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May 30, 2014

Kopel: The history of magazines holding 11 or more rounds

Currently before the Ninth Circuit is an appeal in the case of Fyock v. Sunnyvale, a case which challenges a California’s city’s ban on magazines which hold more than 10 rounds. While the State of California outlaws the sale, import, or transfer of such magazines, the Sunnyvale ban goes further, by prohibiting possession of these magazines, with no provision for grandfathering. The District Court upheld the ban; part of the Court’s analysis stated that magazines did not exist at the time the Second Amendment was ratified. Last Friday, amicus briefs in support of appellant were filed, including a brief which I co-authored on the history of magazines and of magazine prohibition.
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May 30, 2014

Operation Choke Point forces bank to dump gun store

A Massachusetts gun seller says it’s the latest victim of a federal multiagency task force that is squeezing financing sources for industries deemed “high-risk” by the Obama administration, such as porn stores, drug paraphernalia shops and gun merchants.Powderhorn Outfitters, which sells firearms, archery gear and fishing equipment in Hyannis, Massachusetts, posted in an online forum this week that its longtime bank — TD Bank — had suddenly dropped its account.
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May 30, 2014

Bill to add tax to gun, ammunition purchases in R.I. runs into opposition

A State House hearing Thursday followed a well-worn path of other airings of bills focused on guns this year.Gun-rights advocates well outnumbered advocates for the bill at the hearing. And there was little sign the bill, which would put a 10-percent additional tax on gun and/or ammunition purchases in Rhode Island, has support to advance as the legislative session heads into June.
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May 30, 2014

Louisiana hunters will be able to use sound suppressors on firearms

Louisiana hunters will be able to shoot birds, deer and any other game with a device the muffles sound on their firearms starting Aug. 1.
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May 29, 2014

Mayor of Chicago seeks to further tighten gun laws

Mayor Rahm Emanuel outlined a plan on Wednesday to make Chicago’s gun laws, already some of the strictest in the country, even tougher.
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May 29, 2014

Massachusetts: Wrong target

House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo's bill to make Massachusetts' gun laws still stricter is being promoted as a would-be crowning achievement for outgoing Gov. Deval Patrick. But nearly 40 years of experience in Massachusetts suggests that more laws drafted by legislators who fear firearms more than they understand them won't help.
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May 29, 2014

Massachusetts: Bay State gun group, rep slam DeLeo’s bill

Bay State gun advocates say they are going to push their own amendments to the sweeping gun legislation unveiled yesterday by House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo — a bill they slammed as putting an outsized burden on gun owners.
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May 29, 2014

Kansas: A.G. shapes entrance signs for open, concealed handguns

The Kansas attorney general's office delved into planning Wednesday for new signage that would be affixed to building entrances in accordance with revised state law on open and concealed handguns.Attorney General Derek Schmidt called together a group of lawyers from his office and representatives of municipal government; higher education institutions; library, hospital and business groups; and pro-gun lobbyists in Topeka to sort through intricacies of statute set to take effect July 1.
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May 28, 2014

Massachusetts: Speaker DeLeo unveils sweeping new gun legislation

Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo today unveiled sweeping legislation he said will give the Bay State the “most effective” gun laws in the country in a long-awaited roll-out spurred by the horrific Newtown school shootings 18 months ago. The bill, called the state’s most comprehensive since 1998 by House leaders, adds the state to a nationwide criminal background database and, for the first time, allows local police chiefs discretion in licensing owners for shotguns and rifles. The legislation also bans the private sale of guns without a licensed gun dealer and requires gun owners to list all the guns they own each time they renew their license.
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May 28, 2014

California lawmakers call for gun restrictions

On their first day back in the Capitol since the killing Friday night of six college students near UC Santa Barbara, Democrats in the California Legislature said the state should do more to keep mentally ill people from obtaining guns.
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May 28, 2014

Massachusetts: DeLeo pushes tighter gun law

House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo unveiled a proposal Tuesday for the most comprehensive changes to Massachusetts gun laws in 16 years, saying that the state cannot wait for federal action to curb gun violence.
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May 28, 2014

Kansas AG to convene meeting about new gun law

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is convening a meeting Wednesday to discuss new regulations for signs that business owners and others must post to keep guns off their premises.
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May 27, 2014

Sen. Blumenthal wants to bring back gun bills

Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Sunday he would urge Senate leaders to reconsider tougher gun control and mental health measures in the wake of this weekend's deadly shootings near the University of California, Santa Barbara.
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May 27, 2014

Rep. Peter King calls for more gun control

Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.) said Sunday that Friday’s deadly rampage near the University of California at Santa Barbara underscores why expanded background checks for firearm sales are needed and said he hopes to pursue legislation to enhance mental health screening.
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May 27, 2014

Chicago: Plan for city gun shops would limit sites, require sales be taped

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is proposing a far-reaching ordinance that would keep gun stores out of most parts of the city and require them to videotape every sale to deter customers from buying firearms for crooks.The ordinance is a response to a federal judge’s ruling in January that Chicago’s longtime ban on gun stores was unconstitutional.
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May 27, 2014

Kentucky legislature clearing way for more gun permits

The number of gun permits issued in Kentucky has quadrupled over the past 10 years, thanks in part to at least a dozen measures the General Assembly has passed to ease restrictions in the state's concealed carry law.
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May 23, 2014

New Jersey: Bill limiting gun magazines sent to Christie

The Assembly gave final legislative approval Thursday to a proposal that would ban high-capacity ammunition magazines in New Jersey, sending a bill that is highly unpopular with some gun-rights groups to Gov. Christie.
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May 23, 2014

Massachusetts: State gun laws might get tougher

Already known for adopting some of the country’s toughest gun control laws, Massachusetts lawmakers may soon debate whether to restrict firearms access even further.
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May 23, 2014

Lawmakers want $60 million to study guns

Democrats in the House and Senate are pushing to spend $60 million for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to research gun violence, rekindling a debate over whether political agendas taint these taxpayer-funded studies.The legislation, introduced by Sen. Edward J. Markey, Massachusetts Democrat, and Rep. Carolyn Maloney, New York Democrat, would provide $10 million a year for six years, beginning in 2015, for the research.
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May 22, 2014

N.J. Assembly to vote on magazine bill

The New Jersey Assembly is scheduled to vote on a bill that would outlaw ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.The bill has cleared the state Senate and would go to Gov. Chris Christie for his consideration.
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May 21, 2014

Gun control groups file lawsuit to force NJ attorney general to report on 'smart guns'

A dozen years ago, New Jersey became the focus of a national debate by passing a law requiring guns sold in the state to be equipped with technology that recognizes the owner and only allows that person to fire the weapon.
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May 21, 2014

Squeezing the gunsmiths

When he was an ambitious state senator in Illinois, Barack Obama despised White House power grabs. It was so Washington. “The biggest problem that we’re facing right now,” he said in 2008, “has to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all, and that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m president of the United States of America.”The only things Mr. Obama has reversed since he got to town are red lines of his own making. As president, Mr. Obama has raced far beyond Congress and the authority given to him by the Constitution. The latest example of overreach is carefully documented by our Kelly Riddell, who reported Monday that the administration is scheming to starve the gun industry of working capital and credit.
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May 21, 2014

Vagueness challenge in Manhattan DA’s use of gravity knives

Shortly after taking office as District Attorney of Manhattan, Cyrus Vance, Jr., began enforcing a novel interpretation of New York State’s half-century old ban on “gravity knives.” A state statute bans possession of a gravity knife, which is defined as “any knife having a blade which is released from the handle or sheath thereof by the force of gravity or the application of centrifugal force which, when released, is locked in place by means of a button, spring, lever or other device.” N.Y. Penal L. § 265.00(5).
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May 20, 2014

NRA News Commentator Colion Noir on Fox & Friends

Colion Noir appeared on Fox News’ Fox & Friends to discuss his new show, NOIR, and the backlash the show and Colion personally have received from the mainstream media. NOIR airs Sunday evenings at 8 and 10 p.m. ET on NRA Freestyle
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May 20, 2014

Hillary Clinton can't shoot straight on gun control

Hillary Clinton’s views on gun control change as frequently as her hairstyles.The former secretary of State has veered from calling for a national registry to win a Senate seat in New York to recalling a childhood spent duck hunting when running for president. Now, she has swung back to her more restrictive views on the Second Amendment with an eye on 2016.
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May 20, 2014

Congressmen question accountability in botched ATF operation

Congressional members are demanding answers from the director of the ATF about whether anyone has been held accountable for a botched undercover operation in Milwaukee — more than a year after problems were exposed.
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May 20, 2014

Detroit: Craig stands by 2nd Amendment support in wake of NRA magazine cover story

Police Chief James Craig on Monday reiterated his support for the Second Amendment in the wake of a National Rifle Association magazine cover story that featured the chief advocating for gun rights.During a one-on-one interview with The Detroit News, and a press conference outside police headquarters later Monday, Craig said he not only supports the right to bear arms, but Michigan’s Open Carry law, which allows licensed gun owners to carry their firearms in non-restricted areas, as long as they’re not concealed.
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May 20, 2014

New Jersey sued over "smart gun" law

A national gun control group sued New Jersey on Monday, claiming that the state has failed to comply with its own 12-year-old law regarding guns that contain technology allowing them to be fired only by their owners.
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May 20, 2014

‘High risk’ label from feds puts gun sellers in banks’ crosshairs, hurts business

Gun retailers say the Obama administration is trying to put them out of business with regulations and investigations that bypass Congress and choke off their lines of credit, freeze their assets and prohibit online sales.Since 2011, regulators have increased scrutiny on banks’ customers. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in 2011 urged banks to better manage the risks of their merchant customers who employ payment processors, such as PayPal, for credit card transactions. The FDIC listed gun retailers as “high risk” along with porn stores and drug paraphernalia shops.
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May 16, 2014

West Virginia: Five counties vote to allow Sunday hunting

Hunters in five West Virginia counties will soon have the option to hunt on Sundays.Voters in Braxton, Webster, Wirt, Nicholas and Calhoun counties approved Sunday hunting, which is illegal in all but 14 of the state’s counties. The issue was on the ballots in Lewis and Gilmer counties as well, but did not pass. Although counties have had the option of placing the issue on the ballots for about 12 years, Jerry Jenkins, lieutenant colonel with the state Division of Natural Resources, said it doesn’t come up very often.
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May 16, 2014

Okla. House passes concealed handgun legislation

The Oklahoma House has approved legislation that authorizes persons with concealed handgun licenses to store their handgun in a locked vehicle on school parking lots.
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May 15, 2014

Sara gets her gun

Next week, at about this time, Sara Warren will finally be given back her gun.About time, too. The pistol, a Ruger SR9, has been held by authorities since March 28, on which day Warren was involved in a serious automobile accident. “It was pretty bad,” she tells me over the phone from her home in Fort Collins, Colo. “I was slammed against my driver’s side door. I had blunt-force trauma to my kidneys, and I was bleeding internally. When the ambulance came, they grabbed me right away and rushed me to the hospital.” At the time of the collision, Warren had her pistol on the adjacent passenger seat, but afterward moved it into her purse so as not “to alarm anybody.”
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May 15, 2014

Louisiana’s Jindal will sign guns in restaurants bill

The Louisiana State Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Tuesday that eliminates a long-time ban on guns in restaurants where alcohol is served. The law, passed by the state House earlier this year, would also allow off-duty officers to carry their weapons into bars. Gov. Bobby Jindal’s (R) office said Wednesday he will sign the bill.
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May 15, 2014

Alabama Legislature aims to protect sportsmen’s rights

In November, Alabamians will vote on a proposed amendment to Amendment 597 of the state constitution, which furthers citizens’ right to hunt and fish within regulation. While the original amendment granting the right to hunt and fish was created in 1996, the proposed amendment specifies that public hunting and fishing is to be the preferred method of wildlife conservation and management efforts.
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May 14, 2014

Ohio: Bill would better respect Right-to-Carry

Questions already are being raised about the reach of a gun bill introduced in the state Senate yesterday that would prevent a person or entity leasing certain government property from blocking access to people carrying guns.
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May 14, 2014

Ohio issues 16,000 new concealed carry licenses

Ohio's attorney general reports that more than 16,000 new concealed-carry licenses were issued in the first quarter of 2014.
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May 14, 2014

Illinois: Teen protests suspension over gun club T-shirt

A Hinsdale Central High School student is challenging a suspension he said he received for wearing to school a T-shirt that depicts an AK-47.Senior Chris Borg, 18, of Hinsdale, appeared before the Hinsdale Township High School District 86 school board Monday to make the request that the suspension he received on May 6 be removed from his record.
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May 13, 2014

N.J. Senate passes bill to curb ammunition magazines

The New Jersey Senate voted Monday to pass a bill that would ban high-capacity magazines, despite Republican opposition and reservations voiced by some Democrats.
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May 13, 2014

Shall issue legislation passes in Guam, cites Peruta case as reason

The Guam Senate passed a bill by a 13-2 vote Friday that could soon make the U.S. territory the latest part of the country to move away from may issue guidelines for concealed carry permits.
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May 13, 2014

D.C. gun carry rights case blocked in court

Washington, D.C. is the only place in the country where no one is allowed to legally carry a gun outside the home.District residents are trying to challenge the law in court, but the justice system has denied them due process. The almost five-year delay in Palmer v. District of Columbia is so extreme that some suspect political games.
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