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March 5, 2014

NRA Declares Victory Over Facebook Response to Gun Control Groups

After almost a month of pressure by Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) and Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America (MDA) to get Facebook to "prohibit the private selling or trading of guns on its platforms," Facebook announced "new educational and enforcement measures for commercial activities" that essentially restate what a company spokesperson said a week ago when they announced Facebook is not an online retailer and does not sell anything--including guns. 
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March 4, 2014

20 Years After Brady Law, Criminals Still Get Guns

In reality, the "Brady Checks" are quite ineffective in stopping criminals from getting guns. There are actually very few hard-core criminals that are stupid enough to even try to buy a gun from a dealer that does a background check.
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March 4, 2014

Florida: Gun legislation back in the forefront for session

Florida's gun-friendly nature will be scrutinized during the 2014 legislative session as bills that would modify the state's "stand your ground" law and another allowing warning shots will be considered, a marked contrast from the 2013 session in which no major gun legislation was passed.
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March 4, 2014

California: Fight over concealed weapons brewing

The California Attorney General's Office, a police organization and a gun control lobbying group want to go to court to reverse a recent court ruling that, for now, is making it easier to get a concealed weapon permit in Orange County.
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March 4, 2014

Legislature considers loosening gun possession rules on University of Alaska campuses

A college junior pushing legislation to liberalize gun possession on University of Alaska campuses is up against tough opposition from the university system president, a retired Air Force general who knows a thing or two about weapons himself.
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February 28, 2014

California: Attorney general to challenge ruling on concealed carry

Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris said Thursday that she would challenge a federal appeals court ruling that would require counties to give law-abiding residents permits to carry concealed guns.
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February 28, 2014

Study aims to shoot down media narrative on frozen firearms research

A forthcoming study is challenging claims, repeated over and over in the media, that federal restrictions effectively froze gun research over the last two decades.
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February 28, 2014

Lott: Don't believe mainstream media mistruths about firearms research

If we are to believe the mainstream media, the powerful NRA has used its political muscle to keep people ignorant of how guns impact our safety. They are supposedly to blame for the elimination of firearms research. This is all a result of a 1996 amendment to the federal budget stating “None of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be used to advocate or promote gun control.”
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February 28, 2014

Legalization of gun suppressors hits bulls-eye in Iowa House

A bill to protect Iowans' liberties and their hearing sailed through the Iowa House Thursday on an 83-16 vote, but is likely to get sunk in the Democratic-controlled Senate.House File 2381 would allow Iowans to buy suppressors, or silencers, for their guns. That's prohibited now by state law, according to floor manager Rep. Matt Windschitl, R-Missouri Valley, who called the bill a "prime opportunity to expand the freedom and liberty Iowans deserve."
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February 28, 2014

More gun control bills proposed in Rhode Island General Assembly

Some Rhode Island lawmakers...are again taking aim at gun control. No fewer that nine bills are now being considered - from banning assault style weapons; to boosting sales tax on ammunition; and, limiting gun clips to no more than ten rounds.
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February 28, 2014

Arizona House panel moves ahead with school safety bill

Saying it will protect students from “maniacal, homicidal” killers, a House panel voted Wednesday to let schools designate one employee at each site have access to have a gun.
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February 28, 2014

Oregon Senate passes pair of gun bills

Oregon prison guards are one step closer to winning authority to keep guns in their cars during the workday.State workers are prohibited from bringing firearms onto state property, but corrections officers have been asking for an exception for several years.
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February 28, 2014

Wisconsin: Movement on gun legislation

Wisconsin Republicans moved ahead with narrow bills to streamline gun seizures in domestic abuse cases Thursday. Minority Democrats, though, demanded the GOP go bigger and impose universal background checks.
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February 27, 2014

Gabby Giffords’ national gun control group targets Georgia

Americans for Responsible Solutions, a national gun control organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband, announced a campaign Wednesday to defeat a sweeping gun bill that would widely expand access to guns in Georgia.
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February 27, 2014

New York: Judge tosses out SAFE Act charge against Lockport man

Lockport police violated Paul A. Wojdan’s constitutional rights by counting the bullets in his gun and charging him with violating New York’s SAFE Act, Lockport City Judge William J. Watson ruled Wednesday.
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February 27, 2014

Alabama bill would allow for permitless car carry

People would be able to carry loaded pistols in their cars without a concealed-carry permit under a bill proposed in the Alabama Senate.
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February 27, 2014

Mississippi House passes sales tax holiday for guns, ammo

Plans are moving forward for a Mississippi sales tax holiday for guns, ammunition, bows, arrows and accessories.The House voted 86-27 to pass House Bill 1404 Tuesday. It would create the Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday on the first weekend of September. The bill was held up for more work in the House.
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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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