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May 22, 2014

N.J. Assembly to vote on magazine bill

The New Jersey Assembly is scheduled to vote on a bill that would outlaw ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.The bill has cleared the state Senate and would go to Gov. Chris Christie for his consideration.
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May 21, 2014

Gun control groups file lawsuit to force NJ attorney general to report on 'smart guns'

A dozen years ago, New Jersey became the focus of a national debate by passing a law requiring guns sold in the state to be equipped with technology that recognizes the owner and only allows that person to fire the weapon.
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May 21, 2014

Squeezing the gunsmiths

When he was an ambitious state senator in Illinois, Barack Obama despised White House power grabs. It was so Washington. “The biggest problem that we’re facing right now,” he said in 2008, “has to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all, and that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m president of the United States of America.”The only things Mr. Obama has reversed since he got to town are red lines of his own making. As president, Mr. Obama has raced far beyond Congress and the authority given to him by the Constitution. The latest example of overreach is carefully documented by our Kelly Riddell, who reported Monday that the administration is scheming to starve the gun industry of working capital and credit.
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May 21, 2014

Vagueness challenge in Manhattan DA’s use of gravity knives

Shortly after taking office as District Attorney of Manhattan, Cyrus Vance, Jr., began enforcing a novel interpretation of New York State’s half-century old ban on “gravity knives.” A state statute bans possession of a gravity knife, which is defined as “any knife having a blade which is released from the handle or sheath thereof by the force of gravity or the application of centrifugal force which, when released, is locked in place by means of a button, spring, lever or other device.” N.Y. Penal L. § 265.00(5).
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May 20, 2014

NRA News Commentator Colion Noir on Fox & Friends

Colion Noir appeared on Fox News’ Fox & Friends to discuss his new show, NOIR, and the backlash the show and Colion personally have received from the mainstream media. NOIR airs Sunday evenings at 8 and 10 p.m. ET on NRA Freestyle
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May 20, 2014

Hillary Clinton can't shoot straight on gun control

Hillary Clinton’s views on gun control change as frequently as her hairstyles.The former secretary of State has veered from calling for a national registry to win a Senate seat in New York to recalling a childhood spent duck hunting when running for president. Now, she has swung back to her more restrictive views on the Second Amendment with an eye on 2016.
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May 20, 2014

Congressmen question accountability in botched ATF operation

Congressional members are demanding answers from the director of the ATF about whether anyone has been held accountable for a botched undercover operation in Milwaukee — more than a year after problems were exposed.
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May 20, 2014

Detroit: Craig stands by 2nd Amendment support in wake of NRA magazine cover story

Police Chief James Craig on Monday reiterated his support for the Second Amendment in the wake of a National Rifle Association magazine cover story that featured the chief advocating for gun rights.During a one-on-one interview with The Detroit News, and a press conference outside police headquarters later Monday, Craig said he not only supports the right to bear arms, but Michigan’s Open Carry law, which allows licensed gun owners to carry their firearms in non-restricted areas, as long as they’re not concealed.
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May 20, 2014

New Jersey sued over "smart gun" law

A national gun control group sued New Jersey on Monday, claiming that the state has failed to comply with its own 12-year-old law regarding guns that contain technology allowing them to be fired only by their owners.
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May 20, 2014

‘High risk’ label from feds puts gun sellers in banks’ crosshairs, hurts business

Gun retailers say the Obama administration is trying to put them out of business with regulations and investigations that bypass Congress and choke off their lines of credit, freeze their assets and prohibit online sales.Since 2011, regulators have increased scrutiny on banks’ customers. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in 2011 urged banks to better manage the risks of their merchant customers who employ payment processors, such as PayPal, for credit card transactions. The FDIC listed gun retailers as “high risk” along with porn stores and drug paraphernalia shops.
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May 16, 2014

West Virginia: Five counties vote to allow Sunday hunting

Hunters in five West Virginia counties will soon have the option to hunt on Sundays.Voters in Braxton, Webster, Wirt, Nicholas and Calhoun counties approved Sunday hunting, which is illegal in all but 14 of the state’s counties. The issue was on the ballots in Lewis and Gilmer counties as well, but did not pass. Although counties have had the option of placing the issue on the ballots for about 12 years, Jerry Jenkins, lieutenant colonel with the state Division of Natural Resources, said it doesn’t come up very often.
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May 16, 2014

Okla. House passes concealed handgun legislation

The Oklahoma House has approved legislation that authorizes persons with concealed handgun licenses to store their handgun in a locked vehicle on school parking lots.
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May 15, 2014

Sara gets her gun

Next week, at about this time, Sara Warren will finally be given back her gun.About time, too. The pistol, a Ruger SR9, has been held by authorities since March 28, on which day Warren was involved in a serious automobile accident. “It was pretty bad,” she tells me over the phone from her home in Fort Collins, Colo. “I was slammed against my driver’s side door. I had blunt-force trauma to my kidneys, and I was bleeding internally. When the ambulance came, they grabbed me right away and rushed me to the hospital.” At the time of the collision, Warren had her pistol on the adjacent passenger seat, but afterward moved it into her purse so as not “to alarm anybody.”
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May 15, 2014

Louisiana’s Jindal will sign guns in restaurants bill

The Louisiana State Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Tuesday that eliminates a long-time ban on guns in restaurants where alcohol is served. The law, passed by the state House earlier this year, would also allow off-duty officers to carry their weapons into bars. Gov. Bobby Jindal’s (R) office said Wednesday he will sign the bill.
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May 15, 2014

Alabama Legislature aims to protect sportsmen’s rights

In November, Alabamians will vote on a proposed amendment to Amendment 597 of the state constitution, which furthers citizens’ right to hunt and fish within regulation. While the original amendment granting the right to hunt and fish was created in 1996, the proposed amendment specifies that public hunting and fishing is to be the preferred method of wildlife conservation and management efforts.
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May 14, 2014

Ohio: Bill would better respect Right-to-Carry

Questions already are being raised about the reach of a gun bill introduced in the state Senate yesterday that would prevent a person or entity leasing certain government property from blocking access to people carrying guns.
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May 14, 2014

Ohio issues 16,000 new concealed carry licenses

Ohio's attorney general reports that more than 16,000 new concealed-carry licenses were issued in the first quarter of 2014.
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May 14, 2014

Illinois: Teen protests suspension over gun club T-shirt

A Hinsdale Central High School student is challenging a suspension he said he received for wearing to school a T-shirt that depicts an AK-47.Senior Chris Borg, 18, of Hinsdale, appeared before the Hinsdale Township High School District 86 school board Monday to make the request that the suspension he received on May 6 be removed from his record.
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May 13, 2014

N.J. Senate passes bill to curb ammunition magazines

The New Jersey Senate voted Monday to pass a bill that would ban high-capacity magazines, despite Republican opposition and reservations voiced by some Democrats.
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May 13, 2014

Shall issue legislation passes in Guam, cites Peruta case as reason

The Guam Senate passed a bill by a 13-2 vote Friday that could soon make the U.S. territory the latest part of the country to move away from may issue guidelines for concealed carry permits.
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May 13, 2014

D.C. gun carry rights case blocked in court

Washington, D.C. is the only place in the country where no one is allowed to legally carry a gun outside the home.District residents are trying to challenge the law in court, but the justice system has denied them due process. The almost five-year delay in Palmer v. District of Columbia is so extreme that some suspect political games.
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May 13, 2014

Are W.Va. attitudes changing on Sunday hunting

The Facebook message sent to me almost a year ago wasn’t all that unusual. It was from Cory Boothe, a listener/follower, who said he planned to start up a petition drive to get Sunday hunting on the ballot in his county. I admitted, I was skeptical and told him as much. He wasn’t the first one who had suggested a plan of self action on the matter to me.
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May 13, 2014

Hunting with silencers will soon be legal in Alabama

The next hunting season might be a little bit more quiet than the last.Last week, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Advisory Board voted unanimously to allow hunting with silencers in the state.
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May 12, 2014

Alabama votes to allow use of suppressors for hunting

The Alabama Department of Conservation voted unanimously last week to make Alabama the 32nd state to allow hunting with legal suppressors. The change, if approved by an administrative review, will modify Alabama’s current hunting regulationsto strike the ban on “silenced firearms” for the legal taking of game. This change would allow those who have National Firearms Act (NFA) registered suppressors as well as a valid Alabama DCNR hunting license to both harvest game animals and eradicate non-game pests during open seasons.
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May 12, 2014

N.J. 'smart gun' law may be reversed

Several South Jersey gun shop owners will be happy to know New Jersey may not limit their handgun sales only to smart guns — those made only to be fired only by an authorized user.State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg told MSNBC on Friday that she and colleagues would change a 2002 law that would have made it illegal to sell any type of handgun except a smart gun. The restriction would kick in three years after the first such weapon was available for retail sale.
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May 12, 2014

Gun makers moving to more Second Amendment friendly states

Some of the bluest of the blue bloods in the nation’s gun industry are looking at moving production from state’s that recently have passed stricter gun control laws, and the South is the hotspot.
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May 12, 2014

West Virginia: Martinsburg gun regs now comply with state law

Martinsburg’s gun ordinances are now in compliance with a new state law.The law prohibits municipalities from enacting firearms regulations that are greater than those of the state and federal governments.
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May 9, 2014

Oklahoma: Senate overrides governor’s veto on gun bill

The Oklahoma Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to override Gov. Mary Fallin’s veto of a House bill dealing with federal gun regulations.
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May 9, 2014

Colorado: Gun transfer laws stall firearm returns

The last time Sara Warren saw her personal handgun was in the ambulance after an accident on March 28. The police have refused to give the firearm back to her.The Loveland resident was taken to the Poudre Valley Hospital where her personal firearm was turned over to Fort Collins Police Services — where it's been ever since.Due to advice from the city attorney's office based on the Colorado gun transfer laws that went into effect July 1, 2013, the police have been unable to return her property.
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May 8, 2014

Florida: NRA vows to bring back gun-evacuation bill

The National Rifle Association intends to push in 2015 for a measure that would allow people to carry concealed guns without licenses during emergency evacuations, after the bill died in the state Senate last week.
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May 8, 2014

Two more states to honor Kansas gun permits

Two more states have now agreed to honor permits issued by Kansas allowing residents to carry concealed weapons.Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office said Wednesday the recognition by Virginia and Washington brings to 36 the number of states that honor Kansas permits.
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May 7, 2014

Clinton says gun rights 'way out of balance'

Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that the nation's gun culture had gotten "way out of balance" and that the United States needed to rein in the notion that "anybody can have a gun anywhere, anytime."
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May 7, 2014

Kopel: Smart guns

“Smart guns” have been in the news recently. A gun store owner in Maryland abandoned plans to begin selling a German-made “smart gun” after protests–some of which included death threats. Such threats are crimes, and ought to be prosecuted, if the perpetrators can be identified. However, lawful threats, such as boycotts, seem likely to deter gun stores from selling the product. Gun owner boycotts and the risk of such boycotts have historically a very powerful check on the actions of firearms businesses. A firearms business which is perceived as anti-Second Amendment is not going to stay in business very long.
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May 7, 2014

NY Safe Act or yogurt: Which was debated longer on state Senate floor?

But the fun, lively and appetizing debate on yogurt brought about an interesting question: Did the state's senators spend more time on Tuesday debating the calorie counts, lactose tolerance and inclusiveness of snacks than they did discussing the NY Safe Act back in January 2013?The answer is yes. The yogurt debate and vote took about 44 minutes. The Safe Act? Just less than 30 minutes.
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May 6, 2014

Supreme Court declines to review New Jersey’s handgun permit law

The Supreme Court Monday decided once again to stay out of the legal battle over whether some states are too restrictive in issuing permits to carry a handgun outside the home.The justices without comment turned down a request to review whether New Jersey’s law requiring “justifiable need” to get a handgun permit infringes on Second Amendment rights.
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May 6, 2014

N.J. bill to reduce allowed size of ammunition magazines advances

The state Senate’s Law and Public Safety Committee today voted 3-2 along party lines to approve the legislation (A2006), which lowers the allowed size from 15 rounds to 10. The bill has been kicking around the Legislature since 2012 as one of several dozen pushed in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Ct. But while it has already passed the Assembly twice, this is the first time it has advanced in the state Senate.
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May 6, 2014

Florida: Mostly wins for gun supporters during 2014 session

The 2014 Florida legislative session was another success for gun owners and the National Rifle Association, but one battle is still being waged.
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May 5, 2014

In California, a fevered rush for gun permits

Pete Alexander celebrated the news that a federal court in California had thrown out this state’s strict requirements for obtaining a concealed-handgun permit — among the toughest in the nation — by calling the Orange County Sheriff’s Department to apply for a permit he had long wanted.
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May 5, 2014

Concealed carry permits gaining popularity on Chicago’s North Shore as more women and seniors join the ranks

When Brian Kossof, founder and president of Concealed Carry of Illinois, began offering Illinois State Firearm Safety and Concealed Carry classes in September of last year, the room was filled with men and perhaps a handful of women. "To be honest, I wasn't at all surprised by the male to female ratio," says Kossof, a Highland Park resident whose interest in firearm safety prompted him to become fully licensed to teach at the state certification level. "For the first few months, men definitely dominated the classes, which is what we all expected," he says.But then, a very noticeable change occurred. More and more women, as well as seniors, began registering for Kossof's course. "It was interesting and exciting to see this kind of a shift" says Kossof, who noted that many of the women came with a female friend or accompanied their boyfriends or husbands. The seniors (the oldest of whom was in his 80s) either attend on their own or with a family member (typically a son or a daughter).
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May 5, 2014

Why you should be concerned about the new 'smart guns'

Smartguns, which just entered the market, are firearms equipped with small embedded computers that are supposed to enhance safety by preventing anyone other than authorized parties from firing the weapons, and, in some cases, by ensuring that the guns only fire when aimed at inanimate targets.I do not doubt that supporters of smartgun technology wish to reduce gun accidents and violence. That’s a goal in which I firmly believe. But is smartgun technology really ready for prime time? Or do these guns introduce vulnerabilities that could create new, serious safety issues for gun owners and non-owners alike?
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