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February 14, 2014

Kopel: Ninth Circuit strikes California’s restrictive rule against licensed carry of handguns

The Ninth Circuit's decision in Peruta v. San Diego, released minutes ago, affirms the right of law-abiding citizens to carry handguns for lawful protection in public.California law has a process for applying for a permit to carry a handgun for protection in public, with requirements for safety training, a background check, and so on. These requirements were not challenged. The statute also requires that the applicant have "good cause," which was interpreted by San Diego County to mean that the applicant is faced with current specific threats. (Not all California counties have this narrow interpretation.) The Ninth Circuit, in a 2-1 opinion written by Judge O'Scannlain, ruled that Peruta was entitled to Summary Judgement, because the "good cause" provision violates the Second Amendment.
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February 14, 2014

Lott: It may soon be easy to carry a permitted concealed handgun in California

California may soon join 42 other states in letting people carry concealed handguns once they meet certain objective criteria.Thursday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the state couldn’t ban both concealed and open carry guns. The court also struck down the so-called “good cause” requirement for getting a permit, saying that concern for one’s personal safety should be sufficient justification.
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February 14, 2014

New Hampshire: House rejects bill restricting private transfers

A New Hampshire bill that would have expanded background checks for gun sales and transfers to include gun shows, the Internet and flea markets was killed by the state's House of Representatives on Wednesday.A closely divided House debated the issue for two hours — at one point voting to study the matter rather than impose the background checks — but later voted 242-118 to kill the bill after supporters tried to postpone final action in a bid to either salvage the checks or change the study's focus.
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February 14, 2014

En masse, Connecticut’s gun owners defy new registration law

Looks like there’s a little life in the old Constitution State yet. Per the Hartford Courant:Everyone knew there would be some gun owners flouting the law that legislators hurriedly passed last April, requiring residents to register all military-style rifles with state police by Dec. 31.But few thought the figures would be this bad.By the end of 2013, state police had received 47,916 applications for assault weapons certificates, Lt. Paul Vance said. An additional 2,100 that were incomplete could still come in.
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February 14, 2014

Kansas: Amended bill respect Right-to-Carry in vehicle regardless of permit

Kansas gun owners will be able to carry a loaded handgun in their car regardless of whether they have a conceal and carry permit if a bill headed to the House floor becomes law.
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February 14, 2014

Arizona could penalize cities for gun laws

The state of Arizona could impose fines on cities and towns that enforce gun ordinances stricter than the state's own laws.House Bill 2517, sponsored by Rep. Steve Smith, would impose a civil penalty of up to $5,000 on city and town governments that violate the statute. Smith said he wants the state "to have some teeth" in enforcing the law.
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February 14, 2014

NRA gets behind NJ man's lawsuit challenging state's gun carry restrictions, group says

The National Rifle Association is supporting a Sussex County man's lawsuit seeking a permit to carry his handgun outside of his house, the organization announced this week.The national lobbying group said it was backing John Drake’s lawsuit with a forthcoming amicus brief, in support of Second-Amendment rights in New Jersey, the organization said. Drake, and other plaintiffs involved in the lawsuit, petitioned last month to have their case heard in the U.S. Supreme Court.
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February 14, 2014

19 states to help challenge New Jersey gun law

Wyoming is leading a coalition of 19 states asking the U.S. Supreme Court to let them submit a brief supporting a New Jersey man's challenge to that state's concealed weapons law.The Wyoming Attorney General's Office, acting as lawyer for Wyoming and the other states, on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to grant a hearing to John M. Drake and others who are challenging a recent appeals court ruling.
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February 14, 2014

Florida: ‘Pop-Tart’ gun bill would not punish children with simulated weapons at school

The Florida bill would protect schoolchildren who play with imaginary guns, miniature toy guns and toy guns made of snap-together building blocks.Children would also be free to draw pictures of guns, or hold their pencils as if they were firearms. They could still get in trouble, however, if their play disrupts class or hurts a fellow student or teacher.
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February 12, 2014

At Canada's border, a hard line on guns

Louis DiNatale did not intend to enter Canada when he and his wife wound up on a bridge from Upstate New York to Ontario one day in September, misdirected by an unreliable GPS device. What began as a U.S. couple's getaway to Vermont quickly turned into a lesson on the stark difference between the United States and Canada when it comes to gun laws.
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February 12, 2014

South Carolina: Gov. Haley signs guns in restaurants bill, expresses support for 'constitutional carry'

Gov. Nikki Haley expressed support for a bill Tuesday that would allow all South Carolinians to carry a weapon if they wanted to without having to go through training or a criminal background check.Known as “constitutional carry,” the issue is being pushed by S.C. Sen. Lee Bright, R-Spartanburg, who is running for U.S. Senate. Under the law, gun owners would not have to pass the required training mandated by a Concealed Weapons Permit or be subject to a criminal background check. “We believe in those liberties and those rights,” Haley said following a news conference on a new law that allows those with weapons permits to bring their firearms into a bar or restaurant that serves alcohol.
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February 12, 2014

New Hampshire: House voting on restricting private transfers

The House is considering legislation to expand New Hampshire's background checks for gun sales and transfers to include gun shows.
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February 12, 2014

Oregon: Gun control bill unlikely to yield results

Gun control issues returned to the forefront of the Oregon Legislature last week, with a three-hour hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Senate Bill 1551, which would expand background checks in Oregon to include private party gun sales.
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February 12, 2014

South Dakota: Panel OKs exercise of Right-to-Carry in Capitol

The South Dakota House Transportation Committee has voted 8-5 to support a bill allowing people with concealed carry permits to bring firearms in the state Capitol building.
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February 12, 2014

Mississippi: House passes bill restricting gun turn-ins

Lawmakers are seeking to bar Mississippi cities and counties from buying guns and then destroying them.Representatives passed House Bill 485 Tuesday. It goes to the Senate for more debate.
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February 12, 2014

Kentucky: Committee OKs bill to allow concealed guns in restaurants

The Senate Licensing and Occupations Committee approved the measure Tuesday. The bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. John Schickel of Union, is the committee's chairman.Current state law prohibits concealed firearms from being carried into bars, but Schickel's bill would allow it as long as those who carry them do not drink. He called that a matter of self-defense.
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February 12, 2014

Kansas: House panel reviewing preemption measure

A Kansas House committee is taking up legislation stripping cities and counties of any power to regulate guns or block the open carrying of firearms.
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February 12, 2014

Connecticut: Disabled man can sue over gun law

A New London judge has let a disabled man continue his lawsuit seeking to overturn the state's new gun law limiting assault weapon ownership.Scott Ennis, of New London, has a bleeding condition that causes him severe joint damage and says he needs to use weapons that have features, such as a forward pistol grip, that the law says make them assault weapons.
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February 12, 2014

Boston: Why Mayor Walsh’s gun-buyback program is moronic

Well, the new mayor of Boston made it almost exactly a month in office before doing something so utterly moronic that I feel compelled to heap verbal abuse upon him.Marty Walsh has decided to institute a gun-buyback program.
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February 11, 2014

Colorado: House committee rejects effort to repeal magazine limit

The debate over Colorado's 2013 law that limits ammunition magazines to 15 rounds returned to the state Capitol on Monday as legislators weighed whether to repeal it. Though after several hours of testimony it died on a party-line vote in the Democrat-controlled House State Affairs committee.
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February 11, 2014

Obama’s surgeon general nominee Dr. Vivek Murthy is a radical gun grabber

President Obama is using every executive power in his arsenal to infringe on Second Amendment rights.His latest maneuver is to nominate a rabidly anti-gun doctor to be the next U.S. surgeon general. Dr. Vivek Murthy is facing Senate approval in upcoming weeks.
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February 11, 2014

Virginia: End of Sunday hunting ban near Senate vote

For sportsmen, at long last, times are changing in Virginia.The Virginia Senate today approved legislation to repeal a longstanding state ban on some forms of Sunday hunting, a development that all but guarantees the days are numbered for the decades-old prohibition.
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February 11, 2014

New Hampshire: Gun bill seeks to keep owners' names private

Police records with the names and addresses of citizens licensed to carry concealed guns should not be public documents and therefore vulnerable to publication so "criminals will know where to go and steal guns," said state Rep. Tim Copeland.
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February 10, 2014

Supreme Court to decide whether to hear cases regarding right to ‘bear’ arms

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide this month whether to hear two cases seeking clarification on what the Constitution’s framers intended in granting citizens the right to not only own but also “bear” arms.
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February 10, 2014

Colorado: Pro-gun lawmakers attempt repeal of magazine limits

Gun-rights advocates who want to see a repeal of Colorado's limits on the size of ammunition magazines realize their chances are slim when they go before Democrat-controlled committees next week.But Republican Rep. Chris Holbert, who is sponsoring one repeal measure, said the goal is to give people an opportunity to have their say — something that gun-rights supporters insist didn't happen last year when the laws were passed. Despite dozens of hours of committee testimony on a package of gun-control legislation, there were still many who had signed up to testify who didn't get a chance to do so.
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February 10, 2014

15% of Michael Bloomberg's anti-gun mayors leave

As it has broadened its attacks on lawmakers and Second Amendment groups like the National Rifle Association, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's aggressive “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” group has experienced a sharp 15-percent drop in mayor-members.
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February 10, 2014

New York: Vocal S.A.F.E. Act supporter arrested on gun charge

News 4 interviewed Ferguson in March of 2013 at a rally in support of the NY SAFE Act. At the time, Ferguson stated the law did not go far enough.“Our kids are not buying assault weapons, they’re buying pistols and they’re buying them right out of community stores and back here in the school. So this is serious. It needs to go further than what it is,” he said.
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February 10, 2014

Cuban refugee confronts Oregon lawmakers on gun control

A man who fled Cuba’s communist regime in the 1960s blasted Oregon lawmakers Thursday during a public hearing on proposed gun control legislation. Manuel Martinez, who narrowly escaped Cuba in 1962 after being imprisoned for opposing Fidel Castro, passionately defended the Second Amendment in front of Oregon’s Senate Judiciary Committee, comparing the state’s attempts to pass gun control to moves made by his former government.
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February 10, 2014

U.S. Army vet faces 3 years in Canadian prison after mistakenly bringing gun to border

Gun rights advocates are urging the Canadian government to drop charges against a retired U.S. soldier who says he mistakenly brought a gun into the country due to a faulty GPS directions during a weekend getaway.
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February 10, 2014

Rhode Island: Two lawmakers pitch 10 percent tax on guns

A 10 percent tax on the sale of firearms and ammunition has been proposed in Rhode Island's General Assembly.
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February 10, 2014

New Hampshire: House voting on bill to restrict private gun transfers

New Hampshire's House will be voting on whether to require background checks for gun sales and transfers — whether at gun shows or after seeing an advertisement elsewhere.Most private sellers would be required to conduct background checks through federally licensed dealers, using a system already in place for dealer sales.
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February 7, 2014

Lott: ABC News reports on guns mislead Americans

Gun control advocates not only push new fees and taxes on guns to reduce ownership, but they also employ another tactic: scaring people into not owning guns.
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February 7, 2014

Senate panel signs off on guns on Post Office grounds — but not in buildings

A Senate committee unanimously passed a measure Thursday to allow people to carry guns on postal service property, but killed a broader push to let gun owners carry their firearms into actual post office buildings.
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February 7, 2014

Kansas: House panel to vote on gun rights measure

A Kansas House committee is preparing to vote on legislation stripping cities and counties of any power to regulate guns or block the open carrying of firearms.The House Federal and State Affairs Committee is expected to approve the measure Friday and send it to the full chamber for debate. National and state gun-rights groups are pushing it.
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February 7, 2014

Oregon: Senate considers restricting private transfers

The husband of former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Mark Kelly, appeared before Oregon legislators on Thursday to speak in favor of expanded background checks for gun sales, as Republicans contended the Democrat-proposed legislation is "political posturing" as Oregon's May primary nears.
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February 7, 2014

Kentucky: Bill would let victims exercise their Right-to-Carry

Domestic-violence victims could seek temporary court orders allowing them to carry concealed weapons under a bill that has won approval from a Kentucky Senate panel.The bill's supporters include the NRA. Republican Sen. Jared Carpenter says his measure is aimed at giving victims the ability to protect themselves.
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February 7, 2014

Florida: House proposal backs ban on gun-owner discrimination

Insurance companies could face tougher penalties if they impose higher rates, refuse to issue or cancel auto or homeowner policies because of gun ownership, under a measure backed by a House committee.Florida law already prohibits such action, but Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, said his proposal (HB 255) would provide a remedy other than with the state Office of Insurance Regulation by allowing a policyholder to sue.
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February 7, 2014

Right-to-Carry permit renewal bill bipartisan in Colorado

Gun owners with concealed weapons permits would have an easier time renewing their permits under a bill that is winning rare bipartisan support in Colorado.The bill allows gun owners to renew their permits in the counties where they live. Currently they're required to renew concealed carry permits through the county sheriff who issued the permit. That can require long trips for people who move.
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February 6, 2014

California confiscation: Long forgotten pot bust, bureacratic screwup prompt agents to seize man's guns

Michael Merritt had all but forgotten about the pot bust way back in 1970 when state agents came knocking on the door of his Bakersfield, Calif. home.The agents, from the state’s Department of Justice, started peppering the 61-year-old avid hunter with questions about the guns he owns. Then they told him to hand them over.“I didn’t know why they were here,” Merritt told FoxNews.com of the Nov. 5 incident. “Then it hit me in a flash. They were here to take my guns and I didn’t know why.”
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February 6, 2014

Mayoral group's gun agenda is wrong

I'm the mayor of one of the largest cities in the Hudson Valley, just 90 minutes north of New York City. I'm a life member of the National Rifle Association and a former member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, or MAIG, started by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2006.I'm no longer a member of MAIG. Why? Just as Ronald Reagan said of the Democratic Party, it left me. And I'm not alone: Nearly 50 pro-Second Amendment mayors have left the organization. They left for the same reason I did. MAIG became a vehicle for Bloomberg to promote his personal gun-control agenda — violating the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens and taking resources away from initiatives that could actually work to protect our neighborhoods and save precious lives. Gun control will actually make a bad situation worse.
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