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LA Times: Jeb Bush Rejects Post-Charleston Calls for Stricter Gun Control Laws
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush pushed back Saturday against calls from President Obama and other Democrats for stricter gun control laws in the wake of the mass shooting at a Charleston, S.C., church that left nine people dead.
Charles Krauthammer: Gun control is Democrat “Go-To, Knee-Jerk Solution”
After a massacre like the one at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, our immediate reaction is to do something. Something, for politicians, means legislation. And for Democratic politicians, this means gun control.
FPC Files Conditional Support for California Assembly Bill 950
As noted in our letter, “Subsequent to this measure’s May 14 hearing in the Senate Committee on Public Safety, Justice Kagan delivered a rare unanimous Supreme Court decision in Henderson v. United States that calls into question California’s laws on the dis-possession of non-contraband personal property under a restraining order (including, but not limited to, “Gun Violence Restraining Orders”) or other prohibiting condition.”
BREAKING: Another Federal Circuit Court Unravels Second Amendment Gun Rights
In yet another decision that thumbs its nose at the Supreme Court’s landmark D.C. v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago rulings, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals held today that the Second Amendment does not protect gun rights outside of one’s home.
Reason.com: Gun Rights Benefited Black Americans During the Civil Rights Movement and Still Do
This argument persuades few who are committed to “gun control” (a misnomer because law-abiding people, not guns, are subject to control). But those who demand it while grieving over the racist massacre at Emanuel AME church in Charleston, S.C., ought to understand that “time and again, guns have proven pivotal to the African American quest for freedom.”
John Lott: The Myth of American Gun Violence
In his address to the nation, Obama claimed that, “We as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency.”
Washington Times: Bernie Sanders Admits that Gun Control Won’t Solve All Our Problems
“I think guns and gun control is an issue that needs to be discussed,” Mr. Sanders told NPR’s David Greene in an interview that aired Thursday. “Let me add to that, I think that urban America has got to respect what rural America is about, where 99 percent of the people in my state who hunt are law abiding people.”
WaPo: Manchin, Toomey Both Interested in Reviving Gun Control Push
In separate interviews Tuesday night, at a reception before a ceremony hosted by Sandy Hook families where Toomey was honored, the senators discussed their desire to find a new way forward.
AP: Appeals Court Says US Citizen Abroad can Challenge Gun Ban
A federal appeals court says a U.S. citizen living in Canada should have a trial to challenge a federal law that bans people living outside the country from buying guns when they come back to visit.
D.C. Circuit: Let’s Go To Trial on Nonresident Citizen Gun Purchase Ban
The question in this case is whether a citizen who permanently resides outside the United States has a right under the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution to purchase a firearm for self-defense while he is temporarily visiting this country. Dearth alleges that 18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(9) & (b)(3) and implementing regulations, 27 C.F.R. §§ 478.29a, 478.96, 478.99, 478.124, are unconstitutional because the provisions, in effect, prohibit citizens not residing in any state from purchasing firearms.
Guns.com: Judge’s Ruling Threatens Upheaval of Puerto Rico Gun Laws
Taking control of Puerto Rico’s strict firearms statutes is Judge Lugo Anibal Irizarry, sitting in the Court of Salinas, who found the U.S. territory’s Ley de Armas unconstitutionally prohibitive and in violation of the Second Amendment as part of a class action lawsuit brought by 850 plaintiffs.
Business Insider: Democratic 2016 Candidate Martin O'Malley Campaigns for Gun Control Following Charleston Massacre
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) seems set to make gun control a cornerstone of his 2016 presidential campaign. He kicked off what his aides describe as a “major push” on the issue last week with an email to supporters where he declared he was “pissed” by the mass shooting in South Carolina.
Reason.com: Obama Wonders If Dylann Roof, Who Passed a Background Check, Could Have Been Stopped by a Background Check
But as CNN reported the day of Obama’s remarks, Roof bought the .45-caliber Glock Model 41 handgun he used in the church attack from a Charleston gun store in April, shortly after his 21st birthday (which was on April 3), with money his father had given him as a present. That means he passed a background check.
Carly Fiorina says Obama Post-Charleston Gun Control Demands ‘Inappropriate’ and ‘Ironic’
“I did not think it was the appropriate time,” Fiorina told TheBlaze Saturday. “I think we have seen a pattern of politicians and President Obama in particular using tragedies to advance a political agenda.”
Sacramento Bee: Obama Urges Mayors to Back Gun Control
In his second call for tighter gun restrictions since nine people were killed Wednesday inside a historic black church in Charleston, S.C., Obama told about 300 mayors that gun regulations could save lives.
CNN: Clinton, Obama Seek Gun Control in Wake of Charleston Massacre
President Barack Obama and other top Democrats -- including Hillary Clinton -- find themselves in a familiar place following the mass shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday: Pleading for gun control while knowing it's unlikely to happen.
Several Anti-Gun Bills Under Consideration in Rhode Island General Assembly
Twenty-nine firearms-related bills were introduced in this session of the [Rhode Island] General Assembly. Two of these can be termed gun friendly and one, having to do with poaching elephants, has nothing to do with firearms. The rest of the measures are usually described as “common-sense solutions to gun violence." All were held in committee “for further study."
The Hill: Congress Pursues Misguided Legislation to Mandate Smart Gun Technology
What is particularly confounding is why this bill was introduced in the first place, let alone, re-introduced. While there are some aspects worth salvaging (such as R&D grants), the positive aspects are sadly undermined by the continual and misguided venture into mandates that has had the net effect of retarding tech development, subverting the markets and dissuading investment.
Coinbase: No Bitcoins for Gun-Related Retailers
Then several months ago, without warning we stopped receiving any Bitcoin payments. We thought it was a problem with our website and spent quite a bit of time trying to figure what was wrong. Coinbase support initially indicated that they did not know what the problem was. Everything looked normal on our account. Then today, we received the email below stating “due to recent changes in the regulatory environment we are unable to provide services to firearms dealers.”
Dear President Obama: You could be a leader. But we know better.
Your support of victim disarmament policies and “gun free zones”–spaces shielded by nothing more than invisible lines and wishful thinking–is not simply irrational, it is outright dangerous.
Washington Post: President Obama Calls Charleston Shooting ‘Senseless,’ Criticizes Gun Laws
"....I say that recognizing the politics in this town foreclose a lot of those avenues right now," he said. "But it would be wrong for us not to acknowledge it. And at some point it’s going to be important for the American people to come to grips with it, and for us to be able to shift how we think about the issue of gun violence collectively."
Can Concealed Gun Laws Vary by County?
If the lawyers arguing both sides of a controversial concealed weapons case agreed on one thing Tuesday, it was that the constitutional right to bear arms extends outside the home.
CT Post: Bridgeport, CT launches New Gun Buyback Program
It’s interesting that politicians are more concerned with removing guns from their cities, than they are with illegal guns to be turned in with no questions asked.
The Bulletin, Letter: New Oregon Gun Law will Be Useless
But wait. How can felons have firearms? Federal and state law prohibits felons from having firearms. So why do they have them? How can they get them? Why doesn’t the law prohibiting them from having a firearm prevent them from having a firearm?