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    Guns of Washington - The most tantalizing element of the latest gun rights decision in Washington D.C. is the hope that it raises for law-abiding New Yorkers who want to be able to carry a firearm outside of their homes. The decision was issued by a United States district judge, who has blocked the District of Columbia police from enforcing a ban on handguns. The judge who did this, Frederick Scullin Jr., normally sits at Syracuse, New York. He was assigned to this case by the chief justice of America. So the hope is that when he returns to his regular chambers he’ll eventually get a chance to bring some sense to his own state, where by virtue of radically anti-gun authorities the Second Amendment is a dead letter.


    DEC adopts bear hunting season changes for fall 2014

    DEC adopts bear hunting season changes for fall 2014 - Black bear hunting opportunities have expanded this year — although not in the Southern Tier — as a result of regulation changes adopted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Commissioner Joe Martens announced Monday.  DEC deemed the changes necessary to limit population growth and range expansion by black bears in New York. "Bears are a tremendous resource in New York, but they can have negative impacts too, through damage to camps, crops, homes and other property," DEC said in a release. "In extreme cases they are a serious threat to public safety. DEC's bear plan fosters a comprehensive approach to reduce negative black bear impacts by increasing public awareness of its role in preventing human-bear conflicts, addressing individual incidents of bear damage and reducing bear populations where necessary."


    Federal judge rules DC ban on gun carry rights unconstitutional

    Federal judge rules DC ban on gun carry rights unconstitutional - A federal judge in the District of Columbia on Saturday overturned the city’s total ban on residents being allowing to carry firearms outside their home, declaring the law “unconstitutional” in a landmark decision for gun-rights activists.  Judge Frederick Scullin Jr. wrote in his ruling in Palmer v. District of Columbia that the right to bear arms extends outside the home, therefore gun-control laws in the nation’s capital are “unconstitutional.”


    Congress asks for ATF database review while investigation claims agency targets minorities

    Congress asks for ATF database review while investigation claims agency targets minorities - Members of Congress are asking the General Accountability Office to review the Fast and Furious-related Suspect Gun Database while an investigative report claims 91 percent of those snared in Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives stings are minorities.  Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) are asking the Comptroller General of the United States to revisit the GAO investigation last conducted in 1996 that addressed whether ATF has illegally kept gun owner databases.


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