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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Active shooter drills and terrorizing children

Abigail Hall Independent Institute
by Abigail Hall

"Tornado and fire drills are probably a good idea. Though both are fairly rare occurrences, teaching children, and adults for that matter, to be prepared for tornadoes and fires should probably be considered a best practice. But not all drills invoked such feelings during my school years. By the time I got to middle school, we hosted 'active shooter drills.' These drills taught us the following. In the event someone comes into the school with a gun and the intent to kill everyone, turn off the lights and huddle in the corner of the room. Assuming the assailant has really poor vision and can't see through the glass door, you'll be safe. (The unspoken lesson went like this. If the shooter isn't blind and can see through the door, pray that you're in the middle of the huddle and not on the border.)" (02/10/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/02/10/active-shooter-drills-and-terrorizing-children/

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How I learned to stop worrying and love cheap carry guns

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by pigpen51

"I have a confession to make. I'm not a millionaire. This probably doesn't come as a shock to anyone familiar with my comments on different topics on this website, but what you might not realize is that I have other interests outside of firearms, and other things to spend money. Like a great many of you, I have a family that's grown accustomed to a certain level of comfort. They expect things that, from looking at the lives of many other gun enthusiasts, are a given for most, but must be planned for in my case. Things like -- oh, I don't know -- a roof over our heads and gasoline in our vehicles. My family even likes to eat every day." (02/02/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=2775

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Oh, no! The dreaded “gun show loophole!”

Vin Suprynowicz Vin Suprynowicz
by Vin Suprynowicz

"What is the 'gun show loophole?' It's very simple. Firearms dealers with Federal Firearms Licenses -– that is to say, anybody who sells more than a few guns a year and is thus judged to be 'in the business' -– are required to conduct a background check on any gun buyer without a special concealed-carry license (which they can only acquire by undergoing, yep, a 'background check'), no matter where the sale takes place -– including at gun shows. How is this justified? Because such dealers have 'applied for a federal license' ('voluntarily,' you understand, since if they don't 'volunteer' they can be sent to prison), this is simply made a condition of retaining their license ... and not going to prison. But if an average citizen with no such 'FFL' -– a police officer's widow, say -– wants to sell off her late husband's old hunting rifle, she's allowed to do so without conducting a 'background check.' (In fact, up till now she'd probably have had a hard time even accessing the 'background check' system.)" (02/02/16)

http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=2959

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Hail Caesar

The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by Sean Gangol

"Not that this comes as a shock, but recently Emperor, or excuse me President Obama has decided to ignore the Constitution once more by passing a series of gun laws through Executive Orders. These laws include extending background checks and requiring any private gun seller to obtain a Federal Firearms License, even if he is just a onetime seller. Then of course he made sure that the orders included an expansion of BATFE agents so that these laws will be enforced. Apparently Mr. Constitutional Scholar didn't read the part of the Constitution that said that Congress is the only branch who is allowed to make law. He also missed the part about how Executive Orders only apply to those employed by the Federal Government. Of course Barry has never let that pesky document get in the way in the past, so why start now?" (01/31/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle857-20160131-03.html

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Cause or effect

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

"In all honesty, the most vocal gun grabbers cannot seem to get the most basic facts right. ... And it hurts their cause. On more than one occasion, I've been able to explain some actual facts to a victim disarmament supporter, and seen that person become outraged at having been lied to. ... So why do the disarmers do it? Are they stupid? Is that why they promote mass violation of human and civil rights, and create safe work places for violent criminals? Or do they deliberately create outrageous, clearly false statements as a sort of social engineering filter?" (01/26/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=2769

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The Protector

Nicki Kenyon The Zelman Partisans
by Nicki Kenyon

"After the 2012 massacre in Newtown, gun grabbers have consistently pushed for more gun control. Schools are already 'gun-free' zones, where teachers and kids are easy prey for the armed psychotics roaming among us, but more and more colleges and universities are considering allowing armed students and professors to carry on campus. My son's school is better than most, but still not good enough. Those licensed to carry concealed can keep their firearms in their cars on campus, but cannot carry to class. If there's an incident, students and professors must run to their cars -- on a very vast campus -- grab their tools of self defense and maybe make it back in time to stop the assailants. Most of the time, that wouldn't be the case on a campus that large. A serious conversation needs to be held about guns on school grounds and on campuses." (01/21/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=2758

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Common misconceptions about rights

Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
by Benedict D LaRosa

"Acquiring and disposing of lawfully gained property is a basic natural right. Any impediment is an infringement, and both of the above are impediments. They set the dangerous legal precedent that government permission is needed to buy or sell private property with a fee determined by that same government. If government has the authority to force individuals to obtain its permission at some expense to buy or sell firearms, then it can do so for anything else at its whim. Not only does this violate property rights and the right to contract for any legal purpose, but it also makes a mockery of the concept of a limited government." (01/21/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/common-misconceptions-rights/

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On Hillary Clinton’s mendacious anti-gun talking point

National Review
by Charles CW Cooke

"Clinton hopes to trick her audience into believing that gun manufacturers are immune from prosecution when their products do not work properly -- and, worse still, that they have been accorded a 'pass' that 'no other industry in America' enjoys. But that's not true. Not at all. In fact, as the Washington Post's debate reviewers note today, 'gun manufacturers can be sued if injuries result from a defective product that is used properly.' As with Clinton's hypothetical toys, an American who injures himself with a gun that doesn't work has every opportunity to take the maker to court. What he cannot do, thanks to the 2005 reform, is sue the manufacturer when a working gun was used for ill. This, in my view, is sensible. As with knives, screwdrivers, poisons, and acids, it makes no sense to hold gun-makers liable for the misuse of their functioning products. Thanks to lawmakers such as Bernie Sanders, we don't." (01/18/16)

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/429958/hillary-clintons-dishonest-talking-point-there-no-immunity

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Obama’s anti-gun orders criminal

Kent McManigal Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal

"Are you worried by Obama's latest anti-gun executive orders? Don’t be. He and his accomplices have no more authority to make up laws regarding guns than I do to demand you paint your house orange. Don't believe me? Consider: The Second Amendment -- which, as an amendment, over-rides anything to the contrary in the original Constitution -- makes devising or enforcing any law as to guns, by any level of government, a serious crime. You are not bound to obey criminals, not even if they claim they are enforcing a law." (01/14/16)

http://www.cnjonline.com/2016/01/14/mcmanigal-obamas-anti-gun-orders-criminal/

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That cars vs. guns regulation argument again

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

"Sure, let's regulate them the same way: * Manufacturers would have to submit samples of each model equipped with all factory options to the ATF to make sure it couldn’t go too fast or too far. * Car manufacturers would be sued when anyone uses a stolen vehicle in a DUI, hit&run, bank robbery, or speeding, despite laws that limit law suits to cases where the manufacturer actually did something wrong. * Dealers would have to run criminal background checks on all buyers. * The dealer would lose his Federal Automobile License if a customer filled out the ATF form 4473 incorrectly. * When buying a car from a dealer, you would have to disclose your race." (01/13/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=2743

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The 3D-printed gun is retro, not futuristic

The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Adrienne LaFrance

"You don't need 3-D-printing technology to make your own gun. Individuals have been fashioning homemade firearms for as long as guns have existed. Zip guns, crude but functional weapons often made from taped-together pieces of pipe and rubber bands, were particularly popular in the 1940s and 1950s. The AK-47, one of the most widely used assault rifles on the planet, has a reputation for being a cinch to make and practically impossible to break. Even so, advances in 3-D printing, in which thin layers of (usually) plastic are printed atop one another to form an object, bring with them a tangle of complex questions about the intersection of gun rights, maker culture, and government oversight." [editor's note: The questions become much less complex, of course, for those who understand that "government" has no business in the matter - TLK] (01/13/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/01/gunslingers-and-the-mythology-of-making-your-own-weapon/423771/

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It isn’t the gun people’s loophole

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

"If you're making repetitive sales to make money, you're a dealer and must get a license no matter where you conduct your business. Occasional sales, liquidation of a personal collection, maintaing and tuning a hobbyist’s collection ... none of that requires an FFL because you clearly aren't a dealer. Where's the 'loophole' that lets a dealer skip background checks? In the 1990s Prez Billy Jeff Clinton decided there were too many Federal Firearms Licensees. ... So they changed the definition of 'engaged in the business' to 'engaged in enough business, and in the right places.'" (01/12/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=2715

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17th-century “assault weapons”

The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by Mike Blessing

"First, the very term 'assault weapon' is a nonsensical phrase intended to cause confusion amongst the members of the public who aren't familiar with firearms, specifically to incite fear of said firearms amongst those same people. With that out of the way, let's talk about the inane notion that 'the Founders didn't forsee today's weapons such as the AK-47 or AR-15 -- thus the Second Amendment only applies to single-shot muskets and flintlocks.' The fact remains that the Founders were familiar with multiple-shot firearms, as such had been developed in Europe over a century before the Revolution: For starters, there's the Kalthoff repeater." (01/10/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle854-20160110-04.html

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The hypocrisy of Obama’s gun control crusade

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Garry Leech

"President Barack Obama took to the stage last week to announce the latest initiative in his crusade to make it more difficult for Americans to purchase firearms. He even shed some tears for American children killed in mass shootings. But there is a blatant hypocrisy in Obama’s position on domestic gun control given that he has bombed more countries during his time in office than any president since World War Two. Where are his tears for the innocent Afghan, Iraqi, Pakistani, Libyan, Syrian, Somalian and Yemeni children who have been killed by his use of drones and other weapons?" (01/11/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/01/11/the-hypocrisy-of-obamas-gun-control-crusade/

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Barack the usurper

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterpreise
by L Neil Smith

"Naturally, Obama's attempt to impose victim disarmament on America by decree has met with a great deal of conservative and libertarian outrage, but it has made me want to ask, as frequently, and at as high a volume as possible, why are you outraged? Didn't our short-sighted ancestors set us up for this kind of thing two and a half centuries ago when they got rid of a monarch without getting rid of monarchical practices?" (01/10/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle854-20160110-02.html

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Obama’s tears for ableist fears

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Nick Ford

"[T]his executive action stems from misguided fears about disabled people and their relation to firearms. As opposed to letting neurodivergent folks decide their own fate, they must instead comply with debilitating bureaucracy. An email that the blogger Autistic Hoya received from Obama's White House Office of Public Engagement promisingly notes the stigma that individuals with mental illness face. Yet, at the same time, the email encourages us to make sure that guns don’t fall into 'the wrong hands.' Presumably, individuals with mental illness fit this description which, in effect, further stigmatizes them." (01/08/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/42689

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Guns, cops, and killing

The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

"What is going on in Texas? People seem to be confused and divided. And sometimes, companies cannot even get things straight in their own management's minds. As reported by Bloomberg.com and featured in Freedom's Phoenix. Wal-Mart Workers on Pistol Patrol as Law Lets Texans Tote Guns. Managers at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in Texas have a new task to add to their list of duties: asking customers if they have a permit to carry a handgun. This strikes me as odd, for several reasons. Why cannot Wal-Mart simply assume that a person is legally carrying unless there is some reason to assume otherwise? This is the equivalent of Wal-Mart managers being made to assume that every person driving into their parking lot is NOT licensed to drive an automobile unless they produce their driver's license." (01/09/17)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=8404

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The Constitution, the president and guns

Andrew P. Napolitano LewRockwell.com
by Andrew P Napolitano

"Earlier this week, President Barack Obama announced that he will sign executive orders that expand the size and scope of federal monitoring of the acquisition and use of guns -- traditionally a matter left to the states -- and he will interpret the laws in novel ways, establish rules and impose obligations that Congress rejected, and prosecute those who defy his new system. ... Can the president do that? In a word: No." (01/07/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/01/andrew-p-napolitano/youre-not-disarming-barry/

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In dramatic reversal, Obama announces he won’t support any candidate who doesn’t support repeal of all US victim disarmament laws

The Hill The Hill
by

[editor's note: OK, a little bit of editorial license there. What he actually wrote is: ""I will not campaign for, vote for or support any candidate, even in my own party, who does not support common-sense gun reform." And as we all know, the only "gun reform" that reflects common sense is repeal of all US "gun control" laws. Unfortunately, HIS definition of "common sense" seems to be a combination of near-perfect stupidity and thorough-going evil - TLK] (01/07/16)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/265171-obama-i-wont-campaign-for-any-dem-that-doesnt-back-gun-reforms

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Could machine guns become totally legal?

The Nation The Nation
by George Zornick

"Given that a hypothetical American, who is underage, has been convicted of a gun crime, has restraining orders out against him, and is on a terror watchlist could go online and have an assault rifle shipped to his door without incident, the US gun lobby seems to have its work cut out for it: simply blocking any action in Congress will perpetuate this madness. President Obama issued executive orders Tuesday in an attempt to bypass this legislative stasis. The biggest piece is expanding the number of small private dealers who must obtain licenses to sell guns and then must perform background checks." [editor's note: Given that the first sentence is an outright lie, it's hard to take any of this seriously, but it does show how delusional some "progressives" are on this issue. SAT] (01/05/16)

http://www.thenation.com/article/the-gun-lobby-isnt-giving-up

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Gun control? What about US arms sales?

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

"While President Obama was tearing up to support his call for gun control, the U.S. military-industrial complex was celebrating its continued leadership in the sale of weaponry to foreign regimes. According to the New York Times, U.S. foreign arms deals increased nearly $10 billion in 2014. Total sales went from $26.7 billion in 2013 to $36.2 billion in 2014, a 35 percent increase. Meanwhile, American statists, including those in the mainstream press, continue to scream about gun-show loopholes here in the United States but remain mute about the U.S. government's #1 position in sales of guns and other weapons around the world." (01/07/16)

http://fff.org/2016/01/07/gun-control-what-about-u-s-arms-sales/

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A myopic focus on guns won’t save lives

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Jonathan Blanks

"On Tuesday, President Barack Obama announced new executive actions to deal with the more than 30,000 annual U.S. gun deaths. During the speech, the president became emotional discussing the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting and other victims of gun violence. His tears drew plaudits from media outlets and gun control advocates. But strong feelings neither change law nor create effective public policy. As for content, Obama's remarks conflated the several major drivers of gun deaths, grossly misrepresented access to firearms via the Internet, and overstated the impacts of his proposals." (01/07/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/myopic-focus-guns-wont-save-lives

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Hopoclasm 2016 edition: The rejection of guns for some people

The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

"There are many stories in the last few days about this grand pronouncement by the Crier-in-Chief; this one has images of a White House document, provided by The Blaze. There are a LOT of comments that could be made, but here are my first thoughts ..." (01/07/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=8393

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From his warm, tear-stained hands …

spiked spiked
by Kevin Yuill

"Obama announced his intention to use an executive order (EO) to circumvent the Republican-dominated Congress, which is unwilling to pass new gun-control legislation. However, it is now unclear if he will issue the EO. The tears streaming down Obama's face were less signs of emotion and more those of a child who cannot get his way, as Republican presidential hopeful and governor of New Jersey Chris Christie noted. Rather than the inaction on gun-control being, as Obama suggested, down to a massive majority being held back by an unbelievably powerful gun lobby, the reality is the opposite -- the embittered, anti-gun elite is frustrated at its inability to convince Congress and most Americans that guns are bad." (01/07/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/from-his-warm-tear-stained-hands/17784

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Obama’s latest anti-gun nonsense and hypocrisy

James Bovard JimBovard.com
by Jim Bovard

"'I taught constitutional law, I know a little bit about this,' President Obama lectures us. And then he says: 'We understand there are some constraints on our freedom in order to protect innocent people.' And the best way to protect innocent people is to assume that gun owners as a group are guilty. I think I missed the middle step in his syllogism. And I don't think he was crying because of the cruel necessity of trampling the Second Amendment." (01/05/16)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2016/01/05/obamas-latest-anti-gun-nonsense-hypocrisy/

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Why Obama’s executive action on guns is unconstitutional

Andrew P. Napolitano Tenth Amendment Center
by Andrew P Napolitano

"President Obama announced Tuesday that he is issuing an executive order on guns and background checks. Here's a look at what the president is doing and if it is even legal under the Constitution of the United States." (01/05/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/01/05/why-obamas-executive-action-on-guns-is-unconstitutional/

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Anti-liberty bigots and their anti-gun “laws”

Kent McManigal Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
by Kent McManigal

"No. That's it: my answer to the anti-liberty bigots who believe they can make up laws against guns. Making up those 'laws' -- or enforcing them -- is a crime, according to the Second Amendment. In case you don't understand what an amendment is, an amendment over-rides the original document. That means even if the Constitution had once said government was allowed to make up rules concerning guns, the Second Amendment made that act a crime the instant it was adopted. It doesn't matter how 'sensible' or necessary you claim such 'laws' to be." [text and Flash video] (01/05/16)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2016/01/anti-liberty-bigots-and-their-anti-gun.html

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“Gun control” — can someone please make that man a ham sandwich?

Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

"The language of the US Constitution's 2nd Amendment is clear and its intended meaning is well-documented. The framers of that amendment -- who had just emerged from a long war against the world's most powerful army, a war won by an armed citizenry -- understood the right to keep and bear arms as a right 'of the people.' They specifically and intentionally barred the president, Congress, the state legislatures, your local city council, ANYONE, from infringing it. Every 'gun control' law now on the books is unconstitutional and therefore, per Madison v. Marbury, void. Not only is Obama's executive order sortie, taken in conspiracy ('consultation') with the Attorney General of the United States and other government functionaries, not within his legal authority, it's a crime." (01/05/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/4000

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Jerry Brown behind bars

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterpreise
by L Neil Smith

"As most gun activists are presently aware, late in December of what is now last year, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into 'law' an act which pretends to permit police in that state, unfettered by Constitutional considerations, to enter the property of otherwise innocent human beings and steal whatever firearms they may be keeping there. The Bill of rights lacks any enforcement or penalty clause, although there are criminal statutes within the United States Code which make Brown's signature and advocacy an unlawful act, for which any decent court -- counting up the number of individuals damaged by what he has done -- would sentence him to a couple of lifetimes in prison. Preferably in the reopened federal prison on Alcatraz Island. As it is, this decades-old sick leftist fetish for rendering ordinary people helpless, is going to cost some incalculable number of human lives, Americans defending to the death their right to own and carry weapons, and brain-dead jackbooted minions of the totalitarian state, intent on violating them. California will end up looking like Kosovo." (01/03/16)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle853-20160103-06.html

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Cherry-picking their data

Vin Suprynowicz Vin Suprynowicz
by Vin Suprynowicz

"Mr. McMaken cites a 2012 Washington Post story by Max Fisher headlined 'Chart: The U.S. has far more gun-related killings than any other developed country.' To the usual sample of 'developed' countries which are currently between genocides (like Germany and Japan) Mr. Fisher 'proceeds to add a few non-traditional comparisons to drive home the point as to how violent the US truly is, in his view.' Specifically, Mr. Fisher adds Bulgaria, Turkey, and Chile. He still ends with a chart showing the U.S. with by far the most 'firearm homicides per 100,000 people.' Why Turkey and Chile and Bulgaria? Apparently because they’re members of the OECD. 'But if you’re familiar with the OECD, you'll immediately notice a problem with the list Fisher uses,' McMaken points out. 'Mexico is an OECD country. So why is Mexico not in this graph?' Clearly, Mexico is excluded because its higher murder rate would mess up the pre-determined result, which is that the United States always has to come our 'worst.'" (01/01/16)

http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=2855

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How gun deaths became as common as traffic deaths

WonkBlog
by Christopher Ingraham and Carolyn Y. Johnson

"For the first time on record, Americans are as likely to die by a gunshot as in a traffic accident, according to new federal data. Gun deaths now outnumber vehicle deaths in 21 states and the District of Columbia. That was true in just two states a decade ago, Alaska and Maryland." [hat tip -- John Riggs] [editor's note: Read with an eye for detail, this post is a tutorial in how to turn statistics into propaganda -- starting with the classification of the choice to end one's own life as a subset of "gun violence" - TLK]

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/12/18/how-gun-deaths-became-as-common-as-traffic-deaths/

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The split between the states over guns

The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Russell Berman

"Will restrictions on guns expand or contract in 2016? It depends entirely on which state you're in. Guns are about to become a lot more visible in the nation's second most populous state. With a law that takes effect in the new year, Texans licensed to carry firearms won't have to conceal them anymore -- they can wear them out in the open, so long as they are in a belt or shoulder holster. Later in 2016, Texans will be allowed to take guns into campus dorms and classrooms, although those will have to remain hidden from view. Gun laws are also set to change this week in California, but the country's biggest state is going in the opposite direction." (12/31/15)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/12/the-growing-gap-in-state-gun-laws/422265/

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Malicious “compliance”

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

"While the Obamas remain on their tax-funded 'free' tropical vacation, Internet chatter drones on over what form his reported gun control by imperial diktat will take. Based on unsourced leaks, the most likely initial act will be to redefine those in the business of selling firearms to include darned near everyone. I myself have suggested that -- as the FAA did with toy drones, and the EPA did with CO2 -- he might even redefine some firearms to include them as NFA items. After all, the ATF once did that very thing with a shoelace. Possibly the best way to deal with such efforts to render more honest people helpless is simple noncompliance: No. Your move. And there is malicious compliance. These are just some idle thoughts of my own on the best way to ensure you've complied with all the possible rules; certainly not official TZP policy (it isn't as if I’m an officer of the company)." (12/30/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=2686

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There’s a huge new demand for guns — not from fear of confiscation, but for self-protection

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Ross Kaminsky

"Something has changed. Last week my wife said to me, 'I think I'd like to get a gun.' By which she meant a gun she can carry with her. If my wife were from Texas, this might not be surprising. But she is from Australia, a country which for two decades has had restrictive firearms laws and whose citizens largely do not understand Americans' commitment to protecting gun rights." (12/30/15)

http://blog.heartland.org/2015/12/theres-a-huge-new-demand-for-guns-not-from-fear-of-confiscation-but-for-self-protection/

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Gun culture, anti-gun culture and Texas campus carry

Garry Reed Dallas Libertarian Examiner
by Garry Reed

"A bill authorizing students with concealed handgun licenses (CHL) to carry their firearms on public university campuses was signed into law in Texas last June and goes into effect on August 1, 2016. There are still many details waiting to be worked out, as explained by the Campus Carry Q&A article on the UTDallas website. The gun control crowd has been howling in anger, dread, and intensified fearmongering about 'Gun Violence.'" (12/29/15)

http://www.examiner.com/article/gun-culture-anti-gun-culture-and-texas-campus-carry

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