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Texas Republican Congressman Steve Stockman To Organize Opposition To New Cornyn / Graham Gun Bill - January 9, 2014

Texas Republican Congressman Steve Stockman announced Wednesday, January 8, 2014 that he is organizing opposition to an anti-gun control bill which is expected to be soon filed by U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Lindsay Graham.

The "Graham-Cornyn Mental Health and Criminal Justice Reform Act" would have the same effect of President Obama's Executive Order we wrote about yesterday, which expands the NICS to include Americans who have either been treated or visited a mental health professional. In its current form, we understand it does not distinguish if the veteran or civilian was deemed a danger to them self or to the public, just would be denied their Second Amendment right for visiting a mental health professional.

Missouri Rep Will Introduce Bill Calling For Stricter Background Checks - January 8, 2014

Representative Stacey Newman (D-St. Louis County) is active in several groups that propose tougher gun control laws. Her bill to extend the background check requirements was not given a legislative hearing in the 2013 session. Newman says she will file that bill early in the new session and is hoping for better results.

Florida 'Warning Shot' Bill Moves Forward - January 8, 2014

A Florida bill that allows citizens to show a firearm and even let off a warning shot without the risk of a long-term prison sentence will move forward on Wednesday.

The bill would allow protections similar to ones already granted under the state's "stand your ground" law for citizens who employ force as a way to warn their aggressors.

Kentucky Lawmakers Gun Fires In Capitol Office - January 8, 2014

Obviously this lawmaker needs to re-visit the basic of handgun safety because he answer of 'It happens' is completely out of line.

Rep. Leslie Combs accidentally fired her handgun while unloading it in her office in the Capitol Annex on Tuesday.

"I'm a gun owner. It happens," she said Wednesday, adding that she was following safety precautions as she unloaded her Ruger 380 semi-automatic handgun. No one was injured.

Combs said she has a concealed carry permit, allowing her to carry the gun, which she said she often carries in her purse.

Austin Gun Show Closes Doors After Demand For Background Checks - January 7, 2014

Travis County won't be hosting a gun show in its Exposition Center after this month, after county commissioners did not renew a lease for the controversial event.

Saxet Gun Shows has been hosting the nearly-monthly show at the Expo Center since 2010 and had been negotiating a new contract for eight shows from March to January 2015, but got nowhere as county officials wanted the company to require background checks for all firearm sales. The company refused to require background checks for all transactions, and neither side has budged in the weeks of discussions, officials said.

Utah Lawmaker Seeks To Clarify Open Carry, Make Open Carrying Rifles Disorderly Conduct - January 4, 2014

A state lawmaker says a man who carried a rifle into a J.C. Penney in Riverdale a year ago could have been charged with disorderly conduct under a bill he plans to introduce.

The proposal by Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clinton, would define when someone could be charged with disorderly conduct if they're openly carrying a gun in the state.

Executive Order Changes To Mental Health Reporting Text Released - January 4, 2014

The White House release the full text of the two new proposals for changes in reporting to the NICS system by states. The full text can be read at the link below.

AMGOA Founder & Other Groups Comment On New Executive Orders - January 4, 2014

In a NewsMax story published January 3rd, AMGOA founder Dave Dalton as well as Jeff Knox, director of the Firearms Coalition and Richard Feldman, president of the Independent Firearm Owners Association were interview about the potential issues with the new executive orders outlined by the White House.

New Quinnipiac University Study On Assault Weapon Bans And Concealed Carry Restrictions - January 3, 2014

A new Quinnipiac University study concludes Assault weapons bans do nothing to reduce murder rates and restrictions on concealed carry might very well increase murder rates

From the study:

"The purpose of the present study is to determine the effects of state-level assault weapons bans and concealed weapons laws on state-level murder rates. Using data for the period 1980 to 2009 and controlling for state and year fixed effects, the results of the present study suggest that states with restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons had higher gun-related murder rates than other states. It was also found that assault weapons bans did not significantly affect murder rates at the state level. These results suggest that restrictive concealed weapons laws may cause an increase in gun-related murders at the state level. The results of this study are consistent with some prior research in this area, most notably Lott and Mustard (1997)."

Current Waiting Times For ATF Forms - January 3, 2014

NSSF (the National Sport Shooting Foundation) has compiled a list of current wait times for all ATF forms and published it. Very useful information.

Detroit Police Chief Admits Armed Citizens Can Deter Crime - January 3, 2014

If more citizens were armed, criminals would think twice about attacking them, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Thursday.

"When we look at the good community members who have concealed weapons permits, the likelihood they'll shoot is based on a lack of confidence in this Police Department," Craig said at a press conference at police headquarters, adding that he thinks more Detroit citizens feel safer, thanks in part to a 7 percent drop in violent crime in 2013.

Magpul Announces Move Out Of Colorado to Texas & Wyoming - January 2, 2014

Magpul Industries made a formal announcement on their website today that they are moving all of their operations out of Colorado and into Texas and Wyoming.

The moves comes after the signing of several anti-gun measures from the governor.

Remington Announces New R-51 Pistol - January 2, 2014

The R-51 uses the Pederson action but that's where we depart from the original. As you can see from the photos the entire pistol has been streamlined and dehorned. There's not one sharp edge anywhere on this pistol. The magazine release is ambidextrous. There is the usual internal drop safety. The primary safety is the grip safety. As you draw the pistol you can feel as well as hear the grip safety click and disengage. Once the grip safety is depressed you're ready to fire. The R-51 has an internal hammer you would term this a single action.

Federal Judge Upholds NY SAFE act, 7-10 Round Restriction Unconstitutional - December 31, 2013

A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that New York's expanded ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines was constitutional, but struck down a provision forbidding gun owners from loading their firearms with more than seven rounds.

The judge, William M. Skretny of Federal District Court in Buffalo, called the seven-round limit "an arbitrary restriction" that violated the Second Amendment.

But Judge Skretny said the greater restrictions on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines were constitutional because they served to "further the state's important interest in public safety."

Connecticut Lawmakers Want Gun Registration Extension - December 30, 2013

Several Republican state lawmakers say Connecticut should extend the looming deadline for when people have to register certain weapons and ammunition magazines under a new law.

Rep. Rob Sampson of Wolcott said lawful gun owners are trying to follow the law, enacted in response to last year's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. But he said certain parts of the law are "vague and extremely subjective."

2013 Police Deaths By Firearm Lowest Since 1887 - December 30, 2013

The number of law-enforcement officers killed by firearms in 2013 fell to levels not seen since the days of the Wild West, according to a report released Monday.

The annual report from the nonprofit National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund also found that deaths in the line of duty generally fell by 8 percent and were the fewest since 1959.

According to the report, 111 federal, state, local, tribal and territorial officers were killed in the line of duty nationwide this past year, compared to 121 in 2012.

Some Ohio Schools Change Gun Policies To Protect Students - December 30, 2013

Dozens of school districts across Ohio made some allowance for handguns on campus in the year following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, a recent Buckeye Firearms Foundation (BFF) survey found.

"There are at least 20 different school districts in Ohio that have authorized individuals such as teachers, administrators and parents to carry firearms in schools," BFF President Jim Irvine wrote on December 11.

"The list includes rural, urban and suburban schools. It includes public, private and parochial schools. It covers small, medium and large schools and all grade levels," Irvine explained. "In short, it is a cross section of Ohio, and the United States of America."

Ohio Sheriff Denying Permit Renewals On Own Interpretation Of The Law - December 29, 2013

Some citizens of Athens County who currently hold concealed-carry weapon (CCW) permits may get an unpleasant surprise the next time they try to renew them.

Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly recently announced that his office, which handles CCW permit applications for the county, has begun applying an interpretation of state law that may disqualify some current permit-holders from renewing. The Ohio Attorney General's office, however, has suggested the sheriff may be misreading the law.

On Dec. 19, the sheriff posted a message on his Facebook page, indicating that his office is changing the way the CCW law has been applied in the county in the past.

"Today, Chris McCauley, my concealed-carry administrator, brought to my attention (the fact that) people that were issued a concealed carry permit by the previous administration received their permits in conflict with the law," the post stated. "Upon renewing, you may be told I cannot renew your license."

New New York Laws Result In 1,146 Felony Charges - December 29, 2013

Nearly a year after passage of the state's new gun law, dealer sales of popular AR-15 semi-automatic rifles have ended in New York and arrest data show more than 1,000 gun possession charges in New York City were boosted from misdemeanors to felonies because of the changes.

Meanwhile, 59 people have been charged statewide with misdemeanors for possessing large-capacity magazines or having more than seven bullets loaded in a magazine, both outlawed by the law passed last January in the aftermath of the school massacre in Newtown, Conn.

All Eyes On Buffalo Challenge To NY SAFE Act - December 28, 2013

Pink Pistols, a gay gun rights group with the slogan 'Pick On Someone Your Own Caliber,' is knee deep in the legal fight.

So is Moms Demand Action, a group of pro-gun-control mothers formed after the Sandy Hook shootings in Connecticut.

They are just two of the more than 12 groups who are weighing in on the federal court challenge to New York's new gun control law.

The lawsuit has turned Buffalo, where the case was filed, into a battleground for virtually every major gun control and gun rights organization in the country.

One of the other reasons for the heightened interest – amicus briefs are more common in appeals courts – might be the expectation that, win or lose, the Buffalo suit could end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Legal scholars have suggested the local case could be one in which the court finally decides whether the Second Amendment allows government to regulate ammunition clips and assault weapons.

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