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February 26, 2014

SAFE Act needs repeal, proves to hinder job growth

Remington Arms announced last week that it will open a large manufacturing plant in Alabama. It will create 2,000 jobs for the southern state.While I don’t begrudge another state from securing these high-paying manufacturing jobs, I do begrudge our own leaders for forcing the “SAFE Act” upon its people and hindering economic development right here in New York. Its passage has undoubtedly affected Remington Arms, located in Illion, NY, for more than a century, from expanding in its home state.
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February 26, 2014

West Virginia: Senate passes bill nixing local gun laws

The West Virginia Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would shoot down municipal gun control laws in cities such as Charleston.Senate Bill 317 prohibits cities and counties from creating ordinances to restrict the selling or the carrying of firearms and ammunition.
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February 26, 2014

California: Concealed carry permit applications flood O.C. Sheriff's Department

People are applying for concealed-weapon permits in droves in Orange County, after a federal court ruled Californians don’t have to justify their need for the permit.In less than two weeks, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has received more than 500 applications for concealed-weapon permits – about the same number of applications received in all of 2013.
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February 26, 2014

Lott: Piers Morgan’s revealing rancor

Sunday’s announcement that Piers Morgan had lost his show at CNN was hardly unexpected.The ratings for the coveted 9 p.m. time slot were abysmal, dropping last week to just 270,000 viewers — about one-eighth of what Fox News’s Megyn Kelly got in the same time slot.Some, such as Variety magazine, have speculated that the low ratings are due to Morgan’s single-minded push for gun control. That might have something to do with it, but much more is going on.
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February 26, 2014

How gun control helped a stalker kill my husband

In April 2009, my husband was shot six times in front of me in the middle of a busy restaurant by a man who was stalking me. I have a permit to carry a handgun but because of the law at that time in my home state of Tennessee, I had to leave the gun that I normally carried for self defense, locked in my car that night.
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February 25, 2014

N.J. lawmakers propose further limiting capacity of gun magazines

The bill, announced by the Legislature's Democratic leadership at a Statehouse news conference with parents of children slain at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, would reduce magazine capacity to 10 rounds, from 15.It also would ban semiautomatic rifles with fixed-magazine capacities that exceed 10 rounds.
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February 25, 2014

Gun control misfire, sinking ratings

Piers Morgan believes he shot himself in the foot by crusading for gun control, with his CNN show as the final casualty.But the self-inflicted damage was far deeper than that.The British journalist undoubtedly alienated many in the audience (and perhaps delighted others) with his crusade against guns. But when he would bring on gun advocates and rail against them as “stupid,” well, it was hard to watch.
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February 24, 2014

Mississippi: Campuses earn support for trained officers through school safety program

Another 24 school districts will receive help keeping their campuses secure with grants from the Mississippi Community Oriented Policing program, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said today.
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February 24, 2014

Supreme Court declines challenges to gun laws

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to wade into the politically volatile issue of gun control by leaving intact three court rulings rejecting challenges to federal and state laws.
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February 24, 2014

Kopel: San Diego Sheriff will not seek 9th Circuit en banc in Peruta right to carry case

Late this afternoon, the San Diego County Sheriff's Office issued a press release announcing that it will not seek en banc review of the Peruta decision, which was issued last Friday by a 2-1 panel of the Ninth Circuit. As I detailed in a post last week, Peruta requires that the exercise of the Second Amendment right to carry a licensed firearm for lawful self-defense be considered "good cause" under the California statute providing for the issuance of concealed carry permits.
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February 24, 2014

What's on Second? The Ninth.: Gun rights advance in California

"Everything is spinning out of control," quipped one reader when he sent us this WSJ.com Law Blog headline late last week: "Ninth Circuit Recognizes Right to Bear Arms Outside the Home." That federal court, which has appellate jurisdiction over nine Western and Rocky Mountain states, is famously liberal, so that a ruling favorable to gun rights comes as a surprise.It turns out the 2-1 ruling in Peruta v. San Diego County is true to political type. The judge who wrote it, Diarmuid O'Scannlain, and his concurring colleague, Consuelo Callahan, were appointed by Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush respectively. Dissenter Sidney Thomas was a Clinton appointee.
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February 24, 2014

Prosecution rests in trial for D.C. man charged for one shotgun shell

The District of Columbia has finished presenting its case on why Mark Witaschek is a danger to society for possessing a single shotgun shell and muzzleloader sabots in his home. This outrageous legal battle shows how far unelected, anti-gun liberals will go to attempt to destroy a man’s life.
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February 24, 2014

Massachusetts: Legislators hope to remove firearms licensing for carrying pepper spray

State lawmakers are hoping for action on several bills that would allow citizens to buy pepper spray and chemical Mace without going through the time and expense of getting a firearms identification card.
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February 24, 2014

Doctoring data on kids and guns

The paper (United States Childhood Gun-Violence – Disturbing Trends) took child hospitalization discharge data along with survey responses concerning gun ownership, and applied a weighted analysis to determine that more handguns causes more child deaths and hospitalizations.This came as a surprise to criminologists, and other people with cranial blood supplies, who have watched the number of handguns in circulation rise steadily over the past three decades, while simultaneously watching child firearm deaths decline. Using criminology/epidemiology data gold standards – Center for Disease Control (CDC) mortality databases and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Commerce Reports – we can chart these with ease. It shows that while gun availability has risen, fewer kids die.
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February 24, 2014

Texas man turned away from voting booth over pro-gun Second Amendment T-shirt

A Texas man says he got shot down when he tried to cast his ballot on the first day of early voting in the Republican primary because he was wearing a T-shirt in support of gun rights.
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February 24, 2014

Pennsylvania: Sunday hunting heats up again

A couple of interesting news of note came across the desk recently.First, did you see what happened in Virginia?The state legislature there, after a couple of false starts the past few years, legalized hunting on Sundays.
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February 21, 2014

Florida: Insurers who punish gun owners face penalties

Insurance companies could face tougher penalties if they impose higher rates or take other actions against auto or homeowner policyholders due to lawful gun ownership, or ammunition possession, under a measure that received its second House committee backing on Wednesday.
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February 21, 2014

California: Orange County loosens requirements for carrying concealed guns

Orange County has loosened requirements for carrying concealed weapons in public following a pro-gun ruling last week by a federal appeals court, officials said Thursday.A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2 to 1 that California counties may no longer require residents who want to carry concealed firearms to demonstrate special, individualized needs for protection. The court majority said law-abiding residents have a 2nd Amendment right to bear a gun in public.
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February 21, 2014

Kentucky Senate approves bill respecting Right-to-Carry in in places that serve alcohol if permit holder doesn't drink

The Senate approved a bill Thursday that would allow people with concealed-carry permits to bring guns into Kentucky bars as long as they do not drink.
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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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