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October 31, 2014

Massachusetts: Struggle to regain gun license in Worcester becomes local man’s fight for Constitutional rights

Nine years after they were first stripped from him after his arrest for assault and battery, Raymond Holden is still fighting to get his guns and gun permit back. The journey has been paved with wins and losses in court, and while he does not say how much, the price tag has grown quite steep. He remains locked in a battle with the city and Police Chief Gary Gemme, who first suspended Holden's license in 2005, and revoked it in 2006.
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October 31, 2014

3 robbed at gunpoint after N.C. state fair declares gun-free zone

Three people were reportedly robbed at gunpoint Saturday leaving the North Carolina State Fair after a judge ruled earlier this month that concealed weapons would not be permitted at the event.
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October 31, 2014

South Africa: Stricter gun laws on the cards

The government wants to tighten the country’s gun laws, and amendments to the 2000 Firearms Control Act are expected to go before Parliament early next year. And the ANC is calling for the elimination of illegal guns.
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October 30, 2014

Arizona Democrat Gubernatorial Candidate Supports Colorado-Like Gun Control

Former Clinton White House Deputy Director Fred DuVal (D) is running for governor of Arizona, and if he wins, he will put his support behind the implementation of Colorado-like gun control.
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October 30, 2014

New York Times Mocks NRA Ad in Which Rape Victim Advocates Self-Defense

The New York Times mocked an NRA ad that shows a rape victim speaking up for her right to bear arms for self-defense. 
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October 30, 2014

Joni Ernst is right on guns

There is a new argument against Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst. To wit, that she should be excluded from the United States Senate because she just might shoot the parliamentarian the first time a procedural ruling goes against her.In a recently unearthed video from a 2012 National Rifle Association meeting in Iowa, Ernst explained her devotion to her Smith & Wesson 9 millimeter in particular, and to her gun rights in general. “I believe,” she said, “in the right to defend myself and my family — whether it’s from an intruder, or whether it’s from the government, should they decide that my rights are no longer important.”
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October 30, 2014

D.C. Attorney General to appeal concealed carry permits

D.C. is has been accepting applications for concealed handgun permits for about a week but that could soon end.News4's Mark Segraves is reporting D.C. Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan will appeal a judge’s ruling requiring the city to issue concealed carry permits. If successful, the District could take away any permits originally granted.
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October 30, 2014

NRA demands Georgia county’s elections board reverse ban on pro-gun clothing

The National Rifle Association has written a letter demanding the board of elections in Douglas County, Georgia, reverse an informal ban on pro-gun clothing at the voting booth.
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October 30, 2014

Alabama: Gun rights and hunting a major focus in upcoming general election

We are now just a week away from Alabama's general election.On the ballot are five amendments, two of which are related to guns, one for hunting and another for gun ownership.
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October 30, 2014

New York: SAFE Act, part II a possibility

Potential changes to the state SAFE Act had residents and gun owners outspoken about its provisions at the Frewsburg American Legion on Monday night.The event was sponsored by the Shooters Committee On Political Education and featured presentations by Mike Benard of the Wayne County SCOPE chapter and Assemblyman Andy Goodell, R,C,I-Jamestown.
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October 30, 2014

‘Lone Wolf’ terror attacks: We're sitting ducks and Americans with guns are last line of defense

The recent spate of “lone wolf” terrorist attacks both here and in Canada seem to have come out of nowhere. And it’s clear that they have left Americans and Canadians as sitting ducks.Simply by using the Internet, ISIS has encouraged “lone wolf” individuals. These “wolves” have initiated attacks on their own with no planning or coordination with others and without leaving a trail of clues about their intentions. Law enforcement authorities and our government are not well suited to defend against such individual terror strikes. As Israel has learned about such attacks, there are just too many targets to defend.So what can be done to protect public safety? When police and the military can’t be everywhere, the last line of defense is having more citizens carry guns.
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October 29, 2014

Bloomberg PAC highlights gun control in Connecticut, Maryland

Gun control supporting candidates facing tight races for governor in Connecticut and Maryland are the beneficiaries of a last-minute ad buy from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
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October 29, 2014

Ohio: More than a dozen gun bills await lawmakers after election

A variety of gun bills are being shot out at the statehouse, all of them ready to be debated by lawmakers after the election next Tuesday.
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October 28, 2014

Majority of Washington State Sheriffs Oppose I-594

A majority of Washington State’s 39 sheriffs have come out in opposition to anti-gun Washington State Ballot Initiative 594.  The sheriffs oppose I-594 because it will not make anyone safer, will strain scarce law enforcement resources, will criminalize the lawful behavior of millions of law-abiding gun owners in Washington and will be unenforceable.  
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October 28, 2014

Former NY City mayor Michael Bloomberg is spending millions in an attempt to save faltering gubernatorial candidates in CT and MD

Former NY City mayor Michael Bloomberg is spending millions in an attempt to save faltering gubernatorial candidates in CT and MD who might not otherwise be in tight races but for their extremist anti-gun positions.
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October 28, 2014

Washington State Sheriff Steve Mansfield says Initiative 594 will "chip away at our Constitutional Rights"

 As your sheriff, I can assure you my position in the past and today remains firm in the” law of the land” and support of our constitution.
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October 28, 2014

Connecticut: Gun control opponents vow week of effort to defeat Malloy

Connecticut has no provision in its Constitution to recall elected officials, but critics of gun control say their chance to oust Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other political opponents will come on Election Day.
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October 28, 2014

New York gun grabbing massive overreach

Gun control supporters scoff when Second Amendment defenders accuse them of advocating the confiscation of firearms. The pro-restrictions crowd claims that our elected officials aren’t really trying to do what the gun-control set would actually love them to do.Well, it’s happening. New York state is ground zero for gun grabbing, validating the worries of gun owners everywhere.
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October 28, 2014

New York: Will SAFE Act affect DA races?

Republicans believe opposition to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's SAFE Act could increase voter turnout and make local Democratic candidates for district attorney vulnerable in November.
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October 28, 2014

Australia: Tasmanian firearm registry causing concern

The state’s peak farming body has warned that personal details on the state’s firearm registry, which Tasmania Police has consistently denied has been breached, could potentially be sighted by people with sinister motives.
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October 27, 2014

References to Knives, Guns, Hunting — Even Fishing — Getting Chopped From Best-Selling Author’s Book on ‘Cooking Like a Pro.’

Best-selling author Tim Ferriss has what you might call a bone to pick. The matter involves one of his popular titles, “The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life.”
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October 27, 2014

New York: With gun act, Cuomo alienates upstate New York constituency

In large stretches of upstate New York, it is the reason Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is deeply unpopular. To many voters in New York City and its suburbs, it is one of his crowning achievements.Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, made New York the first state to pass a broad package of new gun laws after the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., in 2012. Seizing a singular political moment, he called it the Safe Act, and he implored Congress to follow his lead.
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October 27, 2014

Ex-CBS reporter on Fast and Furious media coverage

Sharyl Attkisson is an unreasonable woman. Important people have told her so.When the longtime CBS reporter asked for details about reinforcements sent to the Benghazi compound during the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack, White House national security spokesman Tommy Vietor replied, “I give up, Sharyl . . . I’ll work with more reasonable folks that follow up, I guess.”Another White House flack, Eric Schultz, didn’t like being pressed for answers about the Fast and Furious scandal in which American agents directed guns into the arms of Mexican drug lords. “Goddammit, Sharyl!” he screamed at her. “The Washington Post is reasonable, the LA Times is reasonable, The New York Times is reasonable. You’re the only one who’s not reasonable!”
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October 27, 2014

Cooke: Do black people have equal gun rights?

Conventional wisdom holds that firearms are the preserve of conservative white men. You would never know this at my local shooting range, which happens to be in a majority African-American area, and has a clientele that reflects that fact. There, as a white man, I’m often in the minority; just one more guy who likes to fire weapons — another person to chat to and share stories with. It is, I’d venture, how things should be.
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October 27, 2014

Hunters spend more than they get credit for

Hey, hunters — you might not realize this, but you’re business tycoons!That’s right. If hunting were a corporation, it would occupy the 73rd spot on the Fortune 500 list of top U.S. businesses.According to a report compiled recently by the National Shooting Sports Association, hunters spent $38.3 billion on their favorite pastime in 2011, the last year for which complete figures were available.
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October 24, 2014

Obama claims executive privilege over 15,000 Fast and Furious docs

The Obama administration is claiming executive privilege over more than 15,000 documents related to Operation Fast and Furious, including correspondence between Attorney General Eric Holder and his wife, according to records received Wednesday night by the watchdog group Judicial Watch.
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October 24, 2014

New York: Controversy surrounds pistol permit application asking for Facebook information

There's a reason we create private passwords for our social media accounts: the information contained therein is private.We're often warned not to give out these passwords — but how do we react if the police ask for them? That's what appeared to have happened in Watervliet recently, where a form included in the city's pistol permit application included a blank line for applicants to fill-in "Facebook & Password."
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October 23, 2014

Backdoor gun control: D.C. sets impossible hurdles for carry permits

The District’s newly minted concealed carry laws require gun owners seeking permits to complete 18 hours of firearms training.One problem: As of Wednesday, the day before a court-ordered deadline for the permitting process to begin, no instructors had been approved to teach the compulsory course.
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October 23, 2014

Washington: Ex-official may be charged with stealing gun-measure yard signs

A former Bellevue City Council member once called the city’s “last liberal” could be charged with stealing yard signs in a duel over competing gun-background-check initiatives.Police said Margot Blacker, who served on the Bellevue City Council from 1990 through 1997, told them she took signs advocating I-591, which is supported by gun-rights supporters, as retaliation for the theft of signs promoting I-594, a measure that would expand background checks.
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October 22, 2014

Pennsylvania: Officials irked about state bill that could eliminate local gun laws

The Pennsylvania House's passage Monday of a controversial bill granting legal standing to the National Rifle Association to sue over local gun laws has put dozens of municipalities on notice.
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October 22, 2014

Gun-control battle swings to Washington state

The center of the national debate over firearm background checks has, for the moment, moved to Washington state.Next month, residents of Washington state will get to vote on whether gun buyers should be subject to background checks for purchases made at gun shows or online.
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October 22, 2014

Va. Beach OK's gun agenda item, triggering dissent

The city's legislative agenda isn't normally all that controversial for residents. But an item about guns this year has gotten people talking.The proposal asks the General Assembly to consider requiring gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms. Failure to do so within two days of realizing a gun has disappeared would result in a civil fine.
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October 22, 2014

Tennessee: Residents petition for Farragut guns in parks ban to be lifted

Another effort to repeal Farragut's ban on guns in parks is underway. A change in state law in 2009 allowed handgun permit holders to carry their weapons into parks, but local governments could opt out. That's what Farragut decided to do and they've stuck with it when the issue came up again last year.
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October 21, 2014

NRA-backed bill clears Pa. legislature; Corbett indicates he'll sign it

In the final minutes of the legislative session, the House on Monday approved a bill clearing the way for the National Rifle Association and other groups to sue local municipalities, among them Philadelphia, that enact ordinances stricter than state firearms laws.
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October 21, 2014

How gun-control legislation is affecting this election

Many sheriffs in states that recently passed gun-control laws have signed letters saying they are opposed to the laws, saying the gun bans won’t make America safer. Some even say they won’t enforce these new laws. This has gotten some press. What hasn’t been reported is the very governors in New York, Connecticut and Maryland who signed those gun and magazine bans are also reluctant to enforce these laws. It seems they don’t want a political backlash. They don’t want journalists making martyrs out of otherwise law-abiding citizens who might be charged with felonies for doing what they’ve done all their lives. This is where politics runs into reality. It’s a collision voters need to hear more about.
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October 21, 2014

Eric Holder: ‘I take personally as a failure’ the inability to pass gun control

If there’s one thing that Eric Holder regrets during his time as attorney general for the United States, it’s his failure to press through a Second Amendment crackdown on the heels of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead, he said.
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October 21, 2014

NRA-backed bill clears Pa. legislature; Corbett indicates he'll sign it

In the final minutes of the legislative session, the House on Monday approved a bill clearing the way for the National Rifle Association and other groups to sue local municipalities, among them Philadelphia, that enact ordinances stricter than state firearms laws.
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October 21, 2014

Gun bill passed by House could lead to NRA lawsuit against Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh and other communities with firearms regulations could soon face lawsuits from the National Rifle Association and other groups.
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October 21, 2014

Washington voters face rival measures on gun-sale background checks

Residents of Washington state will get to vote next month on whether gun buyers should be subject to background checks for purchases made at gun shows or online. In fact, they’ll be able to vote on the issue twice.
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October 20, 2014

Mental health issues put 34,500 on New York’s no-guns list

A newly created database of New Yorkers deemed too mentally unstable to carry firearms has grown to roughly 34,500 names, a previously undisclosed figure that has raised concerns among some mental health advocates that too many people have been categorized as dangerous.
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