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May 6, 2009  
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Lawmaker Aims at Making Texas Firearms Exempt from Federal Regulation
from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Rep. Leo Berman, a former Arlington mayor pro tem, has filed a bill to make guns, ammunition and gun parts that are made, sold and kept in Texas free from federal regulation. That would exempt them from federal gun registration, dealer licensing rules and buyer background checks. State laws would still apply. More


Texas Senate Panel Looks at Concealed Carry on Campus
from The Texas Senate News
Students at public universities in Texas could be armed in class under a bill considered by the Senate State Affairs Committee. Under current law, it is illegal to carry a concealed handgun on a college campus even if a person has a concealed handgun license (CHL). Advocates of the bill argue that in light of past shootings at college campuses, students need to have access to firearms to protect themselves. More

Gun Rights Attack Chock Full of Holes
from The Daily News
Dishonesty is a common thread through the arguments for controlling crime by limiting the general public’s access to firearms. So it is not surprising that this administration is lying to us about the supposed link between gun sales here and American-manufactured machine guns in the hands of Mexican drug cartels. More

Public Takes Conservative Turn on Gun Control
from the Pew Research Center
Public attitudes on a pair of contentious national issues - gun control and abortion - have moved in a more conservative direction over the past year. For the first time in a Pew Research survey, nearly as many people believe it is more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns (45 percent) than to control gun ownership (49 percent). As recently as a year ago, 58 percent said it was more important to control gun ownership while 37 percent said it was more important to protect the right to own guns. More

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Second Amendment Restoration Act Re-introduced
from the U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Congressman Bart Stupak (D-Menominee) has introduced legislation to restore the gun rights of individuals convicted of minor, non-violent crimes. H.R. 2153, the Second Amendment Restoration Act, ensures states have the discretion to restore individuals’ gun rights after conviction of minor crimes. The National Rifle Association (NRA) has endorsed the legislation. More

Gun-rights Supporters are Misrepresented
from the Deseret News
In recent weeks, there have been countless statements made by politicians, pundits and even the Department of Homeland Security that gun ownership or support for the Second Amendment is connected to, if not synonymous with, violent behavior. Unfortunately, this false assumption has permeated its way into the media's editorials, political cartoons and news stories. More

BATFE Reform Bill Introduced In U.S. Senate
from NRA-ILA
Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced S. 941 -- the "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Reform and Firearms Modernization Act" -- on April 30. S. 941 represents the first time such BATFE Reform legislation has been introduced in the Senate. However, the House passed similar legislation (H.R. 5092) in the 109th Congress by a 277-131 vote. More


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