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  • December 4, 2013

    NFL Says No to Gun Maker's Super Bowl Ad

    By Ben Romans says NFL advertising officials announced last week they won't air a one-minute commercial from firearms manufacturer Daniel Defense during the 2014 Super Bowl claiming its message falls under one of the league's prohibited advertising categories—a list that prohibits ads for contraceptives, male enhancement products, Tobacco products energy drinks, malt beverages, and fireworks—even though the advert doesn't mention or display firearms or ammunition.

  • September 12, 2013

    Gun Control Supporters Lose Special Elections In Colorado

    By Ben Romans

    In a special election Tuesday, voters in Colorado ousted two key supporters of statewide gun control measures, state Democrats John Morse of Pueblo and Angela Giron of Colorado Springs, replacing both with Republican candidates.

    This article in the New York Times says that while the election was confined to two districts in the southern portion of the state and does not affect the state’s gun laws (passed earlier this year in reaction to mass shootings at a Colorado movie theater and the tragedy at a Connecticut elementary school), it does send a warning to moderate lawmakers voting for tougher gun laws.

  • September 11, 2013

    Concealed Carry for the Blind in Iowa

    By Ben Romans

    A 2011 change to Iowa gun permit regulations allowing visually impaired residents to legally carry firearms in public now has state lawmakers and law enforcement personnel in a quandary as more legally and completely blind people apply for weapons permits.

    While the gun control act of 1968 does not prohibit blind people from owning gun, and denying a blind person may violate their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act, some state laws regulate the circumstances in which someone can receive a weapons permit. However, Iowa doesn’t allow sheriffs to deny a resident the right to carry a weapon based on physical ability.

  • September 5, 2013

    Two New Executive Gun Control Actions

    By Ben Romans

    Last Thursday the Obama administration announced two additional executive actions intended to curb gun violence, in addition to the 23 recommended by Vice President earlier this year.

  • August 1, 2013

    Suppressors Legal for Hunting in North Carolina, But Will County Sheriffs Grant Approvals?

    By Ben Romans

    In a time when many states are tightening restrictions on firearms, some severely, North Carolina lawmakers passed a provision last week allowing hunters to use sound suppressors. The provision was part of broader legislation allowing permit holders to legally carry concealed weapons in more places, including bars.

    In an article from the Charlotte Observer, Sen. Shirley Randleman said she insisted the bill include language about silencers.

  • July 11, 2012

    Google Bans Shopping Search Results for Guns, Ammo, Knives With New "Family Safe" Policy

    By Chad Love

    Is Google unfairly discriminating against businesses that sell firearms, ammo and knives? A recent change to Google Shopping's policies for businesses that prohibits advertising guns, ammunition, knives and other products has many wondering what the omnipresent company is up to.

    From this story on
    "...Specifically, they’ve banned results related to firearms and other products that they don’t deem to be “family safe.” Until recently, gun-related products appeared with other products in search results on the shopping section. Many of America’s 80 million gun owners have used Google as a powerful price-comparison tool. Not anymore. 

    Google’s new, anti-gun policy, assigns a "family status" to all products. Products that are “non-family safe” are blocked from Google Shopping. This includes guns, ammunition and knives, as well as vehicles, tobacco and radar scramblers.

  • May 10, 2012

    State Police to Shut Down PA Instant Check System, No Firearms Purchases for 3 Days

    --Chad Love

    Are you a Pennsylvania resident who plans on buying a gun sometime this month? You might want to check with your gun shop before making the drive...

    From this story on
    The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) announced on Friday, that the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), used by the Pennsylvania State Police, will be taken out of service for three days later this month for a full system replacement. Consequently, this will temporarily restrict the purchase of firearms and negate the ability to obtain criminal history checks.

  • May 1, 2012

    Is the NRA's Political Power an Illusion?

    By Chad Love

    Is the National Rifle Association's power on the wane? Please don't beat the messenger, but that seems to be the thrust of a recent blog post from the Economist that argues the NRA's influence on national elections is mostly an illusion and that it's also on the wrong side of changing demographic shifts that in the future will further erode its influence.

    "...Paul Waldman, of the American Prospect, has recently argued that the NRA's dominance is a myth. He has looked closely at the figures and writes, “Despite what the NRA has long claimed, it neither delivered Congress to the Republican party in 1994 nor delivered the White House to George W. Bush in 2000.” He also argues that NRA money has no impact on congressional elections, as it spreads its money over so many races, and that NRA endorsements are “almost meaningless” as most go to incumbent Republicans with little chance of losing.

  • February 23, 2012

    Support Builds For NH Man Who Fired Warning Shot at Burglar

    By Chad Love

    A New Hampshire man is facing prison time because he fired a warning shot at a burglar that he not only caught, but held at gunpoint until police could arrive.

    From this story on CBS news:

    A man who caught a suspected burglar in his neighborhood over the weekend now faces criminal charges himself. It all started Saturday afternoon, when police were called to two homes on Ten Rod Road because someone had broken into them. Officers found 61-year-old Dennis Fleming holding off the suspect with a handgun. Fleming’s home was one of the two that were robbed.

    Twenty-seven-year-old Joseph Hebert was arrested and charged with two counts of burglary. But it didn’t end there. Police later found out that Fleming had been looking for Hebert for about half-an-hour after the robbery. No one was hurt, but that was enough for police to charge Fleming with reckless conduct for firing his gun in a residential area.

  • December 28, 2011

    Gun in Girl's Purse Went Off in a Wyoming Starbucks

    By Chad Love

    Here's one from the "Would You Like That Frappuccino Leaded Or Unleaded?" files. Customers at a Cheyenne, Wyoming Starbucks got a surprise recently when a young girl's purse gun went off--in her purse.

    From this story in USA Today:

    Police in Wyoming say nobody was hurt when a small gun that was inside a girl's purse fired while she was in a Cheyenne Starbucks. The bullet went through a chair and into a wall and narrowly missed several customers. Police say the mishap occurred while officers were at the coffee shop around 7:00 a.m. on Monday. They found a gunshot hole in the purse and a small, Derringer-type, double-barrel .38 Special inside.

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