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March 27, 2014

10 Times The California Lawmaker Accused Of Trading Guns For Money Supported Gun Control

State Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) was arrested and charged Wednesday for allegedly accepting contributions in exchange for introducing an undercover agent to an arms dealer.
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March 26, 2014

Court backs S.F.'s gun storage law, hollow-point bullet ban

A federal appeals court refused Tuesday to halt the enforcement of San Francisco laws that require handgun owners to keep their weapons locked when stored at home and ban bullets that expand or splinter on contact, saying they do not interfere with the right to use firearms in self-defense.
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March 26, 2014

‘Does the Second Amendment trump the First?’

Stories about whether one constitutional right “trump[s]” another usually turn on unduly loose understandings of what constitutes a right. This is particularly so in this situation.
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March 26, 2014

R.I. Senator Miller apologizes for responding with an obscenity to gun-rights activist

Sen. Joshua Miller, D-Cranston, has publicly apologized for hurling an expletive at a gun-rights activist during a recent demonstration at the State House.
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March 26, 2014

Illinois: Grant Middle School workbook’s gun-rights description has some up in arms

A workbook used by students at Grant Middle School that has generated controversy among gun-rights supporters has no political agenda and won't be removed from the classroom, Springfield interim Superintendent Bob Hill said Monday.Since the controversy surfaced online last week, Hill said, he's received a handful of calls and more than a dozen emails.Gun-rights supporters claim students at Grant Middle School, 1800 W. Monroe St., are being taught that the Second Amendment permits only strictly regulated, registered gun ownership.
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March 25, 2014

Florida set to pass Pop Tart gun bill to protect kids playing in school

The days of kids playing cops and robbers or cowboys and Indians in the schoolyard may come to an end because of overly zealous “zero tolerance” policies. Over the past year, schools have increasingly punished children for playing games that involve pretend firearms. Now Florida is leading the nation in stopping this madness.
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March 24, 2014

More women exercising Right-to-Carry in Florida

Shelley Levan inhaled calmly as she raised a 9mm Beretta semiautomatic pistol to align its front sight dead center with a paper target hanging several yards in front of her. She then slowly squeezed the trigger.The shot boomed as the bullet went true as did the others that followed in steady succession.Levan hopes never to have to use the handgun on anything but a paper target but she wants to be able to protect herself and those she loves if the need arises.
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March 24, 2014

Illinois: Gun ranges busy, trying to meet demand

Gun range owners around Illinois say they're struggling to keep up with demand as thousands of residents try to meet guidelines to get new concealed carry permits.
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March 21, 2014

Georgia lawmakers pass sweeping gun bill

The fate of a sweeping expansion to Georgia’s gun laws, the subject of much debate and consternation over the course of the past two legislative sessions, was decided in the final hour of the 2014 session late Thursday.
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March 21, 2014

Florida: NRA-backed gun bills hit target in Legislature

A pair of high-profile, NRA-supported guns bills won support Thursday from the Florida House.One proposal seeks to extend Stand Your Ground immunity to people who fire a warning shot or threaten to use other deadly force in cases of self defense.The second bill would prevent children from facing severe punishments for playing with simulated weapons in schools. It specifically permits the use of pastries as pretend pistols.
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March 21, 2014

California: O.C. flooded with nearly 3,000 concealed weapons applications

The staggering backlog of applications for concealed weapons permits in Orange County has grown to almost 3,000 and some applicants said they’ve been told it may be years before their applications are fully processed.
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March 21, 2014

House issues subpoena for BATFE gun sting operation documents

Saying they’ve been stonewalled for a year, the House’s top investigator sent a subpoena Thursday demanding the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives turn over documents on a storefront sting operation that went badly awry.
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March 21, 2014

Dianne Feinstein pushes for semi-automatic rifle import ban based on 45-year-old law

California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein is circulating a letter on Capitol Hill calling once again for a ban on semi-automatic rifles and asking for President Barack Obama to keep his State of the Union promise to make 2014 a “year of action.”
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March 20, 2014

Alabama: Right-to-Carry bill advances

The Alabama Senate is trying to expand gun rights in Alabama by allowing more motorists to carry loaded pistols in their vehicles.
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March 20, 2014

Bloomberg anti-gun group falsely claims victory for Slide Fire’s Chicago billboard ending

Mothers Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, an organization funded by billionaire Michael R. Bloomberg, is falsely claiming a victory for forcing a billboard company to take down a Slide Fire advertisement in Chicago.
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March 20, 2014

Five gun rights cases to watch

The Supreme Court ruled in the 2008 case D.C. v. Heller that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess weapons—or at least commonly used weapons—in the home. In 2010's McDonald v. Chicago, the Court found that states and localities were also barred from violating that right. But those landmark rulings left unsettled a host of important questions about how, when, and why the government can regulate or restrict gun rights.
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March 19, 2014

New Jersey expedites magazine and gun ban; only Chris Christie can stop

The anti-gun politicians that control the New Jersey Legislature are racing to get a magazine and gun ban on Gov. Chris Christie’s desk.A bill that bans magazines over 10 rounds and classifies .22-caliber tube-fed youth rifles as “assault firearms” could hit the governor’s desk as soon as March 27, according to the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs, which is the state’s affiliate for the National Rifle Association (NRA).
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March 19, 2014

California sheriffs see surge in concealed carry permits

Sheriffs in California say they’ve been swamped with requests for concealed carry permits since last month’s court ruling that residents only have to show a desire for self-defense — and little else — in order to take advantage of the right.
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March 19, 2014

Public housing tenants have a right to bear arms, even in common areas

So holds Tuesday’s Delaware Supreme Court decision in Doe v. Wilmington Housing Authority) (Del. Mar. 18, 2014). The court applied the Delaware Constitution’s right to bear arms provision — “A person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and State, and for hunting and recreational use” — and the court noted that this language may justify broader protection than that given by the Second Amendment. Still, the precedent is likely to prove influential in other states as well, since the case deals with having guns for self-defense, which D.C. v. Heller has held is covered by the Second Amendment.
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March 19, 2014

West Virginia: Charleston City council repeals handgun ordinance

The city of Charleston's handgun sales ordinance was eliminated Monday night after Mayor Danny Jones declared the vote an emergency and suspended the rules for a vote. Proposed bills ordinarily are read over the course of two council meetings.
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March 19, 2014

Florida: Senate passes bill to ban gun owner discrimination

The Senate passed a bill that would make it illegal for insurance companies to deny policies or charge higher rates solely based on gun ownership.The bill passed Tuesday on a 36-3 vote.
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March 19, 2014

Gun debate rages on in N.H. House

A bill creating a commission to study gun violence is scheduled to go to the floor of the N.H. House on Wednesday.The bill was introduced by state Rep. Renny Cushing, D-Hampton, as an amendment that replaces a pro-gun bill.Cushing's amendment would create a commission to "study the impact of firearms violence, explore options to strengthen the background check system for firearms sales and consider measures to promote firearms safety."
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March 18, 2014

Federal surveillance policies could lead to gun registry

The National Rifle Association has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in a case in federal court in New York challenging the federal government’s data surveillance techniques, arguing the data collection violates the First Amendment and could undermine federal privacy laws that prohibit the formation of a registry of firearms or gun owners.
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March 18, 2014

With delay of surgeon general, NRA flexes election-year clout in Senate

Pressure from the National Rifle Association is helping delay the nomination of President Obama’s nominee to be the U.S. surgeon general as the influence of the gun rights group adds another factor to what figures to be a difficult midterm election season for Democrats.
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March 18, 2014

Gun control supporters turn to new front

The American gun control movement is going corporate.Still reeling from the stinging legislative defeats of 2013, proponents of tougher firearm regulations are increasingly turning their focus to private sector campaigns.
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March 18, 2014

California fight over concealed carry could head to high court

California is shaping up to be the next major battleground over the Second Amendment, as gun rights activists in the nation's most populous state push for loosening concealed carry laws.
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March 18, 2014

Arizona Senate committee approves 5 pro-gun bills

An Arizona Senate committee approved five major pro-gun bills on Monday, advancing what Republicans call necessary legislation to protect Second Amendment rights but what Democrats say is unnecessary and a waste of time.
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March 18, 2014

Rhode Island: Gun control debate returns to Statehouse

The debate over gun control is returning to the Rhode Island Statehouse, but it's unclear if anything has changed from last year, when a proposal to ban the sale of semi-automatic weapons fell flat.
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March 13, 2014

Chris Cox: Why the NRA opposes president's pick for surgeon general

NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox spoke to Fox News' Megyn Kelly and outlined why the NRA strongly opposes President Obama's nominee for Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy. 
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March 13, 2014

The thin blue line asks for help from gun owners

When President Obama makes a pitch for more gun-control laws, he likes to have a phalanx of blue-uniformed police officers behind him.These press conferences are supposed to convince us that law enforcement believes more restrictions on Second Amendment rights makes society safer. But Mr. Obama’s visual is a deception, because only a few liberal, big-city police chiefs continue to put politics over public safety.
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March 13, 2014

Idaho: Governor signs gun bill into law

Students, staff and visitors are now cleared to bring concealed guns onto Idaho's college and university campuses.Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter signed the bill into law Wednesday.
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March 13, 2014

Georgia: Senate panel approves narrower gun bill

One of two versions of a major gun bill in the Georgia Legislature won approval Wednesday from a state Senate committee, setting up negotiations with the House with only three days left in this year’s legislative session.
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March 13, 2014

New York high school student suspended for NRA pro-2nd Amendment T-shirt

A high school student in upstate New York was suspended for wearing an NRA T-shirt that touted the second amendment after he refused to turn it inside out or cover the words with duct tape.
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March 12, 2014

NRA Seeks To Block Gun Magazine Ban

The National Rifle Association is asking Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to block enforcement of a California city ordinance that bans gun magazines capable of holding more than 10 bullets.
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March 12, 2014

Arizona bill could penalize cities for gun laws

The Arizona House of Representatives will debate a bill that would impose fines on cities and towns that enforce gun ordinances stricter than the state's own laws.
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March 6, 2014

NRA head Wayne LaPierre rips press, 'political elites' for feeling of American decline

National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre delivered a blistering campaign-style speech Thursday, blaming the media and gun-controlproponents for a decline in American economic standing and for threatening "God-given" gun rights. "You feel it in your heart, you know it in your gut: Something has gone wrong" in America, LaPierre told a packed audience at theConservative Political Action Conference. "Neighborhood streets once filled with skateboards ... and laughter in the air are now filled with silence." LaPierre, who received the loudest applause of any speakers so far at the conference, put the blame squarely on the media and "political elites," saying that Americans feel their freedoms "slipping away."
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March 6, 2014

Massachusetts: Gun licenses on the rise, as state considers stricter laws

The number of residents holding gun licenses in Massachusetts communities north of Boston climbed last year, continuing a long- term trend, as the state considers stricter laws that would give police chiefs more power to deny licenses to people.
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March 6, 2014

California: Judge allows Sunnyvale magazine ban

A federal judge on Wednesday allowed Sunnyvale to enforce a voter-approved ban on large-capacity gun magazines, saying it would have little impact on the constitutional right to possess firearms for self-defense. The ruling comes two weeks after another judge rejected gun advocates' attempt to block a similar law in San Francisco.
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March 6, 2014

California: Sheriff receives $1.5 million to process concealed-weapons applications

Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens received $1.5 million from the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to help process a flood of applications for concealed-weapons permits, though she said she doesn't believe it will be a regular annual request.
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March 6, 2014

Kentucky: Senate OKs online concealed carry applications

A bill aimed at creating an online application for Kentuckians wanting licenses to carry concealed weapons has been passed by the state Senate.
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