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United States

13 April 2014

Telegraph (UK)

The song blasts from two speakers placed either side of a beige canopy: "Guns, whether Remingtons and Glocks / Come on man it ain't like I'm a slingin' 'em on the block / I'm gonna tell you once, and listen son / As long as I'm alive and breathing, You won't take my guns." Under the canopy is a table full of T-shirts and baseball caps embossed with the words "Open Carry Texas". And gathered around that are a handful of people with AK-47 or AR-15 semi-automatic rifles... (GunPolicy.org)

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38565

Guam,Oceania,United States

2 April 2014

ABC Radio Australia (Shortwave)

More residents in Guam may soon be able to carry concealed firearms if a bill introduced into its legislature is passed. The bill, which has bipartisan support, was introduced into Parliament by Senator Tony Ada. Co-sponsor of the bill, Senator Aline Yamashita, has told Pacific Beat that at present 50 per cent of residents in the US territory who apply for a permit to carry a concealed firearm are unsuccessful. She says the Second Amendment to the US Constitution... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC Radio Australia (Shortwave)

38523

United States

27 March 2014

Guardian (UK)

A new Georgia gun law will extend the state's stand-your-ground legislation to protect convicted felons who kill using illegal guns, under what one criminal law expert calls a "recipe for unnecessary killing". The bill, called HS60, was passed by the state legislature last week and is now awaiting governor Nathan Deal's signature. It was promoted by state Republicans for offering greater protection to law-abiding citizens. But lawyers, the state association of chiefs... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

38508

United States

6 March 2014

Atlantic (USA)

It was after midnight on February 15. Valentine's Day had ended, but there were still roses in the gift shop when two men hobbled into Via Christi Hospital St. Joseph in Wichita, Kansas, each with a bullet wound in the thigh. One of them explained to police that he had a concealed-carry handgun license, and that he'd been drinking at the Shot Time II bar when he'd accidentally fired a bullet through his own leg and into the leg of the man sitting next to him. Kansas... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Atlantic (USA)

38442

United States

25 February 2014

Slate (USA)

Ever since George Zimmerman gunned down Trayvon Martin in his Sanford, Fla., gated community, it's become an article of faith that the rash of lethal shootings in public places — from the Florida moviegoer who was killed after a texting and popcorn-throwing incident to Jordan Davis, shot in his car at a Jacksonville, Fla., gas station to last week's lethal shooting in an Arizona Walmart — is attributable to the "stand your ground" laws enacted over the past decade... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Slate (USA)

38410

United States

25 February 2014

Bloomberg (USA), Editorial

The U.S. Supreme Court today told the National Rifle Association something the NRA has always known: Under the U.S. Constitution, gun possession can be legally regulated. The court declined to review two lower court rulings restricting the rights of Americans under age 21 to own handguns. The decisions run counter to the ferocious liberalization of gun laws throughout the nation after the court's 2008 Heller decision, in which a polarized 5-4 majority blew past the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bloomberg (USA)

38401

United States

23 February 2014

Atlantic (USA)

Christy Salters Martin is a professional boxer and the owner of a concealed carry permit. But when she attempted to leave her husband, she was shot with her own gun. Today, she cautions other women against making the same mistake. "Just putting a weapon in the woman's hand is not going to reduce the number of fatalities or gunshot victims that we have. Too many times, their male counterpart or spouse will be able to overpower them and take that gun away." Wayne... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Atlantic (USA)

38398

United States

13 February 2014

Reuters

A federal appeals court on Thursday struck down a requirement by San Diego County that residents show "good cause" to carry a concealed firearm, a ruling that could force local governments across California to revisit the way they license handguns. A three-member panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, acting on a 2009 lawsuit, ruled in a 2-1 decision that San Diego County's restrictions amounted to an unconstitutional infringement on citizens' Second Amendment... (GunPolicy.org)

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38367

Canada,United States

3 February 2014

Los Angeles Times

Louis DiNatale didn't intend to enter Canada when he and his wife wound up on a bridge from New York state to Ontario province one day in September, misdirected by an unreliable GPS. What began as an American couple's getaway to Vermont quickly turned into a lesson on the stark difference between the U.S. and Canada when it comes to gun laws. DiNatale, whose request to turn around and cross back into the U.S. was denied, then made another mistake. When a border... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

38333

United States

2 February 2014

Christian Science Monitor

ATLANTA - Charles Ingram and Robert Webster were neighbors in Florida, but friends said the two older men had little love for each other and often quarreled. On a spring day in 2010, the two men, both gun enthusiasts who had state permits to carry concealed weapons, got into another argument across their lawns. This time, police later said, both men pulled out their weapons. When Mr. Webster began approaching, Mr. Ingram raised his gun, as did Webster. Two shots rang... (GunPolicy.org)

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38332

United States

9 January 2014

JC Online (Indiana) / USA Today

CHICAGO - Illinois is now the last state in the U.S. to allow average citizens to carry around concealed firearms. On Sunday, it joined a two-decade long parade of jurisdictions ranging from Arizona to Vermont that have loosened their gun laws at the same time violent crime rates were dropping across the country. "For years, we heard from gun control groups that concealed-carry laws would result in an increase in crime," said Larry Keane, general counsel for the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: JC Online (Indiana) / USA Today

38256

United States

4 January 2014

New York Times

BARRY, Illinois — The byline of Dick Metcalf, one of the country's pre-eminent gun journalists, has gone missing. It has been removed from Guns & Ammo magazine, where his widely-read column once ran on the back page. He no longer stars on a popular television show about firearms. Gun companies have stopped flying him around the world and sending him the latest weapons to review. In late October, Mr. Metcalf wrote a column that the magazine titled "Let's Talk Limits,"... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

38238

United States

12 December 2013

Mother Jones (USA)

An unthinkable massacre ignites an intense national debate. Then, Congress does nothing. The powerful gun lobby wins again. End of story. [Interactive charts of US state gun laws are displayed in the original] So went the popular narrative last spring with the collapse of gun control legislation on Capitol Hill. Meanwhile, scores of people have been wounded or killed in five new mass shootings and other gun rampages around the country, and an estimated 30,000 have... (GunPolicy.org)

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38177

United States

9 December 2013

Reuters

In the year since the massacre of 26 schoolchildren and adults in Newtown, Connecticut, efforts to pass gun legislation have stalled in the U.S. Congress but shifted to the states, helped by the deep pockets of outgoing New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In scores of statehouse battles, both gun-control and gun-rights advocates have notched wins since a mentally unstable gunman killed 20 first-graders and six adults at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School on December... (GunPolicy.org)

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38161

United States

28 November 2013

Washington Times

Federal gun-purchase background checks ticked up in October, but analysts say the surge in applications to buy guns, which peaked in the months after the Newtown school shootings in Connecticut, likely has leveled off. After hitting an all-time high of 2.8 million in December 2012, checks run through the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System remained high through May when compared to previous year tallies. Sales then dropped for the next four months,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Times

38129

Mexico,United States,Honduras

19 November 2013

New Republic (USA)

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Nearly everyone in Honduras blames drug trafficking for the Central American country's unfortunate distinction of having the world's highest homicide rate - over 91 per 100,000. But in the same breath, nearly everyone in Honduras will also admit, just days away from a landmark general election, that the proliferation of firearms plays a key role in the tragic triumvirate of corruption, trafficking, and violence that's increased here over the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Republic (USA)

38091

United States

8 November 2013

New York Times, Opinion

It's not as if Dick Metcalf was some kind of gun control fanatic. On the contrary, he's a gun guy through and through, such an unyielding defender of the Second Amendment that last year he led the charge to push through a law giving the residents of Pike County, Ill., where he lives, the right to carry concealed guns without a permit. He called the practice "constitutional carry" rather than "concealed carry." In the early 1980s, he and a handful of friends started a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

38060

United States

26 October 2013

Bloomberg (USA)

Last weekend, gun rights activists marched at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, carrying semi-automatic rifles and loaded magazines. Four days later, eighth-grader Andy Lopez was shot to death by Santa Rosa, California police for failing to drop the BB gun he was carrying to a friend's house. Men carrying AR-15s down the street, fine; boy carrying BB gun down the street, fatal? Something does not compute. In fact, the tragic killing in the second case exposes the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bloomberg (USA)

38020

United States

22 October 2013

Bloomberg (USA), Blog

"A rifle on our back is part of our everyday life, just like a cellphone is part of our everyday life," Angela L. Pena told a reporter for the New York Times. Pena made the comment last weekend at a gun-rights rally in San Antonio, where enthusiasts openly carried rifles, including semi-automatic rifles, in order to assert their right to openly carry rifles, including semi-automatic rifles. There are countries where carrying such weapons is "just like" carrying a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bloomberg (USA)

38001

United States

11 October 2013

Newsweek (USA)

The weapon he was carrying, an AK-74 assault rifle, measures three feet long, with a barrel of about 16 inches, and is capable of firing several dozen rounds per minute. Brian McCauley says he never meant to scare anyone. The state of Texas disagrees, and his upcoming trial has become a focal point in a dangerous new battle in the national debate over gun laws. By the time McCauley walked into a San Antonio Starbucks in August, tensions had been building for years. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Newsweek (USA)

37964

United States

22 September 2013

Washington Post

Nine months after the horrific mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., advocates of stricter gun-control measures have had little luck in state legislatures across the country. In fact, if the gun debate is reignited after another massacre claimed 12 victims Monday at the Navy Yard in Southeast Washington, it will take place in a country with fewer restrictions on firearms than were in place a year ago. Gun-control advocates had hoped to pass new... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

37906

United States

19 September 2013

Daily Kos, Opinion

There's a story out of Michigan where two gun owners got involved in a case of road rage, and ended up shooting and killing each other. Two drivers are dead after a road rage incident escalated into a shootout. The incident happened around 6:45p.m. Wednesday on M-66 near Steele Street. Witnesses tell WZZM 13 a one driver was following another driver too closely. The first driver pulled into a car wash parking lot and the other driver followed them into the parking... (GunPolicy.org)

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37902

United States

15 September 2013

New York Times

The weeks after a gunman killed 20 schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn., were characterized by a new optimism about a goal that had seemed elusive for almost a decade: tougher gun laws. The shooting was called on more than one occasion "a game changer." In the nine months since, although supporters of stricter legislation have won some victories, those high hopes have been tempered by a series of losses, most notably in April when the Senate defeated several measures to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

37875

United States

11 September 2013

Reuters

Chicago on Wednesday reluctantly abolished a 45-year-old requirement that gun owners register their weapons with the city, marking a victory for advocates of gun rights such as the National Rifle Association. The city council voted to end the gun registry in place since 1968 to comply with court rulings against Chicago and Illinois gun control laws, and to bring the city into line with a state concealed carry law. "I happen to think the court's wrong. I think their... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

37862

United States

8 September 2013

Huffington Post (USA) / Des Moines Register (Iowa)

In a move sure to leave gun safety advocates scratching their heads, Iowa is issuing gun permits to the blind. The permits allow legally blind applicants to purchase weapons and carry them in public. Per state law, any attempt to deny an Iowan these rights based on physical ability would be illegal, reports the Des Moines Register. "When you shoot a gun, you take it out and point and shoot, and I don't necessarily think eyesight is necessary," said Michael Barber, a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Huffington Post (USA) / Des Moines Register (Iowa)

37844

United States

1 September 2013

Mother Jones (USA)

According to the state of Utah, I earned the right to carry a concealed handgun on a Saturday morning in a suburban shopping center outside Baltimore. Toward the back, next to a pawnshop and White Trash Matt's tattoo parlor, is the global headquarters of Dukes Defense World, a mom-and-pop firearms instruction shop certified by the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification to teach nonresidents firearm safety as a prerequisite for obtaining a concealed-carry permit. My... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Mother Jones (USA)

37917

United States

21 August 2013

RT-TV Novosti (Russia)

The National Rifle Association has frightened Americans about the prospect of a federal registry of firearm owners, but the NRA itself has secretly created a database with information from tens of millions of Americans who do not hold a membership. The NRA has spent years secretly collecting information about gun owners from state and local offices and has built the country's largest privately held database of current, former and prospective gun owners, according to a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: RT-TV Novosti (Russia)

37790

United States

13 August 2013

CNN

Oh the irony. An Ohio man was shot in the arm. At a gun safety class. Michael Piemonte was attending a concealed-carry class with his wife Alison in central Ohio's Fairfield County over the weekend. Such classes are required for anyone wanting carry a concealed weapon in the state. There were 29 students in the lecture-type class, Piemonte said. He was sitting in the front row. While the instructor was demonstrating a self-defense techniques, the gun went off. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CNN

37754

United States

21 July 2013

Hawaii Reporter

Hawaii firearms registrations shot up more than 70 percent in 2012, while gun violence continued a four-year decline, according to a new state Department of the Attorney General report. "While there has been a tremendous increase in firearm registration activity in Hawaii since 2000, the annual trends for both the number of firearm-related violent crimes and the proportion of violent crimes involving firearms relative to other weapon types remained stable within a low... (GunPolicy.org)

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37684

United States

17 July 2013

New York Times, Editorial

Amid all the furious debate generated by gun tragedies like the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida, citizens in too many states have been quietly, legally arming themselves at alarming rates that offer scant optimism for reining in the nation's runaway gun culture. Florida granted more than 173,000 new concealed-carry gun permits in the past year, even as the Trayvon Martin case proceeded — a 17 percent increase that is double the rate of five years ago and brought... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

37674

United States

12 June 2013

US News & World Report

The Pew Research Center's latest survey on gun control this week provided a familiar profile of the typical gun owner in the United States: adult, white and male. That profile differs greatly from the makeup of the country, according to Pew. White men represent just a third of the U.S. population, but about 60 percent of adults with guns in America today are white men. This revelation isn't new. In April, Dan Baum, author of the recent book "Gun Guys: A Road Trip"... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: US News & World Report

37558

United States

6 June 2013

Washington Post

TOPEKA, Kansas — Fresh off a series of legislative victories across the country, the National Rifle Association has launched a new effort starting in gun-friendly Kansas seeking to clamp down on the use of government money to lobby on gun-control issues. While it's not clear how the law would be enforced considering it includes no penalties for violators, critics argue the measure threatens to stifle debate and give the state government far more control over a local... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

37548

United States

28 May 2013

New Republic

On April 17, the bill to expand background checks on gun buyers failed in the Senate, and the fatalistic shrugs in Washington were so numerous they were nearly audible. The legislation had been a modest bipartisan compromise, supported by 90 percent of the public and lobbied for hard by the president. A group backed by Michael Bloomberg had spent $12 million on ads pressuring senators to vote "yes." When the bill fell short — by just five votes — it seemed to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Republic

37495

United States

18 April 2013

Washington Post

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans backed by a small band of rural-state Democrats scuttled the most far-reaching gun control legislation in two decades Wednesday, rejecting tighter background checks for buyers and a ban on assault weapons as they spurned pleas from families of victims of last winter's school massacre in Newtown, Conn. "This effort isn't over," President Barack Obama vowed at the White House moments after the defeat on one of his top domestic... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

37340

United States

9 March 2013

Globe & Mail (Toronto)

NEW YORK — The share of U.S. households with guns has declined over the past four decades, a national survey shows, with some of the most surprising drops in the South and the Western mountain states, where guns are deeply embedded in the culture. The gun ownership rate has fallen across a broad cross section of households since the early 1970s, according to data from the U.S. General Social Survey, a public opinion survey conducted every two years that asks a sample... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Globe & Mail (Toronto)

37169

United States

9 March 2013

New York Times

The share of American households with guns has declined over the past four decades, a national survey shows, with some of the most surprising drops in the South and the Western mountain states, where guns are deeply embedded in the culture. The gun ownership rate has fallen across a broad cross section of households since the early 1970s, according to data from the General Social Survey, a public opinion survey conducted every two years that asks a sample of American... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

37158

United States

4 February 2013

Macleans (Canada)

Tom Diaz, 72, is one of the most prominent gun control advocates in the United States. A former senior policy analyst at Washington's Violence Policy Center — which considers firearms violence to be a public health issue rather than criminal issue — Diaz wrote Making a Killing: The Business of Guns in America in 1999. It explored the links between political lobbying by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and gun manufacturers. Last year, dismayed by a decade of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Macleans (Canada)

37030

United States

4 February 2013

Guardian (UK)

Observers billed Obama's speech here in the Twin Cities Monday afternoon as the first stop for a White House road show promoting gun control legislation, but the event's tone, its location, and, yes, even its content signal that the White House has chosen a circuitous route in pursuit of its goals. The goals themselves have changed, too, as the White House shifts our attention away from the specific horror of Sandy Hook to the more mundane living nightmare of daily gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

37024

United States

16 January 2013

Guardian (UK)

President Obama has indicated a move towards strengthening federal gun control measures, but the reality is that the majority of gun legislation in the US is enacted at the state level. That has brought broad variations across the country, with states taking different approaches to issues ranging from sales, permits, licensing, self-defence and carry laws. Carrying firearms: open and concealed Open-carry and concealed-carry laws determine how public citizens can carry... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

36966

Switzerland,Israel,United States

19 December 2012

Foreign Policy (America)

Following the tragic shooting last week in Newtown, Conn., two stories leapt out at me. The first was the astonishing tale of a teacher, Victoria Soto, who hid her first-graders in closets and took a bullet rather than risking the children's lives by hiding with them. The second featured a photograph of an Israeli woman with a military-style long gun slung across her back, herding children protectively. The contrast between the powerful Israeli woman and the unarmed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Foreign Policy (America)

36864

United States,Canada

17 December 2012

Now Toronto, Opinion

I'm not going to ask if what happened in Newtown, Connecticut can happen here because now's a time for reflection, not panic and cheap one-liners. Our gun laws are a good deal stricter than those in the United States. The days when you could purchase a rifle at the counter of the Canadian Tire with little more than a driver's license are over, thanks to Marc Lepine's 1989 outrage. But when it comes to gun control, we've been headed in the wrong direction for the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Now Toronto

36838

United States

28 September 2012

New York Times

The list of potentially lethal weapons was certainly eye-opening: 47 guns (38 of them loaded, including six with rounds in their chambers), three inert hand grenades, supplies of black powder, hunting knives, timing fuses and a sword. Then, consider that the list was compiled by the Transportation Security Administration, of weapons found in airline travelers' carry-on bags in the seven days that ended on Sept. 20. In fact, the T.S.A. says the number of guns found at... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

36610

United States

10 September 2012

Business Insider

No matter which side you stand on in the gun debate, it's pretty well known a whole host of weapons exists in America. And for some, like flamethrowers or knife-point sharp Wild Kat Keychains, you can hardly believe they're legal — at least in most states. We've rounded up the best of the best, or the most dangerous of the dangerous, depending on your point of view. While many of these weapons are banned in at least a few states, for the most part they're fair... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Business Insider

36545

United States

7 August 2012

New York Times / Reuters

The semiautomatic handgun used in the deadly attack on a Wisconsin Sikh temple is the same type used in other recent U.S. mass shootings, including one at a theater in Colorado, and the attack on a congresswoman in Arizona, gun experts said. Wisconsin shooter Wade Michael Page used a Springfield 9mm semiautomatic handgun to carry out the attack at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, officials said. As in several other recent mass shootings, the gun had been... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times / Reuters

36442

United States

19 April 2012

Christian Science Monitor

For years, gun laws had grown less restrictive. But some gun rights advocacy has been curtailed after the Trayvon Martin shooting, which has provided ammunition for gun control groups. ATLANTA - Will Americans leery of a decade of gun rights expansions stand their ground over the Trayvon Martin case? The Feb. 26 shooting of the unarmed teenager in Sanford, Fla., by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, and the initial police decision not to charge Mr.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Christian Science Monitor

36048

United States

17 April 2012

New Yorker

Just after seven-thirty on the morning of February 27th, a seventeen-year-old boy named T. J. Lane walked into the cafeteria at Chardon High School, about thirty miles outside Cleveland. It was a Monday, and the cafeteria was filled with kids, some eating breakfast, some waiting for buses to drive them to programs at other schools, some packing up for gym class. Lane sat down at an empty table, reached into a bag, and pulled out a .22-calibre pistol. He stood up, raised... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Yorker

36032

North America,United States

16 April 2012

Guardian (UK)

There are around 90 guns for every 100 Americans yet, despite 85 fatal shootings a day, the mighty US gun lobby is as powerful as ever. In the wake of Trayvon Martin's killing, Gary Younge reports on the country's deadly attachment to firearms At an organising breakfast for National Rifle Association (NRA) grassroots activists, Samuel Richardson, a man with whom I have not exchanged a word, passes me a note. "Please read the book Injustice by Adams," it reads. "He was... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

36037

United States

14 April 2012

CBS News (USA)

ST. LOUIS - Avid hunter Rob West drove from Chillicothe, Ohio, to St. Louis this week to join some 70,000 fellow National Rifle Association members at the organization's annual convention, where seven acres of guns and gear were on display and where politics was never far from anyone's mind. For the NRA, which opposes any restrictions on gun ownership and President Barack Obama's re-election, the Second Amendment right to bear arms is sacrosanct. "We don't want... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBS News (USA)

36029

United States

13 April 2012

Washington Post, Opinion

Monday marks five years since the massacre at Virginia Tech, where a mentally ill student, Seung Hui Cho, used two handguns he had bought legally to kill 32 people and wound 25 others. Other than a relatively minor law to improve the national database used for background checks, no significant gun-control legislation followed that tragedy. Since then, there have been several mass shootings, including additional school rampages and the attempted assassination last year... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

36028

United States

29 March 2012

Bloomberg (USA)

For years, Florida Capitol Police asked gun owners to check their firearms at the door. Not anymore. Since a law in October made it easier to carry concealed weapons into the 1.2 million-square-foot government headquarters in Tallahassee, Senate security relies on alert buttons installed on the phones of lawmakers and staffers that let them instantly listen in to events. "I don't think panic buttons are going to be very helpful if somebody charges into your office... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bloomberg (USA)

35969

United States

28 March 2012

New York Times, Column

The debate over the shooting death of Trayvon Martin seems to be devolving into an argument about the right to wear hoodies, but it really does not appear to be a promising development. Congress, which never draws any serious conclusions from terrible tragedies involving gunplay, did have time on Wednesday to fight about whether Representative Bobby Rush of Chicago violated the House dress code when he took off his suit jacket, revealing a gray sweater he was wearing... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

35962

United States

27 March 2012

al Jazeera, Video

As thousands die from gunshots every year we ask why most people are still fiercely defending the gun culture in the US. There are more guns legally held per person in the US than in any other developed nation. And despite a string of high-profile shootings in recent years guns are embedded in the American culture. The right of individuals to carry arms is enshrined in the Second Amendment of the US constitution, written in 1791. And today, it is one of the most... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: al Jazeera

35968

United States

11 March 2012

Christian Science Monitor

Leaning against a scrub pine as preschoolers scurry about at his feet, Shane Gazda, father of 3-year-old twins, recalls a conundrum he faced earlier that morning: whether to take his Smith & Wesson .40 caliber handgun to a Groundhog Day celebration in this town's White Deer Park. After all, what was once against the law in North Carolina – carrying a concealed gun in a town park, square, or greenway – is now, as of Dec. 1, 2011, very much allowed. To Mr. Gazda, who... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Christian Science Monitor

35900

United States

20 February 2012

Los Angeles Times

Chuck Michel's strategy for crime-fighting rests on the element of surprise: Keep the bad guys guessing who's armed and who's not. "If 5% of the ducks could shoot back, you're not going to go duck hunting," said the Long Beach lawyer representing many Californians denied concealed weapons permits and, in his view, their constitutional right to self-defense. For decades, that argument has fallen flat in the courtroom. Judges have routinely held that denying permits to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

35846

United States

4 February 2012

Christian Science Monitor

The gun control movement has faltered in recent years. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has vowed to spend his own fortune to buck that trend, most notably with a Super Bowl ad. ATLANTA - With little political capital to lose and millions of his own cash to spend, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is determined to check the role of guns in American society. A 30-second Super Bowl ad featuring Mr. Bloomberg on a couch with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino will go a long way... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Christian Science Monitor

35804

Mexico,United States

4 February 2012

Reuters

NEW YORK - Among the slick, million-dollar ads for the likes of Pepsi and Honda during the Super Bowl this Sunday, viewers in Washington will see a far more modest spot. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino will be sitting on a couch touting an issue most politicians avoid like the plague: gun control. The two mayors, whose local teams face off in the big game, are making the pitch for Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), the organization they... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

35799

Austria,United States

27 January 2012

New York Times, Book review

You rarely pull a gun to start a conversation, but when I recently told an in-law that I was writing about Glock pistols, he improvised a research project. Reaching beneath his jacket, he quickly unholstered, unloaded and handed me his Glock 9 millimeter — this was in Kentucky, land of permissive ­concealed-carry laws. "I always carry this, and I always will," he said before giving me a primer that could have been used in a promotional video for both the pistol and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

35776

United States

9 January 2012

Huffington Post (USA)

The media has been awash this holiday season with stories about a "dramatic increase" in gun sales in the United States. CNN, for example, declared, "December holiday shoppers were not just interested in buying the hottest electronics and toys--they also were purchasing record numbers of guns." USA Today claimed, "Along with millions of Kindles, Angry Birds and gift cards, Santa left a record number of guns under Americans' Christmas trees." Reuters gushed about "16.5... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Huffington Post (USA)

35719

United States

26 December 2011

New York Times

Alan Simons was enjoying a Sunday morning bicycle ride with his family in Asheville, N.C., two years ago when a man in a sport utility vehicle suddenly pulled alongside him and started berating him for riding on the highway. Mr. Simons, his 4-year-old son strapped in behind him, slowed to a halt. The driver, Charles Diez, an Asheville firefighter, stopped as well. When Mr. Simons walked over, he found himself staring down the barrel of a gun. "Go ahead, I'll shoot... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

35690

United States

20 December 2011

USA Today

JACKSON, Miss. – A Mississippi resident who receives a concealed carry permit and takes an eight-hour course can now carry a gun on college campuses, in bars and in courthouses. As of this summer, Wyoming residents need no permits for concealed weapons. And in Indiana, private businesses must allow employees to keep firearms in their vehicles on company property. Those and other recent changes on the state level represent a growing shift toward loosening state gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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35681

United States

11 December 2011

Sydney Morning Herald, Bloomberg (USA)

NEW YORK -- Robin Natanel picks up a compact black pistol, barrel pointed down range. Gripping the gun with both hands, left foot forward, she raises the semi-automatic and methodically squeezes off five shots. The first one creases the left edge of a red bull's-eye on a target 7.5 metres away. The four others paint a 7.5-centimetre pattern around the first. If the target were a person's head or heart, he would probably be dead. Natanel is a Buddhist, a self-avowed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald, Bloomberg (USA)

35655

United States

26 November 2011

Economist

One question that worries many visitors to defensivecarry.com, a website devoted to the delights and pitfalls of life with a hidden gun, is whether their "concealed-carry" permits will be valid outside the state in which they are issued. Can they take their guns on holiday with them? Can they pack them in their checked bags for a flight? What if their plane is diverted to a spot like New York, which makes it exceedingly difficult to carry a gun? And if they cannot bring... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Economist

35578

United States

15 November 2011

Mother Jones (USA)

Ever thought about stashing a loaded Glock in your jacket and carrying it into a bar for a little extra protection? In Ohio, thanks to a new state law, you're now free to do so. All you need is a permit. Ever since Ohio implemented a "concealed carry" law in 2004—allowing the possession of a hidden, loaded handgun in public—changes in state legislation have made it increasingly easy for people to carry guns around. This year, Ohio lawmakers decriminalized having a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Mother Jones (USA)

35595

United States

29 October 2011

al Jazeera, Opinion

If you are looking for the literal embodiment of dysfunction in US political culture and the institutions that serve it, look no further than the National Rifle Association (NRA), and the deadly and divisive role it plays in shaping the political agenda. Specifically, the radically and reliably dishonest, dangerous and deranged legislation they foist upon the American people day in and day out through their purchase of most Republican and many Blue-Dog Democratic... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: al Jazeera

35486

United States

28 October 2011

Reuters

SAN ANTONIO - A central Texas gun dealer ran radio ads advising "Socialist" liberals, those who voted for President Barack Obama, Arabs and Muslims that they need not apply for his concealed gun license class. Crockett Keller, who owns Keller's Riverside Store, ran the ads on the radio station in his rural hometown of Mason, Texas, which is 120 miles west of the state capital of Austin. "If you are a Socialist liberal and/or voted for the current campaigner in chief,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

35489

United States

24 October 2011

New York Times, Opinion

Between the struggle to fold a sport jacket so it doesn't wrinkle, the 45-minute wait on a security line if I'm flying, the price of gas if I'm driving and the worry either way that I left the coffee maker on, I thought I was pretty well versed in the inconveniences and stresses of domestic travel. Hardly! Things could be much, much worse, namely if I were a gun owner with a permit to carry a concealed firearm in my home state and an itch to do so in any other state I... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

35456

United States

11 October 2011

San Francisco Chronicle

SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown has outlawed the open carrying of unloaded handguns in California, signing a bill late Sunday night that makes the practice that had been popular with some gun rights advocates a misdemeanor in the state. The bill, AB144 by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge (Los Angeles County), will take effect Jan. 1 and was backed by law enforcement officials throughout the state who said the practice created a public safety... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: San Francisco Chronicle

35389

United States

10 October 2011

Los Angeles Times

Sacramento— With the announcement early Monday that he had outlawed the public display of handguns in California, Gov. Jerry Brown bucked a national trend toward more lenient firearms laws and placed himself in the political cross-hairs of the state's 2nd Amendment activists. Brown, the owner of three guns, said in a statement that he signed a bill banning the open carrying of handguns at the urging of law enforcement officials, who included Los Angeles Police Chief... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

35397

United States

18 September 2011

New York Times, Editorial

Some bad ideas refuse to die. Include in that category an extreme proposal percolating in the House to strip states of their authority to decide who may carry a concealed loaded firearm. This gift to the gun lobby, the subject of a hearing last week by a House Judiciary subcommittee, is nearly identical to a provision the Senate defeated by a narrow margin two years ago. Every state but Illinois makes some allowance for concealed weapons. The eligibility rules vary... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

35292

United States

27 August 2011

Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON — The 2nd Amendment's "right to keep and bear arms" is proving to be a right to keep a gun at home, but so far not a right to bear a loaded firearm in public. The Supreme Court breathed new life into the amendment when it struck down strict handgun bans in Washington and Chicago and spoke of the "inherent right of self-defense." But to the dismay of gun rights advocates, judges in recent months have read those decisions narrowly and rejected claims from... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

35222

United States

10 July 2011

Fox News (USA) / AP

MILWAUKEE – Wisconsin residents who want to carry a concealed handgun legally need to be trained first -- but the state's new law could allow applicants to satisfy that requirement without ever touching a gun. The concealed-carry measure became law when Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed it Friday. A few minor parts take effect right away but most aspects don't go into effect until November. The law, which now leaves Illinois as the only state without some sort of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Fox News (USA) / AP

35041

United States

29 June 2011

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — As state after state voted to let residents carry concealed guns, Illinois has held out, for a long list of reasons: A strong gun control movement. A dynasty of powerful Chicago mayors. A line-up of state leaders who oppose expanding access to guns. With Wisconsin now on the verge of adopting concealed carry, Illinois soon will be all alone, the last state with a complete ban on carrying concealed weapons. That makes it the next big prize in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

34995

United States

19 June 2011

Arizona Republic

Gun advocates were shocked in April when Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed bills that would have relaxed restrictions on guns in public facilities and on college campuses. While those measures failed, four less-controversial gun bills will take effect July 20. The bills involve hunting within city limits, concealed-carry licensing, carrying firearms in wildlife refuges and firearm rights for those who have been rehabilitated from mental illness. All four either modify or repeal... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Arizona Republic

34959

United States

17 June 2011

Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)

The new gun bill that Gov. John Kasich is poised to sign includes something unusual in Ohio law: a "do-over" for past violators of firearms-in-vehicles rules. Senate Bill 17 would allow concealed-carry permit-holders to take guns into bars, restaurants and stadiums that serve alcohol, unless those venues post prohibitions. It also includes an expungement process so that past violators of sections of the law related to possession of firearms in vehicles could have their... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)

34954

United States

16 June 2011

Daily Mail (UK)

Lawmakers in Ohio have voted to allow gun owners to carry guns in bars. The state has ruled that it is acceptable for drinkers to conceal their weapons as they prop up bars. The Ohio General Assembly passed the bill in a 55-38 vote despite opponents complaining that guns and alcohol would endanger public safety. Also included in the controversial law is a change to the restrictions on how guns can be transported within the Midwest state. The state Senate, which had... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Mail (UK)

34953

United States

30 May 2011

Kansas City Star (Missouri) / AP

WICHITA - A national gun-control group has named Kansas as one of four states to receive its "Craziest Gun Laws" award because of a new measure the organization says allows guns in the state's schools. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence issued its annual ranking of gun laws earlier this month. Kansas, Virginia, Utah and Florida received the group's "Craziest Gun Laws" award. The Wichita Eagle reports state and local officials say a bill signed by Gov. Sam... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Kansas City Star (Missouri) / AP

34867

United States

26 May 2011

Tulsa World (Oklahoma)

OKLAHOMA CITY - Gov. Mary Fallin signed a measure Wednesday that allows people with concealed-carry permits to leave weapons in locked vehicles in CareerTech campus parking lots. "I believe, as does our Legislature, that it is reasonable to allow a gun owner with a concealed-weapons permit to leave his or her gun locked in the car while visiting a career technology center," Fallin said. "Permit holders already have that right at most locations in Oklahoma. This is a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tulsa World (Oklahoma)

34856

United States

25 May 2011

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin)

MADISON - Wisconsin residents would be allowed to carry concealed weapons without getting permits or any training under a bill a Senate committee approved Wednesday, and the lead sponsor of the measure said she supported allowing people to bring guns into the state Capitol. The vote came the same day an email from a top aide to Gov. Scott Walker was released that said as of six months ago Walker was prepared to sign "any" concealed weapons legislation. The email was... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin)

34852

United States

24 May 2011

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin), Editorial

We favor a responsible concealed-carry law for Wisconsin - one that requires a permit, a realistic amount of training, a background check and access for law enforcement to a database of permit holders, records that should be subject to the state Open Records Law. Unfortunately, the state Senate is slouching toward irresponsibility. The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on a retooled bill Wednesday that would allow people to carry guns without registering them with... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin)

34850

United States

24 May 2011

Los Angeles Times, Opinion

What if we passed a gun control law but it led to more people carrying guns on our streets? That may be exactly what happens if a bill passed last week by the California Assembly becomes law. AB 144 would prohibit the carrying of visible firearms in California cities. It was inspired by the spectacle of gun-rights advocates showing up last year at Starbucks shops with their handguns prominently displayed. That's legal, as long as those guns are unloaded. If, however,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

34842

United States

23 May 2011

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin)

MADISON - The effort to allow people to carry concealed weapons without getting training or a permit is gaining traction in the state Senate. The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on a revamped version of a bill to do that at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. It would allow people to carry concealed guns without registering with the state, but would also allow them to get optional permits that would allow them to carry weapons closer to schools. Those optional licenses would... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin)

34848

United States

21 May 2011

Fox News (USA)

With a shocking altercation between Philadelphia police and a 25-year-old IT worker putting the spotlight back on open-carry gun laws, local authorities are warning gun owners that they will be "inconvenienced" if they carry unconcealed handguns in the city. Lt. Raymond Evers, a spokesman for the city police, told FoxNews.com that gun owners who open carry, which is legal in the city, may be asked to lay on the ground until officers feel safe while they check... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Fox News (USA)

34845

United States

18 May 2011

La Crosse Tribune (Wisconsin), Editorial

The push for a concealed-carry law in Wisconsin raises questions that we can't seem to understand: * Why do the leaders of our state insist on making it more difficult to vote while making it easier to carry a weapon? Why do you have to show a photo ID to vote when, under one of the concealed-carry proposals, you can apply for a license by mail without proof of identification? * At a time when our state leaders are intent on cutting personnel costs to reduce... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Crosse Tribune (Wisconsin)

34829

United States

17 May 2011

Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California - The California Assembly approved a bill Monday to prohibit openly carrying unloaded handguns in public after a debate that pitted gun rights proponents against chiefs of police. The bill, AB144, would make it a misdemeanor to carry an exposed and unloaded gun in a public place, street or vehicle except in some unincorporated areas. It was approved 45-29 largely along party lines and moves to the Senate. Several states ban openly carrying... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

34827

United States

17 May 2011

Sacramento Bee (California)

Saying you don't need a gun to order a cheeseburger, a California lawmaker Monday pushed through the Assembly a crackdown on carrying unloaded handguns in public places. Assemblyman Anthony Portantino's legislation takes aim at a movement that encourages people to show up at public places with unloaded handguns strapped to their side. "Our families deserve to feel safe in our parks and coffee shops," said Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge. "You don't need a handgun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sacramento Bee (California)

34820

United States

16 May 2011

Philadelphia Inquirer

MARK FIORINO'S story has three elements that tend to get people worked up - gun rights, Philly police and YouTube. On a mild February afternoon, Fiorino, 25, decided to walk to an AutoZone on Frankford Avenue in Northeast Philly with the .40-caliber Glock he legally owns holstered in plain view on his left hip. His stroll ended when someone called out from behind: "Yo, Junior, what are you doing?" Fiorino wheeled and saw Sgt. Michael Dougherty aiming a handgun at... (GunPolicy.org)

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34818

United States

16 May 2011

Times Free Press (Tennessee)

Walking into Los Guerreros restaurant off Main Street in LaFayette, Ga., to grab some food on his day off recently, Denny Rayes stiffened when he saw that the man in front of him had a gun strapped to his side. "It made me think, 'I wish I was wearing mine,'" said Rayes, a LaFayette police officer and resident. For nearly a year it has been legal for people with concealed-carry permits to wear their weapons in plain sight as long as they are holstered. But it still... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Times Free Press (Tennessee)

34817

United States

16 May 2011

Fox News / AP

SACRAMENTO, California – A federal judge ruled Monday there is no constitutional right to carry a hidden gun in public — a decision that dealt a setback to gun-rights advocates who had challenged how much discretion California law enforcement officials have in issuing concealed weapons permits. U.S. District Court Judge Morrison England Jr. in Sacramento supported a policy by Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto that says applicants must have a reason, such as a safety... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Fox News / AP

34816

United States

14 May 2011

news.cincinnati.com, Editorial

When Ohio's concealed-carry law was enacted in 2004, opponents warned it would lead to Wild West shootouts on the streets. They were wrong. The legislation licensing qualified Ohioans to carry concealed firearms, forged through years of tough debate, struck a sometimes awkward yet reasonable balance between liberty and safety. But now, Ohio lawmakers, with signals of support from Gov. John Kasich, are poised to upset that balance with a measure to allow concealed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: news.cincinnati.com

34807

United States

12 May 2011

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin), Opinion

Here's what I don't get. If concealed carry is such a good idea and is going to make us all safer, why exempt government buildings where lawmakers work? Or schools for that matter. Think how much safer the kids will be if someone with a gun happens to be around if trouble breaks out in the lunch line or third-hour study hall. You know, it takes a vigilante to raise a child. If more guns equal more protection, then let's go for it and quit watering down the rules.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin)

34800

United States

12 May 2011

Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)

A divided Ohio House voted yesterday to allow concealed-carry permit holders to take guns into restaurants, bars and open-air arenas that serve alcohol as long as they do not drink. "I say we're not expanding Second Amendment rights. We are restoring Second Amendment rights," said Rep. Terry Johnson, R-McDermott, one of the measure's sponsors. "How sad we have to do that. We have had substantial infringement upon our constitutional rights." The bill passed 56-40 and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)

34796

United States

10 May 2011

News 10 (Albany, New York) / AP

AUSTIN, Texas - Republicans in the Texas Senate on Monday approved allowing concealed handgun license holders to carry weapons into public college buildings and classrooms, moving forward on a measure that had stalled until supporters tacked it on to a universities spending bill. Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, had been unable to muster the votes he needed under Senate rules to pass the issue as its own bill after the measure met stiff resistance from higher... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: News 10 (Albany, New York) / AP

34781

United States

8 May 2011

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin)

A newly floated bill that would allow Wisconsin residents to carry concealed weapons without getting permits, background checks or training would essentially let the state catch up with the latest thinking in gun law, according to backers who call the approach "constitutional carry." Others, however, seem stunned at the idea that anyone who could lawfully own a gun could carry it just about anywhere, under a coat or in a purse, without any government oversight. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin)

34779

United States

7 May 2011

Russia Today

The number of shootings in the schools and streets of America has done little to dampen the enthusiasm of thousands to assert their Second Amendment rights. The movement to bear arms publicly at all times is significant and growing. Some even see their semi-automatics as a last line of defense against the government. Craig Rutherford, member of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, spent years carrying a gun in the Balkans and in Iraq as a defense contractor. So when... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Russia Today

34777

United States

4 May 2011

Chicago Tribune, Editorial

The Illinois House may vote Thursday on legislation that would allow residents of the state to carry a concealed weapon in public. The bill passed out of committee Wednesday. If it passes the House and Senate, it faces a promised veto by Gov. Pat Quinn. Illinois is, admittedly, an outlier in the issue of concealed carry of firearms. Illinois and Wisconsin are the only states that completely prohibit it. Wisconsin, though, permits the open carry of firearms in some... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Chicago Tribune

34770

United States

2 May 2011

San Francisco Chronicle / AP

SACRAMENTO, California - The California Legislature will not disclose the identities of four lawmakers who sought to carry concealed weapons inside the state Capitol and other legislative buildings, even though all four are publicly known. On Monday, the state Senate cited exemptions in the Legislative Open Records Act as it rejected an inquiry from The Associated Press. The Assembly previously also cited privacy and security concerns in denying the AP's request for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: San Francisco Chronicle / AP

34747

United States

28 April 2011

Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Senate on Thursday, by a succession of mostly party-line votes, approved a trio of bills that supporters say will ensure citizens' constitutionally-protected gun rights. One measure restricts doctors from asking patients about gun ownership, and another prohibits local governments from passing stricter gun laws than the state. Those two already have been approved by the House and await Republican Gov. Rick Scott's signature. The third, which... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

34731

United States

25 April 2011

USA Today, Opinion

Several states are passing Stand Your Ground laws and loosening their concealed carry laws, making it easier for people to defend themselves … and that's a good thing. Consider what happens when decent people can't protect themselves. Amanda Collins was a student at University of Nevada's Reno campus in 2007. Even though she had a concealed carry permit, she was unarmed the night she was brutally raped by James Biela. She had left her gun at home because she was... (GunPolicy.org)

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34715

United States

24 April 2011

USA Today, Editorial

When it comes to gun fights, things are pretty quiet on the Potomac these days. Democrats, cowed by the National Rifle Association's political clout, have no taste for pushing gun control up the agenda. And even if they did, the landmark 2008 Supreme Court ruling that the Second Amendment provides a right for individuals to own guns largely leaves them disarmed. The states, however, are another matter. Gun rights activists have taken their national victories not as a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: USA Today

34714

United States

17 April 2011

Hudson Hub Times (Ohio)

COLUMBUS - Permitted Ohioans would be allowed to carry concealed firearms into bars and restaurants that sell alcohol as long as they're not imbibing, under legislation OK'd by the Ohio Senate April 13. Substitute Senate Bill 17 passed on a final vote of 25-7 and heads to the Ohio House for further consideration. "This legislation is about affirming law-abiding citizens the right to bear arms," said Sen. Tim Schaffer, a Republican from Lancaster and primary sponsor of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Hudson Hub Times (Ohio)

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