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April 14, 2014

SAFE Act gun showdown

Come Tuesday, owners of assault weapons in New York will be faced with a choice: Register those firearms with the state or potentially face a felony charge.Some gun owners have long threatened to ignore a requirement to register assault weapons under the SAFE Act, a set of strict gun laws approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers last year.
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April 14, 2014

As many as one million armed New Yorkers are about to break the law

This year April 15 is more than the tax deadline for an estimated one million New York State residents. It’s also the deadline to register “assault weapons” and “high-capacity” magazines. If they don’t, they’ll begin living outside the law. A lot of them have decided to do just that. They’ve decided to practice civil disobedience even though failure to register an “assault weapon” by the deadline is punishable as a “class A misdemeanor,” which means a maximum sentence of one year in prison.
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April 11, 2014

Connecticut mayor quits MAIG

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton resigned Wednesday from Mayors Against Illegal Guns, an affiliation that has brought him grief from gun owners in the six-way race for the Republican nomination for governor.
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April 10, 2014

Smart guns are dumb

Addressing the assembled congressmen in his inimitable style last Friday, Attorney General Holder told a House appropriations subcommittee that he wished to “explore” the opportunities that might arise were he to be given millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money and a copy of the movie Skyfall.
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April 10, 2014

Florida House bill would allow carrying guns without a permit during riots, natural disasters

Under a bill backed by the National Rifle Association and other gun groups, riots could be the newest safe haven for those carrying firearms without a permit.HB 209, which is expected to be voted on Friday by the Florida House, would allow people with clean criminal backgrounds to conceal firearms without a permit during emergencies — including riots and civil unrest like the 1996 racial disturbances that rocked south St. Petersburg — declared by the governor or local officials.
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April 10, 2014

Nebraska: Bill to prevent Nebraska governors from restricting gun sales in emergency moves to final vote

The Nebraska Legislature is set to take a final vote on a measure that would prevent governors from restricting gun sales in a state emergency.
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April 10, 2014

Louisiana House advances bill to allow some guns in bars, restaurants

The Louisiana House on Wednesday (April 9) passed a bill that would allow off-duty law enforcement to carry their guns into bars. The bill would also allow concealed handgun permit holders to bring their guns into restaurants that serve alcohol, but make the majority of their money from food sales.
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April 9, 2014

Bill advances to allow Florida gun owners to carry concealed during evacuations

The Community Affairs Committee voted 8-1 to pass SB 296, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, that would remove any criminal penalties for those found carrying weapons in public without a permit during evacuations ordered by the governor.
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April 9, 2014

Tennessee: Senate votes to allow more carry options

The Tennessee Senate approved a bill Tuesday that would let gun owners carry their weapons openly without a permit.
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April 9, 2014

Colorado: Gun control proponent challenged in court

A gun control expert and proponent of background checks had a tough time defending his case in Colorado's gun control trial.Monday was day six in the federal trial brought by 31 Colorado pro-gun groups and people who claim that three bills regulating gun use in Colorado are unconstitutional.
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April 9, 2014

Holder blames gun lobby for contempt of Congress vote

Attorney General Eric Holder blamed “the gun lobby” for being behind his 2012 contempt vote in Congress, in one of many heated exchanges with House Republicans Tuesday.
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April 8, 2014

Chicagoans no longer disarmed, defenseless

A 53-year-old man was confronted by two armed hoodlums outside his Chicago home in the wee hours of Saturday morning.He might have become another name on the annual roll of hundreds of Chicago residents murdered every year. But he had a legal gun of his own, fought back and survived. He can thank one Otis McDonald.
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April 8, 2014

Juan Williams wants a gun-free America

On April 5th, appearing on Fox Business Network's Cashin' In, Juan Williams reacted to Army Spc. Ivan Lopez's heinous crime at Fort Hood by saying he wants "America to be a gun-free zone."
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April 8, 2014

Eric Holder wants to explore "smart gun" technology

“By making them either through finger print identification, the gun talks to a bracelet or something that you might wear, how guns can be used only by the person who is lawfully in possession of the weapon.”“It’s those kinds of things that I think we want to try to explore so that we can make sure that people have the ability to enjoy their Second Amendment rights, but at the same time decreasing the misuse of weapons that lead to the kinds of things that we see on a daily basis,” Holder said.
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April 7, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder: We Want to Explore Gun Tracking Bracelets

Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday that gun tracking bracelets are something the Justice Department (DOJ) wants to “explore” as part of its gun control efforts. When discussing gun violence prevention programs within the DOJ, Holder told a House appropriations subcommittee that his agency is looking into technological innovations.
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April 7, 2014

Otis McDonald, 1933-2014: Fought Chicago's gun ban

Otis McDonald forever will be known as the man who brought down Chicago's gun ban.After a long illness, he died Friday, April 4, at the age of 80.
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April 7, 2014

NRA’s quest to expand gun rights takes it to court

The San Diego County sheriff denied Edward Peruta a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Christopher Haga’s gun collection was seized, and he was charged with crimes after he was mistakenly linked to a theft of assault weapons from a Fresno-area military base.
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April 7, 2014

New York: Gun advocates expect few registrations for April 15 SAFE deadline

Many New York gun owners expect the April 15 deadline to register assault weapons under the state’s strict new law to be largely ignored.“People are pretty much convinced once they get on this registration, the next time they’ll say they’ve got to turn them in,” said Stephen Aldstadt, president of the Shooters Committee on Political Education, who helped organize a protest at the Capitol this past week against the law.
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April 4, 2014

Chris Cox: Bob Costas shoots his mouth off, again

It’s always awkward when sportscasters stray from their field of expertise and pontificate on political and social issues. Bob Costas, building on his previous efforts in this regard, recently took this awkwardness to a whole new level.
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April 4, 2014

Lott: Michael Bloomberg, gun control and fabricated numbers

No doubt, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg passionately believes in gun control. To his credit, he puts his own money — tens of millions of dollars, and possibly much more — into pushing the issue politically.But Bloomberg's push hasn't been just political advertising, lobbying and media appearances. He also funds studies that have gone overboard in backing up his anti-gun beliefs.
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April 4, 2014

Hawaii firearm registrations set record in 2013

A record number of firearms were registered in Hawaii last year, prolonging a run of steady increases since 2000, the state attorney general’s office said in a report released Thursday.
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April 4, 2014

Louisiana: House OKs hunting with suppressors

Hunters should be able to outfit their rifles and shotguns with sound suppressors to hunt birds and other wild animals, according to a bill passed Wednesday in the Louisiana House.
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April 4, 2014

Sen. Moran calls on President Obama to halt efforts to implement U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

Today, the first anniversary of the majority-rule adoption by the U.N. General Assembly of the United Nations’ Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) again expressed frustration with the administration’s decision to sign U.N. ATT, their failure to respond to the bipartisan letter he led last fall, and their new efforts to implement the treaty without first obtaining the advice and consent of the Senate.
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April 4, 2014

Congressional members slam BATFE director in hearing on gun stings

In his first appearance before Congress as ATF director, B. Todd Jones faced blistering bipartisan questioning Wednesday about mistakes and failures in undercover storefront operations in Milwaukee and across the nation.
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April 3, 2014

Miss. creating tax-free weekend for guns, ammo

Mississippi will remove its 7 percent state sales tax on guns, ammunition, archery equipment and some hunting supplies the first weekend of each September.
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April 3, 2014

Kansas Senate passes preemption bill

A Kansas proposal seen by the National Rifle Association as a model for stripping cities and counties of the power to regulate firearms and nullify existing local gun ordinances is on track to clear the state Legislature quickly after the Senate approved it Wednesday.
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April 3, 2014

Louisiana: Bill would respect Right-to-Carry in restaurants

Concealed-handgun permit holders and armed off-duty police officers would be able to enter restaurants serving alcohol if lawmakers agree to a bill backed Wednesday by the House Criminal Justice Committee.
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April 3, 2014

Opinion: Bullet restrictions - It’s all about politics, not safety

New Jersey's latest legislation restricting firearms magazine capacity to 10 rounds from 15 isn’t about violence prevention, it’s about confiscating hardware from law-abiding citizens. It is based on the fantasy that we will all somehow be safer if we just wave a magic wand and remove a certain tool from society.
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April 2, 2014

Nebraska lawmakers advance 'emergency powers' gun bill

Nebraska lawmakers have given initial approval to a bill that would prohibit governors from restricting gun sales in a declared state emergency.
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April 2, 2014

Gun bills face Louisiana lawmakers

Several gun regulation bills to allow off-duty law enforcement officers and concealed carry permit holders to bring their firearms into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol will be heard Wednesday (April 2) in the House Criminal Justice Committee.
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April 2, 2014

Michigan: Gov. Snyder signs short-barreled firearms bill

Following Gov. Snyder's signature last week, Michigan law now allows the possession and sale of short-barreled firearms, provided their owners comply with certain licensing processes.
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April 1, 2014

Challenge to Colorado gun laws begins in federal court

A constitutional challenge of Colorado's new gun laws began in U.S. District Court Monday and will stretch for two weeks as Second Amendment advocates try to eliminate magazine limits and universal background checks.
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April 1, 2014

Kansas preemption legislation up for debate in Senate

The Kansas Senate is preparing to debate a proposal to strip cities and counties of their power to regulate firearms and void existing local gun ordinances.
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April 1, 2014

Pennsylvania: Bill would strengthen preemption

A bill pending in the state House of Representatives will open the door for lawsuits against Lancaster city and 29 other Pennsylvania municipalities.The bill, which is scheduled for debate Monday, would allow any Pennsylvania gun owner or a membership organization such as the National Rifle Association to sue municipalities with ordinances regulating firearms or ammunition.
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March 28, 2014

The gun-control conversation happened — and the NRA won again

After the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, many in the American media insisted that the tragedy should prompt a "conversation about gun control." These articles were written as if there had never been such a conversation. In fact, the issue had been debated for decades. Given the results, I argued, there was no reason to presume that a new conversation would end in more gun control. That conversation has now come and gone.The result?
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March 28, 2014

Gun control advocates: Lawmaker arrest is setback

Gun-control groups said Thursday they were trying to find a new legislative leader to champion firearms restrictions after one of their most outspoken supporters was charged in a federal gun-trafficking case.
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March 28, 2014

Florida: Emergency guns measure headed to House floor

A House committee on Thursday expanded a National Rifle Association-backed measure that would allow people to carry concealed weapons during emergencies even if they don't have a license to carry.
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March 28, 2014

Maine House approves changes to concealed weapon permitting process

The bill, LD 222, sponsored by Rep. Timothy Marks, D-Pittston, a retired state trooper, had been hammered out in committee for more than a year. It passed along party lines, 82-54, with majority Democrats joined by a handful of Republicans.
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March 28, 2014

Georgia gun rights bill triggers debate

A Georgia gun rights bill will expand your right to carry a gun into a church, bar or airport if approved. House Bill 60 passed in the House and Senate and sits on Governor Nathan Deal's desk to be signed into law.
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March 27, 2014

Florida: Scott backs bill allowing concealed guns without permits in emergencies

A measure backed by the National Rifle Association that would allow people to conceal a firearm without a license during an emergency now has the open support of Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida National Guard but is still on hold in the Senate.
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