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CA: Assembly pressing on with victim disarmament bills

May 19, 2016
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Sacramento Bee    

"California Assembly members will continue pushing a sweeping package of gun control bills, dismissing concerns that the legislative focus could conflict with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom's ballot initiative. ... Bills promoted by Assembly Democrats include measures that would limit people to buying one long gun a month, expand the list of people who can get a restraining order barring gun ownership, broaden a ban on assault weapons [sic] and regulate components that can be used to build homemade guns." (05/19/16)

http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article78466572.html  

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IL: Senate panel advances new victim disarmament scheme

May 19, 2016
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Chicago Tribune Chicago Tribune    

"The Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday advanced a firearm trafficking bill designed to crack down on straw purchasers of weapons. House Bill 6303 now goes before the full Senate. Last month, the House advanced the measure. ... [State Senator Christine] Radogno said the people the law would target are those who cannot be issued an Illinois Firearm Owners Identification card. The bill creates the offense of firearms trafficking, and makes it a Class 1 felony for trafficking the firearm alone, and a Class X for trafficking the firearm and ammunition." (05/18/16)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/news/ct-sta-radogno-gun-legislation-st-0519-20160518-story.html  

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US judge strikes down DC concealed-carry gun law as likely unconstitutional

May 18, 2016
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Washington Post    

"A federal judge has ruled that a key provision of the District’s new gun law is likely unconstitutional, ordering D.C. police to stop requiring individuals to show 'good reason' to obtain a permit to carry a firearm on the streets of the nation’s capital. In imposing a preliminary injunction pending further litigation, U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon reignited a running battle over the Second Amendment in the District and its courts where three different judges have now weighed in with varying conclusions." (05/17/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/us-judge-strikes-down-dc-concealed-carry-gun-law-as-likely-unconstitutional/2016/05/17/d36d35dc-1c49-11e6-8c7b-6931e66333e7_story.html?wprss=rss_crime&tid=sm_tw_pl  

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CA: Ninth Circuit rules in favor of gun store

May 17, 2016
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The Daily Caller    

"The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Monday ruled that that the Second Amendment right of gun buyers extends to protect gun retailers from being excluded from an area. The ruling was based on the challenge to an Alameda County, California ordinance that stated that a gun store must be located at least 500 feet away from any residentially-zoned district, elementary, middle or high school, pre-school, day care center, another firearms retailer or an establishment where liquor is sold or served." (05/16/16)

http://dailycaller.com/2016/05/16/ninth-circuit-rules-in-favor-of-california-gun-store/  

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GA: Deal vetoes campus carry bill

May 4, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"Georgia's governor is vetoing a bill allowing concealed handguns on public college campuses, he said Tuesday, the day he had to act or allow the legislation to become law. After a bill that detractors said would have allowed conservative Christians to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, which Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed earlier this year, House Bill 859 may have been the most contentious. Just last week, students rallied on the University of Georgia campus in opposition to the bill. Meanwhile, members of the National Rifle Association have urged Georgia gun owners to speak out in favor of enacting it." (05/03/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/05/03/georgia-campus-concealed-guns-bill/83889954  

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CT: Malloy to sign new victim disarmament bill

May 4, 2016
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Western Journalism    

"A controversial new bill calling for the surrender of firearms owned by anyone accused of domestic violence won final approval in the Connecticut state Senate. The bill is expected to be approved by Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy. Under the bill, people accused of domestic violence will be required to turn over their guns within 24 hours."

http://www.westernjournalism.com/connecticut-governor-poised-to-sign-controversial-bill-that-will-affect-gun-owners/  

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TN: Campus carry becomes law without governor’s signature

May 2, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"A bill allowing staff and faculty at Tennessee's public colleges and universities to be armed on campus became law Monday without the Republican governor's signature. Gov. Bill Haslam said in a statement that he disagreed with the bill for not allowing institutions 'to make their own decisions regarding security issues on campus.' But the governor acknowledged that the final version of the measure had addressed concerns raised by college administrators during the legislative process by including provisions protecting schools from liability and a requirement to notify law enforcement about who is armed on campus. 'Ultimately, this legislation was tailored to apply to certain employees in specific situations,' Haslam said." (05/02/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/05/02/tennessee-campus-carry-becomes-law-without-governors-signature.html  

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VA: Liberty University to allow handguns in dorms next fall

April 28, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"Liberty University will allow students with concealed handgun permits from the state to keep their weapons in their dorms beginning next fall. The News & Advance reports those students would need permission from the school first. The guns would be kept in safes inside the residence halls at the private Christian university. The policy change was given the go-ahead by the university's board of trustees last week. University President Jerry Falwell Jr. announced last year that eligible students could carry guns anywhere on campus. Previously, students who qualified could carry guns anywhere except residence halls." (04/27/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/04/27/liberty-university-to-allow-handguns-in-dorms-next-fall.html  

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CT: Clinton does the Watusi on Newtown kids’ graves in effort to firm up primary lead

April 21, 2016
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Fox 61 News    

"Democratic Presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton will make a campaign stop Thursday ahead of next week's state primaries. Clinton is ahead in the latest Quinnipiac poll. She has a 51-42 percent lead over Bernie Sanders among likely Democrat primary voters in Connecticut. The former Secretary of State will hold a discussion on gun violence at 11:30 a.m. at the Wilson-Gray YMCA in Hartford where she will sit down with family members of gun violence victims about her commitment to enact [victim disarmament] measures as President." (04/21/16)

http://fox61.com/2016/04/21/clinton-to-visit-hartford-thursday-to-talk-about-gun-violence/  

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WV: Homeowner shoots two intruders

April 19, 2016
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Charleston Gazette-Mail    

"Police say a Fairmont homeowner has shot two intruders, killing one of them. Fairmont police said in a statement that the 80-year-old homeowner told officers a woman wanted to use his phone for an emergency early Tuesday. After the woman was let inside, two men followed her and demanded items. One of them pulled out a pellet or BB gun. The homeowner then shot the men." (04/19/16)

http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/20160419/police-intruder-fatally-shot-at-fairmont-home  

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AZ: Homeowner who shot accused arsonist speaks out

April 10, 2016
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NBC 12 News    

"The homeowner who shot an intruder Wednesday morning in a situation that turned into a massive house fire, is speaking out. David Bowers, who lives near 75th Avenue and Thunderbird, says he heard someone breaking into his house at around 3 a.m. ... Police were able to catch the accused arsonist in the neighborhood. He was taken to the hospital. A renter living in Bowers'[s] home was trapped inside by the fire and later died at the hospital. Seven firefighters and police officers who responded to the scene were also injured." (04/09/16)

http://www.12news.com/news/local/valley/homeowner-who-shot-accused-arsonist-speaks-out/127466352  

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Metal foam armor disintegrates bullets

April 10, 2016
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Discovery News    

"Bad news for bullets this week: Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a super strong armor material that literally turns bullets to dust upon impact. In a rather dramatic video recently posted online, an armor-piercing bullet is shown essentially disintegrating as it impacts the armor. ... Apart from body and vehicle armor, the [composite metal foam] plating has potential applications for space travel or even transporting nuclear waste, according to the research team. Earlier testing has demonstrated that CMFs can withstand extremely high temperatures and effectively block x-ray, gamma ray and neutron radiation." (04/08/16)

http://news.discovery.com/tech/gear-and-gadgets/metal-foam-armor-disintegrates-bullets-160408.htm  

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TN: House passes bill setting stage to reject gun control by international law or treaty

March 29, 2016
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10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center    

"Today, the state House passed a bill setting the foundation to stop enforcement of gun control imposed by international law or treaty. The vote was 88-2 with 2 members not voting. House Bill 2389 (HB2389) was introduced by Rep. John Windle (D-Livingston) in January. It would prohibit law enforcement officers from enforcing provisions of international law and treaties that limit gun rights as specified in Article I, Section 26 of the Tennessee State Constitution." (03/28/16)

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/03/tennessee-house-passes-bill-setting-stage-to-reject-gun-control-by-international-law-or-treaty/  

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MN: It’s a smartphone; no it’s a gun

March 28, 2016
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"Americans will soon be able to buy a smartphone-shaped gun that can hold two bullets and easily slip into a pocket. The Minnesota-based company Ideal Conceal says it will sell the new weapon from mid-2016. 'Ingeniously designed to resemble a smartphone, yet with one click of the safety it opens and is ready to fire,' the company says on its website. 'Smartphones are everywhere, so your new pistol will easily blend in with today’s environment,' it adds. In its locked position it will be virtually undetectable because it hides in plain sight.' The gun is a double-barrelled .380 caliber folding pistol that will sell for $395, the company says." (03/28/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/03/minnesota-company-set-to-release-gun-ingeniously-designed-to-look-like-a-smartphone  

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Secret Service says “no” to guns at Republican convention

March 28, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"The U.S. Secret Service will not allow people to carry guns into the July Republican National Convention in Cleveland, quashing the hopes of more than 45,000 people who have signed a petition saying attendees should be allowed to bring firearms. The Secret Service said on Monday it has the authority to preclude guns from sites visited by the people it protects such as U.S. presidential candidates, presidents and former presidents. 'Only authorized law enforcement personnel working in conjunction with the Secret Service for a particular event may carry a firearm inside of the protected site,' agency spokesman Robert Hoback said in a statement." [editor's note: One more act in the Security Theatre show; should be fun to watch them enforcing this -SAT] (03/28/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-guns-idUSKCN0WU1PE  

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SC: Southern Tide founder identified as homeowner who shot alleged intruder

March 24, 2016
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The State    

"Allen Stephenson, the founder of a clothing company that has been ranked by Forbes Magazine as one of the most promising companies in America, was the homeowner who shot and killed an alleged intruder at his Altamont Road home on Saturday, according to an attorney for the young entrepreneur. The victim [sic] in the fatal shooting has been identified as Matthew Whitman, 32, of Nature Trail, Greenville. ... The Sheriff's Office had refused to release the identity of the shooter pending the outcome of the investigation, saying that since the investigation may determine him to be the victim, his identity would be shielded." (03/23/16)

http://www.thestate.com/news/state/south-carolina/article67720402.html  

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ID: Senate passes permitless carry with 27-8 vote

March 20, 2016
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Breitbart News    

"According to 580 KIDO, Greg Pruett, president of Idaho Second Amendment Alliance, reacted to the Senate vote, saying, 'We are pleased that the Senate has passed SB 1389 with an overwhelming majority. Idaho citizens are one step closer to seeing Permitless Carry in Idaho. On to the House!' On March 15, Breitbart News reported that the permitless carry legislation, Senate Bill 1389, abolishes the permit requirement for Idahoans 21-years and older who want to carry a concealed handgun for self-defense." (03/17/16)

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/03/17/idaho-senate-passes-permitless-carry-with-27-8-vote/  

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Obama SCOTUS pick faces conservative heat on gun votes

March 16, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"The NRA and other pro-Second Amendment groups came out strongly Wednesday against President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, warning that Judge Merrick Garland would threaten gun rights while citing his role in a landmark firearms case. 'President Obama has nothing but contempt for the Second Amendment and law-abiding gun owners,' Chris Cox, head of the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action, said in a statement. Senate Republican leaders already have said they don't plan to consider Garland's or any nomination. But conservative groups pressuring lawmakers to hold the line largely are focusing on the D.C. appeals court judge's votes related to the 2008 Supreme Court case District of Columbia v. Heller, which weighed D.C. residents’ right to keep handguns in their homes. The case reached the high court after a three-judge panel of the District’s U.S. Court of Appeals struck down parts of D.C’s handgun ban." (03/16/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/03/16/obama-supreme-court-pick-faces-conservative-heat-on-gun-votes.html  

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Clinton targeting NRA, gun lobby

March 14, 2016
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Newsmax    

"The National Rifle Association (NRA) is under fire from Hillary Clinton who is pushing the issue of gun violence to the center of her presidential campaign. The Wall Street Journal reports Clinton has teamed up with Mothers of the Movement -- whose members have been affected by shootings, police overreach and racism -- to hold town hall meetings to discuss the nation's gun laws." (03/14/16)

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/hillary-targeting-NRA-gun-lobby/2016/03/11/id/718634/  

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WA: Customer shoots, kills hatchet-wielding man in convenience store

March 14, 2016
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Charlotte Observer    

"When a masked man came into the store and attacked a clerk with a hatchet, the customer didn't hestitate: He pulled out a handgun and shot and killed the attacker. The masked man about 40 years old walked into a 7-Eleven in Burien, Wash., and swung a hatchet at a customer, said King County Sheriff's Sgt. Cindi West. The man then went behind the counter and attacked the 58-year-old clerk, never saying anything. Within seconds, a customer pulled out a handgun and shot and killed the attacker, likely saving the clerk's life, West said. He was pronounced dead at the scene." (03/14/16)

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/nation-world/national/article65913682.html  

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WV: Legislature overturns veto to legalize constitutional carry

March 9, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"The West Virginia legislature successfully overturned the veto of Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto on Saturday in a bipartisan effort to enact permitless gun carry in the state. Beginning June 5, anyone over age 21 who can legally possess a firearm will be allowed to carry it concealed on their person without having to obtain a permit. West Virginia has long allowed permitless open carry but, like most states, required a permit to carry a concealed firearm. With the new law the state will become the eighth in the nation to implement what gun rights activists call 'constitutional carry.' The law also creates a provisional permitting process for those between the ages of 18 and 20 who wish to carry a concealed firearm within the state. Individuals between the ages of 18 and 20 had previously been excluded from the permitting process altogether." (03/08/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/03/08/west-virginia-legalizes-concealed-carry-without-permit.html  

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CA: Gun club closed (pretext: Pollution from spent bullets)

March 2, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"The East Bay Regional Park District voted Tuesday to close the Chabot Gun Club amid concerns that taxpayers will be stuck having to pay millions of dollars to clean up pollution from spent bullets. The Oakland Tribune reported the unanimous vote came after more than five hours of comments in a room packed with nearly 500 people. The club's owner will have one year to close down. Neighbors and environmentalists have criticized the club as a toxic headache, while supporters say the range is a place to learn about gun safety and practice marksmanship." (03/02/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/03/02/gun-club-closed-because-pollution-from-spent-bullets.html  

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Tennessee declares the massive .50 cal Barrett M82 rifle its official state firearm

February 28, 2016
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Popular Mechanics    

"The concept of having an official state firearm is a relatively new one, with Utah being the first to do it in 2011, declaring the venerable M1911 pistol to be official gun of the Beehive State. Six other states have joined in, mostly focusing on historic firearms, like Arizona picking the Colt Single Action Army revolver, or Pennsylvania selecting the Colonial-era long rifle. Tennessee, however, decided to go big or go home; it's named the .50 Cal Barrett M82 Rifle as its official state firearm." (02/26/16)

http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/a19632/tennessee-declares-the-massive/  

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CT: Gun maker seeks dismissal of frivolous lawsuit over Newtown shooting

February 22, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"Lawyers for a gun maker and families of some Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre victims squared off in a Connecticut courtroom Monday over whether a federal law prevents the families' wrongful death lawsuit targeting the AR-15 rifle used to kill 20 children and six adults in the 2012 shooting. ... The families of nine children and adults killed at the Newtown school and a teacher who survived the attack say the AR-15 is a highly lethal military weapon that should not be sold to the public. They're suing Freedom Group, the Madison, North Carolina, parent company of Bushmaster Firearms, which made the AR-15 used in the school shooting. Lawyers for Freedom Group said the company is protected by a 2005 federal law that shields gun manufacturers from most lawsuits over criminal use of their products." (02/22/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/02/22/gun-maker-seeks-dismissal-lawsuit-over-newtown-shooting.html  

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OK: Activists file civil rights lawsuit against “Muslim-free” gun range

February 17, 2016
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"Two U.S. activists groups filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday against a rural Oklahoma gun range, arguing that it violated U.S. civil rights laws by posting a sign that said the business was 'Muslim free' and barring a Muslim from shooting there. The lawsuit by the Council on American-Islamic Relations Oklahoma Chapter and the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma seeks to have the Save Yourself Survival and Tactical Gear store in Oktaha end what the plaintiffs said is blatant discrimination. The gun store and range about 120 miles east of Oklahoma City, posted a store window sign that reads: 'This privately owned business is a Muslim Free establishment.' It has a posting on its Facebook page saying it will not allow media access or interviews." [editor's note: Shame on CAIR and the ACLU; the owners of that range have a right to do business, or NOT do business, with anyone they damn well please - TLK] (02/17/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/02/activists-file-civil-rights-lawsuit-against-muslim-free-oklahoma-gun-range  

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