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    by Published on 05-17-2016 06:30 AM
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    By AWR Hawkins

    Katie Couric’s gun control documentary “Under the Gun” was released May 15 without any portion of a four-hour interview conducted with John Lott, Jr.
    Lott is president of the Crime Prevention Research Center and a known gun scholar whose seminal work is More Guns, Less Crime.

    On May 6, Lott tweeted that he had been “interviewed for 4 hours” for Couric’s film and he “bet” that four hours would be reduced to a “select few minutes” of actual screen time. The reduction happened alright. But instead of using those select few minutes, Couric and director Stephanie Soechtig cut Lott’s interview altogether.

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    by Published on 05-11-2016 09:35 AM
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    By AWR Hawkins

    On May 9 — less than two years since universal background checks were hoisted onto the backs of law-abiding citizens in Washington state — Gabby Giffords was in the state campaigning for special protective orders that will allow firearm confiscation.

    The orders — “Extreme Risk Protection Orders” — would be similar to California’s Gun Violence Restraining Orders, inasmuch as they would allow “family or household members” to petition a judge to order the temporary confiscation of firearms from another family member or person living in the household.

    Seattlepi.com reported on Giffords’s visit to support the confiscatory orders contained in Initiative 1491. The outlet quoted Giffords urging a crowd of about 1,500 to support I-1491, saying, “We must never stop fighting! Fight, fight, fight. Be bold, be courageous. The nation is counting on you.” Giffords’s husband Mark Kelly traveled with her, and he explained that they support the initiative over legislation because it allows them to get around the opposition to confiscatory orders that currently prevails in the U.S. Congress as well as the Washington state legislature.
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    by Published on 05-02-2016 07:50 PM
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    By AWR Hawkins

    Senior citizens have emerged as a driving demographic behind gun sales, with the National Rifle Association (NRA) indicating seniors’ demand for firearms training is up “400 percent since 2010.”

    The “400 percent increase” is a national one, visible in “the number of senior citizens taking a basic firearms course since 2010.” But the increase in senior firearms interest is visible in local settings, as well.

    For example, eastern Pennsylvania’s WFMV points to gun stores that report a surge in business from seniors over the past few years. One store, Sensibly Armed in Saint Lawrence, Berks County, PA, reports that “the number of guns sold to seniors has more than tripled in the past three years.” And many of these guns are semiautomatic pistols, which are popular for self-defense usage.

    Sensibly Armed manager Ryan Perry observed, “A firearm is the only thing that can put a 95-year-old widow, that hasn’t left the house in 20 years, on the exact same playing field as a 22-year-old boxing heavyweight world champion.”
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    by Published on 04-19-2016 05:29 AM
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    By AWR Hawkins

    On April 19, a bill that could literally ban all Federal Firearm License holders (FFLs) from doing business in the state of California goes before the State Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection.

    The bill–Assembly Bill 2459–is sponsored by Assembly Member Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento). If passed, it would shackle FFLs with four new requirements, the totality of which could simply force gun stores to close their doors.

    The NRA-ILA reported the four proposed requirements:

    1. ​​​​A prohibition on licensee business premises being on a residential property.

    2. A clear statement that localities may impose more restrictive requirements on licensees than those imposed by state law.

    3. A requirement that licensees maintain full color video surveillance that is of sufficient quality to provide for facial recognition and records all firearm transactions on the premises, all locations where firearms and ammunition are stored, the immediate exterior of the licensed premises, and all parking facilities owned by the licensee. The video equipment would be required to run during all business hours and be set to begin recording when motion is detected at all other times. The licensee would have to certify to having compliant video equipment at least yearly and make any needed repairs to the equipment within 15 days of any damage. The footage would need to be stored on the premises for at least five years, but that could be extended if the footage may be part of a law enforcement investigation. Licensees would also be required to post a prominent sign indicating that customers are being recorded.

    4. ​​All licensees would be required to have a liability policy of a minimum of $1M per incident to cover liability arising from “theft, sale, lease or transfer or offering for sale, lease or transfer of a firearm or ammunition, or any other operations of the business and business premises.
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    by Published on 04-18-2016 08:30 AM
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    By AWR Hawkins

    Texas A&M University and the affiliated universities in its system have embraced campus carry and will allow guns on campus with “few major restrictions.”

    The policy now formulated and “approved Chancellor John Sharp and A&M System legal staff” allows concealed carry permit holders to carry in classrooms and dorms. Exceptions will be dorms at Prairie View A&M, Texas A&M International University and A&M-Corpus Christi, each of which “have dorms that are leased by third-party companies.”

    Texas’ campus carry law–which takes effect August 1, 2016–allows public universities and colleges to set certain limits on where guns can be carried and allows private universities to opt out of campus carry altogether. For example, the University of Texas system plans to allow guns in classrooms but not in dormitories. Abilene’s Hardin-Simmons University nixed campus carry altogether.
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