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NJ: Bergen County gun buyback nets 1,300 weapons
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The Bergen County sheriff's office says a two-day gun buyback program netted more than 1,300 firearms and 55,000 rounds of ammunition over the weekened.
Officials say the last time his office did such a program, in 2010, they collected 703 guns.
Gun owners could turn in weapons for cash, no questions asked. They received $300 for assault weapons, $100 for handguns and $80 for shotguns and rifles.
Organizers budgeted about $110,000 for the buyback.
Dropoff locations included churches and community centers in eight cities, including four in Hackensack.
 

Supreme Court declines to hear gun rights case
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Staying out of the raging national debate over guns, the Supreme Court on Monday declined to weigh in on whether gun owners have a constitutional right to carry handguns outside the home.
 

NY: New York's assault weapon registration begins
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Key measures of New York's tough new gun law kicked in Monday, with owners of firearms now reclassified as assault weapons required to start registering the firearms and new limits on the number of bullets allowed in magazines.
As the new provisions took effect, New York's affiliate of the National Rifle Association planned to file a court request for a federal injunction to immediate halt to the magazine limit.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls those and other provisions in the state's new gun law common sense while dismissing criticisms he says come from "extreme fringe conservatives" who claim the government has no right to regulate guns.
 

Kerry: Foreign Students 'Scared' of Guns in America
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Secretary of State John Kerry tells CNN that foreign students are "scared" of guns in America:
"We had an interesting discussion about why fewer students are coming to, particularly from Japan, to study in the United States, and one of the responses I got from our officials from conversations with parents here is that they're actually scared. They think they're not safe in the United States and so they don't come," Kerry tells CNN.
He noted Japan's restrictive gun laws – which prevent private ownership of nearly all firearms, including handguns – and said the country was safer "where people are not running around with guns."

Submitter's comment: No, they're running around with ropes looking for places to hang themselves.
 

Background checks amount to ‘new tax on guns,’ Coburn insists
Submitted by: D. Smith

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The deal senators have struck to expand firearm background checks to all Internet and gun show sales will drive up prices for consumers, weapons retailers say.

But Sen. Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican who was part of the negotiations with Mr. Toomey before dropping out of the talks, said the record-keeping provisions in the deal are too onerous and amount to a “new tax on guns.”

 

Supreme Court passes on gun rights case
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The United States Supreme Court has declined to take up the hottest question about gun rights now dividing the nation's courts: is there a constitutional right to carry a gun outside the home?
The justices today passed up a challenge brought by five residents of New York's Westchester County to a state law that forbids carrying a gun unless a person desiring to do so can show "proper cause" -- some special need for protection that goes beyond a general desire for self-defense. Those who can demonstrate that need can be granted a license to carry a firearm. The federal appeals courts are split on whether the Second Amendment provides a right to carry a gun in public.
 

PA: Philadelphia Police Department missing M-16 assault rifle
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Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey announced at a press conference Monday morning that an M-16 rifle is missing from a department weapons inventory at the training academy.

According to the Commissioner, a regularly scheduled audit conducted last Tuesday of 1,356 Colt M-16 fully automatic rifles revealed one weapon was unaccounted for.

Submitters note: This is a real assault rifle. Not the semi-auto rifles the gun grabbers call assault rifles. And why does the Philadelphia police department need 1,356 M-16s????
 

NY: Schneiderman hails U.S. Supreme Court gun ruling
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
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Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said today that he’s pleased the U.S. Supreme Court today refused to hear a case challenging New York’s handgun licensing statute. The plaintiffs in the case sought to toss New York’s law that requires handgun permit seekers to demonstrate “proper cause” to obtain a license to carry concealed handguns in public. The Attorney General’s Office has successfully argued in favor of the law on the state’s behalf.
 

NRA 500 Controversy is Fake. NASCAR is Getting Duped.
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This is nothing more than two corporations allowing themselves to be shoved around by a politician and some of his other highly influential lackeys.
 

Command The Chief – New Pro-Gun Initiative
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Command The Chief is a new pro-gun project put together to send 1 Million actual letters (not emails) to the White House on one single day.
 

NY: Troopers PBA: Hey, our members didn’t pass SAFE
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The New York State Troopers PBA has released a statement expressing its hope that opponents of the SAFE gun control law will appreciate the fact that its members “did not write the terms of the bill nor vote on its passage.” “Our membership holds widely shared concerns of this new law,” the statement reads in part. “Additionally, we believe that actual enforcement of these new regulations will significantly increase the hazards of an already dangerous job.”
 

NY: Off-duty cop kills baby son, boyfriend before shooting self
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An off-duty New York City police officer shot to death her 1-year-old son and her boyfriend, who is believed to be the child's father, before taking her own life in a Brooklyn home early Monday, authorities said.

The officer's teenage son told police he spoke with his mother when he first woke up Monday morning and everything seemed fine. Then, around 8 a.m., he told police he heard a gunshot -- then more gunshots -- and he saw his mother standing in the apartment with a gun in her hand.

All three victims died of gunshot wounds, authorities said.
 

NY: Erie County Sheriff Race Veers Away From SAFE Act
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The Erie County Sheriff’s race could be a tight one this year, but don’t expect to hear much about the state’s controversial SAFE Act. Democrat Bert Dunn, who is challenging Sheriff Tim Howard, says that management of personnel will be the most significant issue of the campaign. But he said voters are asking him and other police officers about how they will enforce the state’s new gun laws. The Erie County Legislature has called for the SAFE Act’s repeal, but Dunn said that any violations of the act that have occurred so far are already covered in existing legislation.
 

TX: War Veteran Arrested for “Rudely Displaying” Rifle
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A decorated war veteran on a Boy Scout hike with his 15-year-old son was arrested alongside a Texas country road after a police officer accused him of “rudely displaying” a firearm.

Army Master Sgt. C.J. Grisham told Fox News he was illegally disarmed by members of the Temple Police Dept. – even though he held the proper permits to carry his weapons.

Grisham and his son were on a 10-mile hike in a rural area populated by wild boars and cougars. He was carrying an AR-15 rifle and a .45 caliber pistol.

“I’m still frankly and honestly 100 percent confused about what I’m being charged with,” Grisham said.
 

PA: Police chief fears Philadelphia cop stole M16 automatic gun
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Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey says one of the departments most powerful weapons has gone missing.

In a press conference Monday morning, Ramsey said an M16 fully-automatic assault rifle is unaccounted for following an audit. He believes it couldn't have been taken by anyone but a police officer.

"It could be an inventory issue although we are going through everything we can and we still haven't located it," Ramsey told reporters Monday. "The biggest fear, obviously, is that it was stolen by one of my own members."

The Vietnam-era M16 rifle was stored in a deadbolted and alarmed storeroom at the Philadelphia Police Training Academy in Northeast Philadelphia.
 

TX: Suspect arrested in TX DA murder case.
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Former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Eric Williams was arrested Saturday, charged with making terroristic threats and with bail issues regarding a theft conviction he was appealing. Now, sources tell local FOX News affiliate KDFW that Williams is the suspect in the murders of District Attorney Mike McLelland and Assistant D.A. Mark Hasse, as well as McLelland’s wife, Cynthia.

McLelland and Hasse were the prosecutors in that theft conviction.
 

Defensive Gun Use
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A new paper from the Violence Policy Center states that “for the five-year period 2007 through 2011, the total number of self-protective behaviors involving a firearm by victims of attempted or completed violent crimes or property crimes totaled only 338,700.” That comes to an annual average of 67,740 — not nothing, but nowhere near the N.R.A.’s 2 million or 2.5 million.
 

CT: Challenge to Connecticut's New Gun Law
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Connecticut's new gun laws, passed in response to the Newtown school massacre, violate the rights of disabled people who want to carry AR-15s, rifles with pistol grips and large-capacity magazines, a man claims in court.
Scott A. Ennis sued Gov. Dannel Malloy in New London Superior Court.
Also suing is the group Disabled Americans For Firearm Rights, which Ennis says he founded and manages.
 

NH: Hundreds Rally for "Stand Your Ground" Law in New Hampshire
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A crowd of more than 300 gathered on the State House grounds in Concord, New Hampshire, Saturday afternoon in an "Honor Your Oath" rally in support of the "Stand Your Ground" law the state's House of Representative recently voted to repeal. Rally organizers charged that the 189 representatives who voted for repeal have violated their oath to support the Constitution of the United States, including the Second Amendment right to "keep and bear arms." Jack Kimball, chairman of the Granite State Patriots Liberty PAC, warned lawmakers not to "fool around" with the Second Amendment and declared the nation at a "tipping point" that requires citizen action to "save our republic."
 

Dr. Coburn's begins debate on Second Amendment issues.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“I look forward to offering multiple amendments in the coming days, including an amendment to replace the unworkable Manchin-Toomey with a proposal that will protect Americans’ Second Amendment rights while giving law abiding citizens the tool they need to make sure they aren’t transferring a firearm to someone who will be a threat to themselves or others. I also intend to offer or support amendments to protect the Second Amendment rights of veterans and Americans who have concealed carry permits, among other issues. Today’s vote enables me to offer those amendments, and help give the American people the debate they deserve.”
 

MT: Tester to back gun bill: Senator says trade-off is 'a step in the right direction'
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Montana Sen. Jon Tester said Monday he would vote in favor of a bipartisan compromise on background checks for gun purchases.

If approved, the proposal will be the centerpiece of gun control legislation pending in the Senate.

“This bill will not solve all the violence problems in this country, not even close,” Tester said in a Senate floor speech. “But is it a step in the right direction while protecting my Second Amendment rights? Yes, it is.”
 

MA: Sportsmen Rally For Gun Rights In Pittsfield
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Hundreds of country residents took to Park Square on Monday in support of the right to bear arms.

The Berkshire County League of Sportsmen are joining groups across the state this week in protesting further legislation aimed to restrict gun ownership.

The group says both the laws in place and those being proposed limit lawful gun ownership but fails to address the criminal element.
 

The problems of gun checks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Toomey apparently does not understand how the background-check system works. Take his claim on Sunday: "Since checks began in 1998, more than 100,000 people who are ineligible to own guns have been denied them each year." Just because someone is "initially denied" permission to buy a gun doesn't mean that he is really ineligible to own guns.

This is the same problem experienced with the "no-fly" list. Remember the five times that the late Sen. Ted Kennedy was "initially denied" access to flights because his name was on the antiterror list? His name was similar to someone whom we really did want to keep from flying.

Ed.: A good read from John Lott Jr.
 

ABC NEWS: Do We Really Need Guns For Self-Defense?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On April 14 2013, ABC News carried a column that asked if we really need guns for self-defense?

Columnist Adam Geller doesn’t argue with the fact that we once did, but asks whether today’s lower crime rates undercut the need for them anymore.
 

Supreme Court won't hear gun-rights case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The court’s refusal to hear an appeal doesn’t set a legal precedent, and the justices do not explain their reasons for turning away a case.

For now, however, the reach of the Second Amendment right “to keep and bear arms” remains uncertain.

In a pair of decisions in 2008 and 2010, the high court struck down ordinances in Washington and Chicago because they prohibited all private possession of handguns, including keeping a gun at home for self-defense. The justices didn’t address whether this right to self-defense includes a right to be armed in public. Most states allow law-abiding gun owners to obtain a concealed carry permit.
 

Supreme Court declines potential major gun rights case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Some saw the case as a potential landmark and as a natural follow-up to the court’s landmark Second Amendment decisions handed down in 2008 and 2010.

Others suggested that in light of the tragic mass killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School and the ongoing debate in Congress over gun-control measures, the justices might decide that the timing was not right to examine such a case.

In 2008, a five-justice majority declared in District of Columbia v. Heller that the Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental right to keep guns in the home for self-protection. And in 2010, the court ruled 5 to 4 that the amendment applies to all potential gun regulations in the United States, including those enacted by state and local governments.
 

TX: Vet Abused, Disarmed By Cops Because ‘Polite’ Constitution Has No Place For Rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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You have the right to bear arms — still relatively un-infringed in some States — unless, of course, agents of the state deem you are doing so in an impolite manner. A decorated veteran who was on a 10-mile hike with his 15-year-old son was illegally disarmed and arrested on a Texas county road for “rudely displaying a firearm.”

FOX News’ Todd Starnes reports that Army Master Sgt. C.J. Grisham was confronted and illegally disarmed of his AR-15 and .45 caliber pistol by the Temple Police Department, despite having the proper permits to publicly carry the weapons. The incident happened as the man and his son were hiking in a rural area known to be home to wild boars and cougars.
 

The Calguns Foundation: On Federal Background Checks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Even with nearly universal background checks, California still has a higher gun homicide rate than the State of Texas where there are only background checks on commercial sales. However, technology has certainly reached a point where the Federal government could make it very easy, and free, to keep guns out of the hands of prohibited persons.

Though we certainly like some of the gun owner protections and rights expansions in the Manchin-Toomey proposal, such as those licensed to carry a firearm being able to buy handguns in any state, there are serious issues with the additional costs that the proposal would place on law abiding gun owners.
 

NY: Suit targets holes in gov’s gun ban
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The state’s largest gun owners’ group will seek a preliminary injunction in federal court today to block several sections of Gov. Cuomo’s tough new anti-gun law, including a bizarre provision that even the governor can’t justify, The Post has learned. The unusual section of the new SAFE Act takes effect today, and while it allows legal gun owners to put 10 bullets in the magazines of their semiautomatic rifles and pistols during competitions at shooting ranges, it makes it illegal for them to put more than seven bullets in the same gun magazines in their own homes — even if their lives are in danger.
 

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