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January 29, 2014

House bill proposes greater respect for gun rights in Georgia

A long-awaited gun bill filed Tuesday in the Georgia House proposed what many had expected. But Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, the main sponsor of House Bill 875, did throw in a few surprises.The bill, as expected, would lift restrictions on guns in churches and bars, allow school boards to arm employees and permit honorably discharged military veterans under 21 years of age to carry a concealed weapon. Unexpectedly, it says getting caught carrying a gun on a college campus would get students' wrists slapped, not cuffed, since it would no longer be a crime, just a civil penalty. Government buildings without "active" security screening would be fair game for people licensed to carry concealed weapons.
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January 29, 2014

South Carolina kicks back ban on gun concealed carry in restaurants

Gun-rights activists believe they will see the pendulum swing back in their direction this year.President Obama and his gun-control buddies were successful in pushing through new restrictions on the Second Amendment in eight states last year.But now, South Carolina has bucked the trend and moved to strengthen the right to bear arms.
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January 28, 2014

"Negroes and the Gun": Slaves, fugitives, freemen, and citizens

Speaking to both fugitives and freemen in 1854, Frederick Douglass advocated, “A good revolver, a steady hand and a determination to shoot down any man attempting to kidnap…. Every slave hunter who meets a bloody death in his infernal business is an argument in favor of the manhood of our race.” Douglass, like others in the early freedom movement, would come to view slavery as basically a state of war.
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January 28, 2014

Louisiana: Legislature’s gun law debate to continues

The debate will continue over the state’s gun laws during the 2014 Legislature.
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January 27, 2014

The what and why of "Negroes and the Gun: The Black Tradition of Arms"

The book chronicles a tradition of church folk, merchants, and strivers, the very best people in the community, armed and committed to the principle of individual self-defense. This black tradition of arms takes root early and ranges fully into the modern era. It is demonstrated in Frederick Douglass’s nineteenth century advice of a good revolver as the best response to slave catchers. It is evident in mature form in 1963, when Hartman Turnbow of Mississippi fought off a Klan attack with rifle fire. Turnbow considered this fully consistent with the principles of the freedom movement, explaining, “I wasn’t being non-nonviolent, I was just protectin’ my family.”
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January 27, 2014

BATFE tactics flawed in highly-touted undercover Oregon operation

Congress recently called for probes into how ATF conducted undercover operations in Oregon and elsewhere across the country. The U.S Justice Department has tasked its inspector general to review ATF's conduct. And the ATF already has had to reform some of its tactics because of a recently completed internal review.
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January 27, 2014

Smith & Wesson, Ruger quit California over stamping requirement

A new gun law proponents say helps law enforcement has driven Smith & Wesson and Sturm Ruger out of California, and affirmed the suspicions of firearms rights advocates that the measure is really about making handguns obsolete.
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January 27, 2014

Newspaper boss says gun permit database idea was misfire

A national newspaper chain never intended to create a multi-state database of gun owners with permits allowing them to carry concealed weapons according to its top executive, who told FoxNews.com a "poorly crafted" internal memo erroneously indicated such an idea was being planned.
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January 24, 2014

Smith & Wesson joins 'microstamp' fight

Gun maker Smith & Wesson announced Thursday that it would stop selling newly designed semiautomatic pistols in California because of a state law requiring those firearms to imprint a unique, identifying "microstamp" on bullet casings.
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January 24, 2014

New Mexico: Gun laws up for debate in Legislature

Another hot button issue that may come up in the roundhouse during the legislative session is gun control.Proponents were loaded for bear last year, but it was shot down.
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January 24, 2014

Bill to respect Right-to-Carry in S.C. restaurants headed for Gov. Haley’s desk

With Gov. Nikki Haley’s signature, South Carolinians licensed to carry concealed firearms will be able to carry guns into bars and restaurants as long as they do not drink.
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January 23, 2014

Supreme Court ruling on Abramski could limit Obama’s radical, gun-control aims

The Supreme Court rarely takes up Second Amendment cases, so when it does, gun owners know their rights are in the cross hairs.The Abramski ruling will be key to determining how far President Obama can push his gun-control agenda. Mr. Obama wants to expand background checks to include private transactions so that the government would know exactly who has a gun. That is not what the Founding Fathers intended.
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January 23, 2014

Smith & Wesson to stop selling guns in California due to microstamping law

Smith & Wesson announced late Wednesday evening that it will stop selling its handguns in California rather than manufacture them to comply with the new microstamping law. The other publicly traded firearms manufacturer in the U.S., Sturm, Ruger, also said this month that it will stop new sales to California.
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January 23, 2014

Indiana: Lawmakers take aim at gun turn-in programs

A proposal forcing Gary and other Indiana cities to end their gun buy-back programs was approved 6-2 Wednesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee.Senate Bill 229, which now goes to the full Senate, prohibits local governments and their police departments from conducting gun buy-back events intended to reduce the number of guns circulating in a community.
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January 23, 2014

Connecticut: Legislature may consider gun amnesty

Amid concerns about gun owners who failed in their last-minute attempts to register now-illegal assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines, lawmakers are considering granting an amnesty period for people who missed the registration deadline.
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January 23, 2014

Nebraska: Bill would limit local gun restrictions

A Nebraska lawmaker is proposing legislation that would prevent cities and counties from enacting stricter gun regulations than the state.
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January 23, 2014

Tennessee: Bill would remove bans on guns in city parks

Cities in Tennessee could be forced to remove bans on handguns in their parks if a push underway in the state Legislature succeeds.
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January 23, 2014

Ohio concealed-carry for teachers advances

School districts that designate teachers and other personnel to carry hidden firearms must undergo pretraining and a psychological assessment after the fact if they use the weapon under a bill that passed the House with bipartisan support Wednesday.
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January 22, 2014

Congressional committees to investigate botched BATFE stings

Two congressional committees are preparing to hold hearings on botched ATF undercover storefront stings in Milwaukee and across the country, as bipartisan scrutiny of the federal law enforcement agency's tactics intensifies.
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January 22, 2014

Spare us the gun lecture, Harvey

Remember "Bowling for Columbine"?The anti-gun documentary that attempted to politicize the tragic school shooting at Columbine, Colorado, was wildly successful, both critically and commercially, and even won its writer/director, Michael Moore, an Oscar.But while the film was certainly entertaining, and may have even got some folks thinking about gun violence, it did little to move the needle on its presumptive goal: curbing gun ownership and weakening the National Rifle Association.
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January 22, 2014

Supreme Court hears gun rights case

At 11 a.m. on Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear one hour of oral argument on the scope of the federal law that seeks to block “straw purchasers” of guns — that is, those who buy firearms for someone else without revealing that they have done so. Arguing for a convicted Virginia man in the case of Abramski v. United States will be Richard D. Dietz of the Winston-Salem, North Carolina, law firm of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton. Representing the federal government will be Joseph R. Palmore, an Assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General.
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January 22, 2014

D.C. businessman on trial for one shotgun shell, wasn’t given NBC David Gregory offer

A year ago this month, the attorney general for the District of Columbia let NBC News anchor David Gregory off scot-free for possession of a “high capacity” magazine because doing so “would not promote public safety.”Now, Irvin Nathan refuses to use that same prosecutorial discretion for an average citizen who violated a bizarre technicality that makes empty casings and shells a crime as serious as having an illegal firearm.Mr. Witaschek, a successful financial adviser with no criminal history, is the first known case of a citizen being prosecuted in D.C. for inoperable ammunition. Washington police and prosecutors have spent a year and a half trying to nail him for the possession of so-called unregistered ammunition.
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January 22, 2014

New Hampshire: Lawmakers focused on gun control debate

Gun rights advocates, gun control groups, Second Amendment defenders and a panoply of other groups are lining up to offer testimony on two key background check bills before the Legislature this session.
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January 22, 2014

Chicago may look to California for strict rules on gun sales

As Mayor Rahm Emanuel starts to craft rules on selling guns in Chicago, he's unlikely to find much inspiration in the Chicago area but could look to California to see how far he can go in setting strict standards.
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January 22, 2014

Indiana legislature bill would allow guns in parked vehicles at schools

Teachers, parents, visitors and some older students would all be allowed to bring guns to school parking lots under an Indiana lawmaker’s proposal.A bill by state Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, would let licensed gun owners have firearms on school property if they leave them locked and out of sight in their vehicles.
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January 22, 2014

Wisconsin: Assembly set to vote on gun sales bill

Wisconsin residents would be able to buy rifles and shotguns from dealers anywhere in the nation under a bill the state Assembly has passed.The U.S. Gun Control Act from 1968 banned interstate firearm sales but allowed dealers to sell long guns to buyers in contiguous states. A federal law enacted nearly two decades later granted states the ability to permit people to buy long guns from dealers in any state.
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January 22, 2014

Virginia House subcommittee votes down gun control bills

Several bills proposed during the 2013 session of the General Assembly that would have required background checks for the private sale or transactions of firearms in Virginia, including those at gun shows, were defeated. Existing law requires only federally licensed dealers to conduct background checks.In the current session, additional measures that would have tightened the state's gun laws were defeated in a House Militia, Police and Public Safety subcommittee Thursday.Among them was a proposal that would have prohibited the sale and transfer of high-capacity magazines.
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January 17, 2014

Cuomo: Gun rights supporters have no place in N.Y.

Speaking on The Capital Pressroom radio show, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo described those who support the right to own semiautomatic firearms as "extreme conservatives" and stated that "they have no place in the state of New York."
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January 17, 2014

Louisiana gun laws, including concealed carry, again on legislative docket this year

Louisiana's panoply of pro-gun laws will again be a source of debate for state lawmakers this year, as two legislators seek to extend the rights of concealed carry permit holders and law enforcement officials, while a third wants to require safety courses for most gun buyers.
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January 17, 2014

South Carolina Senate approves bill respecting Right-to-Carry in restaurants

People with concealed weapon permits could soon be able to carry their guns into South Carolina businesses that serve alcohol.The Senate amended a bill Thursday that allows permit holders to keep their weapon with them when they go out to dinner or enter a bar but bans them from drinking alcohol. The measure specifies that business owners can ban concealed weapons on their property by posting signs against it.
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January 17, 2014

Collectors work crowds at gun turn-in events for rare finds

When Schuyler Taylor attended a gun buyback program in Seattle last year, he wasn't hoping to turn in an unwanted firearm for a $50 gift card. He was looking to pay cold cash for a rare weapon.Taylor, a 24-year-old gun enthusiast, is one of a growing number of collectors who has been showing up at the events, where towns, police departments, churches and nonprofits offer money or gift cards for old guns. The events have been held all over the country, credited by some for getting weapons off the streets and ridiculed by others for paying money for rusting junk. But collectors have taken notice that some of the guns, which are typically destroyed, are worth far more than they fetch at buyback events.
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January 16, 2014

Gun-control groups push for more laws in N.Y.

As gun-rights groups seek to overturn last year's gun law, gun-control groups Wednesday said they want additional regulations in New York.On the one-year anniversary of the SAFE Act, the groups and Democratic lawmakers said New York shouldn't stop at the law passed last year.
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January 16, 2014

Right-to-Carry reciprocity loaded in Congress

Freedom to travel with arms would unlock the Second AmendmentWhile 2013 was a year of Second Amendment advocates on defense, 2014 is lining up to be a year of gaining ground on gun rights. President Obama continues to issue his dictates. Michael R. Bloomberg is still throwing around millions of dollars. And Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is just keeping a finger in the dike on Capitol Hill until the midterms. But the American people are ready to get back to strengthening their rights to keep and bear arms.
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January 15, 2014

Florida lawmaker: Stop discrimination against gun owners

The bill sponsor, state Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, said the policy is necessary and the issue was brought to his attention last year. He said until recently Citizens Property Insurance Corporation's underwriting criteria included questions about gun ownership."There have been policies canceled ... in the state of Florida or not issued to applicants because ... they were exercising their Second Amendment (right) to lawfully own a gun," Lee said.
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January 15, 2014

Federal judge approves Chicago's bid for of gun sales ordinance

The city of Chicago, which has fought for decades to keep guns out of the hands of its residents, now must craft an ordinance within 180 days that will allow gun stores to open there, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.
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January 15, 2014

New York: Gun law in requires face-to-face ammunition sales

It becomes illegal starting Wednesday in New York to buy ammunition unless a licensed dealer actually sees you.
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January 15, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court to hear case on gun ban

The Supreme Court is set to decide whether a Tennessee man's misdemeanor domestic assault plea should ban him from gun ownership.
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January 15, 2014

Nebraska: Bill would let school personnel carry concealed guns in schools with approval

Nebraska teachers and other school employees could carry a concealed handgun in schools if a bill in the Nebraska Legislature becomes law.
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January 14, 2014

Lott: Some realities to consider before passing more gun-control bills

The new year has brought yet more gun-control regulations. President Obama announced new executive orders on background checks. Connecticut citizens stood in long lines to register their guns, and, next door in New York City, registration lists are used to confiscate them.While the research by criminologists and economists keeps showing that gun control doesn't work, technological advances and practical problems mean the laws are increasingly likely only to disarm the law-abiding.
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January 14, 2014

Illinois: Local authorities overwhelmed by gun applications

More than 1,000 requests for concealed carry gun permits are pouring in each day in the nation's last state to allow the practice, sparking concerns among Illinois law enforcement officials that they might fall behind on weeding out applicants with a history of violence.
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