Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Gun News

Supporters of legislation that would expand gun owners' ability to carry their weapons in their vehicles scored a victory Tuesday and embarked on a major push to pass a measure before lawmakers go home for the year.

Read the article: The Tennessean (Nashville, Tenn.)

Mitt Romney will address the National Rifle Association's annual meeting later this week, a speech that comes at a crucial time for the candidate who is working to appeal to the conservative base of his party as he inches closer to clinching the Republican nomination.

Read the article: ABC News

The Senate voted 31-6 late Monday to assure Louisiana residents they have a strict right to own and bear arms. Senate Bill 303 by Sen. Neil Riser, R Columbia, now heads to the House for debate. Riser said that if adopted, Louisiana would have the strongest gun protection laws in the nation.

Read the article: The Times Picayune (New Orleans, La.)

Members of the House Public Safety Committee have passed a Senate bill that they say would increase legal protection of citizens' constitutional rights.
Senate Bill 1760, by Sen. Anthony Sykes, R Moore, and Rep. T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton, would specify the Second Amendment rights of Oklahomans cannot be taken away during a declared state of emergency.

Read the article: The News Star (Shawnee, Okla.)

Gun supporters are celebrating the end of the state's combined ballistic identification system, an electronic database of spent shell casings.
Created about a decade ago by then Gov. George Pataki, CoBIS required all new handguns sold in New York to be test fired, the casings collected and the marTks on the spent shells digitized and stored in the database. The idea was that investigators would be able to connect the marks on the shells in the database with guns used in crimes.
But the system never lived up to its promise. Since 2011, there have only been two identifying "hits," despite hundreds of thousands of markings being entered into the database.

Read the article: The Daily Gazette (Schenectady, N.Y.)

Shasta County concealed  weapons permit applicants lined up in droves last month, leading to the busiest month on record for those applying to discreetly carry firearms.

Read the article: The Record Searchlight (Redding, Calif.)

The Family and Personal Protection Act (HB0148), failed to pass in the Illinois General Assembly by 6 votes last year, but is in committee again under the name HB5745, according to the Illinois General Assembly's website. Co sponsored by nine democratic and 29 republican representatives, the bill would allow Illinois residents to apply for a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Read the article: The Northern Star (DeKalb, Ill.)

Economist John Lott, noted for his academic advocacy of gun rights, says that when Barack Obama was his colleague at the University of Chicago, the future president treated him as if he were “evil.”

Read the article: The Daily Caller

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