Monday, January 30, 2012

Gun News

Law-abiding Mexicans take up illegal guns

In Mexico, where criminals are armed to the teeth with high-powered weapons smuggled from the United States, it may come as a surprise that the country has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the world.
Law-abiding Mexicans who want a gun to defend themselves have no good options. Either they fight government red tape to get a legal permit, or they buy one on the black market.
After an outbreak of violence, one embattled community in northern Mexico called Colonia LeBaron has begun to ask if it's time for the country to address its gun laws.
Read the article: NPR

Tennessee: Record check an ineffective nuisance

Tennessee is one of the large majority of states -- 34 out of 50 -- that doesn't require a background check when one private individual sells a gun to another. Mayors Against Illegal Guns, founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, thinks that Tennessee should join the minority.
But the call for stricter gun laws seems like one whose time has passed, and if anyone is going to reform gun rules it should probably be Bloomberg's New York, which has been the scene of one gun law horror story after another, with honest citizens facing years of jail time for unwitting violations.

Right-to-Carry laws fuel surge in female gun ownership

American women saying they personally own a firearm is nearly one in four, according to an October Gallup poll.
That survey indicated the highest gun ownership since the 1990s, with 43 percent of women reporting at least one in their home and 23 percent saying it's theirs. (Half of American men own a firearm, the poll showed.)
Read the article: The Kansas City Star (Mo.)

Iowa: Right-to-Carry permits increase by 154 percent

For reasons ranging from personal security to "because I can," the number of Iowans with permits to carry concealed weapons increased 154 percent during the first year of relaxed laws governing their issuance.

Oklahoma: Lawmakers look to expand self-defense law

Following a series of high profile shootings deemed justified under the state's "Make My Day" law, some lawmakers are looking to expand the state's gun laws to allow citizens to defend themselves beyond just their homes.
Read the article: The Associated Press

DOJ dodges, won't say when Holder knew of border guard's death

A document the Department of Justice sent to Congress Friday shows that Eric Holder's deputy chief of staff was made aware on the day of U.S. border Patrol Agent Brian Terry's murder that a weapon traced back to Operation Fast and Furious killed him. But when asked Sunday, a Justice spokesperson would not would not answer The Daily Caller's question about whether Attorney General Eric Holder himself was informed of the connection on that day.
Read the article: The Daily Caller

Can hunting endangered animals save the species?

The scimitar horned oryx . . . the addax . . . the dama gazelle   three elegant desert antelope that you'd hope to see on a journey through Africa, except that their numbers are dwindling there. Which is why Lara Logan went to Texas    yes, Texas. There, on large grassland ranches, some exotic species that are endangered in the wild have been brought back in large numbers. But there's a catch: a percentage of the herd is hunted every year by hunters who pay big money for a big catch. The ranchers say this limited "culling" gives them the money they need to care for the animals and conserve the species. 
Read the article: CBS 60 Minutes

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