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February 11, 2014

Obama’s surgeon general nominee Dr. Vivek Murthy is a radical gun grabber

President Obama is using every executive power in his arsenal to infringe on Second Amendment rights.His latest maneuver is to nominate a rabidly anti-gun doctor to be the next U.S. surgeon general. Dr. Vivek Murthy is facing Senate approval in upcoming weeks.
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February 11, 2014

Virginia: End of Sunday hunting ban near Senate vote

For sportsmen, at long last, times are changing in Virginia.The Virginia Senate today approved legislation to repeal a longstanding state ban on some forms of Sunday hunting, a development that all but guarantees the days are numbered for the decades-old prohibition.
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February 11, 2014

New Hampshire: Gun bill seeks to keep owners' names private

Police records with the names and addresses of citizens licensed to carry concealed guns should not be public documents and therefore vulnerable to publication so "criminals will know where to go and steal guns," said state Rep. Tim Copeland.
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February 10, 2014

Supreme Court to decide whether to hear cases regarding right to ‘bear’ arms

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide this month whether to hear two cases seeking clarification on what the Constitution’s framers intended in granting citizens the right to not only own but also “bear” arms.
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February 10, 2014

Colorado: Pro-gun lawmakers attempt repeal of magazine limits

Gun-rights advocates who want to see a repeal of Colorado's limits on the size of ammunition magazines realize their chances are slim when they go before Democrat-controlled committees next week.But Republican Rep. Chris Holbert, who is sponsoring one repeal measure, said the goal is to give people an opportunity to have their say — something that gun-rights supporters insist didn't happen last year when the laws were passed. Despite dozens of hours of committee testimony on a package of gun-control legislation, there were still many who had signed up to testify who didn't get a chance to do so.
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February 10, 2014

15% of Michael Bloomberg's anti-gun mayors leave

As it has broadened its attacks on lawmakers and Second Amendment groups like the National Rifle Association, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's aggressive “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” group has experienced a sharp 15-percent drop in mayor-members.
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February 10, 2014

New York: Vocal S.A.F.E. Act supporter arrested on gun charge

News 4 interviewed Ferguson in March of 2013 at a rally in support of the NY SAFE Act. At the time, Ferguson stated the law did not go far enough.“Our kids are not buying assault weapons, they’re buying pistols and they’re buying them right out of community stores and back here in the school. So this is serious. It needs to go further than what it is,” he said.
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February 10, 2014

Cuban refugee confronts Oregon lawmakers on gun control

A man who fled Cuba’s communist regime in the 1960s blasted Oregon lawmakers Thursday during a public hearing on proposed gun control legislation. Manuel Martinez, who narrowly escaped Cuba in 1962 after being imprisoned for opposing Fidel Castro, passionately defended the Second Amendment in front of Oregon’s Senate Judiciary Committee, comparing the state’s attempts to pass gun control to moves made by his former government.
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February 10, 2014

U.S. Army vet faces 3 years in Canadian prison after mistakenly bringing gun to border

Gun rights advocates are urging the Canadian government to drop charges against a retired U.S. soldier who says he mistakenly brought a gun into the country due to a faulty GPS directions during a weekend getaway.
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February 10, 2014

Rhode Island: Two lawmakers pitch 10 percent tax on guns

A 10 percent tax on the sale of firearms and ammunition has been proposed in Rhode Island's General Assembly.
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February 10, 2014

New Hampshire: House voting on bill to restrict private gun transfers

New Hampshire's House will be voting on whether to require background checks for gun sales and transfers — whether at gun shows or after seeing an advertisement elsewhere.Most private sellers would be required to conduct background checks through federally licensed dealers, using a system already in place for dealer sales.
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February 7, 2014

Lott: ABC News reports on guns mislead Americans

Gun control advocates not only push new fees and taxes on guns to reduce ownership, but they also employ another tactic: scaring people into not owning guns.
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February 7, 2014

Senate panel signs off on guns on Post Office grounds — but not in buildings

A Senate committee unanimously passed a measure Thursday to allow people to carry guns on postal service property, but killed a broader push to let gun owners carry their firearms into actual post office buildings.
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February 7, 2014

Kansas: House panel to vote on gun rights measure

A Kansas House committee is preparing to vote on legislation stripping cities and counties of any power to regulate guns or block the open carrying of firearms.The House Federal and State Affairs Committee is expected to approve the measure Friday and send it to the full chamber for debate. National and state gun-rights groups are pushing it.
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February 7, 2014

Oregon: Senate considers restricting private transfers

The husband of former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Mark Kelly, appeared before Oregon legislators on Thursday to speak in favor of expanded background checks for gun sales, as Republicans contended the Democrat-proposed legislation is "political posturing" as Oregon's May primary nears.
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February 7, 2014

Kentucky: Bill would let victims exercise their Right-to-Carry

Domestic-violence victims could seek temporary court orders allowing them to carry concealed weapons under a bill that has won approval from a Kentucky Senate panel.The bill's supporters include the NRA. Republican Sen. Jared Carpenter says his measure is aimed at giving victims the ability to protect themselves.
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February 7, 2014

Florida: House proposal backs ban on gun-owner discrimination

Insurance companies could face tougher penalties if they impose higher rates, refuse to issue or cancel auto or homeowner policies because of gun ownership, under a measure backed by a House committee.Florida law already prohibits such action, but Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, said his proposal (HB 255) would provide a remedy other than with the state Office of Insurance Regulation by allowing a policyholder to sue.
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February 7, 2014

Right-to-Carry permit renewal bill bipartisan in Colorado

Gun owners with concealed weapons permits would have an easier time renewing their permits under a bill that is winning rare bipartisan support in Colorado.The bill allows gun owners to renew their permits in the counties where they live. Currently they're required to renew concealed carry permits through the county sheriff who issued the permit. That can require long trips for people who move.
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February 6, 2014

California confiscation: Long forgotten pot bust, bureacratic screwup prompt agents to seize man's guns

Michael Merritt had all but forgotten about the pot bust way back in 1970 when state agents came knocking on the door of his Bakersfield, Calif. home.The agents, from the state’s Department of Justice, started peppering the 61-year-old avid hunter with questions about the guns he owns. Then they told him to hand them over.“I didn’t know why they were here,” Merritt told FoxNews.com of the Nov. 5 incident. “Then it hit me in a flash. They were here to take my guns and I didn’t know why.”
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February 6, 2014

Mayoral group's gun agenda is wrong

I'm the mayor of one of the largest cities in the Hudson Valley, just 90 minutes north of New York City. I'm a life member of the National Rifle Association and a former member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, or MAIG, started by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2006.I'm no longer a member of MAIG. Why? Just as Ronald Reagan said of the Democratic Party, it left me. And I'm not alone: Nearly 50 pro-Second Amendment mayors have left the organization. They left for the same reason I did. MAIG became a vehicle for Bloomberg to promote his personal gun-control agenda — violating the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens and taking resources away from initiatives that could actually work to protect our neighborhoods and save precious lives. Gun control will actually make a bad situation worse.
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February 6, 2014

No system exists to enforce NY Safe Act's background checks on ammo sales, superintendent says

Background checks for ammunition sales - required under New York's Safe Act - won't start anytime soon, New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico told lawmakers in Albany today.The new gun laws, signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in January 2013, require background checks on ammunition sales at point of purchase. State police are still developing a system that won't disrupt sales and still comply with the law.
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February 6, 2014

Troubling details about a police raid in Iowa

Finally, think of the implications if this were the policy everywhere. It would mean that if you’re a gun owner, the police could cite that fact in and of itself as justification for them to violently tear down your door, rush your house with guns and point those guns at your family — even if their warrant is for a nonviolent crime, even if it’s for a white collar crime, even if you’ve dutifully registered your gun with the government.
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February 6, 2014

Florida: Panel passes tweak to school zero-tolerance policies

A bill backed by the National Rifle Association that lawmakers said would add “common sense” to zero-tolerance policies for guns in public schools sailed through a House education panel on Wednesday.The measure (PCB KTS 14-02) by House Judiciary Chairman Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, would prevent children from being disciplined for simulating a gun while playing or wearing clothes that depict firearms.
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February 6, 2014

Colorado poll: Majority favor allowing armed staff

The idea of arming public school employees gained traction in a poll released Wednesday, a week before lawmakers hear testimony on a bill that would allow Colorado school districts to permit adults to carry guns inside classrooms.
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February 6, 2014

Iowa: Dubuque declines ban on home-based gun dealers

Dubuque has declined to take up a proposal that would ban future home-based firearms businesses, saying the issue isn't really a problem in the city.
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February 6, 2014

New Mexico: Senate panel rejects gun restrictions in Capitol

A proposal to restrict firearms in part of the New Mexico Capitol cleared a House committee Wednesday, but a similar proposal failed in a Senate panel.
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February 5, 2014

South Carolina: Permitless carry proposed

The meeting was also consumed by talk of guns. Bright pushed against Martin and others when he proposed a measure that would allow all South Carolinians to carry guns without having to go through the current Concealed Weapons Permit process.
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February 5, 2014

Colorado: Permitless carry shot down

Colorado Democrats continue to hold the line against Republican attempts to roll back gun restrictions, voting again to turn down a proposal removing permit requirements to carry concealed weapons.
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February 5, 2014

Vermont: Bill would repeal ban on suppressors

State Rep. Pat Brennan (R-Colchester) introduced a bill in the State Legislature to repeal the ban on silencers and suppressors.
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February 5, 2014

Beretta: Maryland disrespects us and gun owners, so we expand in Tennessee

My family has operated our business from the same small town in northern Italy for 500 years. This means that when we make a commitment to a local community, our hope is to do so for decades, if not centuries, to come.We apply this same philosophy to all of our factories and locations throughout the world. Such a commitment is not a one-way street, though.In return for our investment in jobs, facilities and assistance to the local economy, we ask for respect and a supportive business climate.
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February 5, 2014

Gun-rights advocates rally at Maryland capitol

Several hundred gun-rights supporters rallied in a defiant spirit outside the Maryland State House on Tuesday, with some making fiery calls to repeal last year's tough new gun-control law.
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February 5, 2014

Canada: Firearms group rips 'shadow registry'

Canada's long-gun registry is dead, but the National Firearms Association (NFA) warns that some police may still be using data from it."If this is actually what's going on, that there's some sort of shadow registry out there that's being used for reference ... this is far away from the intent of Parliament," NFA president Sheldon Clare said Tuesday.
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February 4, 2014

Massachusetts considers denying constitutional rights to innocent arrestees

Let’s just repeat that, for clarity’s sake: Massachusetts is considering denying “gun purchases to people who have been arrested, but not convicted, of a crime.” In other words, an American state is thinking about denying a constitutional right to the innocent because they happen to have been picked up by authorities that couldn’t prove that they had done anything wrong.
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February 4, 2014

State panel urges new controls on guns in Mass.

The Gun Owners Action League, the state affiliate of the National Rifle Association, said the commission all but ignored the group's voice in assembling the recommendations and said the report is "not worth the paper it's printed on."
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February 4, 2014

New York's NRA membership nearly doubles in wake of SAFE Act

As gun rights and gun control groups continue to argue over the effects of the New York SAFE Act, one consequence is clear: membership in the state affiliate of the National Rifle Association has soared since the law was enacted a year ago.
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February 4, 2014

Microstamping on gun rights

In 1983, Clint Eastwood reprised his “Dirty Harry” role in the movie “Sudden Impact,” set in the San Francisco area. Like most of Mr. Eastwood's films, it included a few signature lines, including one that notified some bad guys of his backup: “Smith and Wesson … and me.”It appears Californians will have less backup from Smith & Wesson, thanks to a misguided law that went into effect last year. As reported by the Los Angeles Times' Kate Mather on Jan. 23, Smith & Wesson will not comply with California's microstamping statute, which will cause more of its products to fall off the state's permissible firearms list and be ineligible for sale. Sturm, Ruger & Co. also will allow its products to fall off the list.
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February 4, 2014

Guam: Castle Doctrine bill passed

Lawmakers over this past weekend passed by majority vote the Castle Doctrine Bill. Guam now joins 27 other states that have some form of a castle doctrine.
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February 3, 2014

Connecticut: Pro-Gun forces to appeal federal court ruling

Barely 24 hours after a federal judge upheld Connecticut gun control laws passed in the wake of the Newtown school massacre, the lawyer who challenged the constitutionality of the measures on behalf of gun owners notified the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit of his clients' intent to keep fighting.
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February 3, 2014

"Negroes and the Gun": Non-violent Winchesters and the fine art of concealed carry in the modern civil rights movement

The longest chapter in the book Negroes and the Gun is devoted to the modern civil rights movement. The record here is rich with oral histories, memoirs and other detailed firsthand accounts that illuminated the Black tradition of arms.
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February 3, 2014

Detroit police chief defends stance on backing citizens carrying guns

Police Chief James Craig responded Thursday to a citizen who criticized his pro-gun stance by reiterating his opinion that “good citizens” who legally carry firearms could help deter violent crime.Craig made national news earlier this month after he told The Detroit News he’d changed his mind about the gun issue, and came to the conclusion that armed citizens could dissuade criminals from attacking them — a rarity among urban police chiefs, who generally don’t publicly support citizens’ right to carry firearms.
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