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Maine: Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Opposes Referendum Based on Forty Years of Research

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 11:00
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the state agency directly responsible for the conservation of Maine’s wildlife, has publicly announced its opposition to Question #1, the Maine Bear Hunting Initiative.
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Maine: Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Opposes Referendum Based on Forty Years of Research

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 11:00
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the state agency directly responsible for the conservation of Maine’s wildlife, has publicly announced its opposition to Question #1, the Maine Bear Hunting Initiative.
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Clinton-Appointed Judge Upholds Maryland’s “Assault Weapon” and “Large” Magazine Bans in Ultra-Biased Opinion

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 19:00
This week’s ruling by the judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland reminds us why it is important to elect U.S. senators who will reject an anti-gun president’s anti-gun nominees to the federal courts, and to elect presidents who will not nominate anti-gunners in the first place.
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More New Mexico residents are arming themselves with guns

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 19:00
Gun background checks and permits are on the rise in Dona Ana County. Nearly 3,000 concealed carry weapon permits were issued to county residents in June, and more than 30,000 were issued in 2013.
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Pro-gun rights Milwaukee sheriff: 'Bloomberg made a huge miscalculation'

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 19:00
Fresh off his victory in Wednesday's primary, pro-gun rights incumbent sheriff of Milwaukee County, David Clarke, Jr. appeared on Fox News' "Fox & Friends" to fire back at former New York City mayor and gun control advocate Michael Bloomberg.
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Bloomberg Defeated by Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 19:00
In recent weeks, Michael Bloomberg’s campaign against gun rights have continued without abatement, as the New York City billionaire aimed his checkbook at Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, a strong supporter of the right of people to keep and bear arms for their defense.  According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Bloomberg, through his political action committee, Independence USA, spent $150,000 on advertisements to unseat Sheriff Clarke in this week’s Democratic primary.
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Chuck Norris' Top 10 Reasons to Register to Vote

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 19:00
In July, the NRA’s Freedom Action Foundation (NRA-FAF) announced its 2014 Trigger the Vote voter registration campaign by unveiling its new website and premiering its first ad, “Father & Son."
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Background Checks? Gun Turn-in Organizer Doesn’t Want Guns Sold at All!

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 19:00
Gun control advocate Niki Watson received an unwelcome surprise when she learned that firearms she collected at a gun turn-in in Augusta, Ga. would be resold to law-abiding gun owners.  According to the Augusta Chronicle, Watson said that the plan to sell the guns is a “slap to the face” and that “My whole objective was to get them off the streets.”
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No Surprise Here: ABA Opposes Self-Defense and Stand Your Ground Laws

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 19:00
The American Bar Association (ABA), which supports handgun registration and handgun owner licensing, supports a ban on general-purpose semi-automatic rifles like the AR-15, thinks the Consumer Products Safety Commission should dictate what kind of firearms are “safe” enough to manufacture, supports legislation to ban the manufacture of pistols that don’t micro-stamp ammunition, thinks that anti-gun groups should be able to file frivolous lawsuits against the firearm industry, and opposes “shall issue” carry permit laws and federal “Right-to-Carry” reciprocity legislation has come out against Stand Your Ground laws.
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Brady Campaign Loses Lawsuit Against Armslist. Again.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 19:00
The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled in favor of the firearms classified website Armslist on Tuesday when it held that, as a matter of law, Armslist could not be liable for the criminal acts of a person who illegally acquired a firearm using the Armslist website.  Alex Vesely, with the support of the Brady Center’s Legal Action Project, sued Armslist on behalf of his sister Jitka, who was killed by Demetry Smirnov using a handgun that had been advertised on Armslist.
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BATFE Proposes New “Lost or Stolen” Reporting Requirement for Federal Firearm Licensees

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 19:00
On August 12, 2014, the Department of Justice (DOJ) published a notice proposing an amendment to current Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) regulations requiring Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) to report firearms that are lost or stolen in transit.  Under current regulations, FFLs must report theft or loss of firearms within 48 hours of discovery.  However, these new regulations would require that the transferor/sender of a firearm now bear the responsibility for reporting the theft or loss of that firearm within 48 hours.
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Massachusetts: Hold Your State Legislators Accountable

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:00
On August 13, Governor Deval Patrick (D) signed H.4376 into law.  In spite of active opposition from the NRA, this draconian anti-gun bill was passed and enacted, and contains a variation of the original discretionary component, allowing a licensing authority to file a petition to the district court to request that an applicant be denied the issuance or renewal of a Firearms Identification Card (FID).  This discretionary component, and many other main provisions of this law, take effect on January 1, 2015.
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Resident fights off crew of armed robbers, KDFW, Dallas, Texas, 08/08/14

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 19:00
Four men, at least some of whom were armed with guns, broke into an apartment in Garland, Texas. The resident responded by retrieving a gun and firing at the criminals, striking and killing one, and causing the rest to flee. Police suspect the deceased intruder also recently robbed a nearby convenience store. 
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Michael Bloomberg made a big bet in Milwaukee — and lost

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 19:00
Gun control advocates seeking to assert their political power suffered a big loss Tuesday in Wisconsin when Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke (D) narrowly bested a fellow Democrat to win his party’s nomination for a second term.
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Victory by pro-gun sheriff underscores the limits of Bloomberg’s clout

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 19:00
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg may have wanted him out of a job, but Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. still managed to pull off a primary victory Tuesday.
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Massachusetts: Gov. Patrick signs bill updating state gun laws

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 19:00
The new law stiffens penalties for some gun-based crimes, creates a Web-based portal within the state Executive Office of Public Safety to allow for real-time background checks in private gun sales and calls for the creation of a firearms trafficking unit within the state police.It also gives local police chiefs the right to go to court to try to deny firearms identification cards needed to buy rifles or shotguns to people they feel are unsuitable to have access to the weapons.
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Michigan: State Senate Acts on Pro-Gun Bills Today

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 17:40
Today, two NRA-backed bills, Senate Bill 977 and Senate Bill 979, received action in the Michigan Senate.
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West Virginia: Nevada Drops Reciprocity for Concealed Handgun License Permit Holders

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 11:00
Last week, the state of Nevada announced that they had dropped their reciprocal concealed handgun license agreement with West Virginia and will no longer honor concealed carry licenses from the Mountain State.
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40-year study of Maine bear population continues

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:00
In 1975, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife began a 40-year study to examine Maine’s bear population. The information provided by the study is used to adjust bear hunting rules and regulations to ensure the number of bears is kept in balance with available habitat.
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California: Anti-Gun Bills Expected to be Heard in the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees This Week

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 19:00
Three anti-gun bills are expected to be heard in the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees this Thursday, August 14 or Friday, August 15.  It is CRITICAL that EVERY gun owner, sportsman and Second Amendment supporter in California call AND e-mail members of the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees urging them to OPPOSE SB 580, SB 808 and AB 1014.  Tell state legislators that criminals do not respect or obey current firearm laws and they will simply ignore any new firearm laws, so let’s try a new strategy and protect law-abiding gun owners.
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