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November 12, 2013

Mexico: Civilians arm themselves against drug cartel

For lime grower Hipolito Mora, it was time to organize and pick up arms when a packing company controlled by a brutal drug cartel refused to buy his fruit. For Bishop Miguel Patino Velazquez, it was seeing civilians forced to fight back with their own guns that made him speak out. For Leticia, a lime picker too afraid of retribution to give her last name, it was the day she saw a taxi driver kidnapped in front of his two young children that convinced her to join those taking the law into their own hands.
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November 12, 2013

Massachusetts: Swampscott selectman suggests warrantless home gun inspections

The selectman said state law requires Massachusetts gun owners to keep their firearms locked away or rendered inoperable.The problem, he said, is that police do not have the authority, granted by a local ordinance, to enforce the law and inspect the safeguarding of guns at the homes of the 600 registered gun owners in town.
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November 12, 2013

Massachusetts: Selectman could use refresher on Constitution

“We’re from the government and we’re here to inspect your guns!”In America, it sounds crazy. Here in Massachusetts, it’s just another day in liberal paradise.Last week, Swampscott Selectman Barry Greenfield proposed the idea of mandatory home inspections for the town’s 600 licensed gun owners. He mentioned the Newtown massacre. He mentioned children’s safety.There is no record, however, of Selectman Greenfield mentioning the Constitution.
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November 8, 2013

Michael Bloomberg's anti-gun group socked with election defeats

Nearly 10 percent of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun group Mayors Against Illegal Guns retired from their job or were sacked in Tuesday’s elections, including the organization’s two leaders: Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.Some 95 key members of the group that targets and criticizes lawmakers backed by the National Rifle Association are losing their title of “mayor.” According to an election review of Bloomberg's membership list of about 1,000, three quit the group, 69 retired from their jobs, and 23 were rejected by voters.
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November 8, 2013

The Bungling Kingmaker

‘Of all tyrannies,” C. S. Lewis wrote mordantly in God in the Dock, “a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.” New Yorkers might nod appreciatively at this sentiment, for in his political maturity this is the sort of tyrant that outgoing mayor Michael Bloomberg fitfully became. Bored and superfluous in a mistaken third term, Bloomberg took to focusing on the picayune and the frivolous, in a style that was unlikely to win him many friends. It is, after all, one thing to tell people in detail how they must live, and quite another to imply that their opposition is a sign of unseriousness. And the latter conviction is one that Bloomberg is not afraid to share with his critics.
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November 8, 2013

Florida House panel rejects bid to repeal 'stand your ground' law

The House Criminal Justice subcommittee heard more than three hours of testimony before voting 11 2 to kill the bid by Rep. Alan Williams, D Tallahassee, to erase the 2005 law.
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November 8, 2013

California: Court overturns limit on ammunition sales

In a setback for gun control advocates, a state appeals court has barred enforcement of a California law that would require all purchases of ammunition "principally for use" in handguns to be made in person rather than by mail order or on the Internet.
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November 7, 2013

California: NRA ready to contest tough new gun limits

Sunnyvale voters overwhelmingly passed one of the nation's toughest gun laws Tuesday, prompting the National Rifle Association to threaten a federal lawsuit to block it.
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November 7, 2013

Florida: Hearing to review 'Stand Your Ground' law set for Thursday

Five hours have been set aside for Thursday's "stand your ground" hearing in the Florida House, where changes to the law, including its repeal, will be considered.
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November 7, 2013

Florida: House chairman says no 'Stand Your Ground' changes advancing on his watch

The House lawmaker overseeing criminal justice made it clear on the eve of a hearing into Florida's 'stand your ground' law that he doesn't support any changes.
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November 7, 2013

Kansas: Topeka considers restricting concealed carry in cars

Topeka’s governing body is being asked to reverse the decision it made this past December to allow loaded guns to be transported in vehicles.
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November 7, 2013

Vermont: Hunters spend $292 million every year

The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says hunters contribute $292 million to the state's economy every year.The state says a survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Census Bureau determined that hunters spend $39 million on travel, $190 million on equipment and $62 million on other items.
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November 6, 2013

Illinois: Rush is on for Right-to-Carry classes

The rush is on by residents to take gun training classes so they can get state licenses to carry loaded handguns in public.In July, the Firearm Concealed Carry Act became law in Illinois, the last state to pass such a law. The gun training is a requirement to apply for a state concealed carry license. The state expects to make license applications available in January.
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November 6, 2013

Florida: Talk of gun sales ordinance draws barrage of critical emails

Gun rights advocates around the country have inundated Leon County commissioners with emails against a proposed ordinance restricting gun sales in public places.Last week, the commission discussed an ordinance that would require gun sales by private individuals in public places to include a background check and up to a five day waiting period. The next day, former National Rifle Association President Marion Hammer called on NRA members to voice their opposition.
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November 6, 2013

Illinois: House panel OKs system to regulate carrying concealed weapons

A House committee is approving $33 million to set up a program for regulating the carrying of concealed firearms.
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November 6, 2013

DC again asks judge to uphold gun laws

District of Columbia officials are again asking a judge to uphold gun registration requirements put in place after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the city's decades old ban on handguns in 2008.Lawyers for the city filed a document Tuesday in federal court in Washington asking a judge to uphold requirements including that anyone who wants to register a gun must be fingerprinted and photographed and complete a safety or training course. After the Supreme Court ruling five years ago the city put in place new requirements for registering a gun in the city. Residents were limited to registering one pistol per month, and the city also banned assault weapons.
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November 5, 2013

Canada: Gun safety courses deal with surge in registrations following repeal of long-gun registry

Firearms instructors are scrambling to cope with a sudden increase in demand for gun safety courses.Enrolment has jumped by more than 20 per cent in the past year as younger hunters and more women head into the woods and to shooting ranges.The end of the federal long gun registry also plays a role in the upswing, says firearms instructor Bob Kierstead. He says the creation of the firearms registry by the federal government in 1993 turned young people away from hunting and the use of guns.
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November 5, 2013

Right-to-Carry in Seattle libraries

Starting Monday, people will be allowed to bring guns into Seattle public libraries.The board of the library system said it did not have a choice but to remove the ban on guns that has been in place for a number of years.
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November 5, 2013

California: Sunnyvale voters to decide gun control Measure C

In one of the Bay Area's more disputed ballot battles of 2013, Sunnyvale voters on Tuesday might decide to go much further than state lawmakers and the governor did this year in imposing new gun controls.
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November 5, 2013

Gun rights advocates and gun restriction proponents meet at Cooley Law School for symposium

Advocates on both sides of the debate over gun control gathered at Cooley Law School in Lansing this week to determine whether there is some "common ground" in the controversy. The symposium, entitled World Views Collide: A Panel of Experts Debate on Guns in America, was hosted by the Law Review at Cooley and included experts from around the United States.
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November 4, 2013

NRA challenges improper data collection

Gun rights groups are throwing their weight behind efforts on Capitol Hill to rein in the National Security Agency (NSA).The National Rifle Association (NRA) is among a number of groups that have signed on to an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lawsuit against the secretive government agency.
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November 4, 2013

Right-to-Carry training underway in Illinois

Since the Illinois State Police began releasing the names of instructors eligible to teach state mandated concealed carry courses, residents have been filling up classes that will qualify them to carry guns in public.
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November 4, 2013

Georgia: Lawsuit challenges self-defense law

The suit filed Friday asks the federal courts to find Georgia's law unconstitutional because it is too broad and vague.
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November 1, 2013

Colorado school allowing teachers to carry handguns

A rural school here will allow teachers to carry concealed guns to keep students safe.Briggsdale School, which educates students from preschool to 12th grade, is about a 20 minute drive from the nearest police station, administrators say. And that's a problem if a shooter were to target the school.
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November 1, 2013

Jury acquits Florida sheriff who freed gun-toting man

A Florida sheriff was acquitted on Thursday of charges that he committed misconduct and falsified public records when he freed a jailed man who carried a loaded gun without a permit.Suspended Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch, 51, had testified that he released Floyd Parrish from jail because he had a constitutional duty to uphold the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
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October 31, 2013

W.Va. concealed carry permits now honored by 36 other states

West Virginia will now legally recognize concealed carry handgun permits issued by the states of Iowa and New Hampshire.Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced the reciprocity agreement Wednesday in Charleston. He says it brings the total number of states that will honor West Virginia's concealed carry permits to 36.
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October 31, 2013

Oregon: St. Helens School District lifts ban on teachers with guns

Teachers are now allowed to carry guns at school in St. Helens.The St. Helens School District School Board voted Wednesday to lift a ban on staff members carrying guns on school property.The board banned teachers, as well as volunteers and other staff members, from bringing firearms to school in March.
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October 31, 2013

University of Kentucky students lobbying for Right-to-Carry on campus

A group of students at the University of Kentucky are pushing to allow students to carry concealed weapons on campus.Students for Concealed Carry set up a table and banners and handed out fliers on campus Tuesday in protest of the school's ban of guns on campus. Members of the group wore empty holsters to symbolize their efforts.
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October 31, 2013

Some blame New York gun law for Rochester gun company's move to S.C.

Gun rights advocates blamed Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers for a second firearms company deciding to move out of New York since enactment of the SAFE Act, but gun control groups dismissed their criticism.American Tactical Imports, a Rochester company that makes and imports firearms and ammunition, announced this week it will move to South Carolina. The company said it will start the re location effort next month.That state's governor has boasted about the company's decision. The company said it will bring or create 117 jobs in South Carolina.
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October 31, 2013

The NRA has sold 1 million basic pistol handbooks

The National Rifle Association is perhaps best known for gun ownership rights and lobbying hard against any efforts to limit those rights. How many individuals consider the NRA a great publishing house? Apparently, the answer to that is more than one million. This is also a testament to just how strong gun sales have been up until recently.
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October 30, 2013

Obama administration holding regular meetings with gun control groups

President Barack Obama's behind the scenes plans for gun control go on but without Vice President Joe Biden.Biden, the White House's public face of and private force behind the push for new gun control laws, and his chief of staff, Bruce Reed, are no longer involved in the long term planning between the White House and major gun violence prevention groups, officials from several organizations tell POLITICOThe vice president's disappearance from an issue he'd been spearheading is a clear signal of how much the focus has shifted from passing gun control legislation in Congress to winning reforms at state capitols and building local networks that can pressure and help elect members of Congress over the long term. The background checks bill Obama championed in the Senate isn't going to get another vote after falling short in April unless several senators publicly change their mind, aides to senators involved in gun control discussions say.Officials from the White House Office of Public Engagement, which reports to senior Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, are now carrying the administration's gun control efforts. OPE officials hold a regular meeting with the major gun control groups known as the Gun Violence Table.
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October 30, 2013

Ted Cruz, Louie Gohmert defend self-defense laws

Sen. Ted Cruz defended stand your ground laws today at a hearing on self defense legislation, arguing that Washington should leave such decisions to the states.Rep. Louie Gohmert, R Tyler, who testified at the Senate hearing, echoed Cruz on that point. "Let's leave state criminal law to the consideration of state legislatures," he said.
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October 30, 2013

San Francisco: Supervisors pass tough limit on magazines

San Francisco reaffirmed its strict position on gun control Tuesday when the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a bill banning the possession of large capacity magazines.The approval came weeks after Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a statewide proposal to ban the sale or possession of semiautomatic rifles capable of holding a detachable ammunition magazine.Supervisor Malia Cohen's legislation expands on an existing San Francisco law making it illegal to sell firearms with magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds.
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October 30, 2013

Revised legislation would further change Ohio gun law

An Ohio House committee on Tuesday made a number of changes to legislation to alter the state's gun laws, including language that would offer a financial incentive to some who successfully challenge local firearm ordinances.
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October 29, 2013

Lott: In defense of stand your ground laws

As Sen. Dick Durbin's (D-Ill.) Judiciary subcommittee hears testimony on "stand your ground" laws Tuesday, charges of racial discrimination will be the central focus. Two black women, one of them Trayvon Martin's mom, are expected to testify about losing their sons to gunshots by white or Hispanic men. It's anticipated that a Harvard law professor will also emphasize race.This racial angle is nothing new. President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have already weighed in, linking race and these laws.Nevertheless, Trayvon Martin's tragic death, which motivated this debate, had nothing to do with stand your ground laws. These laws allow people who face serious bodily harm or death to defend themselves without first having to retreat as far as possible. George Zimmerman was on his back and had no option to retreat, so the law was completely irrelevant.Who benefits from the law? Actually, since poor blacks who live in high crime urban areas are the most likely victims of crime, they are also the ones who benefit the most from stand your ground laws. The laws make it easier for would be victims to protect themselves when the police can't arrive fast enough. Therefore, rules that make self defense more difficult disproportionately impact blacks.
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October 29, 2013

Mississippi: Department of Public Safety drops $6 photo fee on concealed-carry gun permit

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety on Monday dropped the $6 photo fee it tacked onto the charge for a concealed carry gun permit starting July 1, and it's working to refund the money to anyone who has already paid it, spokesman Warren Strain said.
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October 29, 2013

Electronic filing of ammunition sales logs with LAPD proposed

A pilot program requiring the sellers of ammunition to send the Los Angeles Police Department electronic reports of all sales is being launched in the hopes of taking the program citywide.Currently, stores that sell ammunition are required to keep logs, though they are printed, and it requires the LAPD to deploy officers to inspect the logs. Under the new proposal, stores would send in electronic versions of the ammo logs, probably on a weekly basis.
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October 28, 2013

Va. poll: Majority view NRA favorably

A majority of Virginians view the National Rifle Association favorably, according to a poll conducted for the gun lobby.The October survey, shared with POLITICO, asked 800 likely voters in the governor's race if they generally agree with the goals and objectives of the NRA.
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October 28, 2013

California: Firearms on ballot in suburb

Sunnyvale voters on Nov. 5 will decide on Measure C, a wide ranging gun control ordinance that cracks down on gun possession and ammunition sales. If it passes, Sunnyvale gun owners would be required to report firearm theft to the police within 48 hours, lock up their guns at home and get rid of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. In addition, gun dealers would have to keep logs of ammunition sales.The NRA has threatened to sue if the measure passes, claiming it violates the Second Amendment and overlaps with existing state laws.
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October 28, 2013

Demolishing guns and common sense

In the course of their duties, Chicago police come into possession of all sorts of contraband: jewelry, video games, bicycles, cars. They sell the stuff through online auctions that are open to the public. They also confiscate some 10,000 firearms each year, with an estimated value of $2 million. They sell them and put the $2 million through a shredder.Just kidding. It would be insane to shred large stacks of perfectly good money. What they actually do is destroy the guns. That way, there's no money to destroy.
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