firearms restrictions and race them through the legislative process into law. The restrictions wouldn't have prevented the mass murder—they would have been completely irrelevant to the crime, in fact—which may be why they were rammed through under "emergency certification" with no referrals to committees or public hearings. Among other things, the new law requires registration of "assault weapons" and high-capacity magazines by January 1, 2014. Any student of history could have predicted officials' current concerns now that relatively few residents are complying with the law and telling the state what they own as the deadline fast approaches.
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December 3, 2013

MILLER: Black Friday 2013 gun sales sixth-highest in history but lower than 2012

President Obama’s determination to pass gun-control laws in his second term continues to drive people to the gun dealers. The number of National Instant Background Checks (NICS) run on Black Friday 2013 was the sixth-most in history at 144,758, according to the FBI.
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December 3, 2013

Obama's Organizing for Action: Hey, Let's Throw Newtown Anniversary Events to Push Gun Control

If you thought Obama's Organizing for Action propaganda machine couldn't get anymore ghoulish in the name of politics, it just did. Late yesterday the organization sent out an email to supporters urging them to hold events on December 14 for the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. 
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December 3, 2013

Illegal mayors against guns

They call themselves Mayors Against Illegal Guns. But apparently not all of them are against all illegal activity.MAIG was co founded in 2006 by Michael Bloomberg and his counterpart in Boston, Thomas Menino.But come January, the two men will be out of office. When they depart, attention will likely focus on some of their less well known members and that could be a problem.The latest of the legally challenged is Mayor Gordon Jenkins of Monticello, NY. Last week, he was arrested for driving under the influence and for literally punching a police department clock, which forced cops to handcuff him to a chair.
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December 3, 2013

How the Nazis used gun control

The perennial gun control debate in America did not begin here. The same arguments for and against were made in the 1920s in the chaos of Germany's Weimar Republic, which opted for gun registration. Law abiding persons complied with the law, but the Communists and Nazis committing acts of political violence did not.
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