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April 8, 2014

Eric Holder wants to explore "smart gun" technology

“By making them either through finger print identification, the gun talks to a bracelet or something that you might wear, how guns can be used only by the person who is lawfully in possession of the weapon.”“It’s those kinds of things that I think we want to try to explore so that we can make sure that people have the ability to enjoy their Second Amendment rights, but at the same time decreasing the misuse of weapons that lead to the kinds of things that we see on a daily basis,” Holder said.
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April 7, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder: We Want to Explore Gun Tracking Bracelets

Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday that gun tracking bracelets are something the Justice Department (DOJ) wants to “explore” as part of its gun control efforts. When discussing gun violence prevention programs within the DOJ, Holder told a House appropriations subcommittee that his agency is looking into technological innovations.
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April 7, 2014

Otis McDonald, 1933-2014: Fought Chicago's gun ban

Otis McDonald forever will be known as the man who brought down Chicago's gun ban.After a long illness, he died Friday, April 4, at the age of 80.
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April 7, 2014

NRA’s quest to expand gun rights takes it to court

The San Diego County sheriff denied Edward Peruta a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Christopher Haga’s gun collection was seized, and he was charged with crimes after he was mistakenly linked to a theft of assault weapons from a Fresno-area military base.
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April 7, 2014

New York: Gun advocates expect few registrations for April 15 SAFE deadline

Many New York gun owners expect the April 15 deadline to register assault weapons under the state’s strict new law to be largely ignored.“People are pretty much convinced once they get on this registration, the next time they’ll say they’ve got to turn them in,” said Stephen Aldstadt, president of the Shooters Committee on Political Education, who helped organize a protest at the Capitol this past week against the law.
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April 4, 2014

Chris Cox: Bob Costas shoots his mouth off, again

It’s always awkward when sportscasters stray from their field of expertise and pontificate on political and social issues. Bob Costas, building on his previous efforts in this regard, recently took this awkwardness to a whole new level.
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April 4, 2014

Lott: Michael Bloomberg, gun control and fabricated numbers

No doubt, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg passionately believes in gun control. To his credit, he puts his own money — tens of millions of dollars, and possibly much more — into pushing the issue politically.But Bloomberg's push hasn't been just political advertising, lobbying and media appearances. He also funds studies that have gone overboard in backing up his anti-gun beliefs.
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April 4, 2014

Hawaii firearm registrations set record in 2013

A record number of firearms were registered in Hawaii last year, prolonging a run of steady increases since 2000, the state attorney general’s office said in a report released Thursday.
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April 4, 2014

Louisiana: House OKs hunting with suppressors

Hunters should be able to outfit their rifles and shotguns with sound suppressors to hunt birds and other wild animals, according to a bill passed Wednesday in the Louisiana House.
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April 4, 2014

Sen. Moran calls on President Obama to halt efforts to implement U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

Today, the first anniversary of the majority-rule adoption by the U.N. General Assembly of the United Nations’ Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) again expressed frustration with the administration’s decision to sign U.N. ATT, their failure to respond to the bipartisan letter he led last fall, and their new efforts to implement the treaty without first obtaining the advice and consent of the Senate.
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April 4, 2014

Congressional members slam BATFE director in hearing on gun stings

In his first appearance before Congress as ATF director, B. Todd Jones faced blistering bipartisan questioning Wednesday about mistakes and failures in undercover storefront operations in Milwaukee and across the nation.
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April 3, 2014

Miss. creating tax-free weekend for guns, ammo

Mississippi will remove its 7 percent state sales tax on guns, ammunition, archery equipment and some hunting supplies the first weekend of each September.
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April 3, 2014

Kansas Senate passes preemption bill

A Kansas proposal seen by the National Rifle Association as a model for stripping cities and counties of the power to regulate firearms and nullify existing local gun ordinances is on track to clear the state Legislature quickly after the Senate approved it Wednesday.
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April 3, 2014

Louisiana: Bill would respect Right-to-Carry in restaurants

Concealed-handgun permit holders and armed off-duty police officers would be able to enter restaurants serving alcohol if lawmakers agree to a bill backed Wednesday by the House Criminal Justice Committee.
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April 3, 2014

Opinion: Bullet restrictions - It’s all about politics, not safety

New Jersey's latest legislation restricting firearms magazine capacity to 10 rounds from 15 isn’t about violence prevention, it’s about confiscating hardware from law-abiding citizens. It is based on the fantasy that we will all somehow be safer if we just wave a magic wand and remove a certain tool from society.
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April 2, 2014

Nebraska lawmakers advance 'emergency powers' gun bill

Nebraska lawmakers have given initial approval to a bill that would prohibit governors from restricting gun sales in a declared state emergency.
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April 2, 2014

Gun bills face Louisiana lawmakers

Several gun regulation bills to allow off-duty law enforcement officers and concealed carry permit holders to bring their firearms into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol will be heard Wednesday (April 2) in the House Criminal Justice Committee.
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April 2, 2014

Michigan: Gov. Snyder signs short-barreled firearms bill

Following Gov. Snyder's signature last week, Michigan law now allows the possession and sale of short-barreled firearms, provided their owners comply with certain licensing processes.
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April 1, 2014

Challenge to Colorado gun laws begins in federal court

A constitutional challenge of Colorado's new gun laws began in U.S. District Court Monday and will stretch for two weeks as Second Amendment advocates try to eliminate magazine limits and universal background checks.
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April 1, 2014

Kansas preemption legislation up for debate in Senate

The Kansas Senate is preparing to debate a proposal to strip cities and counties of their power to regulate firearms and void existing local gun ordinances.
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April 1, 2014

Pennsylvania: Bill would strengthen preemption

A bill pending in the state House of Representatives will open the door for lawsuits against Lancaster city and 29 other Pennsylvania municipalities.The bill, which is scheduled for debate Monday, would allow any Pennsylvania gun owner or a membership organization such as the National Rifle Association to sue municipalities with ordinances regulating firearms or ammunition.
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March 28, 2014

The gun-control conversation happened — and the NRA won again

After the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, many in the American media insisted that the tragedy should prompt a "conversation about gun control." These articles were written as if there had never been such a conversation. In fact, the issue had been debated for decades. Given the results, I argued, there was no reason to presume that a new conversation would end in more gun control. That conversation has now come and gone.The result?
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March 28, 2014

Gun control advocates: Lawmaker arrest is setback

Gun-control groups said Thursday they were trying to find a new legislative leader to champion firearms restrictions after one of their most outspoken supporters was charged in a federal gun-trafficking case.
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March 28, 2014

Florida: Emergency guns measure headed to House floor

A House committee on Thursday expanded a National Rifle Association-backed measure that would allow people to carry concealed weapons during emergencies even if they don't have a license to carry.
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March 28, 2014

Maine House approves changes to concealed weapon permitting process

The bill, LD 222, sponsored by Rep. Timothy Marks, D-Pittston, a retired state trooper, had been hammered out in committee for more than a year. It passed along party lines, 82-54, with majority Democrats joined by a handful of Republicans.
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March 28, 2014

Georgia gun rights bill triggers debate

A Georgia gun rights bill will expand your right to carry a gun into a church, bar or airport if approved. House Bill 60 passed in the House and Senate and sits on Governor Nathan Deal's desk to be signed into law.
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March 27, 2014

Florida: Scott backs bill allowing concealed guns without permits in emergencies

A measure backed by the National Rifle Association that would allow people to conceal a firearm without a license during an emergency now has the open support of Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida National Guard but is still on hold in the Senate.
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March 27, 2014

California: State Sen. Leland Yee indicted on arms trafficking, corruption charges

Known for navigating the state Capitol's backrooms and this city's complicated political landscape, state Sen. Leland Yee now is accused of consorting with notorious felons, accepting money for his cash-strapped political campaigns in exchange for favors and promising undercover FBI agents he could deliver connections to international gun runners.In a stunning development that almost certainly torpedoes Yee's quest for statewide office, the San Francisco Democrat wound up glum and disoriented in a federal courtroom Wednesday. The politician who introduced anti-gun-violence legislation is now charged with trafficking in firearms and public corruption in an FBI undercover operation that could land him in prison for years.
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March 27, 2014

California: Leland Yee crusaded for gun control before indictment on gun charges

Before he was arrested and indicted on numerous federal charges Wednesday, including allegations of gun running, State Sen. Leland Yee was a major advocate for gun control and pushed to ban a device called a “bullet button.”
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March 27, 2014

D.C. man found guilty of “attempted possession of unlawful ammunition” for muzzleloader bullets

In a surprising twist at the end of a long trial, a District of Columbia judge found Mark Witaschek guilty of “attempted possession of unlawful ammunition” for antique replica muzzleloader bullets.Judge Robert Morin sentenced Mr. Witaschek to time served, a $50 fine and required him to enroll with the Metropolitan Police Department’s firearm offenders’ registry within 48 hours.
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March 27, 2014

10 Times The California Lawmaker Accused Of Trading Guns For Money Supported Gun Control

State Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) was arrested and charged Wednesday for allegedly accepting contributions in exchange for introducing an undercover agent to an arms dealer.
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March 26, 2014

Court backs S.F.'s gun storage law, hollow-point bullet ban

A federal appeals court refused Tuesday to halt the enforcement of San Francisco laws that require handgun owners to keep their weapons locked when stored at home and ban bullets that expand or splinter on contact, saying they do not interfere with the right to use firearms in self-defense.
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March 26, 2014

‘Does the Second Amendment trump the First?’

Stories about whether one constitutional right “trump[s]” another usually turn on unduly loose understandings of what constitutes a right. This is particularly so in this situation.
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March 26, 2014

R.I. Senator Miller apologizes for responding with an obscenity to gun-rights activist

Sen. Joshua Miller, D-Cranston, has publicly apologized for hurling an expletive at a gun-rights activist during a recent demonstration at the State House.
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March 26, 2014

Illinois: Grant Middle School workbook’s gun-rights description has some up in arms

A workbook used by students at Grant Middle School that has generated controversy among gun-rights supporters has no political agenda and won't be removed from the classroom, Springfield interim Superintendent Bob Hill said Monday.Since the controversy surfaced online last week, Hill said, he's received a handful of calls and more than a dozen emails.Gun-rights supporters claim students at Grant Middle School, 1800 W. Monroe St., are being taught that the Second Amendment permits only strictly regulated, registered gun ownership.
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March 25, 2014

Florida set to pass Pop Tart gun bill to protect kids playing in school

The days of kids playing cops and robbers or cowboys and Indians in the schoolyard may come to an end because of overly zealous “zero tolerance” policies. Over the past year, schools have increasingly punished children for playing games that involve pretend firearms. Now Florida is leading the nation in stopping this madness.
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March 24, 2014

More women exercising Right-to-Carry in Florida

Shelley Levan inhaled calmly as she raised a 9mm Beretta semiautomatic pistol to align its front sight dead center with a paper target hanging several yards in front of her. She then slowly squeezed the trigger.The shot boomed as the bullet went true as did the others that followed in steady succession.Levan hopes never to have to use the handgun on anything but a paper target but she wants to be able to protect herself and those she loves if the need arises.
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March 24, 2014

Illinois: Gun ranges busy, trying to meet demand

Gun range owners around Illinois say they're struggling to keep up with demand as thousands of residents try to meet guidelines to get new concealed carry permits.
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March 21, 2014

Georgia lawmakers pass sweeping gun bill

The fate of a sweeping expansion to Georgia’s gun laws, the subject of much debate and consternation over the course of the past two legislative sessions, was decided in the final hour of the 2014 session late Thursday.
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March 21, 2014

Florida: NRA-backed gun bills hit target in Legislature

A pair of high-profile, NRA-supported guns bills won support Thursday from the Florida House.One proposal seeks to extend Stand Your Ground immunity to people who fire a warning shot or threaten to use other deadly force in cases of self defense.The second bill would prevent children from facing severe punishments for playing with simulated weapons in schools. It specifically permits the use of pastries as pretend pistols.
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