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August 18, 2014

Mississippi: Gun carry right hasn't brought 'wild West'

About this time last year, there was furor about state House Bill 2, the "open carry" bill.HB 2 allows someone to openly carry a firearm. It caused an uproar, and litigation to block it, even though the state constitution already had given Mississippians such a right since 1890.
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August 18, 2014

UK: Seventeen years after Dunblane, it's still impossible to discuss the effectiveness of the handgun ban

The aftermath of such an enormity ought to be the one time that we don’t rush to legislate; but, of course, that’s not how we’re designed. People want to do something – anything – to vent their feelings. Politicians, whose job is to represent the country, have to take account of public sentiment.
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August 15, 2014

More New Mexico residents are arming themselves with guns

Gun background checks and permits are on the rise in Dona Ana County. Nearly 3,000 concealed carry weapon permits were issued to county residents in June, and more than 30,000 were issued in 2013.
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August 15, 2014

Pro-gun rights Milwaukee sheriff: 'Bloomberg made a huge miscalculation'

Fresh off his victory in Wednesday's primary, pro-gun rights incumbent sheriff of Milwaukee County, David Clarke, Jr. appeared on Fox News' "Fox & Friends" to fire back at former New York City mayor and gun control advocate Michael Bloomberg.
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August 14, 2014

Michael Bloomberg made a big bet in Milwaukee — and lost

Gun control advocates seeking to assert their political power suffered a big loss Tuesday in Wisconsin when Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke (D) narrowly bested a fellow Democrat to win his party’s nomination for a second term.
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August 14, 2014

Victory by pro-gun sheriff underscores the limits of Bloomberg’s clout

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg may have wanted him out of a job, but Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. still managed to pull off a primary victory Tuesday.
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August 14, 2014

Massachusetts: Gov. Patrick signs bill updating state gun laws

The new law stiffens penalties for some gun-based crimes, creates a Web-based portal within the state Executive Office of Public Safety to allow for real-time background checks in private gun sales and calls for the creation of a firearms trafficking unit within the state police.It also gives local police chiefs the right to go to court to try to deny firearms identification cards needed to buy rifles or shotguns to people they feel are unsuitable to have access to the weapons.
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August 13, 2014

40-year study of Maine bear population continues

In 1975, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife began a 40-year study to examine Maine’s bear population. The information provided by the study is used to adjust bear hunting rules and regulations to ensure the number of bears is kept in balance with available habitat.
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August 13, 2014

Can a gun owner get justice in New Jersey?

Shaneen Allen faces three and a half years in prison because she made an honest mistake, followed by a mistake of honesty. Allen, a 27-year-old phlebotomist who lives in Philadelphia, drove to Atlantic City with a gun in her purse, erroneously thinking her Pennsylvania carry permit would be respected in New Jersey. Then she told a state trooper about the gun when he pulled her over for a traffic violation.
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August 13, 2014

The facts about Dartmouth student Taylor Woolrich and her stalker

It is often very hard for women who have been victims of sexual type crimes to publicly discuss what has happened to them. Last week in Washington, five women came forward to discuss how gun free zones at colleges have prevented them from defending themselves. From rape and sexual assault, to stalkers, to one woman whose stalker killed her husband, to death threats,these women bravely came forward and talked of the traumas -- all but one telling their story publicly for the first time.
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August 13, 2014

Pro-gun Milwaukee Sheriff defeats challenge from Bloomberg

Yesterday incumbent Sheriff David Clarke, of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, won the Democratic primary, 52-48%. There being no Republican on the November ballot, Sheriff Clarke is almost certain to win re-election. The race attracted national attention last week when Michael Bloomberg put $150,000 into the campaign against Sheriff Clarke–more than the total combined campaign spending by Sheriff Clarke and his primary opponent Chris Moews. While 100% of precincts have reported, Moews has not conceded. There are 6,000 absentee ballots yet to be counted, but since Clarke has a lead of about 4,700 votes, it seems virtually impossible for Moews to prevail. Sheriff Clarke has served since 2002, and his law enforcement career began in 1978. He is a member of the Legal Affairs Committee of the National Sheriffs Association, and also belongs to the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.
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August 13, 2014

Maryland ban upheld in federal court

A federal judge on Tuesday upheld Maryland’s ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines.
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August 13, 2014

Concealed weapons permits quadrupled in West Virginia

The number of concealed weapons permits issued annually in the state has more than quadrupled in the past five years.In 2009, county sheriffs’ departments issued 11,160 permits allowing residents to carry concealed handguns in most public places. In 2013, that number had jumped to 44,981.
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August 13, 2014

Gun dealers have 48 hours to report firearms lost in transit, ATF proposes in new rule

Firearms dealers will soon have more regulatory reporting requirements hoisted on them with a new rule proposed by the nation’s top gun-enforcement agency Tuesday.
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August 13, 2014

Online gun exchange not liable for murder victim’s death, appeals court says

The Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago upheld a trial judge’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the brother of a woman killed with a handgun purchased through Armslist.com, an online marketplace for privately owned guns. The three-judge panel ruled that Armslist did not owe a “duty of care” to the plaintiff or his sister, and therefore the plaintiff could not prove negligence.
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August 12, 2014

Massachusetts' gun control law to be signed by Gov. Deval Patrick

Lawmakers in late July agreed on final details of the bill, which received support from both gun control advocacy groups and the Massachusetts Gun Owners Action League. The National Rifle Association opposed the bill prior to its passage, telling lawmakers “it isn't difficult to imagine” ways for government officials to abuse discretionary licensing powers granted under the legislation.
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August 12, 2014

Colorado: Hickenlooper wrote ‘fawning’ letter to Michael Bloomberg

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper seems to have something of a man-crush on former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.Hickenlooper admitted in a tape-recorded conversation that that he penned a “long, fawning” handwritten letter to Bloomberg in which he enumerated his favorite Bloomberg achievements.
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August 11, 2014

More women applying for handgun permits in Maryland

It is easier for a business owner who conducts primarily cash transactions in Maryland to obtain a permit to wear and carry a gun, than a woman who fears she may be attacked by an ex-lover.
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August 11, 2014

Concealed carry permits on the rise in New Mexico, Doña Ana County

More and more people across the state and county are seeking concealed carry permits, a rise gun safety instructors attribute partly to national politics and diversification of gun ownership in recent years.
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August 11, 2014

Locked and Loaded Ladies: More women carrying guns for protection

With her cropped silver hair, white orthopedic slip-on shoes and a silver cross and a Virgin Mary pendant around her neck, you'd never suspect that Pat Bagley is packing heat.
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August 8, 2014

Gun battles in states rely on ballots, not bullets

Gun-control advocates insist public sentiment is on their side, but ballot initiatives in the states paint a much muddier picture.
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August 8, 2014

Prosecution of Shaneen Allen moves forward

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Shaneen Allen, a single mother from Philadelphia who was arrested for driving through New Jersey with a handgun. Allen had a permit for her gun in Pennsylvania, but New Jersey doesn’t recognize Pennsylvania gun permits. Despite the fact that Allen volunteered that she was in possession of the gun during her traffic stop, she was still arrested and charged with a felony. According to her attorney, she is eligible for a diversion program for first-time offenders that would avoid a felony conviction and mandatory 42 months in prison. But for reasons he has yet to articulate, New Jersey District Attorney Jim McClain has refused to allow her to take advantage of that program.
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August 8, 2014

Traveling with guns can turn into a nightmare

If I lived in New Jersey, I’d be committing more than 100 felonies, 24 hours a day.The Garden State’s stringent regulations on the types of firearms, magazines and ammunition it allows would criminalize most of my collection, especially the modern sporting rifles, standard-capacity magazines and controlled-expansion ammunition.
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August 8, 2014

Dartmouth student lobbies to carry gun after encounters with alleged stalker

Fearing a man who she says has stalked her for four years, a Dartmouth College student is pushing for legislation that would allow her to carry a concealed weapon.San Diego native Taylor Woolrich shared her story at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., for the Students for Concealed Carry’s national conference.
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August 8, 2014

911 dispatcher tells grandmother to ‘put the gun down’ during break-in

A Florida grandmother whose home was broken into says a 911 dispatcher ordered her to put her gun down in the middle of the invasion.
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August 8, 2014

Straight Shooters: Meet the gay gun-rights activists

Four years ago, Chris Cheng—a Chinese-Japanese-Cuban-American Google employee—started watching Top Shot, a History Channel reality show where contestants shoot their way through a series of complex competitions. Cheng, who as a kid had sometimes gone shooting with his Navy veteran father, started getting into the show.
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August 7, 2014

Philly mom will stand trial for bringing gun to N.J.

The words common sense were mentioned quite a bit during Shaneen Allen's hearing yesterday in Atlantic County Superior Court.Allen, 27, cried for a moment in the hallway with her son Naiare and his father after a judge denied her motion to dismiss weapons charges filed against her in October and refused to overturn a prosecutor's decision to deny her entry into a first-time-offender diversion program.
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August 7, 2014

Florida may allow hunters to use silencers

Hunters of deer, turkey and other animals in Florida may soon be able to operate with lethal stealth under a state proposal to allow them to use silencers.
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August 7, 2014

Dear Dartmouth, I am one of your students, I am being stalked, please let me carry a gun to protect myself

Over the last four years, I have lived with the constant threat from a stalker – a stalker who is now in jail for the third time for violating a restraining order.
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August 6, 2014

Voters Should Oppose Initiative 594

Initiative 594 is a perfect example of “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” It is a lie that is being sold to people in the hopes that they will unwittingly vote Initiative 594 into law. Don’t be fooled by those willing to promote the lie to justify the ends.
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August 6, 2014

Judge refuses to drop N.J. gun charges against Phila. woman

A Superior Court judge denied a motion Tuesday to drop charges against a Philadelphia woman who has a Pennsylvania gun permit and was found with a weapon in her car during a traffic stop on the Atlantic City Expressway last fall.
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August 6, 2014

House Bill: Pa. employers can't block workers from keeping guns in their cars

State Rep. Bryan Cutler remembers the special plans he had to make to go hunting after work when he was an x-ray technician in Lancaster.
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August 6, 2014

Missourians give big thumbs-up to guns

Missouri voters strongly embraced on Tuesday strengthened rights on guns and electronic privacy, and narrowly gave a nod to the state’s farmers. But veterans struck out.
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August 6, 2014

Gun groups target Peoria thumbprint rule

Gun-rights advocates plan to challenge a Peoria ordinance that requires gun buyers to supply a thumbprint.The Illinois State Rifle Association recently surveyed its Peoria members to find out how many have had to submit a thumbprint when purchasing a firearm in the city. ISRA said the survey was a first step toward getting the requirement repealed.
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August 6, 2014

Grandmothers get robbed, start gun group

Grandmothers Konnie Couch and Robin Willoughby, 52 and 57, from Aurora in Dearborn County sit next to each other in matching pink shirts and chat about their businesses, grandchildren, illnesses. And their guns.
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August 6, 2014

Australia: Queenslanders going for more gun licences, with 30 per cent increase in permits issued in past year

Documents released under Right to Information laws showed a steady increase in gun permit applications with more than 170,124 individual licence holders currently in possession of 566,427 firearms across the state.
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August 5, 2014

North Carolina sheriff urges residents to arm themselves

The Harnett County sheriff expressed concern Monday evening about a recent spike of violent crime, and he’s even told residents to start arming themselves. WTVD-TV reported that more than 100 people packed the sanctuary of the Spring Hill United methodist Church Monday Night for a community meeting on crime. There has been an explosion of violence and crime in the area, especially in the last few weeks. Sheriff Larry Rollins told the crowd that the violence is fueled by gangs and drugs. He urged everyone to protect themselves, saying he doesn’t go anywhere without a gun.
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August 5, 2014

Activists argue against further delay of D.C. gun ruling

Gun rights advocates say a federal judge’s ruling striking down D.C.’s ban on carrying handguns in public should not be put on hold beyond the current 90-day delay.
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August 4, 2014

California eyes first-in-nation firearms restraint

California could become the first state to allow family members, licensed therapists and health care providers to petition a judge to take firearms from someone who has shown signs that they could harm others or themselves.
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August 4, 2014

California battle over concealed-weapon rights could be headed for Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has turned aside all Second Amendment challenges since a pair of landmark rulings in 2008 and 2009 confirmed the rights of individuals to keep and bear arms. But some believe a California case could make the high court return to the controversial area and determine whether gun ownership rights extend beyond the corners of one's home.
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