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Barr: Northam Genuflects to the Gun-Control Movement

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 11:54
In a move to burnish his already well-known anti-firearms credentials, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has unveiled a list of gun control measures he will press the commonwealth’s legislature to adopt in a special session as early as late June. Predictably, his proposals miss the mark widely. While Northam’s announcement came within days of the May 31st shooting rampage in Virginia Beach by a former municipal worker, the proposed measures reflect steps that already could have been taken by government officials, or consist of proposals that would not have prevented the murderer’s actions. Unsurprisingly of course, facts and substance took a back seat to political and emotional triggers. 
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Florida push to ban "assault weapons" hits milestone ahead of Pulse shooting anniversary

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 11:37
A group pushing to ban "assault weapons" in Florida has hit a significant milestone in its effort to place a proposed constitutional amendment on the 2020 ballot. Ban 'Assault Weapons' Now!, a bipartisan organization led in part by survivors of mass shootings in Orlando and Parkland, announced Monday that it has obtained 103,000 signed petitions. The total should be enough to trigger a Florida Supreme Court review of its proposed ballot question, a mandatory step in the process.
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California: Senate and Assembly Public Safety Committee Scheduled to Hear Several Anti-Gun Bills

Sun, 06/09/2019 - 17:13
This week, both the Senate and Assembly Public Safety Committees will be considering anti-gun bills. The Senate Public Safety Committee will be considering  Assembly Joint Resolution 4 and Assembly Joint Resolution 5 , which have been rescheduled from last week's committee hearing, in addition to Assembly Bill 893.  The Assembly Public Safety Committee will be considering Senate Bill 220.  
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Governor Northam to Convene Special Session on Gun Control July 9th!

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 16:30
Embattled Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has announced that he will convene a special session of the General Assembly on July 9 in order to push a wide-ranging package of radical and ineffective gun control proposals.
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Embattled Governor Northam Pushing Magazine Ban!

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 16:04
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has announced that he will convene a special session of the state legislature in order to push a package of radical gun control legislation. Early reports state that the package will include a ban on the standard capacity firearm magazines used by tens of millions of law-abiding gun owners. The details of Northam’s plan have yet to be released, but such bans in other states and the failed federal ban have often targeted magazines with a capacity greater than 10 rounds. There are hundreds of millions of magazines with a capacity greater than 10 rounds that are lawfully-possessed and lawfully used every day in the U.S.
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Bloomberg Week Four: Policies Anti-Gunners Hate

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 16:02
We’ve reached week four in the Bloomberg School of Public Health open online course, “Reducing Gun Violence in America: Evidence for Change.”
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Does a Suppressed Pistol Sound like a Nail Gun?

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 15:59
In response to reports that the Virginia Beach shooter used a firearm suppressor in carrying out his terrible crime, David Chipman, Senior Policy Advisor for the Giffords gun control group, claimed that a suppressed pistol is especially dangerous because the noise associated with the firearm is difficult to distinguish from a nail gun. As per usual for claims Chipman and his employer make about firearm suppressors, this is false. 
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Virginia Governor Sets Date for Special Session on Guns

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 14:30
A week after 12 people were shot dead by a former Virginia Beach city employee, Governor Ralph Northam said Friday that Virginia lawmakers will reconvene July 9 for a special legislative session aimed at changing state gun laws. In a proclamation released Friday morning, Northam exercised powers granted to him by the state constitution allowing him to summon all 140 legislators back to Richmond outside of their normal two-month legislative session usually held in the first part of the year.
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John Lott: After Virginia Beach shooting, Dems seek ban on ‘silencers’ that don’t make guns silent

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 10:46
Despite what you might believe from watchin­g television shows or movies, suppressors (commonly known as “silencers”) do not make guns “silent” — unless you consider an ambulance siren or a jackhammer to be silent. However, as soon as it was clear that the Virginia Beach killer used a noise suppressor on one of his guns last Friday when he killed 12 people, Democrats called for suppressors to be banned. Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam called for a special legislative session to pass a ban.
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Armed California Mother Defeats Hammer-Wielding Intruder/Stalker

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 08:35
Beyond the rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment, there are lots of reasons to own a gun. These reasons include fun, sport and, of course, self defense, which is what a California mother recently used her’s for, after she called police for help.
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Texas governor signs bill allowing more armed teachers

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 08:30
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill into law Thursday that removes the cap on the number of teachers who can become armed marshals in schools. This bill, along with others intended to promote school safety, came in response to the 2018 Santa Fe High School shooting that left eight students and two teachers dead after a student opened fire, according to the Associated Press. No gun control measures were passed as part of the legislation.
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30 Colorado sheriffs join opposition to gun magazine ban facing challenge in state Supreme Court

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 08:28
About half of the state’s county sheriffs this week joined the battle against Colorado’s ban on gun magazines that hold more than 15 rounds, arguing that the law hinders peoples’ ability to defend themselves. Although law enforcement are exempt from the ban, the sheriffs argued in their brief to the Colorado Supreme Court that civilians should have the same access to magazines as typical officers and deputies. If law enforcement agencies believe a magazine that holds 20 or 30 rounds is best for defense, then those magazines are the best option for regular people who want to defend themselves, the sheriffs argued.
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Money for CDC to study gun injuries fires old debate

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 08:26
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is again a focus of the battle over firearms, as Georgia Rep. Lucy McBath and other Democrats are trying to restore funding for the agency to study gun violence. The Atlanta-based CDC stopped researching causes and results of such violence in 1993 when Republican lawmakers reacted to study saying homes with guns were five times more likely than homes without guns to be the scene of suicides and almost three times more likely to be the scene of homicides.
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Salesforce says some firearms can no longer be sold using company software: report

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 08:22
Salesforce Opens a New Window. has updated its acceptable-use policy, telling its customers to either stop selling certain firearms or forget about using its software, a report stated. The company, which describes Opens a New Window. itself as an “online solution for customer relationship management,” updated its policy in April, The Washington Post Opens a New Window. first reported.
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Supreme Court rulings on gerrymandering set to shape elections for the next decade

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 08:18
The U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule this month on two gerrymandering cases that will have a massive impact on the partisan balance of American politics for the next decade. The decisions in Rucho v. Common Cause, which deals with the drawing of North Carolina’s congressional districts, and Benisek v. Lamone, which involves Maryland’s, will help shape the balance of power in Congress and in state legislatures.
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McBath Calls for ‘Gun-Free Society’

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 06:32
On Tuesday, Representative Lucy McBath (D., Ga.) urged a group of gun-rights activists to "stand up for a gun-free society" during a press conference on her introduction of a red flag bill. "The time has come to stand up, to be empowered to save lives," Rep. McBath said at the end of her press conference. "That is our charge. That is what we’re called to do. So, thank you for being here today. I hope that you take this charge back to your communities and stand up for a gun-free society."  
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NRA Applauds Challenge to Colorado’s Unconstitutional Magazine Ban

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 14:11
NRA applauds CSSA for filing an amicus brief in support of a challenge to Colorado’s unconstitutional ban on common rifle and pistol magazines.
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Obama Misrepresents U.S. Gun Laws

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 11:13
n remarks at a technology conference in Brazil, former President Barack Obama misrepresented U.S. gun laws, claiming that “anybody can buy any weapon … without much, if any, regulation,” including “machine guns.” Machine guns have been tightly regulated since 1934 and banned since 1986, except for the sale or transfer of such a weapon that “was lawfully registered and possessed before May 19, 1986,” according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. And even then it can only be transferred from one registered owner to another registered owner. Obama made his remarks May 30 at a technology conference hosted by VTEX. During a question and answer period, the former president was asked about his “most difficult day” in office.
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Trump administration plans major expansion of hunting and fishing in protected US wildlife refuges

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 11:08
The Trump administration on Wednesday proposed opening up more federally protected land for hunting and fishing in what it called a major expansion of those activities in the nation's wildlife refuges. The plan affects 1.4 million acres on federal public lands, including 74 national wildlife refuges, U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge along Lake Erie in northern Ohio.
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Virginia Governor Exploits Virginia Beach Tragedy To Attempt Gun Control

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 10:37
Virginia’s Gov. Ralph Northam is calling for a special session of the state’s legislature to consider gun control measures following the tragic murder of 12 in Virginia Beach last week. The scandal-plagued governor is pressing for gun control measures he pursued earlier in the legislative session, but were defeated by the narrowly held Republican majority. Northam is seeking a ban on standard-capacity magazines, modern sporting rifles, and suppressors, plus extreme-risk protection orders, mandatory home storage laws, and other measures.
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