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December 31, 2013

Federal judge upholds New York’s "SAFE Act" ban on "assault weapons", rejects 7-round magazine limit

New York’s new gun control law is constitutional and should remain largely in effect, a federal judge in Buffalo ruled today. Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny said the law, a response to the Sandy Hook shootings that killed 20 children and six adults, is not a violation of the Second Amendment. The one exception Skretny found was the law’s seven-round limit, which he called “tenuous, strained and unsupported.” Gun rights organizations are expected to appeal Skretny’s decision.
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December 31, 2013

Bloomberg leaves office today, protected by firearms

When New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg leaves office today he will enter civilian life protected by firearms.
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December 30, 2013

Calif. DOJ To Start Keeping Long Gun Ownership Records

A controversial gun control measure passed by California lawmakers in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting is set to take effect next week that will retain information on rifle and shotgun purchases statewide.
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December 30, 2013

Illinois: Interest in concealed carry classes reported high

People planning to apply for concealed carry gun licenses are flocking to required firearms classes in anticipation of the Jan. 5 opening of the application process.
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December 27, 2013

Shoppers stock up on rifles, shotguns before California long-gun registry begins

A new gun law coming in 2014 has gun owners stocking up on long guns before a new registry begins.Even though the law is at least temporarily boosting his bottom line, Just Guns owner John Deaser isn’t a fan. He says requiring people to register their rifles and shotguns is an unnecessary invasion of privacy.In the last week of 2013, he says sales of long guns are up 30 to 50 percent.
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December 27, 2013

Connecticut: People wait in line to register guns before new laws go into effect

A long line of people stood outside of the Public Safety Building in Middletown all day Thursday to register firearms.Specifically, anything the state considers an assault weapon or a high capacity magazine must be registered before Jan. 1, 2014.
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December 26, 2013

Concealed carry means fewer murders, says new study

Quinnipiac University economist Mark Gius has published a new study, "An examination of the effects of concealed weapons laws and assault weapons bans on state-level murder rates," in the journal Applied Economics Letters. From the abstract: The purpose of the present study is to determine the effects of state-level assault weapons bans and concealed weapons laws on state-level murder rates. Using data for the period 1980 to 2009 and controlling for state and year fixed effects, the results of the present study suggest that states with restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons had higher gun-related murder rates than other states. It was also found that assault weapons bans did not significantly affect murder rates at the state level. These results suggest that restrictive concealed weapons laws may cause an increase in gun-related murders at the state level. The results of this study are consistent with some prior research in this area, most notably Lott and Mustard (1997).
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December 26, 2013

Beretta won’t move to Virginia due to Terry McAuliffe’s gun-control agenda

Beretta has eliminated Virginia from its short list of states to move its company because anti-gun Democrat Terry McAuliffe was elected governor. The firearms manufacturer made the decision to scratch Virginia off the list after the McAuliffe campaign fixated on restricting gun owners’ rights after receiving over $1 million in campaign donations from billionaire New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg.
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December 26, 2013

New York: SAFE Act remains point of contention

As 2013 comes to a close, New York state is looking back on nearly a year full of stricter gun laws.Many still question the effectiveness of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act which was signed into law on Jan. 15, and imposed a variety of restrictions including a reduction of magazine capacity and registration of newly defined assault weapons.
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December 26, 2013

Illinois: Lawsuit challenges semi-auto ban in Highland Park

A Highland Park pediatrician and the Illinois State Rifle Association are challenging the constitutionality of the city of Highland Park's assault weapons ban which, they say, prohibits firearms commonly used for self-defense within the home.
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December 26, 2013

Delaware: Biden renews push for gun bill

Attorney General Beau Biden is lobbying the state Senate to reconsider a controversial gun-control bill that was defeated on the final days of the General Assembly in June, a victim partly of intense, conservative grass-roots opposition.
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December 26, 2013

Canada: Firearms advocates want complete rundown on federal program costs

With the controversial long-gun registry abolished, the National Firearms Association wants to know if the rest of the federal firearms program is delivering good bang for the buck.And the group is urging the federal government's Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security to initiate a study into the costs and effectiveness of Canada's other gun control laws.
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December 24, 2013

Americans Don’t Think ‘Universal Background Checks’ Extension for Gun Shows Are Needed, National Poll Finds

Only four out of ten Americans support so-called “universal background checks” at gun shows after being informed that the vast majority of firearms sales at these shows are transacted by licensed retailers that already conduct such checks through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) as required by federal law. The poll results stand in contrast to the vague claim often reported in the media and attributed to gun control proponents without important contextual detail that 90 percent of Americans surveyed support “universal background checks.” These findings were the among the results of a national scientific poll of more than 1,200 Americans conducted in November by McKeon & Associates and released today by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry. The McKeon poll found that only 40 percent of respondents said that extension of “universal background checks” to private transactions at gun shows are necessary, while 53 percent said they are not necessary and 7% said they did not know.
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December 23, 2013

Bloomberg Joins Moms Demand Action to Pressure Businesses for Gun Control

Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) will announce it is joining forces with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (MDA) in a continuing push for more gun control.
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December 23, 2013

Sen. Joe Manchin says passing gun control reform will only get more difficult next year

A prominent Democrat at the center of the proposed gun control legislation that failed earlier this year doesn’t think passing a similar deal will be any easier in 2014. West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, who helped broker a background check compromise that ultimately failed in the Senate, said Sunday that rounding up the votes needed to pass the bill next year would be “difficult.”
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December 23, 2013

More disabled people oppose assault weapon restrictions

Disabled people who may have trouble with traditional firearms have a right to easier-to-use weapons often targeted by bans, activists say.
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December 23, 2013

Oklahoma: Women explain why they own weapons

Bad things happen to good people.That is not only the motto 23-year-old Shannon Jackson lives by; that's the conviction that has led her to own firearms.
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December 20, 2013

Illinois: Highland Park faces lawsuit over semi-auto ordinance

Arie Friedman, a Highland Park pediatrician, along with the Illinois State Rifle Association, filed suit against Highland Park on Dec. 12 in response to the city's new ban on assault weapons. Last summer, Highland Park was one of several Chicago suburbs that raced to enact municipal ordinances regulating or banning the use of assault weapons before the state's concealed carry law pre-empted home-rule authority.
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December 20, 2013

In wake of KU Twitter controversy, Kansas regents approve new policy for faculty use of social media

The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday approved its first-ever policy aimed at addressing the way faculty and staff at six state universities use social media.Establishing the policy was a direct result of controversy that erupted earlier this year when University of Kansas associate professor David Guth wrote on his personal Twitter account about the National Rifle Association and its members’ children. The comments went viral, and Guth was put on administrative leave until the university could figure out how to respond.
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December 19, 2013

Armed response, not restrictive gun laws, brought swift end to school shooting

It’s a stark fact that is fueling an already intense debate about gun rights in this state: It was an armed deputy who stopped the Arapahoe High School gunman last week from unleashing a deadly massacre, not the expansive new gun control laws approved by Colorado Democrats in March in reaction to two mass shootings.
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December 19, 2013

Delaware: Supreme Court weighs constitutionality of public housing gun restrictions

The Delaware Supreme Court is weighing whether a Wilmington Housing Authority policy restricting the ability of public housing residents to carry firearms violates the state constitution.The justices heard arguments Wednesday after a federal appeals court asked for clarification on whether Delaware's constitution allows the housing authority to prohibit residents and guests from displaying or carrying firearms in common areas.
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December 19, 2013

Massachusetts: Fingerprint ID urged for all new guns sold in the state

In what is the latest wrinkle in gun control controversies expected to emerge among three Democrats running for attorney general, former state Sen. Warren E. Tolman has called for use of fingerprint technology on all newly manufactured guns sold in the state, as a way of preventing use of stolen guns by criminals.Mr. Tolman is facing Maura Healey, a former state prosecutor and special assistant district attorney in Middlesex County with extensive experience with gun crime; and state Rep. Harold P. Naughton, D-Clinton, who, as chairman of the House Public Safety Committee, is drafting a broad new gun control measure expected to be unveiled next month.
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December 18, 2013

NRA sues Sunnyvale, Calif., over its new ammunition ban

When voters in Sunnyvale, Calif., approved a gun control measure in November, both sides of the gun debate thought it could help their cause nationally.Sunnyvale Mayor Tony Spitaleri, who pushed for the new rules, hoped his city's restrictions would help to convince local and state lawmakers that there was support for gun control. "City by city, if we start doing something, it'll give the base for legislators to stand on and take on these issues," he said in an interview after the vote passed in a 66 percent to 34 percent vote.But gun rights advocates saw the new rules favorably, too. At least, in a way. While other cases could make it to the level of the Supreme Court, Sunnyvale's restrictive rules are particularly suited to get there faster, according to an attorney who represents the pro-gun National Rifle Association. And, to get them there, he just filed a lawsuit against the city.
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December 18, 2013

Barr: Second Amendment resurgence

John Cooke holds two 30-round magazines in his hands. In one hand is a 30-round magazine purchased before July 1st, when Colorado’s new gun laws took effect and banned purchases of magazines larger than 15-rounds. In his other hand is a 30-round magazine that “maybe” (Cooke is not getting into specifics) was purchased after the deadline. Two magazines, virtually identical in every aspect, except one is legal and the other is not. Cooke, who serves as Sheriff of Colorado’s Weld County, says that’s exactly his point. His deputies cannot enforce the law if the law is so vague as to make it practically impossible to distinguish what’s legal from what is illegal. Therefore, Cooke, along with all but seven of Colorado’s 62 elected Sheriffs, are suing to block the law. Last Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. In the year since a lone deranged individual took the lives of 20 children and six adults, more than 1,500 gun bills have been considered by state legislatures across the country. According to USA Today, 109 of these measures became law; adding to President Obama’s recent 23 Executive actions related to control of firearms. Yet, to the dismay of Democrats, many of the laws are having the opposite effect Citizens are rebelling, and Democrats are losing their jobs.
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December 18, 2013

Florida Department of Law Enforcement expects record gun background checks this year

The gift of a gun may be high on many Floridians' holiday shopping lists.The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says it is on target to conduct nearly 1 million background checks this year on private firearm purchases. The projection comes as the department is reporting a record number of reviews conducted over the Thanksgiving weekend that typically kicks off the year-end holiday shopping season.
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December 17, 2013

Rep. Darrell Issa vows tenacious fight for Operation Fast and Furious truths

Rep. Darrell E. Issa is vowing to keep up the heat in the investigation into Operation Fast and Furious, which led to the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry, until accountability is affixed and the family can get closure.
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December 17, 2013

California gun owners warily eye rifle, shotgun database requirement

Starting on Jan. 1, 2014, the California Department of Justice will retain information on long gun purchases, data it had formerly been compelled to destroy within five days. Dealers will need to register purchases with the state.
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December 17, 2013

Connecticut's gun laws hamper business, store owner says

It's been about 10 months since Mike Higgins opened the doors at TGS Outdoors, and while he'd like to hire more employees, he said the state's new gun laws are hindering his business's ability to grow."I'd love to hire more people if I could grow my business, but I don't have the product to sell," Higgins said.
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December 17, 2013

Markey calls for assault weapons ban

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) used the anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre to call for major gun control reforms.
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December 16, 2013

Americans simply not interested in gun control

Dec. 14 is the anniversary of the horrendous Newtown shooting, but despite the best efforts of opportunistic politicians, Americans show little sympathy for proposals to tighten restrictions on guns.In fact, firearms don’t even appear on their list of concerns when asked what worries them by Reason-Rupe pollsters, although big government and politicians do. And when asked directly about tightening gun laws, people say that would have no impact on criminals’ access to guns — a logical position to take, since nothing that’s been proposed so far would have prevented Newtown shooter Adam Lanza from doing what he did.
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December 16, 2013

Sheriffs refuse to enforce laws on gun control

When Sheriff John Cooke of Weld County explains in speeches why he is not enforcing the state’s new gun laws, he holds up two 30-round magazines. One, he says, he had before July 1, when the law banning the possession, sale or transfer of the large-capacity magazines went into effect. The other, he “maybe” obtained afterward.He shuffles the magazines, which look identical, and then challenges the audience to tell the difference.“How is a deputy or an officer supposed to know which is which?” he asks.
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December 16, 2013

National disability group rips BATFE operation, demands reform

A national disability rights group on Friday ripped ATF operations that used mentally disabled people and then charged them, demanding that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder take immediate action.
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December 13, 2013

Gun control dishonesty

Earlier in the year, as the gun-control movement tried clumsily to transform an abomination into a cudgel, the Washington Post’s Kathleen Parker distilled its problem into a single sentence. “Nothing proposed in the gun-control debates would have prevented the mass killing of children at Sandy Hook Elementary School,” Parker contended plainly, “and everybody knows it.”
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December 13, 2013

Return on investment miss: Gun control groups outspent opponents 7 to 1 on TV

In the year after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., gun control groups spent $14.1 million on TV advertising. According to Kantar Media's CMAG, that gave such groups a seven to one advantage over gun rights organizations, which only spent $1.9 million.
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December 13, 2013

Dick Heller challenges D.C.'s gun registration scheme

The District of Columbia will do anything to stop law abiding people from owning firearms to defend themselves.The Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that D.C.'s 30 year handgun ban was unconstitutional in the landmark District of Columbia v. Heller decision. In response, Washington's city council put in place the most onerous gun registration requirement in the country. So Dick Heller is taking D.C. to court again in a case known as "Heller II."
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December 13, 2013

Vermont: Burlington may push gun control despite preemption in 2014

It's against state law to try to regulate guns in the Green Mountain State, but city officials here are looking at what may be a loophole.Burlington wants to be able to confiscate and secure weapons for up to five days following a domestic dispute, and enact other restrictions.City Councilman Norm Blais told Vermont Watchdog the council has the authority to pass new city gun regulations because of a single clause -- "except as otherwise provided by law" -- that proceeds the state law making the firearms regulations illegal in Vermont.
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December 13, 2013

New York: Attorney calls search in SAFE Act arrest illegal

More than three dozen gun rights advocates returned to City Court on Wednesday in a show of support for Paul A. Wojdan, the Lockport man who was charged with violating the state's new SAFE Act on the number of rounds of ammunition in a magazine.Defense attorney James D. Tresmond told City Judge William Watson that he believes the officer overstepped his bounds by opening the gun and searching the magazine. Hearings will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 8 on motions to suppress the search and dismiss the charges.
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December 13, 2013

Alabama, West Virgina sign Right-to-Carry reciprocity agreement

West Virginia and Alabama have agreed to recognize each other's concealed carry handgun permits.West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced the reciprocity agreement on Wednesday in a news release.
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December 13, 2013

Poll: Support for strict gun control drops to pre-Newtown levels

Support for stricter gun-control measures has dropped to its lowest level since last year’s tragic shootings in Newtown, Conn., according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.Fifty-two percent of Americans now say they want stricter laws covering the sale of firearms. By comparison, 38 percent think gun laws should remain the same, and another 8 percent say they should be less strict.
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December 12, 2013

How government officials doom gun registration laws

The problem for gun control advocates is that they keep promising that no way will registration lead to confiscation of firearms, even as it does just that. The Brady Campaign's Dennis A. Henigan accuses the National Rifle Association of peddling "fear" for even raising the possibility. In the New York Times, Charles Blow calls such concerns "cultural paranoia."Yet gun owners seem to have legitimate worries. Hundreds of New York City residents are receiving, and publicizing, letters demanding the surrender, not of scary "assault weapons," whatever arbitrary definition may locally apply to that slippery term, but of target rifles and cowboy guns. Among the forbidden items gleaned from New York City registration lists and ordered to be surrendered or removed from city limits are the bolt-action Marlin 25N, and lever-action Browning 92 and Winchester 94 rifles. Semi-automatic rifles of the plinking variety, such as the AR-7, have been targeted, too.
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