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December 19, 2003

State Legislators Uphold The Right To Self-Defense

In his Nov. 23 column, Legislators` attempt to block police from ownership records absurd, Carl Hiaasen claims that the state House Judiciary Committee members, including myself, are...
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December 19, 2003

Judge Rejects Second Gun Challenge

A decision today by a St. Louis judge leaves intact his ruling that has Missouri`s concealed gun law on hold at least until the state Supreme Court takes up the matter next month. Circuit...
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December 18, 2003

Taft Aims To Calm Concealed-Carry Foes

Gov. Bob Taft said Wednesday that his aides and staffers from the Ohio House are negotiating in a last-ditch effort to avoid a veto of legislation passed last week that would give law-abiding...
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December 18, 2003

Judging The Bench

In an effort to educate voters about the continued obstruction of President Bush`s judicial nominees, Senate Republicans took an extraordinary step last month and staged a rare all-night...
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December 18, 2003

Union Among Financial Backers Of Ads Trashing Dean

A secretive political group financed in part by labor unions has raised $500,000 to air anti-Howard Dean ads in three early primary states. The group, called Americans for Jobs, Health...
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December 17, 2003

Delay In Gun Permits Keeping Hunters Home

Numerous sportsmen in Berkshire County, Mass., have been unable to hunt deer or shoot recreationally this season because of a backlog of gun license renewals, according to state Rep....
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December 17, 2003

NYC Mayor Aims For Gun Courts In Queens, Bronx

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the success of Brooklyn`s Gun Court--where only felony firearms-possession cases are tried--will be expanded to Queens and The Bronx next...
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December 17, 2003

Campaign Finance Casualties

"If I join the National Rifle Association or the Friends of the Earth and find that they cannot use my annual dues to say in a TV spot that Representative Smith has been voting against...
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December 16, 2003

Jersey City Drops Suit Against Gun Makers

Jersey City has dropped its lawsuit against handgun manufacturers. The decision to voluntarily withdraw the suit, which was filed in state Superior Court in Jersey City in March, comes...
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December 16, 2003

Muzzling Democracy

The history of constitutional law is the history of faddish intellectual currents. Neither the language nor purpose of the Constitution regularly defeat foolishness fortified by orthodoxy....
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December 16, 2003

Courts Without Law

Lawlessness usually conjures up images of a wild frontier or mobs in the streets. But the painful reality is that the supreme examples of lawlessness in our times are in the august...
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December 15, 2003

Gun supporters face even harder road now

I doubt that many hunters and fishermen paid much heed to the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the campaign finance reform law, also known as the McCain-Feingold Act. If...
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December 15, 2003

New Jersey court`s ruling deals blow to anti-hunters

The shrill cries of hysterical anti-hunters notwithstanding, the Superior Court of New Jersey decided recently that limited hunting of black bears will be permitted on state land. And...
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December 12, 2003

Baghdad`s Murder Rate Irresponsibly Distorted

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld created a ruckus when he said: “You`ve got to remember that if Washington, D.C., were the size of Baghdad, we would be having something like 215 murders...
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December 12, 2003

Taft May Veto Concealed-Carry Gun Law

Gov. Bob Taft said he will veto legislation giving law-abiding Ohioans the right to carry concealed handguns because the bill doesn`t give the public and media adequate access to personal...
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December 12, 2003

Where Are The Armed Pilots?

On Nov. 25, 2002, President Bush signed the Arming Pilots Against Terrorism Act. The law compelled the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to train and arm airline pilots who...
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December 11, 2003

Concealed-Carry Bill Nearer

House and Senate lawmakers, while debating public records issues and legal defenses, moved closer Wednesday to passing a bill allowing Ohioans to carry concealed weapons.Read Original...
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December 11, 2003

McCain-Feingold Ruling Angers Activists On Right And Left

It`s not every day the NRA and the ACLU are outraged by the same Supreme Court decision. But both groups hated yesterday`s unexpectedly broad ruling by the court to uphold the major...
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December 11, 2003

Carry On: Concealed Weapons Laws

The number of states that allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms hit 36 in September, up from 10 in 1986. Thirty-one other states have such "shall issue" laws, which...
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December 10, 2003

Supreme Court Upholds `Soft Money` Limits

The Supreme Court upheld key features of the nation`s new law intended to lessen the influence of money in politics, ruling Wednesday that the government may ban unlimited donations...
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December 10, 2003

Campaign Finance Rules Prompt NRA To Seek Media Status

New and unlovely creatures continue to emerge from the Pandora`s Box of “campaign finance reform.” The latest is a plan by the National Rifle Association to have itself adjudicated...
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December 9, 2003

Judge Allows N.J. Bear Hunt Into Rec Area

A judge on Tuesday lifted an order that had closed a sprawling national recreation area to bear hunters, as the state`s first open season on the animals in more than three decades went...
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December 9, 2003

R.I. Supreme Court Hears Gun-Rights Case

The state Supreme Court yesterday took up the question of what it means to "keep and bear arms" in Rhode Island. At issue is what is the proper procedure for issuing a concealed-weapon...
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December 8, 2003

NRA Seeks Status As News Outlet

"We`re looking at bringing a court case that we`re as legitimate a media outlet as Disney or Viacom or Time Warner," the NRA`s executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre, said in an interview. "Why...
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December 8, 2003

Federal Gun-Law Cases Set Record In Colorado

In fiscal 2003, 172 Colorado defendants were charged with federal firearms violations - a 46 percent increase from the previous year, and three times the number charged before Colorado...
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December 8, 2003

Legal Fight Targets Gun Design In Fatality

Lawyers Monday will resume battling about whether the Beretta company is responsible for a Berkeley teenager`s shooting death because the design of its semi-automatic pistol didn`t...
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December 8, 2003

Up in Flames

Now that the guns have been collected and publicly burned in a ceremony known as the "Flame of Peace," there`s music in the air in Mali. Currently part of a folk festival held at the...
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December 5, 2003

Consumer Group Takes on Animal `Rights` Activists

A consumer advocacy group has launched a series of anti-PETA ads, "to give the publicity hounds at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals the sort of attention they don`t actually...
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December 5, 2003

Why This Bunny Will Wear Fur Again

I hadn`t worn fur for a good 10 years. I had allowed myself to be intimidated by a few radical animal-rights extremists. Having successfully intimidated sizeable numbers of fur fanciers,...
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December 5, 2003

Pheasants Flocking Back To State

The report from the farm country of Baca County rings loud and clear: The birds are back. After two seasons of desultory drought, pheasant populations have improved sharply - at least...
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December 4, 2003

Reagan As Cartoon Character

To watch the entire commercial-free, three-hour version of the "The Reagans" on the Showtime cable television network was an ordeal. The cartoon character presented as Ronald Reagan...
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December 4, 2003

Deer Hunters Pump $1.2 Billion Into Economy

The annual hunt thins the state`s estimated 1.8 million deer herd and also pumps $1.2 billion into Michigan businesses each year, with an estimated 775,000 hunters purchasing guns,...
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December 4, 2003

NJ Court to Consider Blocking Black Bear Hunt

Activists moved one step closer to shutting down New Jersey`s first bear hunt in 33 years on Wednesday, while a sportsmen`s group vowed to intervene in the case to defend hunters.Read...
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