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June 13, 2014

Politifact calls gun control groups claim on number of school shootings mostly false

A statistic calculated by Everytown for Gun Safety, and shared widely on social media, said that there have been 74 "school shootings in America since Sandy Hook."
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June 13, 2014

Oregon: Gun control debate likely to intensify

Opponents of additional gun restrictions have bottled up bills calling for stricter criminal background checks for gun purchasers. Attempts to find middle ground by focusing on keeping firearms out of the hands of those with mental illness have foundered.House Judiciary Chairman Jeff Barker, D-Aloha, and a critic of gun control, agreed that Tuesday's shootings would put additional pressure on legislators to deal with the issue.
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June 13, 2014

Is there really an epidemic of mass shootings?

The truth, simply put, is that mass shootings —as horrible and nightmarish as they are — are very rare, constitute a tiny sliver of homicides, and are not becoming more frequent. The debate over how to respond to gun violence is controversial and unlikely to yield solutions that will satisfy everyone. That said, any efforts that intend to strike a balance between safety, self-defense, and civil liberties must take account of these inconvenient truths.
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June 13, 2014

Professor: Statistics show mass shootings not on the rise

So are mass shootings on the rise? One professor and criminologist says no.Northeastern University criminology professor James Alan Fox compiled the data of shootings with four or more fatalities from 1976 to 2012, and found that these incidents on a chart look like an EKG: up and down, not a steady rise.
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June 12, 2014

Everytown report on school shootings is off-target

The anti-gun group Everytown for Gun Safety on Tuesday published a list of 74 school shootings the group says have taken place since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., in December 2012. But Everytown employs an overly broad definition of "school shooting" that inflates the problem to make the situation seem more dire than it is.
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June 12, 2014

Mass shootings aren’t on the rise

It's only natural, faced with atrocities like those that took place in Aurora or Sandy Hook or Isla Vista, to sink into a "What the hell is wrong with the world?" attitude. And based on the conversations that often follow these tragedies, it would be easy to think that life in the United States is as dangerous as ever, that the country is an increasingly violent, brutal place. Luckily, the statistics tell a different story.
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June 12, 2014

CNN slashes school shooting stats claim by 80 percent

CNN has drastically revised a claim it made, which was based on a graphical map from a pro-gun control group, which purportedly showed that 74 school shootings have occurred in the U.S. since the Sandy Hook massacre in Dec. 2012.
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June 12, 2014

California: Firearms checks sought after Santa Barbara rampage

Law enforcement officers would be required to check state firearms records as part of routine welfare checks under legislation proposed Wednesday in the wake of the deadly rampage last month near the University of California, Santa Barbara.
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June 12, 2014

Wichita City Council repeals gun ordinances to comply with new state law

Most firearms confiscated by Wichita police soon will be sold at public auction rather than being destroyed.Also later this month, a person traveling in a vehicle with a gun no longer will be required to keep it unloaded and in a case.And the city won’t be able to require armed private security guards to take advanced firearms training.The City Council on Tuesday struck down those measures in order to comply with a state law that takes effect July 1.
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June 11, 2014

Obama hails Aussie gun laws

President Barack Obama has used a live Q and A session on Tumblr to highlight Australia's gun laws following the latest mass shooting in the US.
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June 11, 2014

Obama praises Australia’s gun confiscation

Let me be clear, as Obama likes to say: You simply cannot praise Australia’s gun-laws without praising the country’s mass confiscation program. That is Australia’s law. When the Left says that we should respond to shootings as Australia did, they don’t mean that we should institute background checks on private sales; they mean that they we should ban and confiscate guns. No amount of wooly words can change this. Again, one doesn’t bring up countries that have confiscated firearms as a shining example unless one wishes to push the conversation toward confiscation.
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June 11, 2014

Florida: 'Voluntary' gun control is just coercion

Regarding the June 6 Today's Buzz question, "Would voluntary gun regulations work in Broward?":No clear-thinking county official would believe they can violate the law by establishing gun control criteria and then escape punishment by calling it "sales and marketing safeguards."
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June 11, 2014

What does the Oregon shooter tell us about our gun laws?

KGW News has identified the Oregon shooter. He was just 15 years old.What does this mean for our public policy? Well, pretty much nothing. Despite all of the chatter from the White House and beyond, “universal background checks” have absolutely nothing to do with this case. In Oregon, 15-year-olds are not allowed to purchase firearms of any sort – whether from stores or from private sources. Last year’s Toomey-Manchin proposal, which would have mandated checks for all private sales, would therefore not have applied to this case and could not have stopped this shooting. To pretend otherwise is downright dishonest.
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June 10, 2014

Massachusetts: Gun legislation advances

House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s new proposal to reduce gun violence has barely emerged with a favorable report from a legislative committee, foreshadowing a potentially turbulent reception in the full House and Senate.
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June 10, 2014

More Tennessee women get handgun permits

The number of gun permits issued in Tennessee has nearly doubled between 2012 and 2013.
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June 10, 2014

Harry Reid: Pass background checks on guns

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called on the Senate Monday to pass background checks on guns in the wake of a Sunday shooting in Las Vegas that killed two police officers.
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June 9, 2014

New Jersey: Temporary confiscation bill on the move

Families worried about mentally unstable loved ones hurting themselves or others would be able to seek a court order to temporarily take firearms away under a bill introduced Thursday in the New Jersey Senate.
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June 9, 2014

Sens. Feinstein, Boxer push gun legislation

A trio of California lawmakers introduced bills in Congress on Thursday that mirror a state proposal designed to remove guns from an emotionally unstable individual at the behest of family and friends.
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June 9, 2014

Vermont gun importer blames White House rules for layoffs

A Vermont gun importer is blaming the White House for its laying off of 41 workers because the government blocked its plan to bring nearly $30 million worth of antique, American-made military rifles home from South Korea.
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June 6, 2014

Judge sides with county board; strikes down part of Fla. gun law

Florida Gov. Rick Scott does not have the power to remove Palm Beach County commissioners from office for trying to preempt a state gun law that took effect in 2011, a Leon County circuit judge has ruled.Circuit Judge John C. Cooper, in an order released Thursday, ruled that provisions in the law allowing the governor to remove county commissioners from office are “unconstitutional” and “a violation of the doctrine of separation of powers.’’
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June 6, 2014

Michigan: Gun records confidentiality bills sent to Snyder

The confidential status of Michigan gun records is reaffirmed in legislation that passed the state House on Thursday.
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June 6, 2014

West Virginia: Right-to-Carry permit holders exempt from background checks

West Virginians who obtain concealed handgun permits won't have to undergo additional background checks when they buy firearms from licensed dealers.
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June 6, 2014

Gun control can't end evil

We are never going to be able to pass enough laws or ban enough items to stop evil from happening. People do bad things—and guns, mental illness, and violent video games aren’t always to blame. There are times when the only explanation is that the person acted on his evil desires and intentions.
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June 5, 2014

Florida: Broward pursues voluntary gun control

County officials in Florida can't regulate guns anymore, but Broward commissioners think they might be able to control gun sales just by asking.The county is considering teaming up with cities and the Broward Sheriff's Office to tiptoe back into the gun control realm, three years after state law preempted local governments from regulating firearms.
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June 5, 2014

Codey plans bill to create N.J. gun violence 'restraining orders'

Under the bill, if alerted by friends or family members about a person’s mental health, law enforcement officials would be able to petition a judge to grant a temporary restraining order prohibiting that person from purchasing or possessing firearms. After a yet-to-be-determined period, the judge would reassess the restraining order to decide whether it should be lifted.
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June 5, 2014

Pennsylvania lawmakers weigh adopting official state firearm

Pennsylvania lawmakers on Wednesday moved closer to adopting the long rifle as the official state firearm, a step already taken by four other U.S. states.The House of Representatives voted 157-39 to give the title to the Pennsylvania Long Rifle, a weapon with a long local history.
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June 4, 2014

Senate bill would let families confiscate guns of 'unstable' people

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) plans to introduce legislation that would allow family members to take guns away from "unstable" and "violent" people.
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June 4, 2014

Massachusetts gun control debate draws both sides

Opponents of a sweeping gun control bill are pushing back on Beacon Hill, saying the Democratic-backed measure stigmatizes gun owners and won’t help reduce crime.State Rep. George Peterson told a legislative panel Tuesday that while he supports parts of the bill unveiled last week by House Speaker Robert DeLeo, other elements chip away at Second Amendment rights.
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June 3, 2014

Chicago: Mayor's gun store proposal stricter than public wants

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposal to keep gun stores out of most of Chicago is far more restrictive than what the public supports, a gun industry lobbyist said Monday.
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June 3, 2014

Massachusetts: Gun bill backers, critics heading to Statehouse

Supporters and opponents of tighter gun control measures are converging on the Statehouse for a public hearing.Tuesday’s hearing will look at a wide-ranging bill filed by House leaders intended to strengthen Massachusetts’ already-tough gun laws while respecting the rights of lawful gun owners.
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June 3, 2014

Washington: State's concealed-carry permits skyrocket, especially for women

Between 2005 and 2012, the number of state residents receiving new concealed-carry permits tripled to 62,939. Now some 451,000 Washington residents are allowed to carry a hidden handgun almost anywhere they go, more than 100,000 of them women.
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June 3, 2014

DOJ accused of targeting gun industry with 'Choke Point' program

The Obama administration, after failing to get gun control passed on Capitol Hill, has resorted to using its executive power to try to put some in the firearms industry out of business, House Republican investigators say.
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June 3, 2014

May employer fire employee based on employee’s reasonable on-the-job armed self-defense?

No problem under Michigan law, the Sixth Circuit ruled today in Hoven v. Walgreen Co. (6th Cir. June 2, 2014).
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June 2, 2014

Lawmakers unveil new gun bill

House Democrats are looking to strengthen the nation’s gun laws bill by bill.
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June 2, 2014

Gun seller dropped by bank rejects their attempt ‘to kiss and make up’

A Massachusetts gun store owner says it’s “too late” for a bank to mend a relationship that it broke.Mark Cohen, who owns Powderhorn Outfitters, a Hyannis, Mass. gun retailer, said that his longtime bank, TD Bank, refused to extend a line of credit because of the business he is in.Cohen explained what happened in an interview with The Daily Caller on Friday.
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June 2, 2014

California: Mountain View Council asks for memo on Sunnyvale gun control ordinance

Mountain View may follow in Sunnyvale's footsteps and pursue a ban on ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.On Tuesday, a majority of the City Council said they wanted City Attorney Jannie Quinn to prepare a memo on Measure C, which was passed by 67 percent of Sunnyvale voters last November.
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May 30, 2014

Kopel: The history of magazines holding 11 or more rounds

Currently before the Ninth Circuit is an appeal in the case of Fyock v. Sunnyvale, a case which challenges a California’s city’s ban on magazines which hold more than 10 rounds. While the State of California outlaws the sale, import, or transfer of such magazines, the Sunnyvale ban goes further, by prohibiting possession of these magazines, with no provision for grandfathering. The District Court upheld the ban; part of the Court’s analysis stated that magazines did not exist at the time the Second Amendment was ratified. Last Friday, amicus briefs in support of appellant were filed, including a brief which I co-authored on the history of magazines and of magazine prohibition.
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May 30, 2014

Operation Choke Point forces bank to dump gun store

A Massachusetts gun seller says it’s the latest victim of a federal multiagency task force that is squeezing financing sources for industries deemed “high-risk” by the Obama administration, such as porn stores, drug paraphernalia shops and gun merchants.Powderhorn Outfitters, which sells firearms, archery gear and fishing equipment in Hyannis, Massachusetts, posted in an online forum this week that its longtime bank — TD Bank — had suddenly dropped its account.
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May 30, 2014

Bill to add tax to gun, ammunition purchases in R.I. runs into opposition

A State House hearing Thursday followed a well-worn path of other airings of bills focused on guns this year.Gun-rights advocates well outnumbered advocates for the bill at the hearing. And there was little sign the bill, which would put a 10-percent additional tax on gun and/or ammunition purchases in Rhode Island, has support to advance as the legislative session heads into June.
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May 30, 2014

Louisiana hunters will be able to use sound suppressors on firearms

Louisiana hunters will be able to shoot birds, deer and any other game with a device the muffles sound on their firearms starting Aug. 1.
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