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    by Published on 05-31-2016 06:25 AM
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    By AWR Hawkins

    On Friday, a federal appeals court ruled that Washington, D.C., may continue requiring concealed carry applicants to show “good reason,” even though U.S. District Judge Richard Leon recently ruled the requirement is likely “unconstitutional.”
    According to the Associated Press, “The federal appeals court for the District temporarily put Leon’s ruling on hold until it can hear further argument.” This allows D.C. to “temporarily” continue enforcing its requirement that would-be concealed carriers show “good reason to fear injury” as justification for applying for a permit.

    On May 17, Breitbart News reported that Judge Leon ruled against the “good reason” requirement in GRACE et al v. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA et al. He ruled that the Second Amendment protects rights that intrinsically contain all the necessary “reason” for carrying a gun.
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    by Published on 05-25-2016 06:31 AM
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    By AWR Hawkins

    Hawaii state senator Will Espero (D-19) is pushing a gun owner database that the state will share with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
    The database will “automatically notify police if an island resident is arrested anywhere else in the country.”

    According to the AP, there are extant state databases that are FBI-accessible and which alert police when “school teachers and bus drivers” are arrested. But the inclusion of gun owners would be a first for any state.

    Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence staff attorney Allison Anderman praised Espero’s bill, suggesting it “would make Hawaii a leader in safe gun laws.” But Kenneth Lawson–a professor at the University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law–suggested the very existence of such database could be a step onto unconstitutional ground.

    Lawson said Espero’s bill “[curtails a constitutional] right by requiring a name to be entered into a database without someone doing anything wrong.”
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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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