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January 14, 2014

Proven deterrent

Echoing what the National Rifle Association has said, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said earlier this month that if more citizens were armed, criminals would think twice about attacking them.At a press conference at police headquarters Jan. 2, the chief said he’s changed his mind about gun control.“When we look at the good community members who have concealed weapons permits, the likelihood they’ll shoot is based on a lack of confidence in this police department,” said Chief Craig, adding he thinks more Detroit citizens feel safer, thanks in part to a 7% drop in violent crime in 2013.
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January 14, 2014

Gun owner unarmed, unwelcome in Maryland

John Filippidis, silver-haired family man, business owner, employer and taxpayer, is also licensed to carry a concealed firearm.He'd rather he didn't feel the need, "but things aren't like they used to be. The break-ins, the burglaries, all the crime. And I carry cash a lot of the time. I'm constantly going to the bank."I wanted to be able to defend my family, my household and the ground I'm standing on. But I'm not looking for any trouble."Filippidis keeps his gun -- a palm-sized Kel-Tec .38 semiautomatic, barely larger than a smartphone in a protective case -- in one of two places, always: in the right-hand pocket of his jeans, or in the safe at home."There are kids in the house," Filippidis says, "and I don't think they'd ever bother with it, but I don't want to take any chances."He's not looking for any trouble, after all.Trouble, in fact, was the last thing on his mind a few weeks back as the Filippidises packed for Christmas and a family wedding in Woodridge, N.J., so he left the pistol locked in the safe. The state of Florida might have codified his Second Amendment rights, but he knew he'd be passing through states where recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions affirming the rights of individuals to keep and bear arms have been met by hostile legislatures and local officials.
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January 13, 2014

Gun wars to heat up in 2014

Both sides of the gun law debate have geared up to wage war across the country in 2014 using millions of dollars, midterm elections, opposing messaging strategies and dueling grass-roots campaigns.This year, groups will focus on pouring money into candidates that support their ideals and changing or upholding laws in hot spots such as Colorado, Washington and Illinois.
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January 13, 2014

Firearm suppressor popularity skyrocketing in Ohio

Ohio saw the second largest increase in suppressor registrations in the nation. Experts said interest in the devices could increase if state lawmakers decide to allow them to be used for hunting.
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January 13, 2014

Women arming themselves a growing trend

According to Gallup poll data, the percentage of American women who own a firearm nearly doubled from 2005-2011, rising from 13 percent to 23 percent. In August, the National Shooting Sports Foundation reported that 37 percent of new target shooters are female, though they comprise only 22 percent of the established target-shooting population.
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January 10, 2014

Southern exposure: As gun sales surge, Northeast manufacturers fleeing for Dixie

Now, changes in the country's political environment have pushed some gun manufacturers to pack up and move, especially from the northeastern U.S.
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January 10, 2014

Congressmen call BATFE sting tactics 'almost unimaginable'

Calling the ATF's tactics appalling, alarming, disturbing and "almost unimaginable," congressional members on Thursday slammed the agency for how it conducted storefront stings across the nation and renewed their demand for answers.
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January 10, 2014

Barr: A lesson learned as Chicago’s gun laws fall

In his ruling this week that struck down one of the last relics of Chicago’s long-standing gun ban, U.S. District Court Judge Edmond E. Chang made a startling observation. Chang noted that while one of the fundamental duties of government is to protect its citizens, “certain fundamental rights” are protected by the Constitution, and thus should be “outside government's reach.” To put it more bluntly, government cannot – and should not -- be trusted with those rights.
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January 10, 2014

Pennsylvania: State universities postpone vote on guns

The governing body of Pennsylvania's 14 state universities has delayed consideration of a policy that would allow guns on open areas of campus, such as sidewalks and parking lots, the system's chancellor said Thursday.
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January 10, 2014

California politicians will push background checks for ammunition

Following passage last year of some of the strongest gun-control laws in the nation in the wake of the school shooting in Newton, Conn., leading California Democrats will open a new front in the fight against gun violence this year with a proposal to conduct background checks on people who purchase ammunition.
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January 9, 2014

Chicago a legal loser on the gun front, again

Since the death of communism in most of the places where it once prevailed, North Korea and Cuba function mainly as educational exhibits for an irrelevant and unsuccessful ideology. When it comes to the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, the city of Chicago fills a similar role.
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January 9, 2014

Gun Victories in the Midwest

Conservatives in the frigid Midwest could be forgiven for wondering whether the last week’s cold has been a sign that hell has finally frozen over, for, within a single week they have won big in a pair of cities that had all but been written off. Last Thursday, Detroit’s chief of police, James Craig, discussed openly his conversion on the question of concealed carry, contending happily that “good Americans with CPLs translates into crime reduction” and expressing his hope that private gun owners would help to stem the tide of violence. Monday, across Lake Michigan, a judge struck down Chicago’s ban on gun sales, slamming progressive lawmakers into the bargain. Is Christmas really over?
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January 8, 2014

Detroit police chief wants citizens to arm themselves

Motor City has become Murder City. With 333 homicides of all kinds last year, Detroit tops the list of major cities under siege by violent criminals. The man with the nation’s most thankless job, Detroit Police Chief James E. Craig, shocked the establishment when he said last week that he thinks the solution to Motown’s crime is more guns.
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January 8, 2014

Judge scraps Chicago's ban on retail gun shops

A federal judge on Monday stripped away a key element of Chicago's gun ordinance, ruling that it is unconstitutional to prohibit licensed gun stores from operating in the city.
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January 8, 2014

Kansas sees record number of concealed-carry applications in 2013

Kansas’ huge increase in applications for concealed-carry gun permits in 2013 will surge significantly again if talk from Washington about restrictions resumes, a state gun advocate said Monday.
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January 8, 2014

Illinois: Gun applications pouring in More than 13,000 concealed carry requests approved

The Illinois State Police said Tuesday that it had completed the initial approval of more than 13,000 concealed carry applications, moving residents a step closer to being able to carry loaded firearms in public.Meanwhile, applications continued to pour in via the agency's online registration site. The state police received 1,089 applications Tuesday, for a total of 15,539.
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January 8, 2014

New York: Sheriffs, Cuomo say seven-bullet limit no longer enforceable

The state Sheriffs' Association has advised its members to not enforce a law limiting a firearm magazine to seven bullets after a federal judge ruled it unconstitutional last week.The judge in Buffalo ruled last Tuesday that most of New York's gun control law adopted a year ago is constitutional, rejecting most of the arguments made by gun-rights groups in their lawsuit against the state. The judge, however, said the state's seven-bullet limit in a magazine is "arbitrary" and shot it down.
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January 8, 2014

Gun maker gets warm welcome after move to S.C.

From beat cops to cashiers to Gov. Nikki Haley, South Carolina’s newest gun manufacturer has received an “absolutely tremendous” amount of support since leaving Connecticut for The Palmetto State, according to the firm's CEO.Josh Fiorini, CEO of PTR Industries, formerly of Bristol., Conn., told FoxNews.com that the firm’s new facility in Aynor, S.C., remains a week away from production, but 11 local employees began sorting inventory on Monday along with a team of training personnel from Connecticut. The manufacturer of military-style rifles announced in April that it intended to leave Bristol following the passage of gun-control legislation after the shooting deaths of 26 people, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown.
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January 6, 2014

New York: State, gun-rights groups appeal SAFE Act ruling

Gun-rights groups and the state have vowed to continue their battle in federal court over New York's gun-control law.
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January 6, 2014

Lott: New York’s fact-free gun ruling

New York’s new gun-control law, the so-called SAFE Act, largely survived its first federal-court challenge on this past Tuesday. The more than 1,140 New Yorkers it’s made felons will remain so. But even the testimony of the state’s own expert witness failed to show that the law will cut crime.
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January 6, 2014

Illinois begins taking Right-to-Carry permit applications today

Illinois officials will begin accepting applications Sunday from people who want to carry concealed weapons, but it could be months before anyone will actually be allowed to possess the firearms.Illinois State Police have up to 90 days to approve or deny applicants, provided applications are complete and fingerprints are submitted in an electronic format. If an applicant's fingerprints aren't submitted, state police will have an additional 30 days to complete a manual background check. Law enforcement agencies also have 30 days from when an application is submitted to object to a license being issued.
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January 6, 2014

Colo. politicians blamed for $80M hit to economy by pushing out gun firm Magpul

Democrats came under heavy criticism Friday for driving Magpul Industries out of Colorado by pushing an aggressive gun-control agenda, a move that could cost the state more than $80 million annually.Republican state Rep. Lori Saine said she was “saddened to see this completely partisan law, widely considered unenforceable by sheriffs across Colorado, cause Magpul to leave our state.”
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January 6, 2014

Businesses jump to declare support for gun rights

Businesses across the country are ready to stick 'em up in the name of gun rights — a window sticker that is.A sticker declaring support for the Second Amendment has become the must-have item for like-minded shop owners across the country. And it's the brainchild of a Leesburg restaurant owner.
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January 6, 2014

Colorado activists seek to overturn state's new gun laws

Colorado Republicans and gun-rights activists will seek to overturn or change the state's new gun restrictions when the state Legislature reconvenes this month. Republican House Leader Rep. Brian DelGrosso said last week that Republicans plan to introduce a bill to repeal the 15-round limit on ammunition magazines. He said Republicans will likely also revisit expanded background checks, but did not provide specifics on possible legislation.
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January 6, 2014

Detroit police chief James Craig says more citizens should be armed

Detroit’s police chief has a solution to help drive down crime in one of the nation’s most dangerous cities: arm more citizens.James Craig made the comments at a police press conference Thursday, when he announced a 7 percent drop in violent crime in 2013, The Detroit News reported. Although urban police typically favor gun control, Craig said his views evolved after working in Los Angeles and Maine, where concealed weapons permits are more easily obtained.
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January 6, 2014

State opts not to defend N.J. gun law

The New Jersey Supreme Court will be hearing challenges to the state's strict requirements to obtain gun-carrying permits, but it won't be the Attorney General's Office defending the state law; instead, prosecutors in Monmouth and Essex counties will have that task.
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January 3, 2014

D.C. gun-control debate holds national clues

Gun-control legislation got a much closer look over the past year in the wake of the Connecticut school shootings — but the District and gun-rights activists have been fighting their own battle on the issue for the better part of a decade.And the experience in the nation’s capital is likely to provide clues to how the gun-rights debate is likely to go in 2014.Lawmakers on both sides of the issue on Capitol Hill consistently cited parts of the Supreme Court’s 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller decision that struck down the District’s long-standing handgun ban to bolster their positions. But the man behind the case and other gun-rights activists continue fighting to chip away at stringent gun laws in place in the District and elsewhere, as gun-control advocates try to stiff-arm the efforts and claim their own victories where they can.
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January 3, 2014

Colorado firearms magazine maker leaving state due to new gun laws

Magpul Industries, a manufacturer of ammunition magazines, is moving its corporate headquarters to Texas, making good on its threat to leave its base in Colorado because of new restrictions on guns."Moving operations to states that support our culture of individual liberties and personal responsibility is important," Magpul Chief Executive Richard Fitzpatrick said in a statement on Thursday.
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January 3, 2014

Gun-related ballot measures to again make Colorado political battleground

The battle over gun control probably will move from the state Capitol to the ballot box in November as both sides of the issue have filed proposed ballot measures.
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January 3, 2014

Virginia gun transactions set new record in 2013

As expected, Virginia gun sales set a new high in 2013 with nearly 480,000 transactions statewide, breaking the record set a year earlier.
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January 2, 2014

Gun poll: 7 in 10 feel safer in an armed neighborhood

An overwhelming seven in 10 Americans say they would feel safer living in a neighborhood where individuals could own a gun for self defense, the latest indication that support for comprehensive gun control is fading. Rasmussen Reports found that 68 percent of voters polled would feel safer in an armed neighborhood. Just 23 percent said they'd feel safer in “a neighborhood where nobody was allowed to own a gun.”
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January 2, 2014

Court deals blow to SAFE Act

The ruling by Chief U.S. District Judge William Skretny in Buffalo found New York’s law, called the SAFE Act, doesn’t infringe on Second Amendment rights. But the judge tossed a provision that allows only seven bullets in a magazine, saying the number is “arbitrary.”
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January 2, 2014

Gun from botched 'Fast and Furious' operation turns up after Mexican resort shootout

A gun from the failed "Fast and Furious" operation has turned up after a shootout at a Mexican resort this month, Fox News confirms.  The gunfight took place between authorities and suspected cartel gunmen at a seaside Mexican resort on Dec. 18 in Puerto Peñasco.
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January 2, 2014

2013: Fewest police deaths involving firearms since 1887

The number of law-enforcement officers killed by firearms in 2013 fell to levels not seen since the 19th century, according to a report released Monday.
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January 2, 2014

Nation’s first gun reregistration law in effect in D.C., may lead to arrest and confiscation

For the first time in the United States, a citizen who has legally registered a gun will have to submit to a renewal process. The consequences of not knowing about this new law or missing the specific 60-day window are dire.Starting on Jan. 2, every single D.C. resident who has registered a firearm since 1976 must go to police headquarters to pay a $48 fee and be photographed and fingerprinted. The Metropolitan Police Department estimates there are at least 30,000 registered gun owners.
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January 2, 2014

Confusion surrounds fledgling New York gun law

Next month, major components of the so-called NY SAFE Act, the state’s tough gun-control law approved in January, are supposed to take effect. But some gun owners and businesses are still unclear about what parts of the law will be enforced on schedule.
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January 2, 2014

Book Review: ‘Gun Control in the Third Reich’

“Gun control caused the Holocaust.” That’s an argument, rather unhelpfully phrased, that American gun-rights supporters have been making for decades.There’s no way to prove it. In fact, most of the time it’s not even clear what alternate history is being suggested. Are we talking about a world in which the Nazis behaved exactly the way they did, but inexplicably allowed their victims to remain armed? A world in which, as the Nazis came to power, Germany already had a widespread and passionate gun culture like America’s?Unfortunately, this bold assertion obscures very serious questions about the role disarmament can play in oppression. And at last we have the historical information we need to investigate those questions, in the form of Second Amendment lawyer Stephen P. Halbrook’s “Gun Control in the Third Reich.” It is the most extensive history to date of Nazi Germany’s policies on firearms, drawing largely on original documents.
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January 2, 2014

Fast and Furious gun turns up after Mexican resort shootout

A dramatic shootout between authorities and suspected cartel gunmen at a Mexican seaside resort this month has ties to a botched U.S. gun operation.
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January 2, 2014

Thanks for nothing, Colorado: Magpul gun firm relocating to Texas, Wyoming

ERIE, Colo. — Magpul Industries, a firearms-accessories maker, announced Thursday that it will relocate its extensive manufacturing facilities to Texas and Wyoming, in angry response to the Colorado legislature’s passage of sweeping gun-control legislation in 2013.
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January 2, 2014

SAFE Act decision highlights embarrassing mistakes by gun controllers in a hurry

A year ago New York legislators approved gun controls championed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo so quickly that they did not have time to read the bill, let alone debate it. Cuomo nevertheless insisted that the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act "was not hastily put together." The embarrassing mistakes and omissions that prompted multiple amendments during the year that followed Cuomo's victory suggested otherwise. So does this week's decision by U.S. District Judge William Skretny, who overturned several provisions of the SAFE Act that reflect the unseemly haste with which the law was enacted.
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