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United States

22 November 2016

New York Times

HOUSTON — Before the election, gun rights activists were so worried Hillary Clinton would win the presidency that some of them bought extra ammunition and guns, fearing a crackdown on certain weapons, bullets and magazines. They're not worried now. Instead, since the election of Donald J. Trump, gun advocates have been rejoicing, crowing about their political clout and plotting ways to eliminate many remaining curbs on gun ownership and use as they await one of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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40219

United States

17 November 2016

KCBD (Texas), KFDA

Open carry has been legal in Texas for almost a year, but Amarillo law enforcement said they still see more long guns and rifles carried openly than hand guns and pistols. The problem is the long guns and rifles don't require a license. One of the most popular guns sold in Amarillo is the AR-15. Gun experts tell us they're big sellers because they're versatile and can be used for sport and protection. And unlike a handgun, they don't require any licensing or... (GunPolicy.org)

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40214

United States

21 October 2016

New York Times

John R. Houser was dangerously mentally ill, too ill to carry a gun. Of that, there is little doubt. Over 16 years, Mr. Houser, 59, had been charged with hiring a man to burn down a lawyer's office and named in a domestic violence complaint. In 2008, after Mr. Houser threatened to kill his daughter's fiancé, a judge issued a temporary restraining order and ordered him hospitalized for psychiatric evaluation. In 2014, he threatened to shoot law enforcement officers who... (GunPolicy.org)

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40034

United States

6 August 2016

Guardian, Associated Press

About nine in 10 young American adults say they support criminal background checks for all gun sales, according to a new GenForward poll. Such support remains consistent across racial and ethnic groups, the poll found – stiffer penalties for violating existing gun laws are supported by nine in 10 young whites, Asian Americans and Latinos and eight in 10 African Americans. More than half (57%) of young Americans support a ban on rapid-firing semi-automatic weapons,... (GunPolicy.org)

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39673

United States

21 July 2016

The Trace (USA)

The day after Philando Castile was shot dead by a police officer during a traffic stop, his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds spoke at a march on the Minnesota governor's mansion. Reynolds, who filmed the aftermath of the shooting, made an unusual first demand for an African-American protester decrying police violence: She insisted police treat concealed carriers with respect. Reynolds says Castile, who held a concealed weapons permit, told the officer that pulled him over... (GunPolicy.org)

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39610

United States

19 July 2016

Guardian

US police officers, on the front lines of gun violence every day, have particular reason to be on edge in the presence of civilians carrying guns, after 11 days in which eight officers were killed in two planned shootings. With Cleveland's open-carry law now also in the spotlight as many fear violence around the Republican national convention, the Cleveland police union went so far as to ask Governor (and former Republican presidential candidate) John Kasich to suspend... (GunPolicy.org)

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39594

United States

10 July 2016

New York Times

DALLAS — As a demonstration against police shootings made its way downtown here on Thursday, it differed from others around the country in one startling way: Twenty to 30 of the marchers showed up with AR-15s and other types of military-style rifles and wore them openly, with the straps slung across their shoulders and backs. In Texas, it was not only legal. It was commonplace. The state has long been a bastion of pro-gun sentiment and the kind of place where both... (GunPolicy.org)

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39562

United States

9 June 2016

Los Angeles Times

A federal appeals court ruling that gave gun control advocates a major victory Thursday underscored California's rising importance as a center of legal and political battles over guns. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided in a 7-4 ruling that California counties may restrict permits for carrying concealed firearms in public. That decision overturned a 2014 ruling that prompted some California counties to relax their rules. "It should not be minimized how big... (GunPolicy.org)

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39424

United States

17 May 2016

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin)

Advocates for the open carry of guns won another court victory Tuesday, when an appellate court threw out a loitering conviction against a man cited for walking around with an AR-15 rifle on his shoulder near a school. "We are pleased the Court of Appeals recognized that merely carrying a firearm, with nothing more, cannot constitute an offense in Wisconsin," said John Monroe, who represented Mark Hoffman. Hoffman is among those gun owners who actively test law... (GunPolicy.org)

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39283

United States

9 May 2016

San Francisco Chronicle

Carrying a loaded gun without a license is illegal in California even if the weapon is tucked inside a backpack, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday. In a unanimous ruling Monday, the court allowed prosecutors to charge a man with violating California's open-carry law by carrying a loaded revolver that police said they found in his backpack. The law makes it a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail, to carry a loaded gun "on the person or in a vehicle while... (GunPolicy.org)

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39245

United States

8 April 2016

San Francisco Chronicle

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana -- Lawmakers are seeking to shape Louisiana's gun laws with more than 40 firearm-related changes proposed this session. But while proposals, including several measures attempting to limit released convicts' access to guns, have come from lawmakers in both parties and within each chamber, disagreements lie in how to best curb the state's high recidivism and crime rates while respecting constitutional rights. Lawmakers have said a number of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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39049

United States

29 March 2016

Trace (USA)

In a presidential campaign season where "gun-free zones" have been a favorite target for Republican candidates, a Change.org petition sought to push conservatives on how dearly they hold their Second Amendment principles. The letter called for the Republican Party to allow the open carry of firearms at its nominating convention this July, which will be held in Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena. The arena bans all weapons, which the petition argued put "all attendees at... (GunPolicy.org)

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39009

United States,Puerto Rico

18 November 2015

Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia (Puerto Rico)

Gun laws in Puerto Rico regulate the sale, possession, and use of firearms and ammunition in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. As Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the United States, many U.S. federal laws apply, as well as Constitutional rulings and protections. (1) (2) Summary Table Subject/Law? Long guns - Handguns - (Notes) Permit to purchase? No - No - (Firearms purchases are subject to the requirements of US Federal law) Firearm registration? No - No Assault... (GunPolicy.org)

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38871

United States

9 June 2014

New York Times

Lots more of our fellow travelers are packing for the airport, so to speak. So far this year (as of the end of last week), the Transportation Security Administration has found 892 guns in passengers' carry-on bags at security checkpoints. That's a 19 percent increase from the comparable period of last year, when the total was 750 guns. The 2013 gun-tote tally was a record, at 1,813 firearms found, incidentally. As this year's gun haul keeps rolling along, a one-day... (GunPolicy.org)

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38749

United States

4 June 2014

New York Times, Opinion

The National Rifle Association is distancing itself from an article on its website that called demonstrations by gun rights advocates who brandished weapons in public "scary" and "weird," and that said such advocates had "crossed the line from enthusiasm to downright foolishness." The article and the subsequent denunciations in the past week are an unusual public disagreement inside the N.R.A. about the tactics of protesters, particularly in Texas, who have shown up... (GunPolicy.org)

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38735

United States

4 June 2014

Bloomberg (USA), Opinion

Like the Republican Party, the National Rifle Association has been moving right for more than three decades - ever since radicals calling for maximum gun rights took over the organization's convention in Cincinnati in 1977. And like Republican leaders who keep caving to the demands of Tea Party extremists at virtually every turn, the NRA's national leadership has a big fat Tea Party problem that it cannot solve. NRA leader Wayne LaPierre has proved willing to shout... (GunPolicy.org)

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38734

United States

2 June 2014

Talking Points Radio

Gun lovers in Texas are furious at the National Rifle Association right now. In response to the NRA's statement on Friday criticizing Texas activists' recent tactics, members of the pro-gun group Open Carry Texas have been cutting up their NRA membership cards, and the group has issued a statement demanding a retraction of the NRA's "disgusting and disrespectful comments." Or else. "The more the NRA continues to divide its members by attacking some aspects of gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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38727

United States

2 June 2014

New York Daily News

Even the National Rifle Association thinks some Texas residents are taking public gun toting too far. The notorious gun lobby has slapped members of Open Carry Texas as "downright weird" for their insistence on bringing loaded semi-automatic rifles, including AR-15s and AK-47s, into family-friendly establishments like Chipotle and Starbucks. The statement, released Friday, came one day before a throng of some 150 people, some armed with semi-automatic rifles and... (GunPolicy.org)

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38726

United States

2 June 2014

Bloomberg (USA), Opinion

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," said National Rifle Association chieftain Wayne LaPierre. Unless, apparently, the good guy with a gun is in Texas and obeying the state's open-carry law while hunting down some Mexican food or a cup of joe. According to a May 30 post on the NRA website, exercising one's rights in such a manner is, well, a little weird. It's hard to imagine where open-carry advocates got the notion that they... (GunPolicy.org)

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38723

United States

2 June 2014

Mother Jones (USA)

The last couple of months have been rough for proponents of open-carry gun laws. No fewer than seven restaurant chains have taken a stand against firearms being brought to their businesses, after activists in Texas conducted provocative demonstrations in which they toted semi-automatic rifles into various eateries. Texas law allows rifles (though not handguns) to be carried on display in public, but some patrons and employees were unnerved and angered by the... (GunPolicy.org)

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38722

United States

20 May 2014

USA Today

Chipotle is asking customers not to bring firearms into its restaurants after gun-rights advocates brought assault-style weapons into a downtown Dallas store during the weekend. The Mexican fast-food company, based in Denver, said Monday evening that it has traditionally complied with local firearms laws, but that "the display of firearms in our restaurants has now created an environment that is potentially intimidating or uncomfortable for many of our... (GunPolicy.org)

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38692

United States

15 May 2014

Mother Jones (USA)

As Jennifer Longdon steered her wheelchair through the Indianapolis airport on April 25, she thought the roughest part of her trip was over. Earlier that day she'd participated in an emotional press conference with the new group Everytown for Gun Safety, against the backdrop of the National Rifle Association's annual meeting. A mom, gun owner, and Second Amendment supporter, Longdon was paralyzed in 2004 after being shot in her car by unknown assailants, and has since... (GunPolicy.org)

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38669

United States

8 May 2014

Chicago Tribune

South Dakota lawmaker Steve Hickey has 17 guns, a National Rifle Association card and a faith that pistol-packing residents make public places safer — except for the one where he works. "We have the most contentious issues being debated in public policy, affecting people in irate, angrily ways and affecting millions and millions of dollars," Hickey said of the copper-domed capitol in Pierre, where he sponsored a law allowing teachers to carry firearms in schools.... (GunPolicy.org)

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38673

United States

26 April 2014

Guardian (UK)

After Congress failed to pass gun reform last year, the debate over gun violence and Second Amendment rights has largely moved from Washington DC to state capitals. That debate heated up after the December 2012 shooting tragedy at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Last year, lawmakers in Connecticut and Colorado – another state rocked by a mass shooting in 2012 – passed sweeping new gun-control measures. In January 2013, New York enacted a law... (GunPolicy.org)

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38601

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

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)

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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)

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38401

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)

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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)

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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)

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37964

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)

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36966

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)

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36838

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)

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35846

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)

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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)

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35397

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)

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34856

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)

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34842

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)

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34845

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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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34816

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)

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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)

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34770

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)

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34731

United States

6 March 2011

Peoria Journal Star (Illinois)

PEORIA — Tazewell County Sheriff Bob Huston has been around guns all his life. Target shooting with his grandfather. A member of Manual High School's rifle club in Peoria in the 1960s. Manager of a shooting range 25 years. Almost 40 years in law enforcement, including 12 as sheriff. In all those years, he's never had to fire a weapon on duty. "Most police officers don't," he says. He's only had to pull a gun once while off duty. "I was at the track running, I saw a... (GunPolicy.org)

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34522

United States

2 March 2011

St Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri)

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - In a year that promises to be busy with gun-related legislation -- including conceal-carry bills and a move to stop cities from imposing their own gun restrictions -- add the issue of whether gun owners' names are a matter of public record. The Illinois State Police says they aren't, and has denied a request by The Associated Press to see the list of who has a Firearm Owner's Identification (FOID) card. The news agency appealed to Illinois... (GunPolicy.org)

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34493

Canada,United States

21 February 2011

News-Press (Florida), Opinion

Taking on the gun lobby is an exercise in futility. No politician - Democrat or Republican - will risk having the powerful National Rifle Association (NRA) campaign against them at election time. It would have been a losing battle especially in the face of the 2008 Supreme Court 5-4 majority opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller which held that the second amendment was not limited to a "well regulated Militia" but secures an individual's right to own firearms. In... (GunPolicy.org)

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34440

United States

29 January 2011

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

There can be little doubt a week into the 2011 Legislature that lawmakers like their guns. Love them, really. Lawmakers opened the session praising Utah weapons pioneer John M. Browning, celebrating a day honoring the state's founding father of firearms and then moving to designate Browning's M1911 as Utah's official gun. And a House committee approved a bill that would require hotel owners to allow patrons to keep guns in their rooms. "I think the reason you see so... (GunPolicy.org)

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34295

United States

21 January 2011

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, California - Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti is asking the city attorney to look into prohibiting the "open carry" of unloaded guns, which is currently allowed by state law. City News Service says Garcetti on Friday was seconded by six of his City Council colleagues on the motion, which he called necessary in the wake of recent shootings in Tucson and gun-related incidents on LA school campuses this week. Garcetti says carrying even an... (GunPolicy.org)

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34205

United States

19 January 2011

Washington Post

Gun rights advocates celebrated Wednesday -- and supporters of gun control grieved -- over news that Gov. Robert F. McDonnell has quietly lifted the ban against people carrying firearms openly in state parks. Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, sent an e-mail blast to fellow gun-rights supporters with news that as of Tuesday people could carry openly. Gun owners with concealed weapons permits had the right to carry in Virginia State... (GunPolicy.org)

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34181

United States

19 January 2011

Los Angeles Times, Column

The gun was in a backpack, we're told. The backpack was dropped or set down in a Gardena High School classroom Tuesday morning, and the gun fired accidentally, critically injuring a 15-year-old female student who was struck in the head. A male student, also 15, was shot in the neck. You send your kids to school, and before the lunch bell rings, they're in the hospital. So the questions begin. Why is it so easy to smuggle a gun onto campus? How many more guns are on... (GunPolicy.org)

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34180

United States

18 January 2011

News-Press (Florida), Editorial

After the Tucson shootings, one can imagine how potentially provocative it would be for a concealed weapon permit holder to be striding down the street openly carrying a firearm. Picture the reaction of families when someone enters a restaurant or crosses a university campus with weapon at the ready. All that and more would be legal under Senate Criminal Justice Chairman Sen. Greg Evers' Senate Bill 234 that would allow concealed-weapons-licensed gun owners to openly... (GunPolicy.org)

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34167

United States

17 January 2011

Fox News (USA)

The mass shooting in Tucson last weekend is fueling the gun control debate in neighboring California, with an advocacy organization renewing a push to prohibit firearms in restaurants and state lawmakers taking up a bill that would end the state's open-carry law. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence launched a drive last week challenging restaurants and cafes to exert their private property rights and ban guns in their establishments. The push formalized a... (GunPolicy.org)

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34161

United States

15 January 2011

Miami Herald

TALLAHASSEE -- In the aftermath of Tucson's shooting rampage, lawmakers in Florida are ready to make their stand on guns clearer: They want more people to have the right to carry them in the open and fewer government restrictions. All told, lawmakers have filed three separate bills that seek to restrict local governments from regulating firearms, stop doctors from even asking patients about them and that allow for licensed gun owners the right to wear firearms outside... (GunPolicy.org)

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34125

United States

10 January 2011

Concord Monitor (New Hampshire), Editorial

For some New Hampshire lawmakers, happiness is a gun warmed by carrying it close to the body. With the state facing a whopping deficit, and despite promises of a laser-like focus on cutting spending, the House's Republican majority chose as its first action to repeal the ban on packing heat in the State House. New Hampshire is an "open carry" state, which means that an adult can walk the streets with a six-gun on his hip or a shotgun under his arm. But perhaps so as... (GunPolicy.org)

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33998

United States

10 January 2011

Sydney Morning Herald

BEAUTIFUL, vast, rugged and unforgiving, Arizona's postcard landscape is matched by the frontier mentality of many of its populace: not so much lawless, but deeply conservative, and wedded to the idea that happiness truly is a warm gun. Its border with Mexico is porous, regularly and easily traversed. Phoenix, its largest city, has become a waypoint for drug and human trafficking. The state has also been hit hard by the recession, which has helped make it a centre for... (GunPolicy.org)

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33997

United States

4 January 2011

Southwest Times Record (Arkansas)

The chairman of Arkansas Carry, a firearms rights group, has asked the Arkansas Department of Higher Education to "bring university and college policies in line with current state law allowing students to carry (firearms) on campus." Steve D. Jones, chairman of the organization, cited in a letter made public Monday what he termed a "confusing discrepancy" between state law and the policies of state higher education institutions regarding firearms. Jones said while the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Southwest Times Record (Arkansas)

33959

United States

4 January 2011

United Press International

MILWAUKEE - A woman arrested after wearing her gun to church will get $7,500 to settle her lawsuit against the city of Brookfield, Wis., and the officers who arrested her. Krysta Sutterfield sued the city and the officers after she was arrested in July for attending services at the Unitarian Universalist Church while wearing her holstered handgun, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Tuesday. After the services someone called police and they responded, stopped... (GunPolicy.org)

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33953

United States

30 November 2010

Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas), Column

A disagreement. A fight. A death. In Arlington last month, a crowd gathered to watch as a conflict between two women evolved into a fight. One of the women, according to the police report, urged her boyfriend to shoot the other. The friend pulled his gun and fired several shots, killing a 19-year-old woman and wounding a male bystander. When this newspaper reported the story, it noted, "This is the third time this month in Tarrant County that a public argument... (GunPolicy.org)

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33733

United States

26 November 2010

Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas)

There's a call to arms in Texas. Or at least a call to let Texans carry their guns -- whether concealed or out in the open -- at colleges and pretty much anywhere else they'd like in this state. Less than two months before the Texas Legislature reconvenes in January, gun advocates are already asking state lawmakers for proposals geared to give gun owners more freedom. "In Texas, there's no viable reason why Texans are denied their rights the way they are," said John... (GunPolicy.org)

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33706

United States

2 November 2010

Macomb Daily (Michigan)

Earlier this year, deputies stopped Amir Hudson's vehicle and found a handgun under his front seat. They also found a loaded, semiautomatic AK-47 in his trunk. Hudson was charged with two weapons offenses, but his attorney argued in court filings that they should be dismissed because they violate his constitutional rights. Prosecutors disagreed. The case is another recent example of issues involving guns and gun rights being in the public eye. In the summer, gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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33584

United States

20 October 2010

Orlando Sentinel (Florida), Opinion

So you are walking down Park Avenue, window shopping for all the stuff you once could afford, and suddenly coming down the sidewalk you see three gunslingers. It's like the Wild West except they're drinking lattes, and instead of six-shooters, they have Glocks clipped to their matching Gucci belts. Would this bother you? Well, it could happen because the "open carry" movement has come to Florida. Open carry means just that. Any law-abiding citizen is allowed to... (GunPolicy.org)

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33515

United States

8 October 2010

Deseret News (Utah)

SALT LAKE CITY — Gun rights advocates in Utah are pushing a new law that would let residents carry loaded, concealed firearms in public without a permit. In its newsletter this week, the Utah Shooting Sports Council listed the so-called "Constitutional carry" law as one of its top priorities for the 2011 Legislature, which convenes in January. The council says permits are "little more than bureaucratic permission slips" to exercise Second Amendment rights. Rep.... (GunPolicy.org)

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33452

United States

1 September 2010

Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California — California lawmakers have rejected a bill that would have made it illegal to carry unloaded guns in public. The Senate narrowly approved the measure Tuesday, the last day of the regular legislative session, on a 21-16 vote. But it failed in the Assembly. The bill would have made it a misdemeanor to openly carry a handgun in a public place. Current California law permits carrying a rifle or a handgun in a holster if it is not... (GunPolicy.org)

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33271

United States

17 August 2010

Royal Oak Review (Michigan)

ROYAL OAK — City officials removed a firearm ban from the Arts, Beats and Eats festival after City Attorney Dave Gillam said the provision was not allowed under Michigan law. Gun advocates from the group Michigan Open Carry, Inc. have packed several consecutive City Commission meetings, asking for the provision banning firearms in the city's contract with the festival be eliminated. That specific provision was a carry-over from the festival's agreement with Pontiac,... (GunPolicy.org)

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33191

United States

3 August 2010

ABC News (USA)

The statistics tell the story: There are about 50 million gun owners in America. Close to half of all American households possess guns -- more than 200 million guns all told, and we buy 4.5 million more guns every year. Whether you like it or not, for better or worse, it's a fact: America is an armed nation. And to gun owners -- the vast majority of whom are law-abiding citizens -- that's the way it was meant to be. Now, more than ever, many gun owners are proudly,... (GunPolicy.org)

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33155

United States

13 July 2010

NewsChannel 3 TV News (Michigan)

MICHIGAN – They're packing heat, and proud of it. Michigan law allows registered gun owners to carry their weapons openly, just about anywhere they want, but some gun rights activists say they've unfairly become targets for police. State police will even admit that not all officers are properly trained to deal with the open carry law. Chaney Overholts has been an advocate of open carry for years. He owns nearly 100 guns and even makes his own bullets. Now, the... (GunPolicy.org)

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33027

United States

6 July 2010

Voice of America

New local gun laws follow a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that Americans' Constitutional right to gun ownership applies nationwide. Legal challenges and debate continue a week after the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that Americans have a right to own a gun for self defense anywhere they live. The Court said the Constitutional right to gun ownership applies nationwide, in response to a challenge of a gun ban in the Midwestern U.S. state of Illinois. But the court also said... (GunPolicy.org)

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32977

United States

22 June 2010

San Diego Union-Tribune (California)

SACRAMENTO — A bill that would ban the public display of unloaded guns narrowly passed the Senate Public Safety Committee Tuesday. The 4-3 vote sent the legislation carried by Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña, D-San Diego, to the Appropriations Committee and likely on to the Senate floor where the final outcome is in doubt, particularly in this election-year atmosphere. The measure has passed the Assembly earlier this month. California law currently allows unloaded... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: San Diego Union-Tribune (California)

32909

United States

16 June 2010

Times Herald (Michigan), Editorial

Is it legal for two men wearing nothing more than thong swimsuits to parade through a city park crowded with families attending a festival? Sure, it's probably legal. Not smart, but legal. And is it legal for two men to walk through the same festival with handguns strapped to their hips? Sure, it's probably legal. Not smart, but legal. What are we to make of Rob Harris, 36, of Eastpointe, and Scott Webb, 31, of Roseville, who chose to parade through Marysville Days... (GunPolicy.org)

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32872

United States

9 June 2010

TMJ4-TV News (Wisconsin)

MILWAUKEE - A Milwaukee man found out the hard way that carrying a gun for protection doesn't always keep you safe. In fact, it may have made him a target. The 34-year-old man legally owned a handgun and carried it out in the open in his holster for protection. Neighbors say they knew he was always armed. "It was kind of scary to just see him walking around all the time with that gun kind of just out in the open," said Shambria Mayham Autman. She lives near Teutonia... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: TMJ4-TV News (Wisconsin)

32834

Mexico,United States

7 June 2010

State Column (USA)

Guns may be making their way into the hands of cartel members and violence may be increasing on the Texas-Mexico border, but that is not stopping Texas lawmakers from keeping guns accessible. A major gun bill is making its way through the Texas statehouse, which, in the midst of growing concern over the border, raises the question of "why now?" Texas lawmakers continue to consider a bill that would expand the right of gun owners to open carry. While Texas residents... (GunPolicy.org)

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32837

United States

4 June 2010

San Francisco Chronicle, Editorial

Supporters of the "open carry movement" are proving to be their own worst enemies. In their high-profile display of weaponry, they have led many Californians to question the sanity of a law that allows people to openly carry unloaded handguns in public places. They certainly caught the attention of the California Assembly, which voted 46-30 this week for legislation by Lori Saldaña, D-San Diego, to repeal the open carry law that has been on the books for four... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: San Francisco Chronicle

32827

United States

3 June 2010

Los Angeles Times, Editorial

The Assembly approves a bill that bans the open carrying of unloaded firearms; the state Senate should do the same, and the governor should sign it. The open carry movement, an aggressive campaign asserting the right of all Americans to carry unconcealed firearms in public, operates under a simple premise spelled out in a banner headline on the opencarry.org website: "A right unexercised is a right lost." But in California, the opposite may well turn out to be true —... (GunPolicy.org)

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32836

United States

1 June 2010

Los Angeles Times, Blog

The California Assembly voted Tuesday to ban openly carrying handguns in public. Lawmakers approved the bill as some gun rights activists celebrate their constitutional right to bear firearms by walking the streets with pistols strapped to their hips, like gunslingers from the Wild West. Should the bill become law, that practice would become a crime. Supporters of the bill, including author Lori Saldana (D-San Diego), argued that the practice intimidates the unarmed... (GunPolicy.org)

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32795

United States

1 June 2010

Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California - Citing safety concerns, the California Assembly passed a bill Tuesday that would make it illegal to openly carry a gun in public, even if it is unloaded. The bill would make it a misdemeanor to carry an exposed handgun on any public street or in a public place. The bill passed on a 41-25 party-line vote and now moves to the Senate. Under current California law, gun owners can carry a rifle or handgun in a holster in public if it is... (GunPolicy.org)

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32780

United States

30 May 2010

Arizona Daily Star (USA)

Gloria DiCenco was chatting amiably with a few Italian speakers at Beyond Bread on North Campbell Avenue on April 20 when armed men began coming in. First there were two, then more. Finally, maybe 20 people carrying holstered guns and, in some cases, ammunition, arrived and ordered food, DiCenco said. A hush fell over the restaurant, she said, and her group's happy mood turned tense. It happened that her Italian conversation club crossed paths with a group of local... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Arizona Daily Star (USA)

32786

United States

26 May 2010

KTVU-TV News / Bay City News (San Francisco)

SAN FRANCISCO - A panel discussion in San Francisco Wednesday evening about a state bill that would ban open carry of firearms in California focused on balancing safety and public order versus individual rights and the Constitution. Much of the conversation - which featured a police chief, law professor and gun advocate - centered around interpretation of the Second Amendment and the practical implications of carrying unloaded weapons. The Commonwealth Club event was... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: KTVU-TV News / Bay City News (San Francisco)

32770

United States

23 May 2010

Tulsa World (Oklahoma), Opinion

If a Martian landed in Oklahoma and read local newspapers with the aim of learning our ways, he'd surely conclude that nothing matters more to us than our guns. Except maybe the reproductive fates of women we don't even know. Certainly many lawmakers think we place great importance on firearms matters. Why else would they have handily passed so many measures aiming to expand our gun rights? The conventional wisdom is that we Oklahomans are a gun-loving bunch, and no... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Tulsa World (Oklahoma)

32738

United States

21 May 2010

Savannah Morning News (Georgia), Opinion

Georgia's Common Sense Lawful Carry Act protects lawfully carrying citizens from unknowingly becoming criminals by clarifying where they can and cannot carry their weapons. They know all too well that a license to carry is not a license to commit a crime. Restricting the rights of law-abiding citizens does not protect the public from random acts of violence. The Lawful Carry Act works to preserve these rights not restrict them. Recent federal gun restriction proposals... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Savannah Morning News (Georgia)

32735

United States

17 May 2010

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin)

A prominent gun rights advocate charged in a May 9 homicide seemed impatient with others in the so-called open carry movement when he announced his intentions on a message board two years ago. "I've noticed that there seems to be no one in Milwaukee willing to get OC (open carry) started, but I was never one to wait for others," wrote Jesus C. Gonzalez, using the screen name Parabellum, from the Latin phrase that means, "If you seek peace, prepare for war." Last week,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin)

32713

United States

16 May 2010

Orange County Register (California), Column

One thing's for sure. No one was going to rob the Whole Foods Market in Tustin on Sunday afternoon. Between the fresh greens and the Asian foods, Phil Greubel had a .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol holstered to his belt. Vincent Burke decided what to have for lunch while packing a .40-caliber Glock. Over near the Greek salad, Gabriel Machan carried a 9 mm pistol on his hip. Then there was Brandon Stevens and his girlfriend, Chelley Smith, waiting amiably in line,... (GunPolicy.org)

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32693

United States

14 May 2010

Patriot-News (Pennsylvania)

The state law that lets just about anybody openly carry a loaded gun anywhere is butting up against municipal laws that outlaw guns from local parks where children play. Upper Allen Township is reversing its ban on guns in parks after a resident wrote officials that the ordinance is illegal. Manager Lou Fazekas said officials were aware earlier that the ban is at odds with the state's Uniform Firearms Act, but decided against taking action until a resident raised a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Patriot-News (Pennsylvania)

32676

United States

30 April 2010

Wall Street Journal, Opinion

Like a fly on a birthday cake, the subject of open carry — legally wearing a gun in public — keeps landing in the news and nobody can swat it down. Those who would like to be rid of it range from some of the most ardent gun-controllers to some of the fiercest believers in the Second Amendment right to bear arms. Many of the latter live in the 43 states where it already is legal to openly wear a handgun (although rules vary about whether it can be loaded, etc.). That... (GunPolicy.org)

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32607

United States

21 April 2010

San Diego Union-Tribune (California)

SACRAMENTO - California lawmakers are pushing ahead with legislation to ban carrying unloaded firearms in public, even as the U.S. Supreme Court weighs a complex case that could eventually override the rights of states to regulate guns. The Democrat-controlled Assembly Public Safety Committee passed the measure 4-2 on Tuesday, over the objections of onlookers who are part of an "open carry" movement frustrated by what they see as government infringement of their... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: San Diego Union-Tribune (California)

32560

United States

19 April 2010

Boston Globe

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia - From the looks of it, Thursday's rally on the Virginia banks of the Potomac was all about guns. Loaded pistols strapped to the black cargo pants of beefy men. Full holsters on women's hips. Unloaded, but still intimidating, AR-15 semi-automatic weapons swinging across the backs of camouflage-suited men, ammo diagonally across their chests. But no - it was about so much more. "This rally is not about guns. It is so much bigger than that," Eric... (GunPolicy.org)

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32545

United States

18 April 2010

San Francisco Chronicle

Brad Huffman and Jeff Dunhill were grabbing coffee, as so many do in downtown Walnut Creek. They were at a Starbucks. In most ways, they didn't stand out, dressed in their slacks and neat shirts, short hair trimly cropped. Heads would have never turned but for one thing - the bulky black pistols strapped to their belts. Huffman and Dunhill, de facto spokesmen for the Bay Area's burgeoning "open carry" movement, sipped their cups and acted as if packing heat -... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: San Francisco Chronicle

32573

United States

18 April 2010

Denver Post (Colorado)

Starbucks, best known for its coffee, is gaining kudos from gun rights activists for allowing guns in its shops and drawing the ire of gun control advocates. Today about 20 protesters gathered outside the Starbucks at 6th and Grant Street urging the company to ban guns inside the coffee shops. "I used to hold a lot of meetings at Starbucks, but the idea that I might be at risk worries me, I will choose a gun-free place," said Mary Kershner a registered nurse who... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Denver Post (Colorado)

32537

United States

18 April 2010

Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California - Do gun-toters pose a danger when they carry their weapons in public, even if they're unloaded? Some California lawmakers think they do and want to rein in a growing trend among Second Amendment advocates who grab their handgun when they reach for the car keys and head to the supermarket. "What I'm concerned about is people who have no training can carry a gun for no other purpose than to make a public statement," said the bill's author... (GunPolicy.org)

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32533

United States

17 April 2010

New York Times, Editorial

Two rallies by gun rights celebrants and anti-government polemicists are planned Monday on both sides of Washington's Potomac River. They will invoke the Second Amendment and the Battles of Lexington and Concord. A more apt, and tragic, anniversary to keep in mind is the Columbine school massacre of 1999. Eleven years later, and Congress has failed to close the gun show loophole that made the carnage possible. Two Columbine students had a friend obtain four... (GunPolicy.org)

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32556

United States

15 April 2010

US News & World Report, Opinion

There are only three states, Florida, Texas, and Illinois, and the District of Columbia that outright prohibit the open carrying of handguns. Only three! Now, contrary to public perception, I have never been against people owning guns for protection, hunting, or sport. But there are days when I read the newspaper or am watching the news and it seems as if our country is back in the Wild West. Brazenly carrying firearms into restaurants and bars and schools and churches... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: US News & World Report

32566

United States

7 April 2010

Las Vegas Sun (Nevada)

Just about everybody on the Metro Police force has heard of Tim Farrell, and he sometimes gets mistaken for a law enforcement officer. Farrell is simply a 29-year-old wireless Internet engineer — and a gun rights crusader. He is one of what appears to be a growing number of people taking up the "open-carry" cause, advocating a constitutional right to openly carry firearms. "The open-carry movement has gained momentum over the last four or five years because people... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Las Vegas Sun (Nevada)

32498

United States

24 March 2010

Christian Science Monitor

SAN FRANCISCO - Outside the Starbucks annual meeting Wednesday in Seattle, Wash., Ralph Fascitelli was one of the antigun-violence advocates handing fliers to the company's shareholders. Some fliers showed a puppy, bare feet, and a gun. Of the three, says Mr. Fascitelli, president of Washington Ceasefire, only firearms are allowed in Starbucks coffee shops. The coffee chain remains caught in the crossfire of a dispute over so-called "open carry" laws, which give gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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32413

United States

22 March 2010

New York Times Magazine

Starbucks has lately found itself in the middle of a debate between advocates of "open carry" gun rights and of gun control; the former have held armed meet-ups at several of its locations, and the latter have demanded that the coffee chain prevent this from happening. Seeking to duck these fresh salvos in the long debate over how firearms fit into American life, the company has issued a statement that such matters ought to be worked out "in the legislatures and courts,... (GunPolicy.org)

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32422

United States

22 March 2010

Time (USA)

A typical frustration at Starbucks is when the guy next to you is hogging the electrical outlets. But what if he openly wore a gun, like someone lost from a Clint Eastwood set? What would you do: take a seat next to him or get that cappuccino to go? The patrons of at least five Starbucks locations in California's Bay Area have faced this dilemma in recent weeks. Gun owners have walked into various Starbucks -- including in liberal enclaves like San Francisco, San Jose... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Time (USA)

32419

United States

21 March 2010

Vancouver Sun

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia - About 60 gun rights activists gather in a pizzeria in the Virginia suburb of Falls Church, just outside of Washington DC, their firearms openly displayed in waist holsters. They are celebrating what they expect will be the successful enactment in Virginia of legislation expanding gun rights for residents. Republican Governor Bob McDonnell has pledged to sign the measure. With gun control legislation stalled at the federal level in Congress, a... (GunPolicy.org)

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32415

United States

15 March 2010

San Francisco Chronicle

Sure, open-carry advocates, you can flash guns in public all you want. Just don't be drunk when you do it. A 29-year-old man who is well-known to the local cops for his imbibing found that out the hard way in San Bruno. Christian George Gonzalez was allegedly plastered when he ambled up to two uniformed San Bruno police officers just after midnight Feb. 12 at a 7-Eleven parking lot, said Steve Wagstaffe, San Mateo County's chief deputy district attorney. He... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: San Francisco Chronicle

32364

United States

13 March 2010

WSMV-TV News (Nashville)

NASHVILLE, Tennessee - You may not know Leonard Embody's name, but you might know his recent troubles with the law and guns. "I'm a private person," Embody said. "I didn't want to be in the spotlight. I didn't want my name in the news reports." Embody's name and story have been appeared in news reports and online blogs for months. He was thrust into the media spotlight last December when he carried an AK-47-type pistol into Radnor Lake State Park. "It wasn't modified... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: WSMV-TV News (Nashville)

32348

United States

10 March 2010

Christian Science Monitor

SAN FRANCISCO - A California lawmaker has stepped into a growing gun rights debate by introducing legislation that would essentially outlaw what's called the "open carry" of unloaded weapons on public property. The measure, which was first introduced last month but is not expected to have its first hearing until April, is meant to address the growing "open carry" movement, in which some gun owners have taken to meeting in coffee shops, parks, and restaurants while... (GunPolicy.org)

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32329

United States

9 March 2010

Fox News (USA)

OREM, Utah - A Utah Valley University student says he is within his rights openly displaying a gun while carrying a concealed gun permit, even while on campus. And that is what student Nick Moyes did Friday morning when he was stopped by the campus police and was told to put the gun away. As president of UVU's Republican Club, Moyes was hanging posters for an event when he was detained. "We are allowed to open carry on a college campus," said Moyes. "We are allowed... (GunPolicy.org)

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32311

United States

8 March 2010

Sunday Times (UK)

WASHINGTON - It is not exactly Gunfight at the OK Corral -- more like Lattes at High Noon -- but the Starbucks coffee chain has become an unlikely battleground for US gun owners campaigning to carry their weapons openly in public. Last Thursday morning, Jim Snyder walked into a Starbucks cafe in Virginia and ordered a tall hot chocolate without cream. On his left hip was his mobile phone. On his right hip was a semi-automatic Browning pistol. "I don't see why I... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sunday Times (UK)

32304

United States

8 March 2010

New York Times

For years, being able to carry a concealed handgun has been a sacred right for many gun enthusiasts. In defending it, Charlton Heston, the actor and former president of the National Rifle Association, used to say that the flock is safer when the wolves cannot tell the difference between the lions and the lambs. But a grass-roots effort among some gun rights advocates is shifting attention to a different goal: exercising the right to carry unconcealed weapons in the 38... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

32299

United States

6 March 2010

Irish Times

AMERICA -- Cities and states that restrict gun ownership are seeing that prerogative threatened by the Supreme Court "We Americans, we cling proudly to our guns and religion," Sarah Palin, the failed vice-presidential candidate and darling of the Tea Party movement, said at a recent rally for Rick Perry, the Republican governor of Texas. The historian Richard Hofstadter coined the phrase "gun culture" to describe America's love affair with firearms. An estimated 25... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Irish Times

32325

United States

2 March 2010

Associated Press

SEATTLE — Coffee chain Starbucks said Wednesday it's sticking to its policy of letting customers carry guns where it's legal and is asking not to be put in the middle of a larger gun-control debate. The company's statement, issued Wednesday, stems from recent campaign by some gun owners, who have walked into Starbucks and other businesses to test state laws that allow gun owners to carry weapons openly in public places. Now, gun control advocates are protesting the... (GunPolicy.org)

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32271

United States

28 February 2010

Associated Press

Dale Welch recently walked into a Starbucks in Virginia, handgun strapped to his waist, and ordered a banana Frappuccino with a cinnamon bun. He says the firearm drew a double-take from at least one customer, but not a peep from the baristas. Welch's foray into the coffeehouse was part of an effort by some gun owners to exercise and advertise their rights in states that allow people to openly carry firearms. Even in some "open carry" states, businesses are allowed to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

32232

United States

19 February 2010

New York Times, Editorial

It looked like a casting call for a Sam Pekinpah shoot-'em-up: 100 or so gun enthusiasts showed up at the Buckhorn Grill in Walnut Creek, Calif., this month with revolvers strapped on their hips. "We're not politically involved," the restaurant manager declared as he agreed to serve the supporters of Open Carry, a group that goes around flaunting gun owners' right — under a benighted California law — to pack weapons in public. Four days later, the chief of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

32183

United States

13 February 2010

Associated Press

WALNUT CREEK, California - A California restaurant chain is banning the display of guns after about 100 men carrying unloaded weapons gathered at its Walnut Creek location east of San Francisco. Buckhorn Grill had agreed to host the meeting of Open Carry advocates earlier this month. The group wants to change California law to make it easier to carry loaded guns in public. John Pickerel, owner of the seven-restaurant chain, said in a statement Friday he regrets the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

32107

United States

5 February 2010

Contra Costa Times (California)

Starbucks has brushed aside a request from a gun control advocacy group to ban the display of guns in its retail locations, saying it will abide by laws that allow patrons to openly carry unloaded weapons. The national Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence made the request in the wake of a series of meetings in local restaurants over the past few months by Bay Area Open Carry, a group that hopes to make it legal to carry loaded guns in California. Peets Coffee & Tea... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Contra Costa Times (California)

32105

United States

28 January 2010

San Jose Mercury News (California)

A man apparently inspired by a news report on Open Carry gun activists strolled into an East Palo Alto supermarket with a handgun on his hip Wednesday and began shopping for groceries, police said. The store manager at Mi Pueblo Food Center in the Ravenswood 101 shopping complex alerted police after patrons became frightened, said East Palo Alto police Sgt. Roderick Norris. About four officers responded and found the man with an unloaded, holstered handgun on his hip... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: San Jose Mercury News (California)

31990

United States

20 January 2010

San Jose Mercury News (California)

David LaTour rolled out of bed on a recent Saturday morning and prepared for a leisurely lunch: Wallet, check. Car keys, check. Springfield XD 9 mm pistol and ammunition, check. Springfield XD 9 mm pistol and ammunition? The Hayward resident is a member of an organization slowly gaining membership in the Bay Area. Open Carry aims to make it possible for Americans in every state to legally carry loaded guns in public. The loosely organized Bay Area chapter is igniting... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: San Jose Mercury News (California)

31938

United States

5 January 2010

Contra Costa Times (California)

LIVERMORE,Californaia — They brought their guns to downtown Livermore — to have a cup of coffee and demonstrate their right to literally bear arms. A group of more than a dozen people met at a downtown cafe Saturday afternoon, some of them had unloaded semi-automatic pistols holstered to their belts with their ammunition clips readily available. The demonstration was put on by members of the "open carry" movement. The event at the Panama Red Coffee Co. was similar... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Contra Costa Times (California)

31781

United States

12 December 2009

Chicago Tribune

The Associated Press recently asked candidates for Illinois governor questions about gun-control legislation. Here are highlights of their answers: QUESTION: "Would you sign or veto legislation banning the sale and possession of semiautomatic assault-style weapons in Illinois?" REPUBLICANS -- Adam Andrzejewski: "Would veto a ban on semiautomatic 'assault weapons' in most circumstances. It comes down (to) law abiding citizens having the right to defend their life,... (GunPolicy.org)

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31637

United States

8 October 2009

Pioneer Press (Minnesota)

The planners of a party in Hudson, Wisconsin, are looking forward to a well-mannered picnic filled with political speeches, hot beverages — and guns. Response has been mixed to the Hudson Open Carry Taxed Enough Already (or TEA) Party scheduled for Oct. 17 in Lakefront Park. While organizers tout it as a picnic to celebrate their rights to demonstrate and carry arms, some in town worry about the image and perceived dangers of so many weapons in the city's downtown... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Pioneer Press (Minnesota)

31220

United States

8 October 2009

Patriot-News (Pennsylvania)

A gun has apparently killed a woman who had come to symbolize a person's right to openly carry a gun. It's difficult to resist this obvious and heartbreaking angle in the death of Meleanie Hain. One year ago in Lebanon County, Hain came to be known as the "gun-toting soccer mom" whose carry permit was revoked by a sheriff then restored by court order, reigniting a national debate about gun rights. Now, in her death, as it was when she was alive, the gun debate... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Patriot-News (Pennsylvania)

31208

United States

8 October 2009

Lebanon Daily News (Pennsylvania)

A Lebanon woman who gained national notoriety last year as a champion of Second Amendment rights after she brought her loaded handgun to her 5-year-old daughter's soccer game was shot and killed Wednesday night in an apparent murder-suicide. Meleanie Hain, 31, and her husband, Scott Hain, 33, were pronounced dead by Lebanon County coroner Dr. Jeffrey Yocum shortly after 8:30 p.m. after a two-hour standoff with police outside their home at Second Avenue and East Grant... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Lebanon Daily News (Pennsylvania)

31199

United States

7 October 2009

Courier-Journal (Kentucky)

Ken Pagano, who drew world attention to his small Valley Station church by hosting a rally celebrating God and guns in June, has resigned from his ministry to promote gun rights and church security. He's working part-time at a local gun range and has helped form a group called the International Security Coalition of Clergy, along with a New York rabbi and others who are promoting the use of armed and trained security at houses of worship. Pagano said that although New... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Courier-Journal (Kentucky)

31194

United States

25 September 2009

Kalamazoo Gazette (Michigan)

SOUTH HAVEN, Michigan — A Kalamazoo man attending a gun-rights picnic at South Haven's South Beach has been charged with reckless use of a firearm after his weapon discharged, police said Thursday. Jonathan Wayne Sager, 28, was unloading his semiautomatic handgun and preparing it for transport after the Sept. 13 picnic when it discharged at 5:44 p.m., said Chief Rod A. Somerlott of the South Haven Police Department. A warrant authorized Wednesday by the Van Buren... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 September 2009

KPBS Public Radio (San Diego), Transcript

MAUREEN CAVANAUGH (Host): I'm Maureen Cavanaugh. You're listening to These Days on KPBS. The way you feel about the Open Carry movement kind of depends on how you feel about the guy next to you wearing a .44 Magnum or a Glock semi-automatic pistol on his belt. Some people feel comforted by the fact that law abiding people can legally carry unloaded weapons freely in San Diego. Others are not so crazy about the idea, especially considering that the gun wearers are... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

10 September 2009

CBS News (USA) / Taking Liberties, Blog

An appeals court in Washington, D.C. has upheld the city's extremely restrictive law requiring residents to obtain licenses to carry handguns outside of their homes. The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last year in the high-profile D.C. v. Heller Second Amendment case did not invalidate the District of Columbia's licensing requirements, and even appears to have endorsed them, the appeals court ruled. "While the statute indisputably imposes a regulatory restriction on... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

1 September 2009

Washington Post, Opinion

WASHINGTON, DC — The Supreme Court, in District of Columbia v. Heller, declared that Washington's 32-year ban on all functional firearms violated the Second Amendment. Justice Antonin Scalia's majority opinion, however, applied only to possession of guns in the home. The court did not address, and was not asked to address, firearms carried outside the home. That's the issue posed in a new lawsuit against the District by Tom Palmer (disclosure: my colleague at the Cato... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

25 August 2009

Florida Today, Editorial

Gun business is booming in Brevard County, where almost 2,700 residents applied for new weapons permits in the first six months of 2009. More than 3,800 new permits have been issued in the past year. And 4,326 Brevard residents applied for new concealed-gun permits from July 1, 2008 to July 31, 2009. The local rush to bear arms — detailed in a FLORIDA TODAY story Friday — reflects a larger trend around the state and nationwide. It's said the spike in gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

20 August 2009

New York Times, Editorial

It is hard to know what is more shocking: the sight of a dozen Americans showing up to flaunt guns outside the venue for President Obama's speech in Phoenix on Monday, or the fact that the swaggering display was completely legal. We are all familiar with the right to bear arms and the noisome extremes indulged by its zealots. But is there no sense of simple respect due the nation's elected leader when he ventures forth among the citizenry? One man strutted through the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

19 August 2009

Time (USA)

WASHINGTON — The fact that protesters at President Obama's political events have begun showing up bearing arms may be disquieting, but it's perfectly legal — and the Secret Service, charged with protecting the President, insists that it is not unduly alarmed by the development. That's because while the Second Amendment guarantees Americans the right to carry guns, federal law also gives the Secret Service the right to keep gun-toting folks away from the President.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 August 2009

CNN

PHOENIX, Arizona — He was to demonstrating his right to bear arms — and he wanted you to know it. Video of the unidentified man toting an assault rifle outside President Obama's speech to veterans Monday was aired all over the country, causing a buzz about weapons popping up — legally — around recent presidential events. The protester, who refused to give his name, was interviewed by a man carrying a microphone and said, "I am almost always armed." The... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 August 2009

Associated Press

PHOENIX — About a dozen people carrying guns, including one with a military-style rifle, milled among protesters outside the convention center where President Barack Obama was giving a speech Monday — the latest incidents in which protesters have openly displayed firearms near the president. Gun-rights advocates say they're exercising their constitutional right to bear arms and protest, while those who argue for more gun control say it could be a disaster waiting... (GunPolicy.org)

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27 June 2009

Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — For one day, at least, it was OK to pack heat in church. More than 200 people answered gun-toting Pastor Ken Pagano's call to celebrate the Second Amendment at New Bethel Church in Louisville on Saturday. There was just one rule for the several dozen who brought their guns along: No bullets. "We are wanting to send a message that there are legal, civil, intelligent and law-abiding citizens who also own guns," Pagano said during the 90-minute... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

26 June 2009

New York Times

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Ken Pagano, the pastor of the New Bethel Church here, is passionate about gun rights. He shoots regularly at the local firing range, and his sermon two weeks ago was on "God, Guns, Gospel and Geometry." And on Saturday night, he is inviting his congregation of 150 and others to wear or carry their firearms into the sanctuary to "celebrate our rights as Americans!" as a promotional flier for the "open carry celebration" puts it. "God and guns... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

24 April 2009

WISN News (Wisconsin) / AP

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee's police chief said he'll go on telling his officers to take down anyone with a firearm despite Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's finding that people can carry guns openly if they do it peacefully. Chief Ed Flynn said officers can't assume people are carrying guns legally in a city that has seen nearly 200 homicides in the past two years. He said that means officers seeing anybody carrying a gun will put them on the ground, take the gun away... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

5 March 2009

Boston Herald / Fort Worth Star-Telegram

FORT WORTH, Texas — Jason Bowman would feel safer walking to his night classes at Tarrant County College if he had his concealed handgun. But he leaves it behind because state law doesn't let him carry it on campus. The 23-year-old Benbrook man is among those hoping that will change soon, as state lawmakers consider the issue. "I applaud campus police, but there is absolutely no way they can be all places at all times," said Bowman, a paramedic and firefighter.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

11 February 2009

USA Today

Four Southern states — Texas, South Carolina, Oklahoma and Arkansas — are considering legislation that would allow people to carry handguns openly in a holster. These generally Second Amendment-friendly states are among the last six holdouts against open carrying of guns. Openly carrying handguns is legal in most states, even those that ban concealed firearms. New York and Florida also bar openly carrying handguns. The four other states that ban so-called open... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

4 January 2009

Houston Chronicle (Texas), Opinion

AUSTIN — Texas legislators can't help themselves. Even before their upcoming session hits its stride, they will do something to get national attention, the kind that makes TV hosts snicker and roll their eyes. A surefire attention-getter this session will be an anticipated bill to let Texans openly pack pistols on their hips, in their belts or elsewhere in public view as they go about their business. Although many other states apparently already allow the practice,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 October 2008

Patriot-News (Pennsylvania)

Sharon Gregg-Bolognese, the president of the Central Pennsylvania Youth Soccer League, has been getting an earful from parents and coaches who are worried that people will start packing pistols to their children's soccer games. In a case that gained national attention, a Lebanon County judge ruled Tuesday that Meleanie Hain should get back her concealed-gun permit, which the county sheriff revoked after Hain openly carried a gun to her 5-year-old daughter's soccer... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

31 August 2008

Seattle Post-Intelligencer / Kitsap Sun (Washington)

SEABECK, Washington — In Julian Piercy's mind, the small bulge in his shirt near his lower back is a way of "leveling a situation." The clip that he fastens to his waist band before leaving the house isn't just another accessory. It gives him an option, he said, when all others are off the table and a life is on the line. When he feels the pressure of metal on his back, it gives him confidence that he has a chance of protecting those he cares about most. "As a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

25 July 2008

Detroit Free Press

HASTINGS — Most of us probably don't know it, but Michigan is among the 44 states where it's legal to carry a gun in public without a permit. To make that point, about 40 gun advocates walked out of Richie's Koffee Shop Inc. late Thursday afternoon with handguns holstered at their sides, part of a small but growing national movement to stand up for the constitutional right to bear arms. They strolled down this tidy west Michigan town's main street, barely causing a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

20 July 2008

Idaho Statesman (Boise)

When you go to the zoo, you expect to see monkeys, ducks in a pond. You don't usually expect to see visitors with handguns. But you would have, had you visited Zoo Boise Saturday morning. About 10 members of the local chapter of OpenCarry.org, a national group that advocates for citizens' rights to openly carry handguns, met there. After a little confusion at the front desk about whether it's legal to bring an unconcealed handgun into the zoo — it is — the group... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

3 July 2008

Economist

On June 26th the Supreme Court overturned the District of Columbia's handgun ban and asserted that individuals have the right to own guns. Gun enthusiasts rejoiced. But as they move to capitalise on this favourable judgment, they may run into new problems. Consider two developing gun-rights controversies. On July 1st Florida became the fourth state to allow people to bring their guns to work. The gun has to stay locked in the car, and its owner must have a... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

23 June 2008

Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas)

If Duane Suddeth had his way, he could strap on a handgun and wear it — anytime, anywhere — without concealing it. That day has not come in Texas, but the 42-year-old Bedford man is among thousands hoping it is on its way. "This is the public's right," Suddeth said. "Whether they choose to exercise that or not is up to them." Texas, despite its independence and frontier reputation, is one of only six states where handguns cannot — in some form — legally be... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

16 June 2008

Boston Globe, Column

Imagine a child barely tall enough to reach the top drawer of the bedroom dresser. Imagine the child on tip-toes opening the drawer because the forbidden object is hidden there. The naughty thrill of reaching under the socks, the shock of actually touching the thing, finding it cold, as if on ice. Such is my memory of furtive encounters with my father's handgun. At the time, Dad was an FBI agent. Where he stowed his weapon when off-duty was absolutely out-of-bounds,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

9 June 2008

Telegraph (UK)

NEW YORK — A growing number of Americans are exercising their right not just to own guns but to carry them around in public. As a debate continues in Washington over the constitutional right to gun ownership, supporters of the so-called "open carry" movement argue that sidearms should be precisely that — a common accessory to be worn freely. Their right to wear their gun, usually on a holster at their hip, as they go about their day is protected in state laws... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

7 June 2008

Los Angeles Times

PROVO, Utah — For years, Kevin Jensen carried a pistol everywhere he went, tucked in a shoulder holster beneath his clothes. In hot weather the holster was almost unbearable. Pressed against Jensen's skin, the firearm was heavy and uncomfortable. Hiding the weapon made him feel like a criminal. Then one evening he stumbled across a site that urged gun owners to do something revolutionary: Carry your gun openly for the world to see as you go about your business.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

20 February 2008

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

A bill quietly endorsed by a legislative committee would codify licensed concealed-weapons holders' ability to openly carry loaded guns in almost any publicly owned space in Utah, including university campuses, public schools, sports arenas and hospitals. HB473 is sponsored by Curtis Oda, a Davis County Republican with a history of championing expanded gun rights and criticizing University of Utah policies he believes trampled those rights. In recent years, U.... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

15 February 2008

Roanoke Times (Virginia), Editorial

Anyone who doubts that Virginia lawmakers are spineless when it comes to gun advocates need look no further than SB 436. Three-quarters of the Senate voted to put guns ahead of the lives of law enforcement officers. Most adult Virginians, the ones who aren't felons or mentally ill, may buy a gun and walk around with it as long as it is visible. The law allows so-called open carry. If someone wants to carry that gun out of sight, then he must get a concealed-carry... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

7 December 2007

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

A pro-gun student group is gearing up to again challenge the University of Utah on its weapons policies, this time seeking approval for what they view as their right to openly carry weapons on campus. U. administrators are "circumventing the Legislature" and creating their own laws, allege members of Second Amendment Students of Utah, who want to meet with U. officials to hash out their diametrically opposed positions on Utah gun laws. "Guns have been vilified. We... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 November 2007

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

LAYTON — Among the things that make Utah a special place are its gun laws. Love 'em or hate 'em, they often make living, working and even dining in the state a visceral experience, harking back to the heady days of Deadwood and Dodge City. Most Utahns are aware their state issues an easily obtained concealed-weapon permit. By passing a background check and basic course in gun safety, anyone over 21 can qualify to carry an undercover gun. But in how many places,... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

18 November 2007

Nevada Appeal

With more guns sold and registered per capita than anywhere in the U.S., Nevada is a gun state — always has been. It also is the gun-death state. According to the Center for Disease Control, since 2000, Nevada has led the nation with an average of 26 gun-related deaths per 100,000 people. War-torn Iraq averaged 32 gun deaths per 100,000 people last year, according to the same study. At least once a year, an accidental gun death here makes national... (GunPolicy.org)

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