Thursday, August 11, 2011

Gun News

NRA front and center in W.Va. governor's race

Both West Virginia gubernatorial campaigns are playing a little offense today. Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, the Democratic nominee, has landed the endorsement of the National Rifle Association, while self funding Republican businessman Bill Maloney has launched the first two television ads of his general election campaign, one of which references his own NRA membership.

Read About It: The National Journal

England used to be a country of men

By giving up their natural right to self defense, for example, England's law abiding citizens have become defenseless both physically and psychologically. The loss of their right to self preservation has created a culture of dependency on government (for protection and so much more) that has helped neuter the English male. This has also prompted some English citizens to blame the police for the crime rates that law enforcement is legally constrained from doing anything practical to fight.

Guns, laws, and panics: How fear, not fact, informs the gun rights debate

California has among the strictest gun laws in the country, and couple of local politicians are seizing the opportunity created by the Arizona shooting to make them even stricter. While most states operate under a "shall issue" concealed carry weapons (CCW) permitting regime, meaning that anyone who passes a basic background check can get a CCW, California uses the "may issue" rule, which means the decision is left to the sole discretion of the county sheriff. The result? Approximately 0.1% of California citizens have CCWs, which is almost 20 times lower than in the average shall issue state.

Read About It: Reason online

Pennsylvania: 'Castle Doctrine' goes into effect Aug. 27

State Rep. Tim Mahoney said the Castle Doctrine covers a dwelling (including porch, deck or patio), residence (defined as any dwelling in which a person resides, temporarily or permanently or visits as an invited guest) or occupied vehicle. Under the new law, Mahoney said there is now a presumption that any attacker or intruder who is in the process of unlawfully and forcefully entering any of these locations intends to do great bodily harm to any occupants and also a presumption that anyone inside can use deadly force to protect himself or herself against this attacker or intruder.

Congressmen object to new gun requirements, show support for NRA lawsuits

Federal lawmakers are backing lawsuits against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) following the introduction of new gun registration requirements in several border states. The lawsuits, supported by the National Rifle Association, aim to stop the ATF from compelling firearms sellers to report multiple purchases.

Read About It: The Daily Caller

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