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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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October 16, 2013

Supreme Court won't hear appeal of Md. handgun law

The Supreme Court won't review a decision upholding a Maryland gun law that requires residents to demonstrate a "good and substantial reason" to get a permit to carry a handgun outside their own home or business.
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October 15, 2013

Supreme Court declines to review Md. handgun carry permit law

The Supreme Court will not examine Maryland's handgun permit law, leaving to stand an appeals court ruling that the state's restrictive rules for concealed-carry permits do not unconstitutionally infringe upon gun-owners' rights. Maryland is one of a few states that follows a "may issue" standard, giving officials broad latitude to deny permits to carry a gun in public. Most states operate on a "shall issue" basis, meaning officials must give out a permit if an applicant meets certain objective criteria.
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October 15, 2013

MILLER: Female, off-duty D.C. cop shoots assailant, but the rest of us are sitting ducks

The District of Columbia is the only place in the country that refuses to abide by the constitutional mandate that individuals have the right to bear arms. The city is a playground for criminals because they know the law-abiding aren’t armed. This week, however, one bad guy picked the wrong woman. 
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October 15, 2013

New Jersey: State moves closer to applying law requiring smart guns

For years, they've existed only in science fiction and the archives of the New Jersey Legislature: handguns that would fire only in the grips of an authorized user.And yet these so called smart guns soon could be the only kind sold legally in New Jersey under a state law that has languished on the books for a decade.
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October 15, 2013

Illinois: Training underway for Right-to-Carry permits

As of Monday, the number of concealed carry firearm instructors in Winnebago County listed on the Illinois State Police's website was 32 and growing.They are among nearly 1,000 ISP approved instructors statewide whom residents are turning to in droves as they seek the necessary training to obtain their concealed carry licenses, which Illinois residents can apply for starting Jan. 5.
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October 15, 2013

California: Living proof of the slippery slope of rational apathy

The California slippery slope of anti freedom legislation -- whatever the political agenda -- has been a model for the rest of the nation. This is the ceaseless, incremental strategy of the California gun control movement that continues to this day. On gun control, thankfully, the rest of the nation has mostly failed to follow. But here in the Golden State, the Golden Rule of gun control has always been to swipe freedoms one small step at a time. Over, and over, and over again.
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October 15, 2013

Louisiana: State Supreme Court to hear argument on law barring felons from guns is constitutional

Louisiana Supreme Court justices are considering the residual and likely unintended effects of the constitutional amendment that voters overwhelmingly approved last year to make gun ownership a "fundamental" right. The question is whether the amended Constitution lets convicted felons possess firearms, an act that is forbidden by the state criminal code.
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October 14, 2013

NJ's 2002 smart-gun law could take effect soon, limit supply

For years, they’ve existed only in science fiction and the archives of the New Jersey Legislature: handguns that fire only in the grip of an authorized user. And yet these so-called "smart guns" soon could be the only kind sold legally in New Jersey under a state law that has languished on the books for a decade. 
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October 14, 2013

Brian Aitken: My life as a convicted gun offender who did nothing wrong

I got sentenced to seven years in prison for legally owning guns. I had purchased them in Colorado and brought them with me to New Jersey, home to some of the harshest gun laws in the country, where I moved to be closer to my young son. I complied with all of the regulations, but one day the police searched my car and charged me with unlawful possession of a weapon—even though my handguns were locked, unloaded, and in my trunk. The court said it was on me to prove that I wasn’t breaking any laws, which obviously was very difficult. When Reason magazine covered my case, it wrote, “Even the jurors who convicted him seem to have been looking for a reason to acquit him. But the judge gave them little choice.”
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October 14, 2013

Colorado governor suggests gun control groups stay away

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper suggests national gun control groups stay away from a looming recall battle that could switch control of the state Senate to the GOP. The groups poured money into an unsuccessful defense of two state lawmakers recalled over their gun votes earlier this year."Colorado is a state that people like to be themselves and solve their own problems," the Democratic governor said in an interview with Capital Download, USA TODAY's weekly video newsmaker series. "They don't really like outside organizations meddling in their affairs, and maybe the NRA gets a pass on that."But (it is) probably not a bad idea" for gun control groups, such as the one established by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, to curb their efforts if gun rights activists collect enough signatures to force a recall vote on state Sen. Evie Hudak, a two term Democrat from a suburban district north of Denver, he said.
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