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September 30, 2014

Changes to New Hampshire’s concealed carry license application trigger concern from gun rights activists

The Department of Safety is reissuing the state’s concealed carry gun license application for the second time in two months after complaints from gun rights activists prompted the department to withdraw some of the changes it made to the form this summer.
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September 29, 2014

Will jihad-style attack boost 'bring gun to work' laws?

Vaughan Foods Chief Operating Officer Mark Vaughan, a reserve sheriff's deputy, used his personal handgun that he brings to work to stop a beheading attack by recently converted Muslim Alton Nolen on Friday in Oklahoma.
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September 29, 2014

A prosecutor’s war on a mom

Apparently NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell isn’t the only official involved in the Ray Rice saga who’s reversed course.Jim McClain, chief prosecutor for New Jersey’s Atlantic County, has now done a full 180 in a case in which he tried to throw the book at a young, single working mother.
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September 29, 2014

New Jersey prosecutor fumbles justice

Justice isn’t always blind, and prosecutors are sometimes so dazzled by a high-profile defendant they lose sight of their responsibility to lock up a menace to society and cut a break to someone who makes an honest mistake.
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September 29, 2014

Obama's UN speech reveals why Arms Trade Treaty is so dangerous

Addressing the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, President Obama said that all nations “must meet our responsibility to observe and enforce international norms.” What he meant by that wasn’t exactly clear, starting with what those norms are, and who gets to define them. But that kind of thinking on the president’s part is precisely why the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is so bad for the United States.
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September 26, 2014

Presence of Armed Citizen Prevented More Death Says Oklahoma County Sheriff

Earlier today, police reported that two women were brutally attacked in Oklahoma City on Thursday at their workplace. One of those women died, her head severed from her body in the gruesome assault. The other woman survived, her attacker having been stopped by a citizen carrying a concealed handgun. Without the weapon, Traci Johnson might be laying in the morgue instead of recovering at the same hospital where her attacker is being treated today.
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September 26, 2014

Heckuva Job, Hick

D.C. journalists called the latest Quinnipiac University poll results in Colorado’s tight gubernatorial race a “shocker.” But it’s a surprise only if you’ve been hopelessly trapped in a Beltway echo chamber.
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September 26, 2014

New Jersey: How Philadelphia woman's N.J. gun case could affect up to 100 similar cases

In response to the much-scrutinized case of a Philadelphia mother facing criminal weapons charges for unwittingly violating New Jersey laws, the state Attorney General stepped in today and clarified the law, potentially changing the outcome of similar cases statewide.
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September 26, 2014

Bill Clinton: America has 'bought the NRA's theory'

Bill Clinton addressed a number of crime and justice issues during a sweeping talk with CNN on Wednesday, including taking on the National Rifle Association and its pro-gun policy.
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September 26, 2014

Bloomberg can’t find enough anti-gun candidates to support

Former New York Mayor MichaelR. Bloomberg’s gun control group announced a round of candidate endorsements this week, but his plan to pour $50 million into gun control efforts appears to be struggling to find campaigns to back in nationally watched races.
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September 26, 2014

U.N. says Arms Trade Treaty to enter into force on Dec. 24

A global Arms Trade Treaty to regulate the $85 billion industry and keep weapons out of the hands of human rights abusers and criminals will come into force on Dec. 24 after the 50th country ratified the agreement on Thursday, the United Nations said.
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September 26, 2014

Good Guy with a Gun Prevents Second Beheading in Oklahoma Business

On September 26, an armed company owner intervened in an attack by shooting a former employee who had already beheaded one worker and was stabbing another.
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September 25, 2014

New Jersey: A.C. to allow Phila. woman carrying gun to avoid jail

After a review by the state attorney general, the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office announced Wednesday that it would allow a Philadelphia woman charged last year with illegally bringing into New Jersey a gun that was legally registered in Pennsylvania to enter a pretrial-intervention program and avoid jail time.
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September 25, 2014

Ohio: Opponents of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson's gun laws say ordinances would not survive court challenge

Opponents of sweeping Cleveland gun laws proposed by Mayor Frank Jackson told members of City Council's Safety Committee Wednesday that many of the ordinances do not adequately target the criminal contingent, unnecessarily duplicate state law and almost certainly would not survive a court challenge.
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September 25, 2014

How Bloomberg's million-dollar desire for gun control is backfiring

With the midterms just over a month away New York City’s former mayor Michael Bloomberg is spending at least $50 million to make his gun-control agenda part of this election. His gun-control group Everytown for Gun Safety has endorsed more than 100 federal and state candidates. They are also running television commercials, holding events and pushing their studies into the newsrooms of a mostly favorable press.
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September 24, 2014

D.C. Council votes, reluctantly, to allow public to carry concealed weapons

The D.C. Council voted Tuesday to grant residents and visitors the ability to carry concealed firearms in public, but the bill would establish a regulatory structure that could make it difficult for gun owners to secure a permit.
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September 24, 2014

Sheriff's comments criticizing Md. gun laws go viral

Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis makes no bones about his views on the stringent gun laws Maryland passed last year and thanks to his recent comments that got wide attention, he's gained some supporters.
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September 24, 2014

Hawaii latest state to have gun restrictions on legal immigrants overturned

A federal judge has overturned a Hawaii law barring legal immigrants from applying for a firearm permit, the latest in a wave of rulings against similar laws across the country.
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September 24, 2014

Venezuela’s Maduro launches $47M plan to disarm civilians

The Venezuelan government is investing $47 million to build dozens of new disarmament centers for civilians to surrender their weapons, President Nicolas Maduro announced Sunday.
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September 23, 2014

Bloomberg group launches midterm campaign for gun control

The gun-control group started this year by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is making its first significant political investments of the midterms — announcing endorsements in more than 100 federal and state contests and launching television commercials in two states.
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September 23, 2014

Representative pushes to regulate homemade guns

A House Democrat is pushing legislation to regulate homemade guns.Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) says his bill is necessary in large part because of the proliferation of 3-D printer technology, which allows virtually anyone to build a firearm in their own home.
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September 23, 2014

How common are school shootings?

Groups like Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety argue that our nation’s schools are dangerous, claiming that there have been 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre in December 2012 in an infographic that went viral earlier this summer. But a closer look at their numbers revealed that they artificially inflated the statistic by including suicides, accidents, incidents related to criminal activity (e.g. - drug dealing or robbery), and incidences that took place outside of school hours or were unconnected to members of any school community. Moreover, half of those incidences took place on college campuses. Since Sandy Hook, actual number of K-12 school shootings in which the shooter intended to commit mass murder has been ten—a far cry from the “one school shooting per week” that President Obama claimed back in June.
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September 23, 2014

D.C. Council to vote on gun law nobody seems to like

The D.C. Council is poised to pass legislation Tuesday allowing the carrying of concealed firearms in public, but virtually no one involved is happy about it — not the lawmakers voting for it, not the attorney who brought the lawsuit forcing them to do it, and not the federal agency charged with protecting the president and foreign dignitaries.
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September 23, 2014

South Carolina: Increased gun sales create good problem for wildlife agency

A bump in gun sales partly based on the fear that restrictions could be placed on firearm ownership translated into a $3.4 million jump in federal excise taxes flowing into the S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ coffers in 2014.
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September 23, 2014

Maryland: Public comment sought on expanded Sunday hunting

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says it's accepting public comment through Nov. 3 on a proposal to expand Sunday hunting opportunities in western Maryland.
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September 23, 2014

Australia: An assault on our right to self-protection

In legal terms, Australians have a right of self-defence. While some states rely on the common law and others have it enshrined in statute, the right itself is never questioned. Moreover, juries consistently refuse to convict those charged with serious offences whenever self-defence is made out.What we don’t have is the practical ability to exercise that right.
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September 22, 2014

NRA Tries to Sink Michelle Nunn With Bloomberg Tie

The NRA on Monday will begin airing advertisements in Georgia trying to tether the former New York City mayor with Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn, to whom Mr. Bloomberg has donated $5,200, the maximum amount allowed by an individual. 
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September 22, 2014

NJ Editorial Advocating Mandatory Gun "Buybacks"

In case you had any doubts about the steps gun control proponents would take given the opportunity, this editorial from the Star Ledger advocating MANDATORY gun "buybacks" (confiscation) should put them to rest.
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September 22, 2014

Both sides in gun control issue prepare for legislative battles

Twenty months after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., some would say little has changed when it comes to guns in America.Others would say everything has.
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September 22, 2014

Arizona: Court balks at representation in gun-rights cases

A state appeals court has ruled that judges cannot appoint lawyers at taxpayer expense to represent people applying to restore their right to possess firearms after they’ve undergone court-ordered psychiatric treatment.
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September 22, 2014

N.J. police officers, residents weigh in on toy gun ban

The ban, introduced by Police Lt. James Sarkos to Atlantic City Council, prohibits the sale, possession or use of any imitation firearms, except for non-firing antiques and film prop guns.
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September 19, 2014

‘Compelling need’ for a gun in D.C.

The terrorists of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, prey on weakness, like Islamic terrorists everywhere. They abuse women, behead children and play the coward’s game, killing behind a mask. Australian police have broken up a scheme in Australia to embroider barbarism with savagery.
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September 19, 2014

Onerous BATFE rules threaten to put gun dealers out of business

Doug Stockman always has had a passion for firearms, so 20 years ago he made a business out of it.Today, his shop, SSG Tactical, is one of the largest gun dealers in Virginia, with 10 employees, training classes and concealed-carry fashion bags.
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September 19, 2014

Guns are 2014′s hottest campaign accessory

So far this election, we've seen candidates shoot drones, televisions, elephant pinatas, Obamacare and targets that were metaphors for Obamacare in campaign ads. One candidate threatened to shoot those who tried to come into his home. Other candidates have brought guns to rallies, raffled them off to supporters or challenged their opponents to debates of accuracy at the shooting range.
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September 19, 2014

Canada: Stephen Harper reassures gun owners in pep talk to Conservatives

Harper also reached out to gun owners, apparently alluding to a recent decision by the RCMP to ban a previously legal rifle, the Swiss Arms Classic Green carbine.Harper said it’s completely unacceptable that owners of the weapons should be subject to an “arbitrary stroke of a bureaucrat’s pen.”
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September 19, 2014

Why public health needs a new gun doctrine

I am a public health professional, educated at the vaunted Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Hygiene and Public Health. I like guns, and I believe the Second Amendment clearly secures the rights of individuals to own firearms.You read that correctly. I am a public health professional.And I like guns.This make me a heretic in American public health, where embracing firearms and the rights of gun owners is a gross violation of orthodoxy.
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September 18, 2014

Candidates from both parties packing heat in campaign ads

Guns are becoming the prop of choice in campaign ads around the country this midterm year.Take it as another sign that the Obama administration’s gun control push is running aground: Firearms have become this year’s go-to accessory for candidates of both parties seeking to advertise their toughness and willingness to fight.
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September 18, 2014

D.C. leaders will propose ‘concealed carry’ law to address federal judge’s gun ruling

D.C. gun owners could begin applying to carry concealed weapons within weeks under emergency legislation announced Wednesday in response to a federal judge’s ruling in July that the city’s firearms law was unconstitutional.
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September 18, 2014

Kopel: New anti-gun strategies

To mark the tenth anniversary of the expiration of the federal ban on so-called assault weapons, the anti-gun lobbies made a surprising announcement: They are not attempting to push for a new ban. This is a smart decision, because there is more than one way to shrink the American gun culture. The “assault weapon” prohibition campaign of the last quarter-century was the most successful effort in American history to ban large numbers of guns. But, ultimately, it proved more harmful than helpful to the politicians who supported it and the groups that promoted it.
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September 17, 2014

NRA Goes Big In Key Senate, Governor's Races

The National Rifle Association has reserved $11.4 million for its initial fall advertising campaign and will begin airing its first TV commercials Wednesday in three Senate races crucial to determining which party controls the chamber next year.
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