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November 19, 2014

21 states want a court to overturn Maryland’s semi-auto ban

The law, signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley in May 2013, is among the nation’s strictest gun-control measures, banning magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition and most semi-automatic rifles, while also mandating fingerprinting and training for some new gun buyers. Violation of the law carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison, a $5,000 fine or both.
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November 19, 2014

Oregon lawmakers work to restrict private transfers

Democrats in the Oregon Legislature say the outlook to expand background checks on gun purchases is better in 2015 than it has been in years, thanks to Senate seats they picked up in the Nov. 4 election and passage of an initiative with similar provisions in Washington.
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November 19, 2014

Can California ban gun stores from advertising handguns on their signs?

I blogged last week about Tracy Rifle & Pistol LLC. v. Harris (E.D. Cal.), a case in which I’ve been hired to consult, and which the California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees, The Calguns Foundation, and Second Amendment Foundation are supporting. The case is a First Amendment challenge to Cal. Civil Code § 26820 (which was first enacted 1923, but is still being enforced today):
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November 18, 2014

Illinois: Lake County concealed carry informational session

The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office in partnership with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a Concealed Carry informational session on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at the College of Lake County, Grayslake Campus, Building C, Auditorium located at 19351 W. Washington Street, Grayslake, Illinois 60030 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
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November 18, 2014

Texas: Right-to-Carry bills filed for legislative session

It's among the most controversial bills prefiled in the upcoming state legislative session, the possibility of allowing open carry of sidearms. Governor-elect Greg Abbott has already gone on record that he would sign such a bill if and when it makes it through the state house and senate.
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November 18, 2014

Florida poised to let hunters use suppressors

When the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission meets Thursday in Key Largo, the state's rule-makers for hunters and anglers are expected to lift a 57-year-old ban on silencers, noise-suppressing devices that can be attached to the barrel of a rifle or pistol to muffle the "bang."
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November 18, 2014

Armed woman says 'It's about protecting yourself'

Being attacked by four men while working as an unarmed security guard, spending years in an abusive marriage, and then a burglary at her home taught Kim Bartlett a thing or two about staying safe.A gun, and knowing how to use it, is the answer for her.
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November 18, 2014

Why more women are looking to carry

Women across the country are carrying more than just their purses these days by deciding to pack a pistol with them too.11.1 million people in the U.S. are licensed to carry concealed and a growing number of them are women.
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November 17, 2014

Louisiana AG joins effort to deem Maryland's gun restrictions unconstitutional

Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has joined 20 other state attorneys general in opposing Maryland's Firearm Safety Act of 2013, which Caldwell says restricts gun rights.
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November 17, 2014

California: Ruling could make permits easier to get

A federal court ruling that could make it easier to carry a concealed gun in California won’t affect how Riverside and San Bernardino counties handle requests for concealed firearms permits, sheriff’s officials in both counties insist.But a gun rights group contends that the ruling, centered on concealed permit rules in San Diego County, also is proof that Inland counties aren’t following the law.
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November 17, 2014

Women ‘want to be able to protect themselves’

Frank Batten, the firearms instructor and certified trainer for Deep River Outfitters, said his goals for any concealed carry or firearms safety class is to educate, equip and train.As do all instructors, he keeps up with changes in the law via a state website.His classes are sometimes all male, sometimes male and female, and some classes are specifically for women.
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November 14, 2014

FBI: Just-released figures for 2013 show a decrease in violent crimes and property crimes

The FBI released Crime in the United States, 2013 today, which shows that the estimated number of violent crimes in 2013 decreased 4.4 percent when compared with 2012 figures, and the estimated number of property crimes decreased 4.1 percent.
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November 14, 2014

Florida: Could amendment on gun sales background checks be on the way?

Voters in the state of Washington sidestepped NRA-friendly politicians on Election Day and approved a measure that requires background checks on all gun sales.A similar amendment could make its way to Florida, says Patti Brigham, who leads the League of Women Voters' gun safety committee.
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November 14, 2014

Gun background checks: Nevada is next target state

Backers of a Nevada measure to require criminal background checks of gun purchasers, similar to Washington’s Initiative 594, have submitted 246,674 signatures to get the Silver State to vote in 2016 on closing the “gun show loophole.”
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November 14, 2014

Marijuana cards, gun ownership combination remain a legal risk

As the use of marijuana gains acceptance for both recreational and medicinal use, owners and buyers of firearms should be aware that the federal government still doesn’t believe the two should mix, according to authorities in both fields. They add that the chance of prosecution for a federal felony, while not highly probable, is nothing to take lightly.
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November 14, 2014

New York: Buffalo to seize guns from families following owners' funerals

A plan by police in Buffalo, N.Y., to begin confiscating the firearms of legal gun owners within days of their deaths is drawing fire from Second Amendment advocates.The plan is legal under a longstanding, but rarely enforced state law, but gun rights advocates say, with apologies to onetime NRA spokesman Charlton Heston, it is tantamount to prying firearms - some of which may have substantial monetary or sentimental value - from the cold, dead hands of law-abiding citizens.
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November 13, 2014

Human sacrifices for gun control

A new memoir by Brian Aitken, The Blue Tent Sky: How the Left's War on Guns Cost Me My Son and My Freedom, tells such a story of injustice halted, often at excruciating, but always highly readable, length. It's the story of a man who meant no harm to anyone, who was doing his best to obey a picayune regulation, and who by most evidence was not even really violating the picayune regulation—New Jersey's Graves Act (which imposes certain mandatory sentences on certain gun-related crimes)—for which he was sentenced to seven years in prison, three of them mandatory without parole.
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November 13, 2014

California can't challenge ruling on concealed guns, court says

Relaxed rules for carrying concealed guns in public may not be challenged by California state officials or advocacy groups, a federal appeals panel decided Wednesday.
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November 13, 2014

Washington: Gun rights activists plan I-594 protest at Capitol

Gun rights activists plan to bring their firearms to the Capitol next month to engage in civil disobedience by violating the new background check law that they despise.
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November 13, 2014

Ohio: Gun law overhaul could go to Kasich

In the few weeks remaining in the legislative session, lawmakers may send Gov. John Kasich a bill eliminating the legal duty of Ohioans to retreat from danger before using deadly force to protect themselves.
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November 13, 2014

Michigan bills loosen regulations on air guns

Michigan lawmakers are passing legislation intended to loosen regulations on BB and pellet guns.The National Rifle Association says Michigan has outdated and "unduly burdensome" restraints on the purchase and possession of most air guns. Backers of an eight-bill package say it would bring Michigan in line with federal standards.
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November 12, 2014

Bull's-eye: NRA won 91% of races, crushing Bloomberg's gun grab

In its best election in over a decade, the National Rifle Association scored a 91.2 percent win rate in the House and Senate races it jumped into, and also found the bull’s-eye in state races, according to the Second Amendment group.
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November 12, 2014

Orthodox Jewish N.J. Shooting Club Challenges OU & RCA on Gun Control

A New Jersey shooting club that caters to the needs of Orthodox Jewish gun owners is challenging two major Jewish organizations in an effort to get the Orthodox community to become more accepting of the idea of gun ownership. Golani Rifle and Pistol Club was established in 2003 to enable people who desire an extra level of personal protection, as well as those who enjoy shooting for sport, to improve their marksmanship skills and participate in gun club events, usually closed to observant Jews because they tend to be held on Shabbos.
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November 12, 2014

Washington: Gun show sales appear to rise after passage of I-594

Voter approval of universal background checks for gun transfers on Nov. 4 appeared to spur a bit more buying of firearms at gun shows over the weekend, according to gun show operators opposed to Initiative 594’s provisions.
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November 12, 2014

Gun control measure could be headed for Nevada ballot

Nevadans for Background Checks collected about 250,000 signatures, according to Kayla Keller, a spokeswoman for the group. It currently takes 101,667 signatures from registered Nevada voters to qualify an initiative for the ballot.
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November 12, 2014

Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh challenges state gun law

Pittsburgh is defending its local gun laws by suing Pennsylvania over a newly passed state law that the city contends could open it up to lawsuits from the National Rifle Association.
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November 10, 2014

"It's the Second Amendment, stupid"

As Democrat postmortem sets in and gun control proponents grasp for ways to explain the political beating they took on November 4, the explanation is already evident to voters -- "It's the Second Amendment, stupid."
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November 10, 2014

Washington: I-594 supporters will make push in Olympia for stronger gun laws

Gathering Wednesday morning at The Edgewater hotel in Seattle, where only hours before supporters cheered the passage of I-594, advocates for stronger gun laws said in a news conference they will bring more proposals to next year’s legislative session.
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November 10, 2014

Why the NRA is so powerful, in 1 chart

Gallup has long asked Americans whether they thought having a gun in their home would make their home "safer" or "more dangerous." In 2000, 35 percent of Americans thought it would make them safer. Today, that number is at 63 percent.
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November 10, 2014

Proposed ordinance would require L.A. residents to lock up handguns

A newly proposed Los Angeles city ordinance would require residents to secure handguns when they aren’t being used, either by storing them in a locked container or disabling them with a trigger lock.
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November 10, 2014

New York: Voters spoke out loudly against controversial gun control law

To understand the impact that a gun control law passed last year had on this week’s general election, look at the numbers.Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo introduced and signed into law the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act — within a period of 24 hours — in January 2013. While he won re-election Tuesday without breaking much of a sweat (52 percent against Rob Astorino’s 39 percent, according to unofficial figures), his support evaporated in parts of the state where people more strongly oppose the legislation.
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November 10, 2014

UK: Doctors told to report on gun owners’ mental state

Owners of shotguns and other firearms are to have medical files permanently marked. If they develop health conditions which could lead to a gun being used, either against others or themselves, or not kept safely, doctors would have to inform the police. The tightening of the gun laws — being discussed by police, the Home Office and medical bodies — is opposed by many doctors who fear it will compromise patient confidentiality.
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November 10, 2014

Washington: Gun sales in Spokane soar after I-594 passes

Several gun shops in the area have experienced a spike in gun sales. In fact, sales at one shop have surged 25 percent in the last few weeks. Normally at this time of year, gun shops see record sales for hunting gear."The attitude is, 'I need to buy it before I can't,'" said gun store owner Robin Ball.
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November 7, 2014

Gun Control Loses, Second Amendment Wins Big In The Midterms

One might well call it a clear denial of reality by vanquished liberals grasping for any hint that their agenda even barely survived the Republican tsunami — “it” is this wildly celebratory article on theatlantic.com boldly declaring victory for advocates of gun control in America. Given the title of the post — “The Gun Control Movement Is Learning How To Win” — you might conclude that anti-gun forces scored big in their efforts to restrict private gun ownership…that the NRA was totally humiliated on Tuesday and sent packing by gun grabbers. But when you read the article….
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November 7, 2014

Second Amendment Prevails Over Cash-Flush Anti-Gun Candidates

Despite the lavishing of funds on anti-gun candidates and statements by anti-gunners that this would be the year they would mount a head-on challenge against the powerful National Rifle Association (NRA), when the smoke cleared, candidates supporting the rights of gun owners were the clear winners.Breitbart News reported "The Second Amendment crushed gun control candidates in Senate and gubernatorial races around the country," and added that while gun-control PACs donated heavily to anti-gun candidates, "The Second Amendment trumped their endorsement and their money."
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November 7, 2014

Bloomberg’s wasted millions

Mike Bloomberg put $50 million into Tuesday’s elections, and he doesn’t have much to show for it. Someone, perhaps the Koch brothers, ought to treat him to a Big Gulp. The onetime mayor of New York City organized a group called Everytown for Gun Safety, meant to rival the National Rifle Association, and with a lot more money. The new group was supposed to put gun control on the front burner. Instead, the gun-control candidates got scorched on the back burner.
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November 7, 2014

Election Eve Dump: Justice Department Turns Over 64,280 pages of Claimed ‘Executive Privilege’ Operation Fast and Furious Documents

Last night, in response to an Order from a Federal judge, the Department of Justice turned over 64,280 pages of documents that were withheld from Congress after President Obama asserted Executive Privilege on the eve of a contempt citation for Attorney General Eric Holder in June 2012. The sheer volume of last night’s document production—which consists entirely of documents that the Justice Department itself acknowledges are not covered by Executive Privilege—shows that the President and the Attorney General attempted to extend the scope of the Executive Privilege well beyond its historical boundaries to avoid disclosing documents that embarrass or otherwise implicate senior Obama Administration officials.
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November 6, 2014

Two Gun Bills the New Republican Congress Should Consider

Now that Republicans are in full control of Congress, there are a couple of firearms related bills that I would like to see debated. The first would fix the Firearms Owners Protection Act of 1986 (FOPA), making it clear henceforth that the law’s “safe passage” provision applies to airports as well as to highways. Earlier in the year, I noted that the states of New York and New Jersey have managed to exempt themselves from FOPA’s remit, thereby preventing Americans who rely upon JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark airports from traveling with their guns.
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November 6, 2014

Second Amendment crushes gun control candidates in midterm elections

As the election returns came in on November 4 one thing was evident—the Second Amendment crushed gun control candidates in Senate and gubernatorial races around the country.
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November 6, 2014

New York: SAFE Act opponents declare victory

Opponents of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s SAFE Act gun control law have been agitating for more than a year now and while their anger over the measure didn’t turn the governor out of office, they did point to some upstate GOP Senate victories as proof that unhappiness with the law remains strong, especially upstate where there are a lot of hunters, and people who resent no longer being able to buy assault style weapons.
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