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January 31, 2014

Kansas: Lawmakers consider bill to better respect the Right-to-Carry

Influential gun rights groups are pushing proposals in Kansas to strip cities and counties of any power to restrict the open carrying of firearms or regulate guns, telling legislators Thursday that a muddle of local rules confuses firearms owners and infringes upon their civil liberties.
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January 31, 2014

New York State Exposed: Safe Act pushback

News10NBC has an eye opening viewpoint about the SAFE Act. It comes from local firefighters. They want to set the record straight.The law was signed shortly after two West Webster firefighters were murdered in 2012. For the first time, a group of local firefighters “opens up” about the controversial gun law and whether it has made their jobs any safer.Every day, firefighters are out in the community, taking calls and helping people. They’re like a brotherhood. There is one thing that many are standing against. It is the New York SAFE Act.
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January 31, 2014

Two gun initiatives likely to be on Washington state ballot

A pair of initiatives on gun control had their second and likely last hearing Wednesday, with supporters and opponents disagreeing sharply on when giving a gun to another person would require a background check.
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January 30, 2014

"Negroes and the Gun": A Winchester “in every Black home”

Surveying the landscape in the summer of 1892, Ida B. Wells advised, that “the Winchester rifle deserved a place of honor in every Black home.” This was no empty rhetorical jab. She was advancing a considered personal security policy and specifically referencing two recent episodes where armed Blacks saved their neighbors from lynch mobs.
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January 30, 2014

Indiana: Senate approves ban on local gun turn-ins

The Indiana Senate has approved a measure banning gun buy-back programs.The measure would ban local governments and police departments from conducting the buy-backs. Republican Sen. Jim Tomes (toms) said he proposed the ban because guns that would be bought through the programs could be sold for more money on the open market.
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January 30, 2014

Beretta bringing 300 jobs to Tennessee

Italian gun-maker Beretta USA plans to make Gallatin its manufacturing base in the United States, announcing plans Wednesday to invest $45 million in a firearms plant that will initially employ 300 workers.Tennessee’s reputation as a gun-friendly state was key to the Sumner County city landing its biggest economic development win since clothing retailer Gap Inc. opened a distribution center two decades ago.
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January 30, 2014

Republicans blame Maryland gun law for Beretta’s decision to open plant in Tennessee

A decision by a Maryland gun company to open a new plant in Tennessee led some Republicans to blame Gov. Martin O'Malley and the state's tough new gun control law for the loss of several hundred jobs.Beretta USA officials announced Wednesday that the company would build a $45 million manufacturing facility outside Nashville and create 300 new jobs.
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January 29, 2014

Obama says will continue gun control push without Congress

President Barack Obama made clear in the State of the Union address that he will continue to pursue gun control by executive action.
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January 29, 2014

Virginia House votes to overturn Sunday hunting ban

The House of Delegates voted 71-27 Tuesday to allow hunting on Sundays. If the legislation is approved by the Senate -- which passed a similar measure two years ago -- and signed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, hunters will be free of the prohibition as of July 1.
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January 29, 2014

Vermont: Gun control debated in Burlington

It was standing room only at a heated public forum in Burlington Monday evening. The topic: gun control. It was the last public forum for voters to voice their opinions on proposed new gun restrictions. The Queen City is looking to tighten gun restrictions with three proposed charter changes that are going on the March ballot. Even if the proposals pass with the voters, they still have to get the green light in Montpelier.
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January 29, 2014

House bill proposes greater respect for gun rights in Georgia

A long-awaited gun bill filed Tuesday in the Georgia House proposed what many had expected. But Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, the main sponsor of House Bill 875, did throw in a few surprises.The bill, as expected, would lift restrictions on guns in churches and bars, allow school boards to arm employees and permit honorably discharged military veterans under 21 years of age to carry a concealed weapon. Unexpectedly, it says getting caught carrying a gun on a college campus would get students' wrists slapped, not cuffed, since it would no longer be a crime, just a civil penalty. Government buildings without "active" security screening would be fair game for people licensed to carry concealed weapons.
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January 29, 2014

South Carolina kicks back ban on gun concealed carry in restaurants

Gun-rights activists believe they will see the pendulum swing back in their direction this year.President Obama and his gun-control buddies were successful in pushing through new restrictions on the Second Amendment in eight states last year.But now, South Carolina has bucked the trend and moved to strengthen the right to bear arms.
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January 28, 2014

"Negroes and the Gun": Slaves, fugitives, freemen, and citizens

Speaking to both fugitives and freemen in 1854, Frederick Douglass advocated, “A good revolver, a steady hand and a determination to shoot down any man attempting to kidnap…. Every slave hunter who meets a bloody death in his infernal business is an argument in favor of the manhood of our race.” Douglass, like others in the early freedom movement, would come to view slavery as basically a state of war.
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January 28, 2014

Louisiana: Legislature’s gun law debate to continues

The debate will continue over the state’s gun laws during the 2014 Legislature.
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January 27, 2014

The what and why of "Negroes and the Gun: The Black Tradition of Arms"

The book chronicles a tradition of church folk, merchants, and strivers, the very best people in the community, armed and committed to the principle of individual self-defense. This black tradition of arms takes root early and ranges fully into the modern era. It is demonstrated in Frederick Douglass’s nineteenth century advice of a good revolver as the best response to slave catchers. It is evident in mature form in 1963, when Hartman Turnbow of Mississippi fought off a Klan attack with rifle fire. Turnbow considered this fully consistent with the principles of the freedom movement, explaining, “I wasn’t being non-nonviolent, I was just protectin’ my family.”
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January 27, 2014

BATFE tactics flawed in highly-touted undercover Oregon operation

Congress recently called for probes into how ATF conducted undercover operations in Oregon and elsewhere across the country. The U.S Justice Department has tasked its inspector general to review ATF's conduct. And the ATF already has had to reform some of its tactics because of a recently completed internal review.
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January 27, 2014

Smith & Wesson, Ruger quit California over stamping requirement

A new gun law proponents say helps law enforcement has driven Smith & Wesson and Sturm Ruger out of California, and affirmed the suspicions of firearms rights advocates that the measure is really about making handguns obsolete.
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January 27, 2014

Newspaper boss says gun permit database idea was misfire

A national newspaper chain never intended to create a multi-state database of gun owners with permits allowing them to carry concealed weapons according to its top executive, who told FoxNews.com a "poorly crafted" internal memo erroneously indicated such an idea was being planned.
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January 24, 2014

Smith & Wesson joins 'microstamp' fight

Gun maker Smith & Wesson announced Thursday that it would stop selling newly designed semiautomatic pistols in California because of a state law requiring those firearms to imprint a unique, identifying "microstamp" on bullet casings.
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January 24, 2014

New Mexico: Gun laws up for debate in Legislature

Another hot button issue that may come up in the roundhouse during the legislative session is gun control.Proponents were loaded for bear last year, but it was shot down.
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January 24, 2014

Bill to respect Right-to-Carry in S.C. restaurants headed for Gov. Haley’s desk

With Gov. Nikki Haley’s signature, South Carolinians licensed to carry concealed firearms will be able to carry guns into bars and restaurants as long as they do not drink.
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January 23, 2014

Supreme Court ruling on Abramski could limit Obama’s radical, gun-control aims

The Supreme Court rarely takes up Second Amendment cases, so when it does, gun owners know their rights are in the cross hairs.The Abramski ruling will be key to determining how far President Obama can push his gun-control agenda. Mr. Obama wants to expand background checks to include private transactions so that the government would know exactly who has a gun. That is not what the Founding Fathers intended.
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January 23, 2014

Smith & Wesson to stop selling guns in California due to microstamping law

Smith & Wesson announced late Wednesday evening that it will stop selling its handguns in California rather than manufacture them to comply with the new microstamping law. The other publicly traded firearms manufacturer in the U.S., Sturm, Ruger, also said this month that it will stop new sales to California.
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January 23, 2014

Indiana: Lawmakers take aim at gun turn-in programs

A proposal forcing Gary and other Indiana cities to end their gun buy-back programs was approved 6-2 Wednesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee.Senate Bill 229, which now goes to the full Senate, prohibits local governments and their police departments from conducting gun buy-back events intended to reduce the number of guns circulating in a community.
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January 23, 2014

Connecticut: Legislature may consider gun amnesty

Amid concerns about gun owners who failed in their last-minute attempts to register now-illegal assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines, lawmakers are considering granting an amnesty period for people who missed the registration deadline.
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January 23, 2014

Nebraska: Bill would limit local gun restrictions

A Nebraska lawmaker is proposing legislation that would prevent cities and counties from enacting stricter gun regulations than the state.
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January 23, 2014

Tennessee: Bill would remove bans on guns in city parks

Cities in Tennessee could be forced to remove bans on handguns in their parks if a push underway in the state Legislature succeeds.
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January 23, 2014

Ohio concealed-carry for teachers advances

School districts that designate teachers and other personnel to carry hidden firearms must undergo pretraining and a psychological assessment after the fact if they use the weapon under a bill that passed the House with bipartisan support Wednesday.
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January 22, 2014

Congressional committees to investigate botched BATFE stings

Two congressional committees are preparing to hold hearings on botched ATF undercover storefront stings in Milwaukee and across the country, as bipartisan scrutiny of the federal law enforcement agency's tactics intensifies.
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January 22, 2014

Spare us the gun lecture, Harvey

Remember "Bowling for Columbine"?The anti-gun documentary that attempted to politicize the tragic school shooting at Columbine, Colorado, was wildly successful, both critically and commercially, and even won its writer/director, Michael Moore, an Oscar.But while the film was certainly entertaining, and may have even got some folks thinking about gun violence, it did little to move the needle on its presumptive goal: curbing gun ownership and weakening the National Rifle Association.
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January 22, 2014

Supreme Court hears gun rights case

At 11 a.m. on Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear one hour of oral argument on the scope of the federal law that seeks to block “straw purchasers” of guns — that is, those who buy firearms for someone else without revealing that they have done so. Arguing for a convicted Virginia man in the case of Abramski v. United States will be Richard D. Dietz of the Winston-Salem, North Carolina, law firm of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton. Representing the federal government will be Joseph R. Palmore, an Assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General.
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January 22, 2014

D.C. businessman on trial for one shotgun shell, wasn’t given NBC David Gregory offer

A year ago this month, the attorney general for the District of Columbia let NBC News anchor David Gregory off scot-free for possession of a “high capacity” magazine because doing so “would not promote public safety.”Now, Irvin Nathan refuses to use that same prosecutorial discretion for an average citizen who violated a bizarre technicality that makes empty casings and shells a crime as serious as having an illegal firearm.Mr. Witaschek, a successful financial adviser with no criminal history, is the first known case of a citizen being prosecuted in D.C. for inoperable ammunition. Washington police and prosecutors have spent a year and a half trying to nail him for the possession of so-called unregistered ammunition.
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January 22, 2014

New Hampshire: Lawmakers focused on gun control debate

Gun rights advocates, gun control groups, Second Amendment defenders and a panoply of other groups are lining up to offer testimony on two key background check bills before the Legislature this session.
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January 22, 2014

Chicago may look to California for strict rules on gun sales

As Mayor Rahm Emanuel starts to craft rules on selling guns in Chicago, he's unlikely to find much inspiration in the Chicago area but could look to California to see how far he can go in setting strict standards.
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January 22, 2014

Indiana legislature bill would allow guns in parked vehicles at schools

Teachers, parents, visitors and some older students would all be allowed to bring guns to school parking lots under an Indiana lawmaker’s proposal.A bill by state Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, would let licensed gun owners have firearms on school property if they leave them locked and out of sight in their vehicles.
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January 22, 2014

Wisconsin: Assembly set to vote on gun sales bill

Wisconsin residents would be able to buy rifles and shotguns from dealers anywhere in the nation under a bill the state Assembly has passed.The U.S. Gun Control Act from 1968 banned interstate firearm sales but allowed dealers to sell long guns to buyers in contiguous states. A federal law enacted nearly two decades later granted states the ability to permit people to buy long guns from dealers in any state.
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January 22, 2014

Virginia House subcommittee votes down gun control bills

Several bills proposed during the 2013 session of the General Assembly that would have required background checks for the private sale or transactions of firearms in Virginia, including those at gun shows, were defeated. Existing law requires only federally licensed dealers to conduct background checks.In the current session, additional measures that would have tightened the state's gun laws were defeated in a House Militia, Police and Public Safety subcommittee Thursday.Among them was a proposal that would have prohibited the sale and transfer of high-capacity magazines.
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January 17, 2014

Cuomo: Gun rights supporters have no place in N.Y.

Speaking on The Capital Pressroom radio show, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo described those who support the right to own semiautomatic firearms as "extreme conservatives" and stated that "they have no place in the state of New York."
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January 17, 2014

Louisiana gun laws, including concealed carry, again on legislative docket this year

Louisiana's panoply of pro-gun laws will again be a source of debate for state lawmakers this year, as two legislators seek to extend the rights of concealed carry permit holders and law enforcement officials, while a third wants to require safety courses for most gun buyers.
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January 17, 2014

South Carolina Senate approves bill respecting Right-to-Carry in restaurants

People with concealed weapon permits could soon be able to carry their guns into South Carolina businesses that serve alcohol.The Senate amended a bill Thursday that allows permit holders to keep their weapon with them when they go out to dinner or enter a bar but bans them from drinking alcohol. The measure specifies that business owners can ban concealed weapons on their property by posting signs against it.
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