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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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October 28, 2013

Ohio: Move is afoot to make suppressors legal for hunting

Over time, one almost certain casualty of hunting will be a shooter's hearing."I wish I had half the hearing I've lost," said Louis Knebel, a shooting enthusiast and hunter from Pickerington.Acting on his own and not at the behest of any advocacy group, Knebel has made significant headway in a quest to make the use of suppressors legal for hunting in Ohio. Suppressors, depicted rather unrealistically as silencers in countless Hollywood gangster and spy films, offer personal and social benefits that come with noise reduction though it's far from noise elimination when a trigger is pulled on certain firearms.State law makes unlawful the use of a gun "equipped with a silencer or muffler to take a wild bird or quadruped." However, Rep. Cheryl Grossman (R Grove City), majority whip and a member of a cards klatch to which Knebel's wife belongs, has dealt out legislation that would amend the Ohio Revised Code.Grossman's bill, which has been assigned to the agriculture and natural resources committee, would bring hunting rules on the use of suppressors more in line with their legitimacy in nonhunting arenas.
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October 25, 2013

Gallup poll: A minority of Americans want more gun laws

Nearly a year after the Newtown, Conn., school shootings spawned considerable U.S. debate about passing stricter gun control laws, almost half of Americans believe the laws covering the sale of firearms should be strengthened and half say they should stay the same or be less strict.
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October 25, 2013

The job of police: No duty to protect

As NRA members, one of our key roles in defending liberty is to educate people who have little understanding of the real meaning of the Second Amendment. And often our responsibility is to dissect the biggest lies of the gun ban crowd -- among them, the notion that individuals don't need guns to protect themselves because that's the job of the police.
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October 25, 2013

Michael Bloomberg's Super PAC is attacking Ken Cuccinelli on guns with misleading images

A Washington Post fact checker issues a rating of three Pinocchios to Bloomberg's ad attacking Cucinnelli for not supporting the regulation of private firearm transfers.
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October 25, 2013

Appeal for decision on D.C.'s gun carry-rights ban

The nation's capital is the only place in America where no one is allowed to exercise his right to bear arms.This is clearly unconstitutional, but the courts have thrown up repeated roadblocks to delay the law getting overturned for more than four years. The federal appeals court now will decide if this delay can continue.
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October 25, 2013

North Carolina: Lincoln County residents can soon apply online for concealed handgun permits

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office on Nov. 1 will begin allowing on line applications and payment system for concealed handgun permits, in addition to applying in person.Permits will be by appointment only and made online.
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October 25, 2013

Women fast-growing segment of outdoor enthusiasts

Move over, boys. The girls are coming to deer camp and the ol' fishing hole, too, and they are doing it in record numbers. While that might not be news to folks who have been around the outdoor world for more than a few years and have read the sign, it probably is to those who haven't. Not to mention those who don't necessarily appreciate the hunting and fishing sports for what they are.
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October 24, 2013

Dueling ads on gun rights from NRA, Bloomberg enter Virginia campaign

Dueling ads on gun rights by the National Rifle Association and a group backed by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg have joined the onslaught of campaign advertising in Virginia’s elections this year.
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October 24, 2013

Judge orders Nebraska to allow Right-to-Carry permits for legal non-citizens who qualify

A federal judge in Nebraska has ordered the state to stop enforcing a law that prevents legal, non-citizens from getting a permit to carry a concealed handgun.
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October 24, 2013

Guess who's lying about the 'gun show loophole' in Virginia?

Earlier this week we learned of NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's $1.1 million anti-gun advertisement buy for Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Terry McAuiliffe. Bloomberg funneled the money into Virginia through his PAC, USA Independence and advertisements have been running on radio and television since Tuesday. One television ad in particular targets the "gun show loophole" and states in a voiceover, “The gun show loophole. It means anyone can buy a gun without a background check.” The ad shows photos of mass murders Seung-Hui Cho (Virginia Tech), Adam Lanza (Sandy Hook), Aaron Alexis (Navy Yard) and James Holmes (Aurora Colorado theater) while implying these killers purchased their guns through this so-called "loophole."
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October 23, 2013

D.C. businessman faces two years in jail for unregistered ammunition, brass casing

Mark Witaschek, a successful financial adviser with no criminal record, is facing two years in prison for possession of unregistered ammunition after D.C. police raided his house looking for guns. Mr. Witaschek has never had a firearm in the city, but he is being prosecuted to the full extent of the law. The trial starts on Nov. 4.
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October 23, 2013

Arms treaty stymied by Second Amendment concerns in Senate

A clear majority of senators now oppose the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.Because two thirds of senators would be required to consent to ratification, the fate of the treaty was always in doubt. Now it's unclear whether the Senate could even proceed to debate the measure.
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October 23, 2013

Vermont: Burlington Council OKs three gun-related charter changes

The Burlington City Council on Monday voted to approve three of four resolutions regulating gun possession.The three charter changes would allow police to seize firearms in cases of suspected domestic abuse, require safe gun storage using trigger locks or locked containers and prohibit firearms in bars and other establishments with liquor licenses. A fourth provision, which would have created a permit system for concealed carry of guns, did not pass a Council vote.
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October 23, 2013

DOJ faces questions over grenade linked to US smuggler, murder in Mexico

In a case that is prompting comparisons to the botched Operation Fast and Furious, police believe explosives found at a murder scene in Mexico may have come from an American bomb maker whom the U.S. attorney in Arizona refused to prosecute.According to an internal U.S. Department of Justice memo, a "Kingery grenade" was among the 10 explosives found at the scene of a shootout between police and drug cartels in Guadalajara on Oct. 10 in which three officers were killed.
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October 22, 2013

Colorado’s clear message: Take our freedom, lose your job

NRA members and gun owners in Colorado shocked the nation last month when two anti-gun state senators were successfully recalled for the first time in state history. We sent a clear message to politicians at every level of government that if they take our freedom, we’ll take their jobs. Well, most politicians got the message. Right on cue, gun-banners like Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz tried to save face by spinning Colorado’s homegrown, pro-freedom uprising as the result of outside influences.
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October 22, 2013

Virginia: Michael Bloomberg to buy big for Terry McAuliffe

Michael Bloomberg’s pro-gun-control super PAC will drop $1.1 million on ads for Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the final two weeks of the Virginia governor’s race.
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October 22, 2013

Vermont: Gun control battle brewing in Burlington

Burlington’s City Council Monday night heard public comments about proposed charter changes that would increase regulation of firearms in the city.Contois Auditorium in Burlington’s City Hall was standing room only, and the city council opened the auditorium’s balcony for a one-hour public hearing on the proposed changes.
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October 22, 2013

N.J.'s smart-gun law, not so smart

So-called smart guns are in the news again. These are guns equipped with technology that ensures they can be fired only by their owners.You're forgiven if you've never heard of such guns. They don't exist yet.
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October 21, 2013

LaPierre: Junk science drives administration’s gun policies

With the stroke of his royal pen, President Barack Obama declared that federal law in the form of a 17-year congressional funding ban on gun-control “research” at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) was trumped by his personal decree through an executive order restoring the CDC’s junk-science agenda.
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October 21, 2013

Washington National Cathedral used to attack NRA, destroy illegal guns

The Washington National Cathedral, a symbol of unity among faithful Americans, was the site of a politically divisive event promoting gun control on Sunday.
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October 21, 2013

D.C. police help get firearms to National Cathedral for event to promote gun control

The highly restrictive firearms laws in Washington, D.C., are enforced differently depending on your status and political position on gun control.Once again, the D.C. police are using their resources to provide illegal guns for a public relations stunt intended to pressure politicians to pass federal restrictions on the Second Amendment.
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October 21, 2013

Illinois: Chicago-area lawmakers seeking to tweak new gun law

Chicago-area lawmakers are looking to the two-week veto session that starts Tuesday as a small, yet feasible, window of opportunity to tighten up the state’s new concealed carry before it takes effect Jan. 1.
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October 21, 2013

Funding for 157 officers in Miss. schools approved

The state Board of Education approved $1.57 million Friday to help pay for 157 police officers at schools in 50 districts throughout the state, including Clinton and Hinds County.The Legislature this year approved $7.5 million for matching grants up to $10,000 per school per year for trained law enforcement officers in districts that seek the funds.
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October 18, 2013

Pennsylvania: Public input to be sought before adoption of state universities weapons policy

The board that governs the 14 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities plans to seek public reaction to a proposed controversial policy dictating where concealed weapons can be carried on campuses over the next couple months.
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October 18, 2013

Gun-grabbers promise protection they can't deliver

When a group of thugs dragged Alexian Lien from his SUV on Sept. 29 and savagely beat him, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was nowhere to be found.Neither was President Obama.Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, reputed to be a presidential aspirant, wasn’t on hand to protect Lien, either.It should be pretty obvious what Bloomberg, Obama and O’Malley have in common, other than protoplasm.We’ve been hearing from all three since the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., on the matter of America needing more gun control laws.
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October 17, 2013

Trial date set for case challenging new Maryland gun laws

A trial date is set for early next year in a challenge by gun owners, stores and firearms advocacy groups who seek to overturn new Maryland gun laws that went into effect this month.A four-day trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 10 after the plaintiffs and the state agreed to an expedited schedule, according to recent filings in federal court on one of the cases.
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October 17, 2013

North Carolina: Campus police not concerned by conceal carry law

The new UNC Asheville concealed carry weapons law allows students to lock and load, but only as long as their concealed carry stays concealed.“Anyone with a North Carolina concealed weapons permit can keep a concealed weapon in their vehicle as long as it remains in their vehicle and the vehicle remains locked,” Jason Hutchins, UNCA campus police officer said. “It’s just for pistols. The concealed weapons permit laws only cover handguns, and that’s what this legislation covers as well.”
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October 17, 2013

New York: Gun law arrest draws criticism

The City of Lockport Police Department has found itself under fire for enforcing an unpopular part of the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, which limits how many rounds of ammunition may be carried in a standard magazine.A Town of Lockport man who was a passenger during a traffic stop was charged when he turned over a loaded semiautomatic handgun in a holster from the glove compartment to an officer on Saturday.The gun was legal, but police say the 10 rounds of 9 mm ammunition found in the magazine were not, because they violated the state law that limits ammo in a magazine to seven rounds.
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October 16, 2013

BATFE’s prescription for leaking secrets: A firing squad?

After months of anguished debate over mass shootings, gun control and Second Amendment rights, the Justice Department finds itself on the defensive after a training manual surfaced that suggests federal agents could face a firing squad for leaking government secrets.The online manual for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — complete with a photo of a turn-of-the-century firing squad — was obtained by The Washington Times from a concerned federal law enforcement official, and it immediately drew protests from watchdogs who said it showed a lack of sensitivity to gun violence and the continuing hostile environment toward whistleblowers.
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October 16, 2013

NRA pushes back against Illinois proposal to increase gun penalties

The National Rifle Association is stepping up its campaign against a proposed gun control measure in Illinois that supporters argue will help combat and prevent street violence by increasing penalties for gun crimes.The bill, sponsored by Democratic state Rep. Mike Zalewski, calls for more time behind bars for possessing illegal weapons. It increases penalties for unlawful use of weapons, including by felons or gang members. It would make probation less likely, imposing minimum prison sentences of three years in many cases. It would also require that offenders serve at least 85 percent of their sentences, up from 50 percent.The NRA's Institute for Legislative Action wrote in a website post that the bill will jeopardize concealed carry in Illinois by imposing tough penalties for individuals who carry a firearm without a concealed-carry permit or firearm owner's identification card."This specific provision incorrectly targets otherwise law-abiding citizens, rather than deterring violent criminals with harsher penalties," the group said in an Oct. 10 statement.
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