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April 22, 2014

Florida: House to vote on insurance rules

The Florida House is scheduled to vote on a bill Monday that would make it illegal for insurance companies to deny policies or charge higher rates solely based on gun ownership.
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April 22, 2014

Gun silencer sales are booming

Sales are booming for silencers, the cylindrical devices used to muffle gunfire. The civilian market for silencers soared 37% in 2013, when the total number shot up to nearly a half a million, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives registry. That's compared to 360,000 in 2012 and 285,000 in 2011.
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April 21, 2014

NRA won’t let Michael Bloomberg step on citizens’ rights

In coming days, approximately 80,000 Second Amendment enthusiasts from across the country will congregate in Indianapolis at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting. Last year’s annual meeting came on the heels of a huge victory for Americans and a humiliating loss for Michael Bloomberg’s campaign to ban guns. On the eve of this year’s meeting, America’s least liked billionaire once again opened his wallet and declared war on the Constitution.
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April 21, 2014

Gun classes drawing more women

Bob White tells the women in his beginning firearms classes that choosing a gun is like choosing a good pair of shoes.“It might look pretty, but that doesn’t mean that it’s going to work for you,” he says. “You need to test it out, hold it and make sure it’s what’s comfortable for you, not what your husband, boyfriend or guy at the gun shop thinks you need.”White is a Tuscaloosa Police officer who started his business, HAVOC Shooting Solutions, earlier this year. From its inception, he knew he wanted offer classes for women only to accommodate the growing number who are buying guns and learning to use them.
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April 21, 2014

Illinois: State officials drop proposed medical pot gun ban

In response to a chorus of calls for cheaper access to medical marijuana, state regulators have proposed lowering the annual registration cost for patients to $100 from $150.The proposed new rules would also eliminate an earlier provision banning medical marijuana patients from owning firearms.
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April 21, 2014

Judge: Out-of-state pot rap can’t stop gun ownership

A federal judge yesterday ruled that two Bay State men — previously convicted of marijuana possession in other states — could not be denied the right to have guns in their homes for self-defense purposes based on their prior drug crimes.
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April 18, 2014

N.J. man’s handgun case before U.S. Supreme Court on Friday

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide in the coming days whether it will hear a Sussex County man’s challenge to New Jersey’s handgun carry laws.The lawsuit, brought by John Drake, challenges the “justifiable need” requirement the state asks for carrying a handgun. It has drawn the support of the National Rifle Association and 19 other states, who see the case as a possible watershed moment for reevaluating how the Second Amendment and state regulations interact.
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April 18, 2014

Lott: What the press is missing in Bloomberg's anti-gun push

Gun control has largely been a top down effort. Michael Bloomberg’s latest announcement that he will spend another $50 million to push gun control – 2.5 times the amount spent by the NRA annually on political activities – is all too typical. Last year, gun control groups, largely due to Bloomberg’s money, outspent gun rights groups by about 7.4 to 1 on TV advertising.
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April 17, 2014

Bloomberg's New Campaign: Take Guns from Women in Abusive Households

For all Michael Bloomberg's talk about simply wanting to secure expanded background checks, his newest gun control group "Everytown for Gun Safety" is on a broader mission to take away the guns women in abusive homes could use for self defense.
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April 17, 2014

A Pro-Gun Group Stole Bloomberg’s "Gun Safety" Group’s Name On Facebook

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg launched a $50 million gun-control campaign called “Everytown for Gun Safety.” But a pro-gun group took the name for its Facebook page.
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April 17, 2014

NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox talks to Megyn Kelly about Bloomberg's $50 million pledge for anti-gun awareness plan

NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox joins Megyn Kelly to talk about former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg's $50 million anti-gun pledge.
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April 17, 2014

Sen. Cornyn demands answers on DOJ’s proposed firearm tracking technology

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder demanding answers about the Department of Justice’s exploration of “smart gun” technology. Earlier this month, the Attorney General testified before the House of Representatives that DOJ is looking into new technologies that could raise constitutional concerns, including requiring firearms to contain biometric equipment that could store or transmit the personal identifying information of American citizens.
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April 17, 2014

Sainthood for gun-grabbing ex-Mayor Bloomberg?

Mike Bloomberg is a saint in his own mind (nowhere else matters). “I have earned my place in heaven,” the billionaire ex-mayor told The New York Times. He thinks he’s buying an indulgence with the $50 million he says he will spend this year to support politicians who think like he does on gun control.
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April 17, 2014

Judge upholds New York’s tougher gun law

A trial-level judge has dismissed a challenge to New York’s new gun law, rejecting legal claims that the law was pushed through the legislature improperly and that its restrictions violate the Second Amendment.State Supreme Court Justice Thomas McNamara’s decision, announced Wednesday, is expected to be appealed as gun rights supporters continue to protest the 2013 SAFE Act. The law bans the sale of high-capacity magazines and many semi-automatic firearms and requires those who already own such weapons to register them with authorities.
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April 17, 2014

Despite deadline, protesters ‘will not comply’ with SAFE Act

Owners of assault-style weapons were supposed to have registered their guns by Tuesday.But there is no way of knowing exactly how many of these weapons there are in the state and how many were registered under the NY SAFE Act.The state refuses to say how many were registered, claiming it is confidential information protected by the law.Gun-rights advocates estimate compliance will be less than 10 percent.
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April 16, 2014

Bloomberg plans a $50 million challenge to the NRA

Michael R. Bloomberg, making his first major political investment since leaving office, plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence, an organization he hopes can eventually outmuscle the National Rifle Association.
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April 16, 2014

New York gun owners face ‘SAFE Act’ registration deadline

New York gun owners who possess firearms classified as assault weapons under a new state law have until the end of Tuesday to register their guns — or face potential criminal charges.The requirement is part of a provision of New York’s so-called SAFE Act, the package of tighter gun restrictions signed into law in Albany months after the Sandy Hook school massacre. The law broadened the state’s “assault weapons” ban to cover more kinds of semiautomatic weapons.
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April 16, 2014

4 pro-gun bills get initial nod in Arizona Senate

The Arizona Senate on Tuesday gave initial approval to four major pro-gun bills that Republicans said are necessary to protect 2nd Amendment rights.
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April 16, 2014

Mexico sets date for vigilantes to register guns

The Mexican government says vigilante groups in the western state of Michoacan will have until May 10 to register their guns and decide whether to join the army's "rural defense corps."
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April 15, 2014

Connecticut not yet ready to enforce gun law

More than a year has passed since Connecticut enacted tighter firearm restrictions following the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Conn. But authorities there still have no immediate plans to enforce one of its key components, reports the Record-Journal.
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April 15, 2014

Texas: Legislature likely to debate open carry, campus carry laws next year

Like other large communities in Texas and throughout the nation, this city of 1.4 million residents is used to all kinds of political rallies and street protests.But what made the April 6 gathering in front of a police substation unusual was some gun-rights activists carrying a rifle or a shotgun strapped to their backs. Dozens of them, not all carrying a firearm in full view, were protesting an ordinance they consider illegal because it limits their right to carry loaded weapons.
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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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