Rep. Owens votes in favor of gun-control ‘reciprocity’

Rep. Owens votes in favor of gun-control ‘reciprocity’ – Rep. William L. Owens voted Wednesday night in favor of a bill that would require New York to honor concealed weapon permits from other states, some of which may have weaker gun control laws. In turn, New Yorkers would be able to carry concealed weapons in states that currently don’t recognize its permit laws.  “Responsible gun owners deserve the clarity of law that allows them to take their legally-obtained property across state lines without the fear that they’ll be fined or put in jail,” Mr. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, said in a news... read more

NRA registering for Junior Pistol Camp

NRA registering for Junior Pistol Camp – Some of America’s top shooters will be in the news in 2012 as they compete in the Olympic Games in London.  Junior shooters with their own Olympic dreams should sign up early for National Rifle Association’s annual Junior Pistol Camp, July 10 to 14 at Camp Perry in conjunction with NRA’s National Rifle and Pistol Championships.  Camp students will receive expert coaching in the fundamental principles and techniques of conventional and international pistol... read more

House passes concealed carry gun bill

House passes concealed carry gun bill – The House of Representatives passed a measure Wednesday that would make a permit to carry a concealed firearm from one state valid in any state that allows citizens to carry concealed weapons. The vote was 272 to 154.  The National Rifle Association-backed measure had the backing of the vast majority of Republicans along with a coalition of pro-gun rights Democrats.  A matching bill has not been brought forward in the Democrat-led Senate. But gun rights advocates have previously nearly-successfully attempted to attach a similar measure to unrelated... read more

Up In Arms: Gallup Poll Shows Gun Ownership in U.S. Highest in Nearly 20 Years

Up In Arms: Gallup Poll Shows Gun Ownership in U.S. Highest in Nearly 20 Years – Americans are taking advantage of their Second Amendment right to bear arms.  According to a recent Gallup poll, self-reported gun ownership is at its highest since 1993. Forty-seven percent of adults report they have a gun in their home or on their property. That statistic is up from 41 percent since last year’s poll and is two to three points higher than the statistics recorded in... read more

What’s Wrong With Making It Easier to Carry a Gun Across State Lines?

What’s Wrong With Making It Easier to Carry a Gun Across State Lines? – Congress is expected to vote Tuesday on whether concealed carry gun licenses should be treated the same way we treat driver’s licenses for cars. With 245 co-sponsors in the House, the only question is whether there are the 290 votes necessary to override President Obama’s... read more

Buerkle calls on Holder to resign

Buerkle calls on Holder to resign – Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle joined 40 of her colleagues on calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to resign.  Buerkle cited Holder’s handling of “Fast and Furious,” a gun-trafficking sting on the U.S.-Mexico border that left hundreds of guns unaccounted... read more

Rep. McCarthy Proposing Amendments to Stop H.R. 822, National Concealed Handgun Bill

Rep. McCarthy Proposing Amendments to Stop H.R. 822, National Concealed Handgun Bill – Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY4), one of Congress’s most vocal advocates for reducing gun violence, is proposing two amendments in an effort to stop H.R. 822, the National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act.  The bill, which would force states to recognize the concealed handgun permits issued by other states even if their safety standards are much lower, is expected to receive a full House floor vote on Wednesday.  Rep. McCarthy is proposing two amendments to the House Majority: (No. 1) an amendment that would allow states to opt in to the reciprocity agreements mandated by H.R. 822 and (No. 2) an amendment that would allow states to opt out of the... read more

Bloomberg Talks Guns and Democracy

Bloomberg Talks Guns and Democracy – Due to Veterans Day, Mayor Mike Bloomberg had only a brief stint at his weekly radio show with John Gambling, but the two talked about the most recent elections in the Virginia State Legislature, in which Mr. Bloomberg sent money to six anti gun lawmakers, all six of whom went on to win on Election... read more
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