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Is McAuliffe aiming for N.Y. with his gun control salvo?

Tue, 23 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Looks like it's time for someone to gently remind Terry McAuliffe that he's the governor of Virginia. Not the mayor of New York City.

Anti-Gun PSA Encourages Kids To Steal Parents’ Guns And Turn Them In To Teachers

Tue, 23 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A provocative public service announcement released by a San Francisco-based production company encourages children to put themselves at risk and commit a slew of crimes by stealing their parents’ guns from home and turning them in at school.

New Mexico: Lawmaker Pre-Files HB 44, Restricting Private Firearm Transfers

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:00:00 GMT

Although the New Mexico Legislature will not convene its 2015 Regular Session until January 20, one lawmaker has already pre-filed a familiar, ill-conceived gun control measure. On Friday, anti-gun state Representative Miguel Garcia (D-Albuquerque) re-introduced House Bill 44, legislation criminalizing non-dealer firearm transfers at gun shows and taking the first step toward a universal ban on private gun sales.

Clerk thwarts robbery and carjacking, The Daytona Beach News-Journal, Daytona Beach, Fla. 12/20/14

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A criminal, armed with what looked like a real gun, entered the Neighborhood Meat Market in Daytona Beach, Fla. and tried to rob the store. The clerk on duty responded by retrieving a gun and firing at the criminal, prompting the robber to flee. However, while fleeing, the robber encountered the wife of the store’s owner. The thief attempted a carjacking, but was forced to flee again when the vigilant clerk fired at him a second time.

Nevada: BLM Releases Plan for Managing 4.8 Million Acres of Public Land

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released a Resource Management Plan that will chart the future management of 4.8 million acres of public land outside of Carson City.  The deadline for the public to submit comments is March 27, 2015.   Although the deadline is several months away, the BLM is hosting a series of public meetings in January as listed below. 

Arizona: Volunteers Needed for Clean Up of Popular Shooting Area on the Tonto National Forest

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The U.S. Forest Service, Arizona Game and Fish and Tread Lightly! is hosting a cleanup event Saturday, January 17, 2015 along the Hewitt Station Road, east of the City of Apache Junction.  The cleanup area is popular for target shooting and other recreation.  Excessive trash and illegal dumping have prompted the need for the cleanup.

Virginia: McAuliffe's misinformed trigger warning

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Gov. Terry McAuliffe calls the gun-control proposals he unveiled Monday “common-sense” measures. Brian Moran, his secretary of public safety, also calls them that. You can bet that supporters of the measures — a one-gun-a-month limit, background checks at gun shows, a prohibition on gun ownership by persons subject to protective orders, revocation of concealed-carry permits for parents who fall behind on child support — will call them common-sense, too.

Retired officers forced to sue D.C. for right to carry guns after receiving threats

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

It’s been six years since Robert L. Smith retired from his job as a corrections officer at the D.C. Jail, but he says he still receives threats from former inmates he supervised.He keeps a legally registered handgun inside his Southwest D.C. home, but he would like to be able to carry it to protect himself. As a former jail employee, he said, he should qualify for a permit under federal statutes that allow retired law enforcement officers to carry guns without obtaining state licenses.

Pennsylvania: Local governments rethinking their gun-control ordinances

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Even as a courtroom battle brews over whether local governments can pass their own gun-control ordinances, Western Pennsylvania officials are striking the measures from their books.

Connecticut: Knife-Carrying Vet Protected by Second Amendment

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

In a victory for Second Amendment advocates, the Connecticut Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of a former Army medic who served 15 months in prison for transporting a dagger-style knife and police baton in his vehicle during a move to another state.

Grassroots Alert: Vol. 21, No. 49 12/19/2014

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:34:00 GMT

Michigan: Update 2013-2014 Legislative Session Adjourns

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:11:00 GMT

Early this morning, Senate Bills 789 and 790 passed in the Michigan House of Representatives and received a prompt concurrence vote in the state Senate. In the state House, SB 789 passed by an 84 to 26 vote and SB 790 passed by an 85 to 25 vote

Ohio: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Reform Legislation Signed into Law Today

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:35:00 GMT

Today at a public signing ceremony, Governor John Kasich (R) signed into law House Bill 234, comprehensive pro-gun reform legislation.  HB 234 will take effect in ninety days. 

Pro-Gun Protections Enacted Into Law

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Last week, Congress approved the Fiscal Year 2015 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act.  Included in the Act were a number of pro-gun provisions that prevent the Obama administration from implementing its anti-gun agenda.

U.S. Appeals Court rules on firearms prohibitions

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

In the first legal ruling of its type, a federal appeals court in Cincinnati on Thursday deemed unconstitutional a federal law that kept a Michigan man who was briefly committed to a mental institution decades ago from owning a gun.

Second Amendment and people who had been committed to a mental institution 28 years ago

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Under federal law, people who have been involuntarily “committed to a mental institution” — however long ago — are barred from possessing guns. Congress agreed that people with long-past mental problems might now be sane, and thus not especially dangerous, and provided for a means to apply for restoration of gun rights. But then in 1992 Congress ordered ATF not to spend any money applying the restoration program. And while it provided, in 2007, that people could get their rights restored by applying to a state that has a qualifying program for evaluating applicants’ mental fitness, many states have no such program.

Gun advocates again lobby so students can carry firearms on Indiana college campuses

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Another gun battle may be looming at the Capitol, this time involving firearms on campus.Gun advocates again hope to prevent state colleges and universities from restricting students who want to bring licensed handguns on campus.

A deeper look at claim Georgia leads the nation in school shootings since Sandy Hook

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the Everytown for Gun Safety findings when they were first released last week.But a follow-up story noted concerns that PolitiFact found in previous Everytown school shooting report, centered on the group’s overly broad definition of a school shooting.

Australia: Lindt cafe hostages, like the rest of us, denied the practical right to self-defence

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Legally, Australians have a right to self-defence.What we don't have is the practical ability to exercise that right. Owning any object for the purpose of self-defence, lethal or non-lethal, is a criminal offence. Those trapped within the Lindt cafe were left helpless, as carrying items for self-defence is not allowed under State law. What's worse, the offender possibly knew it.

The Doctor is In: Lame Duck Senators Confirm Obama's Anti-gun Surgeon General

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Since February, the NRA has been cautioning gun owners of the threats to their rights posed by Dr. Vivek Murthy, Barack Obama’s anti-gun nominee for U.S. Surgeon General.  As news spread last week that a vote on Dr. Murthy’s nomination was imminent, NRA renewed its opposition in a letter to Congress detailing the young physician’s record of gun control activism and his insistence on the “public health” dimensions of the issue.

NRA Endorsed Martha McSally Wins Last U.S. House Race of 2014

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The last race for a congressional seat was finally determined, and NRA endorsed former Air Force Col. Martha McSally (R) has defeated Rep. Ron Barber (D) in the 2nd district of Arizona.

Empty Cartridge Casing Lands Grade-Schooler Five-Day Suspension

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

For many youngsters, an empty cartridge casing can serve as a souvenir from an exciting day spent at the range or hunting with their elders. For one student at Chanute Elementary Schoolin Chanute, Kans., however, an empty cartridge case will likely be a reminder of the day overwrought school administrators threatened to turn his academic career upside down.

Bloomberg Operatives (Again) Mislead Public on "School Shootings"

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

It tells you a lot about gun control that those who promote it think that they can’t do so honestly and forthrightly.

2014 Year in Review

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

2014 was a highly successful year for NRA in our fight to protect our Second Amendment rights. Although we didn’t win every battle, our opponents were unable to hold back a wave of pro-gun victories.  Our members and supporters heeded the call to “Stand and Fight” with NRA, helping to elect pro-gun majorities at both the state and federal levels.

Federal Appellate Court Finds Application of Gun Control Act Violates Second Amendment

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

In a groundbreaking opinion examining the Gun Control Act’s categorical prohibition on firearm possession for persons who have been “committed to a mental institution,” the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit determined the Second Amendment prohibited application of the ban to an individual who had been committed 28 years earlier and had no viable option for seeking restoration of his rights.

Safari Club International’s 2015 Annual Wildlife Law Course for Lawyers is Now Open for Registration

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Calling All Lawyers!  Registration for Safari Club International’s 2015 Wildlife Law Continuing Legal Education Course is open.  The course will be held at the SCI Annual Hunters’ Convention at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday, February 6, 2015, from 1:00 to 5:15 p.m.  As in past years, the Nevada State Bar is co-sponsoring the CLE course and has approved it for 4.0 hours of Continuing Legal Education credit, including 3.0 hours of general credit and 1.0 hour of ethics credit.  SCI staff will assist you in obtaining MCLE credit from all other state bars.

Autistic Child Can Now Hunt Because of Suppressor

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

My name is xxxxxx, I am a Florida licence holder xxxxxx, a full time Florida resident, and an avid hunter and fisherman. Other then that I'm just a regular guy no one has heard of, but most importantly I am a father.

Targeting 'assault weapons' again

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The 1994 federal law banning "assault weapons" was a high point of the gun control movement and Bill Clinton's presidency. Signing the bill, he said it was the beginning of "our effort to restore safety and security to the people of this country." But something happened that he and his allies had not predicted: nothing.

Australia a 'nation of victims', deadly Sydney siege unlikely in Texas, says pro-gun senator Leyonhjelm

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Australia is a "nation of victims" with citizens unable to properly protect themselves with weapons, pro-gun crossbench senator David Leyonhjelm has said.

Australia: Gunman illegally possessed firearm

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The man who took 17 people hostage in a cafe in Sydney on Monday was carrying an illegally owned firearm, Australian police have said.

NRA-Endorsed Martha McSally Scores a Major Victory Over National Gun Control Groups

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:00:00 GMT

The National Rifle Association would like to congratulate Martha McSally on her victory in the race for Arizona’s Second Congressional District. Americans For Responsible Solutions (ARS) spent over $2 million in AZ-2, their top priority race – four times as much as they spent in any other race this cycle. This result caps off a long list of stunning defeats in the 2014 midterm elections for anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg and other gun control groups.

Virginia: Governor McAuliffe Announces Next Grab for Your Gun Rights

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:50:00 GMT

Under the guise of “public safety,” Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) announced Monday his push for a package of gun control measures during the 2015 session of the Virginia General Assembly in his latest misguided attempt to erode the rights of law-abiding citizens.

Florida Alert: Time Running Out to Get Lifetime Sportsman's License at 1/2 Price

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Time is running out to get in on the super special 1/2 price deal on the Lifetime Sportsman's License.  There are only 14 more days left and the deal ends.  In November, Governor Rick Scott issued an Executive Order authorizing the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to lower the price for a Lifetime Sportsman's License for a 5 to 21 year old to $500 rather than the normal price of $1,000 for limited time during the Holidays. This special price is for a limited time only (Nov. 24th - December 31, 2014.)

Florida Alert: Time Running Out to Get Lifetime Sportsman's License at 1/2 Price

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Time is running out to get in on the super special 1/2 price deal on the Lifetime Sportsman's License.  There are only 14 more days left and the deal ends.  In November, Governor Rick Scott issued an Executive Order authorizing the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to lower the price for a Lifetime Sportsman's License for a 5 to 21 year old to $500 rather than the normal price of $1,000 for limited time during the Holidays. This special price is for a limited time only (Nov. 24th - December 31, 2014.)

Florida Alert: Time Running Out to Get Lifetime Sportsman's License at 1/2 Price

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Time is running out to get in on the super special 1/2 price deal on the Lifetime Sportsman's License.  There are only 14 more days left and the deal ends.  In November, Governor Rick Scott issued an Executive Order authorizing the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to lower the price for a Lifetime Sportsman's License for a 5 to 21 year old to $500 rather than the normal price of $1,000 for limited time during the Holidays. This special price is for a limited time only (Nov. 24th - December 31, 2014.)

Virginia: Republicans dismiss McAuliffe gun-control proposals as political posturing

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Republican reaction to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s plan to limit who can own a gun in Virginia ranged from icy to dismissive, while gun-control activists applauded his outspokenness on the polarizing issue.

Pennsylvania: New law triggers war of words over firearms

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The battle concerns state Act 192, which became law last month. Under the act, any Pennsylvanian legally permitted to own a gun can sue a Pennsylvania municipality over a gun ordinance — even if the plaintiff doesn’t live there.

Wisconsin: Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging Metro Transit gun ban

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A Dane County judge dismissed a gun rights group’s lawsuit against the city of Madison on Monday, saying a Metro Transit policy barring guns on buses does not violate Wisconsin’s concealed carry law.

Sandy Hook families' suit against gun maker will test federal law

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The lawsuit filed Monday by victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting, seeking to hold liable the manufacturer of the Bushmaster AR-15 used in the massacre, will test the 2005 federal law designed to protect gun companies by using an exemption normally applied to car accident cases.

Second Amendment protects dirk knives and police batons

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

So holds the Connecticut Supreme Court, in the just-released State v. DeCiccio. Here’s an excerpt of the reasoning as to police batons, which also applies in large measure to dirks, and which, I would argue, should apply to stun guns and Tasers (paragraph break added).

Michigan lawmakers OK looser air gun rules

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Michigan would loosen licensing restrictions on air guns and limit local governments' ability to set their own regulations, except when BB, pellet and paintball guns are being used by those less than 16 years old, under legislation lawmakers approved Tuesday.

Proposed Closures to Recreational Shooting in Las Vegas-Pahrump Area of Nevada

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) to guide future management of 3.1 million acres of public land by the Las Vegas and Pahrump Field Offices in southern Nevada.  The RMP will affect where recreational shooting will be allowed in the planning area.

Proposed Closures to Recreational Shooting in Las Vegas-Pahrump Area of Nevada

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) to guide future management of 3.1 million acres of public land by the Las Vegas and Pahrump Field Offices in southern Nevada.  The RMP will affect where recreational shooting will be allowed in the planning area.

Proposed Closures to Recreational Shooting in Las Vegas-Pahrump Area of Nevada

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) to guide future management of 3.1 million acres of public land by the Las Vegas and Pahrump Field Offices in southern Nevada.  The RMP will affect where recreational shooting will be allowed in the planning area.

Senate confirms gun-control advocate as Surgeon General

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The Senate's 51-43 vote confirming Massachusetts physician Vivek Murthy as the next surgeon general marks the end of a protracted fight over gun control and Murthy's views on it. Murthy, who will be the first Indian-American surgeon general to serve in the U.S., waited more than a year for Senate confirmation after the National Rifle Association and other pro-gun groups threatened to throw their resources against members supporting his nomination. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid determined earlier this year that he couldn't put his red-state members in that position before the 2014 midterm elections and shuffled Murthy to the back of the nominations pile.

Why gun-control advocates lie about guns

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Angered by the news that American voters are now more supportive of the Second Amendment than they have been in two decades, the New York Daily News’s Mike Lupica used his weekend column to vent. Over the course of 900 words, Lupica lambasted the public for continuing “to protect gun nuts,” chided the “mouth-breathing” NRA for its murderous myopia, and contended emotively that “there are no words” available to describe the horror of “a recent poll that says a majority of Americans believe it is more important to protect the right to own guns than it is for the government to limit access to guns.”

Families of Newtown shooting victims sue gunmaker, seller

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The families of nine of the 26 people killed and a teacher wounded two years ago at the Sandy Hook Elementary School filed a lawsuit Monday against the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the rifle used in the shooting.

Virginia: McAuliffe announces package of gun proposals

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday announced a series of election-year gun proposals, including initiatives to reinstate the one-gun-a-month limit on handgun purchases and to close the so-called “gun show loophole.”

Australian anti-gun group urges review of 'watered down' laws

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A black market in illegal weapons in Australia and a strong right-to-arms lobby are undermining some of the toughest gun laws in the world, an anti-gun group said on Tuesday, after a deadly siege at a Sydney cafe by a man with a shotgun.

Florida Petition Challenges Vote Allowing Noise-Supressors

Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:00:00 GMT

Hunters had reason to celebrate last month when Florida lifted its ban on silencers, but Chuck O’Neal saw cause for alarm.  O’Neal, Seminole County hiking enthusiast Peri Sedigh and Central Florida paddleboarder Timothy Orrange Jr. attached their names this week to a petition challenging the unanimous vote by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission to lift a longtime ban on noise-suppressing devices for firearms.

Grassroots Alert: Vol. 21, No. 48 12/12/2014

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 19:11:00 GMT

Iowa: Voice Your Support for Second Amendment Legislation in the 2015 Session

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:00:00 GMT

The NRA has been working with state legislators to file pro-gun legislation for the upcoming session, ensuring your Second Amendment rights are protected and even restored.  In the past, pro-gun bills have failed to advance in the Iowa Senate Judiciary Committee, however, its new chairman, Senator Steve Sodders, has stated that he is open to hearing your opinion on legislative priorities for 2015.

Michigan: With Only Three Days Left in the Legislative Session, Pro-Gun Bills Need Your Help in Lansing!

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:50:00 GMT

We are now down to the final days of the 2013-2014 legislative session and multiple pro-gun bills still require action and need passage.  Senate Bills 789 and 790 are still awaiting a vote on the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives.  Even though nearly all stakeholders have agreed that SB 789 represents good public policy and raises no public safety concerns, some state government bureaucrats are opposing these bills for one reason—money.  

Poll finds that more Americans back gun rights than stronger controls

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Two years after the mass school shooting in Newtown, Conn., a majority of Americans say it is more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns than for the government to limit access to firearms, a Pew Research Center survey conducted this month found.

Wisconsin: Beloit gun search offer withdrawn

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Amidst backlash from the public, the Beloit Police Department withdrew its offer to inspect homes for illegal firearms about a week after it announced the program.

U.S. senator wants toy guns to be painted bright colors

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A U.S. senator from California suggests that Cleveland police might have known then that the airsoft pellet gun was not a deadly weapon – and would not have fired on the 12-year-old Tamir, killing him. Sen. Barbara Boxer on Wednesday asked the Consumer Product Safety Commission to consider requiring all toy guns, including B.B. and rubber pellet guns, be painted brightly or carry noticeable fluorescent strips.

Bad Medicine for Gun Owners: Confirmation Vote Looms for Obama’s Anti-gun Surgeon General Nominee

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

As we began reporting earlier this year, President Obama has nominated anti-gun activist Vivek Murthy for the post of U.S. Surgeon General.  Particularly given the president’s determination to reinvigorate taxpayer-funded gun control propaganda under the guise of public health research, confirmation of Dr. Murthy would pose a serious threat to the rights of gun owners.  Dr. Murthy’s résumé of partisan activism on behalf of gun control, in which he specifically leveraged his status as a doctor, is detailed at length in a letter NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox sent on Tuesday to Senators Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Harry Reid (D-Nev.), reasserting NRA’s opposition to his nomination.

House Committee Faults FDIC for Participation in Operation Choke Point

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

In May, we reported on a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee exposé that substantiated improper activities by the Department of Justice (DOJ) under the guise of Operation Choke Point.  While DOJ insisted that the operation was meant to protect the soundness of America’s financial system by targeting fraudulent businesses, the committee report concluded that the true goal of the operation was to “choke out” legitimate industries that regulators considered objectionable.  Among others, these included firearm and ammunition sales.

Polls Find Broad Increase in Support for the RKBA

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Support for the right to keep and bear arms has sharply increased, and support for restricting gun ownership has sharply decreased, over the last two years, according to the results of a new poll by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

Wisconsin Police Chief Badgers Residents to Forego Second and Fourth Amendment Rights

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Perhaps inspired by the recent introduction of surprise home inspections of gun licensees in the UK, Beloit, Wisc., Police Chief Norm Jacobs issued a press release on December 1, urging city residents to volunteer for warrantless police searches of their homes for firearms.

Washington State Gun Control Activists Vow More Legislation

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

In Washington State, gun control activists are already vowing that the recently-passed anti-gun Initiative 594 is just their first step toward dismantling gun rights.  In fact, they are promising to dump more anti-gun bills at the legislative session next month.

Ohio: Major Pro-Gun Reform Legislation Passes and Sent to Governor

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 12:00:00 GMT

Yesterday, the Ohio House of Representatives voted to concur on House Bill 234 by a 72 to 21 vote after it passed in the state Senate by a 24 to 6 vote on Tuesday.  HB 234 has been sent to Governor John Kasich (R) for his consideration.  

Veteran's .45 frightens off thieves, The Gaston Gazette, Gaston County, N.C. 12/05/14

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Sixty-eight-year-old disabled veteran Joseph Sapienza was at home in Gastonia, N.C. when he heard a suspicious noise at his front door. Sapienza retrieved a .45-caliber pistol, placed it in a holster attached to a walker he uses to get around, and opened the door. There were two masked men on his porch attempting to get inside. Recalling what happened next, Sapienza told a reporter, “When they saw the .45, one ran one way up the street, and the other went the other way.” Sapienza believes he may have been targeted by the criminals because of his disability. 

Growing public support for gun rights

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

For the first time in more than two decades of Pew Research Center surveys, there is more support for gun rights than gun control. Currently, 52% say it is more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns, while 46% say it is more important to control gun ownership.

Gun-control advocates are seriously losing public opinion

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

For the first time since Pew began asking the question two decades ago, a majority of Americans now say that gun rights are more important than gun control — a striking shift in public opinion over both the last generation and just the last few years. As recently as December 2012, in the immediate aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., shooting, 51 percent of people surveyed by Pew said it was more important to control gun ownership than protect the rights of gun owners.

Ohio Senate approves new rules for Right-to-Carry permits, hunting with suppressors

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The Ohio Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would make major changes to the state's rules for issuing concealed-weapons permits, including reducing training requirements and expanding recognition of out-of-state licenses.

Should all convicted felons be banned from having guns? Missouri Supreme Court hears case

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A convicted drug felon believes a constitutional amendment approved by voters in August means he can have a gun — but it will be up to the Missouri Supreme Court to decide if he’s right.

Piers: I was 'too aggressive' on gun control

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Former CNN host Piers Morgan admitted he was "too aggressive" on gun control and "didn't listen to the other side as much as I should have done" during an interview with the Fox News Channel's "Kelly File."

Lawmakers push to revive failed gun control legislation

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Gun control advocates in Congress are looking to revive failed legislation strengthening background check regulations.A handful of Democratic lawmakers said Tuesday they plan to push once again for universal background checks on all gun sales in the new Congress, even though they recognize it will be an uphill battle with Republicans taking majority control.

How to prove a 'special' danger to get a gun carry permit in D.C.

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

When I was last at the D.C. police headquarters, they explained to me that I can't apply for a gun carry permit just because I need to defend myself in a city with high crime. I had to prove a “special” danger, according to the new law. So that's what I set out to do.

Delaware: DNREC Advisory Council Defeats Hunting License Fee Increase

Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:39:00 GMT

Last night, the Wildlife and Freshwater Fish Advisory Council for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) voted 5-4 against increasing hunting license fees in The First State.

John Lott: Media Matters, the facts and me

Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:00:00 GMT

With just one telephone call this year, Erik Wemple of the Washington Post was able to convince Media Matters to let me respond to their attacks on me in the comments section of their website — after they ignored my emails, telephone calls, numerous tweets and posts for seven years.

Pew Poll: Support for Gun Rights Exceeds Gun Control

Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:00:00 GMT

In a Pew Research poll released Wednesday, 52 percent are in support of the protection of gun rights and 46 percent support gun control. This is the first time in two decades that Pew has found more support for gun rights than gun control.

Florida lawmaker files bill to allow firearms on university campuses

Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A Florida lawmaker has filed a bill that would allow people to carry concealed weapons on the campuses of state colleges and universities.

Connecticut: Second Circuit to hear oral arguments on gun lawsuit

Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday will hear oral arguments in the case of Shew vs. Malloy, a legal challenge to the key provisions of Connecticut's post-Newtown gun control legislation.

Man told to remove NRA hat at polling place sues

Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A Douglas County man is suing the county and election officials, saying his civil rights were violated when a poll worker asked him to remove his National Rifle Association hat when he went to vote.

Nevada: Secretary of State Certifies Petitions for Anti-Gun Initiative

Tue, 09 Dec 2014 17:00:00 GMT

Yesterday, the Secretary of State certified that the petitions submitted for an anti-gun initiative for the 2016 general election ballot are sufficient.

Delaware: DNREC Advisory Council on Wildlife Considers Hiking Hunting Fees TONIGHT

Tue, 09 Dec 2014 15:30:00 GMT

Tonight at 6:30 p.m., the Delaware Department of National Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is scheduled to hold a meeting and potentially a vote on increasing the fees for hunting licenses.

Michigan: Pro-Gun Bills Awaiting Votes

Tue, 09 Dec 2014 09:55:00 GMT

Last week, pro-gun bills received favorable action in the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives.   The Senate Judiciary Committee passed House Bills 5450, 5749 and 5750, part of the Air Gun Reclassification Package.  These bills have been sent to the Senate floor for consideration and a vote.  Senate Bills 964, 965, 966 and 979, the Senate components to the Air Gun Reclassification Package, passed in the House Judiciary Committee. These four bills have been sent to the House floor for consideration and a vote. Senate Bills 789 and 790, comprehensive concealed carry reform, also passed in the House Judiciary Committee.

Pharmacist halts robbery, The Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Cheyenne, Wyo. 12/09/14

Tue, 09 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A man with what looked like a real gun entered Medicap Pharmacy in Cheyenne, Wyo., pointed it at an employee, handed them a bag, and ordered them to fill it with Oxycodone and Percocet. Pharmacist Jackson Quick became aware of the robbery, and retrieved a gun. As Quick was making his way to another part of the store, ducked behind a counter, the criminal spotted him. Quick responded by standing up and firing at the criminal, striking him, and ending the robbery. The robber is expected to survive. Police have no plans to charge Quick. 

State lawmakers launch gun control coalition

Tue, 09 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

State lawmakers have launched a nationwide non-partisan coalition to combat gun violence, in part because the Congress has failed to reform gun laws, members of the group said on Monday.

Nevada: Gun control initiative headed to Legislature

Tue, 09 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Petitions seeking to expand background check requirements for gun purchases and to allow the recreational use of marijuana are sufficient and will be submitted to the 2015 Legislature, Secretary of State Ross Miller said Monday.

Wisconsin: Beloit Police ask residents to volunteer to have their homes searched for guns

Tue, 09 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Police in Beloit are launching a new effort to reduce gun violence in which they're asking city residents to volunteer to have police search their homes for guns.Police Chief Norm Jacobs said he doesn't expect the phone to be ringing off the hook with requests for police to search their homes. He nevertheless hopes the program will encourage people to think about gun violence as an infectious disease like Ebola, and a home inspection like a vaccine to help build up the city's immune system.

Toy gun ban proponent planning boycott of companies that make replicas of the real thing

Tue, 09 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Frank Matthews says there's a big-picture goal tied to his call this week for a nationwide ban on sales of toy guns."My long-range goal for America is that she become a gunless society," said Matthews, president of the Outcast Voters League in Birmingham.

Canada: NDP caucus delivers needed reality check to pro-gun registry Mulcair

Tue, 09 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Ahead of last Saturday’s observance of the 25th anniversary of the Montreal massacre, federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair said that his party, if elected to government, would bring back the gun registry. Or at least that’s sort of what he said. He seemed a bit confused.

Washington: I-594 backers plan to ask Legislature for new gun laws

Mon, 08 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

In what they vowed will be a long-term campaign, activists at a Thursday news conference at Plymouth Church in Seattle said they’ll push “evidence-based” policies to reduce gun violence — and hold legislators politically accountable if they don’t take action.But their agenda was questioned by a prominent gun-rights advocate, who accused gun-control opponents of overreach.

Pennsylvania: Kane refuses defense of bill threatening local gun laws

Mon, 08 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Attorney General Kathleen Kane has signaled she won't stand for the state in defense of a bill adopted this fall that expands the rights of groups like the National Rifle Association to challenge local gun ordinances in cities and towns across the state.

Grassroots Alert: Vol. 21, No. 47 12/05/2014

Fri, 05 Dec 2014 23:02:00 GMT

AP Reporter Grasps for Negative Spin on Gun Sales Surge

Fri, 05 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Last week, Associated Press reporter Matt Stroud incorrectly implied that the recent increase in firearm-related background checks run through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) frequently results in violent criminals beating the system and acquiring guns. 

Michigan: Update on Pro-Gun Bills this Week

Thu, 04 Dec 2014 18:41:00 GMT

This week, pro-gun bills received favorable action in the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives. On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed House Bills 5450, 5749 and 5750, part of the Air Gun Reclassification Package.  These bills have been sent to the Senate floor for consideration and a vote. 

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

Thu, 04 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The owner of a mechanic shop in Birmingham, Ala. was sleeping at his business after repeated burglary attempts, when a pair of criminals jumped a fence and came onto the property. The owner retrieved a gun, shot one intruder then slapped the other, causing both to flee. The wounded burglar was captured while seeking medical treatment at a local hospital.

Wayne LaPierre: When prosecution is persecution

Thu, 04 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

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

Ohio: Senate ready to push changes to gun laws

Thu, 04 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

An Ohio Senate committee is scheduled to consider changes to gun bills relaxing some requirements for a concealed carry permit and letting hunters use silencers on their guns under certain conditions.

Texas lawmaker files 'Pop Tart gun' bill

Thu, 04 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

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

How skyrocketing gun sales are helping to conserve butterflies

Thu, 04 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The Karner blue butterfly is a tiny thing, with colorful wings that extend just an inch across and a life that rarely wanders more than 600 feet from where it began. Its caterpillars can only eat wild lupines — a flower that’s become less abundant in the wild because of development and habitat fragmentation. As a result, the Karner was named an endangered species in 1992. But Karner blues are getting help from an unlikely source: gun sales.

N.J. Attorney General Rejects Brady Campaign Bid to Trigger Handgun Ban

Thu, 04 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

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

Wishing You Safe and Smooth Holiday Travel

Thu, 04 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

With the holidays upon us, NRA encourages travelers to be mindful of the gun laws of the jurisdictions they are traveling in, as well as those pertaining to the mode of travel.  To help ensure that gun owners are informed, we would like to remind travelers of some of the basic guidelines for traveling with firearms and of resources where they can obtain further information on this topic.

New Jersey: Attorney General Issues Report that Smart Gun Law is Not Triggered

Wed, 03 Dec 2014 16:54:00 GMT

New Jersey’s “Smart Gun” law, enacted in 2002, seeks to mandate the sale and manufacture of only “smart gun” technology in the Garden State.  When such technology, as defined by the law, is made commercially available in any state, this law is triggered and “smart guns” will be the only handguns allowed for retail sale in New Jersey.

Michigan: House Judiciary Committee to Vote on Pro-Gun Bills Tomorrow

Wed, 03 Dec 2014 16:45:00 GMT

Tomorrow, the Michigan House Judiciary Committee is expected to consider and vote on Senate Bills 964, 965, 966 and 979, part of the Air Gun Reclassification Package.  

Bloomberg gun-control group targets more than 12 states

Wed, 03 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT

First up: Nevada, where election officials could certify this week that the group and its allies have collected enough signatures for a 2016 ballot initiative that would impose stricter background checks on people buying firearms from private sellers and at gun shows. Bloomberg's Everytown for Gun Safety also is weighing similar background-check initiatives in Arizona and Maine.

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