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Owner defends shop from pair of intruders, Alabama.com, Alabama, 12/02/14

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 19:00
The owner of a mechanic shop in Birmingham, Ala. was sleeping at his business after repeated burglary attempts, when a pair of criminals jumped a fence and came onto the property. The owner retrieved a gun, shot one intruder then slapped the other, causing both to flee. The wounded burglar was captured while seeking medical treatment at a local hospital.
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Wayne LaPierre: When prosecution is persecution

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 19:00
Good and evil. Right and wrong.Those are two fundamental opposing concepts that define the nature of humankind.But for the gun-ban crowd, each and every one of them—when it comes to private ownership of firearms and armed self-defense, the very heart of the Second Amendment—there is no such conflict. In their lexicon, firearms in the hands of private citizens are inherently evil.
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Ohio: Senate ready to push changes to gun laws

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 19:00
An Ohio Senate committee is scheduled to consider changes to gun bills relaxing some requirements for a concealed carry permit and letting hunters use silencers on their guns under certain conditions.
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Texas lawmaker files 'Pop Tart gun' bill

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 19:00
If you think it's a half-baked idea to legally protect kids' rights to play with their food, think again, says one Texas lawmaker.Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City, has filed a bill that would prohibit schools from punishing students who use their hands, playthings and, yes, even pastry items to mimic firearms. The proposed legislation also would protect students through the fifth grade who play with toy guns or draw or possess pictures of guns.
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How skyrocketing gun sales are helping to conserve butterflies

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 19:00
The Karner blue butterfly is a tiny thing, with colorful wings that extend just an inch across and a life that rarely wanders more than 600 feet from where it began. Its caterpillars can only eat wild lupines — a flower that’s become less abundant in the wild because of development and habitat fragmentation. As a result, the Karner was named an endangered species in 1992. But Karner blues are getting help from an unlikely source: gun sales.
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N.J. Attorney General Rejects Brady Campaign Bid to Trigger Handgun Ban

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 19:00
The Brady Campaign’s attempt to require “smart guns” in New Jersey recently hit a significant hurdle.  In November, Acting Attorney General John Jay Hoffman issued a report that concluded the allegedly available “smart gun,” the Armatix iP1, did not meet New Jersey’s legal definition of a “personalized handgun.”   A lawsuit filed in May by the Brady Campaign sought to force the attorney general to issue a report finding that the iP1 is a “personalized handgun” and would therefore trigger a more than decade old New Jersey law. 
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Wishing You Safe and Smooth Holiday Travel

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 19:00
With the holidays upon us, NRA encourages travelers to be mindful of the gun laws of the jurisdictions they are traveling in, as well as those pertaining to the mode of travel.  To help ensure that gun owners are informed, we would like to remind travelers of some of the basic guidelines for traveling with firearms and of resources where they can obtain further information on this topic.
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New Jersey: Attorney General Issues Report that Smart Gun Law is Not Triggered

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 11:54
New Jersey’s “Smart Gun” law, enacted in 2002, seeks to mandate the sale and manufacture of only “smart gun” technology in the Garden State.  When such technology, as defined by the law, is made commercially available in any state, this law is triggered and “smart guns” will be the only handguns allowed for retail sale in New Jersey.
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Michigan: House Judiciary Committee to Vote on Pro-Gun Bills Tomorrow

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 11:45
Tomorrow, the Michigan House Judiciary Committee is expected to consider and vote on Senate Bills 964, 965, 966 and 979, part of the Air Gun Reclassification Package.  
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Bloomberg gun-control group targets more than 12 states

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 19:00
First up: Nevada, where election officials could certify this week that the group and its allies have collected enough signatures for a 2016 ballot initiative that would impose stricter background checks on people buying firearms from private sellers and at gun shows. Bloomberg's Everytown for Gun Safety also is weighing similar background-check initiatives in Arizona and Maine.
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D.C. concealed carry fight could provoke Congress, contempt of court

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 19:00
On Tuesday, the D.C. Council will consider a more permanent version of the emergency measure that revived the city’s long-standing concealed carry law. That bill turned D.C. into a “may-issue jurisdiction,” where authorities have discretion over who may carry and where they are allowed.
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Unusual New Jersey firearm law doesn’t apply to ‘smart gun,’ AG finds

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 19:00
A handgun designed to work only when paired with an accompanying wristwatch is not a “personalized gun,” according to a recent report by the New Jersey Attorney General’s office.The determination on the Armatix iP1 pistol is bad news for gun-control groups hoping that the acting attorney general, John Jay Hoffman, would find the firearm fits the definition of a “personalized gun” under New Jersey law. Such a determination would put the state on the path to selling only guns with personalized technology within three years.
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Obama’s feds hid key data to get Calif. lead ammo ban passed in backdoor gun control move

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 19:00
A pro-hunting group is up in arms after obtaining emails that it says indicate that a federal official withheld critical data on lead blood levels in the California condor until after gun control advocates in the California state legislature used the iconic bird’s plight to help push through a law last year to ban lead ammunition.
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Ohio: Possible Votes Tomorrow on Two Pro-Gun Bills in Senate Civil Justice Committee

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 10:41
Tomorrow, December 3, the Ohio Senate Civil Justice Committee will hold additional testimony hearings on House Bill 234 and Senate Bill 338 with the possibility of a vote on them.
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Florida Alert: Upgrade Hunting or Fishing License to Lifetime Sportsman's License

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 19:00
Last month, Governor Rick Scott issued an Executive Order authorizing the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to lower the price for a Lifetime Sportsman's License for a 5 to 21 year old for $500 rather than the normal price of $1,000 for limited time during the Holidays. SPECIAL UPGRADE OPPORTUNITY - If a person, age 5 to 21 years old already has a Lifetime hunting, freshwater fishing or salt water fishing license he/she can upgrade their Lifetime licenses to a Lifetime Sportsman's License.
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Florida Alert: Upgrade Hunting or Fishing License to Lifetime Sportsman's License

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 19:00
Last month, Governor Rick Scott issued an Executive Order authorizing the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to lower the price for a Lifetime Sportsman's License for a 5 to 21 year old for $500 rather than the normal price of $1,000 for limited time during the Holidays. SPECIAL UPGRADE OPPORTUNITY - If a person, age 5 to 21 years old already has a Lifetime hunting, freshwater fishing or salt water fishing license he/she can upgrade their Lifetime licenses to a Lifetime Sportsman's License.
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Validity of Nevada gun control initiative petitions challenged

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 19:00
A gun rights group wants Nevada’s elections chief to throw out a proposed 2016 ballot measure that would tighten background checks for anyone buying firearms from private sellers or gun show exhibitors.
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Gun rights, even in New Jersey

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 19:00
I blogged in April about In the Matter of the Application by Michael McGovern, which offers some interesting (though non-precedential) views on New Jersey gun law. As I noted then, New Jersey requires a license to buy a handgun, and allows sheriffs to deny such licenses if the person was not of “good character and good repute in the community” or “where the issuance would not be in the interest of the public health, safety or welfare.” There is, however, an appellate review process.
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Massachusetts: Homeless woman's stun gun spurs 2nd Amendment case

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 19:00
Jaime Caetano was beaten so badly by her ex-boyfriend that she ended up in the hospital. So when a friend offered her a stun gun to protect herself, she took it.Caetano, who is homeless, never had to use it but now finds herself at the center of a contentious Second Amendment case headed to the highest court in Massachusetts.
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Oklahoma: Lexington City Council Attempting to Outlaw Discharge of Bows

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 12:15
The Lexington City Council will meet tomorrow, December 2, at 7:00 p.m. in the Luther Dean Memorial Council Chambers of Lexington City Hall at 111 East Broadway Street to discuss a proposed anti-hunting ordinance.  Council members will discuss and act on an ordinance adding the discharge of a bow, crossbow, compound bow and recurve bow to “offenses against the peace.”  This ordinance could ban all bow hunting and target practice within Lexington corporate limits.  Lexington currently has an ordinance prohibiting the discharge of firearms.
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