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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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September 19, 2013

Addled by the AR-15

In the media, and to a lesser extent in the country at large, the AR-15 rifle serves as a totem and a fetish. It is the gun whose name everybody knows; the stuff of nightmares and of fantasies; perhaps the most loved and most hated object in a country of plenty. And, all told, that’s really quite silly.So sure were the horrified darlings of the gun-control salon that an AR-15 had played a part in the abomination at Navy Yard that many felt compelled to insert one into the story, front and center.
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September 19, 2013

Blame the homicidal maniac, not the guns

It is painful and tragic that 12 hardworking people at the Washington Navy Yard went to work Monday and never came home. Aaron Alexis shot 29 people before the police were able to stop him. President Obama and his allies in the liberal media jumped to blame the weapons, but there is not a single gun-control law that could have prevented that horrific massacre.
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September 18, 2013

Mass murders less frequent than we think

Northeastern University Professor James Alan Fox, a noted critic of the right to keep and bear arms, explains that mass shootings are not on the rise.
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September 18, 2013

California: Gun bills awaiting Brown's yes or no

The bills sailed through the Democrat controlled Legislature, but nobody on any side of the issue can predict whether Brown a gun owner and former state attorney general will sign any of them. He's been on all sides of the gun issue during his four decades in public office.
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September 18, 2013

Gun control failed in congress. It's happening anyway

Gun control legislation failed loudly following the Newtown school shooting, but that has not stopped President Obama from leaving Congress behind to launch a broad gun control campaign of his own.Between the December 2012 massacre and the Navy Yard mass shooting Monday, Obama has taken 25 separate gun control initiatives, all of which came from executive actions that did not require congressional authorization.
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September 18, 2013

Durbin raises gun debate in response to Navy Yard shooting

Less than an hour after the U.S. Senate convened Tuesday morning, a senior Senate Democrat raised the possibility of a renewed debate over federal gun laws in light of the deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard.
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September 18, 2013

Firearms and Feminism: Women for guns, and guns for women

Female gun ownership has surged over the past five years, and it's easy to understand why. Women who own guns consistently list the self confidence and the sense of protection that having a firearm gives them, and the way it makes them feel in general: that rush of adrenaline, that inner strength, and perhaps even a little glamor. But nobody becomes a gun person overnight. There are many building blocks that go into making someone a gun enthusiast. For me, it was a combination of empowerment and education on the fronts of both feminism and firearms that eventually led to my passion for the Second Amendment.
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September 18, 2013

Rick Perry plans stop at Md. gun manufacturer as he tries to lure businesses to Texas

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) will visit a gun manufacturer Wednesday as part of his foray into Maryland to try to lure businesses to the Lone Star State.
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September 17, 2013

Anti-gun narrative blows up in face of CNN, Daily News

Tuesday's New York Daily News cover story is nothing more than a long-form editorial that attempts to make the AR-15 (a semiautomatic sport rifle) the bad guy in Monday's horrific Navy Yard shooting. Last night, CNN attempted to do the same through blowhard Piers Morgan. But there is just one problem: CNN and The Daily News are 100% wrong. The FBI has just confirmed that a shotgun and two pistols were recovered, and that the "gunman was NOT armed with [an] AR-15."
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September 17, 2013

Gun control’s dead end

Now that the terrifying confusion has abated and the wildly varying reports have been collated into some sort of consensus, we are able to review what happened yesterday at Washington, D.C.’s Navy Yard with a dispassionate and critical eye. Doing so reveals that it is once again time for the friends of liberty to be blunt and to be forceful in the face of what will inevitably come. So resolved, let us lay down this marker: Those claiming that yesterday’s abomination demonstrates the need for stricter gun control are either lying or they are ignorant, and, either way, they should be ashamed of themselves. It does no such thing.
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September 17, 2013

Obama, Feinstein reignite fight for gun control after Navy Yard shooting

Just hours after the deadly shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, gun control advocates tried to reignite the national debate over gun laws that had only just subsided.
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September 17, 2013

Steny Hoyer expects renewed debate on gun control

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said Tuesday that he expects the shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard this week to "renew the discussions" in Washington on gun control but expressed skepticism that legislative action will be taken.
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