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Bloomberg's Publicity Hounds Howl for Attention Following Ft. Hood Crime

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 19:00
The day after a soldier armed with a handgun murdered three, wounded 16, and killed himself on Ft. Hood, in central Texas, Michael Bloomberg’s two anti-gun groups--Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) and Moms Demand Action--issued a joint press release admitting, “we don’t know all the details.” This did not stop them, however, from offering “spokespeople available for comment and TV interviews (from NYC, DC and via satellite).”  Knowledge of details—and facts—have never stood as an impediment for anti-gun groups to start prescribing their usual remedies.
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In Final Farewell Piers Morgan Calls For Total Gun Ban

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 19:00
After months of ranting and raving about “universal” checks, bans on semi-automatic rifles, and bans on standard-capacity ammunition magazines designed for defensive purposes, Piers Morgan ended his last TV show last Saturday byadvocating an end to civilian ownership of all firearms.  Lecturing Americans one last time, Morgan said “guns belong on a military battlefield. . . . Not in the hands of civilians.”
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Rasmussen Polls: Important Findings for Both Sides in Gun Control Debate

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 19:00
Polls of likely voters, conducted by Rasmussen Reports over the last 15 months, have been trending significantly against gun control supporters, but also serve as a warning to those who believe the Second Amendment is safe from further erosion.First, the bad news for gun control supporters.  Since December 2012, support for stricter gun control has dropped by about 22% among likely voters.Readers may recall the alarming situation in January 2013, when Vice-President Joe “Two Blasts” Biden was heading up a task force to rubber stamp the gun control schemes that President Obama wanted.  Gun control supporters at that time believed they had the momentum necessary to achieve “universal checks,” as well as a new and more severe ban on “assault weapons” and “large” magazines.
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Chris W. Cox Calls Anti-Gun Sportscaster's Bluff

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 19:00
Sportscaster Bob Costas, the armchair intellectual and wanna-be political commentator who was harshly criticized for injecting his personal opinions about gun control during a sports broadcast in 2012, has again tried to attract attention to himself at the expense of what he calls “the gun culture.”
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Utah: Governor Signs Two Pro-Gun Bills into Law

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 17:24
Yesterday, Governor Gary Herbert (R) signed into law House Bill 373, sponsored by state Representative Ryan Wilcox (R-7).  On Monday, March 31, Governor Herbert signed into law House Bill 276, sponsored by state Representative Curt Oda (R-14). 
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Ohio: Suppressor Bill Passes House, Goes to Senate

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 16:25
Yesterday, the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 234 by a 76 to 15 vote.  HB 234 will now be sent to the state Senate where it awaits committee assignment and consideration.  Please contact your state Senator in support of this pro-gun legislation.  
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Ohio: Suppressor Bill Passes House, Goes to Senate

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 16:25
Yesterday, the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 234 by a 76 to 15 vote.  HB 234 will now be sent to the state Senate where it awaits committee assignment and consideration.  Please contact your state Senator in support of this pro-gun legislation.  
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Pennsylvania: Firearms Preemption Bill Stalled in House

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 15:30
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives recessed until next week without acting on House Bill 2011, critical firearms preemption legislation.  Sponsored by state Representative Mark Keller (R-86), HB 2011 would strengthen Pennsylvania’s firearms preemption statute to further ensure that firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout the state.
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Colorado: Bill to Repeal Restrictions on Rifle and Shotgun Purchases Passes House and Heads to Governor

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 12:35
Today, Senate Bill 135 passed the Colorado House of Representatives by a 61-1 vote and now heads to Governor John Hickenlooper’s (D) desk for his consideration.  SB 135, sponsored by state Senator Greg Brophy (R-1), would repeal restrictions in state law relating to the purchase and sale of rifles and shotguns in non-contiguous states, and permit the purchase and sale of firearms in states not bordering Colorado by both residents and non-residents.
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Nebraska: Governor Signs Pro-Gun Bill into Law

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 11:50
LB 699 repeals an outdated state firearms statute and brings state law into conformity with federal law by allowing Nebraska residents to purchase long guns in non-contiguous states.  This long-overdue reform will align Nebraska with forty other states that already allow their residents to purchase rifles and shotguns in non-contiguous states, provided that the purchase or transfer complies with state and federal law.  
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Nebraska: Governor Signs Pro-Gun Bill into Law

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 11:50
LB 699 repeals an outdated state firearms statute and brings state law into conformity with federal law by allowing Nebraska residents to purchase long guns in non-contiguous states.  This long-overdue reform will align Nebraska with forty other states that already allow their residents to purchase rifles and shotguns in non-contiguous states, provided that the purchase or transfer complies with state and federal law.  
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Opinion: Bullet restrictions - It’s all about politics, not safety

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 19:00
New Jersey's latest legislation restricting firearms magazine capacity to 10 rounds from 15 isn’t about violence prevention, it’s about confiscating hardware from law-abiding citizens. It is based on the fantasy that we will all somehow be safer if we just wave a magic wand and remove a certain tool from society.
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Miss. creating tax-free weekend for guns, ammo

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 19:00
Mississippi will remove its 7 percent state sales tax on guns, ammunition, archery equipment and some hunting supplies the first weekend of each September.
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Kansas Senate passes preemption bill

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 19:00
A Kansas proposal seen by the National Rifle Association as a model for stripping cities and counties of the power to regulate firearms and nullify existing local gun ordinances is on track to clear the state Legislature quickly after the Senate approved it Wednesday.
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Louisiana: Bill would respect Right-to-Carry in restaurants

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 19:00
Concealed-handgun permit holders and armed off-duty police officers would be able to enter restaurants serving alcohol if lawmakers agree to a bill backed Wednesday by the House Criminal Justice Committee.
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Tennessee: NRA-Supported Bills Still Moving in the General Assembly

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 18:34
On Monday, the Tennessee Senate was scheduled to consider Senate Bill 2031.  The bill sponsor, state Senator Joey Hensley (R-28), substituted House Bill 1483, sponsored by state Representative Debra Moody (R-81), for SB 2031.  The Senate passed the HB 1483 substitute by a 28 to 2 vote and returned it to the House for concurrence on that substitute.  HB 1483 would remove all grandfathered local ordinances and resolutions enacted before April 8, 1986 relating to the prohibition or regulation of possession, transportation or storage of firearms and firearm ammunition by Handgun Carry Permit (HCP) holders.
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Virginia: Two More Positive Bills Signed into Law

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 18:20
Yesterday, two more pro-gun/pro-hunting bills, House Bill 357 and Senate Bill 154, were signed into law by Governor Terry McAuliffe (D).  
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Kansas: Legislature to Consider Comprehensive Pro-Gun Bill

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 18:05
Today, the Kansas Senate passed Senate Bill 447 by a 34-2 vote.  Following its passage, SB 447 was integrated into House Bill 2578 (previously reported on here) in a conference committee and passed again.  
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Oklahoma: Senate Committee Passes Right to Keep and Bear Arms Provision

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:31
HJR 1026 is a critical improvement that provides the strongest possible protection for your gun rights, guaranteeing your Right to Keep and Bear Arms for future generations.  All proposed restrictions to any of your fundamental rights should be subject to a standard that ensures the strongest possible protection for that right, and your fundamental right to keep and bear arms is no exception.  
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Mississippi: Governor Signs NRA-Backed Bills into Law

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:20
Today, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (R) signed Senate Bill 2425 into law, the NRA-backed legislation creating an annual sales tax-free weekend for individual purchase of firearms, ammunition, archery equipment and certain hunting supplies.  SB 2425 passed with amendments in the state House by a 102 to 16 vote, with concurrence in the Senate by a 39 to 11 vote.  
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