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Gun makers face new customers—and full gun racks (VIDEO)
CNBC, June 13, 2014 - After recent attempts at gun control spurred unprecedented sales, firearms makers may be facing a new challenge: overcrowded gun racks. That may spell trouble for some companies but others are drawing younger and female buyers brought in by a recent buying frenzy.
Gun rights activists host open-carry picnic along Detroit riverfront
DETROIT NEWS, June 14, 2014 - Detroit— Gun rights activists hosted an open-carry picnic Saturday at Milliken State Park along the riverfront to stress the importance of carrying firearms for self-defense. “It’s just like any other picnic. The only thing that separates us is that the vast majority of us are open carrying our firearms,” said Patrick Dunbar, the southeast regional coordinator for Michigan Open Carry. Around 85 men, women and children attended the picnic at the state park along the river walk. Most were carrying holstered pistols at their hips while they enjoyed a grilled hot dog lunch and pop. Dunbar said people were encouraged to carry only the firearms they would use to protect themselves.
More Than 20,000 Elephants Poached In Africa In 2013
AP/HUFFINGTON POST, June 13, 2014 - GENEVA (AP) — More than 20,000 elephants were poached last year in Africa where large seizures of smuggled ivory eclipsed those in Asia for the first time, international wildlife regulators said Friday. The report says poaching is increasing in Central African Republic, but declining in Chad. But CITES, which regulates 35,000 species of plants and animals and which banned ivory trade in 1989, says the overall poaching numbers in 2013 dropped from the previous two years.
26 Nosler, the new 6.5mm round
THE FIREARM BLOG - Nosler has announced a new round, the 26 Nosler. The 26 Nosler is a .264 caliber bullet aka 6.5mm. The 26 Nosler cartridge uses the Nosler 129gr Accubond Long Range bullet and fires it out at 3,400 fps at the muzzle. When zeroed at 350 yds, the 26 Nosler has a point blank range of 0-415 yds. They claim at 400 yards, the 26 Nosler retains the same velocity as the 260 Remington produces at the muzzle.
IWI Releases .338 Lapua Bolt Action “DAN” Rifle
THE FIREARM BLOG - Not content to sit on their laurels and ride the success of the Tavor, IWI has collaborated again with the IDF to develop the .338 Lapua “DAN” Sniper Rifle. Incorporating the latest must-have features for a tactical precision weapon, the DAN is mounted to an fully adjustable chassis, including an uninterrupted rail on the top and bottom with customizable rail sections on each side.
California: Assembly to Vote on Anti-Gun Bill Any Day
NRA-ILA, June 12, 2014 - Yesterday, anti-gun Senate Bill 53 passed in the Assembly Public Safety Committee by a 5 to 2 vote. SB 53 will now go to the Assembly floor where it could be considered at anytime. It is CRITICAL that you contact your state Assemblyman TODAY and urge him or her to OPPOSE this egregious legislation. Contact information for your state legislator can be found here. SB 53 would require the purchasers of ammunition to register with the state Department of Justice (DOJ) prior to purchasing any ammunition.
Hunting with a silencer: Ammo choice is key to a quiet gun
SPRINGVILLE, Alabama AL.COM May 9, 2014-- The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Advisory Board ruled last Saturday that Alabama hunters can use a silencer on their hunting firearms next season. Over 30 states currently allow this practice and I applaud the decision.
Is High-Velocity Ammunition Worth It for Handguns? THE DAILY CALLER, May 8, 2014 - My opinion is, for the average shooter, probably not. Handgun ammo comes in many different loadings within caliber. High-velocity ammunition varieties (often referred to as “+P”) come with higher combustion pressures and more sophisticated bullet designs.
Remington rifles recalled for possible problems with trigger BILLINGS, MT GAZETTE, May 8, 2014 - Buyers looking to purchase a Remington rifle before the fall hunting season will find the selection on the shelves of their favorite gun store a bit more bare than usual right now. In April the Remington Arms Co. issued a nationwide recall of its Model 700 and Model Seven rifles equipped with the X-Mark Pro trigger saying that some may have “excess bonding agent” that could cause the rifles to accidentally fire. The recall applies to all of the rifles that were manufactured between May 1, 2006, and April 9, 2014. Rifles manufactured after April 9 have already been repaired.
Tacoma council votes to require gun background checks
THE NEWS TRIBUNE, May 6, 2014 -- All firearm purchases at gun shows on city of Tacoma property will now require a background check of the buyer. The Tacoma City Council unanimously approved the change Tuesday night, closing the so-called gun show loophole for events using city space.
Gun Test: Sig Sauer P516 5.56mm AR-Style Pistol THE DAILY CALLER, April 28, 2014 -- There’s just something about AR-style pistols that interests a number of AR-15 enthusiasts, and that interest creates enough demand to spur some AR-15 manufacturers to produce them. The enthusiasm for the pistols could have something to do with the fact that although they are not easily carried, aimed or readily concealed, they can have a self-defense role in certain special situations.
‘Smart’ Firearm Draws Wrath of the Gun Lobby NYTIMES (Subscription), April 28, 2014 - A handgun that can identify its user so no one else can fire it has met with the same uproar that has stopped many seeking tougher weapons laws.
Report: Pentagon to destroy $1B in ammunition USA TODAY, April 28, 2014: WASHINGTON — The Pentagon plans to destroy more than $1 billion worth of ammunition although some of those bullets and missiles could still be used by troops, according to the Pentagon and congressional sources.
Lawmakers pushing ‘shall-sign’ legislation for Class III NFA items GUNS.COM, April 26, 2014 - In order to legally own an NFA item — such as a silencer, short-barreled rifle or machine gun — a local Chief Law Enforcement Officer must sign an individual’s application before completing the transfer. In most states, the CLEO, usually the local police chief or county sheriff, can technically approve or deny for arbitrary reasons, as it’s up to his or her own discretion.
AR-15 and AK-47 Sales Slowing in Cheyenne KGWN, April 9, 2014, Cheyenne, WY - - Firearms retailers nationwide saw a surge of business in 2012 and 2013 in reaction to possible federal gun legislation and the Sandy Hook tragedy. AR-15 and AK-47 sales have now taken a dip nationally. Cheyenne sales of what many refer to as "assault weapons" saw a huge rise in late 2012 and early 2013, but have since fallen off.
'Assault Weapon' Sales Boom Cools Off CNNMoney, April 9, 2014 -- NEW YORK-- The red-hot market for assault weapons has finally cooled off. Over the last couple of years, sales have surged for military-style semiautomatic rifles, known variously as assault rifles or modern sporting rifles, driven by fears of a potential federal ban on the weapons.
The Marine Corps’ Colt M45 Close Quarters Battle Pistol GUNS MAGAZINE, April 9, 2014 - So I wasn’t prepared for my own reaction when I opened the drab, olive Pelican case and saw the Colt M45 Close Quarters Battle Pistol for the first time, and the images and memories it set swirling in my head.
Sig Sauer Sues BATFE for Classifying Muzzle Brake as Suppressor SOLDIER SYSTEMS.NET, April 9, 2014: According to Sea Coast Online New Hampshire-based SIG SAUER has filed civil suit against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives alleging they wrongfully classified a SIG-designed muzzle brake as an item “intended only for use” in producing suppressors.
Gorilla Ammunition – .300BLK Subsonic 208gr Hornady A-MAX SOLDIER SYSTEMS.NET, April 9, 2014 - Gorilla Ammunition is now selling a .300BLK Subsonic cartridge featuring the 208gr Hornady A-MAX bullet. This highly accurate cartridge is great for hunting and practice alike, and, being subsonic, is best used with a suppressor. [Scroll down to Gorilla Ammo]
New Yorkers Rally for Gun Rights, Against Cuomo Regime
ALBANY, NY, April 6, 2014 -- More than a year after the New York governor’s landmark gun control law was enacted, thousands of New Yorkers poured into the state house in Albany to protest his governance and leadership.
Target shooting generates millions for Arkansas’ economy ARKANSAS ONLINE, April 6, 2014 -- Last fall, I visited the Dr. James E. Moore Jr. Firing Range near Mayflower for an afternoon of shooting. The intent of my visit to this popular central-Arkansas Game and Fish Commission facility was sighting in a rifle for deer hunting. But I couldn’t help noticing that a wide variety of shooting-sports enthusiasts were at the range that day. A man and his two teenage sons were practicing their shotgunning skills on the skeet range. Nearby, several women were enjoying a fast-paced round of trapshooting.
Consumer demand still fuels ammo shortage MISSOULIAN SPOKESMAN-REVIEW, April 8, 2014 -- For more than four years, shooting enthusiasts have suffered through ammunition shortages that have often left shelves bare even at giant retailers such as Cabela's. Ammunition manufacturers say point blank the problem is a matter of supply and demand for certain calibers, but many shooters don't buy such a simple answer.
Florida guns end up in hands of drug cartels TAMPA TRIBUNE, April 6, 2014 -- TAMPA — A Polk County church pastor and his wife say they didn’t know some of the 47 assault-style rifles they were buying would end up in the hands of Mexican drug cartels. Still, the couple admit they lied on government forms when they bought the weapons at various gun stores and pawn shops. Nine of the rifles were later seized by law enforcement in Mexico, some during armed confrontations with drug cartels there, according to court documents.
Got gun? Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law just got teeth RT NEWS, April 4, 2014 - The so-called ‘warning shot’ legislation, which is supported by the influential National Rifle Association (NRA), sailed through the Senate on Thursday 32-7, and is nearly certain to be signed into force by Governor Rick Scott, a staunch defender of the Second Amendment, which empower Americans to “keep and bear arms.”
'Warning shot' bill championed by NRA on its way to governor TAMPA BAY TIMES, April 4, 2014 TALLAHASSEE — The state Senate passed a bill Thursday that grants immunity to people with clean criminal records who fire a warning shot or threaten to use deadly force in self-defense. It also seals court records of those charged with firing a weapon, but later have those charges dropped. Already passed by the House, the measure next goes to Gov. Rick Scott, who "supports the 2nd Amendment and Florida's self-defense laws (and) looks forward to reviewing this legislation,'' said a spokesman.
College suspends student for asking questions about gun control Daily Caller, April 2, 2014 -- A Connecticut community college suspended a student veteran for his aggressive questioning of Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy during a public forum, prompting a First Amendment advocacy group to condemn the college for its flagrant disrespect for free speech and due process. The student, Nicholas Saucier, tried to get Malloy to answer questions about his support for gun control legislation, which has put Saucier’s ammunition manufacturing business in jeopardy.
Emergency Guns Measure Clears Committee On Third Shot CBSMiami/NSF Tallahassee, April 1, 2014 – A National Rifle Association-backed measure to allow people without concealed weapons licenses to pocket their guns during emergencies squeaked out of the Senate committee where it has been on hold for two weeks.
NY Officials Agree to Not Enforce 7-Round Magazine Limit While Gun Case on Appeal Second Amendment Foundation, April 1, 2014 -- BELLEVUE, WA -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico have agreed, in a stipulated order, to not enforce a section of the state’s controversial SAFE (Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement) Act while an appeal is underway in one of the legal challenges to that statute, amounting to a small but important victory for the Second Amendment Foundation in a challenge to the constitutionality of a provision in the law.
Lawsuit over Colorado’s gun laws has its day in court Daily Caller, March 31, 2014 -- Colorado’s new gun laws are coming to the fore again, as a lawsuit to overturn them opens on Monday in federal court. Almost all of Colorado’s elected county sheriffs spearheaded the suit, saying new measures requiring universal background checks and limiting the size of ammunition magazines are both unconstitutional and unenforceable.
Court upholds San Francisco gun restrictions The Denver Post, March 25, 2014 -- SAN FRANCISCO —A federal appeals court has upheld two San Francisco gun laws challenged by the National Rifle Association and gun owners who live in the city. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday said the city can require handgun owners to secure weapons in lockers, keep them on their bodies or apply trigger locks to the guns when stored at home. The three-judge panel also upheld the city's sales ban on ammunition that expands on impact and is often referred to as hollow point bullets.
Gun control measures met with defiance from law enforcement officers Fox News, March 24, 2014 -- The head of a nationwide sheriffs coalition is calling on Vermont's law enforcement officers to defy three controversial gun control measures passed by Burlington voters three weeks ago. "Sheriffs have a constitutional duty to refuse to comply with such ordinances," said Richard Mack, president of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association. "We're seeing sheriffs in New York oppose the Safe Act and Gov. Cuomo. If we have sheriffs in New York doing this, how much more should we have sheriffs doing it in Vermont?"
Georgia gun law ready for signing: Bill will allow firearms in bars, churches The Washington Times, March 22, 2014 -- The Georgia Senate passed a new bill on Friday that will allow concealed carry weapons in bars, airports (before TSA security checkpoints), places of worship and some government buildings.
The bill’s co-sponsor, Rep. Dustin Hightower, said in February that the HB60 bill, also known as the Safe Carry Protection Act, is one of the “strongest Second Amendment bills to pass the House.”
RELATED: Georgia Lawmakers Pass Sweeping Gun Bill Townhall, March 21, 2014 -- The Georgia Senate passed a sweeping gun bill that will allow concealed carry in bars, airports (before TSA security checkpoints), places of worship of worship that ‘opt-in,’ and some government buildings. HB60 (formerly called the Safe Carry Protection Act) is one of the “strongest Second Amendment billsto pass the House,” bill co-sponsor Rep. Dustin Hightower said in February. He was confident the legislation would pass the state Senate, and the 112-58 vote Thursday proved him right.
No Door-to-Door Gun Confiscations: State (VIDEO) NBC Connecticut, March 21, 2014 -- Starting April 1st, gun buyers will be required to apply for a certificate from the state before purchasing any long gun from either a licensed or private seller. State Police warn it could add weeks if not months to what was a two week process. State Police Lt. Eric Cooke is with Special Licensing and Permits. He says if you have a handgun permit, you’ll already be covered under this new mandate. Adding this element of the law fills a gap when it comes to the private purchase or transfer of a shotgun or rifle.
Ninth Circuit vacates lower court decision on carrying guns in Hawaii Examiner.com, March 21, 2014 -- The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has put Hawaii one step closer to less restrictive firearms carry with a three judge panel decision filed Thursday in the case of Christopher Baker v. Louis Kealoha that vacated a decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii. Baker challenged Hawaii’s “may issue” law after being denied a permit by Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha, claiming among other things this deprived him “of the fundamental constitutional rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment.
ARMagLock Helps AR15 Owners Beat ‘Assault Weapon’ Registration Laws Ammoland.com, March 21, 2014 -- Winter Park, CO --ARMagLock is a new patent pending AR-15 fixed magazine & release solution that helps New York, California, Connecticut and newly proposed Rhode Island owners to avoid assault weapon firearm registration within their respective states, and stay compliant with the laws.
After Fiery Debate, ‘Warning Shot’ Bill Passes Florida House NorthEscambia.com (Florida), March 21, 2014 -- After a nearly two-hour debate that focused on Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” law, the state House on Thursday easily passed a bill that would expand the self-defense law to include threatened use of force — including showing a gun or firing a warning shot. The measure (HB 89) by Rep. Neil Combee, R-Polk City, would extend immunity to people who threaten to use force in self-defense — the same immunity already in law for those who actually shoot people in response to perceived threats.
Gun bills find support in state House Miami Herald, March 20, 2014 -- TALLAHASSEE -- A pair of high-profile, NRA-supported guns bills won the support of the Florida House on Thursday. One proposal seeks to extend Stand Your Ground immunity to people who fire a warning shot or threaten to use other deadly force in cases of self defense. The second bill would prevent children from facing severe punishments for playing with simulated weapons in schools. It specifically permits the use of pastries as pretend pistols. The so-called Pop-Tart bill (HB 7029) passed by a 98-17 vote. Only Democrats voted against it.
Short supply of ammo persists Ocala Star Banner, March 20, 2014 -- If there's ammunition on the shelf, Butch Baker will buy it all. Whether he has the gun for it or not, he buys it. It has become a common trend for gun owners, Baker said, to stock up on bullets when they find them.
Conn. officials tell gun owners to relinquish or destroy banned assault weapons Fox News, March 15, 2014 -- HARTFORD, CONN. – Connecticut officials are urging owners of now-illegal assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines to relinquish them to the police or make them permanently inoperable. The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection announced Friday it had sent a letter to owners who had failed to register the items by a Jan. 1 deadline, part of last year's gun control law.
Republicans tackle numerous pro-gun bills Arizona Daily Sun, March 15, 2014 -- PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona House of Representatives spent several hours this week debating five pro-gun bills Republicans say protect Arizonans from ongoing attacks on 2nd Amendment rights but which Democrats say are unnecessary and a waste of time. One bill would allow authorities to charge a person accused of taking someone's gun with an aggravated assault charge.
Citizens Revolt, Refuse to Register Guns WND, March 14, 2014 -- Tens of thousands of Connecticut residents are refusing to register their firearms in defiance of new gun-control laws. In December 2012, the nation was horrified by the merciless killings of a classroom of young children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. In response, the Democratic state legislature approved sweeping new gun-control laws, and Gov. Dan Malloy signed them into law. Several other states followed suit, including New York, Maryland and Colorado.
Locked and loaded The Economist, March 15, 2014 -- LIVE fire crackles from the range at Clark Brothers, a gun shop in Virginia. Inside, the most striking things are the enormous gun safes. Some of these metal boxes, which cost over $1,000, can withstand hours of exposure to wildfires and being dropped from 200 feet. They are the result of a shift in gun ownership. Surveys suggest that the proportion of American households that own guns has declined from about 50% in the early 1980s to about 35% now.
Guns bill reactions: Balukoff pans it, NRA says colleges will be safer Idaho Statesman, March 13, 2014 -- Democrat A.J. Balukoff says GOP Gov. Butch Otter erred Wednesday in signing a bill allowing some students and retired law enforcement officers to carry guns on Idaho's eight public college and university campuses. "It was totally unnecessary and I think the process to pass that was just as flawed as the bill," Balukoff said at a Statehouse news conference after a short speech marking his official filing as a candidate for governor.
Guns May Soon Be Everywhere in Georgia Mother Jones, March 13, 2014 -- Soon gun owners in the state of Georgia may be allowed to pack heat almost anywhere—including K-12 schools, bars, churches, government buildings, and airports. The "Safe Carry Protection Act" (HB 875) would also expand Georgia's Stand Your Ground statute, the controversial law made famous by the Trayvon Martin killing, which allows armed citizens to defend themselves with deadly force if they believe they are faced with serious physical harm.
400 guns, other weapons recovered as pair arrested San Bernardino County Sun, March 12, 2014 -- Investigators arrested two men Tuesday for allegedly selling firearms in parking lots outside of gun shows, according to the state attorney general’s office. Erik Stoffel, 39, of Apple Valley and Alvin Seal, 67, of Oildale were taken into custody Tuesday and booked into the Adelanto Detention Center on suspicion of multiple weapons distribution charges, according to a statement released Wednesday from Attorney General Kamala Harris’ office.
Gun activists stage 'armed march' at SXSW My SanAntonio, March 12, 2014 -- SAN ANTONIO — Amid the party atmosphere of South by Southwest, a group of armed activists held a rally in the congested streets of downtown Austin on Wednesday, toting rifles and black-powder pistols openly among thousands of festival goers.
Requests to carry concealed guns surges in Calif.
SanFrancisco Gate, March 12, 2014 -- SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Californians have flooded several sheriff offices with applications and inquiries for permits to carry concealed guns. Sheriffs in some politically conservative or rural counties reported spikes in applications while other counties in the state experienced smaller increases. Demand is being driven by a federal appeals court ruling last month that made it easier for residents to obtain the hard-to-get permits. About 56,000 Californians have a concealed-weapons permit in a state of 38 million residents.
Guns legal in Florida classrooms? First Coast News, March 11, 2014 -- Guns could be one step closer to legally being in some Florida classrooms. Despite opposition from school boards and some teachers unions, the proposal is gaining some traction. "We are all panicked about having a shooter in a school. I'm open to creative solutions," parent Julia Sanna said in Lake Worth. Senate Bill 968 would let school superintendents and principals pick certain employees to carry concealed weapons.
Editorial: Sheriff sides with self-defense
Hutchens heeds court, eases concealed-gun permit rules Orange County Register, March 11, 2014 -- Although the recent ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on concealed weapons permits didn’t compel Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens to begin issuing permits under the new rules, the sheriff, much to our admiration, chose to, anyway. “It wasn’t a matter of opinion with me; it’s a question of what the law is,” Sheriff Hutchens said in a recent interview.
San Jose police officer charged with rape San Jose Mercury News, March 11, 2014 -- SAN JOSE -- When the woman said she didn't want to stay home after arguing with her husband, the cop took her to a hotel. He waited in the parking lot until a second officer left on another call. Then, according to an allegation that has shaken the San Jose Police Department and public trust, patrolman Geoffrey Graves returned to the room, where he shed parts of his uniform but left on his bulletproof vest -- and raped her.
Concealed-gun ruling widens debate in California USA Today, March 9, 2014 -- PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — California has the most gun-restrictive laws in the country, but last month a federal appeals court loosened requirements for carrying concealed weapons. From rusted six-shooters to semi-automatic weapons, hundreds of guns line the walls of a Desert Hot Springs police storage room. Some are waiting to be destroyed. Others are evidence in ongoing investigations. Nearly all came from criminals who got them illegally, Police Chief Dan Bressler said.
Italian government up in arms over use of Michelangelo's 'David' in gun ad Fox News, March 10, 2014 -- An Illinois-based gunmaker has incurred the wrath of the Italian government after using Michelangelo's famous sculpture of the Biblical hero David in an advertisement for one of its rifles. The advertisement for Armalite's AR-501A shows David holding the gun in lieu of his famous slingshot. The ad's tagline reads "AR-501A: A Work of Art".
Repeal gun law, not just registry Toronto Sun, March 9, 2014 -- Repeal, not amnesty. Canada’s millions of law-abiding gun owners deserve more than a mere amnesty against the RCMP’s seizure of firearms it decides to ban arbitrarily. Gun owners deserve a repeal of the entire federal firearms legislation enacted by the Liberals in 1995, the rightly infamous Bill C-68.
East Point dad shoots at crooks to protect kids in home invasion WSB-TV2, March 8, 2014 -- SOUTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — An East Point man says he shot at the burglars he caught inside his home to protect his kids. A total of five break-ins have been reported in the past month at the Landmark at Creekside Grand apartments on Redwine Road. Jason Bagley told Channel 2’s Liz Artz he “was hoping to be the guy to stop” the rash of break-ins. Bagley showed Artz where burglars came in his home while he was asleep upstairs.
Gun permits: Big demand, unknown wait U-T San Diego, March 8, 2014 -- SAN DIEGO — A concealed weapons permit has become a hot ticket item since an appeals court ruling opened the door for many law-abiding Californians who wish to carry a gun for self-defense. In the first week after the Feb. 13 ruling, the line of hopeful applicants snaked out the door at Sheriff’s Headquarters in Kearny Mesa, and the requests have held steady.
Advisory Letter: Online Scams Using Fraudulent Federal Firearms Licenses
TO ALL FEDERAL FIREARMS LICENSEES AND FIREARM PURCHASERS
March 7, 2014 -- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is providing the following information to make you aware of fraudulent online firearms sales. Some individuals are using fraudulently altered Federal firearms licenses to sell but never deliver firearms online.
A typical online scam starts with an online firearm advertisement. Purchasers who respond to the advertisement by telephone or email receive an invalid, counterfeit copy of a license that appears to be valid. After sending payment, the purchaser never receives the advertised firearm(s) and the fraudulent seller removes the original online advertisement and contact information.
To help you avoid this scam, licensees are reminded that only transactions between licensees require the furnishing of a certified copy of the license. Licensees should consider only providing the basic license number to individuals (e.g., 1-75-12345). The individuals can use FFL eZ Check to confirm the validity of the license number before sending payment for firearms advertised online. FFL eZ Check is on the ATF website at http://www.atf.gov/content/firearms/firearms-industry/applications-FFL-eZ-check.
Homeowner Couple Defend Themselves Against Home Invasion
Multiple Shots Fired during Overnight Home Invasion WTOK, March 7, 2014 -- Lauderdale County, Miss. -- A Lauderdale County home invasion quickly turned into a shootout between the residents and the intruder. As many as nine gunshots were fired inside of a home in the 2300 block of Whitaker Road around 1 a.m. Friday. Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun tells Newscenter 11 it all started when a man forced his way into the home, which was occupied by two people.
Idaho Lawmakers OK Guns On College Campuses CBS News, March 7, 2014 -- BOISE, Idaho -- The House voted Thursday to back a bill that would allow students, faculty and visitors to carry guns on Idaho's college campuses. The 50-19 decision came after proponents argued the bill would uphold Second Amendment rights and give people on campuses to a way to protect themselves.
Social media affects gun sales WALB News 10, March 6, 2014 -- LEESBURG, GA -- A new tactic for selling guns is on the rise, and it has law enforcement worried. Some law enforcers are surprised to learn that people are using Facebook to sell guns, and they have some safety concerns. While browsing on Facebook, you might see ads or friends posting about their day, but did you know there are fan pages about buying guns? See related story below dated March 5.
Sunnyvale's gun law takes effect as foes fail to stop it
San Francisco Gate, March 6, 2014 -- SAN JOSE -- Sunnyvale's voter-approved ban on large-capacity gun magazines took effect as scheduled Thursday as gun owners unsuccessfully sought a stay from a federal appeals court. The ordinance, approved by 66 percent of Sunnyvale voters in November, prohibits possession of firearms with magazines that carry more than 10 cartridges. California law has forbidden the sale or transfer of such weapons since 2000 but does not ban possession of magazines legally acquired before 2000.
Bill would repeal state’s ‘Stand your ground’ law Herald Online, March 6, 2014 -- COLUMBIA — The chairman of the state Legislative Black Caucus, backed by several ministers, former law enforcement officials and activists, has introduced a bill to repeal South Carolina’s “Stand your ground” law. The bill would not do away with residents’ long-standing right to defend themselves with deadly force while inside their homes, vehicles and businesses, Rep. Harold Mitchell, D-Spartanburg, stressed at a Thursday news conference at the Statehouse.
Expanded gun background checks dies in Oregon Senate; supporters try another approach The Oregonian, March 6, 2014 -- A bill that would expand background checks for gun purchases in Oregon is now dead – but there is a last-minute attempt to pass another measure aimed at reducing gun violence. Backers of expanding the background checks to include almost all non-family gun transfers conceded Thursday that they remain at least one vote short in the Senate.
For The Fifth Time In Two Weeks, A Detroit Homeowner Has Killed a Burglar Deadline Detroit, March 6, 2014 -- Another Detroit homeowner has shot and killed a burglar, George Hunter reports. It's at least the fifth such incident in recent weeks. Thursday’s shooting happened at about 12:30 p.m. when two men allegedly broke into a home on the 8200 block of Penrod on the city’s west side, Detroit Police Third Deputy Chief Rodney Johnson said. “The homeowner was able to retrieve his weapon, and fired hitting one of the burglars,” Johnson said. “He ran away and collapsed in the driveway. The other burglar was able to escape.”
Sunnyvale's gun limit uphold in court San Francisco Gate, March 6, 2014 -- A federal judge on Wednesday allowed Sunnyvale to enforce a voter-approved ban on large-capacity gun magazines, saying it would have little impact on the constitutional right to possess firearms for self-defense. The ruling comes two weeks after another judge rejected gun advocates' attempt to block a similar law in San Francisco.
California store’s sale of smart guns prompts furious backlash
The Washington Post, March 6, 2014 -- The California gun store that put the nation’s first smart gun on sale is facing a furious backlash from customers and gun rights advocates who fear the new technology will encroach on their Second Amendment rights if it becomes mandated. Attacks in online forums and social networks against the Oak Tree Gun Club have prompted the store to back away from any association with the Armatix iP1 smart gun.
Guns on campus bill sails through House Idaho Press-Tribune, March 6, 2014 -- BOISE — The Idaho House has voted to back a bill allowing students, faculty and visitors carry guns on college campuses. The bill passed with a 50-19 vote, with proponents arguing it upholds Second Amendment rights and allows people on campuses to protect themselves.
Facebook and Instagram Introduce New Rules To Stem Illegal Gun Sales Online Forbes, March 5, 2014 -- Social media giant Facebook and photo sharing subsidiary Instagram today announced new rules aimed at cutting down illegal gun sales on both platforms.
The sites will delete reported posts offering to buy or sell guns without background checks — often an indicator that one or more of those involved in the transaction could be a minor or a felon seeking to evade the law.
Smith & Wesson Shoppers Keep Reloading on Hand Guns
Bloomberg Businessweek, March 5, 2014 -- The U.S. gun market might be hotter than many thought. Despite a decline in federal background checks needed to buy firearms, Smith & Wesson (SWHC) just shot the lights out in a quarterly earnings report.
Ninth Circuit Ushers Big Win for California Gun owners Cal Guns Foundation, March 5, 2014 -- BELLEVUE, WA, and ROSEVILLE, CA – The Second Amendment Foundation and The Calguns Foundation earned a significant victory today when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed and remanded the case of Richards v. Prieto, challenging the handgun carry license issuing policy of Yolo County, California, Sheriff Ed Prieto.
Obama asks Congress for money to prevent mass shootings Chicago Tribune, March 4, 2014 -- WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama returned to the subject of mass shootings on Tuesday by proposing to spend millions of dollars more on gun safety programs, inspections of retailers and background checks for people buying firearms.
Sheriff to keep issuing concealed-weapon permits
Orange County sheriff will stick to a less-restrictive policy on permits even after court issues a stay. Orange County Register, March 4, 2014 -- The Orange County Sheriff's Department will stick to a new policy making it easier to get concealed-weapon permits locally, even though the court ruling that sparked that policy has been temporarily suspended.
Gun Bill Would Grant Immunity for Warning Shots Sunshine State News, March 4, 2014 -- SB-448, proposed by Sen. Greg Evers, R-Baker, is one bill gathering attention from gun rights organizations. Evers’ bill, if passed, would grant immunity to Florida gun owners who point their defensive handgun at an attacker. The bill also intends to fix issues that arise due to Florida law which requires mandatory sentencing for certain gun crimes.
Facebook mulling policy changes on gun-themed pages (exclusive) Venture Beat, March 3, 2014 -- Facebook may announce company policy changes for gun-related pages in mere days, VentureBeat has learned. The social network has been under pressure from the powerful Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the Moms Demand Action civic group to ban gun-themed fan pages on the site.
Bills in State House Would Exempt Firearm Records from FOIA Wood Radio, March 3, 2014 -- The Michigan House will soon consider bills that exempt firearm records from the Freedom of Information Act. The bills also set up a method for law enforcement to obtain the records if it's needed for investigation purposes, although the bill says they would have to detail "reasonable suspicion" before they could gain access.
Feds: South Sacramento Shop Illegally Making Homemade Assault Rifle CBS Sacramento (CBS13), Feb. 27, 2014 -- SACRAMENTO — A South Sacramento gun shop has been shut down after federal authorities arrested the owners for allegedly making homemade assault rifles. It’s all chained up now after the federal raid, but federal agents say the machine shop was one of many places people could go to get illegal and untraceable guns. Federal authorities say undercover photos of brothers Luis Cortez Garcia and Emiliano prove they were illegally manufacturing assault rifles in Sacramento.
Study aims to shoot down media narrative on frozen firearms research Fox News, Feb. 27, 2014 -- A forthcoming study is challenging claims, repeated over and over in the media, that federal restrictions effectively froze gun research over the last two decades. The study shows the number of firearms-related journal articles published every year, after hitting 69 in 1996, rarely dipped below 60 and even spiked to 121 last year.
Memphis Teen's Shooting Reveals Gallery of Shocking Photos Yahoo.com, Feb. 28, 2014 -- The shooting death of a 13-year-old boy in Memphis resulted in another teen being charged with his shooting, but it also created outrage over photos that emerged on the victim's Facebook page showing him and other baby-faced teens smoking pot, posing with an arsenal of guns and fanning stacks of...
Lawmakers ask White House for $10 million to further study gun violence Guns.com, Feb. 25, 2014 -- The CDC study, completed last June, found that defensive gun use was common, while mass shootings were not. It was also discovered that when guns are used in self-defense the victims consistently have lower injury rates than those who are unarmed, even compared with those who used other forms of self-defense.
How Much Will Guns Matter in This Key Gubernatorial Race?
Republican candidate is a stalwart Second Amendment supporter Politix, Feb. 27, 2014 -- Gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly is betting that California voters are as passionate about guns as he is. The Republican hopefully is making his opponents' support for gun control measures a key plank in his long-shot bid for the governorship of the nation's most populous state. That applies to both Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and Republican candidate Neel Kashkari, a former Treasury Department official. Due to California's "jungle" primary system the top-two finishers in the June primary will ...
MILLER: Pressure for Supreme Court to take up Drake case and rule on concealed carry laws for nation
Split between 9th Circuit in California and 3rd Circuit New Jersey cases
The Washington Times, Feb. 26, 2014 -- John Drake just wants to legally carry a gun to defend himself in New Jersey since he has been chased by robbers after refilling ATMs with thousands of dollars in cash. His application for a concealed carry permit was denied because the state does not consider self-defense a “justifiable need.”
New Smith & Wesson SDVE Pistols Available For Sale In California Ammoland.com, Feb. 25, 2014 -- SPRINGFIELD,MASS -- Smith & Wesson Corp. announced today that the long awaited California compliant models of the increasingly popular SD9 VE and SD40 VE pistols have commenced shipping.
Available in both 9mm and .40 S&W, the SDVE pistols were approved and added to the California Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale prior to the microstamping requirements.
Utah schools now guarded with police wielding AR-15 rifles The Washington Times, Feb. 25, 2014 -- The Granite School District Police Department issued its officers AR-15 rifles to help protect students and staff in one Utah school district.
Police Chief Randy Johnson said the weapons would aid with “rapid response” emergency situations, NBCreported.
Justices won't hear challenge to young adult gun limits USA Today, Feb. 24, 2014 -- WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court refused Monday to consider any new cases seeking to expand gun rights, including two challenges to restrictions on young adults. The decision does not preclude the court eventually agreeing to consider the next big legal issue in the national debate over guns: whether the right to keep a gun at home for self-defense extends to public places.
Guns in Wyoming schools: Two sides to the story Casper Star-Tribune, Feb. 24, 2014 -- Shelie Elliott and her students were on the playground when the van rolled to a halt at the front gate. The off-white conversion van with a sputtering muffler and rusted rims did not belong to any nearby rancher. It was not from here, Elliott thought. Most days, like this day last fall, Elliott is the only adult at the rural Red Creek Elementary School 30 miles outside Casper.
Supreme Court Declines Challenges To Gun Laws The Huffington Post, Feb 24, 2014 -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to wade into the politically volatile issue of gun control by leaving intact three court rulings rejecting challenges to federal and state laws. The court's decision not to hear the cases represented a loss for gun rights advocates, including the National Rifle Association, which was behind two of the challenges
Run on guns subsides, but ammo shortages hit some areas Casper Star-Tribune, Feb. 21, 2014 -- What some retailers described as gun-buying fever the past year has largely broken. But the effects linger in the ammunition market, particularly in smaller Wyoming towns.
Just 10 months ago, people lined up at Casper’s Sportsman’s Warehouse every Thursday, waiting three hours or more to buy a two-box limit of ammo.
Mercury News editorial: Concealed weapons permit decision could put Californians in danger San Jose Mercury News, Feb. 20, 2014 -- If the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals' recent ruling striking down restrictions on concealed-carry gun permits is allowed to stand, California will become a more dangerous place. The court ruled Feb. 13 that San Diego County's rules requiring applicants to show "good cause" to carry a concealed weapon are an unconstitutional infringement on the Second Amendment.
Record U.S. Gun Production as Obama ‘Demonized’ on Issue Bloomberg News, Feb. 20, 2014 -- U.S. gun makers led by Sturm Ruger & Co. and Smith & WessonHolding Corp. (SWHC) churned out a record number of firearms in 2012, government data show, continuing a trend of robust production during Democratic presidencies. More than 8.57 million guns were produced in 2012, up 31 percent from 6.54 million in 2011, according to data released this week by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which has been tracking the statistics since 1986.
D.C. mom takes gun case to Supreme Court (Video) The Washington Times, Feb. 19, 2014 -- Amanda Welling has traveled a long, twisting road to transfer her handgun from her former Texas home to her new one in Southeast D.C. — a road that has led her to the Supreme Court.
Gun Makers Find Greener Pastures Down South Fox Business, Feb. 19, 2014 -- In the wake of new regulations in their northern home states, gun makers are going to the Carolinas, Alabama and other areas in the South for a place to open up shop.
US Sen. Markey calls for personalized gun law Boston.com, Feb. 19, 2014 -- BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey has unveiled a gun control bill he says will help reduce firearm violence by requiring all new guns to be personalized so they can be fired only by their owners or other authorized users. Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, said technology exists to make guns inoperable for unauthorized users. He said the bill would make it more difficult for stolen guns to be used in crimes or against police officers and would reduce accidental firearm deaths by making it impossible for children to fire guns they find.
Supreme Court may rule on guns outside the home USA Today, Feb. 17, 2014 -- WASHINGTON — Guns will be on the table Friday when the Supreme Court meets in private conference to consider potential cases for next fall's docket. Just figuratively, of course. The petitions scheduled for potential discussion include three that challenge state or federal gun-control laws.
Current background checks stop very few firearm purchases
Percentage of denials hits low under Obama The Washington Times, Feb. 13, 2014 -- Federal background checks are denying gun purchasers under President Obama at about half the rate they did under President Clinton and also at a slower clip than during President George W. Bush's administration, according to data obtained by The Washington Times under the Freedom of Information Act.
Gun Owners Ask Judge To Block San Francisco’s Ammo Restrictions CBS SF Bay Area, Feb. 11, 2014 -- S AN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A federal judge appeared inclined at a hearing in San Francisco Tuesday to turn down a request to block a city law banning possession of high-capacity ammunition magazines, but deferred making a ruling.
Wyoming House advances bill to allow guns in schools The Billings Gazette, Feb. 13, 2014 -- CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Local school boards could allow teachers and other workers at Wyoming's K-12 schools who hold concealed-carry permits to carry guns on campus under a bill the Wyoming House of Representatives introduced on Thursday....
Tiny Fraction of Concealed Gun Owners Involved In Murders The Crime Report, Feb. 2, 2014 -- Concealed-carry advocates say 8 million to 11 million Americans carry concealed guns in public in the name of protecting themselves and those around them, says the Christian Science Monitor. Less than two decades ago, fewer than a million people carried concealed weapons, and they were mostly ex-police, ex-military, or owners of cash businesses.
Wyoming approves $13 million deal to land Magpul Industries The Daily Caller, Feb. 10, 2014 — The state of Wyoming will pay $13 million in financial incentives to rifle-parts manufacturer Magpul Industries, which is moving from Colorado in protest of a new law banning one of its premier products — 30-round ammunition magazines.
A gun bill returns with a vengeance Politics, Feb. 9, 2014 — Two weeks ago, a gun bill thathad lingered in the state Capitol’s gearbox for more than a year finally cratered over the issue of allowing concealed weapons on public university campuses.
Oregon gun hearing emotionally charged
Expanding background checks discussed at Legislature The Bulletin, Feb. 7, 2014 -- SALEM — Armed state police officers stood at the ready at the Capitol on Thursday as lawmakers listened to testimony on one of the more emotionally charged measures of the short legislative session: expanding background checks on firearm sales.
California Gun Law Assailed as Back-Door Ban in Court Bloomberg News, Feb. 7, 2014 -- Gun World co-owner Joseph Ferrero is telling customers it’s their last chance to buy some semiautomatic handguns including a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson M&P or a 9 mm Ruger LC9 because “California has effectively banned” them.
ABC News reports on guns mislead Americans Fox News, Feb. 7, 2014 -- Gun control advocates not only push new fees and taxes on guns to reduce ownership, but they also employ another tactic: scaring people into not owning guns.
Gun design legal, deadly Times Union, May 25, 2013 -- Arms makers work to make AR-15-style weapon conform to NY SAFE Act
Wendy Davis supports open carry gun law in Texas Politico, Feb. 6, 2014 -- AUSTIN, Texas — The Wild West tradition of openly carrying your six-shooter on the street has long been banned in Texas under state law. But the next governor could change that.
Why it'll be easier to import a gun The Hill, Feb. 6, 2014 -- The Obama administration is moving to ease restrictions on the imports of guns, ammunition and other defense articles by extending the life of necessary permits.
Guns, gods, and government San Francisco Bay Guardian Online, Feb. 4, 2014 – EDITORIAL:Humans tend to believe that we're smarter than we really are. It's a problem that can be exacerbated by concentrations of wealth and technological expertise, which can cause some people to believe they have an almost God-like power to manifest solutions to any challenge they confront, particularly when they have lots of money to throw at the problem. EDITOR’s Note: See Comments.
Special Report: Women Packing Heat WALB News10, Feb. 3, 2014 -- ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Ann Ethridge keeps her gun close by, so she spends time practicing her shot. "You know a lot of things have been happening, break-ins, shootings, violence," she said.
SHOT Show to Stay at Sands Expo through 2018 Nssf.org, Feb. 3, 2014 -- LAS VEGAS -- The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) followed up its recently concluded, record-setting Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade ShowTM (SHOT Show®) by adding another year to its agreement with Sands Expo in Las Vegas.
Carmel proposal could open gun rights vs. safety debate Indy Star, Feb. 2, 2014 -- When she was a little girl growing up in Parke County, Melissa Wrightsman had a Daisy Red Ryder BB gun. She learned to shoot it. Now, she and her husband, Richard, are “real” gun owners — they sometimes practice at a shooting range and they go to gun shows.
'Ghost guns' face rules under California bill San Jose Mercury News, Jan. 31, 2014 -- SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The state Senate approved a bill Thursday that would require people who assemble homemade guns to register the weapons and acquire serial numbers before they could legally own them.
Federal Judge Upholds State's Tough Assault Weapons Ban The Hartford Courant, Jan. 30, 2014 -- HARTFORD — Gun control advocates were buoyed Thursday by a federal court decision in Hartford that upholds Connecticut's toughest-in-the-nation assault weapons ban, calling it a constitutionally valid means of balancing gun rights and the government's interest in reducing gun violence.
NSSF Hails Introduction of
Sportsmen's Access Legislation NSSF, Jan. 30, 2014 -- NEWTOWN, Conn. -- U.S. Rep. Steve Daines (R-MT) this week introduced H.R. 3962, Making Public Lands Public, a bill to expand and enhance access to public lands for hunting, fishing and recreational shooting. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) strongly supports this legislation and the key work of Congressman Daines on its behalf.
Beretta Expands Manufacturing Into Tennessee Guns America, Jan. 29, 2014 -- NASHVILLE – Beretta USA officials along with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty announced today the company will expand its U.S. operations by building a new firearms manufacturing plant in the Gallatin Industrial Park, northeast of Nashville, Tennessee. Beretta, a global manufacturer of high-quality sporting and military firearms, will invest $45 million in a state-of-the-art manufacturing and R&D facility. Beretta will create 300 new Tennessee jobs. The company is expected to complete construction on the facility this year.
New ‘R.I.P.’ bullet hailed as ‘one-shot man-stopper’ The Washington Times, Jan. 28, 2014 -- A newly developed bullet from G2 Research is being billed as the last round a gun owner will ever need: a smashing hunk of copper with full metal jacket power to shred through solid objects and stop attackers in their tracks.
WBC approves $13M in funding for Magpul move Wyoming Business Report, Jan. 23, 2014 -- CHEYENNE - Wyoming Business Council's board today unanimously approved a $13 million grant-loan combination that will enable Magpul Industries to move manufacturing operations out of Colorado, where stricter gun control laws were voted in last year.
Supreme Court takes a shot at 'straw' gun purchases Did Congress intend to crack down on dealerships or follow guns to their ultimate destination? USA Today, Jan. 22, 2014 -- WASHINGTON — A Supreme Court that seeks to keep guns away from dangerous individuals struggled Wednesday to interpret a congressional statute that some said fails to accomplish its goal.
MILLER: Smith & Wesson to stop selling guns in California due to microstamping law
D.C. passes emergency bill to postpone the firearm law until 2016 The Washington Times, Jan. 22, 2014 -- Smith & Wesson announced it will stop selling its handguns in California rather than manufacture them to comply with the new microstamping law. The other publicly traded firearms manufacturer in the U.S., Sturm, Ruger, also said this month that it will stop new sales to California.
Smith & Wesson unveils monster .460 caliber gun: The ‘Backpack Cannon’ The Washington Times, Jan. 21, 2014 -- Smith & Wesson has unveiled the monster of all monster handguns at the recent “Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show” in Las Vegas: A .460 caliber beast with a 3-inch barrel, high-visibility sights and a synthetic shock absorber on the handle — a likely necessary addition for so much firepower.
MILLER: D.C. man on trial for one shotgun shell - wasn’t given David Gregory deal
Mark Witaschek is first known prosecution for inoperable, unregistered ammunition The Washington Times, Jan. 20, 2014 – A year ago this month, the attorney general for the District of Columbia let NBC News anchor David Gregory off scot-free for possession of a “high capacity” magazine because doing so “would not promote public safety.”
Gun reform wars to take center stage in 2014 As gun rights and anti-gun campaigns continue to clash, 2014 is shaping up to be a critical year for gun legislation. USA Today, Jan. 12, 2014 -- Both sides of the gun law debate have geared up to wage war across the country in 2014 using millions of dollars, midterm elections, opposing messaging strategies and dueling grass-roots campaigns.
New debate rises over Maryland gun law The Balitmore Sun, Jan.11, 2014 -- More than 200 guns were sold to people legally barred from owning them as a surge in firearms sales last year overwhelmed Maryland's background check system, according to state police.
NRA offers shooters' insurance Chicago Tribune, Jan. 11, 2014 -- Shooting someone in self-defense can be costly. But if you do end up being charged with a felony, the National Rifle Association offers its members an insurance policy that could pay thousands of dollars in legal costs.
Warning Shot Bill Moving Ahead In Florida WCTV, Jan. 8, 2014 -- Prosecutors squared off today against the NRA and gun toting lawmakers who want to allow people to fire warning shots without being charged with a crime. Prosecutors say the legislation will do little when it comes to deciding who to prosecute.
Banished for Questioning the Gospel of Guns The New York Times, Jan. 4, 2014 -- BARRY, Ill. — The byline of Dick Metcalf, one of the country’s pre-eminent gun journalists, has gone missing. It has been removed from Guns & Ammo magazine, where his widely-read column once ran on the back page. He no longer stars on a popular television show about firearms. Gun companies have stopped flying him around the world and sending him the latest weapons to review.
D.C. gun-control debate holds national clues
Experience likely to show how others will fare The Washington Times, Jan. 2, 2014 -- Gun-control legislation got a much closer look over the past year in the wake of the Connecticut school shootings — but the District and gun-rights activists have been fighting their own battle on the issue for the better part of a decade.
Federal judge upholds majority of SAFE Act Law is likely to face further challenges The Buffalo News, Dec. 31, 2013 -- Gun control advocates won a major victory Tuesday, but the fight over New York’s SAFE Act is far from over.
U.S. Judge Upholds Most New York Gun Limits New York Times, Dec. 31, 2013 -- A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that New York’s strict new gun laws, including an expanded ban on assault weapons, were constitutional, but struck down a provision forbidding gun owners to load more than seven rounds into a magazine.
Daniel Defense: 2013 Manufacturer of the year Savannah Now, Dec. 28, 2013 -- Think of guns and names such as Colt, Remington, and Smith & Wesson come to mind, but if South Georgia native Marty Daniel has anything to say about it, future generations of gun owners will include his company on that elite roster.
Police investigate home invasions in Sussex County The News Journal | delawareonline.com, Dec. 27, 2013 -- Detectives are investigating two separate home invasion robberies that occurred Thursday night in Sussex County, three-and-a-half hours apart, police said today.
Just where will it be legal to carry a gun in Illinois?
Law has tricky mix of where it's legal for permit holder to have gun Chicago Tribune, Dec. 27, 2013 -- After a hard-fought battle, Illinois residents next month can begin applying for permits to carry concealed guns in public. But those who do could face another challenge: figuring out where it's legal to carry a firearm and where having a gun could land them in jail.
Man charged with attempted rape, assault of jogger, neighbor
In both instances, prosecutors accuse Mario Orlando Montano of unzipping his pants with the intent to sexually assault. The Orange County Register, Dec. 23, 2013 SANTA ANA – Prosecutors have charged a man with sexually assaulting two women. Mario Orlando Montano, 55, of Anaheim, was charged last week with one felony count each of attempted forcible rape, assault with the intent to commit a sexual offense, and assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, plus sentencing enhancements, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
NRA sues Sunnyvale over ammo magazine ban San Jose Mercury News, Dec. 17, 2013 -- SUNNYVALE -- Sunnyvale's new gun-control ordinance stops at the city line, but the National Rifle Association hopes a federal lawsuit it filed this week challenging the law will ripple all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Cops Seek Man In Connection With Attempted Rape In Ozone Park
Suspect Fled The Ozone Park Apartment When His Victim Fought Back CBS New York, Dec. 15, 2013 -- NEW YORK -- The NYPD has asked the public for help in tracking down a man wanted in connection with an attempted rape that took place in Ozone Park, Queens.
Sheriffs Refuse to Enforce Laws on Gun Control NYTimes.com, Dec. 15, 2013 -- GREELEY, Colo. - When Sheriff John Cooke of Weld County explains in speeches why he is not enforcing the state's new gun laws, he holds up two 30-round magazines. One, he says, he had before July 1, when the law banning the possession, sale or transfer of the large-capacity magazines went into effect. The other, he "maybe" obtained afterward.
Amazon pressed on gun accessory sales, a year after Newtown Reuters, Dec. 13, 2013 -- Activist investors have asked Amazon.com Inc to review its sales of firearms accessories, concerned that the online retailer offers products that could be used to convert semi-automatic rifles into weapons that fire too rapidly to be legal.
Gun Stocks Soar, Gun Control 'Dead as an Issue' Breitbart, Dec. 13, 2013 -- While the White House and Senate Democrats hammered guns and gun rights during 2013, investors put their money into gun company stocks and garnered "incredible returns."
Gun Country The New York Times, Dec. 12, 2013 -- Narrative with images.
Firearms in the family: The role guns play in American lives Los Angeles Daily News, Dec. 12, 2013 -- A high schooler in Colorado hunts for food, carrying on a family tradition. A father devotes his life to sparing others from his son's fate. An elementary school student in Michigan takes careful aim, making his mother proud. A mother in California grieves a son gunned down.
ATF reportedly used rogue tactics in a half-dozen cities Fox News, Dec. 9, 2013 -- Federal ATF agents in cities across the country reportedly used rogue tactics to go after guns on the street -- allegedly exploiting the mentally ill, buying up weapons for way more than they're worth and letting minors smoke pot and drink.
Permits for concealed guns: Utah hits 500K
62% of them go to out-of-staters seeking to ease travel with a firearm. The Salt Lake Tribune, Dec. 7, 2013 -- Utah just crossed a big threshold for a small state with just 2.86 million residents: More than a half million people now hold a Utah permit to carry concealed firearms - 521,914, to be exact as of Sept. 30, according to new data.
New gun technology presents risks, opportunities Morning Call, Dec. 5, 2013 -- It has been almost a year since the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Unfortunately, very little gun control legislation has been passed since the tragedy, even though most polls show that sensible gun control measures such as universal background checks, magazine capacity limits and banning assault weapons are supported by a majority of citizens.
Big Gun Ban Vote Will Mean Much Less Than It Seems Roll Call (Hawkings Here), Dec. 4, 2013 -- It sounds like a big, unexpected
deal: A lopsided bipartisan House majority will vote to ban a category of firearms this afternoon. In fact, the modest measure is the handiwork of Second Amendment champions, and its passage probably guarantees no expansion of gun control gets enacted in the year since the Sandy Hook schoolhouse massacre.
NFL Rejects Gun Company's Super Bowl Commercial Townhall.com, Dec. 1, 2013 -- Daniel Defense, one of the nation's leading manufacturers and retailers in the firearms industry, was willing to pay top dollar for a commercial in the 2014 NFL Super Bowl. But FOX rejected the commercial, which is an innocuous video about home defense and fundamental rights, "due to the rules the NFL itself has set into place for [Daniel Defense's] category."
Deadline looms on undetectable guns TheHill, Nov. 28, 2013 -- Guns that cannot be detected by X-ray machines will no longer be banned if Congress does not renew the decades-old prohibition by Dec. 9.
Smart gun technology could set New Jersey law into motion CNN, Nov. 23, 2013 -- New York (CNN) -- A gun law passed by the New Jersey legislature more than a decade ago may be set into motion as tech savvy gun makers get closer to being able to sell so-called smart guns in the United States.
APNewsBreak: Gun Group Considered Leaving Newtown ABC News, Nov. 22, 2013 -- The gun industry's national trade association and lobbying organization considered moving its offices from Newtown after last year's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the president and CEO of the National Shooting Sports Foundation said in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press.
Washington gun rights advocates tout 340,000 signatures MyNorthwest.com, Nov. 21, 2013 -- OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Supporters of an initiative that would prevent Washington state from adopting universal background checks for gun sales say they have submitted 340,000 signatures with their first batch of petitions submitted Thursday to the secretary of state's office.
Printed plastic guns a growing worry for law enforcement The Washington Post, Nov. 15, 2013 -- Federal law enforcement officials are increasingly concerned about the public-safety threats posed by plastic handguns made with 3-D printers because they can potentially slip past metal detectors and are capable of firing lethal rounds.
Dems vow passage of background check bill TheHill, Nov. 13, 2013 -- Far from dead, legislation expanding background checks before gun sales still has a chance of passing this Congress, Democratic leaders in the House and Senate said Wednesday.
Undetectable guns a law enforcement challenge KansasCity.com, Nov. 13, 2013 -- WASHINGTON - With a law banning undetectable firearms about to expire, federal agents are focusing attention on the latest twist in high-tech weaponry: guns made entirely out of plastic.
As 3-D Printing Advances, Threat of Plastic Guns Grows WSJ.com, Nov. 13, 2013 -- WASHINGTON-New plastic guns made by 3-D printers could beat metal detectors and compromise security around the country, federal authorities warned Wednesday-and an expiring law could soon make them legal.
Thanks to More Sales, Firearms Industry Contributes Most Taxes in Nearly a Decade - Katie Pavlich Townhall, Nov. 11, 2013 -- The National Shooting Sports Foundation has released Firearms and Ammunition Excise Tax numbers for the 2013 second quarter showing the industry is paying the most taxes in nearly a decade thanks to an increase in firearms sales. In addition, data shows tax contributions are up 23 percent for pistols, 43.3 percent for long guns and
55 percent for ammunition compared to 2012.
Black Lawmakers Block Chicago Gun Bill WUIS 91.9, Nov. 8, 2013 -- The city of Chicago had a setback in Springfield Thursday. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been pushing to increase prison sentences for people convicted of gun crimes. But on the last day of the Illinois legislature's fall veto session, a group of African-American legislators used a parliamentary maneuver to block him.
'Gun radio' is up in arms - Mackenzie Weinger POLITICO.com, Nov. 6, 2013 -- Welcome to the gun shows - radio shows, that is. On programs such as “Gun Talk,” “Cam & Co.,” “Talking Guns” and “Armed American Radio,” the rights of gun owners lead every single day — not just when media figures, politicians or a recent tragedy have pushed the Second Amendment back into the national conversation.
Feds confiscate investigative reporter's confidential files during raid The Daily Caller, Oct. 25, 2013 -- A veteran Washington D.C. investigative journalist says the Department of Homeland Security confiscated a stack of her confidential files during a raid of her home in August - leading her to fear that a number of her sources inside the federal government have now been exposed.
Texas gun owners stage rally at the Alamo U.S. News, Oct. 19, 2013 -- Hundreds of gun-rights advocates, many toting rifles and shotguns, gathered early Saturday at the Alamo in San Antonio to rally in support of gun ownership and the right to bear arms.
Guns sales drop, confusion grows under new law WTOP.com, Oct. 14, 2013 -- PASADENA, Md. -- A crush of gun-buyers, anxious to beat the implementation of a tough new law, has given way to a pile of paperwork and lingering uncertainty about new requirements.
WASHINGTON: Court won't hear arguments against Md. gun law Columbus Ledger Enquirer, Oct. 15, 2013 -- WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court won't review a decision upholding a Maryland gun law that requires residents to demonstrate a "good and substantial reason" to get a permit to carry a handgun outside their own home or business.
Calif. gov. vetoes semi-automatic rifle ban Fox News, Oct. 11, 2013 -- SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill Friday that would have imposed the nation's toughest gun ownership restrictions on Californians, saying it was too far-reaching.
Gun limits could lead to recalls of legislators SanFrancisco Gate, Oct. 10, 2013 -- Gun-rights advocates are ready to launch a recall attempt aimed at some of California's most vulnerable Democratic state lawmakers - and the party's supermajority hold on the Legislature - if Gov. Jerry Brown signs some of the dozen-plus gun-control bills sitting on his desk.
'Gun Room' Offers High-end Weapons for Sale in Twin Falls Magic Valley Times-News, Oct. 8, 2013 -- TWIN FALLS -- This isn't where you go to buy your father's old .30-30. Mike and Kayla Cuellar have been running Valiant Firearms & Ammunition for more than five years, but until last week they only sold firearms as special orders for existing customers. Now they run "The Gun Room," a portion of their shop dedicated to high-end, Idaho-made rifles and handguns.
US government shutdown runs afoul of hunters Yahoo News, Oct. 8, 2013 -- Chicago (AFP) - Hunters hoping to bag their limit on federal land joined a chorus of frustrated citizens urging a halt to the US government shutdown Monday.
ATF tries to block whistleblowing agent's Fast and Furious book Washington Times, Oct. 5, 2013 -- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is blocking the main whistleblower in the Fast and Furious case from publishing a book, claiming his retelling of the Mexico "gun-walking" scandal will hurt morale inside the embattled law enforcement agency, according to documents obtained by The Washington Times.
McNaughton's Latest Painting Depicts American Standing Up For Gun Rights CBS Tampa, Oct. 3, 2013 -- TAMPA - Artist Jon McNaughton is standing up for gun rights in his latest painting. Titled "Stand Your Ground" - a controversial law brought into the limelight when George Zimmerman fatally shot Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. - his work depicts a man dressed in soldier fatigues holding both an assault rifle and an American flag.
NRA takes aim at California's sweeping gun control bill Fox News, Oct. 3, 2013 -- The National Rifle Association says it plans to sue the state of California if Gov. Jerry Brown signs a bill approved by state lawmakers that would ban the future sale of most types of semi-automatic rifles that accept detachable magazines.
Fresh DOJ loss in 'Fast and Furious' docs fight POLITICO.com, Sept. 30, 2013 -- Josh Gerstein - A federal judge has rejected Attorney General Eric Holder's attempt to keep the courts from wading into the "Fast and Furious" documents dispute that led to him being held in contempt by the House last year.
Florida Republicans Want New "Stand Your Ground" Law for Warning Shots Opposing Views, Sept. 30, 2013 -- The "10-20-Life" law in Florida, a creation of former Governor Jeb Bush, dictates mandatory sentences for shooting a firearm while committing a felony. It isn't working to deter gun violence; but rather than get rid of the harsh-yet-ineffective law, local Republicans simply want to make an exception for people who wield a weapon in supposed self-defense.
Gun-control advocates lose ground despite recent rampages The Boston Globe, Sept. 29, 2013 -- WASHINGTON - Nine months after the horrific mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., advocates of stricter gun-control measures have had little luck in state legislatures across the country.
Maryland gun-control law sparks record gun sales Fox News, Sept. 28, 2013 -- PASADENA, Md. – Maryland residents have been buying guns in record numbers before a law takes effect Tuesday, with provisions aimed at helping keep guns away from criminals and the mentally ill, strengthening safety training and banning 45 types of assault weapons.
Blog: Dallas County Now Has Its Very Own Bulletproof, "Mine-Protected" Military SUV Dallas Observer, Sept. 27, 2013 -- Now that the war in Iraq is officially over and the one in Afghanistan winding down, the Department of Defense found itself facing a conundrum. It had just spent billions of dollars buying heavily armored personnel carriers designed to stand up to insurgent attacks only to find that it had run out of wars to use them in.
How N. Carolina Enticed Sturm, Ruger Valley News, Sept. 11, 2013 -- Mayodan, n.c. - Gun manufacturer Sturm, Ruger & Co. could receive nearly $15 million for opening a new factory in the North Carolina community already home to America's largest firearms maker.
Maryland gun applications soar as stricter control law looms Fox News, Sept. 6, 2013 -- Applications for gun purchases in Maryland are soaring ahead of the start of a tough new firearms law that sets new magazine capacity limits and bans the sale of certain types of assault weapons.
New Jersey Is Packing
As Legislators Moved to Tighten Firearm Restrictions, Handgun Permits Surged Wall Street Journal, Sept. 5, 2013 -- Permits to buy handguns in New Jersey-which has some of the strictest firearms laws in the U.S.-increased by 67% through June compared with the same period in 2012, according to data provided by the state police.
The Limits of Nullification New York Times, Sept. 3, 2013 -- BILTMORE LAKE, N.C. - ON Sept. 11, anti-gun-control legislators in the Missouri General Assembly are likely to pass a bill, over the governor's veto, that renders almost all federal gun laws void in the state, and even makes it a crime for federal agents to enforce them.
Missouri poised to enact measure nullifying federal gun laws Fox News, Aug. 30, 2013 -- The Republican-led Missouri Legislature is expected to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill that would expand gun rights and make federal gun regulations unenforceable -- even as similar laws adopted in other states to buck federal gun rules face legal challenges.
Montana gun ruling could have major effect on similar AZ law East Valley Tribune: Capitol Media Services, Aug. 25, 2013 -- PHOENIX - Arizona lawmakers cannot give their residents the right to make their own guns and bullets without federal approval, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday.
Under a New Law, the Police Can Act as Gun Dealers NYTimes, Aug. 24, 2013 -- For decades, weapons confiscated by the police in Texas were supposed to be used for law enforcement purposes - or else destroyed. Starting next month, police departments across the state will be allowed to sell some of them.
The NRA takes on the courts Yahoo! News, Aug. 22, 2013 -- In the annals of lobbying Congress, few can match the success of the National Rifle Association, as it showed again this year in helping to defeat a new gun control law in the Senate, even in the emotional wake of the Newtown school massacre. But the NRA is growing frustrated with the courts, and it has taken its complaint to the Supreme Court, relying upon the advocacy skills of one of the nation's leading lawyers, former U.S. Solicitor General Paul D. Clement.
Wolves pay for death of Idaho sheep
Fed hunters nearly wipe out Pine Creek Pack after about 175 sheep die.
Jackson Hole News, Aug. 21, 2013 -- A wolf pack that roams the south end of Teton Valley, Idaho, has been all but wiped out after a bizarre sheep stampede that’s been blamed on the wild canines.
Remington Arms looks at locations out of state NBC-WKTV News Channel 2 , Aug. 21, 2013 -- ILION, N.Y. -- Headlines in Tennessee say Remington Arms could bring hundreds of jobs to the Nashville area, but now there's the question of what that means for workers in the Mohawk Valley.
Illinois expands background checks to all gun purchases
Reuters, Aug. 18, 2013 -- Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a gun-control measure into law on Sunday that expands background checks to cover all firearms purchases in the state, closing what he said was a loophole that exempted gun sales between private parties.
Exclusive: ATK close to deal with gun accessory maker Bushnell Baltimore Sun, Aug. 5, 2013 -- Alliant Techsystems Inc , the world's largest ammunition maker, is in advanced talks to buy Bushnell Outdoor Products Inc in a deal that could value the gun accessory maker at around $1 billion, two sources familiar with the matter said on Monday.
Chicago toughens ban on assault weapons amid violence Chicago Tribune, July 17, 2013 -- CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Chicago City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to toughen its existing ban on assault weapons by adding more types of guns to the banned list and imposing stiffer fines for violations of the law.
Super Gun expected to shoot over 3,000 yards The Daily Caller, July 17, 2013 -- TrackingPoint Technology, creators of Xact precision-guided firearm technology, wants to push the limit of long-range shooting. The company announced Wednesday that they are developing a "super gun" that will be able to shoot accurately over 3,100 yards, "farther than the longest confirmed long-range small arms shot of all time," according to the release.
Chicago lawmakers unanimously vote to beef up assault weapons ban Fox News, July 17, 2013 -- CHICAGO - Chicago's City Council unanimously voted Wednesday to beef up its assault weapons ban with new measures that add strict penalties, prohibit more weapons and define "student safety zones," changes that come in the wake of Illinois' new concealed carry law.
Year after Colo. theater attack, gun debate rages San Jose Mercury News, July 17, 2013 -- DENVER-The last time Colorado enacted gun control measures was in the wake of the 1999 Columbine High School shooting, and once the laws were on the books there was little acrimony.
Guns in America: How Criminals Might Be Purchasing Weapons Easily, No Questions Asked ABC News, July 16, 2013 -- To explore how criminals might easily get a gun, without background checks, from sellers who don't ask too many questions, an undercover team from National Geographic found private sellers online who, at separate meet-ups, were willing to sell them an assault rifle and a sniper rifle with enough ammunition to "start your own war."
New Texas Gun Rush: Selling Weapons From Your Home CBS Dallas / Fort Worth, July 12, 2013 -- DALLAS - The gun rush hasn't been limited to just buying. Over the last eight months, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has licensed more people to sell guns in Texas, than in any other state. Hundreds more are waiting for the agency to approve their applications.
Colorado gun laws: Two compromises on ammo magazines reached The Denver Post, July 11, 2013 -- The first salvo in a legal battle to block Colorado's new limits on gun ammunition magazines fizzled Wednesday, but sheriffs, firearm dealers and other opponents still aim to have the law declared unconstitutional.
How gun law works: Likely 2014 before permits issued Chicago Tribune, July 11, 2013 -- Illinois lawmakers overrode Gov. Pat Quinn's veto of concealed carry legislation on Tuesday, but it will likely be 2014 before any firearm owners are permitted to pack handguns in public.
What concealed carry means for the suburbs Daily Herald, July 11, 2013 -- SPRINGFIELD - With the ability to carry concealed handguns soon to be a reality in Illinois, the suburbs have 10 days to decide if they want to put their own stamp on the law - by banning assault weapons within their borders.
Colorado sheriffs seek to stop gun magazine law Yahoo! News, July 10, 2013 -- DENVER (AP) - Colorado sheriffs trying to stop new state ammunition magazine limits go before a federal judge Wednesday to argue that the law, passed in the wake of mass shootings, is too vague to enforce.
FOIAed again: 'Gun map' newspaper seeks more info on firearms owners Fox News, July 3, 2013 -- The suburban New York newspaper that created a firestorm earlier this year when it published the names and addresses of gun permit holders has requested more data regarding legal owners of firearms, apparently to determine if handgun ownership patterns have changed in the last six months.
Illinois towns reject call to pass assault weapons bans Fox News, July 6, 2013 -- As Illinois prepares to become the last state in the country to allow the concealed carry of firearms, few of its communities appear concerned that the window allowing them to ban assault-style weapons will rapidly begin closing next week.
Gun-friendly states court gunmakers GOPUSA, July 1, 2013 -- More than a year removed from his failed bid for the Republican presidential nomination, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is a headliner in a new and equally crowded campaign.
Colorado gun laws take effect amid final rush for ammo Fox News, July 1, 2013 -- New limits on ammunition magazines and universal background check requirements take effect in Colorado on Monday, even as county sheriffs fight to overturn the signature pieces of state Democrats'
gun control legislation.
Dealers' disappearing guns
Despite steep precautions, Pennsylvania dealers lead nation in lost or stolen firearms Reading Eagle, July 1, 2013 -- A formidable series of obstacles stands between would-be thieves and Charlie Miller's guns.
Five things to know about guns CNN.com, June 29, 2013 -- This weekend, Morgan Spurlock's "Inside Man" gives CNN viewers an inside and in-depth look at the issue of firearms -- as viewed from behind the counter of a gun store. Here are five things to know about the debate.
Chicago Prepares for New Concealed Carry Gun Law ABC News, June 28, 2013 -- This city, where violent street gangs shoot it out dozens of times a week despite some of the nation's toughest restrictions on guns, now faces a new challenge: Well-meaning citizens with the legal right to hit the streets with loaded firearms, whenever they want.
Scott signs bills on guns, bunnies and mullet Florida Wires - MiamiHerald.com, June 28, 2013 -- TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Gov.
Rick Scott signed a bill Friday that will close a loophole that allowed dangerously mentally ill people to admit themselves for treatment, then quickly check out and buy a gun.
Rifle maker to create 145 new Horry County jobs with $8 million WBTW-TV: News, Weather, and Sports for Florence, SC, June 24, 2013 -- COLUMBIA, SC - (News Release) PTR Industries, a Connecticut-based rifle manufacturer, plans to relocate its manufacturing operations and corporate headquarters to Horry County. The more than $8 million investment is expected to generate
145 new jobs.
Gun Manufacturers, Retailers Set Record Sales with New Buyers - Hit & Run Reason.com, June 19, 2013 -- While Pres. Obama and Congressional Democrats promised to restrict gun ownership in early 2013, the opposite is happening.
Not only are firearms sales on the rise, the industry is attracting customers who had never previously owned a gun.
Magpul offers super hi-capacity magazines ahead of state ban The Daily Caller, June 18, 2013 -- With just two weeks to go before sales of high capacity magazines will be illegal in Colorado, Magpul Industries released a 40-round version of its popular PMAG magazine, offering a limited supply to Colorado customers hoping to beat the deadline.
Guns Are Hot in California Hispanic Business, June 17, 2013 -- Gun sales boomed in Sacramento and across California to record levels last year as horrific mass shootings reignited the gun control debate, new state figures show.
Medical Groups Oppose Obama On Mental Health Records The Crime Report, source: Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, June 13, 2013 -- An Obama administration proposal to speed the flow of mental health records into the national gun background-check database is being opposed by medical groups and state authorities, threatening the flagging effort to strengthen federal gun controls after the Newtown shootings, the Wall Street Journal reports. The debate involves a plan by the Department of Health and Human Services to amend a federal privacy rule.
Outdoors retailer gung-ho for gun sales The Journal Gazette, June 10, 2013 -- After several years of robust gun sales, sporting goods firm Gander Mountain is expanding its national push into firearms with a new big-box gun store in Texas that will open this fall.
High-capacity ammo 'repair kit' lawsuit SFGate, June 10, 2013 -- Firearms distributors are flouting California's ban on high-capacity magazines, those that can fire more than 10 rounds without reloading, by taking them apart and selling them as easily assembled "repair kits," City Attorney Dennis Herrera charged in a lawsuit filed Monday.
Employment dispute offers peek into firearms company Freedom Group Yahoo! News, June 7, 2013 -- NEW YORK (Reuters) - A dispute involving a gun industry executive who claims he was fired after being falsely accused of bringing his weapons to work offers a peek into Freedom Group, the gun making conglomerate owned by Cerberus Capital Management LP.
100-day bus tour for Bloomberg gun group - Priya Anand POLITICO, June 6, 2013 -- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's anti-gun violence group is launching a cross-country bus tour this month as the next step in its push for stricter gun control measures.
Gun Control Isn't About Rights-It's About Survival Newsweek and The Daily Beast, June 6, 2013 -- Tyquran Horton, 17, lost one of his uncles before he was born-shot by somebody who wanted his coat in 1990. Another uncle died in 2010: he got into an argument on a street corner and somebody pulled a gun and shot him three times. Then, one afternoon in October 2011, Tyquran's mother, Zurana, was picking up two of her younger kids at Public School 298 in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Somebody (it's always "somebody") started shooting from a rooftop nearby.
Recall of Anti-2nd Amendment Colorado Senate President John Morse Succeeds Before It’s News, June 3, 2013 -- Colorado Springs, CO The Basic Freedom Defense Fund (BFDF - www.bfdf.org), the Colorado grassroots group heading the recall of State Senate President John Morse (D-Colorado Springs) has submitted16,046District 11 voter petition signatures to the Colorado Secretary of States' office for the recall of John Morse.This exceeds both the 7,178 signatures necessary for the recall and also exceeds the total number of votes (13,451) cast for Morse during his 2010 election.
Illinois lawmakers approve concealed guns bill Reuters, May 31, 2013 -- Illinois lawmakers on Friday approved a measure that permits residents to carry concealed guns, which if signed by the governor would make some form of carrying a concealed weapon legal in all 50 states.
Court upholds rifle sales reporting requirement New York News, May 31, 2013 -- WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal appeals court panel Friday unanimously upheld an Obama administration requirement that dealers in southwestern border states report when customers buy multiple high-powered rifles.
California Senate approves seven gun control bills Los Angeles Times, May 30, 2013 -- The California Senate on Wednesday approved a package of seven gun control bills, including background checks for people who buy ammunition, introduced in response to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Change of Subject: Deadline could backfire on gun-control advocates Chicago Tribune, May 28, 2013 -- Talk about the Wild West. Imagine officials of more than 200 local home-rule units of government in Illinois - trustees, aldermen, councilors, commissioners, most of them part-timers - suddenly and urgently attempting to craft and pass a new ordinance to allow their constituents to carry concealed weapons in public.
Gun Makers Shun Responsibility for Sales, Suits Show The New York Times, May 27, 2013 -- The Glock executive testified that he would keep doing business with a gun dealer who had been indicted on a charge of violating firearms laws because "This is still America" and "You're still innocent until proven guilty."
Ill. House Approves Guns Plan Opposed by Governor ABC News, May 24, 2013 -- Gun owners could carry concealed weapons in Illinois, the last state in the nation to prohibit it, under legislation that swept through the House Friday with the backing of the powerful Democratic speaker from Chicago, a city torn by violence despite what critics claim are the nation's toughest firearms restrictions.
Quinn skeptical of Ill. House concealed-carry plan Pantagraph.com, May 23, 2013 -- A compromise plan on concealed weapons heading for a House floor vote drew swift opposition Thursday from Gov. Pat Quinn, whose office called it a "massive overreach" because of the way it would curb local firearms regulations.
Gun groups sue to block new Connecticut gun law Chicago Tribune, May 23, 2013 -- MILFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) - Leaders of Connecticut gun advocacy groups said on Thursday they had sued to knock down a strict new gun-control law passed in April because they believed the measure would not improve public safety.
With high-tech guns, users could disable remotely Businessweek, May 21, 2013 -- SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A high-tech startup is wading into the gun control debate with a wireless controller that would allow gun owners to know when their weapon is being moved - and disable it remotely.
How The Obama Gun Boom Pushed The Fortune Of Two Brothers To $1.2 Billion Forbes, May 21, 2013 -- In March the National Rifle Association coordinated a demonstration against new gun legislation in Connecticut, the state where
26 children and staff were gunned down at an elementary school in December.
Before boarding buses headed for the state capital, gun owners met up at a parking lot in nearby East Hartford-a parking lot owned by sporting goods store Cabela's CAB +0.11%
FOX31 gun show 'terrorist' report called a hoax 9news.com, May 21, 2013 -- ADAMS COUNTY - Serious questions are emerging about a recent report on FOX31 claiming a gun company executive was wrongly flagged as a terrorist and "interrogated" by Adams County Sheriff's deputies.
Shotgun executive taken into custody at Colo. gun show on cabbie terror tip Examiner.com, May 19, 2013 -- Daniele Perazzi, president of the Italian Perazzi Shotguns firm, was taken into custody yesterday by Adams County Deputies [see update, below] along with several prototype shotguns. The executive was picked up in the parking lot of the Denver Merchandise Mart, hosting the high-end Colorado Gun Collectors show this weekend, after a taxi driver, likely reacting to a suspicious activity reporting outreach program conducted by law enforcement, told authorities he thought he could be transporting an armed "foreign speaking" terror suspect.
Gun control ads have Democrats worrying POLITICO.com, May 7, 2013 -- John Bresnahan and Reid J. Epstein: Majority Leader Harry Reid's aides met recently with staffers of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to warn them: Targeting vulnerable Democrats like Arkansas's Mark Pryor on gun control could backfire on the party, several sources told POLITICO.
Ruger looks to open a third gun plant, but not in N.H. New Hampshire Business Review, May 1, 2013 -- Sturm Ruger & Co. is selling guns so quickly that it is looking to open a third manufacturing facility to make them, CEO Michael Fifer announced at the company's annual meeting Tuesday in Prescott, Ariz.
Here Come Gun-Focused Retail Super Centers TIME, April 30, 2013 -- Picture a sprawling 30,000-square-foot Best Buy store-only instead of electronic gadgets and games, every aisle inside the big-box center is devoted to firearms, bullets, and "tactical gear." This is the hot retail concept spreading throughout the Midwest.
Bill aims to keep guns away from mentally ill San Francisco Gate, April 30, 2013 --
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers wrapped up work Tuesday on their most notable gun-related bill of the year — a proposal aimed at keeping firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill.
Inhofe, Lucas Introduce Bill Limiting Federal Agencies From Stockpiling Ammunition
U.S. Senator for Oklahoma Senator James M. Inhofe, Newsroom, April 26, 2013 -- WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Congressman Frank Lucas (R-OK-3) today introduced in their respective chambers the Ammunition Management for More Obtainability (AMMO) Act of 2013. The legislation would require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a report on the purchasing of ammunition by federal agencies, except the Department of Defense, and its effect on the supply of ammunition available to the public.
The AMMO Act would restrict agencies from obtaining additional ammunition for a six-month period if current agency stockpiles are higher than its monthly averages prior to the Obama Administration.
No sales policy consistent with 2nd Amendment beliefs The Patriot-News PennLive.com, April 25, 2013 -- The National Rifle Association says its policy of allowing vendors to display but not sell firearms at its new Great American Outdoor Show next year is in line with its strong support of Second Amendment rights.
NRA says they never planned on selling guns at next year's show CBS 21 News, April 25, 2013 -- The NRA says vendors will not be allowed to sell firearms at next year's Great American Outdoors Show. Officials tell CBS 21 News it's the NRA's policy not to sell firearms on the trading floor, but one local gun shop says, they wish that were the case to help their business.
DHS Denies Ammo Purchases Aimed at Civilians Washington Whispers (usnews.com), April 25, 2013 -- Officials at the Department of Homeland Security denied Thursday that its large-scale ammunition purchases were an effort keep bullets out of the hands of private citizens.
Obama resists Republican bid to see gun smuggling operation documents Chicago Tribune, April 24, 2013 -- WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Justice Department lawyer said on Wednesday that if a judge agreed to consider a Republican bid to get administration documents related to a botched operation against gun-trafficking it would prompt a flood of requests for courts to referee Washington political disputes.
Illinois Senate looking at two-tier concealed carry system Chicago Tribune, April 25, 2013 -- SPRINGFIELD-People who want to carry a concealed weapon in Chicago and elsewhere in Cook County would get an extra layer of scrutiny under legislation being drafted in the Illinois Senate, according to authors of the proposal.
Some gun dealers balking at transfers Democrat and Chronicle, April 23, 2013 -- At least two gun dealers in the Rochester area say they will not facilitate transfers of firearms between two private parties. A third plans to charge more than what the law allows.
Reid shelves expanded gun-purchase background check legislation The Washington Times, April 18, 2013 -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Thursday he's placing expanded gun-purchase background checks on ice, bringing a sudden halt to a months-long debate as he and other gun control advocates nevertheless vowed to fight another day.
Blame Bloomberg / Editorial The New York Sun, April 18, 2013 -- Is it possible to imagine that when President Obama retires for the night that he will wonder who led him into the debacle that unfolded when his long campaign for gun control went down to defeat in a Senate controlled by his own party?
Gun Polling Report Polling Report, April 18, 2013 -- AP-GfK Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications. April 11-15, 2013. N=1,004 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.9.
Review & Outlook: Gun Control Meltdown The Wall Street Journal, April 17, 2013 -- President Obama's gun control agenda was routed in the Senate on Wednesday, and Mr. Obama naturally blamed the National Rifle Association. The truth is that Mr. Obama invited this meltdown by assuming he could exploit the Newtown massacre to ram through a liberal wish-list that wouldn't have stopped the next mass murder.
Senate Torpedoes Background Check Deal Roll Call Policy, April 17, 2013 -- The Senate on Wednesday failed to advance a bipartisan background check proposal that Democrats had hoped would be the core of any bill.
Bloomberg Rips Senate For Failing To Expand Background Checks CBS New York, April 17, 2013 -- NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) - Senate Republicans, backed by some Democrats, blocked legislation Wednesday to tighten restrictions on the sale of firearms, prompting Mayor Michael Bloomberg to rip lawmakers for failing to pass the bipartisan effort that focused on the expansion of background checks.
Stephen Feinberg, Cerberus Capital Founder, Exploring Bid For Bushmaster Gunmaker Huffington Post, April 16, 2013 -- Private equity mogul Stephen Feinberg is exploring a bid for Freedom Group, the Bushmaster rifle manufacturer that his firm, Cerberus Capital Management LP, put up for sale after one of its guns was used in a Connecticut school shooting late last year, three people familiar with the situation said on Tuesday.
Supreme Court weighs whether to hear case on guns in public Los Angeles Times, April 15, 2013 -- WASHINGTON — While Congress debates proposals for tighter gun regulation, the Supreme Court is weighing whether to consider striking down state laws that strictly limit who can carry a gun in public.
How Bitcoin Sales Of Guns Could Undermine New Rules The Huffington Post, April 15, 2013 -- Even as Congress debates gun safety legislation, a flourishing new virtual currency could provide a way around new restrictions by enabling people to buy guns online almost anonymously.
Background checks for gun buyers win more backing Yahoo! News, April 1,5 2013 -- WASHINGTON (AP) - With the Senate set to begin debate on gun control legislation this week, a proposal to expand background checks for gun buyers picked up some key Republican support over the weekend. But it may not be enough to ensure the measure is adopted.
Gun control: Rare accord in Congress to fix mental health system The Denver Post, April 13, 2013 -- WASHINGTON - In the days after the Newtown, Conn., massacre, the one thing opponents and advocates of gun control agreed on was the need to address deficiencies in the mental health system so that killers like Adam Lanza would stop slipping through the cracks.
Growth of suburbs in pro-gun states changing the political calculus in Congress The Washington Post, April 12, 2013 -- Pennsylvania, Georgia and Virginia have long been bastions of gun-rights supporters, with vast rural areas and strong hunting traditions. But in recent days, lawmakers from those states have demonstrated a new willingness to back stricter firearms regulations, setting the stage for what could be the first major gun-control legislation to pass Congress in two decades.
Five Gun Amendments to Watch Roll Call, April 11, 2013 -- With the Senate voting comfortably Thursday to take up its most ambitious gun control legislation in nearly two decades, all eyes turn to the "open amendment process" that Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has promised.
Gun bill clears Senate hurdle as filibuster falls short Fox News, April 11, 2013 -- Controversial gun legislation cleared a key Senate hurdle Thursday, as lawmakers voted 68-31 to start debate on the package which includes expanded background checks and new penalties for gun trafficking.
Highway patrol gave feds Missouri weapon permits data Columbia Daily Tribune, April 10, 2013 -- JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri State Highway Patrol has twice turned over the entire list of Missouri concealed weapon permit holders to federal authorities, most recently in January, Sen. Kurt Schaefer said Wednesday.
Sen. Toomey: Criminal background checks not gun control The Daily Caller, April 10, 2013 -- WASHINGTON - Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey on Wednesday called for an expansion of required background checks for those who want to buy guns by arguing that the proposal does not actually constitute "gun control."
Gun control advocates take on "patchwork" of state laws CBS News, April 7, 2013 -- (CBS News) President Obama takes his push for tighter gun laws to Hartford, Conn., Monday. Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy signed into law some of the toughest gun control measures in the nation last week.
East Texas stores ration ammo as shortage affects law enforcement Longview News-Journal: Local News, April 7, 2013 -- A nationwide ammunition shortage prompted Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano to notify deputies in March that they would have to supply their own ammunition for this year's firearm qualifications - something Cerliano had never done in 13 years in office.
Gun legislation's prospects improve The Washington Post, April 7, 2013 -- Prospects for a bipartisan deal to expand federal background checks for gun purchases are improving with the emergence of fresh Republican support, according to top Senate aides.
States look to tax guns, ammo USA Today, April 7, 2013 -- Some states and counties are studying whether to tax gun and ammunition purchases. Supporters hope to discourage gun violence or pay for damage it causes
NRA tactics erode post-Newtown support for gun-control measures The Washington Post, April 6, 2013 -- Spurred by e-mail alerts from the group, NRA members and other gun rights activists jammed legislative committee rooms, deluged lawmakers with e-mails and phone calls - and succeeded in killing proposals that were once widely expected to pass.
The Great DHS Ammunition Stockpile Myth Breitbart, April 4, 2013 -- There are dozens of articles hyping government purchases of ammunition over the last nine months. After spending weeks researching this topic, this is a collection of commonly held myths that are based more on panic than fact.
MILLER: Second Amendment crumbling as gun-control victories spread
Radical new laws in Connecticut and Maryland, U.N. Arms Trade Treaty passes The Washington Times, April 4, 2013 -- The Second Amendment got attacked this week from three sides, leaving gun owners scrambling to find safe ground. While President Obama has lost momentum for federal gun-control laws, he has picked up victories with his allies in blue states and at the United Nations.
Poll on Guns: Checks Get Strong Support But... Washington Wire - WSJ, April 4, 2013 -- Americans strongly support universal background checks on people seeking to purchase guns, even though about half believe it could eventually lead to a federal effort to confiscate those guns, a new poll found.
Ammunition flies off store shelves amid new restrictions, fears Fox News, April 5, 2013 -- ALBANY, N.Y. - Gun enthusiasts fearful of new weapon controls and alarmed by rumors of government hoarding are buying bullets practically by the bushel, making it hard for stores nationwide to keep shelves stocked and even putting a pinch on some local law enforcement departments.
Denver Cops Criticize Obama In Advance Of Denver Speech CBS Denver, April 2, 2013 -- DENVER (CBS4) - Some current and former Denver police officers have taken to Facebook to criticize President Barack Obama's planned use of Denver police officers as a backdrop for a Wednesday speech on gun control.
Gun rights advocates fear U.N. treaty will lead to U.S. registry Washington Times, April 2, 2013 -- The U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday approved a sweeping, first-of-its-kind treaty aimed at regulating the estimated $60 billion international arms trade, brushing aside gun rights groups' concerns that the pact could lead to a national firearms registry in the U.S.
Conn. lawmakers unveil bipartisan gun control plan My Way News, April 2, 2013 -- HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - With an announcement of sweeping proposals to curb gun violence, Connecticut lawmakers said they are hoping to send a message to Congress and other state legislators across the
country: A bipartisan agreement on gun control is possible.
Free Gun Program Plans To Expand To North Texas CBS Dallas/Fort Worth, April 1, 2013 -- DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Calvin Carter lives in South Dallas’ Sunny Acres neighborhood, an area that has worked hard to keep crime out — but it has been a struggle. Last July Dallas Police suited up in riot gear and tried to control an angry mob right behind Carter’s home.
Obama uses executive power to move gun control agenda forward The Hill, March 29, 2013 -- President Obama is quietly moving forward on gun control. The president has used his executive powers to bolster the national background check system, jumpstart government research on the causes of gun violence and create a million-dollar ad campaign aimed at safe gun ownership.
Guns, knives, ammo and gear: Adam Lanza's arsenal, item by item U.S. News, March 28, 2013 -- Search warrants released Thursday laid bare the extent of Newtown school massacre suspect Adam Lanza's arsenal. Here is a catalog of the weaponry found at the school where 20 children and six staffers were killed and at the home he shared with his mother, who was also murdered.
Universal Gun Background Checks Shine Spotlight on Gun Stores TIME.com, March 26, 2013 -- To Wes Morosky, president of Duke's Sports Shop in New Castle, Penn., the universal background check proposal now under debate in Congress would be a boon for business. "It'd keep everyone on the same playing field," he said of proposals to require background checks for all gun sales that would put licensed dealers like his store at the center of gun culture. "And we'd charge for it."
Made in America: Guns, ammo and jobs CNN Money, Mar. 25, 2013 -- Guns and ammo are selling briskly these days, and that means weapons makers are hiring. Some manufacturers are scrambling to find enough workers.
DHS Denies Massive Ammunition Purchase Washington Whispers US News, March 23, 2013 -- The Department of Homeland Security responded Friday to questions from Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., about why the agency was allegedly planning to buy some 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition over the next five years. The Department of Homeland Security responded Friday to questions from Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., about why the agency was allegedly planning to buy some 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition over the next five years.
Senate votes 53-46 to stop US from joining UN Arms Trade Treaty The Hill's Floor Action, March 23, 2013 -- In the last batch of amendment votes to the budget, the Senate voted on several foreign policy proposals.
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced an amendment that would prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty in order to uphold the Second Amendment. His amendment passed on a 53-46 vote.
Gun control: Why the fight over universal background checks is the key The Week, March 22, 2013 -- After scrapping a proposed assault-weapons ban, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declared this week that the gun-law reform package headed for a vote in early April will include background checks on all gun buyers. Current law requires checks only on sales by licensed gun dealers. Other elements in Washington's collection of gun-related bills would step up school safety and tighten sanctions on the illegal transfer of firearms, among other things. Reid said he dropped bans on military-style semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines because he didn't have enough votes to beat a filibuster by Republicans - and even some red-state Democrats. But he's drawing a line in the sand over the paperwork on gun buyers. "I want to be clear," Reid said. "In order to be effective, any bill that passes the Senate must include background checks."
DHS Denies Massive Ammunition Purchase Washington Whispers, US News, March 22, 2013 -- The Department of Homeland Security responded Friday to questions from Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., about why the agency was allegedly planning to buy some 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition over the next five years.
New 'Fast and Furious' report finds DHS warning signs ignored Los Angeles Times, March 21, 2013 -- WASHINGTON - Even as they lost scores of illegal firearms in their Fast and Furious operation, federal ATF agents asked their Border Patrol counterparts not to pursue criminal leads or track gun smuggling in southern Arizona so they could follow the firearms themselves, and senior Homeland Security agents "complied and the leads were not investigated," according to a new Department of Homeland Security inspector general's report.
Reid guts Senate gun control bill The Hill's Blog Briefing Room, March 19, 2013 -- The gun control bill headed for the Senate floor bears little resemblance to the far-reaching proposal President Obama unveiled after the deadly shooting in Newtown, Conn.
First bullets, now assault rifles bought by Feds Washington Examiner, March 20, 2013 -- The federal government's grab for bullets is now being matched with a buy of assault-style rifles that would be banned for civilians under President Obama's gun control law.
No Assault Weapons Ban: Not in Dems’ Senate Bill Associated Press, March 19, 2013 -- WASHINGTON (AP) -- An assault weapons ban won't be in the gun-control legislation that Democrats bring to the Senate floor next month, a decision that means the ban's chances of survival now are all but hopeless.
Poll: GOP NYers ditch Democrat Cuomo after gun law New York News, March 19, 2013 -- ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A poll shows New York Republican voters for the first time disapprove of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's performance following the Democrat's push for a gun-control bill.
Gun control advocates take aim at Wyoming laws Billings Gazette, March 18, 2013 -- Some of the nation's most outspoken gun control advocates are calling on Wyoming and a handful of other states to submit more names to the National Instant Background Check System.
States to feds: Hands off our guns The Hill's RegWatch, March 17, 2013 -- A growing number of states are moving forward with legislation to exempt them from new federal gun controls and, in some cases, brand as criminals anyone who tries to enforce them.
NRA opposes U.N. small-arms treaty The Washington Post, March 16, 2013 -- The National Rifle Association, which is battling a raft of gun control measures on Capitol Hill, also has an international fight on its hand as it gears up to oppose a U.N. treaty designed to restrict the flow of arms to conflict zones.
Growing Number Of States Eye Bills To Defy Federal Gun Laws CNS News, March 16, 2013 -- Shortly after voters in Colorado and Washington State approved measures that legalized the recreational use of marijuana, President Obama told Barbara Walters that his Justice Department would not prosecute pot users in these states.
US assault weapons ban heading for defeat in Senate The Telegraph, March 14, 2013 -- President Barack Obama's bid to renew a ban against military-style assault weapons narrowly won the backing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday and headed to the full Senate, where it appears certain to fail.
Senate committee poised to approve assault weapons ban Fox News, March 14, 2013 -- WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats are poised to pass a renewed and strengthened assault-weapons ban out of committee Thursday as part of a package of measures advancing to the floor, but are appealing to President Obama to help battle opposition from Republicans and gun-rights supporters.
Washington Gun Control Bill Fails In State House
CBS Seattle, March 13, 2013 -- OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A contentious proposal to expand background checks on Washington state gun sales failed Tuesday in the state House, where supporters said they were just a handful of votes short.
Colorado Senate approves gun control package Fox News, March 12, 2013 -- A gun control package pushed by Colorado Democrats cleared the state Senate on Monday, as sponsors described it as a needed response to Colorado's blood-soaked history of mass shootings.
Pro-gun voters put heat on Democratic senators
News from The Associated Press, March 9, 2013 -- HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- U.S.
Sen. Max Baucus has been here before. Back during the Clinton era, the Democrat faced a choice: support an assault weapons ban urged by a president from his own party and risk angering constituents who cherish their gun rights, or buck his party. He chose the ban, and nearly lost his Senate seat.
Obama staying out of negotiations on gun bills News from The Associated Press, March 9, 2013 -- WASHINGTON (AP) -- With gun legislation taking shape on Capitol Hill, President Barack Obama has kept a low profile on an issue he has made a critical part of his second-term agenda.
Proposed law would 'make you pay' for buying guns for others Chicago Tribune, Mar. 8, 2013 -- It's been nearly three years since Chicago police Officer Thomas Wortham IV was shot and killed with a gun purchased in Mississippi by a straw purchaser -- a person who buys guns for those who aren't allowed to.
Graham introduces background check bill with NRA backing CNN Political Ticker - CNN.com Blogs, March 6, 2013 -- Washington (CNN) - New legislation introduced Wednesday aims to close one loophole in the process of purchasing a gun.
The bill from Sen. Lindsey Graham and three other bipartisan lawmakers expands the scope of mental health information submitted to the background check system used by gun sellers. It has the backing of the National Rifle Association, and background check-related legislation has been considered the most likely of the various gun violence proposals to survive the legislative process.
NRA campaign in high gear - Anna Palmer POLITICO.com, March 6, 2013 -- The National Rifle Association and its allies are kicking their lobbying forces into high gear as the Senate heads toward a vote that could remake key pieces of the country's gun laws.
Obama donor in process of buying up and 'destroying' America's top pro-gun media outlets The Daily Caller, Feb. 28, 2013 --Employees of Obama donor Leo Hindery Jr.'s media conglomerate Intermedia Partners, which now owns most of the top gun-culture media outlets in the country, believe that Hindery plans to gut and destroy all of them as part of a business plan that has already led to numerous layoffs and the virtual shuttering of prominent television production facilities in Minnesota and Montana.
Gun accessory maker Bushnell is up for sale - sources Reuters, Feb. 28, 2013 -- Bushnell, which makes outdoor products and accessories for hunters such as eyewear and riflescopes, is up for a sale in a deal that could be worth $1 billion, three sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday.
Magpul Annouces 'Boulder Airlift' to supply Colorado Residents with PMAGs Guns.com, Feb. 28, 2013 -- BLOG: Magpul is proud to announce the "Boulder Airlift," our program to make sure that responsible Colorado citizens have the opportunity to own standard capacity PMAGs prior to the potential implementation of pending legislation that would infringe on their Second Amendment Rights. The program will be open to all responsible CO residents, (with both billing and shipping addresses inside CO) and provide access to a limited quantity of PMAGs. Remember to contact members of the Senate and the Governor prior to ordering and urge them to oppose HB 1224.
Firearms debate: Meet the gunmakers USA Today, Feb. 26, 2013 -- NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — The boyish face could easily belong to one in the legion of young accountants or junior insurance executives who toil in the corporate corridors of the nearby state capital.
Senators Close in on Background Check Agreement on Guns Bloomberg, Feb. 25, 2013 -- A bipartisan group of U.S. senators is closing in on an agreement to expand background checks for gun purchases, a test of how far lawmakers may go to address gun violence after the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.
NRA Uses Justice Memo to Accuse Obama on Guns Yahoo! News, Feb. 25, 2013 -- The National Rifle Association is using a Justice Department memo it obtained to argue in ads that the Obama administration believes its gun control plans won't work unless the government seizes firearms and requires national gun registration - ideas the White House has not proposed and does not support.
Congress to Consider Tighter Rules on Guns The New York Times, Feb. 23, 2013 -- WASHINGTON - After weeks of sometimes wrenching debate over gun safety, Congress will begin to consider legislation this week that is likely to include expanded background checks for gun buyers and increased penalties for those who purchase guns for criminals.
Senators near a deal on background checks for most private gun sales The Washington Post, Feb. 23, 2013 -- A bipartisan group of senators is on the verge of a deal that would expand background checks to all private firearms sales with limited exemptions, but significant disagreements remain on the issue of keeping records of private gun sales, according to aides familiar with the talks.
Firearms-makers to politicians on gun rights: You balk, we walk The Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 23, 2013 -- Firearms companies ranging from gun shops to machinists are joining forces to oppose new gun control laws. Some are threatening to move away from states that crack down on guns, others are refusing to sell gear to police that can't be sold to citizens.
Obama, Holder Called Out for Not Enforcing Existing Gun Laws News Max, Feb. 22, 2013 -- A group of 23 Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee Friday sent letters to President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder demanding existing gun laws be enforced before additional limitations are passed.
NRA President Doesn't Expect Filibuster ABC News, Feb. 21, 2013 -- National Rifle Association President David Keene said Wednesday he doesn't expect a filibuster from gun rights supporters as the Senate prepares to vote on potential gun control issues.
Mexico to ask Senate for registry of US guns Washington Times Communities, Feb. 19, 2013 -- DALLAS - In the wake of a tense national clash over the issue of gun control, Mexico has taken an action sure to fan the flames of controversy. In January, the Mexico Permanent Commission reportedly voted to formally ask the United States Senate for a registry of all commercialized firearms in the border states of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
Gun ban would protect more than 2,200 firearms Yahoo! News, Feb. 17, 2013 -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' latest crack at a new assault weapons ban would protect more than 2,200 specific firearms, including a semi-automatic rifle that is nearly identical to one of the guns used in the bloodiest shootout in FBI history.
Bipartisan deal close on expanded background checks The Washington Post, Feb. 15, 2013 -- The bipartisan group of four Senators who are negotiating over a proposal to expand the gun background check system privately met this week to discuss where things stand, according to sources familiar with ongoing talks. One source tells me the four Senators are "95 percent of the way there."
Gun ban would protect more than 2,200 firearm Yahoo! News, Feb. 16, 2013 — WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' latest crack at a new assault weapons ban would protect more than 2,200 specific firearms, including a semi-automatic rifle that is nearly identical to one of the guns used in the bloodiest shootout in FBI history.
Colorado ammo magazine maker Magpul threatens to leave state over gun bill The Denver Post, Feb. 15, 2013 — Colorado's largest and most profitable manufacturer of high-capacity ammunition magazines has vowed to leave the state if lawmakers pass a measure banning the devices — a move officials with the company say could cost hundreds of jobs and upward of $85 million in potential spending this year.
Magpul Formally Announces They Will Leave Colorado If Magazine Ban Becomes Law Soldier Systems, Feb. 15, 2013 — Denver, Colorado — Magpul Industries, an Erie, Colorado, based manufacturer of firearms accessories, announced today that it will be forced to leave the state if House Bill 1224, which would ban standard capacity magazines, becomes law. The announcement was made to Governor Hickenlooper, state legislators, members of the media, and in a full-page advertisement to appear in the Denver Post on Sunday.
Obama addresses gun control legislation in Chicago - Jennifer Epstein POLITICO, Feb. 15, 2013 — CHICAGO—- For four years, President Barack Obama avoided talking about guns. Then the Newtown shooting forced gun control legislation to the top of his agenda - but he still avoided talking about gun violence that has racked his hometown of Chicago.
NRA rolls out new anti-gun control campaign MSNBC, Feb. 13, 2013 — The NRA is trying on a new line of attack to shoot down tighter gun laws by releasing an online advertisement rebuttal to the president's State of the Union address Tuesday night.
NRA: 'Gangbanger' shot Chicago teen - Kevin Robillard POLITICO, Feb. 13, 2013 — National Rifle Association President David Keene said Tuesday night that President Barack Obama didn't tell the full story behind the shooting death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, the inaugural performer from Chicago whose parents sat in the box with first lady Michelle Obama.
DHS Makes Huge Ammunition And Weapon Purchases For Unclear Purposes Investors.com, Feb. 12, 2013 -- Gun Control: Our future president in 2008 called for "a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded" as the military. Should the "bitter-clingers" be worried? Gun Control: Our future president in 2008 called for "a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded" as the military. Should the "bitter-clingers" be worried?
State of the Union Intensifies Gun Fight Roll Call Influence, Feb. 10, 2013 -- The passion of gun owners has met the passion of protective moms in the fight over firearms restrictions, which will intensify this week as President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address.
Gun sales decline in January as retailers run out after surge Cleveland.com, Feb. 5, 2013 -- WASHINGTON -- The number of federal background checks for firearms sales declined in the U.S. last month, as retailers continue to run out of guns to sell during a buying spree driven by Washington's new focus on gun control.
Obama still backs new gun ban; top senator less certain CNN.com, Feb. 4, 2013 -- President Barack Obama on Monday reiterated his call for a comprehensive package of steps against gun violence as the focus on possible Senate legislation appeared to narrow to expanded background checks and limited ammunition magazines, rather than a ban on semi-automatic rifles that mimic assault weapons.
Mayors Reportedly Preparing Boycott of Gun Manufacturers NSSF Blog, Feb. 1, 2013 -- Minnesota Public Radio reports that Mayor R.T.Rybak of Minneapolis has said that he and 60 other mayors are considering boycotts of gun makers who don't agree to their sweeping list of gun control demands. Taking a page from the Rahm Emanuel playbook, the mayors intend to use their police department purchasing power as leverage.
After shooting tragedies, Britain went after guns The Washington Post, Feb. 1, 2013 -- LONDON - When police on a weapons raid swarmed a housing project after London's 2011 riots, they seized a cache of arms that in the United States might be better suited to "Antiques Roadshow" than inner city ganglands. Inside plastic bags hidden in a trash collection room, officers uncovered two archaic flintlock pistols, retrofitted flare guns and a Jesse James-style revolver.
British gangs use flare guns now because they can't find real ones The Washington Post, Feb. 1, 2013 -- After the U.K. endured a series of mass shootings, including one that targeted children, it passed some very tough gun control legislation in 1997. The effect, reported on today by The Washington Post's Anthony Faiola, has been staggering. Here are eight of the big takeaways, possible learning opportunities as the U.S. considers its own gun law changes.
NRA Winning the Influence Battle Over Gun Control Forbes, Feb. 1, 2013 -- The gun control debate is clearly one of the most contentious and controversial issues in America today. And the battle over gun control is now being waged through intensive media campaigns from both sides of the political spectrum to influence public opinion and to assert pressure on policy makers. So who's winning?
With Guns Banned on Big Marketplaces, a New Site Steps Up Businessweek, Jan. 31, 2013 -- Type the word "guns" into Google Shopping
(GOOG) and hundreds of so-called airsoft guns pop up. These replica firearms only resemble the real thing: Hobbyists typically use them in mock battles to shoot soft plastic pellets at each other. For people in the market for a real gun, Google Shopping doesn't work.
Wyoming House Approves Bills Exempting State From Federal Gun Control Measures CBS DC, Jan. 31, 2013 -- CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Faced with the prospect of new federal gun restrictions, the Wyoming House gave initial approval Wednesday to bills that sponsors say would exempt guns in the state from new regulations while possibly taking the fight to criminals who might choose to attack public schools.
Walmart limits sales of ammunition to three boxes per customer per day NY Daily News, Jan. 31, 2013 -- Limited supplies forcing company to make the move, spokesperson says. Walmart was a charter member of Mayor Bloomberg's coalition against illegal guns and adopted a 10-point code established by Responsible Firearms Retailer Partnership that goes beyond what the law requires.
County Sheriffs of Colorado releases memo in opposition of new gun law The Denver Post, Jan. 30, 2013 -- Gun policy should not be guided by gut-level reactions to mass shootings in Aurora last July and at a Connecticut elementary school last month, the County Sheriffs of Colorado says in a position paper outlining a tough stance against legislation expected to be proposed soon by state Democrats.
ATF's Milwaukee sting operation marred by mistakes, failures Journal Sentinel, Jan. 29, 2013 -- A store calling itself Fearless Distributing opened early last year on an out-of-the-way street in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood, offering designer clothes, athletic shoes, jewelry and drug paraphernalia.
Police in Iowa city to buy their own semi-automatic AR-15s Fox News, Jan. 25, 2013 -- Police in one Iowa city could soon be buying their own assault rifles to carry in squad cars to ensure they aren't outgunned by criminals in the wake of several high-profile shootings involving semi-automatic AR-15s, FoxNews.com has learned.
Dianne Feinstein unveils assault weapons ban POLITICO.com, Jan. 25, 2013 -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Thursday rolled out a controversial piece of gun control legislation, a ban on assault weapons similar to the one that expired in 2004.
After Newtown shootings, Pennsylvania county hires armed school guards The Washington Post, Jan. 11, 2013 -- BUTLER, Pa. - Four hundred miles from Sandy Hook Elementary, a superintendent named Mike Strutt left a morning meeting on Dec. 14 and decided to place his schools on "threat alert." He was concerned about a copycat attack on the day of the Connecticut shootings. But, as he read reports of the massacre, he started to worry more about something else.
Obama Sees Tough Path on Assault Gun Ban The New York Times, Jan. 10, 2013 -- WASHINGTON - While President Obama pledged to crack down on access to what he called "weapons of war" in the aftermath of last month's schoolhouse massacre, the White House has calculated that a ban on military-style assault weapons will be exceedingly difficult to pass through Congress and is focusing on other measures it deems more politically achievable.
Strassel: The Real Gun-Control Consensus
Despite the press's best efforts to parse his statements, Harry Reid has committed himself to nothing more than a 'thoughtful debate.' The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 10, 2013 -- The next time you hear a fellow American bemoaning the lack of Washington bipartisanship, tell him to cheer up. There is one issue on which Congress still resoundingly agrees: gun rights. Bear that in mind, too, the next time you read a story about the "new" political debate over gun control.
Americans, never give up your guns English pravda.ru, Dec. 28, 2012 -- These days, there are few things to admire about the socialist, bankrupt and culturally degenerating USA, but at least so far, one thing remains: the right to bear arms and use deadly force to defend one's self and possessions.
Why Joe Biden needs the NRA The Washington Post, Jan. 9, 2013 -- The news that Vice President Joe Biden would huddle with executives from the National Rifle Association on Thursday came as unwelcome news to many gun control advocates who view the NRA as an organization to be ignored, not invited in.
NRA President Fires Back at Cuomo Politicker, Jan. 9, 2013 -- National Rifle Association President David Keene gave a rare post-Newtown interview on the Brooklyn GOP Radio podcast this evening in which he responded to Governor Andrew Cuomo's vow to bring New York some of the "toughest" gun control laws in the country. Mr. Keene began by taking issue with Governor Cuomo's prediction that other states would follow New York's example and pass similar laws.
White House weighs broad gun-control agenda in wake of Newtown shootings The Washington Post, Jan. 5, 2013 -- The White House is weighing a far broader and more comprehensive approach to curbing the nation's gun violence than simply reinstating an expired ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition, according to multiple people involved in the administration's discussions.
Ten gun bills on Congress's first day
The Hill's Floor Action
The Hill, Jan. 4, 2012 -- Members of the 113th Congress introduced 10 bills on Thursday relating to gun violence, most of which came from Democrats seeking new restrictions on gun ownership.
Company targeting police, bounty hunters with safer ammo Fox News, Jan. 2, 2013 -- BOISE, Idaho - Executives with a Boise-based company are poised to begin marketing a new type of ammunition specifically for law enforcement teams and designed to avoid causing serious or fatal injuries to their targets and bystanders.
Obama hopes to enact new gun-control measures in 2013 The Hill's Blog Briefing Room, Dec. 30, 2012 -- President Obama on Sunday said he would make gun control a priority in his new term, pledging to put his "full weight" behind passing new restrictions on firearms in 2013.
Mortgages, guns among new-law topics San Francisco Gate, Dec. 30, 2012 -- SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Homeowners will have increased protections from foreclosure under some of the hundreds of state laws taking effect with the new year.
Pols from at least 11 states back NRA plan with their own guns-in-schools proposals
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, for one, said the country's reaction to the Sandy Hook massacre should mimic the response to the 9/11 attacks, when the FAA decided to allow airline pilots to carry weapons. NY Daily News, Dec. 27, 2012 -- The National Rifle Association has been taking heat over its pro-gun response to the Sandy Hook massacre, but some pols are applauding the powerful lobby's plea for armed guards in schools - and are trying to do something about it.
Gallup poll finds 54 percent hold favorable opinion of NRA The Hill's Blog Briefing Room, Dec. 27, 2012 -- A new Gallup poll finds a majority hold a favorable opinion of the National Rifle Association (NRA).
The USA Today/Gallup Poll released Thursday found 54 percent of those surveyed say they have a favorable opinion of the gun organization while 38 percent have an unfavorable view.
Joyce Lee Malcolm: Two Cautionary Tales of Gun Control
After a school massacre, the U.K. banned handguns in 1998. A decade later, handgun crime had doubled. Wall Street Journal, Dec. 26, 2012 -- Americans are determined that massacres such as happened in Newtown, Conn., never happen again. But how?
Many advocate more effective treatment of mentally-ill people or armed protection in so-called gun-free zones. Many others demand stricter control of firearms.
Real and Virtual Firearms Nurture Marketing Link The New York Times, Dec. 25, 2012 -- (May be subject to NYTimes subscription
policy.) As Electronic Arts prepared to market Medal of Honor Warfighter, the latest version of its top-selling video game released in October, it created a Web site that promoted the manufacturers of the guns, knives and combat-style gear depicted in the game.
Byron York: Journalists rush to take sides in gun debate WashingtonExaminer.com, Dec . 24, 2012 -- Should journalists be advocates for tougher gun control measures? It's a question worth asking as more and more reporters, commentators, and TV anchors are openly promoting stringent gun policies in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.
Sales of kids' bulletproof backpacks soar The Washington Post, Dec. 23, 3023 -- Elmar Uy thought his software was acting up when he first saw the huge jump in sales of bulletproof backpacks last Friday. He checked the figures and discovered the Web site's traffic had jumped tenfold.
David Kopel: Guns, Mental Illness and Newtown The Wall Street Journal, Dec. 17, 2012 -- Has the rate of random mass shootings in the United States increased? Over the past 30 years, the answer is definitely yes. It is also true that the total U.S. homicide rate has fallen by over half since 1980, and the gun homicide rate has fallen along with it. Today, Americans are safer from violent crime, including gun homicide, than they have been at any time since the mid-1960s.
Guns and the Decline of the Young Man The New York Times, Dec. 17, 2012 -- Adam Lanza was a young man. Jacob Roberts was a young man. James Holmes is a young man. Seung-Hui Cho was a young man. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were young men.
NBC News Gives Obama Advice: How to Outmaneuver 2nd Amendment Advocates
Breitbart, Dec. 17, 2012 -- As we learned during the election, Barack Obama can always count on NBC News to help him navigate his way to whatever victory he seeks. This morning, NBC's First Read -- written by Chuck Todd and others -- is all within the context of winning the argument over the passage of laws that would restrict the law-abiding from purchasing the ability to defend themselves -- in other words, having access to guns.
The Freedom of an Armed Society - Opinionator: The New York Times, Dec. 17, 2012 -- The night of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., I was in the car with my wife and children, working out details for our eldest son's 12th birthday the following Sunday - convening a group of friends at a showing of the film "The Hobbit." The memory of the Aurora movie theatre massacre was fresh in his mind, so he was concerned that it not be a late night showing. At that moment, like so many families, my wife and I were weighing whether to turn on the radio and expose our children to coverage of the school shootings in Connecticut. We did. The car was silent in the face of the flood of gory details. When the story was over, there was a long thoughtful pause in the back of the car. Then my eldest son asked if he could be homeschooled.
Twelve facts about guns and mass shootings in the United States Washtington Post, Dec. 14, 2012 -- When we first collected much of this data, it was after the Aurora, Colo. shootings, and the air was thick with calls to avoid "politicizing" the tragedy. That is code, essentially, for "don't talk about reforming our gun control laws."
Smartphones, Tablets, the Cloud and Guns - All Growth Markets Forbes, Dec. 13, 2012 -- When most investor think of growth markets they tends to think along the lines of technology. It can take many forms - smartphones, tablets, and other gadgets but also in services like the cloud or as some refer to it cloud computing. It's true that demand for those devices is growing rapidly, but there are other markets that are growing.
One way to uncover a potential growth market is to identify pain points. One such pain point as we continue to transition from the analog world and increasingly into the digital one is security.
Florida nears 1 million permits for concealed weapons Reuters, Dec. 12, 2012 -- The number of active concealed weapons licenses in Florida, already home to more owners of such registered weapons than any other U.S. state, is expected to reach the 1 million mark next week, a state official said on Wednesday.
Federal appeals court tosses state ban on carrying concealed weapons Chicago Sun-Times, Dec. 12, 2012 -- SPRINGFIELD - In a huge win for gun-rights groups, a divided federal appeals court in Chicago Tuesday tossed the state's ban on carrying concealed weapons and gave Illinois' Legislature 180 days to craft a law legalizing concealed carry.
Californians buying guns at record rate The Orange County Register, Dec. 6, 2012 -- As of November, the FBI has run 981,798 background checks related to guns in California for 2012, already beating out totals for other years.
Report: NRA shoots blanks this election
The Hill's Ballot Box, Dec. 5, 2012 -- The National Rifle Association (NRA) all but struck out this election in its quest to build a Congress more favorable to gun rights, according to a new nonpartisan report.
Change on veterans' gun rights lights fire Washington Times, Dec. 4, 2012 -- A major defense-spending bill hit an unexpected bump on its journey through the U.S. Senate over an amendment on veterans' gun rights, which devolved into a heated floor debate and foreshadows a potential battle over Democrats' vows to tweak the filibuster rules in the clubby, traditionally collegial body.
Bob Costas gun control speech: Twitter takes aim at Costas gun riff POLITICO.com, Dec. 3, 2012 -- Herman Cain, Ted Nugent and Michelle Malking were among a wave of conservatives who sacked NBC broadcaster Bob Costas on Twitter on Monday after he offered support for gun control on a "Sunday Night Football" halftime segment on the broadcast of the Dallas Cowboys-Philadelphia Eagles game.
Guns, Women, and How We Protect Ourselves From Violence TexasSparkle, Dec. 3, 2012 -- As you probably know by now, Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher used a gun to kill his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins and himself, leaving behind a 3 month old daughter. Anti gun advocates are always quick to jump on these kind of tragedies to make their case against gun ownership. Bob Costa took time at the halftime of the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys game last night to pontificate using the same boring nonsensical arguments, the most ridiculous being that if guns were just restricted, and if Jovan had not had a gun that morning, he and his girlfriend would still be alive. A completely absurd notion.
People who want to kill other people rarely obey gun laws. See the city of Washington D.C. or the city of Chicago. Strict gun laws only keep guns from law abiding citizens.
Gun market to remain strong
Fears of Obama-led ban drive post-Thanksgiving sales The Asheville Citizen-Times, Nov. 30, 2012 -- Gun sales are likely to remain strong and ammunition prices high next year as President Barack Obama starts his second term, retailers and firearm advocates day.
Record Guns Sales Cause Brief FBI Background Check Problems ABC News, Nov.
28, 2012 -- Shopping malls weren't the only places receiving an influx of
shoppers on Black Friday: According to the FBI, the day after Thanksgiving
saw record gun sales, with 154,873 checks conducted, a 20 percent increase
from last year. And all those calls caused two brief outages for the
bureau's National Instant Check System (NICS), the background check required
for most gun sales in the U.S.
SAF Launches 'Gun Owners Against Illegal Mayors' Project The Sacramento Bee, Nov. 20, 2012 -- BELLEVUE, Wash., -- Inviting Americans to "Meet the Mayors" who have been involved in the anti-gun-rights Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the Second Amendment Foundation is launching a campaign in newspapers, magazines and on the Internet that exposes the criminal and ethical wrongdoings of many members of that organization.
Gun Store: Obama Voters Not Welcome FOX News & Commentary: Todd Starnes, Nov. 17, 2012 -- The owner of an Arizona gun store said he will not sell weapons to customers who voted for President Obama because “you have proven that you are not responsible enough to own a firearm.”
Kessler: FBI Investigation Led to Petraeus Resignation Newsmax, Nov. 9, 2012 -- Ronald Kessler reporting from Washington, D.C. - The resignation of David H. Petraeus as CIA director followed an FBI investigation of many months, raising the question of why he was not forced out until after the election.
Now we know why Benghazi was an issue to which Obama didn't want to respond.
Lt. Col. Ralph Peters On Petraeus: "Timing Is Just Too Perfect" RealClearPolitics, Nov. 9, 2012 -- LT. COL. RALPH PETERS: The timing is just too perfect for the Obama administration. Just as the administration claimed it was purely coincidence that our Benghazi consulate was attacked on the anniversary of September 11th. Now it's purely coincidence that this affair
-- extra-marital affair -- surfaces right after the election, not before, but right after, but before the intelligence chiefs go to Capitol Hill to get grilled.
Blog: The First Cabela's to Close American Thinker, Nov. 4, 2012 -- Cabela's is self-described as the "World's foremost outfitter", and one look at any of their stores would add an exclamation point to that claim. But the store in Cook County Illinois is different; proof that while government may not be able to create jobs or improve an economy, it is more than capable of killing businesses and jobs.
Chicago's Cook County drops bullet tax, keeps gun levy Yahoo! News Canada, Oct. 31, 2012 -- CHICAGO (Reuters) - The senior executive of the county that includes Chicago dropped a proposed tax on bullets on Wednesday but kept a plan to tax firearms to help defray healthcare expenses associated with the high rate of gun violence.
Gun seizures at border crossings on the rise Calgary Herald, Oct. 30, 2012 -- OTTAWA - Less than two weeks after a border guard was shot by an American at a British Columbia crossing, new figures suggest guns - particularly restricted and prohibited ones - are a growing problem for customs officials in the Pacific region.
What President Obama Says He'll Do To Your Gun Rights Forbes, Oct. 24, 2012 -- During the second presidential debate a participant, Nina Gonzalez, asked President Barack Obama, "President Obama, during the Democratic National Convention in 2008, you stated you wanted to keep AK-47s out of the hands of criminals. What has your administration done or planned to do to limit the availability of assault weapons?"
MILLER: Obama's big gun slip Washington Times, Oct. 17, 2012 -- President Obama is in a fix over firearms. He needs to win undecided voters in the swing states to be re-elected, but these areas are largely pro-gun. So after years of trying to dodge the issue, Mr. Obama let it slip in Tuesday's presidential debate that he'd push a gun ban in a second term. It's a revelation that could sway the election.
Obama hints at handgun restrictions too Washington Examiner, Oct. 17, 2012 -- The National Rifle Association, jumping on President Obama's new and firm support for a Clinton-style assault weapons ban, is stepping up its attack on the president in Ohio, Virginia, Florida and Wisconsin with a new "we told you so" theme.
Romney Says No to Gun Control Politics/Gather, Oct. 13, 2012 -- Soon-to-be president Mitt Romney has finally come out making statements on his opposition to any type of new gun control measures. In a speech touching on a number of subjects from healthcare to taxes, Romney stated that he did not believe that America needed any new laws restricting the Second Amendment rights of Americans.
Court rules N.Y. shooting victim can sue gun maker, distributor Chicago Tribune, Oct. 5, 2012 -- ALBANY, New York (Reuters) - A Buffalo man who was shot nearly a decade ago can sue the manufacturer, the distributor and the dealer of the semi-automatic pistol used to shoot him, a New York state appeals court ruled on Friday.
Univision Finds More Weapons Linked to Fast & Furious Breitbart, Oct. 1, 2012 -- The ATF's Operation Fast and Furious allowed over 2,000 guns to walk into the hands of already dangerous Mexican drug cartels.
The agency made no attempt to interdict them. People used the guns to murder Border Patrol Agent Brian and hundreds of Mexican citizens.
Paul Ryan: Eric Holder must go over Fast and Furious The Daily Caller, Sept. 30, 2012 -- Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan agrees with presidential candidate Mitt Romney's call for Attorney General Eric Holder to resign, or for President Barack Obama to fire him, over Operation Fast and Furious, a Ryan spokesman told The Daily Caller.
State adopts wider law on guns LA Times, Sept. 29, 2012 -- SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation
Friday outlawing the open carrying of rifles and shotguns in cities across
Univision finds more Fast and Furious headlines as victims The Daily Caller, Sept. 29, 2012 -- Spanish-language television network Univision plans to air a television special that it said reveals more violence than previously known, as well as the stories of how many more Operation Fast and Furious victims were killed, the network announced in a Friday release.
Paul Ryan supporters post images of their gun-shooting kids on Twitter SF Gate: The Mommy Files, Sept. 27, 2012 -- Yesterday, while campaigning in Ohio, Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan made a pit stop at Outdoor World to buy his 10-year-old daughter some camouflage clothing. We’re not talking about a trendy camo mini skirt. Ryan spent $101.14 on a hunting jacket and a pair of gloves for Liza to wear on her first deer-hunting trip.
#gunvote: Where Do Your Candidates Stand? (Video) You Tube, Sept. 20, 2012 --
The usual suspects are at it again. It's disappointing but it's a fact. When tragedy strikes, there will always be politicians who leap to exploit it. They're pushing for new restrictions on ammunition sales, ammunition magazines, and millions of commonly-owned guns.
Furious folly: Report finds fault in ATF 'gun-walking' debacle Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 24, 2012 -- The scheme run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to track the movement of guns from their sale in the United States into the hands of Mexican drug dealers was every bit as misguided and mismanaged as it seemed. The best report the nation is likely to see on the scandal confirms this view.
D.C. will revisit gun law for outsiders The Washington Times, Sept. 23, 2012 -- A bill that would decriminalize gun
and ammunition possession charges for some legal firearms owners from
outside the city caught traveling through the District with their weapons
goes before a D.C. Council committee Monday, a potential change to the law
that comes too late for one Capitol Heights man.
Debate on concealed weapons at college campuses heats up at Georgia Tech Fox News, Sept. 22, 2012 -- For the past two years, dozens of states have
debated allowing college students to carry concealed weapons on campus. The
issue is heating up in the Peach State where Georgia Tech students say an
uptick of campus violence, has made them uneasy. Some want the right to
carry concealed weapons on campus.
A federal gun-trafficking fiasco
From Fast and Furious to blame and consequences Chicago Tribune, Sept. 21, 2012 -- Given the toxic atmosphere in the nation's capital, no one could know whether official Washington would provide a nonpolitical, down-the-middle accounting of the spectacularly botched Department of Justice gun-trafficking sting known as Operation Fast and Furious. Given the toxic atmosphere in the nation's capital, no one could know whether official Washington would provide a nonpolitical, down-the-middle accounting of the spectacularly botched Department of Justice gun-trafficking sting known as Operation Fast and Furious.
Obama slammed on Fast and Furious on Univision [VIDEO] The Daily Caller, Sept. 20, 2012 -- Interviewers on the Spanish-language television network Univision grilled President Barack Obama about the Operation Fast and Furious scandal plaguing his administration in an interview Thursday.
ATK Defense touts ammo production UPI.com, Sept. 17, 2012 -- ARLINGTON, Va., -- Ammunition supplier ATK Defense reports a production milestone for the U.S. Army - the manufacture of 2 billion 7.62mm rounds.
Gun Sales Hinge on Obama Re-Election The Wall Street Journal,Sept. 14, 2012 -- As Cabela's Inc. prepares the selection of guns it will sell for the holiday season and winter hunting, the outdoor-gear retailer has two plans: one if President Barack Obama is re-elected, and one if he isn't.
Medellin Cartel Gets Fast and Furious Guns Fox News Latino, Sept. 11, 2012 -- Guns walked in the ATF operations "Castaway" and "Fast and Furious" have found their way to drug dealers in Colombia's second-largest city, according to Colombian daily El Tiempo.
Did Colorado shooter single out Cinemark theater because it banned guns Fox News, Sept. 10, 2012 -- With 12 dead and 58 wounded, the July 20th shooting at the Cinemark Century 16 Theater in Aurora, Colorado was sure to result in a lawsuit. On Friday, the first suit was announced, claiming Cinemark has "primary responsibility." The theater did have responsibility for the attack, but not for the reasons that the lawyers bringing the case think.
Second arrest in "Fast and Furious" killing CBS News, Sept. 8, 2012 -- (AP) MEXICO CITY - Mexican federal police announced Friday that they have arrested a suspect in the killing of U.S.
Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, the slaying at the center of the scandal over the botched U.S. gun-smuggling probe known as Operation Fast and Furious.
Widow turns tragedy into a cause for gun rights USA Today, Sept. 8, 2012, -- NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- Clutching a .38-caliber revolver stashed in her sparkly blue purse makes 36-year-old Nikki Goeser feel more secure when walking to her car at night.
Gun Sales Surge: An Obama Bounce? US Business News-CNBC, Sept. 8, 2012 -- The gun business is booming. The
question is, why? Smith & Wesson stock Friday was zooming, thanks to a
stellar earnings report. The firearms maker also boosted its outlook for the
rest of the year. Because of the strong business, its backlog of orders more
than doubled from the same quarter last year, the company is concentrating on boosting production and building inventory.
GHEI: ATF's latest gun grab Washington Times, Sept. 6, 2012 -- The Obama administration is making it easier for bureaucrats to take away guns without offering the accused any realistic due process. In a final rule published last week, the Justice Department granted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
(ATF) authority to "seize and administratively forfeit property involved in controlled-substance abuses." That means government can grab firearms and other property from someone who has never been convicted or even charged with any crime.
Smith & Wesson raises full-year forecast, shares jump Reuters, Sept. 6, 2012 -- Gunmaker Smith & Wesson Holding Corp (SWHC.O) raised its full-year sales forecast as it expects to continue tapping into the growing demand for guns in the United States and boosting production capacity.
GOP set to OK most pro-gun platform ever Washington Examiner, Aug. 27, 2012 -- TAMPA, Fla. - Delegates to the Republican National Convention on Tuesday will approve the most pro-gun platform ever, staking out support for national concealed carry reciprocity and opposing domestic restrictions on ammunition and United Nations interference in gun sales.
Police Dilemma Over Gun Rules The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 24, 2012 -- A gunman walking the street near the Empire State Building Friday presented New York City police officers with a harrowing question for the second time in less than two weeks: Confronted by an armed suspect on a crowded Midtown street, should they open fire when bystanders are so close?
Gun sales in California may reach record high this year Contra Costa Times, Aug. 24, 2012 -- Though gun sales may reach a record high in California this year, gun shops and ranges say that shootings like the one that occurred Friday at the Empire State Building typically have little effect on their business.
What The Left Won't Tell You About The Boom In U.S. Gun Sales Forbes, Aug. 23, 2012 -- As gun sales surged in early 2009 the going joke among employees of gun manufacturers was that President Barack Obama was the “greatest gun salesman of all time.” The trouble with this backhanded complement, however, is Left-leaning news outlets have since used it to avoid something that really scares them.
MILLER: Gun training The Washington Times, Aug. 22, 2012 -- Illinois is the only state in the country that denies all rights to carry arms. When I arrived there this week, however, I felt like I was free compared to the District. To get better at shooting, I took a ladies self-defense training course taught by Rob Pincus at the Winchester Ammunition in the Prairie State.
Temple massacre has some Sikhs mulling gun ownership Fox News, Aug. 21, 2012 -- The Sikh temple massacre prompted calls for stricter gun control, but some members of the India-based faith -- who carry ceremonial knives -- are considering taking up firearms in light of the tragedy.
Town Hall: CU gun rule may endanger students (poll) The Gazette, Aug. 20, 2012 -- Nearly all modern massacres have occurred in “gun-free” zones. It is likely that gun-free zones attract homicidal maniacs, who want the highest death tolls possible before they are stopped. If guns aren’t allowed, no one is likely to shoot back. It is hard to imagine that mere coincidence explains the common thread of “gun-free” rules at massacre locations, such as Columbine High School, Aurora’s Century 16 Theater and Virginia Tech. It seems like common sense that “no gun” signs ensure predators of soft, defenseless targets.
Most don't want guns in churches, poll shows The Salt Lake Tribune, Aug. 16, 2012 -- After the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colo., and a deadly shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., Americans are divided on gun control, and within certain religious groups, attitudes are far from ambivalent.
Social Security Administration To Purchase 174 Thousand Rounds Of Hollow Point Bullets
Preparing for civil unrest? Ammunition to be delivered to 41 locations across U.S. Alex Jones' Infowar.com, Aug. 15, 2012 -- First it was the Department of Homeland Security, then it was the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and now the Social Security Administration is set to purchase 174,000 rounds of hollow point bullets that will be delivered to 41 locations across the country.
2nd Amendment Spike: nation sees upswing in gun, ammo sales Tri-Parish Times, Aug. 15, 2012 -- It’s a question that inevitably crosses millions of minds every day, but in the wake of the tragedies in Aurora, Colo., and Milwaukee, Wis., the what ifs in recent weeks have revolved around firearms, ammunition and the laws that surround them from state to state.
More federal agencies buy multithousands of rounds of ammo Examiner, Aug. 16, 2012 -- A news report today indicates that the Social Security Administration has purchased 174,000 rounds of ammunition, adding the agency to a growing list of federal agencies that have purchased multithousands of rounds of ammo over the last six months.
The Law - And Reality - Of Gun Access NPR, Aug. 15, 2012 -- Timothy Courtois' family had been worried about him for weeks. They repeatedly told police in Biddeford, Maine, that the 49-year-old was off his meds for bipolar disorder. And police were also told he had guns. But still, because he wasn't doing anything that rose to the legal definition of imminent threat, police said their hands were tied.
A Kalashnikov Factory in Russia Survives on Sales to U.S. Gun Owners The New York Times, Aug. 14, 2012 -- IZHEVSK, Russia — The nickname of this town, home of the factory that makes Kalashnikov rifles, is the “Armory of Russia.” Over the years, it has armed a good number of other countries, too, as the lathes and presses of the Izhevsk Machine Works clanged around the clock to forge AK-47s and similar guns for insurgents and armies around the world.
Brady Campaign wants gun discussion at debate Politico, Aug. 13, 2012 -- The pro-gun control Brady Campaign is out with a new letter, asking presidential debate moderator Jim Lehrer to press both President Obama and Mitt Romney on gun control.
GOP sues to force Obama compliance on Fast and Furious The Washington Times, Aug. 13, 2012 -- House Republicans on Monday asked the federal courts to intervene and force the Obama administration to turn over documents from the botched Fast and Furious gun-walking operation, escalating what had been a simmering constitutional crisis.
Gun store owner to stop giving range users' names to police Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, Aug. 13, 2012 -- For nearly three years, the owners at Brew City Shooters Supply -- formerly known as Badger Guns -- were turning over the names of everyone who used the shooting range to West Milwaukee police.
Darrell Issa to Sue Eric Holder Monday Roll Call, Aug. 12, 2012 -- House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa plans to sue Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday for refusing to provide documents related to the "Fast and Furious" gun-smuggling operation.
Gun control creates victims Washington Times, Aug. 9, 2012 -- The nation has witnessed two very high-profile shootings in recent weeks — one at a Colorado theater and another at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.
Kansas women's interest in guns shoots up The Sacramento Bee, Aug. 9, 2012 --
WICHITA, Kan. -- Becky Blackburn and Kristie Wichert have never shot a gun before.
But on a Thursday evening, they were sitting in a classroom at Bullseye Shooting Range in Wichita with four other women to learn how to shoot handguns.
Sikh temple shooting: Gun shop owner says Wade Page seemed normal Los Angeles Times, Aug. 7, 2012 -- OAK CREEK, Wis. -- Wade Michael Page, the man investigators say killed six people and critically wounded three others at a Sikh temple Sunday before dying in a shootout with police, did not appear dangerous when he bought a handgun at a shop last month, the shop owner says.
Opinion: From Gun Control to Paid Sick Leave, Progressives Don't Wait for Washington WNYC, Aug. 6, 2012 -- If you're fighting for workers' rights or to strengthen sensible gun laws, you might not feel at home on Capitol Hill. Which is why more and more progressive advocates are taking their fights local - pushing city and state governments to take action on progressive legislation where DC can't or won't. And like their conservative counterparts who have employed this strategy for decades, liberal advocates may soon see real progress.
Gov. Quinn stands up to People of the Gun Chicago Sun-Times, Aug. 6, 2012 -- Last week, I lamented the lack of leadership on gun control. Even after last month’s movie theater horror in Aurora, Colo., the politicians are still cowering and quivering.
Sen. Michael Gianaris Prepares Gun Control Package New York Daily News, Aug. 6, 2012 -- Here is the lead item from my "Albany Insider" column this week: State Sen. Michael Gianaris points to recent gun violence in New York City, not to mention the Colorado massacre, as he crafts a package of bills to give New York the country’s toughest gun laws.
Gun-toting girls a surefire winner
Yahoo! Sports, Aug. 5, 2012 -- Scantily clad girls with guns. There's no more surefire winner to promote a sport struggling to grab airtime and attention. For a hint on tactics that work, look no further than beach volleyball.
California Jewelry Store Owner Fires Back at Armed Robbers ABC News, Aug. 2, 2012 -- On Wednesday, five masked men poured into a jewelry store in a strip mall in Garden Grove, Calif., expecting to carry out a simple smash and grab robbery. But within less than a minute, they discovered they were no match for the store’s owner, a gray-haired woman whose finger seems quite comfortable on the trigger.
Senate blocks Cybersecurity Act ZDNet, Aug. 2, 2012 -- The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted against moving forward on the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, ending the bill's chances at final passage. The final blow came despite U.S. President Barack Obama's statements saying the legislation would help the U.S. fight "the cyber threat to our nation," which he called "one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face."
Grandmothers: Armed and Unafraid News Channel 5 wptv.com, Aug. 1, 2012 -- LAKE PARK, Fla. - Armed and unafraid, senior women are fired up about owning a gun. For 69-year-old Linda Lathrop that's a complete 180.
Gun ruling may become a model for the nation USA Today, Aug. 1, 2012 -- Wilmington, Del. -- In a decision that may become a model for the nation, a federal judge here ruled that gun restrictions imposed by the Wilmington Housing Authority on its residents are constitutional.
Scalia: Guns May be Regulated - John Aloysius Farrell National Journal, July 29, 2012 -- Justice Antonin Scalia, one of the Supreme Court's most vocal and conservative justices, said on Sunday that the Second Amendment leaves room for U.S. legislatures to regulate guns, including menacing hand-held weapons.
Colorado massacre: Gun-control talk fizzles -- and fast
Why are so many willing to back down when logic is on their side?
Star Tribune, July 28, 2012 -- Talk about power: The gun lobby barely had to say a word before the media sent advocates of saner gun regulation shuffling off in defeat.
Gun sales point upward
Presidential election, arms treaty, self-defense all seen as possible factors The Conway Daily Sun, July 28, 2012 -- CONCORD — A controversial presidential election and an arms treaty being debated at the U.N. have contributed to strong gun sales this year. There's some indication that the tragic shooting in Aurora, Colo. has spurred even more gun purchases in the Granite State.
Obama calls for strengthening gun rules, Reid says no time for debate Fox News, July 27, 2012 -- As President Obama added his voice to the push for stricter gun rules in the wake of the Colorado movie theater massacre, the suggestion made a prompt thud on Capitol Hill when the top Senate Democrat said he can't fit the gun control debate in the schedule
Disarming We the People - Charles C. W. Cooke
The question is not whether there will be guns, but who gets them. National Review, July 25, 2012 -- When composing their unlettered overtures to disarmament, those who agitate for “gun control” tend to do three things. The first is to ask for a “national conversation,” the second is to ignore that such a conversation is already happening, and the third is to neglect that its interlocutors extend well beyond the halls of power and offices of K Street.
Obama pledges more action on guns The Washington Post, July 25, 2012 -- NEW ORLEANS — President Obama promised Wednesday to lead a national discussion about gun control after the deadly mass shootings last week in Colorado, wading into the gun issue more extensively than at any other time in his presidency.
Opinion: Thank you, NRA - Rich Lowry Politico, July 25, 2012 -- In America, we are supposed to like constitutional rights. One would think than an organization that vigilantly--and effectively--safeguards a constitutional right would be honored as a kind of national jewel.
NRA Muscle Chills Gun-Control Talk After Shootings Bloomberg Businessweek, July 25, 2012 -- While tragedies like the mass murder in a Colorado movie theater once spurred congressional action to control guns, the reaction on Capitol Hill this time has been virtual silence.
A Way Out of the Gun Stalemate The New York Times, July 24, 2012 -- THE national conversation about guns, since James E. Holmes shot 12 people to death and wounded 58 others at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., has been a dialogue of the deaf. Unless gun-control advocates and gun-rights supporters stop screaming at each other and look for common ground on how to deal with gun violence, the next massacre is only a matter of time.
Gun sales surging in wake of 'Dark Knight Rises' shooting New York Post, July 25, 2012 -- DENVER — Firearms sales are surging in the wake of the Colorado movie massacre as buyers express fears about both personal safety and anti-gun lawmakers who might use the shooting to seek new weapons restrictions.
Aurora theater shooting: Gun sales up since tragedy Denver Post, July 23, 2012 -- Background checks for people wanting to buy guns in Colorado jumped more than 41 percent after Friday morning's shooting at an Aurora movie theater, and firearms instructors say they're also seeing increased interest in the training required for a concealed-carry permit.
Aurora's Arsenal, Explained: Feds Can't Track Stockpiled Guns Wired, July 23, 2012 -- If you want to kill large numbers of people, you should seriously consider buying a handgun or assault rifle. As the movie-theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado demonstrated, chances are federal law enforcement and homeland security and counterterrorism agents won’t see you amassing an arsenal of assault rifles, handguns and ammunition.
James Holmes, Aurora Shooting Suspect, Used Internet For Arsenal Huffington Post, July 23, 2012 -- DENVER -- In a world where Amazon can track your next book purchase and you must register to buy allergy medicine, James Holmes spent months stockpiling thousands of bullets and head-to-toe ballistic gear without raising any red flags with authorities.
Demographics Change Among Gun Training Classes KREX News Channel 5, July 21, 2012 -- GRAND JUNCTION, COLO.- It's not just men learning to protect themselves, kids and women are coming out in numbers to learn defensive tactics as well. Children that have family members in the military went through their own training today as a part of a Family Systems Program with the Colorado National Guard. The kids learned everything from CPR to night vision, to rope climbing and gun training. Amy Nolan, an Army Reserve Officer, brought her two boys to the event.
Colorado shooting unlikely to spur changes in gun laws Reuters, July 21, 2012 -- Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is a member of a coalition called Mayors Against Illegal Guns, but when he issued a statement expressing shock and horror on Friday after a mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater, he had nothing to say about gun control.
Lawmakers: 'Ominous' video a warning to ATF whistle-blowers after 'Furious' Fox News, July 19, 2012 -- The head of ATF recently warned employees that they will face "consequences" if they don't "respect the chain of command," in what Republican lawmakers are decrying as an "ominous message" meant to frighten would-be whistle-blowers in the wake of the Operation Fast and Furious scandal.
Why gun lovers still fear President Obama - Darren Samuelsohn Politico, July 19, 2012 -- President Barack Obama hasn't done much of anything to curb Americans' gun rights. Despite his 2008 campaign pledges, he hasn't pushed to reinstate the assault weapons ban. And he hasn't tried to force background checks on people who buy firearms from unlicensed dealers at gun shows.
A sneaky way to control guns New York Daily News, July 18, 2012 -- Gun-control advocates and the Obama administration are rushing to complete negotiations in New York on a proposed international agreement called the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.
City gun sellers provide valuable service to citizens Journal Sentinel Online, July 17, 2012 -- On Nov. 1, 2011, Wisconsin's concealed carry law went into affect. Since then, nearly 130,000 law-abiding Wisconsin residents have applied for and received their concealed carry licenses from the State of Wisconsin. Law-abiding citizens from all walks of life, every age, race, gender, political party and demographic now exercise their right to carry for self-protection.
Opposition to UN arms treaty heats up The Hill, July 2, 2012 -- Some 130 lawmakers sent President Obama a letter on Monday expressing their opposition to a pending arms trade treaty if it impinges on gun rights and U.S. sovereignty in any way.
Gun group takes 'junk' guns to Chicago for trade-in The Sacramento Bee, July 1, 2012 -- CHICAGO - Last weekend, members of a downstate Illinois pro-gun group drove to Chicago, handed in about 60 weapons to the city's trade-in program and walked out with more than $6,200 in gift cards.
Company wants to bring gun store to the Las Vegas Strip KTNV 13 News, June 28, 2012 -- Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- An Italian company could soon make it possible to purchase or shoot a gun on the Las Vegas Strip. Beretta hopes to open a store along other high-end retailers inside The Shoppes at The Palazzo.
House holds Holder in contempt over 'Fast and Furious' documents The Washington Times, June 28, 2012 -- The House on Thursday cited Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. for contempt of Congress in a historic vote weighted with political significance — though it does little to break the stalemate over his decision to withhold documents regarding the Justice Department’s actions in a botched gunwalking operation.
Issa Letter Hammers Obama on Operation 'Fast and Furious' National Journal, June 26, 2012 -- The chairman of the House oversight committee investigating White House involvement in the botched “gun-walking” program that led to the 2010 death of U.S. Border Patrol agent accused President Obama on Monday of downplaying his involvement in the program or intentionally obstructing the Congress' inquiry.
Issa acknowledges Fast and Furious whistleblower once proposed 'gunwalking' Fox News, June 25, 2012 -- For the first time since Congress began investigating Operation Fast and Furious more than a year ago, a top lawmaker on Sunday publicly acknowledged another botched "gunwalking" investigation that was proposed and conducted by the Fast and Furious scandal's chief whistleblower.
Boehner calls for 'gun-walking' documents TwinCities.com, June 21, 2012 -- WASHINGTON -- Speaker John Boehner demanded Thursday, June 21, that the Obama administration give in and turn over documents related to a botched gun-tracking operation, insisting that's the only way to stop a House vote to hold the attorney general in contempt.
NRA to score Holder contempt vote The Hill, June 20, 2012 -- The National Rifle Association (NRA) will score a House panel vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt.
Obama Claims Executive Privilege in Gun Case
House Panel’s Vote Steps Up Partisan Fight on Gun Inquiry New York Times, June 20, 2012 -- WASHINGTON — A long-simmering fight between Republican lawmakers and the Obama administration sharply escalated on Wednesday, as a Congressional panel recommended that the House of Representatives cite Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. for contempt and President Obama asserted executive privilege to shield Justice Department documents from disclosure.
Federal judge strikes down part of Chicago's gun law Chicago Tribune, June 19, 2012 -- Chicago's firearm ordinance took another blow Tuesday when a federal judge ruled that the section banning permits for people convicted of unlawful use of a weapon is vague and unconstitutional.
Holder to Comply in Part With Gun Inquiry Request The New York Times, June 14, 2012 -- WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric. H. Holder Jr. said Thursday that he was willing to partially comply with a subpoena for documents from the Justice Department about a gun-trafficking operation known as “Fast and Furious.”
Eric Holder Makes Offer on Some 'Fast and Furious' Documents Roll Call, June 14, 2012 -- Attorney General Eric Holder today offered to produce a key category of internal Justice Department documents related to House Republicans’ “Fast and Furious” gun-walking probe and to negotiate the details with House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).
Texas man convicted in stand-your-ground case USA Today, June 14, 2012 -- HOUSTON (AP) -- A retired Houston-area firefighter faces up to life in prison after a jury convicted him of murder for gunning down his unarmed neightbor during a duspute over a noisy house party.
Method to Track Firearm Use is Stalled by Foes New York Times, June 12, 2012 -- Identifying the firearm used in a crime is one of the biggest challenges for criminal investigators. But what if a shell casing picked up at a murder scene could immediately be tracked to the gun that fired it?
4 killed in Sacramento home attack CBSNews.com, (AP) SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Authorities sought a motive Sunday after an assailant entered a Sacramento home and shot four people to death, police said. The suspect also was wounded and in critical condition.
Holder and Rep. Issa Clash Again Over Fast and Furious The New York Times, June 8, 2012 -- WASHINGTON — Representative Darrell Issa told Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Thursday that he was “not a good witness” as the two clashed once again over the botched gun trafficking case known as Operation Fast and Furious.
Issa, Holder square off over Fast and Furious The Washington Examiner, June 7, 2012 -- Republicans on Thursday stepped up pressure on Attorney General Eric Holder to hand over documents related to the Justice Department's Fast and Furious "gun-walking" operation, peppering Holder with evidence leaked to the House committee by a mole inside Holder's department.
Olympic swimmers in trouble again over gun photos USA Today Sports, June 7, 2012 -- SYDNEY – Olympic swimmers Nick D'Arcy and Kenrick Monk are in hot water again after being ordered to remove photos of themselves posing with guns from their social media sites.
Court rules OKs gun shows at county fairgrounds SF Gate, June 2, 2012 -- Alameda County's agreement to allow gun sales at the county fairgrounds in Pleasanton, with firearms tethered to display tables, won a federal appeals court's approval Friday, signaling an end to a 12-year lawsuit by gun-rights advocates.
Surviving the zombie apocalypse Hickory Daily Record, June 2, 2012 -- How will you survive the zombie apocalypse? That’s the question Jack Simons will answer during his Zombie Survival course next week.
Cops gun down man for legally carrying firearm World Net Daily, June 1, 2012 -- Erik Scott was a West Point graduate who went on to serve honorably in the Army, get his MBA from Duke and establish a lucrative career in real estate and as a sales rep for a medical device company. He was 38 years old when he was gunned down in portico of a Las Vegas area Costco store by officers from the Las Vegas Metro Police Department.
Idaho town seeks to lure gun and ammo makers CBS News, May 24, 2012 -- POTLATCH, Idaho — This small community in the forested, western foothills of the Rocky Mountains was created as a company town to house workers for the nation's largest white pine sawmill, and its tidy homes and straight, tree-lined streets are a testament to its planners.
Police nab airline pilot with loaded gun in luggage Yahoo! News, May 17, 2012 -- BUFFALO, New York (Reuters) - An airline pilot was arrested Friday morning at Buffalo Niagara International Airport after security screeners discovered a loaded revolver in his baggage.
MILLER: Injured vet's guns stolen by D.C. The Washington Times, May 15, 2012 -- After being injured on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, Lt. Augustine Kim spent the night in a D.C. jail for possessing unregistered guns.
Gun bill sparks questions The News Star, May 13, 2012 -- Louisiana is close to possessing the strongest pro-gun legislation in the nation.
Kalispell Gun Company Makes Waves With Titanium Rifle NBC Montana, May 13, 2012 -- KALISPELL, Mont. -- A Kalispell gun company has made the world’s first all-titanium assault rifle, and it’s gaining national attention. Manufacturers have made individual gun parts out of titanium, but never a full assault rifle, until now.
Oklahoma senators approve open-carry gun bill The Chicago Tribune, May 10, 2012 -- OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A bill to allow Oklahomans with a concealed-carry permit to openly carry their handguns is headed to the governor, who is expected to sign the legislation that passed the state Senate on Thursday.
Anti-gun group downplays 'Operation Fast and Furious' death toll The Daily Caller, May 6, 2012 -- A spokesman for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, a left-wing antigun group based in Washington, D.C., told The Daily Caller his organization doesn't believe firearms trafficked to Mexico in Operaiton Fast and Furious have killed hundreds of civilians in that country. That those guns have been used often to kill Mexicans is a position articulated by both Attorney General Eric Holder and Mexican authorities.
MILLER: D.C. folds in gun rights battle The Washington Times, May 7, 2012 -- Give the Council of the District of Columbia some credit. They're actually responding to criticisms about how the city's gun laws are being implemented.
Gun sales booming in Wisconsin this year Rockford Register Star, May 7, 2012 -- MILWAUKEE — Firearms-related businesses in Wisconsin say they are having a difficult time meeting demand from rising gun sales in the state.
Russian Gun Group Joins IAPCAR's Global Gun Rights Coalition The Sacramento Bee, May 4, 2012 -- The International Association for the Protection of Civilian Arms Rights (IAPCAR) added Russia's The Right to Arms as its newest member working to protect and expand the right to keep and bear arms around the globe. Right to Arms joins a coalition of 20 other groups from 11 countries on five different continents that represent millions of firearm owners and citizens concerned about civilian arms rights.
Plan to turn Fetla's into gun range revived Chicago Tribune, May 4, 2012 -- VALPARAISO — The proposal to revive the former Fetla's Trading Post as a shooting range will be brought back again Tuesday, but this time the owners hope to do it in the city.
Gun Jam: Sales Clog as Fears, Election, Doomsday, Rise The Missourian, May 4, 2012 -- Fears linked to November's election, street crime, civil unrest, doomsday prophecies and even a zombie apocalypse have metro Detroiters buying firearms at a brisk pace. But the boom times in gun sales are not as lucrative for local gun shops as they could be.
Last gun shop in Cambridge to close its doors
Roach's Sporting Goods (and gun shop) to close after 108 years
The Boston Globe, May 4, 2012 -- In the famously liberal city of Cambridge, there has been but one place for the past several years to legally buy a gun or a rifle, while also picking through wading boots or canoes, all under the gaze of a giant moose head peering down from the wall.
Press Release: Armed Citizen Alliance
May 3, 2012 -- THE ACA MISSION:
The Armed Citizen Alliance (ACA) provides an avenue for ordinary citizens to practice, train, and become familiar with the use of concealed carry handguns and other personal defense firearms in an organized recreational context that simulates real-world situations. It has two core missions.
Gun meddlers strike again Toronto Sun, May 3, 2012 -- We’ve got a problem across Canada right now regarding gun registries, government appointees overstepping their bounds and the fact that, try as you might, it is pretty near impossible to kill off a government program.
Gov. Scott: No downtown gun ban for GOP convention Fox News, May 2, 2012 -- Fla. – Florida Gov. Rick Scott has rejected a request from the Tampa mayor to prohibit the carrying of guns in downtown during the Republican National Convention this summer because it would infringe upon "sacred constitutional traditions," according to a letter released Wednesday.
NH bill makes gun licenses optional Boston Globe, April 30, 2012 -- CONCORD, N.H.—The Senate is voting Wednesday whether to make permits to carry concealed, loaded guns anyplace where gun possession is legal optional in New Hampshire.
ATF: 68,000 guns in Mexico traced to U.S. The Washington Post, April 27, 2012 -- Mexican authorities have recovered 68,000 guns in the past five years that have been traced back to the United States, the federal government said Thursday.
Firearms industry jobs up 30 percent from 2008 to 2011 McClatchy, April 26, 2012 -- These are high times for gun makers and firearms retailers.
While many sectors have been slogging through the recession and an anemic recovery, the firearms business has seen growth both nationally and locally.
George Zimmerman: Prelude to a shooting Reuters, April 25, 2012 -- A pit bull named Big Boi began menacing George and Shellie Zimmerman in the fall of 2009. The first time the dog ran free and cornered Shellie in their gated community in Sanford, Florida, George called the owner to complain. The second time, Big Boi frightened his mother-in-law's dog. Zimmerman called Seminole County Animal Services and bought pepper spray. The third time he saw the dog on the loose, he called again. An officer came to the house, county records show.
Fashion Statement Is Clear - the Gun Isn't The New York Times, April 23, 2012 -- Woolrich, a 182-year-old clothing company, describes its new chino pants as an elegant and sturdy fashion statement, with a clean profile and fabric that provides comfort and flexibility.
'American Guns' star Richard Wyatt says gun control talk spurs gun sales Fox News, April 22, 2012 -- LOS ANGELES -- From creating a zombie gun to repairing the design flaws in a Civil War-era cannon, the Wyatt family and their now famed Denver-based business Gunsmoke are back for another season of “American Guns” on Discovery – and they say they’re busier than ever.
Michigan is an 'open carry' state for guns Morning Sun (Michigan), April 16, 2012 -- In early February, Mt. Pleasant police responded to what they thought was an armed robbery in progress, but what was reported as a .22 caliber rifle was actually a broken umbrella.
Gun enthusiasts unite at NRA convention CBS News, April 14, 2012 -- ST. LOUIS - Avid hunter Rob West drove from Chillicothe, Ohio, to St. Louis this week to join some 70,000 fellow National Rifle Association members at the organization's annual convention, where seven acres of guns and gear were on display and where politics was never far from anyone's mind.
Opinion: Is gun control dead? The Washington Post, April 13, 2012 -- Monday marks five years since the massacre at Virginia Tech, where a mentally ill student, Seung Hui Cho, used two handguns he had bought legally to kill 32 people and wound 25 others. Other than a relatively minor law to improve the national database used for background checks, no significant gun-control legislation followed that tragedy.
Mitt Romney warns NRA against an 'unrestrained' second-term Obama LA Times, April 13, 2012 -- Reporting from St. Louis—Mitt Romney drew a warm reception from the National Rifle Assn. on Friday as he attacked President Obama for “employing every imaginable ruse and ploy” to restrict gun rights, which Romney pledged not to do if elected in November.
Mitt Romney Assures Gun Rights Group of His Fealty The New York Times, April 13, 2012 -- ST. LOUIS — As he seeks to inspire the conservative base ahead of the general election, Mitt Romney spoke to the National Rifle Association on Friday, seeking the support of a powerful group that has not always warmed up to him.
Most Americans back gun lobby, right to use deadly force Chicago Tribune, April 13, 2012 -- WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Most Americans support the right to use deadly force to protect themselves - even in public places - and have a favorable view of the National Rifle Association, the main gun-lobby group, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed.
Sales Surge as Annie Gets Her Gun CNBC, April 12, 2012 -- Tina Wilson-Cohen is calm, encouraging, and confident, especially when she's teaching kids how to fire guns. Today, the Josoeitz family came in for a lesson with her over their spring break.
Romney Varmint-Hunting Tales Aimed at Gun-Owning Skeptics Bloomberg, April 12, 2012 -- In his hunt for voters, Mitt Romney has talked about gunning for everything from “small varmints” to elk. It hasn’t eased nervousness among some firearms owners about the former Massachusetts governor’s fidelity to their issue.
NRA seeking 'reassurance' from Romney
Candidate to address gun group that’s uneasy over past positions The Washington Times, April 12, 2012 -- When Mitt Romney speaks to the National Rifle Association on Friday it will bring into focus a major difference between him and President Obama: One is counting on Second Amendment voters to show up at the polls, while the other has sidestepped gun-related issues in the run-up to the election.
N.R.A. Influence Seen in Expansion of Self-Defense Laws The New York Times, April 12, 2012 -- No one had yet heard of a Florida teenager named Trayvon Martin when a group of Wisconsin Republicans got together last year to discuss expanding a self-defense bill before the State Legislature.
Ex-Glock Executive Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison Associated Press, April 12, 2012 -- A former executive for Glock Inc. convicted of stealing a pistol and millions of dollars from the gun manufacturing giant was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in prison even as his supporters raised questions about his conviction.
MILLER: Have gun, will travel
Congress moves to stop states from stepping on Second Amendment The Washington Times, April 12, 2012 -- Law-abiding gun owners can run into serious trouble when on the move. Venturing into firearm-unfriendly states creates confusion about what individuals need to do to abide by a confusing maze of regulations. Congress should act to prevent honest citizens from winding up behind bars because police are misinformed.
U.S. border agent accused of gun smuggling ordered detained Reuters, April 11, 2012 -- A U.S. Border Patrol agent, accused of buying guns in the United States and smuggling them to Mexico for use by drug cartels, must remain in jail pending a detention hearing later this week, a U.S. Magistrate Judge ruled on Tuesday.
Police discuss self-defense in wake of Florida shooting The Arizona Republic, April 10, 2012 -- In the wake of the fatal shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, Scottsdale Assistant Police Chief John Cocca stressed that residents should be "the best witnesses possible" if they are caught in the midst of a crime.
Gun owners seek end to state barriers to concealed weapons Chicago Tribune, April 10, 2012 -- WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ryan Jerome took his .45-caliber Ruger with him to Manhattan last September and thought he understood the city's weapons laws when he carried his loaded handgun on a side trip to the Empire State Building.
Romney to Address NRA Weeks After Revealing He's a Gun Owner ABC News, April 9, 2012 -- Mitt Romney will address the National Rifle Association‘s annual meeting later this week, a speech that comes at a crucial time for the candidate who is working to appeal to the conservative base of his party as he inches closer to clinching the Republican nomination.
Three plead guilty in botched "Fast and Furious" gun-running sting Yahoo! News, April 6, 2012 -- PHOENIX (Reuters) - Three men pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges of trafficking high-powered rifles and other guns to Mexico from Arizona under the botched "Fast and Furious" federal sting operation tied to the murder of a U.S. federal agent.
Gun Dealer Accused As Part Of 'Fast And The Furious' To Change Plea Fox News, April 5, 2010 -- A man accused of buying two rifles found at the scene of the fatal shooting of a federal agent near the Arizona-Mexico border is scheduled to change his plea Thursday in the federal government's botched gun smuggling investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious.
Gun dealers' protection challenged in Alaska case San Francisco Chronicle, April 4, 2012 -- Washington -- A Bush-era federal law that protects gun dealers from being liable for homicides committed with guns from their shops is under fire in an Alaska court case that has led the Justice Department and gun-control.
Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman And The Media's Misleading Rhetoric On Guns Fox News, April 3, 2012 -- Democrats want to make gun control an issue in the upcoming November elections. With Obama telling gun control proponents last year to be patient, that he was pushing gun control “under the radar,” it was probably always destined to be an issue. But the shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman in Florida has opened up an opportunity for Democrats to more openly embrace it.
Federal judge says N.C. can't ban all citizens' guns during emergencies Winston-Salem Journal, April 2, 2012 -- When winter storms slammed North Carolina in early 2010, Gov. Bev Perdue declared a state of emergency. The city of King followed on Feb. 5 with its own declaration of emergency that included — as allowed by state law — a ban on the possession of alcohol and firearms except at a person's own home.
'Stand your ground' laws not just GP policy, records show The Daily Caller, April 1, 2012 -- Despite liberal protesters' claims that Florida's so-called "stand your ground" gun law demonstrates that Republican policymakers are responsible for the February death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, an analysis of its legislative history shows that it was a bipartisan effort -- and that no Florida Democratic state senator voted against it.
Florida: fertile ground for pro-gun laws The Miami Herald, March 31, 2012 -- In addition to Stand Your Ground, dozens of gun rights laws have sailed through Florida’s Legislature in the last decade, making the state a Second Amendment trailblazer for the rest of the nation.
N.J. high court tosses gun charges The Inquirer, Mar. 30, 2012 -- A man who bought guns legally in Colorado - but was arrested and slapped with a seven-year prison sentence for not having a permit to carry them in New Jersey - had two of the three charges filed against him overturned by the state Supreme Court on Friday.
Arrest of 80-year-old man renews Illinois gun law debate Chicago Tribune, March 28, 2012 -- An 80-year-old man who was arrested after shooting a burglary suspect in his South Side home brought renewed attention Tuesday to Illinois gun laws, this time involving whether an elderly resident with weapons convictions from decades ago should have the right to use a gun to defend himself.
Internal Memo Shows ATF Rank And File Don't Trust The Brass Fox News, March 26, 2012 -- Top leaders at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, already under fire from lawmakers in the wake of the “Fast and Furious” debacle, also get harsh marks from the men and women who serve under them, according to an internal survey.
Citing Backlog, Sturm, Ruger Suspends New Gun Orders Hartford Courant, March 22, 2012 -- Fairfield-based gunmaker Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc. said it has temporarily stopped taking new orders after receiving orders for more than 1 million firearms in the first two months of 2012.
Gun Sales Explode As Election Looms Fox News, Mar. 22, 2012 -- Sales of handguns and ammunition are booming across the country, and retailers say it’s all about the November election.
Solution to Alameda County fair gun show ban? San Francisco Chronicle, Mar. 20, 2012 -- A 12-year battle over gun shows at the Alameda County fair took a new twist Monday when a county lawyer told a federal appeals court that gun sales would be allowed if the weapon were secured to a table - and a gun-rights advocate reluctantly agreed that the idea was a possible solution.
California gun shows caught in the crossfire Oroville Mercury-Register, Mar. 20, 2012 -- Before the end of this year, Russell and Sallie Nordyke will set up shop for at least five gun shows at the Santa Clara County fairgrounds, providing a gathering spot for thousands of gun enthusiasts to buy and sell rifles, pistols and other weapons.
Putting Guns Out in the Open
The Wall Street Journal, Mar. 19, 2012 -- TULSA, Okla.—Gun owners in this state could walk down the street openly packing their pistols under legislation passed by lawmakers that would make Oklahoma the first state in seven years to allow residents to openly display their handguns in public.
Prime gunwalking suspect was held by ATF but released, documents show CBS News, Mar. 19, 2012 -- The prime suspect in the botched gun trafficking investigation known as "Fast and Furious" -- Manuel Acosta -- was taken into custody and might have been stopped from trafficking weapons to Mexico's killer drug cartel early on. But the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) let him go, according to new documents obtained by CBS News.
Gun rights lawsuits take aim at Illinois, Chicago The Sacramento Bee, Mar. 18, 2012 -- CHICAGO -- In an unrelenting campaign to overturn restrictive handgun laws in Illinois, gun rights advocates have pummeled Chicago and the state with lawsuits that could keep them entangled in court battles for years.
Fear & reloading Wyoming Tribune Eagle, March 18, 2012 --
More people are buying guns amid worries about Obama's re-election and predictions of the world's impending doom.
D.C. streamlining gun registration Washington Examiner, March 7, 2012 -- Registering a gun in the District could soon become a whole lot easier. The D.C. Council gave preliminary approval Tuesday to an amendment package that eliminates a slew of prerequisites to getting a firearm approved and logged in to the Metropolitan Police Department's tracking system. The Firearms Amendment Act of 2012 is expected to pass when the council takes it up again in April.
12 states on path to guns with no permits USA Today, March 7, 2012 -- Legislatures in a dozen states are considering laws that would eliminate requirements that residents obtain permits to carry concealed weapons
Colorado court says students can carry guns on campus Yahoo! News, March 6, 2012 -- DENVER (Reuters) - The University of Colorado overstepped its authority when the school's board of regents imposed a ban on the carrying of concealed weapons at its four campuses, the state's Supreme Court ruled on Monday.
Md. Gun Law Found Unconstitutional CBS Baltimore, March 5, 2012 -- BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland’s requirement that residents show a “good and substantial reason” to get a handgun permit is unconstitutional, according to a federal judge’s opinion filed Monday.
AFP: Guns playing big role in Republican race Google, March 5, 2012 --
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee — "Guns save lives," Matthew Lee, a volunteer for Newt Gingrich, defiantly tells people at a Tennessee gun show, which is also a key political event in the Republican primary campaign.
Some say Obama re-election fears may be driving gun sales The Kansas City Star, March 5, 2012 -- FORT WORTH — Gun sales are booming.
Enthusiasts are stocking up on guns and ammunition, and some in the industry are wondering whether sales are spiking as they did after Democrat Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008.
GUN DEBATE: House Passes Two Bills WHO TV, March 1, 2012 -- After two hours of debate, and nearly six hours of protest, the Iowa House Passed a pair of controversial gun bills. Once the debate began, democrats made it clear they weren't happy. "When we started session we were told we would focus on the economy and jobs." said Representative Mary Mascher (D) Johnson County, "We were told we would avoid divisive issues. We were lied to. We were lied to."
Gun Traffickers Arrested in Stockton After Selling Guns to ATF Undercover Agents The Sacramento Bee, Feb. 28, 2012 -- STOCKTON, Calif., Feb. 28, 2012 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), San Francisco Field Division Acting Special Agent in Charge Scot Thomasson announced Dennis William Estes and Kevin John Webber were arrested Friday morning in Stockton, CA after conspiring to manufacture and sell firearms without a license to ATF undercover agents Friday, Feb. 24
MILLER: Buying ammunition in D.C. The Washington Times, Feb. 27, 2012 -- In Washington, D.C., it is illegal to posses ammunition if you don’t have a gun registered. It is also unlawful to have ammo that is not in the same caliber or gauge as your legal gun. The penalty for holding a round of the wrong caliber is up to a year in jail -- as stiff as the punishment for illegal gun possession.
Gun-rights Groups Decry Proposed Surtax On Illinois Ammo Sales Fox News, Feb. 21, 2012 -- An Illinois lawmaker wants gun owners to shell out extra taxes in order to finance a new grant program for trauma centers, a move firearms advocacy groups say amounts to a "sin tax" on law-abiding hunters and target shooters.
Gun culture spreads in India Los Angeles Times, Feb. 20, 2012 -- Indians own about 40 million guns, second only to the U.S. Rising incomes, along with crime and fear of terrorist attacks, have fueled firearms purchases.
Buy latte, pack gun: Starbucks hit with boycott -- and 'buycott' Los Angeles Times, Feb. 15, 2012 -- Those who prefer to drink their lattes packing protection on their hip turned out at Starbucks across the country on the first day of a "buycott" organized by gun owners -- countering the Starbucks boycott called this week by the National Gun Victims Action Council.
Fast and Furious: Targets of gun sting were FBI informers Tucson Citizen, Feb. 10, 2012 --
Mexican cartel suspects targeted in the troubled gun-trafficking probe known as Operation Fast and Furious were actually working as FBI informants at the time, according to a congressional memo that describes the case’s mission as a “failure.”
Emanuel wants Illinois gun registry
Illinois rifle association leader says plan to track weapons 'would probably have no chance of passing' Chicago Tribune, Feb. 10, 2012 -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants a statewide gun registry in Illinois, an idea some lawmakers quickly dismissed Thursday as ineffective and an insult to gun owners.
ATF Busts Real Housewives Buying Guns for Cartels Fox News Latino, Feb. 9, 2012 -- U.S. federal authorities busted an alleged gun smuggling ring that employed young housewives and older moms to purchase assault rifles for smugglers taking guns to Mexican drug cartels.
LAPD Pioneers High-Tech Crime-Fighting 'War Room' CBS Los Angeles, Feb. 8, 2012 -- LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The LAPD is fighting crime from a high-tech war room that gives it eyes all over the city. The surveillance hub is now a model for police forces around the world and KCAL9 got an exclusive tour inside from Chief Charlie Beck.
Virginia lawmakers vote to lift handgun ban The Washington Post, Feb. 6, 2012 -- The Virginia Senate voted Monday to lift the state’s one-per-month limit on handgun purchases, eliminating a 19-year-old cap that critics called outdated but gun-control activists credited with tamping down weapons trafficking.
Va. Legislature loads up on gun-rights initiatives PilotOnline.com, Feb. 6, 2012 -- Gun-rights advocates are poised to win a marquee victory in the Virginia General Assembly, perhaps as early as today, with the potential repeal of the state’s one-handgun-a-month limit.
Lawmakers investigating Fast and Furious may cite Eric Holder for contempt Los Angeles Times, Feb. 2, 2012 -- Reporting from Washington—House Republicans threatened Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. with a criminal contempt of Congress citation Thursday, alleging the Justice Department has refused for a year to turn over key documents in lawmakers' investigation of the failed Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation.
Parker City gun shop owner strikes deal after April '11 raid The Star Press, Feb. 1, 2012 -- PARKER CITY -- If a U.S. District Court judge accepts the terms of a pending plea agreement, former Parker City Town Council President Charles "Fred" Ludington will be sentenced to four years in federal prison.
Arizona agents face gun-sting blame Arizona Republic, Jan. 31, 2012 -- A U.S. House minority report on the gun-smuggling probe known as Fast and Furious blames federal agents in Arizona for the flawed operation while exonerating top-level Justice Department officials.
In New 'Fast And Furious' Report, Democrats Clear Justice Appointees Of Wrongdoing Fox News, Jan. 31, 2012 -- Democrats investigating the failed gun-running probe known as "Operation Fast and Furious" are laying the blame at the feet of officials in Arizona, saying in a new report that lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have "obtained no evidence" implicating high-level political appointees in Washington.
A Fast & Furious Fib
Holes in Holder's testimony New York Post, Jan. 30, 2012 -- It’s not the crime, it’s the coverup, goes the old Washington cliché. In the case of the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal, it’s both.
Obama administration reveals new ATF gun probe rules Chicago Tribune, Jan. 27, 2012 -- WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Friday revealed new reforms undertaken to improve how it conducts undercover gun trafficking investigations in the wake of a botched operation in which scores of weapons disappeared.
To Mexican officials, Justice Department official suggested letting guns cross border The Washington Post, Jan. 27, 2012 -- WASHINGTON — Newly released Justice Department emails sent to Capitol Hill for a congressional inquiry into a gun-smuggling operation indicate that the head of the department’s criminal division suggested letting some illicit “straw” weapons buyers in the U.S. transport their guns across the border into Mexico where they could be arrested.
MILLER: Applying to register a gun in D.C. Washington Times, Jan. 27, 2012 -- While my new gun was being transferred to the District from Virginia, I returned to D.C.’s Gun Registry Office to turn in my registration application. As you will see in what follows, this should have been simple step, but it took all day. Like everything else in my effort to get a legal handgun in this city has been far more complicated and time-consuming that it needed to be
Va. gun purchase limits could be lifted The Washington Post, Jan. 25, 2012 -- Virginia would lift its one-gun-per-month limit on handgun purchases under a bill that passed a state Senate committee Wednesday.
Armed pilots want to carry guns outside cockpit Standard-Examiner, Jan. 24, 2012 -- FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- They're already allowed to carry guns in the cockpit, but many pilots say that's not enough to keep aviation as safe as it should be.
TN gun laws, or lack thereof, under attack
TN is one of 34 states that don't require background checks for private gun sales The Tennessean, Jan. 22, 2012 -- Something didn’t seem quite right to Tyler Adams as he talked with the man who wanted to buy a gun from him. The customer admitted he did not have a permit to carry a concealed weapon in Tennessee.
Bonnie and Clyde guns bring $210,000 in Missouri auction Reuters, Jan. 21, 2012 -- Two guns believed seized from gangsters Bonnie and Clyde in 1933 after a deadly Missouri shootout with police sold for a combined $210,000 at an auction on Saturday in Kansas City to an unnamed online bidder.
5th teen arrested in gun shop burglaries Chicago Tribune, Jan. 20, 2012 -- A fifth teen has been arrested as part of an investigation into the recent burglaries of gun shops in the suburbs and throughout the state.
Why U.S. Gun Sales Are Shooting For The Moon Forbes, Jan. 18, 2012 -- If James Anthony Bailey and P.T. Barnum had seen the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) they just might have conceded their “Greatest Show on Earth” needed more guns, sideshows and characters. Because come one, come all, the SHOT Show has no comparison on Earth and, in fact, is especially interesting this year because gun sales are breaking records.
Volume of concealed-gun permits swamps Wisconsin agency Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, Jan. 15, 2012 -- Madison - The state has fallen at least four days behind its legal timelines for handling background checks for Wisconsin's new concealed carry law but could be caught up as soon as this week, a state official said.
Federal judge rejects challenge to gun dealer rules The Washington Post, Jan. 14, 2012 -- A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit challenging new reporting requirements for gun dealers that the Obama administration says are needed to help staunch the flow of powerful rifles to violent Mexican drug gangs.
U.S. judge backs ATF multiple rifle sales reporting Yahoo!, Jan. 13, 2012 -- WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday, in a victory for the Obama administration, upheld new federal rules requiring gun dealers in four states bordering Mexico to report the sales of multiple semi-automatic rifles, despite a challenge by the gun industry.
Gun violence unlikely to prompt any changes in federal law The Sacramento Bee, Jan. 8, 2012 -- WASHINGTON -- At an early learning center in Eatonville, Wash., on Sunday, mourners will light candles to honor Margaret Anderson, the 34-year-old ranger and mother of two toddlers who was shot and killed on New Year's Day while she tried to set up a roadblock in Mount Rainier National Park.
Gun Control: A Movement Without Followers Bloomberg Businessweek, Jan 5, 2012 -- More Americans favor Second Amendment rights, and lower murder rates in big cities convince some that tough laws are unnecessary
New York City's tough gun laws may be eased Digital Journal, Jan. 1, 2012 -- New York - After a tourist from Tennessee was arrested for bringing a loaded gun into the Big Apple, there were calls for the city's gun laws to be reexamined.
Gun sales double at one local firearms store My FOX Wausau, Dec. 30, 2011 -- "Even just between November and December we've had probably double the sales," said Jim Clark, manager at Central Wisconsin Firearms. He told FOX55 News@9 the store has seen a spike in sales since the concealed carry law took effect.
Pols urge DA to go easy on gun-toting Ground Zero tourist New York Post, Dec. 30, 2011 -- The Manhattan DA should show mercy to a Tennessee tourist who was busted for bringing a gun to the 9/11 Memorial, considering the weapon is registered in her home state, lawmakers and legal experts told The Post yesterday.
DC ordered to pay $1M in historic gun case The Daily Caller, Dec. 29, 2011 -- WASHINGTON (AP) -- The District of Columbia has been ordered to pay more than $1 million in attorneys' fees as a result of a historic gun case that was ultimately decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Eric Holder: More cops slain by illegal guns Politico, Dec. 28, 2011 -- The number of officers killed in the line of duty jumped 13 percent in 2011 compared with the year before — and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder condemned the increase as “a devastating and unacceptable trend” that he blamed on illegal firearms.
President Obama's Anti-Gun Agenda Shows No Sign Of Stopping Fox News, Dec. 28, 2011 -- President Obama keeps pushing for gun control. "I just want you to know that we are working on [gun control]. We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar,” President Obama told Sarah Brady, the former president of the Brady Campaign, this past spring.
Gun sales at record levels, according to FBI background checks CNN, Dec. 28, 2011 -- WASHINGTON (CNN) -- December holiday shoppers were not just interested in buying the hottest electronics and toys -- they also were purchasing record numbers of guns, according to the latest FBI figures on background checks required to buy firearms.
More and more women embracing gun ownership The Early Show, Dec. 27, 2011 --(CBS News) The face of the American gun owner is changing. More women than ever are picking up rifles, shotguns, and handguns. And target shooting is one of the fastest-growing female sports.
More Concealed Guns, and Some Are in the Wrong Hands The New York Times, Dec. 26, 2011 -- Alan Simons was enjoying a Sunday morning bicycle ride with his family in Asheville, N.C., two years ago when a man in a sport utility vehicle suddenly pulled alongside him and started berating him for riding on the highway.
A.T.F. Eases Rules on Gun Sales to Noncitizens The New York Times, Dec. 22, 2011 -- WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is relaxing restrictions on the sale of guns to noncitizens because Justice Department lawyers have concluded that the rules had no legal basis, officials said on Thursday.
Sniper Detectors Coming to America's Heartland Fox News, Dec. 22, 2011 --
Gunshots ring out in the dead of night, and not a single person reports it. Yet police know exactly where the shots came from, even before they arrive on the scene.
California lawmen own thousands of assault guns San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 22, 2011 -- Peace officers throughout California have bought more than 7,600 assault weapons that are outlawed for civilians in the decade since state lawmakers allowed the practice, according to data obtained by the Associated Press after it was revealed that federal authorities are investigating illegal gun sales by law enforcement.
States loosen concealed carry gun laws USA Today, Dec. 20, 2011 -- JACKSON, Miss. – A Mississippi resident who receives a concealed carry permit and takes an eight-hour course can now carry a gun on college campuses, in bars and in courthouses.
Gun advocates take their weapons to Sunvalley Mall ABC7 KGO-TV San Francisco, CA, Dec. 15, 2011 -- CONCORD, Calif. (KGO) -- In two weeks, open carry will be illegal in California when a new state law takes effect, so local gun activists went to Sunvalley Mall in Concord Wednesday night, with their unloaded weapons, in what may be one of their final demonstrations.
Holder Clashes With Republicans on Fast and Furious
Holder, Grilled on Gun Inquiry, Says He Won’t Resign The New York Times, Dec. 8, 2011 -- WASHINGTON — House Republicans pummeled Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Thursday over the disputed gun-trafficking investigation called Operation Fast and Furious, accusing the Justice Department of hiding the truth and lying to Congress in a slugfest of an oversight hearing.
Fireworks as Issa compares Holder to Nixon's AG The Washington Examiner, Dec. 8, 2011 -- Fireworks broke out in Congress today, as Rep. Rep Darrell Issa, R-Calif., warned Attorney General Eric Holder that he could be held in contempt of Congress for his failure to cooperate with an investigation into the Fast and Furious program, in which the Obama administration allowed guns to "walk" into Mexico, where they ended up in the hands of Mexican drug lords.
Lawmakers: Heads should roll over gun-walking CBS News, Dec. 8, 2011 -- Republican lawmakers told Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday to fire some Justice Department subordinates over the flawed arms-trafficking investigation called Operation Fast and Furious.
Grassley: It's time for Lanny Breuer to go The Daily Caller, Dec. 7, 2011 -- Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, who has led the congressional investigation into Operation Fast and Furious with House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, called for Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer to step down immediately.
Legal U.S. gun sales to Mexico arming cartels CBS, Dec. 6, 2011 -- Selling weapons to Mexico - where cartel violence is out of control - is controversial because so many guns fall into the wrong hands due to incompetence and corruption. The Mexican military recently reported nearly 9,000 police weapons "missing."
AP News: Justice Dept. details how it got statements wrong Associated Press, Dec. 2, 2011 -- WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department on Friday provided Congress with documents detailing how department officials gave inaccurate information to a U.S. senator in the controversy surrounding Operation Fast and Furious, the flawed law enforcement initiative aimed at dismantling major arms trafficking networks on the Southwest border.
Issa says Holder ouster is up to White House The Washington Times, Dec. 2, 2011 -- Rep. Darrell Issa, who has been investigating the Fast and Furious operation for nearly a year, declined on Friday to call for Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to resign over the botched undercover probe that led to hundreds of weapons being “walked” to gun smugglers in Mexico.
Guns are a big seller on Black Friday USA Today, Dec. 1, 2011 -- WASHINGTON – In addition to the sleek flat-screen televisions, smartphones, computers and cut-rate designer clothing, Black Friday's shopping legions seized on another hot item for 2011: guns.
Gun Issue Represents Tough Politics For Obama Fox News, Nov. 24, 2011 -- Rick Perry and Rick Santorum go pheasant hunting and give interviews before heading out. Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain speak to the National Rifle Association convention. Michele Bachmann tells People magazine she wants to teach her daughters how to shoot because women need to be able to protect themselves. Mitt Romney, after backing some gun control measures in Massachusetts, now presents himself as a strong Second Amendment supporter.
Gun control: Have firearm, can travel The Economist, Nov. 26, 2011 -- ONE question that worries many visitors to defensivecarry.com, a website devoted to the delights and pitfalls of life with a hidden gun, is whether their “concealed-carry” permits will be valid outside the state in which they are issued. Can they take their guns on holiday with them? Can they pack them in their checked bags for a flight? What if their plane is diverted to a spot like New York, which makes it exceedingly difficult to carry a gun? And if they cannot bring their guns with them, how will they defend themselves and their loved ones when threatened?
Administration Backtracks On Recreational Shooting In Parks Fox News, Nov. 23, 2011 -- The Obama administration said Wednesday it will not impose new restrictions on recreational shooting on public lands, a Thanksgiving gift for thousands of gun owners and hunters concerned about a draft plan to limit target shooting near residential areas.
Lesson of White House strafing: Limit guns now Chicago Sun-Times, Nov. 21, 2011 -- Protest has returned to Egypt’s Tahrir Square; the Bears won their fifth in a row; a man stands accused of strafing the White House; China warns of a long recession.
The Guns That Got Away Businessweek, Nov. 17, 2011 -- The inside story of how U.S. agents paid firearm dealer Mike Detty to send weapons into Mexico—and why it all went wrong
Shooters Heard: Interior Will Not Ban Target Practice US News, Nov. 17, 2011 -- Under fire from gun owners concerned about draft guidelines that could limit areas for target practice on western public lands, the Interior Department today said it would make sure shooters still have access to lands long available for firearms recreation.
House Approves Concealed Firearm Permit Bill Fox News, Nov. 16, 2011 -- WASHINGTON – A state permit to carry a concealed firearm would be valid in almost every state in the country under legislation the House passed Wednesday.
What's Wrong With Making It Easier To Carry A Gun Across State Lines? Fox News, Nov. 15, 2011 -- Congress is expected to vote Tuesday on whether concealed carry gun licenses should be treated the same way we treat driver's licenses for cars. With 245 co-sponsors in the House, the only question is whether there are the 290 votes necessary to override President Obama's veto.
New Shooting Range Combines Guns, Girls and Glamour 8 News Now, Nov. 11, 2011 --
LAS VEGAS - Machine Guns Vegas is a far cry from your standard shooting range."This is something that's brand new to Las Vegas," said Machine Guns Vegas Director of Sales and Marketing Lianne Heck. "It's got a very high-end lounge feeling and nothing like a normal gun range."
Government's Fast and Furious operation sparks gun control discussion Deseret News, Nov. 10, 2011 -- The Obama administration’s Fast and Furious operation was fundamentally different than the Bush-era Operation Wide Receiver, but it should be an impetus for increased gun control, administration officials said in recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearings.
Democratic Lawmakers Urge Obama to Veto Gun Measure The New York Times, Nov. 10, 2011 -- Two lawmakers are calling on President Obama to issue a veto threat against gun legislation working its way through Congress that would make it easier for people to carry concealed handguns across state lines, signifying growing concern among Democrats that the measure may reach the president’s desk.
Holder decries 'gotcha games' in Fast and Furious testimony Los Angeles Times, Nov. 8, 2011 -- Atty. Gen. Eric Holder on Tuesday called a botched gun-tracking scheme hatched by officials with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on the Southwest border “flawed in its concept, and flawed in its execution” in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Holder regrets misleading Fast and Furious letter TwinCities.com, Nov. 8, 2011 -- WASHINGTON - Attorney General Eric Holder expressed regret today that the Justice Department sent Congress a misleading letter early this year rejecting allegations of serious problems in the arms trafficking investigation called Operation Fast and Furious.
License sales down in Wisconsin for gun deer season
Area DNR official expects overall deer herd numbers to exceed 1 million Hearld Times Reporter, Nov. 5, 2011 --
GREEN BAY — License sales for Wisconsin's gun deer season are running behind last year's pace, but the state Department of Natural Resources still predicts a strong turnout when the nine-day season opens Nov. 19.
Eric Holder has a gun problem The Hill, Nov. 5, 2011 -- As the chief law enforcement officer Attorney General Eric Holder came out swinging in the first months of the Obama administration as he pushed to reinstate the assault weapons ban, pointing to the rising levels of violence in Mexico and increased presence of U.S. guns south of the border.
Sheriff: Time For Citizens To Arm Themselves WYFF4.com, Oct. 31, 2011 -- SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. -- The Spartanburg County Sheriff is known for speaking his mind, and at a news conference on Monday, he didn't hold back his anger and frustration after a woman was attacked in a park over the weekend.
Most of guns stolen from LAPD may have hit black market Los Angeles Times, Oct. 29, 2011 -- Just three of about 30 weapons taken from a SWAT building have been found. Police had altered the guns to fire only plastic pellets, but it's possible to convert them back to lethal use.
Scott Walker Developing Plan To Allow Guns In Wisconsin State Capitol The Huffington Post, Oct. 27, 2011 -- The administration of Republican Gov. Scott Walker is developing a plan to allow guns in most parts of the Wisconsin State Capitol, reports the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Under the plan, the state Supreme Court hearing room would not allow guns.
8 City Officers Charged in Gun Smuggling Case The New York Times, Oct. 26, 2011 -- Eight current and former New York police officers were arrested on Tuesday and charged in federal court with accepting thousands of dollars in cash to drive a caravan of firearms into the state, an act of corruption that brazenly defied the city’s strenuous efforts to get illegal guns off the streets.
ATF boss unfazed by gun probe
Courier-News, Oct. 26, 2011 — The new acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is pledging to continue a crackdown on firearms trafficking from the United States to Mexico — despite embarrassing revelations about an ATF gun probe on the Southwest border.
CCRKBA to Bloomberg: 'Explain This One' After NYPD Cops Busted for Gun Smuggling The Sacramento Bee, Oct. 25, 2011 -- Bellevue, Wash./PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While Michael Bloomberg has been running around blaming gun laws in other states for his city's crime problems, eight New York City police officers were allegedly involved in a gun smuggling operation "right under his nose," the Citizens Committee for the Right O Keep and Bear Arms said today.
Poll: Don't take away guns Politico, Oct. 26, 2011 -- Support for gun control is at its lowest level in more than 50 years, according to a recent Gallup Poll.
Milwaukee shooting case puts focus on gun rights
Court will rule if it was murder of justified
Journal-SentinalOnline, Oct. 22, 2011 -- Wisconsin residents planning to carry concealed weapons after a new state law takes effect next month may want to follow a trial set to start Monday in Milwaukee.
Senators: V.A. has denied gun rights to more than 100,000 veterans The Daily Caller, Oct. 18, 2011 -- They pledged to support and defend the Constitution, but the office of North Carolina Senator Richard Burr says more than 100,000 U.S. military veterans may be being improperly denied one of the most fundamental rights they swore to protect.
Badger Guns to surrender license, police say Journal Sentinel Online, Oct. 18, 2011 -- A West Milwaukee gun shop that sold firearms used to wound Milwaukee police officers and has been a top seller of crime guns is surrendering its license.
'Fast & Furious': How a botched operation spawned fatal results The Washington Times, Oct. 17, 2011 -- The central characters in the failed “Fast and Furious” firearms investigation were 19 men and one woman, all legal residents of the U.S., accused of laying down hundreds of thousands of dollars in illicit cash at Phoenix-area gun shops to buy an arsenal of high-powered weapons for Mexican drug smugglers.
AP Exclusive: Second Bush-Era Gun-Smuggling Probe NPR, Oct. 14, 2011 -- WASHINGTON (AP) — A second Bush administration gun-trafficking investigation has surfaced using the same controversial tactic for which congressional Republicans have been criticizing the Obama administration.
Obama Talked About "Fast & Furious" Months Before Holder Claimed He Knew Real Clear Politics, Oct. 13, 2011 -- CNN's John King plays Holder's testimony to Congress on MAY 3, 2011, where he said he had only just recently heard about the Fast & Furious gunrunning program. "I'm not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks," Attorney General Eric Holder said.
"Gunwalking" subpoena for AG Holder imminent CBS News, Oct. 11, 2011 -- (CBS News) CBS News has learned a congressional subpoena directed to Attorney General Eric Holder could go out as early as Tuesday, ordering him to turn over documents to lawmakers about when he was aware of a controversial gun smuggling operation known as Fast and Furious.
Oregon provides ammo to gun lobby Arizona Daily Wildcat, Oct. 10, 2011 -- Gun enthusiasts, rejoice: Oregon has overturned a firearms ban and undermined the safety of its universities.
Gov. Brown caps a month of bill signings, vetoes Los Angeles Times, Oct. 10, 2011 --
Reporting from Sacramento— Gov. Jerry Brown announced early Monday that he had outlawed the open carrying of handguns in public in California, a controversial practice that top law enforcement officials had denounced as dangerous.
Smuggled U.S. ammo feeds drug wars USA Today, Oct. 8, 2011 -- PHOENIX -- Every year, thousands of guns are smuggled into Mexico from the United States, fueling the brutal drug-cartel wars and stirring outrage on both sides of the border.
Holder Challenges 'Fast And Furious' Allegations In Scathing Letter To Congress Fox News, Oct. 7, 2011 -- Attorney General Eric Holder, under new pressure from Republicans over when he learned of "Operation Fast and Furious," has mounted his most forceful defense to date, accusing critics of using "irresponsible and inflammatory rhetoric" and insisting his statements have been "truthful and accurate."
Arizona sheriffs blast gun-smuggling operation Yahoo! News, Oct. 7, 2011 -- PHOENIX (AP) — Ten Arizona sheriffs slammed the Obama administration on Friday over a botched federal operation that that lost track of up to 1,400 high-powered rifles sold to suspected straw purchasers for Mexican drug gangs.
Obama: 'Complete confidence' in Holder Politico, Oct. 6, 2011 -- President Barack Obama said Thursday he had “complete confidence” in Attorney General Eric Holder over his handling of the Fast and Furious gunrunning investigation.
'Calm down' about Fast and Furious gun sting, ATF acting director says The Washington Post, Oct. 5, 2011 -- The new acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced a major shake-up of his agency Wednesday and urged Washington insiders to “calm down” about the latest revelations surrounding a controversial ATF gun operation.
Darrell Issa to Eric Holder: Admit you knew Politico, Oct. 5, 2011 -- Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is turning up the heat on Eric Holder, demanding the attorney general “come forward and at least admit” he knew about Operation Fast and Furious long before he told Congress he learned about the gun program.
ATF officials demoted in latest Fast and Furious fallout Los Angeles Times, Oct. 5, 2011 -- Two top supervisors at ATF headquarters in Washington -- the deputy director and the assistant director for all field operations -- have been reassigned as the beleaguered agency attempts to remake itself amid the fallout from a failed gun-tracking operation along the Southwest border called Fast and Furious, according to two sources briefed on the changes.
Supreme Court won't review gun rights outside of home Fox4KC.com, Oct. 3, 2011 -- WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court refused Monday to consider whether an individual's right to own guns includes carrying a firearm outside the home, staying out of one of the nation's most divisive social, political and legal issues.
Bombshell: DOJ Considering Elimination of ATF Townhall, Sept. 30, 2011 -- Multiple sources, including sources from ATF, DOJ and Congressional offices have said there is a white paper circulating within the Department of Justice, outlining the essential elimination of ATF
White House sends Hill Fast & Furious docs, but withholds some Politico, Sept. 30, 2011 -- The White House sent another installment of documents to Congress on Friday detailing White House staffers' knowledge about the controversial "Operation Fast & Furious" gunrunning probe run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.
'Chicks with Guns': 15 million US women pack heat Today, Sept. 29, 2011 -- Pop quiz: Name one accessory that grandmothers, moms, girls, wealthy socialites, middle-class females and low-income women might be likely to own — and cherish — all across America.
Ruling allows guns on campus
The Oregon Court of Appeals strikes down a state administrative rule that bans firearms on OUS property The Register-Guard, Sept. 29, 2011 -- People licensed to carry concealed weapons can’t be barred from bringing guns onto university campuses, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday.
New Fla. gun law has local officials scrambling The Miami Herald, Sept. 29, 2011 -- TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Local officials across Florida are scrambling to repeal gun control ordinances, including bans on firearms in parks, buildings and other public places, before a new state law takes effect.
Lawmakers Claim Justice Inspector Obstructed Probe Into 'Fast And Furious' Fox News, Sept. 21, 2011 -- The inspector general of the Department of Justice undermined and obstructed a congressional investigation by releasing secret tape recordings that corroborate allegations of misconduct in "Operation Fast and Furious," according to a letter written by Rep. Darrell Issa and Sen. Charles Grassley.
House takes aim at concealed-carry laws The Washington Post, Sept. 21, 2011 -- FORTY-EIGHT STATES — 49 in November, when Wisconsin joins the pack — allow their residents to carry concealed weapons. Illinois remains the only holdout.
Open-carry gun control bill in Gov. Brown's hands Los Angeles Times, Sept. 17, 2011 -- A measure to bar Californians from openly carrying weapons is supported by Sheriff Baca and LAPD Chief Beck, but opposed by 2nd Amendment activists who pack heat in coffee shops and restaurants.
S.F. gun laws under fire San Francisco Gate, Sept. 16, 2011 -- San Francisco is a target of the gun-rights lobby, which, armed with a pair of U.S. Supreme Court rulings, hopes to eliminate gun-control laws passed by cities, counties and states.
Gun store owner had misgivings about ATF sting Los Angeles Times, Sept. 11, 2011 -- When federal agents with Operation Fast and Furious told Andre Howard to sell weapons to illegal purchasers, he complied, but he feared someone would get hurt. Then a border agent was shot.
Florida forces cities to pull local gun laws Times Union, Sept. 11, 2011 -- MIAMI -- The signs -- "No Guns Allowed" -- are being stripped from many Florida parks, government buildings, libraries and airports. And local ordinances that bar people from shooting weapons in their yards, firing up into the air or taking a gun into an airport are coming off the books.
Senate makes openly carrying gun a crime Los Angeles Times, Sept. 8, 2011 -- The state Senate acted Thursday to prohibit California handgun owners from openly carrying their weapons in public, siding with law enforcement officials who say it wastes their time responding to false alarms of armed suspects and creates a risk of confrontation.
Holder Denies Prior Knowledge Of 'Fast And Furious' Fox News, Sept. 7, 2011 -- The head of the U.S. Justice Department launched his strongest personal defense yet in the growing furor over Operation Fast and Furious, the controversial sting targeting Mexican drug cartels and American gunrunners.
Temple student exchanges fire with robbers; two injured The Philadelphia Enquirer, Sept. 6, 2011 -- A Temple University student who was approached by robbers outside his off-campus apartment drew his own weapon and exchanged gunfire with the thieves early Monday, police said.
New ATF chief B. Todd Jones joins an agency shaken by guns scandal The Washington Post, Sept 1, 2011 -- He is a former Marine who has twice served as the U.S. attorney in Minnesota, the first African American to hold that post. He’s a movie buff who likes to show clips from films during meetings to explain a point. He’s the father of five, a University of Minnesota law school graduate and a former military judge advocate.
Two Fall in Gun Scandal The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 31, 2011 -- Two senior officials who helped oversee a troubled federal operation targeting gun trafficking were ousted Tuesday. Kenneth Melson, acting head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, was reassigned to a new post in the Justice Department's Office of Legal Policy, the department said Tuesday. Arizona U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke resigned.
Dennnis Burke's exit as U.S. attorney clouds his future Politico, Aug. 30, 2011 -- Dennis Burke, one of Arizona’s most prominent and well-connected Democratic political figures, abruptly resigned as the state’s top federal prosecutor Tuesday, stirring doubts about earlier expectations that he might mount a bid for governor, attorney general or U.S. senator.
Amid controversy, ATF gets a new acting director The Daily Caller, Aug. 30, 2011 -- WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department replaced three officials Tuesday who played critical roles in a flawed law enforcement operation aimed at major gun-trafficking networks on the Southwest border.
Cheney tells inside story of how he bucked administration on 2nd Amendment The Daily Caller, Aug. 26, 2011 -- Former Vice President Dick Cheney's autobiographical book offers new information about a rare instance of Cheney breaking with his own administration's official policy on a Second Amendment appeals court ruling, angering a top aide to then-President George W. Bush.
S.A. gun store sues ATF My San Antonia, Aug. 25, 2011 -- A San Antonio gun shop is suing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, arguing the agency exceeded its authority by ordering licensed dealers to report some rifle sales.
Iowa in middle of lead-shot skirmish USA Today, Aug. 24, 2011 -- DES MOINES – A decision by a panel of Iowa lawmakers last week allowing lead ammunition for dove-hunting is the latest salvo in a national battle over whether hunters should be permitted to use traditional lead shot and bullets.
Gun Makers Set Sights on Female Buyers NPR (All Things Considered), Aug. 18, 2011 --
For years, gun stores were predominantly patronized by men. But these days, shooting ranges and shops selling firearms are seeing more female customers than ever before, and that has them changing the way they do business.
Promotions of 'Fast and Furious' officials draw Texan's wrath The Washington Times, Aug. 16, 2011 -- A senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday described as “inconceivable” a Justice Department decision to promote key Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) personnel who oversaw the controversial “Fast and Furious” weapons investigation that allowed hundreds of guns to be walked into Mexico.
Guns permitted, crimes drop Don Surber, Aug. 16, 2011 -- So Virginia, how is that law that allows people with concealed weapons permits to carry their firearms into bars and restaurants working out for you?
Gun Owner Retires Carjacker You Tube, Aug. 10, 2011 -- Carjacking in Detroit ends in death of suspect. An armed thug was fatally shot while carjacking a Detroit man, who has a concealed weapons license.
Gun crimes drop at Virginia bars and restaurants Richmond Times-Distpatch, Aug. 14, 2011 -- Virginia's bars and restaurants did not turn into shooting galleries as some had feared during the first year of a new state law that allows patrons with permits to carry concealed guns into alcohol-serving businesses, a Richmond Times-Dispatch analysis found.
Pro-Gun Group's Call to Sell Seized Weapons Advances to States San Francisco Chronicle, Aug. 11, 2011 --
In the coming months, state legislators are likely to find a bill crossing their desks that requires law enforcement agencies to auction guns confiscated in crimes rather than destroy them, as many do now.
Police urge holster use after man shoots his own penis USA Today, Aug. 8, 2011 -- CHANDLER, Ariz. — As Joshua Seto, 27, and his fiance, Cara Christopher, walked to a local grocery store last week for refreshments, he tried securing her pink handgun in the front waistband of his pants.
Gun show buys lead to arrests Dayton (Ohio) Daily News, Aug. 9, 2011 -- DAYTON — Two years after a local gun show was a target of a New York City investigation highlighting a loophole in federal firearms laws, local authorities arrested four men Saturday on a variety of weapons violations.
ATF operation focused on man who bought more than 700 guns USA Today, August 9, 2011 -- When Uriel Patino walked into a Glendale, Ariz., gun store last August and placed an order for 20 handguns, federal gun agents already knew the 25-year-old man as the most prolific figure in a trafficking ring that was supplying hundreds of guns to Mexico's brutal Sinoloa drug cartel, according to federal court documents and congressional investigators.
TSA called in after passenger at DIA checks loaded gun in with luggage The Denver Post, Aug. 8, 2011 -- A man flew from Denver to Kansas City on Sunday, but his pistol stayed behind. Early Sunday morning, a man flying on Frontier Airlines checked his bag at the counter without telling airline agents he had packed a loaded gun. Transportation Security Administration agents doing a routine screen on checked baggage found the gun and called Denver police at about 6:45 a.m.
Local lawmen give support to conceal carry The Beacon News (a Chicago Sun-Times Publication), Aug. 6, 2011 -- The Illinois Legislature may still be divided on allowing residents to carry concealed weapons, but Fox Valley police chiefs and sheriffs are much less split. Of 10 local law enforcement leaders contacted by The Beacon-News, none said they opposed concealed carry.
Albuquerque gun store owner challenging ATF rule San Jose Mercury News, Aug. 6, 2011 -- ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—An Albuquerque gun store has sued over a federal requirement that weapons dealers in four border states must report multiple sales of semi-automatic rifles.
Gun shops target new ATF requirement The Prescott Daily Courier, Aug. 5, 2011 -- A local gun store is part of a lawsuit against the federal government challenging a new reporting requirement for gun dealers in the Southwest.