On concealed carry gun issue, Illinois looks to N.Y. gun laws

On concealed carry gun issue, Illinois looks to N.Y. gun laws – As reluctant ruling Democrats face the daunting task of crafting state legislation to allow Illinois citizens to carry guns in public, they may need to look no further than the recent federal court decision that struck down the state’s longtime ban. In the ruling from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Richard Posner argues that instead of a complete ban on concealed carry, Illinois must follow other states that have struck a balance between public safety and the constitutional right to bear arms. He specifically points to New York, which has one of the most restrictive — and complicated — concealed carry laws in the...

‘Gun Control Fails,’ Say Statistics from … Gun-Control Advocates

‘Gun Control Fails,’ Say Statistics from … Gun-Control Advocates – After the Newtown, Connecticut mass murder, anti-rights politicians and media shifted into high gear. The only “solution” for such a tragedy was another gun ban; within two days, Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced her version. Pundits like the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein politicized the tragedy by claiming that America is an unusually violent place, with the only answer being more gun control. There’s a problem with all of their hyperbole: it is based upon myth and manipulated...

Stigmatizing Gun Owners Makes Civil Debate Impossible

Stigmatizing Gun Owners Makes Civil Debate Impossible – The decision of a newspaper in New York’s Westchester County to publish an interactive map that allowed readers to discover the names and addresses of owners of legal guns is generally being debated as one about whether the Gannett-owned Journal News showed good judgment. It didn’t, but the problem goes a lot deeper than whether or not a newspaper ought to publicize information that is legally available to the public in this manner. The controversy goes to the heart of the entire discussion about guns in this...

New York newspaper to list more gun permit holders after uproar

New York newspaper to list more gun permit holders after uproar – A suburban New York newspaper that sparked an uproar among gun enthusiasts by publishing names and addresses of residents holding pistol permits is now planning to publish even more identities of permit-toting locals. Further names and addresses will be added as they become available to a map originally published on December 24 in the White Plains, New York-based Journal News, the newspaper...

Pols renew their call for gun control in wake of tragedies

Pols renew their call for gun control in wake of tragedies – For state Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh and state Senator Daniel Squadron, the push for gun control has been like a record on repeat. Back in October, both led the unsuccessful call for a legislative special session to pass laws strengthening New York’s restrictions on firearm sale and possession — already some of the strongest in the nation — and Squadron published an op-ed in the Daily News to argue the “common sense” perspective behind added gun control measures. “Before another drop of blood is spilled and another innocent life is lost, New York’s Legislature must do our job and pass these bills,” Squadron wrote in the...
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