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November 25, 2013

Kopel: Knives and the Second Amendment

The Second Amendment guarantees the right to keep and bear "Arms" -- not solely "firearms." While firearms have always been the paradigmatic Second Amendment arm, there are many other types of arms which are protected by the Second Amendment. By far the most common of the other arms are knives.
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November 25, 2013

California: Replica toy guns could face ban

Toy guns made to look like the real thing would be banned in California under legislation announced Friday in Sonoma County, where a sheriff's deputy last month shot and killed a 13 year old boy after mistaking his replica AK 47 pellet gun for an assault rifle.The bill, to be introduced by five lawmakers, would require pellet and other toy guns to be brightly colored or translucent so they are easily recognized. Federal law requires the replica guns only to have an orange mark on the tip of the barrel.
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November 22, 2013

Bloomberg group wants you to start fights about gun control at Thanksgiving

I don't know what holiday dinners are like at Michael Bloomberg's house, but I suspect there's an awful lot of picking at food while the windbag at the head of the table lectures the assembled guests about why he's right and they're all idiots. That's the message I get from his pet Mayors Against Illegal Guns organization, which wants its loyal minions, if there are any, to sit down to their Thanksgiving feasts and immediately start fights with relatives they haven't seen in a year about gun control.
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November 22, 2013

Ohio Attorney General sees Right-to-Carry becoming mainstream

When Ohio first licensed citizens to carry a concealed handgun nearly 10 years ago, then U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine was a little skeptical.He wasn't so sure it was a good idea.But after nearly 10 years of concealed carry not only has DeWine, the current Ohio Attorney General whose office oversees the program, changed his mind but he became a supporter. He's also a licensed concealed carrier."People are just more comfortable with it and it's much more accepted that people can have a concealed carry permit," DeWine said during a visit this week in Lima. "It's much more mainstream then it was when it started."
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November 22, 2013

Virginia: McAuliffe appoints gun control activist to transition team

Democratic Virginia Governor elect Terry McAuliffe has appointed Lori Haas, the Virginia State Director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, to his 54 member bipartisan transition team.
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November 22, 2013

Canada: Supreme Court to hear Quebec gun registry appeal

The last remnants of the federal long gun registry will survive into 2014.The Supreme Court of Canada agreed on Thursday to give the Quebec government one last shot at making the case for preserving provincial registry data.
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November 22, 2013

Raymond Kelly, blind to his gun-control hypocrisy

Raymond Kelly has made it clear that he believes it should be as difficult as possible, and mostly illegal, for law-abiding Americans to own a firearm for self-defense.However, when it comes to defending his life, Kelly wants to be surrounded by firearms. Not only that, he wants other people to pay for it.
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November 21, 2013

Porter: Bloomberg's all consuming agenda

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was once asked by NBC's David Gregory how much he was willing to spend to spread his vision for gun control to every corner of the nation."I think I have an obligation as an American and as a citizen, as a human being, to help others. Smoking is gonna kill a billion people this century. I put $600 million of my own money into trying to stop the tobacco companies ... That's one issue. Who knows with this?"
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November 21, 2013

Feds consider new gun regs

The ATF would not comment on the draft rule, since it has not yet been released to the public, but a description provided by the White House asserts that it would target cases where guns go missing “in transit.”
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November 21, 2013

Ohio House passes gun bill

After an impassioned debate, the Ohio House of Representatives on Wednesday approved legislation that would make sweeping changes to the state's concealed weapons laws, including a so called "stand your ground" self defense provision.
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November 21, 2013

New Jersey: New gun may trigger old law

A law that injects technology into the gun debate has lain dormant for more than 10 years. Now it may be about to wake up.In 2002, New Jersey passed a law saying that once technology is available to prevent a gun from being used by an unauthorized person, only that type of handgun may be sold in the state.
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November 21, 2013

Every D.C. firearm owner to be fingerprinted to renew gun registry

The 1,800 or so criminals who have killed, robbed or assaulted innocent people with guns in the District of Columbia so far this year were hauled into the police station to be fingerprinted, photographed and to undergo a criminal background check.Now, legal gun owners who have committed no crime are getting the exact same treatment. That is neither constitutional, nor fair.The latest gun control scheme that starts on Jan. 1 will force every legal firearm owner in the nation's capital to go in person to police headquarters to renew their registration certificates.
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November 21, 2013

Washington: Gonzaga sets date for 1st meeting to discuss its ban on firearms

Gonzaga University says it will hold its first meeting to discuss the school's ban on firearms on December 3rd.The meeting comes after a recent incident in which two students displayed a handgun while confronting a home intruder. That is against policy because they live in a university managed apartment. The two students have been placed on probation.
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November 20, 2013

NRA sues San Francisco over gun law

The National Rifle Association sued San Francisco on Tuesday, claiming the city violated the constitutional right to possess guns for self defense with a new ordinance banning possession of magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
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November 20, 2013

NRA affiliate wants SAFE Act hearing in Buffalo

The state affiliate of the National Rifle Association has asked a federal judge in Buffalo to schedule a hearing to outline its case in public against New York's SAFE Act gun control law.The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association petitioned U.S. District Court Judge William M. Skretny, who is considering the group's lawsuit against the state over the gun and ammunition crackdown, because it believes oral arguments are justified in the case.
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November 20, 2013

Ohio: Self-defense bill clears legislative committee, heads to House floor

Gun legislation that includes a controversial "stand your ground" self defense provision is headed to the House floor after a legislative committee favorably reported on the bill Tuesday afternoon.House Bill 203 would also make major changes to the state's concealed weapons laws, including expanded recognition of out of state conceal carry permits, a streamlined background check system, and reduced firearms training requirements.
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November 20, 2013

Kansas: Empty holsters symbol of KU protest

More than a dozen students at The University of Kansas on Tuesday attended classes wearing empty gun holsters to express opposition to a decision by academic administrators to delay implementation of full conceal and carry rights on campus.
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November 19, 2013

NY City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly Wants 6 Detective Guard When He Leaves Office

Outgoing Police Commissioner and gun control proponent Raymond Kelly wants to take half dozen detectives to protect him and his family after he leaves the NYPD, DNAinfo New York has learned. Citing the fact that he will remain a “high profile target” after he leaves office, Kelly informed insiders at Police Headquarters that he will request the contingent of detectives — each will remain on the city payroll making about $120,000 a year — to shepherd him around town and protect him and his family during their travels, sources told “On the Inside.”
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November 19, 2013

Bloomberg’s security detail offered deals to retire from NYPD and stay on as his bodyguards

Big-bucks Mayor Bloomberg is leaving office in January and has offered members of his security detail six-figure salaries to leave with him, police sources said. Hizzoner made the generous offer to the veteran cops, giving them the tantalizing option of retiring from the NYPD and continuing to protect him.
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November 19, 2013

Pennsylvania town clings to its guns, ousts mayor

Know your constituency. It's the first rule of local politics.The second: What happens in New York City usually can only happen in New York City, and is best kept there.Policies that fit “The Big Apple” don't fit a town that is, say, known statewide for its Apple Festival. Just ask Democrat Pete Lagiovane, the mayor of this Franklin County town who won't return to office in January. He lost his bid for re-election — to a seat he won unopposed the last time — in part because he signed up Chambersburg as one of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's anti-gun cities.
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November 19, 2013

Judge dismisses feds from lawsuit over Border Patrol agent's death in 'Fast and Furious' case

A judge has dismissed federal employees from a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a slain Border Patrol agent over the botched "Fast and Furious" gun operation, noting congressionally mandated remedies are already in place for when an agent dies in the line of duty.
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November 18, 2013

Anti-gun legislators vow to criminalize private transfers

Far from dead, legislation expanding background checks before gun sales still has a chance of passing this Congress, Democratic leaders in the House and Senate said Wednesday.While the background check issue has been dormant on Capitol Hill since the Senate shot down such a proposal earlier in the year, Democrats argue that enough pressure on House GOP leaders would return the topic to prominence -- and force a floor vote -- before next year's mid term elections.
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November 18, 2013

LaPierre: Obama's obsession with our gun rights

Barack Obama, the candidate who promised Americans in 2008 that "I will not take your guns away," now, as President of the United States in 2013, has embraced the universal firearm confiscation of Australia and England -- schemes that saw the destruction of hundreds of thousands of registered, legal firearms that had been outlawed and taken under threat of force from licensed gun owners by their governments.
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November 18, 2013

Holder seeks Fast and Furious appeal

Attorney General Eric Holder is seeking an appeal to a judge's ruling that allows the House of Representatives to proceed with contempt charges over the Justice Department program Operation Fast and Furious.Holder is being held in contempt by the House for refusing to turn over documents about the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' gun tracking program that allowed thousands of weapons to flow to Mexican drug cartels. The Obama administration invoked executive privilege to keep sealed some records over their response to Fast and Furious. The House Government Oversight and Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa, R California, subsequently voted to hold Holder in contempt last year.
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November 18, 2013

New York: Gov. Andrew Cuomo's new gun control law targets gun makers

Gov. Cuomo's tough new gun law has put a target on the state's gun makers.Cities, counties and states from across the country have been making lucrative pitches to New York's firearms companies, urging them to relocate. Their argument: They have a gun friendly atmosphere, and New York does not.
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November 18, 2013

Michigan: Senate approves bill to lift ban on short-barreled shotguns and rifles

The Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved legislation that would lift the state's ban on short barreled shotguns and rifles.Sponsoring state Sen. Mike Green, R Mayville, said that Senate Bill 610 would align Michigan with more than 40 other states that allow residents to own such guns if they meet federal requirements.
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November 18, 2013

Ohio: Right-to-Carry permits hit record

A third quarter report released yesterday by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine shows that 82,186 new permits were issued this year through Sept. 30 -- a record for the state, which has been issuing permits since April 2004. The total is 17,536 more than in all of 2012.
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November 18, 2013

Twenty years of putting nonsense first

When your stock and trade is irrational logic, you publish the same stuff.An example of such irrationality was recently whelped by a politicized organization now called the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (LCPGV). They were originally called the Legal Community Against Violence, though both names are misleading given that their stated goal is enacting lots of gun control laws, not anti violence laws. In a knee jerk reaction to a crazy person murdering people in a law firm one tragic day in San Francisco, this band of local liberal litigators took it upon themselves to develop novel theories, imposing liability on gun manufacturers for the criminal misuse of their products and inventing/promoting legislation designed to reduce the availability of guns. In the 20 years since then, they have effectively become the law firm for the gun ban lobby.
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November 18, 2013

Guam: Castle Doctrine bill sent back to committee

It was earlier this week when 39 bills and resolutions were passed by lawmakers and now make their way to Adelup for final signature from Governor Eddie Calvo. One measure however didn't go up for vote as Senator Tony Ada himself decided to send his Bill 146 relative to the castle doctrine back to committee.
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November 15, 2013

Connecticut: New gun laws have negative impact on hunters

A couple of days before heading north to hunt moose in Vermont, I stopped by a local gun store for a box of ammunition, only to find out the store could not legally sell me the bullets because I didn't have a pile of newly required permits in hand. To my surprise and dismay, a hunting license, which is earned by passing a rigorous 12 hour class, is no longer sufficient "hoop jumping" to buy bullets in Connecticut.
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November 14, 2013

Massachusetts: Gun groups angry over Swampscott official's idea

Under Massachusetts law, gun owners are required to keep their weapons stored in a locked container or locked in some other way. During the selectmen's discussion last week, Selectman Barry Greenfield asked the town's legal counsel to provide an opinion on whether that provision could be locally enforced."We need the ability to enforce the state law," Greenfield said, accord ing to Patch's coverage of the meeting on Nov. 6, before asking if police in Swampscott, a town of about 14,000 people on the North Shore, would have the authority to inspect gun storage. Would it be legal, Greenfield asked, for police to make sure gun owners are complying with those standards?
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November 14, 2013

Vermont Federation of Sportmen's Clubs decries gun control event

The Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs is criticizing the city of Burlington for allowing a gun legislation event to be held in City Hall on Veterans Day."The federation holds it is disheartening that the mayor and city council would allow any activist events to take place in the city council chambers on Veterans Day," Vice President Evan Hughes wrote in a statement on behalf of the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, which is the state's National Rifle Association affiliate and a group that has spoken out against gun related legislation.
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November 14, 2013

Giving guns a shot: Women and firearms

Record levels of women are picking up rifles, shotguns and handguns. But the women behind the magazines and barrels aren't your stereotypical gunslingers; instead they're moms, doctors, lawyers and secretaries. The one thing they have in common is their decision to exercise their second amendment right to bear arms.
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November 13, 2013

Connecticut: Pistol permits jump after shooting

Pistol permit applications in Newtown skyrocketed in the five months after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December, exceeding the entire totals for both 2011 and 2012.
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November 13, 2013

Massachusetts: Gun owners want the violence to stop also

The 17,000 members of the Gun Owners Action League of Massachusetts, of whom I represent as executive director, do not believe simply passing more gun control laws will help stop killers or reduce gun crime in any way. What we do know will reduce gun violence is targeting criminals. By reforming our state and federal gun statutes to create simple, enforceable laws that respect our civil rights and give law enforcement the tools necessary to implement them — gun violence will decrease.
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November 13, 2013

New York: SAFE Act stance helps Howard win 3rd term as Erie County sheriff

Four words that he uttered at a news conference last May helped Timothy B. Howard win a third term as Erie County sheriff.The words were “I won’t enforce it,” and Howard was talking about the SAFE Act, a controversial new state firearms law that has outraged gun owners.
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November 12, 2013

Halbrook: What made the Nazi Holocaust possible? Gun control

This week marks the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, or the Night of the Broken Glass, the Nazi pogrom against Germany's Jews on Nov. 9 10, 1938. Historians have documented most everything about it except what made it so easy to attack the defenseless Jews without fear of resistance. Their guns were registered and thus easily confiscated.
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November 12, 2013

California: Brown mum on ammo bill

Legislation that would limit the sale of bullets was nearing final passage in September when the bill's author delayed an Assembly floor vote to await the outcome of negotiations with Brown, who had vetoed an earlier measure.
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November 12, 2013

Gonzaga students could face expulsion for using gun to fend off intruder

Two Gonzaga University students could be suspended or even expelled after using a handgun to defend themselves from an intruder in their university owned apartment, an act which the university says violates the school's weapons policy.
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November 12, 2013

Florida: Leon County wants dealers to help implement gun control

The Leon County Commission is trying to pressure gun dealers into helping to implement a proposed gun control ordinance.Recently, commissioners were telling us there wasn't any action going on with regard to a proposed "gun show loophole" ordinance. In fact, some even claimed "there is no proposed ordinance at all." Some even suggested they simply wanted to receive our comments for discussion at the January commission meeting.Turns out, that isn't the full story. What they're really up to is trying to pressure gun dealers into implementing the gun control ordinance for them.
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