Top News Stories Concerning Your Gun Rights

August 16, 2013

Piers Morgan claims Virginia had highest murder rate -- stats say otherwise

When CNN host Piers Morgan didn't have the data to back up his case on gun control being linked to crime, he seemed to get creative with the facts.
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August 16, 2013

Sure, those Fast and Furious guns will turn up one day, when the cartel criminals are done using them to kill people

In Mexico, they have known for some time. Officials there have attributed more than 200 deaths to Fast and Furious weapons. A Justice Department document made public this month by the Los Angeles Times' Richard A. Serrano reveals what may be the most recent: Luis Lucio Rosales Astorga, police chief in the town of Hostotipaquillo, was shot to death Jan. 29 when gunmen opened fire on his patrol car. One bodyguard was killed and the chief's wife and a second bodyguard wounded.
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August 15, 2013

Mayors Against Bloomberg's Bombast

During the past couple of decades, as their wretched little cause slowly lost ground, it dawned on the more adroit of America's gun control outfits that they might profit from the invention of a new language to market their appeals. Thus it was that we moved away from a debate in which the Left was content to be represented by outfits named "Handgun Control Inc." and in which restrictionists advocated brazenly for "gun control" and even "gun bans," and moved toward a debate in which "Handgun Control Inc." became the "Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence," the term "gun control" was replaced in the political literature by the fraudulent "gun safety," and skeptics were assured that the reformers' goal was merely the institution of "sensible laws" based on the malleable notion of "common sense."
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August 15, 2013

Arizona school district wants parents to submit to contract agreeing to lock up guns

A school district in a generally rural section of northwest Tucson, Arizona is asking the parents of high school students and junior high school students to pledge never to use guns or violence to resolve problems.The “Student/Parent/Principal Contract for Eliminating Guns and Weapons from School 2013 — 2014″ was part of the Flowing Wells Unified School District’s registration packet for the upcoming school year, reports the Arizona Daily Independent.Second Amendment advocates see the terms of the contract — particularly the ones set out for parents — as a patronizing attempt to govern behavior in private homes.
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August 15, 2013

Colorado: Gov. Hickenlooper defends gun control laws as re-election bid begins

Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper is defending controversial decisions from the last year during visits to rural Colorado Wednesday as his re election bid begins.
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August 15, 2013

More Fast and Furious guns surface at crimes in Mexico

Three more weapons from Fast and Furious have turned up at crime scenes in Mexico, CBS News has learned, as the toll from the controversial federal operation grows.
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August 15, 2013

Georgia recognizes Right-to-Carry permits issued in Kansas

Kansas residents with concealed carry permits will now be allowed to carry their weapons in Georgia.Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Wednesday that Georgia has become the 33rd state to honor permits issued in Kansas.
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August 15, 2013

Minnesota: Capitol security panel split over guns in building

A task force of state officials studying security at the Minnesota Capitol got swept up in gun politics Wednesday as they debated whether handguns should continue to be allowed in the building.
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August 14, 2013

The check-box felon

A "straw purchase" case that goes before the Supreme Court in October will be an important test. When someone who is ineligible to own a gun, such as a onetime felon, pays someone to buy a gun for him, this is called a "straw purchase." In one notorious example, the U.S. Justice Department authorized straw purchases on behalf of Mexican drug kingpins, a scheme to track the final buyer in Operation Fast and Furious. Instead, it lost track of hundreds of guns.None of this interesting legal history applies to Bruce Abramski, a Virginia resident who helped his elderly uncle get a handgun. Both men were legally entitled to own a gun. Both passed the required background checks. As an ex cop, Mr. Abramski bought a Glock 19 and obtained a law enforcement discount. He consulted three federally licensed dealers to make sure he did everything by the book when he transferred the gun to his uncle in Pennsylvania.
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August 14, 2013

Mississippi wrangles with open carry law

In Mississippi, where gun rights have wide support, a legal debate is raging over gun legislation.Gov. Phil Bryant signed an amended law earlier this year stipulating that gun owners don't need a special permit to carry a gun in a holster or carrying case, as long as it is at least partially visible. But a state judge blocked the law, which was supposed to go into effect in July, concluding that it is "unconstitutionally vague" and would allow gun owners "to openly carry weapons anywhere and everywhere."
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August 14, 2013

California gun control bills advance in Sacramento

A package of bills that would once again give California the nation's toughest gun control laws passed a key legislative hurdle Tuesday, setting up a white hot Capitol showdown.The Assembly Committee on Public Safety hearing offered a preview of that battle, as dozens of gun control advocates including some who have lost loved ones to violent crime faced off against gun rights supporters who believe that a basic freedom is threatened.
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August 14, 2013

Extremists publish how-to manual for hunting & trapping saboteurs

Environmentalists upset with a federal proposal to remove protections for wolves across most of the U.S. have posted a manual on how to disrupt wolf hunts and sabotage traps.The 12-page manual published online Monday by Earth First! tells would be saboteurs that Internet activism alone can leave activists with an empty feeling, so "why not try direct action?"
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August 13, 2013

Maine aims to address growing Right-to-Carry permit backlog

In an attempt to clear out a backlog that has Maine residents waiting nearly five months to receive concealed weapons permits, lawmakers say they'll meet this fall to discuss ways to reduce it, including possibly extending the length of time the permit is valid.
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August 13, 2013

California top cop misleading police about their gun rights?

Based on recent actions by the California Department of Justice (DOJ), one might think California Attorney General, Kamala Harris, doesn't like the idea of federal law enforcement officers possessing firearms within "her State." First, the DOJ changed its previous policy of including federal officers among those who can buy or receive handguns that are not listed on the Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale from licensed firearm dealers, so that now they may not. Although that policy change is a correct interpretation of the law, as we recently explained, now the DOJ is curiously hesitant to reevaluate its incorrect policy that retired federal officers are not entitled to exemption from California's concealed carry laws under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act ("LEOSA").
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August 12, 2013

Cox: Self-defense is a human right

Your right to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones when faced with a deadly threat is not bestowed on you by government. Indeed, self defense is the most fundamental of all human rights, and it's the duty of our elected officials to preserve it.
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August 12, 2013

Florida sheriffs: Keep "Stand Your Ground" as written

The Florida Sheriffs Association is no longer neutral on the state's controversial "stand your ground" law.Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, the new president of the association, announced Friday that members agreed earlier this week without opposition to support the law "as currently written."
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August 12, 2013

Gun control bills could push California to top of firearm restriction list

With summer recess behind them and the legislative session's five week homestretch ahead, state lawmakers face a fusillade of gun control bills that could move California far beyond what any other state has enacted including proposals to ban a wide range of semi automatic rifles and impose strict new regulations on ammunition.
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August 12, 2013

Lott: Gun toting teachers' names must remain private

Are people safer if criminals know who is carrying concealed handguns? Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel seems to think so. With school starting soon, he claims that if the Clarksville, Arkansas School District lets employees carry concealed handguns at school, their names must be made public. This is his second attempt to derail the school district’s proposal.
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August 10, 2013

Alabama Wildlife Group Honors NRA President with Award

The Alabama Wildlife Federation is honoring a Birmingham attorney and gun rights leader as its conservationist of the year.  The organization recently presented the honor to James W. Porter II, who made news earlier this year when he became president of the National Rifle Association. 
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August 8, 2013

Firearms manufacturer says new gun control law fueled planned move to Pa.

A firearms manufacturer in New York, partially blaming the state's new gun control law, said Wednesday it's moving its corporate offices and its plans for expansion to Pennsylvania.
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August 8, 2013

Colorado: Castle Rock apartment's controversial policy banning firearms is thrown out

A controversial gun policy at an apartment complex for seniors has been thrown out after a 9Wants to Know report.The Douglas County Housing Partnership, a multi-jurisdictional housing authority, held an emergency board of directors meeting late Wednesday afternoon.Board members decided that the policy, which would have prohibited residents from having firearms in their homes, will not go into effect.
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August 7, 2013

Gun bills to return during 2014 Utah legislatuure

The fervor for gun control may be fading — expanding background checks fell short in Congress, while recent polls show new gun-law support dropping below 50 percent — but lawmakers in Utah are tightening their grip on bills aimed at easing gun restrictions and combating federal encroachment.
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August 7, 2013

Democratic anti-gun 'guide' urged using Trayvon Martin's death to hit NRA, guns

Just revealed Democratic anti-NRA talking points urge anti-gun advocates and politicians to hype high-profile gun incidents like the Florida slaying of Trayvon Martin to win support for new gun control laws.
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August 7, 2013

Colorado: Castle Rock apartment tenants told they must get rid of their guns

Retired Marine Art Dorsch says his Second Amendment rights are in danger.His apartment complex, the Oakwood Apartments in Castle Rock, sent out a notice telling all residents to get rid of their guns.
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August 6, 2013

LAPD's hypocrisy about gun prosecutions

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is extremely aggressive in enforcing federal, state, and local firearm regulations. In fact, years ago it created its very own "Gun Unit" that is dedicated to investigating and prosecuting violations of firearm laws. Since its creation, the LAPD Gun Unit has earned a notorious reputation for being unduly aggressive in prosecuting these cases, and for interpreting the confusing, numerous, and complicated California and federal firearm laws extremely broadly. Simply put, the LAPD attempts to criminalize as much firearm related activity as possible. In doing so, it has made criminals out of lots of well intentioned and harmless civilians.
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August 6, 2013

Appeals court denies immediate Illinois concealed carry

A federal appeals court has refused an urgent request by gun rights advocates to let Illinois residents immediately tote firearms in public under the state's fledgling concealed carry law, though the panel has decided to give the matter a speedy review.
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August 6, 2013

Wooed by gun friendly states, some manufacturers pull up stakes

Even gun makers want to be liked. So governors and other politicians from states eager to embrace the industry have descended on places where they are not so popular -- like Connecticut, Maryland, New York and Colorado -- offering tax breaks and outright cash grants to persuade them to relocate.
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August 5, 2013

Sen. Reid likely to bring gun bill back to Senate

In a meeting with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D Nev., assured the gun control activists that another gun bill would be brought to the floor before the congressional midterm elections. What he couldn't promise was whether it would be successful."I think sometime next year we'll revisit that issue," Reid said, according to a report from The Nation. "I'm almost certain of it."
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August 5, 2013

Sen. Leahy: Bloomberg's gun ads 'Didn't help a bit'

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D Vt., pointed some of the blame for the failed Senate debate over comprehensive background checks at New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who dedicated millions of dollars to eviscerating senators who opposed such legislation."Unfortunately, you have some on the left like the mayor of New York City, who actually didn't help a bit with his ads. He actually turned off some people that we might have gotten for supporters," Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in an interview to air on C SPAN Newsmakers on Sunday.
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August 5, 2013

Virginia: Gun crime drops again as firearm sales soar

Gun related violent crime continues to drop in Virginia as the sales of firearms continue to soar, a pattern that one local criminologist finds interesting "given the current rhetoric about strengthening gun laws."Major gun crime collectively dropped for a fourth consecutive year statewide, while firearms sales climbed to a new record in 2012 with 490,119 guns purchased in 444,844 transactions a 16 percent rise over 2011, according to federally licensed gun dealer sales estimates obtained by the Richmond Times Dispatch.The proliferation of guns occurred as the total number of major reported crimes committed with all types of firearms in Virginia dropped 5 percent, from 4,618 offenses in 2011 to 4,378 last year, according to Virginia State Police data.
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August 5, 2013

New plea for gun rights

The National Rifle Association and two individuals under the age of twenty one have asked the Supreme Court to strike down a federal law that bans licensed gun dealers from selling handguns to minors. A federal appeals court upheld that law, ruling that Congress was justified in believing that easy commercial access to pistols for teenagers leads to violent crime.The new case, NRA v. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (docket 13 137), raises one of the broadest challenges to a gun control law to reach the Court in the five years since the Second Amendment was interpreted to protect a personal right to have a gun, at least for self defense.
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August 5, 2013

Patient privacy showdown in Florida

Physicians have no business interrogating patients about their gunsIn the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict, President Obama and other anti gun advocates have called for changing Florida's pro Second Amendment laws. Their chances of getting the "stand your ground" statute overturned are slim, but the anti gun groups are making significant progress in the Sunshine State in allowing activist doctors to push their agenda to disarm families.A federal appeals court heard oral arguments on July 18 in the case that has become known as "Docs vs. Glocks." The issue before the court is whether a patient's right to privacy and protection from doctors who ask inappropriate political questions about what firearms are in the family home trumps the health care providers' rights to ask and to keep records of whatever they want.
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August 2, 2013

Poll: Most back 'stand your ground'

A majority of Americans support controversial “stand your ground” laws, according to a new poll, but their views are sharply divided along racial lines. Voters back the self-defense laws 53 percent to 40 percent, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac.
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August 2, 2013

NRA Asks Supreme Court To Strike Down Gun Limits For 18-20 Year Old Adults

In a Monday court filing, the National Rifle Association asked the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a 1968 law that prevents licensed gun dealers from selling handguns to people between the ages of 18 and 21.
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August 2, 2013

LaPierre: Criticize the Obama administration, pay a terrible price

President Barack Obama's condescending commencement address urging Ohio University graduates to reject voices warning Americans of "tyranny" is an Obama in your face reference to NRA and a host of groups his bureaucrats are trying to crush with their abuse of executive power.
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August 2, 2013

American voters back "Stand Your Ground"

American voters back so-called "Stand Your Ground" laws 53 - 40 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.
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August 2, 2013

N.J. handgun law heads to state's top court

For the first time in nearly half a century, the state Supreme Court will hear a landmark case that could redefine gun rights in New Jersey.The state's highest court has agreed to consider a challenge to the toughest gun control law in New Jersey, first passed in 1924, which says people must show "justifiable need" if they want permits to carry handguns.
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August 2, 2013

Delaware: NRA vs. Wilmington Housing Authority

The National Rifle Association has won a round in federal court in its fight with the Wilmington Housing Authority over allowing guns in common spaces in public housing.The U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals has decided to send a ruling that barred weapons from these public spaces back to the state so the Delaware Supreme Court can weigh in on, and possibly overturn, the restriction.
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August 2, 2013

Pro-Suppressor Legislation Advancing

In recent days, individual measures to legalize the use of sound and flash suppressors for hunting were advanced by lawmakers in North Carolina, became law in North Dakota and were introduced in Ohio. Earlier this year, the governors of Wyoming and Indiana each signed bills permitting the use of firearm suppressors for all types of hunting.
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August 1, 2013

Colorado: In recall message, Sen. John Morse avoids talk of gun-control votes

The reason Senate President John Morse faces a recall election that could end his political career is simple: He's from a swing district, and he supported controversial gun-control laws. But in the days since the recall battle began in earnest after a July filled with legal spats, Morse and a group backing the El Paso County senator — A Whole Lot of People for John Morse — have unveiled a strategy focused on everything but his gun votes.
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