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MI: Hoplophobic firm may fire gun-toting valet for stopping knife attack

February 11, 2016
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mlive    

"Warren Mayor James Fouts said it'll be a shame if a hero is fired over a company policy banning valet drivers from carrying guns. A valet employed by a private company contracting with the General Motors Technological Center in Warren potentially saved a woman's life Wednesday, but doing so might have cost him his job .... A 32-year-old woman walked into the GM Tech Center around 9 a.m. Wednesday and asked to speak to a 52-year-old woman employee there. ... 'They briefly chatted,' Fouts said, '... and then, evidently, there was some sort of dispute, and the 32-year-old woman started stabbing' the other woman in the neck, abdomen and back. The valet, who is permitted to carry a concealed firearm, saw the violent altercation; he pulled out his gun 'and told the woman to stop or he'd shoot,' Fouts said. Security and then police subdued the attacker .... the valet company has a policy banning drivers from carrying weapons, even if they are doing so legally." (02/10/16)

http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2016/02/gun-toting_valet_might_be_fire.html  

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IL: Six killed, 23 wounded in weekend Chicago shootings

February 1, 2016
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Chicago Tribune Chicago Tribune    

"Six people were killed and at least 23 others were wounded in shootings over the weekend as Chicago closed out its most violent January in at least 16 years. From Friday evening to Saturday morning, three people were killed and seven were wounded. From Saturday to Sunday, two were killed and 10 wounded, and from Sunday afternoon through early Monday morning, one person was killed and six were wounded. Shootings for the first month of 2016 were nearly double the same period last year." [editor's note: Chicago's pols keep implementing more and more victim disarmament ("gun control") legislation, and violent crime keeps increasing. Apparently they like the idea of keeping Chicago as dangerous as possible - TLK] (02/01/16)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-weekend-shootings-violence-20160201-story.html  

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KY: Bill would set the stage to make federal gun control “nearly impossible” to enforce

January 27, 2016
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ShallNot.org    

"A Kentucky bill would take the first step toward prohibiting state cooperation with the enforcement of federal gun control measures, a move that would make them 'nearly impossible' to enforce in the Bluegrass State. Rep. Diane St. Onge (R-Lakeside Park), along with nine cosponsors, introduced House Bill 236 (HB236) on Jan. 12." (01/27/16)

http://shallnot.org/kentucky-bill-would-set-the-stage-to-make-federal-gun-control-nearly-impossible-to-enforce/  

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SC: Pol introduces bill requiring journalists to register with state

January 20, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"A South Carolina lawmaker has proposed legislation that would require all journalists who wish to work for a news outlet in the state to sign up for a 'responsible journalism registry.' According to a summary of the bill, which was introduced Tuesday, the registry would include requirements that all South Carolina journalists must meet. Fees could be charged to be listed in the registry, which would be operated by the Secretary of State's Office. The bill also would authorize 'fines and criminal penalties' for violating the law." [editor's note: He doesn't seem to be giving even a hint that it's tongue in cheek, but if so it seems to be working -- the same publications which agitate for the state to require people to register and get permits to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights are in conniptions over the same prospect for 1st Amendment rights - TLK] (01/20/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/01/20/south-carolina-bill-would-require-journalists-to-register-with-state.html  

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Cruz dons face paint pandering to hunters, gun owners

January 20, 2016
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"It's an image football fans in Iowa are likely to see this weekend: Ted Cruz, his face smeared with black greasepaint, sitting in a Louisiana duck blind with a borrowed shotgun. His Republican presidential campaign said Tuesday it's spending $700,000 to air a gun-friendly ad during the NFL conference championship games. Cruz has made the defense of Second Amendment rights a cornerstone of his presidential campaign, touting his past legal work fighting against gun control laws. But records suggest the 45-year-old politician's passion for the issue emerged relatively recently in his life, coinciding with his ascent in Republican circles in Texas." [editor's note: Or is it just a bad makeup job for a minstrel show? Your call! - SAT] (01/19/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/texas/article/Cruz-joined-fight-for-gun-rights-as-political-6768108.php  

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Study: Gun background checks hit record number in 2015

January 20, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"President Obama’s ongoing push for gun control is backfiring, according to critics, who cite new federal data that shows Americans are more interested than ever in getting their hands on firearms. A record 23,141,970 background checks were conducted on prospective gun buyers in 2015, according to year-end FBI data, up 15 percent from the previous year and nearly double the figure from 2008, the year before Obama took office. Second Amendment advocates say interest in guns spikes whenever Obama publicly decries gun violence or calls for new measures to restrict firearms." (01/19/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/01/19/gun-background-checks-hit-record-number-in-2015-despite-obama-agenda.html  

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TX: Gun-rights Catholics to disobey hoplophobe Dallas bishop

January 14, 2016
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"A church may seem like an odd place to bring a gun. But Catholics in Dallas, Texas are upset that church leadership won't let them take their firearms with them when attending, the Dallas Morning News reports. The Dallas Diocese, led by Dublin-born Bishop Kevin Farrell, forbids parishioners from bringing weapons into its churches. A column written by Farrell denouncing open carry has further irritated conservative, pro-gun Catholics, the News reports. 'It is absurd that terrorists, criminals, and mentally unbalanced people can freely and openly buy weapons not intended for sport, but designed to kill people,' Farrell wrote on his blog. 'Writers of the Second Amendment envisioned smooth bore muskets and not semi-automatic and automatic weapons of war.' Farrell called open carry a 'cowboy mentality' and praised President Barack Obama’s recent executive actions aimed at curbing gun violence." (01/13/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/01/gun-loving-catholics-plan-to-disobey-dallas-bishop-who-banned-firearms-from-churches  

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Gun industry credits Obama for boost in business

January 10, 2016
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Augusta Chronicle    

"Gun retailers around the nation and across the metro area say people have bought guns at a feverish pace since the president tearfully announced an array of executive orders Tuesday that could, among other things, subject hobbyists and occasional gun sellers to federal licensing requirements. The president pledged that unilateral action would be forthcoming during his Dec. 6 address to the nation, just four days after a husband and wife killed 14 people in a mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., that was labeled a terrorist attack. Obama's renewed interest in gun control is creating a generalized fear among citizens feeling vulnerable to domestic terrorism and other crimes, said Erich Pratt, the executive director of Gun Owners of America, a Springfield, Va.-based gun rights organization." (01/10/16)

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2016-01-10/gun-industry-credits-obama-boost-business  

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Obama claims “legal authority” for new victim disarmament edicts

January 5, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"President Obama vowed Monday to press ahead with new executive actions on gun control after meeting with top law enforcement officials, claiming he has the 'legal authority' to act -- and defying congressional critics who say he's pursuing a 'dangerous' overreach. The president, without giving any specifics, said he'll be 'rolling out these initiatives' over the next several days. He spoke after meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey and other top officials to review their proposals and finalize his plans." [editor's note: Resist much, obey little! - TLK] (01/04/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/01/04/obama-meeting-with-ag-on-gun-control-actions-faces-gop-backlash.html  

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OR: Bundy Ranch militia occupy federal wildlife building

January 4, 2016
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"Militia members protesting a federal prison sentence for two Oregon ranchers convicted on charges of setting fire to federal land have occupied the headquarters of a national park, the OregonLive reports. The protesters include Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s son, Ammon, and two of his brothers. Also among them is Ryan Payne, who organized snipers to aim weapons at federal officers during the Bundy Ranch standoff last year. They told OregonLive that they are accompanied by about 150 others and are hunkered down at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters. The group is described by reporter Les Zaitz as 'hard core militia' who have adopted the ranchers’ cause as their own." (01/02/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/01/or-residents-blast-trigger-happy-idiot-right-wing-militia-for-defending-ranchers-who-set-federal-land-on-fire  

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WA: Judge upholds Seattle’s jizya tax on non-members of city government’s victim disarmament cult

December 23, 2015
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer Seattle Post-Intelligencer    

"A King County Superior Court judge on Tuesday dismissed a challenge by the National Rifle Association to Seattle's new gun-violence [sic] tax, meaning the $25-per-firearm tax on gun sales and tax on ammunition will become law on New Year's Day. ... The Seattle City Council, [grandstanding on] a string of street shootings, in August voted for a $25 tax on gun sales and a 2- to 5-cent tax per round on sale of ammunition, expected to yield $300,000 to $500,000 a year, with money earmarked for research [sic] into gun violence and violence prevention efforts [sic]. Under NRA influence, Congress has severely restricted any research [sic] into firearms deaths by the National Institutes of Health." [editor's note: In this context, "research" means "production of anti-gun propaganda." If the purpose was "violence prevention efforts," Seattle's council would be looking for ways to get more guns into more citizens' hands - TLK] (12/22/15)

http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlepolitics/2015/12/22/judge-dismisses-national-rifle-association-challenge-to-seattles-new-gun-violence-tax/?google_editors_picks=true  

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Virginia revokes handgun permit agreement with 25 states

December 23, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"Concealed handgun permits held by residents of 25 states will no longer be valid in Virginia, the state's attorney general said Tuesday, drawing swift criticism from GOP lawmakers. Attorney General Mark Herring, a Democrat, said the state will revoke its reciprocity agreement with the states because their concealed weapon laws don't meet Virginia's standards. Those states hand out permits to people who are barred under the Virginia law, like fugitives, convicted stalkers and drug dealers, which undermines the state's law and puts residents at risk, he said. ... The move means that Virginians will no longer be able to use their concealed handgun permits in six states that require a mutual reciprocity agreement: Florida, Louisiana, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wyoming." (12/22/15)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/12/22/virginia-revokes-handgun-permit-agreement-with-25-states.html  

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CT: Malloy declares himself dictator, announces end of due process

December 11, 2015
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USA Today USA Today    

"Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy said Thursday he will sign an executive order banning people on federal terrorism watch lists from buying guns in the state. ... Malloy said that if you aren't trusted to fly because of a watch list, you shouldn't be able to buy a gun. 'Why anyone would stand idly by and knowingly allow those on government watch lists to purchase guns is truly unbelievable. Since Congress so far has failed to act, we will,' Malloy said." (12/10/15)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/12/10/connecticut-ban-gun-sales-no-fly-listers/77102094/  

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US Senate: Paul’s bill to relax DC victim disarmament schemes moves forward

December 9, 2015
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The Hill The Hill    

"Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) proposal to roll back gun control [sic] laws in Washington, D.C., is getting fast-tracked through the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) finished the procedural maneuver on Monday, allowing for the presidential contender's legislation to be placed directly on the Senate calendar where it could be scheduled for floor time. No vote has been scheduled. Paul's proposal would require the District of Columbia to grant concealed carry permits to both District residents and nonresidents. It would also require the District to honor concealed carry licenses from other states and roll back D.C. laws that currently restrict gun and ammunition ownership." (12/07/15)

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/262351-pauls-push-to-loosen-washington-gun-laws-fast-tracked  

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SCOTUS won’t review unconstitutional state, local victim disarmament laws

December 8, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"The Supreme Court on Monday declined to review the ability of cities and states to prohibit semiautomatic high-capacity assault weapons that have been used in some of the nation's most deadly recent mass shootings. The justices decided not to reconsider a lower court's decision in a case from the city of Highland Park, Ill., near Chicago. But seven states -- Maryland, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York -- have similar bans, and all of the prohibitions remain in place. ... Gun rights advocates say cities and states continue to put unreasonable restrictions on the constitutional right. But the court has not yet found a case it thinks requires its intervention." (12/07/15)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/supreme-court-wont-review-laws-banning-so-called-assault-weapons/2015/12/07/b562678e-96fb-11e5-94f0-9eeaff906ef3_story.html  

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Obama: To fight terrorism, dump that pesky Constitution

December 7, 2015
posted by

Mashable    

"President Barack Obama pledged Sunday that the United States would defeat a terrorist threat that has entered a 'new phase,' speaking to Americans in an attempt to reassure the country after attacks in Paris and California. ... Obama did not roll out major policy changes in the battle against the Islamic State or propose any major new domestic security initiatives. But he did say the United States can -- and should -- [pretend to] make it harder for would-be mass killers to obtain guns. He specifically called on Congress to prohibit people suspected of terrorism or those on the no-fly list from buying guns." [editor's note: As Christopher Burg points out -- (see today's commentary listings) -- that's a call to violate the 5th Amendment's due process of law requirements. Eliminating constitutional rights on the basis of secret government lists of people never charged with any crime ... what could possibly go wrong? - TLK] (12/06/15)

http://mashable.com/2015/12/06/obama-terrorism-speech/  

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Liberty University: Falwell encourages students to carry guns

December 7, 2015
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USA Today USA Today    

"In wake of events such as the recent shooting at San Bernardino, Calif., Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., is encouraging students to carry concealed weapons. Falwell mentioned the San Bernardino victims at the school’s convocation on Friday, saying, 'If some of those people in that community center had what I’ve got in my back pocket right now, then...' He trailed off to cheers and then added jokingly, 'Is it illegal to pull it out?' LU's convocation, according to its website, is not a service in its chapel, but a weekly 'assembling of our student body and staff leadership in order to inform, inspire and sometimes to simply entertain.' The meeting is televised, and the school claims over 13,000 in attendance and 'thousands more watching online and on television.'" (12/06/05)

http://college.usatoday.com/2015/12/06/liberty-u-president-concealed-weapons  

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Reid proposes disarming “convicted abortion protesters”

December 3, 2015
posted by

Raw Story Raw Story    

"Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said he plans to force a vote on gun control [sic] legislation in the Senate on Thursday. Reid's announcement comes less than a day after two shooters killed 14 and injured 17 in San Bernardino, California. On Wednesday, Reid tweeted, 'Gun violence has become a cancer on this nation' and called for 'common-sense [sic] gun reforms that keep weapons out of dangerous hands.' On Thursday, he said he would attach gun control [sic] amendments to a Republican-backed anti-Obamacare bill in the Senate. Reid's legislation is unlikely to become law since it would require approval by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives." (12/03/15)

http://www.rawstory.com/2015/12/harry-reid-to-propose-gun-limits-for-convicted-abortion-protesters  

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TX: Rice University opts out of state “campus carry” gun law

December 1, 2015
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"Rice University, one of the most prestigious private colleges in Texas, said on Monday it would opt out of a law due to go into effect next year that allows people with licenses for concealed handguns to bring them on campus. University President David Leebron said in an email to students, faculty and staff of the Houston-based school that Rice would be a gun-free campus. Leebron said the decision had been made after consultations with students, faculty, alumni and staff as well as university police and parents of students in which many said allowing firearms would make the school less safe and harm its reputation, he wrote. Rice has an enrollment of about 6,600." [editor's note: What's the early line on the next "gunfree zone" campus to be attacked? - SAT] (11/30/15)

http://www.rawstory.com/2015/11/rice-university-opts-out-of-texas-campus-carry-gun-law  

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Police union wants NFL to allow (them) concealed carry at stadiums

December 1, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"More guns are needed at NFL games to keep fans safe, says the nation's largest police union, which recently asked the league commissioner to let certain firearms owners pack heat on Sundays. The National Fraternal Order of Police has asked the NFL to lift its ban on fans carrying guns at games, at least for retired and off-duty law enforcement officers who hold permits to carry concealed weapons. In a letter to Commissioner Roger Goodell, FOP President Chuck Canterbury said armed cops are the best bet for stopping a terrorist attack inside a stadium. [editor's note: Be aware of the fact that this is not about honorable citizens who happen to know how to handle a gun safely, just those who've been (or still are) cops - SAT] (11/30/15)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/11/30/police-union-wants-nfl-to-allow-concealed-carry-at-stadiums  

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FL: House committee stands with violent criminals, against victims

November 17, 2015
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Florida Times-Union    

"A National Rifle Association-backed measure that could have made it easier legally for people to claim self-defense in shooting incidents failed to get through its first House committee on Tuesday. A lobbyist for the group said after the meeting that the proposal will be back, though it is likely dead for the upcoming 2016 legislative session. House Criminal Justice Chairman Carlos Trujillo joined four Democrats and Keystone Heights Republican Charles Van Zant in opposing the measure (HB 169), which proposed to shift the burden of proof to the state in cases involving Florida's 'stand your ground' law." (11/17/15)

http://jacksonville.com/news/florida/2015-11-17/story/house-committee-kills-stand-your-ground-bill-opposed-prosecutors  

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MA: Weapons missing after break-in at Army Reserve center

November 16, 2015
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PoliceOne.com    

"An FBI spokeswoman says some weapons have gone missing following a break-in at an Army Reserve center in central Massachusetts. Kristen Setera says the Boston FBI became aware of the break-in at the Lincoln Army Reserve Center in Worcester (WUS'-tur) on Sunday. She says terrorism is not suspected. Authorities hadn't yet determined when the break-in occurred or exactly how many weapons were stolen." [editor's note: I've seen calls from some victim disarmament ("gun control") supporters for legal sanctions on gun owners who let their stuff get stolen. I expect crickets from them when it's their beloved regime not taking care of its guns - TLK] (11/16/15)

http://www.policeone.com/patrol-issues/articles/43593006-FBI-Weapons-missing-after-break-in-at-Army-Reserve-center/  

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OK: Tulsa resident fatally shoots intruder in apparent home invasion

November 9, 2015
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Tulsa World    

"A man is dead after he was shot during an apparent home invasion Sunday morning in north Tulsa, according to Tulsa police. Sgt. Dave Walker of the TPD Homicide Unit said the incident occurred about 10:30 a.m. in the 300 block of East 27th Court North. Police said the intruder, a 44-year-old man, knocked on the house's front door and spoke with a male occupant before the occupant closed the door, Walker said. The intruder then reportedly kicked in the front door and entered the home. As the intruder walked through the front door, the occupant shot the intruder four times, police said." (11/09/15)

http://www.tulsaworld.com/homepagelatest/tulsa-police-resident-fatally-shoots-intruder-in-apparent-home-invasion/article_35f49f74-17ad-584a-a3a4-27f5c95d61e3.html  

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Dog bites man: New Hillary Clinton ad advocates gun control

November 3, 2015
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton released her first ad targeting gun control on Tuesday, a month after pledging to take on the powerful U.S. gun lobby. The 30-second spot uses footage from an Oct. 5 town hall in Manchester, New Hampshire, where Clinton said she would pursue expanded background checks and take steps to hold manufacturers accountable for crimes committed with their weapons. 'This epidemic of gun violence knows no boundaries. Between 88 and 92 people a day are killed by guns. We’re better than this. We need to close the loopholes and support universal background checks,' Clinton says in the clip as members of the audience nod in agreement." (11/03/15)

http://www.rawstory.com/2015/11/new-hillary-clinton-ad-advocates-gun-control  

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US police chiefs: We have no brains

October 27, 2015
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Newsweek    

"Police chiefs from across the United States called on Monday for universal background checks for firearms purchases, saying opinion polls consistently show that most Americans support such restrictions. The proliferation of firearms is one of the factors behind a rise in homicide rates in many U.S. cities this year, according to senior law enforcement officials at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Chicago. ... 'This is a no-brainer, this is the simplest thing in the world,' Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said. 'It troubles me all the time.'" (10/27/15)

http://www.newsweek.com/us-police-chiefs-background-checks-guns-no-brainer-387540  

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