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June 5, 2014

Florida: Broward pursues voluntary gun control

County officials in Florida can't regulate guns anymore, but Broward commissioners think they might be able to control gun sales just by asking.The county is considering teaming up with cities and the Broward Sheriff's Office to tiptoe back into the gun control realm, three years after state law preempted local governments from regulating firearms.
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June 5, 2014

Codey plans bill to create N.J. gun violence 'restraining orders'

Under the bill, if alerted by friends or family members about a person’s mental health, law enforcement officials would be able to petition a judge to grant a temporary restraining order prohibiting that person from purchasing or possessing firearms. After a yet-to-be-determined period, the judge would reassess the restraining order to decide whether it should be lifted.
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June 5, 2014

Pennsylvania lawmakers weigh adopting official state firearm

Pennsylvania lawmakers on Wednesday moved closer to adopting the long rifle as the official state firearm, a step already taken by four other U.S. states.The House of Representatives voted 157-39 to give the title to the Pennsylvania Long Rifle, a weapon with a long local history.
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June 4, 2014

Senate bill would let families confiscate guns of 'unstable' people

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) plans to introduce legislation that would allow family members to take guns away from "unstable" and "violent" people.
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June 4, 2014

Massachusetts gun control debate draws both sides

Opponents of a sweeping gun control bill are pushing back on Beacon Hill, saying the Democratic-backed measure stigmatizes gun owners and won’t help reduce crime.State Rep. George Peterson told a legislative panel Tuesday that while he supports parts of the bill unveiled last week by House Speaker Robert DeLeo, other elements chip away at Second Amendment rights.
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June 3, 2014

Chicago: Mayor's gun store proposal stricter than public wants

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposal to keep gun stores out of most of Chicago is far more restrictive than what the public supports, a gun industry lobbyist said Monday.
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June 3, 2014

Massachusetts: Gun bill backers, critics heading to Statehouse

Supporters and opponents of tighter gun control measures are converging on the Statehouse for a public hearing.Tuesday’s hearing will look at a wide-ranging bill filed by House leaders intended to strengthen Massachusetts’ already-tough gun laws while respecting the rights of lawful gun owners.
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June 3, 2014

Washington: State's concealed-carry permits skyrocket, especially for women

Between 2005 and 2012, the number of state residents receiving new concealed-carry permits tripled to 62,939. Now some 451,000 Washington residents are allowed to carry a hidden handgun almost anywhere they go, more than 100,000 of them women.
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June 3, 2014

DOJ accused of targeting gun industry with 'Choke Point' program

The Obama administration, after failing to get gun control passed on Capitol Hill, has resorted to using its executive power to try to put some in the firearms industry out of business, House Republican investigators say.
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June 3, 2014

May employer fire employee based on employee’s reasonable on-the-job armed self-defense?

No problem under Michigan law, the Sixth Circuit ruled today in Hoven v. Walgreen Co. (6th Cir. June 2, 2014).
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June 2, 2014

Lawmakers unveil new gun bill

House Democrats are looking to strengthen the nation’s gun laws bill by bill.
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June 2, 2014

Gun seller dropped by bank rejects their attempt ‘to kiss and make up’

A Massachusetts gun store owner says it’s “too late” for a bank to mend a relationship that it broke.Mark Cohen, who owns Powderhorn Outfitters, a Hyannis, Mass. gun retailer, said that his longtime bank, TD Bank, refused to extend a line of credit because of the business he is in.Cohen explained what happened in an interview with The Daily Caller on Friday.
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June 2, 2014

California: Mountain View Council asks for memo on Sunnyvale gun control ordinance

Mountain View may follow in Sunnyvale's footsteps and pursue a ban on ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.On Tuesday, a majority of the City Council said they wanted City Attorney Jannie Quinn to prepare a memo on Measure C, which was passed by 67 percent of Sunnyvale voters last November.
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May 30, 2014

Kopel: The history of magazines holding 11 or more rounds

Currently before the Ninth Circuit is an appeal in the case of Fyock v. Sunnyvale, a case which challenges a California’s city’s ban on magazines which hold more than 10 rounds. While the State of California outlaws the sale, import, or transfer of such magazines, the Sunnyvale ban goes further, by prohibiting possession of these magazines, with no provision for grandfathering. The District Court upheld the ban; part of the Court’s analysis stated that magazines did not exist at the time the Second Amendment was ratified. Last Friday, amicus briefs in support of appellant were filed, including a brief which I co-authored on the history of magazines and of magazine prohibition.
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May 30, 2014

Operation Choke Point forces bank to dump gun store

A Massachusetts gun seller says it’s the latest victim of a federal multiagency task force that is squeezing financing sources for industries deemed “high-risk” by the Obama administration, such as porn stores, drug paraphernalia shops and gun merchants.Powderhorn Outfitters, which sells firearms, archery gear and fishing equipment in Hyannis, Massachusetts, posted in an online forum this week that its longtime bank — TD Bank — had suddenly dropped its account.
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May 30, 2014

Bill to add tax to gun, ammunition purchases in R.I. runs into opposition

A State House hearing Thursday followed a well-worn path of other airings of bills focused on guns this year.Gun-rights advocates well outnumbered advocates for the bill at the hearing. And there was little sign the bill, which would put a 10-percent additional tax on gun and/or ammunition purchases in Rhode Island, has support to advance as the legislative session heads into June.
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May 30, 2014

Louisiana hunters will be able to use sound suppressors on firearms

Louisiana hunters will be able to shoot birds, deer and any other game with a device the muffles sound on their firearms starting Aug. 1.
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May 29, 2014

Mayor of Chicago seeks to further tighten gun laws

Mayor Rahm Emanuel outlined a plan on Wednesday to make Chicago’s gun laws, already some of the strictest in the country, even tougher.
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May 29, 2014

Massachusetts: Wrong target

House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo's bill to make Massachusetts' gun laws still stricter is being promoted as a would-be crowning achievement for outgoing Gov. Deval Patrick. But nearly 40 years of experience in Massachusetts suggests that more laws drafted by legislators who fear firearms more than they understand them won't help.
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May 29, 2014

Massachusetts: Bay State gun group, rep slam DeLeo’s bill

Bay State gun advocates say they are going to push their own amendments to the sweeping gun legislation unveiled yesterday by House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo — a bill they slammed as putting an outsized burden on gun owners.
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May 29, 2014

Kansas: A.G. shapes entrance signs for open, concealed handguns

The Kansas attorney general's office delved into planning Wednesday for new signage that would be affixed to building entrances in accordance with revised state law on open and concealed handguns.Attorney General Derek Schmidt called together a group of lawyers from his office and representatives of municipal government; higher education institutions; library, hospital and business groups; and pro-gun lobbyists in Topeka to sort through intricacies of statute set to take effect July 1.
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May 28, 2014

Massachusetts: Speaker DeLeo unveils sweeping new gun legislation

Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo today unveiled sweeping legislation he said will give the Bay State the “most effective” gun laws in the country in a long-awaited roll-out spurred by the horrific Newtown school shootings 18 months ago. The bill, called the state’s most comprehensive since 1998 by House leaders, adds the state to a nationwide criminal background database and, for the first time, allows local police chiefs discretion in licensing owners for shotguns and rifles. The legislation also bans the private sale of guns without a licensed gun dealer and requires gun owners to list all the guns they own each time they renew their license.
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May 28, 2014

California lawmakers call for gun restrictions

On their first day back in the Capitol since the killing Friday night of six college students near UC Santa Barbara, Democrats in the California Legislature said the state should do more to keep mentally ill people from obtaining guns.
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May 28, 2014

Massachusetts: DeLeo pushes tighter gun law

House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo unveiled a proposal Tuesday for the most comprehensive changes to Massachusetts gun laws in 16 years, saying that the state cannot wait for federal action to curb gun violence.
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May 28, 2014

Kansas AG to convene meeting about new gun law

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is convening a meeting Wednesday to discuss new regulations for signs that business owners and others must post to keep guns off their premises.
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May 27, 2014

Sen. Blumenthal wants to bring back gun bills

Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Sunday he would urge Senate leaders to reconsider tougher gun control and mental health measures in the wake of this weekend's deadly shootings near the University of California, Santa Barbara.
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May 27, 2014

Rep. Peter King calls for more gun control

Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.) said Sunday that Friday’s deadly rampage near the University of California at Santa Barbara underscores why expanded background checks for firearm sales are needed and said he hopes to pursue legislation to enhance mental health screening.
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May 27, 2014

Chicago: Plan for city gun shops would limit sites, require sales be taped

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is proposing a far-reaching ordinance that would keep gun stores out of most parts of the city and require them to videotape every sale to deter customers from buying firearms for crooks.The ordinance is a response to a federal judge’s ruling in January that Chicago’s longtime ban on gun stores was unconstitutional.
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May 27, 2014

Kentucky legislature clearing way for more gun permits

The number of gun permits issued in Kentucky has quadrupled over the past 10 years, thanks in part to at least a dozen measures the General Assembly has passed to ease restrictions in the state's concealed carry law.
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May 23, 2014

New Jersey: Bill limiting gun magazines sent to Christie

The Assembly gave final legislative approval Thursday to a proposal that would ban high-capacity ammunition magazines in New Jersey, sending a bill that is highly unpopular with some gun-rights groups to Gov. Christie.
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May 23, 2014

Massachusetts: State gun laws might get tougher

Already known for adopting some of the country’s toughest gun control laws, Massachusetts lawmakers may soon debate whether to restrict firearms access even further.
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May 23, 2014

Lawmakers want $60 million to study guns

Democrats in the House and Senate are pushing to spend $60 million for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to research gun violence, rekindling a debate over whether political agendas taint these taxpayer-funded studies.The legislation, introduced by Sen. Edward J. Markey, Massachusetts Democrat, and Rep. Carolyn Maloney, New York Democrat, would provide $10 million a year for six years, beginning in 2015, for the research.
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May 22, 2014

N.J. Assembly to vote on magazine bill

The New Jersey Assembly is scheduled to vote on a bill that would outlaw ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.The bill has cleared the state Senate and would go to Gov. Chris Christie for his consideration.
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May 21, 2014

Gun control groups file lawsuit to force NJ attorney general to report on 'smart guns'

A dozen years ago, New Jersey became the focus of a national debate by passing a law requiring guns sold in the state to be equipped with technology that recognizes the owner and only allows that person to fire the weapon.
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May 21, 2014

Squeezing the gunsmiths

When he was an ambitious state senator in Illinois, Barack Obama despised White House power grabs. It was so Washington. “The biggest problem that we’re facing right now,” he said in 2008, “has to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all, and that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m president of the United States of America.”The only things Mr. Obama has reversed since he got to town are red lines of his own making. As president, Mr. Obama has raced far beyond Congress and the authority given to him by the Constitution. The latest example of overreach is carefully documented by our Kelly Riddell, who reported Monday that the administration is scheming to starve the gun industry of working capital and credit.
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May 21, 2014

Vagueness challenge in Manhattan DA’s use of gravity knives

Shortly after taking office as District Attorney of Manhattan, Cyrus Vance, Jr., began enforcing a novel interpretation of New York State’s half-century old ban on “gravity knives.” A state statute bans possession of a gravity knife, which is defined as “any knife having a blade which is released from the handle or sheath thereof by the force of gravity or the application of centrifugal force which, when released, is locked in place by means of a button, spring, lever or other device.” N.Y. Penal L. § 265.00(5).
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May 20, 2014

NRA News Commentator Colion Noir on Fox & Friends

Colion Noir appeared on Fox News’ Fox & Friends to discuss his new show, NOIR, and the backlash the show and Colion personally have received from the mainstream media. NOIR airs Sunday evenings at 8 and 10 p.m. ET on NRA Freestyle
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May 20, 2014

Hillary Clinton can't shoot straight on gun control

Hillary Clinton’s views on gun control change as frequently as her hairstyles.The former secretary of State has veered from calling for a national registry to win a Senate seat in New York to recalling a childhood spent duck hunting when running for president. Now, she has swung back to her more restrictive views on the Second Amendment with an eye on 2016.
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May 20, 2014

Congressmen question accountability in botched ATF operation

Congressional members are demanding answers from the director of the ATF about whether anyone has been held accountable for a botched undercover operation in Milwaukee — more than a year after problems were exposed.
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May 20, 2014

Detroit: Craig stands by 2nd Amendment support in wake of NRA magazine cover story

Police Chief James Craig on Monday reiterated his support for the Second Amendment in the wake of a National Rifle Association magazine cover story that featured the chief advocating for gun rights.During a one-on-one interview with The Detroit News, and a press conference outside police headquarters later Monday, Craig said he not only supports the right to bear arms, but Michigan’s Open Carry law, which allows licensed gun owners to carry their firearms in non-restricted areas, as long as they’re not concealed.
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