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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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June 18, 2014

Colorado: Hickenlooper acknowledges speaking with Bloomberg after flap with sheriffs

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper acknowledged that he did indeed speak with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg during last year’s protracted political battle over gun control legislation, something he appeared to deny while addressing a group of Colorado sheriffs on Friday.
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June 18, 2014

TSA urges gun owners to review the rules about firearms and air travel

The Transportation Security Administration is sending a message to travelers: Yes, it is within your rights to fly with your firearm. But don’t even think about trying to take it with you through security.
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June 17, 2014

Court agrees with ban on ‘straw purchases’ of guns

A divided Supreme Court said Monday that the federal government may strictly enforce a law that prohibits straw purchases of guns intended for others, siding with gun-control groups and the Obama administration.The court by a 5-to-4 vote upheld the conviction of Bruce James Abramski Jr., a former police officer in Virginia, who bought a Glock handgun for his uncle in Pennsylvania, hoping to get a discount on the sale. Because both men were eligible to own guns, Abramski claimed he had not run afoul of the law.
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June 17, 2014

Lott: Making up facts about guns

President Obama just can't seem to help himself. Over and over again, he makes exaggerated or false claims about guns and crime.
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June 16, 2014

Ire over gun control lingers in upstate New York

Anti-SAFE Act signs are a common sight on rural lawns, and anti-SAFE Act rallies are being held this year from the shadow of the state Capitol to one scheduled this month in a Rochester park. Hundreds packed a firehouse near Troy weeks ago for a rally featuring a full slate of local politicians. More than a year after the law’s passage, resentments linger
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June 16, 2014

Colorado Governor to sheriffs: Gun-control bills could have been handled better

Speaking to the state’s sheriffs Friday in Aspen, Gov. John Hickenlooper acknowledged that he could have better handled two controversial gun-control bills, getting a bit profane when a lawman questioned him on the measures.
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June 16, 2014

Michigan: Bill would allow members of U.S. military to renew concealed pistol licenses through the mail

A state lawmaker from Midland has introduced a bill that would allow members of the U.S. armed forces serving outside of Michigan to apply for a concealed pistol license renewal by mail.
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June 13, 2014

Politifact calls gun control groups claim on number of school shootings mostly false

A statistic calculated by Everytown for Gun Safety, and shared widely on social media, said that there have been 74 "school shootings in America since Sandy Hook."
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June 13, 2014

Oregon: Gun control debate likely to intensify

Opponents of additional gun restrictions have bottled up bills calling for stricter criminal background checks for gun purchasers. Attempts to find middle ground by focusing on keeping firearms out of the hands of those with mental illness have foundered.House Judiciary Chairman Jeff Barker, D-Aloha, and a critic of gun control, agreed that Tuesday's shootings would put additional pressure on legislators to deal with the issue.
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June 13, 2014

Is there really an epidemic of mass shootings?

The truth, simply put, is that mass shootings —as horrible and nightmarish as they are — are very rare, constitute a tiny sliver of homicides, and are not becoming more frequent. The debate over how to respond to gun violence is controversial and unlikely to yield solutions that will satisfy everyone. That said, any efforts that intend to strike a balance between safety, self-defense, and civil liberties must take account of these inconvenient truths.
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June 13, 2014

Professor: Statistics show mass shootings not on the rise

So are mass shootings on the rise? One professor and criminologist says no.Northeastern University criminology professor James Alan Fox compiled the data of shootings with four or more fatalities from 1976 to 2012, and found that these incidents on a chart look like an EKG: up and down, not a steady rise.
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June 12, 2014

Everytown report on school shootings is off-target

The anti-gun group Everytown for Gun Safety on Tuesday published a list of 74 school shootings the group says have taken place since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., in December 2012. But Everytown employs an overly broad definition of "school shooting" that inflates the problem to make the situation seem more dire than it is.
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June 12, 2014

Mass shootings aren’t on the rise

It's only natural, faced with atrocities like those that took place in Aurora or Sandy Hook or Isla Vista, to sink into a "What the hell is wrong with the world?" attitude. And based on the conversations that often follow these tragedies, it would be easy to think that life in the United States is as dangerous as ever, that the country is an increasingly violent, brutal place. Luckily, the statistics tell a different story.
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June 12, 2014

CNN slashes school shooting stats claim by 80 percent

CNN has drastically revised a claim it made, which was based on a graphical map from a pro-gun control group, which purportedly showed that 74 school shootings have occurred in the U.S. since the Sandy Hook massacre in Dec. 2012.
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June 12, 2014

California: Firearms checks sought after Santa Barbara rampage

Law enforcement officers would be required to check state firearms records as part of routine welfare checks under legislation proposed Wednesday in the wake of the deadly rampage last month near the University of California, Santa Barbara.
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June 12, 2014

Wichita City Council repeals gun ordinances to comply with new state law

Most firearms confiscated by Wichita police soon will be sold at public auction rather than being destroyed.Also later this month, a person traveling in a vehicle with a gun no longer will be required to keep it unloaded and in a case.And the city won’t be able to require armed private security guards to take advanced firearms training.The City Council on Tuesday struck down those measures in order to comply with a state law that takes effect July 1.
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June 11, 2014

Obama hails Aussie gun laws

President Barack Obama has used a live Q and A session on Tumblr to highlight Australia's gun laws following the latest mass shooting in the US.
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June 11, 2014

Obama praises Australia’s gun confiscation

Let me be clear, as Obama likes to say: You simply cannot praise Australia’s gun-laws without praising the country’s mass confiscation program. That is Australia’s law. When the Left says that we should respond to shootings as Australia did, they don’t mean that we should institute background checks on private sales; they mean that they we should ban and confiscate guns. No amount of wooly words can change this. Again, one doesn’t bring up countries that have confiscated firearms as a shining example unless one wishes to push the conversation toward confiscation.
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June 11, 2014

Florida: 'Voluntary' gun control is just coercion

Regarding the June 6 Today's Buzz question, "Would voluntary gun regulations work in Broward?":No clear-thinking county official would believe they can violate the law by establishing gun control criteria and then escape punishment by calling it "sales and marketing safeguards."
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June 11, 2014

What does the Oregon shooter tell us about our gun laws?

KGW News has identified the Oregon shooter. He was just 15 years old.What does this mean for our public policy? Well, pretty much nothing. Despite all of the chatter from the White House and beyond, “universal background checks” have absolutely nothing to do with this case. In Oregon, 15-year-olds are not allowed to purchase firearms of any sort – whether from stores or from private sources. Last year’s Toomey-Manchin proposal, which would have mandated checks for all private sales, would therefore not have applied to this case and could not have stopped this shooting. To pretend otherwise is downright dishonest.
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June 10, 2014

Massachusetts: Gun legislation advances

House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s new proposal to reduce gun violence has barely emerged with a favorable report from a legislative committee, foreshadowing a potentially turbulent reception in the full House and Senate.
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June 10, 2014

More Tennessee women get handgun permits

The number of gun permits issued in Tennessee has nearly doubled between 2012 and 2013.
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June 10, 2014

Harry Reid: Pass background checks on guns

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called on the Senate Monday to pass background checks on guns in the wake of a Sunday shooting in Las Vegas that killed two police officers.
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