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October 3, 2013

California: Pleasant Hill delays decision on regulating firearms and ammunition sales

Following hours of debate, the City Council on Monday delayed a decision on an ordinance regulating the sales of firearms and ammunition.On a 4-1 vote, the council passed a motion directing the city attorney to prepare a report comparing the additional regulations the proposed ordinance would place on firearms dealers to existing requirements under state and federal law. Councilman Jack Weir, who opposes the ordinance, cast the no vote.
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October 2, 2013

NRA threatens suit over Calif. gun bill

The National Rifle Association plans to sue the state of California if Gov. Jerry Brown signs a bill restricting the sale of some commonly used hunting rifles, raising the stakes as the deadline approaches for the governor’s decision. The “worst of the worst” is SB 374, according to the NRA, which would change the definition of assault weapons to include any semi-automatic rifle with a detachable magazine or rifles with fixed or tubular magazines over 10 rounds.
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October 2, 2013

Court says Holder can't stop Fast And Furious truth search

The most transparent administration in history suffered a defeat Monday, when U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson turned down the Justice Department's request to dismiss a lawsuit seeking "Fast and Furious" documents hidden by Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department after President Obama invoked executive privilege.
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October 2, 2013

Are guns the problem?

Every time there's a shooting tragedy, there are more calls for gun control. Let's examine a few historical facts. By 1910, the National Rifle Association had succeeded in establishing 73 NRA affiliated high school rifle clubs. The 1911 second edition of the Boy Scout Handbook made qualification in NRA's junior marksmanship program a prerequisite for obtaining a BSA merit badge in marksmanship. In 1918, the Winchester Repeating Arms Co. established its own Winchester Junior Rifle Corps. The program grew to 135,000 members by 1925. In New York City, gun clubs were started at Boys, Curtis, Commercial, Manual Training and Stuyvesant high schools. With so many guns in the hands of youngsters, did we see today's level of youth violence?
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October 2, 2013

Maryland: Federal judge refuses to block new gun law

A federal judge on Tuesday refused to block implementation of Maryland's new gun control law, citing the late date of the challenge -- just two business days before it was set to take effect -- as an indication the law posed no imminent threat to core Second Amendment rights.
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October 2, 2013

Supreme Court to decide if domestic violence charge enough for a gun ban

The Supreme Court will decide whether a man's Tennessee misdemeanor domestic assault plea should ban him from owning a gun.The high court on Tuesday agreed to hear an appeal of James Castleman's case.
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September 27, 2013

The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty is dead on arrival

This week, Secretary of State John F. Kerry signed the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty on behalf of the United States. In doing so, he and the Obama administration have made our country a signatory nation to a treaty that the Senate has signaled it won't ratify.
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September 27, 2013

Gun registry 'scheme' among concerns over U.N. arms treaty

According to the treaty, the international sale of weapons would be linked to the human rights records of buyers; it requires the countries that sign on to establish regulations for selling weapons. This has raised concern that the treaty could be used as an excuse to push new gun laws. But the treaty also advocates keeping data of arms purchases, which the NRA and other groups say could be used as an international log to keep tabs on gun owners.
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September 27, 2013

Gun rights activists sue Maryland to block new firearms law

Gun rights activists in Maryland have filed a federal lawsuit to block the state's new gun law before new requirements on assault weapons and large magazines go into effect Oct. 1.
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September 27, 2013

More BATFE sting cases dismissed

Top agency officials launched a probe into the actions of ATF agents in the sting, after the Journal Sentinel exposed numerous shortcomings of what was called "Operation Fearless." Among the Journal Sentinel findings: Agents hired a brain damaged man to promote the store and set up drug and gun deals, then arrested him on federal counts; three government owned guns, including a machine gun, were stolen; and the undercover storefront was ripped off of $40,000 in merchandise.
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September 27, 2013

California Department of Justice sued for misuse of firearm purchaser fee

Attorneys from the law firm of Michel & Associates, P.C. have filed a lawsuit on behalf of several individual gun owners and the Calguns Shooting Sports Association ("CGSSA"), challenging the California Department of Justice's (DOJ) misuse of monies collected from a fee that DOJ can require firearm purchasers to pay at the time of sale, the Dealer Record of Sale (DROS) Fee. The lawsuit, assisted by the National Rifle Association, who has brought a federal lawsuit (Bauer v. Harris) seeking similar relief on Second Amendment grounds, seeks to stop DOJ from continuing to stick law abiding gun owners with the bill for funding its general law enforcement projects through the DROS fee.
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September 26, 2013

Arms treaty draws NRA, conservative ire

But detractors to the treaty see a threat to individual American freedoms hanging in the balance as well."The Obama administration is once again demonstrating its contempt for our fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms," Chris Cox, executive director of the Institute for Legislative Action at the National Rifle Association, said in a written statement."This treaty threatens individual firearm ownership with an invasive registration scheme," Cox said, adding the NRA would continue working to oppose Senate ratification of the treaty.
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September 26, 2013

A.G. Abbott warns arms treaty could spur Texas to sue

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, no stranger to suing the federal government since President Barack Obama took office, repeated his warning Wednesday that U.S. ratification of a United Nations arms treaty would bring "swift legal action" from Texas.
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September 26, 2013

Canada: Ottawa refuses to sign arms treaty

Prime Minister Stephen Harper continues to engage the United Nations on his own terms, refusing to sign a landmark UN treaty regulating the arms trade while pushing his maternal health agenda.Canada is holding off signing the treaty, citing concern over how it affects firearm owners -- even though the United States has now joined the global accord over the objections of that country's powerful gun lobby.
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September 26, 2013

Colorado recalls behind them, House, Senate GOP aim to repeal gun laws

This year's statehouse battles over new gun regulations could all return next year with a renewed debate.House and Senate Republicans are poised to present a series of bills in the 2014 session that look to repeal or alter some of the gun control legislation passed by Democrats and implemented into law over the summer.
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September 26, 2013

Senate website gets 2nd Amendment wrong, critics say

Does the Second Amendment guarantee an individual right to own guns?The Supreme Court has ruled that it does. But you might be confused if you visit the official Senate web page on the Constitution, which says only: "Whether this provision protects the individual's right to own firearms or whether it deals only with the collective right of the people to arm and maintain a militia has long been debated."
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September 25, 2013

Kerry signs UN arms treaty, senators threaten to block it

Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday signed a controversial U.N. treaty on arms regulation, riling U.S. lawmakers who vow the Senate will not ratify the agreement.
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September 25, 2013

Secretary of State Kerry to sign Arms Trade Treaty

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, in a move that puts the Obama administration at odds with the powerful American gun lobby, will sign the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty regulating the $70 billion international conventional arms business, diplomats said on Tuesday.
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September 25, 2013

Is defending the Second Amendment akin to supporting slavery?

You may be thinking, “so what, they have their bad laws and we have our good laws.” But it seems at least some Brits want to disarm not just their own citizens, but Americans as well.Writing for the UK-based Guardian, Henry Porter asserts that it is time for the United Nations to somehow undermine private gun ownership in the United States.
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September 25, 2013

California: Concealed carry permits reflect a patchwork of standards

Say you’re a jeweler living in Sacramento County. You’d like to carry a concealed handgun for security reasons. If you apply for a concealed weapon permit, you are very likely to be issued one. A jeweler living in Lodi would likely be successful, too.But one living in San Francisco is out of luck. San Francisco very rarely issues permits. In fact, there are only two in a city of 700,000.Getting a concealed weapon permit in California is a roll of the dice, a News-Sentinel investigation has found.
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September 25, 2013

Illinois: State police begin vetting instructors to conduct Right-to-Carry training

Illinois residents can begin applying in January for licenses to carry concealed weapons, but so far only 54 instructors most from northern Illinois have been approved to train them.
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September 24, 2013

Kerry to sign UN arms treaty, despite senators' opposition

Secretary of State John Kerry plans to sign a controversial U.N. treaty on arms regulation on Wednesday, a senior State Department official told Fox News -- despite warnings from lawmakers that the Senate will not ratify the agreement. 
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September 24, 2013

McAuliffe: Virginia should ban magazines, institute gun rationing, and criminalize private transfers

Apparently deterred neither by the recent and successful liberalization of state gun laws in Virginia nor by the clear message that Colorado voters sent to lawmakers earlier in the month, Virginian gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe has added a gun-control plank to his campaign website.
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September 24, 2013

Navy Yard shooting shows gun control is not the answer

Genuine facts are vital for intelligent laws. Many gun control advocates didn't wait for the facts after Monday's Washington Navy Yard mass shooting to call for more laws and to attack those who do not In hope of better future discussions, let's examine some faulty facts:"The fact that we do not have a firm enough background check system is something that makes us more vulnerable to these kinds of mass shootings." President Barack Obama.Monday's shooting that killed 12 innocent victims actually showed nothing of the sort. The killer, Aaron Alexis, passed a federal firearms background check. That was how he purchased the shotgun he used. Not only that, Alexis passed other background checks to obtain clearance to the Navy Yard as a military contractor.
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September 24, 2013

Marylanders flock to buy guns

Marylanders have been rushing to buy guns at a rate of 1,000 a day over the past two weeks, hastening the pace of an unprecedented surge in gun sales.
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September 24, 2013

Alabama recognizes Kansas Right-to-Carry licenses

Kansas residents with concealed carry permits will now be allowed to carry their weapons in Alabama.Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Monday that Alabama has become the 34th state to honor permits issued in Kansas.
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September 24, 2013

Maryland: Legislative committee OKs regulations to implement gun control law

A legislative panel in Maryland has voted to approve regulations needed to implement the state's sweeping gun control law, which takes effect next month.
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September 24, 2013

California’s great gun grab

Breaking new ground in the state-level battle over firearms, the Democrat-dominated California state legislature has taken gun control into uncharted territory with a flurry of bills that target not just firearms and ammunition, but also recreational hunting.
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September 23, 2013

Obama calls for 'transformation' of nation's gun laws

President Obama called Sunday for a "transformation" of the nation's gun laws, noting that shootings in other countries such as Australia and the United Kingdom led to changes in their gun laws.
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September 23, 2013

Obama demands gun curbs, laments gun rights in Navy Yard shooting speech

President Barack Obama is using the Sept. 16 Navy Yard shootings to rally his supporters for another uphill charge in November 2014 against Americans’ gun rights.
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September 23, 2013

LaPierre blames lack of security for Navy Yard shooting

The NRA's Wayne LaPierre says on Meet the Press that the culprit for the Navy Yard shooting isn't the availability of firearms, but the lack of security on the military base.
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September 23, 2013

Obama blames NRA for gun violence

Once again, President Obama is exploiting the tragic deaths from a mass shooting to push his political agenda to control guns. This time, he escalates the rhetoric by blaming Second Amendment advocates for criminals’ acts.
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September 20, 2013

The impossibility of gun control

The Navy Yard massacre won't revive the gun debate in Congress for a simple reason. There is no gun control agenda this side of a total ban and confiscation that would have stopped Aaron Alexis.The Toomey Manchin bill could have passed Congress unanimously. The assault weapons ban could still be in place. Gun controllers could have achieved their long ago goal of barring the private purchase of handguns. And every step of his mayhem at the Washington Navy Yard would have been unimpeded.
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September 20, 2013

Tired Guns; This time the "debate" is desultory and meta

A few days after last year's massacre at Newtown, Conn., we observed: "Every time one of these horrible shooting sprees occurs, countless voices in the media declaim that (1) we need a debate on gun control, and (2) the other side's views are despicable, stupid and unworthy of consideration." It's happening again, in reaction to Monday's murders at the Washington Navy Yard. But it's strikingly muted by comparison with the post Newtown frenzy.
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September 20, 2013

Government gets poor marks on protecting gun rights

Asked to size up how the government is doing on protecting a variety of rights and freedoms spelled out in the Bill of Rights and federal law, Americans pointed to slippage almost everywhere but most dramatically on the matters of guns and voting rights. The impression of a declining track record on guns rights turned up everywhere: among Republicans and Democrats, men and women, young and old, city dwellers and those in small towns.
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September 20, 2013

Support for more gun control has fallen to its lowest level in over a year

Despite the horrific mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, support for more gun control has fallen to its lowest level in over a year. Most Americans don't think tougher gun control would have prevented this week's killings anyway.
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September 20, 2013

KU rebukes journalism professor for tweet sent after shooting

University of Kansas officials criticized a journalism professor Thursday, saying remarks that he tweeted regarding Monday's shootings at the Washington Navy Yard were "repugnant."David Guth tweeted Monday that "blood is on the hands" of the National Rifle Association following the shootings that left 13 people dead."Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters," the tweet read. "Shame on you. May God damn you."On Thursday, Ann Brill, dean of the university's journalism school, said Guth's views "do not represent our school, and we do not advocate violence directed against any group or individuals."
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September 19, 2013

The impossibility of gun control

The Navy Yard massacre won’t revive the gun debate in Congress for a simple reason. There is no gun control agenda this side of a total ban and confiscation that would have stopped Aaron Alexis. The Toomey-Manchin bill could have passed Congress unanimously. The assault weapons ban could still be in place. Gun-controllers could have achieved their long-ago goal of barring the private purchase of handguns. And every step of his mayhem at the Washington Navy Yard would have been unimpeded.
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September 19, 2013

Sen. Blumenthal (D-Conn.) uses tragedy to call for gun control

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut Democrat, said that he hopes Monday’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard will reinvigorate the debate about gun control on Capitol Hill.
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September 19, 2013

New Jersey: Sweeney says 'centerpiece' gun control bill is dead after conditional veto

State Senate President Stephen Sweeney said today that his bill to overhaul the way New Jersey issues firearms ID cards, which he considered the centerpiece of a gun control package, is effectively dead after Gov. Chris Christie last month gutted it and sent it back to the Legislature.
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