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Anti-Gun Researcher Says Handgun Control's Claims Are Bogus

Monday, March 5, 2001

Has the Brady Act -- named after Sarah Brady, the Chair of Handgun Control, Inc. (HCI) -- caused crime to decrease? According to HCI, predictably, the answer is a resounding "yes." In a press release dated Feb. 28, 2001, HCI claimed: "A new study in California confirms what common sense has said all along: background checks on handgun purchases help reduce violent crime. 'We know from previous research that thousands of lives have been saved by the background checks required by the Brady Law, which has blocked firearms sales to more than 600,000 felons and other prohibited purchasers since 1994. This new study shows that background checks could be even more effective if they also blocked purchases by people convicted of all violent misdemeanors,' said Michael D. Barnes, President of Handgun Control. The study was conducted by public health researchers at the University of California-Davis and published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association." Baloney, according to Garen L. Wintemute, the author of the study in question ("Subsequent Criminal Activity Among Violent Misdemeanants Who Seek to Purchase Handguns") and a long-time advocate of restrictions on the right to arms. In a response posted on the Gun Policy News website, Wintemute says: "As the author of the study . . . I take strong issue with Mr. Barnes' statement that 'thousands of lives have been saved' by Brady. There is no evidence of this, other than an entirely misleading piece of work conducted by Mr. Barnes' organization. In fact, it has been proven that Brady could not possibly have saved thousands of lives. This evidence has also been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (December 6, 2000, Vol 284, pp 2719-2720)."
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New Hampshire Governor Signs Constitutional Carry Into Law

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

New Hampshire Governor Signs Constitutional Carry Into Law

Measure Effective Immediately. Today was a great victory for gun owners in New Hampshire when Gov. Chris Sununu signed Senate Bill 12 into law, allowing law-abiding New Hampshirites to carry their firearms in the manner that ...

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Ignores Heller: No Protection for Guns It Deems “Dangerous”

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Ignores Heller: No Protection for Guns It Deems “Dangerous”

Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinions in Heller and McDonald, many of the lower U.S. courts have been making up their own rules when it comes to the Second Amendment. Tuesday’s outrageous opinion by ...

Kentucky: Senate Constitutional/Permitless Carry Legislation Amended

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Kentucky: Senate Constitutional/Permitless Carry Legislation Amended

Today, Senator Robin Webb (D-18) offered a strike and insert amendment to constitutional/permitless carry legislation, Senate Bill 7.

Hawaii: Anti-Gun Legislation Passes Committee

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Hawaii: Anti-Gun Legislation Passes Committee

SB 898, sponsored by state Senator Ronald Kouchi (D-8), would permanently strip an individual of their Second Amendment rights, not based on a criminal conviction or mental adjudication, but based on a quasi-criminal proceeding.  The ...

North Dakota: Important Self-Defense Bills Pass House

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

North Dakota: Important Self-Defense Bills Pass House

Today, February 21, two important pro-gun bills passed the House of Representatives.  House Bill 1169, the constitutional/permitless carry bill, passed the House with a 83-9 vote and House Bill 1310, the school carry bill, passed ...

New Hampshire: Governor Sununu Signs Constitutional/Permitless Carry Bill Into Law!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

New Hampshire: Governor Sununu Signs Constitutional/Permitless Carry Bill Into Law!

Today, in a private signing ceremony, Governor Chris Sununu signed Senate Bill 12 into law.  Similar legislation had been vetoed by former Governor Maggie Hassan for two years in a row, but thanks to your active involvement, ...

West Virginia: Pro-Carry Legislation Introduced

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

West Virginia: Pro-Carry Legislation Introduced

Multiple pro-gun bills were introduced this week in the West Virginia Legislature that seek to provide protections to West Virginians who choose to carry a firearm for self-defense. 

South Dakota: Bill Attempting to Silence NRA Passed by House Committee

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

South Dakota: Bill Attempting to Silence NRA Passed by House Committee

Today, the House Judiciary Committee heard and passed House Bill 1200 by a 9-3 vote. 

Washington: Anti-Gun Legislation Could be Heard on the Floor Next Week

Friday, February 24, 2017

Washington: Anti-Gun Legislation Could be Heard on the Floor Next Week

As early as next week, the Washington House of Representatives could hear and vote on House Bill 1122 and House Bill 1483.

Iowa: Pro-Gun Bill Passes Subcommittee

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Iowa: Pro-Gun Bill Passes Subcommittee

Today, House Study Bill 133, the omnibus bill which would make many pro-gun reforms for Iowa gun owners, passed its subcommittee hearing.  HSB 133 will now go to the full House Judiciary Committee for further consideration.  ...

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