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Gun Control Beaten Back Again; Now What?
Submitted by: David Williamson
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Monday's quadruple failure of four different gun control measures in the Senate was virtually a foregone conclusion, and it happened only a day after anti-gun Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) virtually acknowledged to ABC This Week that discussing why yesterday’s measures would not have prevented Orlando would be falling “into that trap.”
 

Sen. Tim Kaine Wants to ‘Help Keep Guns from Terrorists and Make America Safer’
Submitted by: David Williamson
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At a press conference today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, joined a bipartisan group of Senators to introduce a compromise proposal “to help keep guns from terrorists and make America safer.” The measure would prohibit those on the No Fly List or the Selectee List from purchasing a firearm. “This body has been impotent, weak, silent and a bystander to this carnage of gun violence that is going on in the United States,” Kaine said during a press conference in the Capitol today. “There will be no meaningful gun safety reforms done in this body unless it is bipartisan. We’ve got to make progress, and to make progress we’ve got to do it in a bipartisan way.”
 

The IRS Sure Spends a Lot Of Money On Guns and Ammunition
Submitted by: David Williamson
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According to a new report, the Internal Revenue Service has spent more than $11 million over the past ten years on guns and ammunition. So, should you be worried? Not necessarily, although hearing the words "armed IRS" is certainly nerve wracking.
 

Dianne Feinstein Comments on No Guns for Terrorists Vote
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Senator Dianne Feinstein yesterday spoke at a press conference following the vote on her amendment to give the attorney general the authority to block the sale of guns to known or suspected terrorists.

Her remarks follow:

“Well, here we go again. Another mass shooting—this time the largest in history. Forty-nine dead, 53 injured. Another chance for Congress to take meaningful action. Another missed opportunity.

 

GA: As Many As 30 Glock Handguns Went Missing from Atlanta Public Schools
Submitted by: David Williamson
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Atlanta Public Schools is saying little about an investigation into guns suspected stolen from the school district. The suspected theft comes as the school district forms its own police department to replace the Atlanta Police Department officers who had patrolled local schools. District officials have said an in-house police force will give them more control over how officers are assigned and trained.
 

Campus Carry in Tennessee: News-Sentinel and UTPD stumble with first baby steps
Submitted by: Liston Matthews
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Two pertinent topics include- the inaccurate use of a headline related to staff campus carry in the Knoxville News-Sentinel, and getting the run-around from the University of Tennessee Police Department.
 

PA: Waynesboro Pharmacy Owner Shoots Robber in Self-Defense
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The owner of the Antietam pharmacy says he was the person who shot a robber Monday afternoon in self-defense, he told FOX43 Tuesday. The owner, who declined an on-camera interview and did not want to be identified, says he was in the pharmacy with two female employees when the suspect entered the pharmacy and waved a gun at them, demanding cash and oxycodone pills.
 

GOP Lawmaker: Majority of Gun Deaths in U.S. 'Self-Defense'
Submitted by: David Williamson
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Some Tennessee lawmakers are calling for universal background checks while others are standing firm in their opposition to more gun control. “When it comes to the Constitution, there are no compromises,” said Rep. Glen Casada, R-Franklin, chairman of the House Republican Caucus. Last October, Middle Tennessee State University conducted a poll of 603 random voters statewide. Eighty-three percent said they were in favor of background checks on all gun sales, including gun show and private transactions.
 

MI: 'Santa Shooter' Cleared, Says He Stuck to His Guts
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Marcus Weldon, the man dubbed the “Santa Shooter,” said it was his love for his 7-year-old daughter that got him through a trial on assault and gun charges in a downtown gas station shooting he said was in self defense. Weldon on Tuesday celebrated his acquittal with his child, his parents and members of his church on criminal charges for a shooting that left one man seriously wounded.
 

CO: Fort Collins Bounty Hunter Shooting Raises Questions
Submitted by: David Williamson
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When Vonshay McCarther called policeJune 15 , it had already been four hours since he shot two people at a southwest Fort Collins apartment complex. The story the bounty hunter eventually told police made an already bizarre incident even stranger. Although no one died in the incident, McCarther's shooting of Lupe and Roger Sanchez has raised questions about the authority bounty hunters possess and the lack of regulations they face in Colorado.
 

MI: Mom Breaks Down After Seeing Her 3-year-Old Do Lockdown Drill
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A mother thought her 3-year-old daughter was just being silly and cute when she saw her standing on their toilet at home one day but learned she was practicing a lockdown drill. At first mother, Stacey Feeley, found humor in her daughter standing on the toilet in their Michigan home and decided to take a picture. But Feeley learned her daughter was practicing a lockdown drill she learned in school. She was practicing hiding from a potential attacker.
 

Senate Approves Additional Mass Shootings
Submitted by: David Williamson
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In this time when it seems impossible for Congress to agree on anything, it's refreshing to know that sometimes they can still manage to find common ground. And that common ground is that America will endure more mass shootings. Hooray. The Senate had four chances to pass gun-control on Monday, with two weak Democratic bills and two even-weaker Republican bills. And congratulations, Congress, you defeated them all! Thanks to you, we can look forward to even more death and carnage and mayhem and late-night comedy hosts writing somber monologues about persevering through difficult times.
 

CO: 30-40 Guns Stolen From Jefferson County Gun Shop
Submitted by: David Williamson
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As many as 40 handguns were stolen from a gun shop in Littleton early Tuesday morning. The suspects forced their way through the front doors and smashed glass cases containing dozens of firearms, sister station KCNC reports.
 

IL: Chicago Police Seize Nearly 100 Guns Over Violent Father's Day Weekend
Submitted by: David Williamson
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Officers took nearly 100 guns off the streets during a violent Father's Day weekend, police said. Some were semi-automatic weapons. With the help of community organizations and gun buy-back events, officers have seized 4,200 guns so far this year. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson renewed his push to get guns off the city's streets. "These are exactly the types of weapons that have captured the national spotlight and I can tell you right now, there's no place for weapons of war on the streets of Chicago," Johnson said during the department's graduation and promotion ceremony at Navy Pier Tuesday.
 

Stephen Colbert Blasts Senate’s Inaction on Guns After Orlando: ‘It’s Easy to Feel Hopeless’
Submitted by: David Williamson
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“I’m upset,” Stephen Colbert said when he sat down at his desk Tuesday night. ‘We all have jobs to do, right? I’m doing my job right now, and I’ve got these cameras in here to prove it. And after the attacks in Orlando, Florida, I thought maybe the government might do their job and pass any kind of law, even a fig leaf to justify their existence. Well, for thinking that, I owe myself an apology.”
 

NY: Gun Stores Increase Security After Burglaries
Submitted by: David Williamson
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After three burglaries in the last three days many people are wondering if gun shops in the Twin Tiers will tighten up their security to prevent yet another robbery. Hesselson's in Elmira Heights is a popular spot for people shopping for hunting guns. Owner Tom Witzel says even after the recent burglaries he's not worried about a break in at his store. "We do have two security systems in the store so we have a regular security system which alerts the police department and there's a backup system to that too," Witzel says, "Plus the fact that Elmira Heights Police Department is like right behind us, so they kind of circle the building already 10 to 12 times a night."
 

Those Rallying Around the Second Amendment Seem to Ignore the Fourth
Submitted by: David Williamson
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Relax, people. Your Second Amendment rights are in no danger of being eroded. But your Fourth Amendment rights? They're as good as gone. In fact, they've been gone a good while now. The noisiest gun partisans say that the 2nd Amendment is their protection against a government run amok. But if the U.S. Supreme Court continues to shrug and give attaboys to police who stop and search people on a whim, then all that talk about guns protecting us from government overreach is just chatter.
 

MT: State's Washington Delegation Split On Gun Control Measures
Submitted by: David Williamson
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Montana lawmakers in Washington voted for and against two sets of opposing gun control measures Monday. None of the four amendments, which were spurred on by the recent mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, passed the Senate votes. Republican Senator Steve Daines voted in support of two Republican measures that would improve but not expand background checks and require the FBI to seek a court order before preventing a gun sale to a suspected terrorist.

 

Reed Vows 2nd Amendment Protection, as High Court Leaves Assault Weapon Bans in Place
Submitted by: David Williamson
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As members of Congress debated Monday evening on four gun bills - none of which were expected to pass - a Western New York lawmaker suggested there is common ground Democrats and Republicans may find, if they're willing to identify and act against the "real enemy." As Republican Tom Reed sees it, it's not the guns.
 

Sen. Portman: ‘I Don’t Know’ That 2nd Amendment, Radical Islam ‘Are Really Linked’
Submitted by: David Williamson
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When asked whether curtailing the Second Amendment rights of Americans will protect this country from radical Islamic terrorism, Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) replied: “I don’t know that the two are really linked.” “Will curtailing the Second Amendment rights of Americans to keep and bear arms help protect this county from radical Islamic terrorism?” CNSNews.com asked Portman Tuesday on Capitol Hill.

 

MI: 2nd Amendmend Appreciation Night in Battle Creek
Submitted by: David Williamson
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A Battle Creek firearms shop is hosting a night dedicated to appreciating their Second Amendment Rights.

 

NY Times Leaves Out Vital Context on Gun Expert’s Disputed AR-15 Claim — and He Says Pro-Gun Critics Have It All Wrong
Submitted by: David Williamson
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The New York Times came under fire this week for reporting that the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle was capable of firing eight rounds per second. The gun expert behind the claim, who told TheBlaze he has received some “nasty calls” since the publication of the article, said the Times left out vital context behind the figure he provided.
 

VA: City Council Adopts Gun Control Resolution
Submitted by: David Williamson
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Gun control debate dominated the June 20 Charlottesville City Council meeting as members of opposing sides of the issue cited the Second Amendment—“the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”—and the Declaration of Independence’s inalienable rights to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” that victims of gun violence had been denied.
In the wake of the Orlando massacre, the largest slaughter of Americans by a lone gunman, City Council passed 4-0 a resolution demanding state and federal legislators enact legislation to require comprehensive background checks and ban assault weapons.
 

Judicial Nominee Kathleen Sweet Lauded at Washington Hearing
Submitted by: David Williamson
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Kathleen M. Sweet, the former Bar Association of Erie County president nominated to be a federal judge in Buffalo, went before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday and came away likely to be confirmed despite the Senate’s partisan divisions. Sen. Lindsey O. Graham, R-S.C., presided at the hearing, and at the end praised Sweet and two others from other parts of the country who have been nominated to serve as U.S. district judges.
 

IA: Gun Debate Looms Over 2017 legislative Session
Submitted by: David Williamson
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A renewed fight over gun control in Iowa is already brewing as state legislators look to make reforms following a deadly shooting in Orlando. Sen. Matt McCoy, D-Des Moines, said he will propose a ban on the sale of certain semi-automatic weapons, which includes the kind used to gun down and kill nearly 50 patrons of a gay nightclub earlier this month.
 

UT: Candidates, Both Gun Owners, Outline Firearms Platforms
Submitted by: David Williamson
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Mayor Jack Thomas and the Park City Council will likely address state gun laws this summer in the weeks or months after the deadly attack at an Orlando, Fla., nightclub. It is not clear what sort of role the Park City officials could have in a discussion that typically unfolds on the state and federal levels. Tim Quinn and Rudi Kohler, though, could eventually hold a post of influence should the state government consider changes to gun laws as a result of calls for tighter restrictions in the period after Orlando. Quinn, a Republican, and the Democratic Kohler are vying for the District 54 seat in the Utah House of Representatives. District 54, now held by retiring Republican Kraig Powell, stretches from Heber City into Park City.
 

NV: Washoe Sheriff Opposes Gun Background Check Ballot Measure
Submitted by: David Williamson
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Washoe County Sheriff Chuck Allen is siding with the National Rifle Association in opposition to Question 1. The November ballot measure proposes to expand background checks for firearm sales to private party sales and transfers in Nevada.
Opponents say it wouldn’t prevent criminals from getting their hands on guns and would only waste law enforcement resources.
 

Samantha Bee rips Republicans and the NRA for Blocking Gun Control Laws
Submitted by: David Williamson
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Samantha Bee blasted senate Republicans and the National Rifle Association for following last week's celebrated 14-plus-hour filibuster by killing four gun control bills. Bee showed a video of failed Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, who let the air out of the filibuster balloon by declaring that gun control wasn't the issue - it was a terrorism issue. Cruz then called the filibuster an example of "political gamesmanship."
 

FL: Court Mulls Law Limiting Docs' Talk With Patients About Guns
Submitted by: David Williamson
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As a national debate rages on gun rights and gun control, a federal appeals court is mulling a Florida law that restricts doctors from talking about gun ownership with patients. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday heard arguments on a legal challenge to the 2011 law that requires doctors to have a legitimate safety concern before they start asking a patient about guns. Doctors who violate the law could face professional discipline, such as a fine, or even lose their medical licenses.
 

AR: Gun Store Owner Screening Buyers Before Background Checks
Submitted by: David Williamson
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Several proposals failed in the U.S. Senate on Monday, one of those would have blocked a sale for up to three days while a court reviews it, if the buyer had been investigated for terrorism within the past five years. Since Orlando, the owner of the Arkansas Armory tells KATV their gun sales have increased fivefold, but that doesn't mean they're selling to everyone who passes an FBI background check.
 

I'm A Gun-Owning Mom and You'd Better Believe I Support Gun Control
Submitted by: David Williamson
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I am not a gun-fearing liberal who thinks that we should ban all guns. I come from a family of avid hunters and gun owners. I received my first handgun as a Christmas gift when I was 13.
I respect guns, I enjoy shooting from time to time and if I really thought the government was plotting to snatch up all our guns, I’d be pushing back against that with a vengeance. But I’m also not a gun-owner who eats the fear-laced shit sandwich the NRA keeps putting on my plate, and hearing the news that the senate has once again refused to pass common sense gun reform fills me with frustration.
 

VA: Gun Surrender Law Tied to Protective Orders Goes into Effect July 1
Submitted by: David Williamson
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Domestic abusers will have to surrender their firearms within 24 hours of being served a civil, family abuse final protective order or face felony charges, under a law scheduled to take effect July 1. The firearms surrender provision is part of a far-reaching gun rights and gun control legislative compromise reached in February between Republican legislative leaders and the administration of Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
 

IL: Cook County Officials Call for Researching Gun Violence
Submitted by: David Williamson
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Every year, doctors at Stroger Hospital treat about 900 victims of gun violence and have become experts at what they call resurrection medicine. In the wake of the nightclub shooting in Orlando where 49 people were murdered, the American Medical Association called gun violence a national health crisis, which is something that trauma surgeons in Chicago come face to face with every day.
 

NY: First Weapons Bust Under Tough State Gun Law
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Newly free from a Supreme Court challenge, New York's attorney general deployed the state's tough gun laws for the first time against three federally licensed dealers accused of selling more than 100 assault weapons. New York's case against the owner and employees of Jackson Guns and Ammo in Henrietta, N.Y. marks the first prosecution under the Safe Act, which the state passed shortly after the massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
 

New Zealand: Kindergarten Issues Toy Gun Licenses
Submitted by: David Williamson
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A Queensland kindergarten has embraced children's interest in toy guns by issuing them with their own licences. The Kilkivan Kindergarten says the toy gun licenses are issued when a child shows an interest in using or playing with guns. She says many children at the kindy, in a rural area west of Gympie, come from properties where parents have guns.
 

LGBT Gun Club Memberships Surge After Orlando Shooting
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Gun club membership among the LGBT community has skyrocketed since the massacre at the Orlando gay nightclub that killed 49 people earlier this month, USA Today reports. Pink Pistols, a gun club for the LGBT community, has reported that additional chapters nationwide have opened up and that its Facebook membership has increased from some 1,500 before the shooting to almost 7,000.
 

MN: Trap Shoot- Cards Fifth Among Loaded Field of The State's Biggest Programs
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Alexandria’s Jeremy Knight stepped up to the shooting line with four of his teammates on Tuesday for the last day of the eight-day Minnesota State High School Clay Target League championship at the local shooting park. The morning rounds featured some ideal conditions with sunny skies and a light wind. That meant those who wanted to be in contention for the overall high gun award likely had to take advantage.
 

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