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December 3, 2013

Colorado's lesson for Virginia

Sometimes the worst possible gift for a liberal is to give him everything he wants. President Obama no doubt feels this after getting his way on Obamacare, which is easily the biggest disaster of his presidency. Colorado Democrats are likewise stinging after they rammed a gun control scheme through the legislature in March that has the public screaming for their heads. These Democratic lawmakers ought to warn their newly elected colleagues in Virginia against repeating the same mistake.
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December 3, 2013

Massachusetts abusing citizens by slow-walking gun license approval

A National Rifle Association affiliate says Massachusetts is "abusing" law abiding citizens by delaying the issuance of firearm licenses beyond the time frame outlined by state law. The Gun Owners Action League (GOAL), which represents 16,000 members in Massachusetts and is the official state affiliate of the NRA, reports that many people applying for licenses have been experiencing long delays.
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December 2, 2013

Official quits in backlash on gun vote in Colorado

A populist backlash against Colorado's new gun-control laws claimed its third political casualty on Wednesday as a Democratic state senator resigned her seat rather than face a recall vote that could have cost her party control of the chamber.
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December 2, 2013

Gun rights a big weapon for votes

Regardless of the office they’re seeking or its duties, Republicans’ statewide campaigns are heavy on two themes: antipathy toward the Obama administration and devotion to all things gun.Almost every candidate has a video, website or campaign ad that shows the contender firing or carrying a gun. They also all promise to fight President Barack Obama on myriad issues, be it environmental protections, health care or banking regulations — but especially on gun control.
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December 2, 2013

Federal action sought on ‘stand your ground’ laws

A group of congressional Democrats pressed the Justice Department Tuesday to gather new data about the effects of so-called “stand your ground" laws on public safety. Roughly two dozen states have adopted laws authorizing citizens to use deadly force if threatened, even if they could retreat instead.
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December 2, 2013

Clustered criminals habituate homicide

Nearly 50% of all gun homicides involve only 4% of inner city gangsters. This is common, but not widely publicized, knowledge. It’s a fact deliberately underemphasized by the Brady Campaign, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, and other gun ban advocates at the Happy Acres Home For the Terminally Bewildered. But a recent study by a sociology professor at Yale, who explored a poor Chicago neighborhood, evaluating homicide victims and their associations should reduce such willful ignorance.
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December 2, 2013

Young women help spike growing gun ownership numbers

The Well Armed Woman -- their slogan is "Where the Feminine and Firearm Meet" -- advertises stylish purses designed for concealed carry.Another online retailer, Pistols & Pumps -- "Concealed and High Heeled" -- offers pink camouflage hats and bra mounted holsters.Gungoddess.com -- the name, apparently, is sufficient -- sells a variety of "gun bling," including leopard print handgun grips and zebra print ear protection.Such items may seem odd to some, but these retailers understand their customer base a group of young, strong, determined and armed women. And just because their bullets may be fired from pistols with rhinestone studded grips doesn't mean they shouldn't be taken seriously.
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December 2, 2013

Minnesota: Security panel rejects gun ban at Capitol complex

A state security panel backed the idea of more regular permit checks for gun owners who want to carry weapons in the State Capitol, but fell short of votes Tuesday on a proposal to ban guns altogether in certain state government buildings or areas.
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December 2, 2013

Kansas: A.G. issues opinion on concealed carry law at polling places

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is offering guidance on how the state's concealed carry law applies to buildings used as polling places on election days.
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November 27, 2013

Texas: Right-to-Carry advocates see hope for more carry options

For years, supporters of open carry gun laws have pleaded with lawmakers to allow Texans to bear their arms openly in public. With the front running Republican gubernatorial candidate proposing open carry laws, many supporters believe the time has finally arrived for legislators to approve such a measure.
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November 26, 2013

NRA says NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has ruined Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving for the National Rifle Association is a good time to give thanks to the end of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s reign. The Second Amendment group on Tuesday used its Thanksgiving message to slam the co-founder of Mayors Against Illegal Guns and his fun-limiting attacks on fatty foods like those on the Thanksgiving table of many Americans. “Bloomberg is full of stuffing,” said the NRA under a cartoon picture of the lame duck mayor dressed as a turkey wearing a Pilgrim hat.
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November 26, 2013

Stop demonizing hunters like Melissa Bachman

This week over 450,000 people signed a Change.org petition calling for the South African government to ban big game huntress and Minnesota based television presenter, Melissa Bachman. The online fury was sparked after Bachman posted a photo posing with a dead lion she hunted in Africa.The irony is that lawful hunters like Bachman are instrumental in raising money for conservation efforts, and keeping wildlife populations stable.
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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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