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November 18, 2013

Holder seeks Fast and Furious appeal

Attorney General Eric Holder is seeking an appeal to a judge's ruling that allows the House of Representatives to proceed with contempt charges over the Justice Department program Operation Fast and Furious.Holder is being held in contempt by the House for refusing to turn over documents about the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' gun tracking program that allowed thousands of weapons to flow to Mexican drug cartels. The Obama administration invoked executive privilege to keep sealed some records over their response to Fast and Furious. The House Government Oversight and Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa, R California, subsequently voted to hold Holder in contempt last year.
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November 18, 2013

New York: Gov. Andrew Cuomo's new gun control law targets gun makers

Gov. Cuomo's tough new gun law has put a target on the state's gun makers.Cities, counties and states from across the country have been making lucrative pitches to New York's firearms companies, urging them to relocate. Their argument: They have a gun friendly atmosphere, and New York does not.
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November 18, 2013

Michigan: Senate approves bill to lift ban on short-barreled shotguns and rifles

The Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved legislation that would lift the state's ban on short barreled shotguns and rifles.Sponsoring state Sen. Mike Green, R Mayville, said that Senate Bill 610 would align Michigan with more than 40 other states that allow residents to own such guns if they meet federal requirements.
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November 18, 2013

Ohio: Right-to-Carry permits hit record

A third quarter report released yesterday by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine shows that 82,186 new permits were issued this year through Sept. 30 -- a record for the state, which has been issuing permits since April 2004. The total is 17,536 more than in all of 2012.
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November 18, 2013

Twenty years of putting nonsense first

When your stock and trade is irrational logic, you publish the same stuff.An example of such irrationality was recently whelped by a politicized organization now called the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (LCPGV). They were originally called the Legal Community Against Violence, though both names are misleading given that their stated goal is enacting lots of gun control laws, not anti violence laws. In a knee jerk reaction to a crazy person murdering people in a law firm one tragic day in San Francisco, this band of local liberal litigators took it upon themselves to develop novel theories, imposing liability on gun manufacturers for the criminal misuse of their products and inventing/promoting legislation designed to reduce the availability of guns. In the 20 years since then, they have effectively become the law firm for the gun ban lobby.
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November 18, 2013

Guam: Castle Doctrine bill sent back to committee

It was earlier this week when 39 bills and resolutions were passed by lawmakers and now make their way to Adelup for final signature from Governor Eddie Calvo. One measure however didn't go up for vote as Senator Tony Ada himself decided to send his Bill 146 relative to the castle doctrine back to committee.
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November 15, 2013

Connecticut: New gun laws have negative impact on hunters

A couple of days before heading north to hunt moose in Vermont, I stopped by a local gun store for a box of ammunition, only to find out the store could not legally sell me the bullets because I didn't have a pile of newly required permits in hand. To my surprise and dismay, a hunting license, which is earned by passing a rigorous 12 hour class, is no longer sufficient "hoop jumping" to buy bullets in Connecticut.
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November 14, 2013

Massachusetts: Gun groups angry over Swampscott official's idea

Under Massachusetts law, gun owners are required to keep their weapons stored in a locked container or locked in some other way. During the selectmen's discussion last week, Selectman Barry Greenfield asked the town's legal counsel to provide an opinion on whether that provision could be locally enforced."We need the ability to enforce the state law," Greenfield said, accord ing to Patch's coverage of the meeting on Nov. 6, before asking if police in Swampscott, a town of about 14,000 people on the North Shore, would have the authority to inspect gun storage. Would it be legal, Greenfield asked, for police to make sure gun owners are complying with those standards?
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November 14, 2013

Vermont Federation of Sportmen's Clubs decries gun control event

The Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs is criticizing the city of Burlington for allowing a gun legislation event to be held in City Hall on Veterans Day."The federation holds it is disheartening that the mayor and city council would allow any activist events to take place in the city council chambers on Veterans Day," Vice President Evan Hughes wrote in a statement on behalf of the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, which is the state's National Rifle Association affiliate and a group that has spoken out against gun related legislation.
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November 14, 2013

Giving guns a shot: Women and firearms

Record levels of women are picking up rifles, shotguns and handguns. But the women behind the magazines and barrels aren't your stereotypical gunslingers; instead they're moms, doctors, lawyers and secretaries. The one thing they have in common is their decision to exercise their second amendment right to bear arms.
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November 13, 2013

Connecticut: Pistol permits jump after shooting

Pistol permit applications in Newtown skyrocketed in the five months after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December, exceeding the entire totals for both 2011 and 2012.
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November 13, 2013

Massachusetts: Gun owners want the violence to stop also

The 17,000 members of the Gun Owners Action League of Massachusetts, of whom I represent as executive director, do not believe simply passing more gun control laws will help stop killers or reduce gun crime in any way. What we do know will reduce gun violence is targeting criminals. By reforming our state and federal gun statutes to create simple, enforceable laws that respect our civil rights and give law enforcement the tools necessary to implement them — gun violence will decrease.
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November 13, 2013

New York: SAFE Act stance helps Howard win 3rd term as Erie County sheriff

Four words that he uttered at a news conference last May helped Timothy B. Howard win a third term as Erie County sheriff.The words were “I won’t enforce it,” and Howard was talking about the SAFE Act, a controversial new state firearms law that has outraged gun owners.
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November 12, 2013

Halbrook: What made the Nazi Holocaust possible? Gun control

This week marks the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, or the Night of the Broken Glass, the Nazi pogrom against Germany's Jews on Nov. 9 10, 1938. Historians have documented most everything about it except what made it so easy to attack the defenseless Jews without fear of resistance. Their guns were registered and thus easily confiscated.
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November 12, 2013

California: Brown mum on ammo bill

Legislation that would limit the sale of bullets was nearing final passage in September when the bill's author delayed an Assembly floor vote to await the outcome of negotiations with Brown, who had vetoed an earlier measure.
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November 12, 2013

Gonzaga students could face expulsion for using gun to fend off intruder

Two Gonzaga University students could be suspended or even expelled after using a handgun to defend themselves from an intruder in their university owned apartment, an act which the university says violates the school's weapons policy.
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November 12, 2013

Florida: Leon County wants dealers to help implement gun control

The Leon County Commission is trying to pressure gun dealers into helping to implement a proposed gun control ordinance.Recently, commissioners were telling us there wasn't any action going on with regard to a proposed "gun show loophole" ordinance. In fact, some even claimed "there is no proposed ordinance at all." Some even suggested they simply wanted to receive our comments for discussion at the January commission meeting.Turns out, that isn't the full story. What they're really up to is trying to pressure gun dealers into implementing the gun control ordinance for them.
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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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