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February 21, 2014

Arizona: Bill would better respect Right-to-Carry in public places

An Arizona House committee has approved a bill that would allow concealed carry permit holders to carry guns into most public establishments and events.The bill allows concealed carry permit holders to have guns in places such as government buildings unless security measures — including armed guards, metal detectors and gun lockers — are in place. Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a similar bill last year. Supporters of that bill contended it was necessary for public safety.
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February 21, 2014

Colorado: Rifle law repeal approved by Senate

A Republican proposal to repeal an antiquated law on out-of-state rifle and shotgun purchases has been approved unanimously by the Colorado Senate.The bill would undo a 1969 law that says Coloradans may purchase, but not take possession of, a shotgun or rifle unless they buy it in Colorado or a contiguous state.
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February 20, 2014

More Guns, Less Crime

A new FBI report says that violent crime continues to fall nationwide, which might annoy liberals because gun purchases continue to rise.In the first six months of 2013, murders fell by nearly 7 percent, compared with the same period in 2012. Aggravated assaults fell by 6.6 percent, and robberies are down 1.8 percent. "All of the offenses in the violent crime category—murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, aggravated assault, and robbery—showed decreases when data from the first six months of 2013 were compared with data from the first six months of 2012," according to the FBI. Overall, violent crime in the U.S. fell by 5.4 percent. Burglaries, larceny and auto thefts also decreased.
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February 20, 2014

Supreme Court asked to decide on 3 gun cases

The Supreme Court on Friday will consider whether to wade into a growing legal brawl over the scope of the Second Amendment and how far the Constitution goes in protecting Americans' self-defense rights outside of their homes, with the justices deciding whether to take up three pending gun cases.
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February 20, 2014

Gun makers find greener pastures down South

In the wake of new regulations in their northern home states, gun makers are going to the Carolinas, Alabama and other areas in the South for a place to open up shop.
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February 20, 2014

Connecticut gun owners revolt

Laws are more than just symbolic gestures. Connecticut's General Assembly must come to grips with this truth before its recent effort to “save lives” ends up destroying them.State law enforcement officials are now in the difficult position of dealing with one of the most widely flouted laws since the end of the 55 miles-per-hour speed limit and Prohibition. If it’s really serious, the state will have to find space to imprison 300,000 residents for the next five years.
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February 20, 2014

Bill would require all new guns be 'personalized'

Sen. Edward Markey has unveiled a gun control bill he says will help reduce firearm violence by requiring all new guns be "personalized" with special features, such as fingerprint-reading technology, so they can only be fired by their owners or other authorized users.
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February 19, 2014

U.S. Sen. Markey to unveil gun control legislation

The bill will focus in part on requiring handgun technology designed to increase safety. Markey is also planning to call for more federal funding for gun violence research.
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February 19, 2014

Kopel: Growth chart of Right-to-Carry

The chart below shows how Shall Issue laws for the licensed carrying of firearms for self-defense have become the American norm.As of 1986, slightly less than 10% of the U.S. population lived in states where there were objective and fair procedures for the issuance of concealed handgun carry permits. About a third of the population lived in states where there was not even a process to apply for a permit. The majority of the population lived in states where issuance in permits was highly discretionary, and many issuing authorities refused to issue to ordinary law-abiding citizens.
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February 19, 2014

Georgia: House supports loosening gun restrictions

Schools in Georgia could allow teachers to carry firearms while others with licenses could take their guns into houses of worship, more bars and government offices under a plan adopted Tuesday by House lawmakers.The measure, passed by a vote of 119-56, comes during an election year as Republican leaders are seeking to expand the places where people with state-issued licenses may take their weapons. GOP lawmakers are facing pressure from vocal gun rights groups after a similar effort failed last year.
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February 19, 2014

Oklahoma: House panel approves Right-to-Carry bill

An Oklahoma House committee on Tuesday approved measures designed to expand gun rights, including legislation that would allow residents with concealed weapons permits to bring their firearms into the State Capitol.
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February 19, 2014

Virginia: Senate approves Sunday hunting bill

Sundays will no longer be considered a day of rest for Virginia hunters or the wild birds and animals they pursue.The Virginia Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would repeal the state's ban on Sunday hunting on private property.
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February 18, 2014

Supreme Court may rule on guns outside the home

Guns will be on the table Friday when the Supreme Court meets in private conference to consider potential cases for next fall's docket.
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February 18, 2014

Lott: Bloomberg groups' gun violence stats misleading

Are schools and colleges dangerous places, with lots of gun violence?Some groups paint a picture of these places being particularly unsafe. Supposedly both murders and firearm suicides are very common at educational institutions. Last Wednesday, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s two groups, Moms Demand Gun Sense in America and Mayors Against Illegal Guns, jointly released a report that received massive uncritical news coverage.
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February 18, 2014

Union official blames Remington Arms expansion in Alabama on NY SAFE Act

A union official said Saturday the Remington Arms Co.'s decision to open a manufacturing plant in Alabama does not bode well for Ilion, and he's blaming New York's SAFE Act restrictions on assault weapons.
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February 18, 2014

Thanks Gov. Cuomo! As Alabama celebrates Remington move, New York lawmaker blasts state's gun policies

Just hours after officials with Remington Outdoor Co. announced it would locate a new gun manufacturing facility in Huntsville, a New York lawmaker is pointing to his state's stringent firearm laws as a reason the business isn't coming there.
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February 18, 2014

Gun transfer bill shuffled off to another Oregon Senate committee

A controversial bill that would expand Oregon's law covering background checks on firearms transfer remained alive Thursday when it was sent from the Senate Judiciary Committee to the Senate Rules Committee.
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February 14, 2014

Court gives NRA a big win for concealed carry gun rights in California

Second Amendment advocates won a major victory on Thursday when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the individual right to bear arms applies outside the home.Specifically, the court said that San Diego’s restrictive concealed carry laws that require citizens to prove a need to defend themselves are unconstitutional.
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February 14, 2014

Court overturns restrictions on concealed guns in much of California

In a significant victory for gun owners, a divided federal appeals court Thursday struck down California rules that permit counties to restrict as they see fit the right to carry a concealed weapon in public.
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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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