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March 19, 2014

New Jersey expedites magazine and gun ban; only Chris Christie can stop

The anti-gun politicians that control the New Jersey Legislature are racing to get a magazine and gun ban on Gov. Chris Christie’s desk.A bill that bans magazines over 10 rounds and classifies .22-caliber tube-fed youth rifles as “assault firearms” could hit the governor’s desk as soon as March 27, according to the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs, which is the state’s affiliate for the National Rifle Association (NRA).
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March 19, 2014

California sheriffs see surge in concealed carry permits

Sheriffs in California say they’ve been swamped with requests for concealed carry permits since last month’s court ruling that residents only have to show a desire for self-defense — and little else — in order to take advantage of the right.
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March 19, 2014

Public housing tenants have a right to bear arms, even in common areas

So holds Tuesday’s Delaware Supreme Court decision in Doe v. Wilmington Housing Authority) (Del. Mar. 18, 2014). The court applied the Delaware Constitution’s right to bear arms provision — “A person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and State, and for hunting and recreational use” — and the court noted that this language may justify broader protection than that given by the Second Amendment. Still, the precedent is likely to prove influential in other states as well, since the case deals with having guns for self-defense, which D.C. v. Heller has held is covered by the Second Amendment.
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March 19, 2014

West Virginia: Charleston City council repeals handgun ordinance

The city of Charleston's handgun sales ordinance was eliminated Monday night after Mayor Danny Jones declared the vote an emergency and suspended the rules for a vote. Proposed bills ordinarily are read over the course of two council meetings.
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March 19, 2014

Florida: Senate passes bill to ban gun owner discrimination

The Senate passed a bill that would make it illegal for insurance companies to deny policies or charge higher rates solely based on gun ownership.The bill passed Tuesday on a 36-3 vote.
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March 19, 2014

Gun debate rages on in N.H. House

A bill creating a commission to study gun violence is scheduled to go to the floor of the N.H. House on Wednesday.The bill was introduced by state Rep. Renny Cushing, D-Hampton, as an amendment that replaces a pro-gun bill.Cushing's amendment would create a commission to "study the impact of firearms violence, explore options to strengthen the background check system for firearms sales and consider measures to promote firearms safety."
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March 18, 2014

Federal surveillance policies could lead to gun registry

The National Rifle Association has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in a case in federal court in New York challenging the federal government’s data surveillance techniques, arguing the data collection violates the First Amendment and could undermine federal privacy laws that prohibit the formation of a registry of firearms or gun owners.
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March 18, 2014

With delay of surgeon general, NRA flexes election-year clout in Senate

Pressure from the National Rifle Association is helping delay the nomination of President Obama’s nominee to be the U.S. surgeon general as the influence of the gun rights group adds another factor to what figures to be a difficult midterm election season for Democrats.
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March 18, 2014

Gun control supporters turn to new front

The American gun control movement is going corporate.Still reeling from the stinging legislative defeats of 2013, proponents of tougher firearm regulations are increasingly turning their focus to private sector campaigns.
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March 18, 2014

California fight over concealed carry could head to high court

California is shaping up to be the next major battleground over the Second Amendment, as gun rights activists in the nation's most populous state push for loosening concealed carry laws.
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March 18, 2014

Arizona Senate committee approves 5 pro-gun bills

An Arizona Senate committee approved five major pro-gun bills on Monday, advancing what Republicans call necessary legislation to protect Second Amendment rights but what Democrats say is unnecessary and a waste of time.
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March 18, 2014

Rhode Island: Gun control debate returns to Statehouse

The debate over gun control is returning to the Rhode Island Statehouse, but it's unclear if anything has changed from last year, when a proposal to ban the sale of semi-automatic weapons fell flat.
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March 13, 2014

Chris Cox: Why the NRA opposes president's pick for surgeon general

NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox spoke to Fox News' Megyn Kelly and outlined why the NRA strongly opposes President Obama's nominee for Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy. 
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March 13, 2014

The thin blue line asks for help from gun owners

When President Obama makes a pitch for more gun-control laws, he likes to have a phalanx of blue-uniformed police officers behind him.These press conferences are supposed to convince us that law enforcement believes more restrictions on Second Amendment rights makes society safer. But Mr. Obama’s visual is a deception, because only a few liberal, big-city police chiefs continue to put politics over public safety.
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March 13, 2014

Idaho: Governor signs gun bill into law

Students, staff and visitors are now cleared to bring concealed guns onto Idaho's college and university campuses.Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter signed the bill into law Wednesday.
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March 13, 2014

Georgia: Senate panel approves narrower gun bill

One of two versions of a major gun bill in the Georgia Legislature won approval Wednesday from a state Senate committee, setting up negotiations with the House with only three days left in this year’s legislative session.
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March 13, 2014

New York high school student suspended for NRA pro-2nd Amendment T-shirt

A high school student in upstate New York was suspended for wearing an NRA T-shirt that touted the second amendment after he refused to turn it inside out or cover the words with duct tape.
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March 12, 2014

NRA Seeks To Block Gun Magazine Ban

The National Rifle Association is asking Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to block enforcement of a California city ordinance that bans gun magazines capable of holding more than 10 bullets.
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March 12, 2014

Arizona bill could penalize cities for gun laws

The Arizona House of Representatives will debate a bill that would impose fines on cities and towns that enforce gun ordinances stricter than the state's own laws.
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March 6, 2014

NRA head Wayne LaPierre rips press, 'political elites' for feeling of American decline

National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre delivered a blistering campaign-style speech Thursday, blaming the media and gun-controlproponents for a decline in American economic standing and for threatening "God-given" gun rights. "You feel it in your heart, you know it in your gut: Something has gone wrong" in America, LaPierre told a packed audience at theConservative Political Action Conference. "Neighborhood streets once filled with skateboards ... and laughter in the air are now filled with silence." LaPierre, who received the loudest applause of any speakers so far at the conference, put the blame squarely on the media and "political elites," saying that Americans feel their freedoms "slipping away."
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March 6, 2014

Massachusetts: Gun licenses on the rise, as state considers stricter laws

The number of residents holding gun licenses in Massachusetts communities north of Boston climbed last year, continuing a long- term trend, as the state considers stricter laws that would give police chiefs more power to deny licenses to people.
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March 6, 2014

California: Judge allows Sunnyvale magazine ban

A federal judge on Wednesday allowed Sunnyvale to enforce a voter-approved ban on large-capacity gun magazines, saying it would have little impact on the constitutional right to possess firearms for self-defense. The ruling comes two weeks after another judge rejected gun advocates' attempt to block a similar law in San Francisco.
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March 6, 2014

California: Sheriff receives $1.5 million to process concealed-weapons applications

Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens received $1.5 million from the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to help process a flood of applications for concealed-weapons permits, though she said she doesn't believe it will be a regular annual request.
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March 6, 2014

Kentucky: Senate OKs online concealed carry applications

A bill aimed at creating an online application for Kentuckians wanting licenses to carry concealed weapons has been passed by the state Senate.
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March 6, 2014

North Carolina: Board members take first step in liberalizing concealed carry laws

The first steps toward liberalizing Rowan County's concealed carry laws were taken Tuesday by a handful of planning board subcommittee members in a small room at the county office building.
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March 6, 2014

Alabama: Senate committee OKs gun bill

A Senate committee has approved a proposal to let people carry loaded pistols in their vehicles without a concealed carry permit.The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill Wednesday by a 6-2 vote.
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March 5, 2014

California: Gun ruling change on hold

The Orange County Sheriff's Department will stick to a new policy making it easier to get concealed-weapon permits locally, even though the court ruling that sparked that policy has been temporarily suspended.
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March 5, 2014

California: Sheriff's Office puts form to carry a concealed weapon on its website

The path to register to legally carry a concealed weapon in San Joaquin County has become less concealed, with the county Sheriff's Office putting the necessary forms on its website.The Sheriff's Office added a new button to its home page to get visitors to the forms, a move it announced on Monday.
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March 5, 2014

Brady group assails Facebook's gun decision; NRA wins

They did it again. In a battle over the ability to talk guns and makes sales on Facebook with anti-gun advocates like former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the National Rifle Association, with its 3 million Facebook supporters, is attempting to temper liberal efforts to rid the site of gun-themed pages.
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March 5, 2014

NRA Declares Victory Over Facebook Response to Gun Control Groups

After almost a month of pressure by Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) and Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America (MDA) to get Facebook to "prohibit the private selling or trading of guns on its platforms," Facebook announced "new educational and enforcement measures for commercial activities" that essentially restate what a company spokesperson said a week ago when they announced Facebook is not an online retailer and does not sell anything--including guns. 
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March 4, 2014

20 Years After Brady Law, Criminals Still Get Guns

In reality, the "Brady Checks" are quite ineffective in stopping criminals from getting guns. There are actually very few hard-core criminals that are stupid enough to even try to buy a gun from a dealer that does a background check.
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March 4, 2014

Florida: Gun legislation back in the forefront for session

Florida's gun-friendly nature will be scrutinized during the 2014 legislative session as bills that would modify the state's "stand your ground" law and another allowing warning shots will be considered, a marked contrast from the 2013 session in which no major gun legislation was passed.
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March 4, 2014

California: Fight over concealed weapons brewing

The California Attorney General's Office, a police organization and a gun control lobbying group want to go to court to reverse a recent court ruling that, for now, is making it easier to get a concealed weapon permit in Orange County.
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March 4, 2014

Legislature considers loosening gun possession rules on University of Alaska campuses

A college junior pushing legislation to liberalize gun possession on University of Alaska campuses is up against tough opposition from the university system president, a retired Air Force general who knows a thing or two about weapons himself.
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February 28, 2014

California: Attorney general to challenge ruling on concealed carry

Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris said Thursday that she would challenge a federal appeals court ruling that would require counties to give law-abiding residents permits to carry concealed guns.
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February 28, 2014

Study aims to shoot down media narrative on frozen firearms research

A forthcoming study is challenging claims, repeated over and over in the media, that federal restrictions effectively froze gun research over the last two decades.
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February 28, 2014

Lott: Don't believe mainstream media mistruths about firearms research

If we are to believe the mainstream media, the powerful NRA has used its political muscle to keep people ignorant of how guns impact our safety. They are supposedly to blame for the elimination of firearms research. This is all a result of a 1996 amendment to the federal budget stating “None of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be used to advocate or promote gun control.”
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February 28, 2014

Legalization of gun suppressors hits bulls-eye in Iowa House

A bill to protect Iowans' liberties and their hearing sailed through the Iowa House Thursday on an 83-16 vote, but is likely to get sunk in the Democratic-controlled Senate.House File 2381 would allow Iowans to buy suppressors, or silencers, for their guns. That's prohibited now by state law, according to floor manager Rep. Matt Windschitl, R-Missouri Valley, who called the bill a "prime opportunity to expand the freedom and liberty Iowans deserve."
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February 28, 2014

More gun control bills proposed in Rhode Island General Assembly

Some Rhode Island lawmakers...are again taking aim at gun control. No fewer that nine bills are now being considered - from banning assault style weapons; to boosting sales tax on ammunition; and, limiting gun clips to no more than ten rounds.
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February 28, 2014

Arizona House panel moves ahead with school safety bill

Saying it will protect students from “maniacal, homicidal” killers, a House panel voted Wednesday to let schools designate one employee at each site have access to have a gun.
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