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May 7, 2014

NY Safe Act or yogurt: Which was debated longer on state Senate floor?

But the fun, lively and appetizing debate on yogurt brought about an interesting question: Did the state's senators spend more time on Tuesday debating the calorie counts, lactose tolerance and inclusiveness of snacks than they did discussing the NY Safe Act back in January 2013?The answer is yes. The yogurt debate and vote took about 44 minutes. The Safe Act? Just less than 30 minutes.
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May 6, 2014

Supreme Court declines to review New Jersey’s handgun permit law

The Supreme Court Monday decided once again to stay out of the legal battle over whether some states are too restrictive in issuing permits to carry a handgun outside the home.The justices without comment turned down a request to review whether New Jersey’s law requiring “justifiable need” to get a handgun permit infringes on Second Amendment rights.
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May 6, 2014

N.J. bill to reduce allowed size of ammunition magazines advances

The state Senate’s Law and Public Safety Committee today voted 3-2 along party lines to approve the legislation (A2006), which lowers the allowed size from 15 rounds to 10. The bill has been kicking around the Legislature since 2012 as one of several dozen pushed in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Ct. But while it has already passed the Assembly twice, this is the first time it has advanced in the state Senate.
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May 6, 2014

Florida: Mostly wins for gun supporters during 2014 session

The 2014 Florida legislative session was another success for gun owners and the National Rifle Association, but one battle is still being waged.
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May 5, 2014

In California, a fevered rush for gun permits

Pete Alexander celebrated the news that a federal court in California had thrown out this state’s strict requirements for obtaining a concealed-handgun permit — among the toughest in the nation — by calling the Orange County Sheriff’s Department to apply for a permit he had long wanted.
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May 5, 2014

Concealed carry permits gaining popularity on Chicago’s North Shore as more women and seniors join the ranks

When Brian Kossof, founder and president of Concealed Carry of Illinois, began offering Illinois State Firearm Safety and Concealed Carry classes in September of last year, the room was filled with men and perhaps a handful of women. "To be honest, I wasn't at all surprised by the male to female ratio," says Kossof, a Highland Park resident whose interest in firearm safety prompted him to become fully licensed to teach at the state certification level. "For the first few months, men definitely dominated the classes, which is what we all expected," he says.But then, a very noticeable change occurred. More and more women, as well as seniors, began registering for Kossof's course. "It was interesting and exciting to see this kind of a shift" says Kossof, who noted that many of the women came with a female friend or accompanied their boyfriends or husbands. The seniors (the oldest of whom was in his 80s) either attend on their own or with a family member (typically a son or a daughter).
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May 5, 2014

Why you should be concerned about the new 'smart guns'

Smartguns, which just entered the market, are firearms equipped with small embedded computers that are supposed to enhance safety by preventing anyone other than authorized parties from firing the weapons, and, in some cases, by ensuring that the guns only fire when aimed at inanimate targets.I do not doubt that supporters of smartgun technology wish to reduce gun accidents and violence. That’s a goal in which I firmly believe. But is smartgun technology really ready for prime time? Or do these guns introduce vulnerabilities that could create new, serious safety issues for gun owners and non-owners alike?
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May 2, 2014

Lott: Media bias on gun free zones

Another multiple victim public shooting, yet another attack that occurred where guns are banned.Tuesday’s tragic attack at a FedEx facility in Cobb County, Georgia, left six people injured, with one still in critical condition. The media quickly rushed in with stories about an “assault rifle” being used in the attack. This claim was made everywhere, in stories including the New York Times, USA Today, CBS News and the BBC. But it wasn’t an “assault” weapon. The attack occurred with a shotgun.
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May 2, 2014

The Bloomberg anti-gun backlash has just begun

A mere 10 days after former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced his new anti-gun coalition Everytown for Gun Safety in the New York Times, former Pennsylvania Gov. and Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, one of the most prominent members of its advisory board, has resigned from the group.No one should be surprised.“When I signed on as an adviser to Everytown,” Ridge said, “I looked forward to a thoughtful and provocative discussion about the toll gun violence takes on Americans. After consultation with Everytown, I have decided that I am uncomfortable with their expected electoral work.”
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May 2, 2014

Oklahoma House votes 86-3 to override governor's veto on gun bill

The state House on Wednesday voted 86-3 to override Gov. Mary Fallin’s veto of a firearms bill.Wednesday’s vote is the first time either legislative chamber has mustered enough votes to override a veto during Fallin’s administration, the governor’s press secretary said.
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May 1, 2014

Gun control bills up in N.J. Senate committee Monday

After a month-and-a -half break, the debate over stricter gun-control laws will roil Trenton once again on Monday.
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April 30, 2014

Lott: Bogus gun-control numbers

People walking the streets armed with guns are dangerous, right? With all 50 states finally allowing concealed handguns to at least some degree and with over 11 million Americans now having permits to carry them, this question ought to have been settled. In fact, despite continued attacks by gun-control organizations, permit holders almost never commit violent crimes with their guns.
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April 30, 2014

Former Supreme Court justice talks candidly about gutting the Second Amendment

Justice John Paul Stevens doesn’t believe anyone has the right to own a gun, and admits that you would need to rewrite the Constitution to make his preference a legal reality. And that’s exactly what he thinks should happen.
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April 29, 2014

NRA's Chris Cox thunders against Obama, Holder and anti-gun hypocrisy

“The truth is, armed self-defense saves innocent lives, and denying that right gets good people killed,” declared Chris Cox—executive director of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), bringing thousands of NRA members to their feet for one of several standing ovations.
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April 29, 2014

Jersey City’s extra gun forms ruled offensive to New Jersey law

On April 28, 2014, a three-judge Appellate Division panel unanimously agreed that Jersey City Police wrongfully required resident Michael McGovern to complete questions on four added municipal forms and to provide other information beyond the scope of the firearm licensing statute, and that the Law Division erred in denying McGovern his permits based upon his refusal to provide such additional information.
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April 28, 2014

NRA President Jim Porter: We’re going to flex our muscle in November

National Rifle Association President Jim Porter said Saturday that flipping the U.S. Senate to Republican control is paramount for the group and that the group's power in numbers will "flex that muscle" in November's midterm elections.
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April 28, 2014

Tom Ridge resigns from Bloomberg group

Tom Ridge, the Homeland Security secretary under President George W. Bush, has unexpectedly resigned from the board of Michael R. Bloomberg’s new gun control effort, citing his discomfort with some of the political work the group has been planning.
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April 28, 2014

Chicago gun grabbers could learn from new Georgia law

Forty persons were shot, nine fatally, in Chicago over the Easter weekend in the sort of killing spree that’s not supposed to happen. Chicago, after all, is home of some of the nation’s toughest laws to outlaw “gun violence.” They’re obviously not working.
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April 25, 2014

NRA calls for national Right-to-Carry reciprocity

With concealed weapons now legal in all 50 states, the National Rifle Association’s focus at this week’s annual meeting is less about enacting additional state protections than on making sure the permits already issued still apply when the gun owners travel across the country.
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April 25, 2014

NRA gears up to mark a year of victories at convention in Indianapolis

The nation’s most powerful gun rights group is gathering in this heartland city this weekend in an upbeat mood, with NRA members and attendees at the group’s annual meetings emboldened by a slew of policy victories and ready to press for more.
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April 25, 2014

Gun permits for Indiana women up 42 percent

Protection and empowerment: Those are the driving forces behind an explosive trend in Indiana: Women with guns.
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April 24, 2014

Opposition rising to Colorado gun control laws

More than a year after pushing through through some of the toughest gun control measures in the country, Colorado Democrats are finding it harder than ever to get the state’s residents to get behind them.
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April 24, 2014

Kansas: Gov. Brownback approves bill nullifying local gun regulations

Gov. Sam Brownback has signed legislation nullifying city and county gun restrictions and ensuring that it is legal across the state to openly carry firearms.
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April 24, 2014

Florida: House clears bill to ban insurers from gun-based premiums

With supporters pointing to Second Amendment rights, the Florida House on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill that seeks to prevent insurers from denying coverage or increasing rates based on customers owning guns or ammunition.
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April 24, 2014

Female gun instructors in hot demand

The market for female gun instructors is booming as more women want to learn to shoot -- both for self defense and for sport, said Tina Wilson-Cohen, who owns She Can Shoot, an all-women firearm and self-defense training business in Fairfax, Va.
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April 24, 2014

N.Y. School Reverses Suspension for Student Wearing NRA Shirt

It's not often the Second Amendment scores a victory in the state of New York, but they got one on Tuesday when the Grand Island School district decided to reverse its decision to suspend a student for wearing a T-shirt with the NRA logo.
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April 23, 2014

Arizona: Senate approves another gun bill

Under the bill, officers would be required to certify or deny a weapon within 60 days. Kavanagh says some agencies take too long or don't process the application at all. His original bill called for a 15-day deadline for applications at the local level, but an amendment extended that.
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April 23, 2014

Georgia: Governor to sign Right-to-Carry legislation

At noon Wednesday, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is scheduled to sign the sweeping legislation into law. One of the most permissive state gun laws in the nation, it will allow licensed owners to carry firearms into more public places than at any time in the past century, including bars and government buildings that don't have security checkpoints.
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April 22, 2014

Supreme Court pushes consideration of N.J. gun case to April 25

The U.S. Supreme Court has pushed its consideration of a case challenging New Jersey’s mandate that citizens show a “justifiable need” to carry a gun in public for protection to April 25.
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April 22, 2014

The NRA still true to its calling

Certain things remain constant in America, despite the best efforts of, say, Hollywood, the mainstream news media, liberal culture and progressive politics. Old Glory and Old Faithful come to mind, along with the National Rifle Association — which will show just how constant it is in about 48 hours, when the organization’s annual membership meeting begins in Indianapolis. The theme this year is “Stand and Fight.” Though the group has mastered contemporary public outreach and commands the most forward-thinking communication platforms, the NRA is still the NRA, without apology or compromise. The massive three-day event is on message. It has not lost its heartland flavor, or overlooked the core interests of the 80,000 attendees who begin arriving Thursday.
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April 22, 2014

Kopel: The First Amendment guide to the Second Amendment

Back in 1995, the Tennessee Law Review published a symposium issue on the Second Amendment and firearms policy. That symposium was probably the most influential law review symposium ever published on the topic. (More on that issue, below.) This year, the Tennessee Law Review is doing another Second Amendment symposium. My contribution to the forthcoming issue is The First Amendment Guide to the Second Amendment.
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April 22, 2014

Illinois: Skokie man sues over denial of concealed carry permit

A 69-year-old Skokie man filed a lawsuit Monday in federal court claiming the state unconstitutionally denied him a permit to carry a concealed gun.John Berron applied for a concealed carry permit on Jan. 5. He got a letter on March 19 that said that the Illinois Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board received an objection to his application and found he was ineligible for a permit. The Illinois State Police denied his application on that date.
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April 22, 2014

Florida: House to vote on insurance rules

The Florida House is scheduled to vote on a bill Monday that would make it illegal for insurance companies to deny policies or charge higher rates solely based on gun ownership.
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April 22, 2014

Gun silencer sales are booming

Sales are booming for silencers, the cylindrical devices used to muffle gunfire. The civilian market for silencers soared 37% in 2013, when the total number shot up to nearly a half a million, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives registry. That's compared to 360,000 in 2012 and 285,000 in 2011.
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April 21, 2014

NRA won’t let Michael Bloomberg step on citizens’ rights

In coming days, approximately 80,000 Second Amendment enthusiasts from across the country will congregate in Indianapolis at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting. Last year’s annual meeting came on the heels of a huge victory for Americans and a humiliating loss for Michael Bloomberg’s campaign to ban guns. On the eve of this year’s meeting, America’s least liked billionaire once again opened his wallet and declared war on the Constitution.
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April 21, 2014

Gun classes drawing more women

Bob White tells the women in his beginning firearms classes that choosing a gun is like choosing a good pair of shoes.“It might look pretty, but that doesn’t mean that it’s going to work for you,” he says. “You need to test it out, hold it and make sure it’s what’s comfortable for you, not what your husband, boyfriend or guy at the gun shop thinks you need.”White is a Tuscaloosa Police officer who started his business, HAVOC Shooting Solutions, earlier this year. From its inception, he knew he wanted offer classes for women only to accommodate the growing number who are buying guns and learning to use them.
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April 21, 2014

Illinois: State officials drop proposed medical pot gun ban

In response to a chorus of calls for cheaper access to medical marijuana, state regulators have proposed lowering the annual registration cost for patients to $100 from $150.The proposed new rules would also eliminate an earlier provision banning medical marijuana patients from owning firearms.
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April 21, 2014

Judge: Out-of-state pot rap can’t stop gun ownership

A federal judge yesterday ruled that two Bay State men — previously convicted of marijuana possession in other states — could not be denied the right to have guns in their homes for self-defense purposes based on their prior drug crimes.
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April 18, 2014

N.J. man’s handgun case before U.S. Supreme Court on Friday

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide in the coming days whether it will hear a Sussex County man’s challenge to New Jersey’s handgun carry laws.The lawsuit, brought by John Drake, challenges the “justifiable need” requirement the state asks for carrying a handgun. It has drawn the support of the National Rifle Association and 19 other states, who see the case as a possible watershed moment for reevaluating how the Second Amendment and state regulations interact.
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April 18, 2014

Lott: What the press is missing in Bloomberg's anti-gun push

Gun control has largely been a top down effort. Michael Bloomberg’s latest announcement that he will spend another $50 million to push gun control – 2.5 times the amount spent by the NRA annually on political activities – is all too typical. Last year, gun control groups, largely due to Bloomberg’s money, outspent gun rights groups by about 7.4 to 1 on TV advertising.
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