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July 8, 2014

Chris Christie responds to gun control critics

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie explained his logic in vetoing a bill last week that would have limited the size of gun magazines, saying that “every life is valuable.” “Are we saying that the 10 children on the clip they advocate for, that their lives are less valuable?” he said at an event Monday, according to a video posted on his Youtube page. “If you take the logical conclusion of their argument, you go to zero because every life is valuable. And so why 10? Why not six, six? Why not two? Why not one? Why not zero? Why not just ban guns completely?”
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July 8, 2014

Senate Advances Bill Expanding Shooting Ranges on Federal Land

The Senate cleared the first procedural hurdle on the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2014, which would allow states to assign more federal funding to create and maintain shooting ranges on federal land.
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July 8, 2014

Gun ammunition provision for hunters generates controversy for sportsmen's bill

Returning from a one-week recess, the Senate voted 84-12 Monday to proceed with debate on legislation that would ease restrictions on hunters and fishers while continuing a popular wetlands restoration program.
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July 8, 2014

WV, Nebraska Approve Concealed Handgun Agreement

West Virginia has entered into a concealed handgun reciprocity agreement with Nebraska.
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July 7, 2014

Chicago must pay legal fees in gun store lawsuit

Chicago lost its legal battle to keep gun stores out of the city, and now it must pick up the tab for nearly $1 million in legal fees that the winners spent on the case.
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July 7, 2014

Enhanced license gaining steam in Idaho

Idaho’s standard concealed carry permit, which requires only a basic classroom-based firearm safety course and a background check — no range time — hasn’t gone away. But Debbie McRae, supervisor at Canyon County’s Department of Motor Vehicles, where concealed weapon license applications are processed, said applications for the standard license have been on a downward trend since the enhanced license was introduced last July.
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July 3, 2014

Joe Mantegna defends the Second Amendment, talks gun history

The devout firearms enthusiast is now loading up for his fourth season hosting the Outdoor Channel’s “MidwayUSA’s Gun Stories,” which takes viewers through gun history – exploring classics like the Mauser bolt-action to top-notch firearms like the Adaptive Combat Rifle. As for the future of firearms, Mantegna said the most crucial thing is that Americans don’t compromise when it comes to their Second Amendment rights.
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July 3, 2014

Christie vetoes gun control bill to reduce size of ammunition magazines

Gov. Chris Christie today vetoed a gun control bill that would have reduced the permitted size of ammunition magazines, saying it would do nothing to reduce gun violence.
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July 2, 2014

Idaho university allows armed patrols as law takes effect

Public safety officers armed with semi-automatic pistols will patrol Idaho State University for the first time on Tuesday to safeguard students and staff, in response to a new state law allowing concealed weapons on college campuses.
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July 2, 2014

Gun Owners Action League hopeful about compromise gun control bill following meeting with Speaker Robert DeLeo

The largest gun-rights organization in Massachusetts reported Tuesday morning that it is hopeful about the future of a new gun control bill after its members met to voice concerns over an initial draft with House Speaker Robert DeLeo.
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July 1, 2014

Firearms makers moving to more gun-friendly U.S. southern states

The first gun manufacturer to leave Connecticut after it enacted tough new gun control laws last year in the wake of the Newtown school shootings presented a commemorative rifle on Monday to the governor of South Carolina, its new home.
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June 30, 2014

The Social Utility of Firearms

Looking down the wrong end of a telescope gives you an entirely mistaken perspective on the universe. The Los Angeles Daily News allowed Tim Rutten to publish an opinion piece (The dangerous illusion of Americans and their guns, May 30, 2014) that displayed just such an inverted perspective on the topic of the social utility of guns in American society.
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June 30, 2014

Georgia Expands Guns in Public Places

Bars, houses of worship, and other public establishments are wrestling with what to do about a new law in Georgia that starting on Tuesday dramatically will expand gun-permit holders' right to carry weapons where people congregate.
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June 30, 2014

Man Charged in BP Agent Brian Terry Murder Jailed Until Trial

A man has been ordered jailed until his trial on charges that he was involved in the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent whose death exposed the botched federal gun sting known as Operation Fast and Furious.
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June 27, 2014

Economic Impact of Hunting and Target Shooting in America

Economic Impact of Hunting and Target Shooting in America
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June 27, 2014

Cleveland's new gun proposals are just tough talk until legal shootout settles debate

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson as once again proposed new gun restictions for the city. But it's hard to see how his latest set of gun proposals is more than just tough talk. Many of his proposals appear at odds with state law, including a requirement that gun owners tell cops when they sell or transfer a firearm. Ohio's top court has shot down the city's past gun-control ordinances that contradicted new state laws created by our conservative pro-gun legislature.
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June 27, 2014

Obama’s Biggest Disappointment? Guns

In a statement made at a townhall meeting in Mineapolis President Obama claimed his biggest disappointment was not winning passage of new restrictions on our Second Amendment rights. The NRA rejected Mr. Obama’s assessment. “Last year, the Senate wisely rejected President Obama and Michael Bloomberg’s  gun control agenda because nothing in it would have prevented the Sandy Hook tragedy,” said Catherine Mortensen, NRA spokeswoman. “The president needs to stop playing politics and start addressing his failed policies.”
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June 26, 2014

Chicago unanimously passes strict gun sale laws; sales to be recorded

The Chicago City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday that would place strict limits on gun stores, forcing them to video-record sales and restrict gun buyers to one purchase a month in a city plagued with violence.
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June 26, 2014

NRA celebrates new Michigan laws exempting gun records from public disclosure

The National Rifle Association on Tuesday praised new Michigan laws formally exempting gun records from public disclosure rules.
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June 26, 2014

Expanded background checks won’t end U.S. gun violence

Gun control advocates have filed an initiative to require background checks for private-party firearm sales in Nevada. If the groups behind the drive collect enough valid signatures to gain a vote on their petition, they’ll still have to overcome the strongest argument against expanded background checks: the fact that determined lawbreakers who want a gun will not respect the laws written to disarm them.
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June 26, 2014

Justice Department doubles down on Operation Choke Point as Congress cries foul

Attorney General Eric Holder has vowed to continue a wide-ranging credit card fraud probe amid heightened congressional scrutiny and charges that the probe is putting legitimate companies — like gun sellers — out of business.
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June 25, 2014

Chicago: Emanuel gun sale plan to get City Council vote today

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to allow gun sales in Chicago will get a City Council vote today, with aldermen likely to support the plan the mayor was forced to bring forward after a federal judge shot down the city's ban on firearms stores.
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June 25, 2014

Michigan: Snyder signs laws protecting gun owners’ privacy

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed laws exempting gun records from the state’s Freedom of Information Act.
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June 25, 2014

Pennsylvania: Push on to legalize semiautomatic rifles for hunting

Might a change be coming to Pennsylvania's woods?Nate Jacoby hopes so.The resident of Franklin in Venango County is a hunter and a shooter. He can't always use the same rifles for both activities, though.
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June 25, 2014

Gun control advocates push to take firearms from those accused of threatening violence

Domestic abusers are not allowed to have guns. But gun control advocates want to expand that federal law to include those who merely have been accused of threatening violence -- by prohibiting those under a temporary restraining order from having firearms.
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June 24, 2014

Florida makes clear that self-defense laws apply equally to defensive threat of force (including warning shots) as to actual force

On Friday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed HB89, which mainly makes clear that self-defense laws — including the Florida no-duty-to-retreat law (often called “stand your ground”) — apply equally to defensive threats of force, including warning shots, as they do to actual force. This seems to me quite right: whatever one might think of the possible scope of self-defense, and of no-duty-to-retreat laws, if actually killing or injuring someone is justifiable self-defense, then threatening to do so should be as well.
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June 23, 2014

Governer Hickenlooper: "I'd sign the magazine ban again"

Under fire from both Republicans and Democrats over his effort to appease a group of Colorado’s sheriffs still steamed about the state’s new gun laws, Gov. John Hickenlooper said Friday that he hasn’t changed his tune and still supports the controversial ban on high-capacity magazines.
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June 23, 2014

Competitive Marksmanship Is A Growing Draw For Children And Teens

At a time when America’s debate about gun control is at a fever pitch, young people are learning to use firearms in ever greater numbers. After a long decline, participation in hunting in the US increased by 9 percent between 2006 and 2011, and one of the main reasons appears to be an array of youth recruitment and retention programs sponsored by local clubs and national youth organizations, according to a recent study funded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Shooting appeals to young people for unexpected reasons; the sport is unlike the standard competitive fare offered at most of their schools, they say, and measures their individual skill in ways that team play does not.
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June 23, 2014

Kentucky: Concealed-carry permits rise, restrictions loosen

Over the past decade, the number of concealed-carry gun permits in Kentucky has risen from 11,000 issued in 2004 to 60,000 issued in 2013.
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June 23, 2014

Vermont: Store clerk fired after scaring would-be robber with his gun

A convenience store clerk’s choice to save his life have cost him his job.Don Pitaniello, 58, said he was preparing to close Mac’s Convenience Store in Rutland, Vermont, on Sunday when a man wearing a hoodie and a bandanna covering his face walked into the store and demanded Pitaniello empty the register.
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June 20, 2014

Colorado: Hickenlooper silent on gun law comments; supporters and foes baffled

After several days of fallout over his comments on gun control laws to a recent gathering of county sheriffs, Gov. John Hickenlooper has managed to baffle both victims-rights advocates and Second Amendment supporters.
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June 20, 2014

Kansas to allow concealed guns in Statehouse

Visitors will be allowed to bring concealed guns into the Kansas Statehouse starting in July because legislative leaders on Thursday refused to exercise the power granted to them by state law to prevent it.
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June 20, 2014

Louisiana: Online concealed handgun permit apps available

To speed up and improve the application process for concealed handgun permits, residents can now access applications online.
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June 19, 2014

Hillary Clinton says opponents Of gun control laws ‘terrorize’ Americans

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lashed out at opponents of gun control regulations Tuesday, saying they hold a viewpoint that “terrorizes” the majority of Americans.
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June 19, 2014

Colorado: Hickenlooper supported gun magazine limit because of staffer promise

Gov. John Hickenlooper told county sheriffs at a recent gathering he felt conflicted about supporting a bill that limited ammunition magazines, but because one of his "staff made a commitment," he felt compelled to sign it into law."To be honest, no one in our office thought it would get through the legislature," Hickenlooper, a Democrat, said in an unedited video recorded by the conservative group Revealing Politics. "There were several Democrats who said without question they weren't going to vote for it."
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June 19, 2014

Colorado: Hickenlooper admits background check law passed ‘without basic facts’

An attempt by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to mend fences with some of his sharpest critics has turned into a PR disaster for the Democratic incumbent.
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June 19, 2014

Chicago: Emanuel's gun shop ordinance sails through City Council committee

Gun shops would be allowed but kept out of most parts of Chicago and required to videotape every sale to prevent straw purchases, under a mayoral plan advanced Wednesday to satisfy a federal judge.
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June 19, 2014

Top Kansas lawmakers mull allowing concealed guns in Statehouse

Visitors will be allowed to bring concealed guns into the Kansas Statehouse beginning in July unless legislative leaders intervene.
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June 19, 2014

Cleveland mayor seeks registry for gun offenders

The mayor's proposal to combat the scourge of violence in the city by creating a registry for gun offenders, among other ideas, is redundant, unnecessary and possibly illegal, a pro-gun group said Wednesday.
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June 18, 2014

Hillary Clinton expresses support for semi-auto and magazine ban

Clinton said on Tuesday that the United States needs to have "a more thoughtful conversation" on guns and blasted gun rights activists.
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