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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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January 17, 2014

Collectors work crowds at gun turn-in events for rare finds

When Schuyler Taylor attended a gun buyback program in Seattle last year, he wasn't hoping to turn in an unwanted firearm for a $50 gift card. He was looking to pay cold cash for a rare weapon.Taylor, a 24-year-old gun enthusiast, is one of a growing number of collectors who has been showing up at the events, where towns, police departments, churches and nonprofits offer money or gift cards for old guns. The events have been held all over the country, credited by some for getting weapons off the streets and ridiculed by others for paying money for rusting junk. But collectors have taken notice that some of the guns, which are typically destroyed, are worth far more than they fetch at buyback events.
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January 16, 2014

Gun-control groups push for more laws in N.Y.

As gun-rights groups seek to overturn last year's gun law, gun-control groups Wednesday said they want additional regulations in New York.On the one-year anniversary of the SAFE Act, the groups and Democratic lawmakers said New York shouldn't stop at the law passed last year.
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January 16, 2014

Right-to-Carry reciprocity loaded in Congress

Freedom to travel with arms would unlock the Second AmendmentWhile 2013 was a year of Second Amendment advocates on defense, 2014 is lining up to be a year of gaining ground on gun rights. President Obama continues to issue his dictates. Michael R. Bloomberg is still throwing around millions of dollars. And Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is just keeping a finger in the dike on Capitol Hill until the midterms. But the American people are ready to get back to strengthening their rights to keep and bear arms.
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January 15, 2014

Florida lawmaker: Stop discrimination against gun owners

The bill sponsor, state Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, said the policy is necessary and the issue was brought to his attention last year. He said until recently Citizens Property Insurance Corporation's underwriting criteria included questions about gun ownership."There have been policies canceled ... in the state of Florida or not issued to applicants because ... they were exercising their Second Amendment (right) to lawfully own a gun," Lee said.
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January 15, 2014

Federal judge approves Chicago's bid for of gun sales ordinance

The city of Chicago, which has fought for decades to keep guns out of the hands of its residents, now must craft an ordinance within 180 days that will allow gun stores to open there, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.
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January 15, 2014

New York: Gun law in requires face-to-face ammunition sales

It becomes illegal starting Wednesday in New York to buy ammunition unless a licensed dealer actually sees you.
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January 15, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court to hear case on gun ban

The Supreme Court is set to decide whether a Tennessee man's misdemeanor domestic assault plea should ban him from gun ownership.
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January 15, 2014

Nebraska: Bill would let school personnel carry concealed guns in schools with approval

Nebraska teachers and other school employees could carry a concealed handgun in schools if a bill in the Nebraska Legislature becomes law.
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January 14, 2014

Lott: Some realities to consider before passing more gun-control bills

The new year has brought yet more gun-control regulations. President Obama announced new executive orders on background checks. Connecticut citizens stood in long lines to register their guns, and, next door in New York City, registration lists are used to confiscate them.While the research by criminologists and economists keeps showing that gun control doesn't work, technological advances and practical problems mean the laws are increasingly likely only to disarm the law-abiding.
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January 14, 2014

Illinois: Local authorities overwhelmed by gun applications

More than 1,000 requests for concealed carry gun permits are pouring in each day in the nation's last state to allow the practice, sparking concerns among Illinois law enforcement officials that they might fall behind on weeding out applicants with a history of violence.
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January 14, 2014

Georgia: Lawmakers to revive effort to expand gun rights

Georgia lawmakers will be reviving an effort to expand gun rights, but will be starting over with new legislation and weighing the possibility of giving college presidents and religious leaders the option of whether to allow guns on public campuses and in places of worship, according to interviews with key lawmakers.
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January 14, 2014

Mexico: Armed citizens won't give up fight against drug cartel

Federal authorities rushed Monday to head off a mini-civil war in the "hot land" of Mexico's Michoacan state, urging rural vigilantes to lay down their arms and go home rather than attempt to seize a city of 90,000 that has become a stronghold of a drug cartel calling itself the Knights Templar.The armed peasant groups emerged last year to fight off the cartel, which had metastasized throughout the southwestern state, coordinating the lucrative methamphetamine trade and extortion rackets and wielding significant control over the major container port of Lazaro Cardenas. Until recently, the self-defense groups had been largely tolerated, if not encouraged, by President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration, which had allowed them to staff some roadblocks alongside federal police and soldiers.But in the last week, the groups have taken control of a number of communities surrounding the city of Apatzingan. Their leaders declared that their goal was to drive the cartel out of the city for good.
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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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