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May 20, 2009  
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Advocates of Gun Rights are Poised for a Victory
from The New York Times
Advocates of gun rights are poised to win a Congressional victory that eluded them under a Republican president. To the frustration and discouragement of many Democrats, House and Senate lawmakers and aides say it now appears likely that President Obama will this week sign into law a provision allowing visitors to national parks and refuges to carry loaded and concealed weapons. More


Guns on Campus Bill Passes First Vote in Texas Senate
from The Associated Press via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas concealed handgun license holders could carry weapons into public college classrooms and dorms under a bill given preliminary approval Tuesday by the state Senate. Supporters say the bill reinforces the constitutional right to bear arms and could prevent mass murders such as the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech. More

States' Gun Rights: The Next Constitutional Battlefield
from TIME Magazine
The right to bear arms is famously and specifically referenced in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Alas, for advocates of the right, the language of the amendment gets tangled up in the regulating of militias and the interpretation of commas. Now a multistate movement is trying to find more robust constitutional support in another amendment, which makes no mention of weaponry at all. More

Mexico Data Overstate Weapons Traced to U.S.
from the El Paso Times
More than 90 percent of about 11,000 guns tied to violence in Mexico's drug wars came from the United States, but those weapons were handpicked for tracing by Mexican authorities. The National Rifle Association and others contend that various U.S. and Mexican officials have exaggerated the number of U.S. weapons seized in Mexico to push for stricter gun controls in America. More

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Support Waning for New Gun Laws
from the Houston Chronicle
Amid a wave of publicity about drug-related gun violence along the Mexican border and police killings in U.S. cities, more Americans than ever oppose new government efforts to regulate guns. Recent polls show shrinking support for new gun control measures and strong public sentiment for enforcing existing laws instead. So strong is the shift in public opinion that a proposed assault-weapons ban -- once backed by three in four Americans -- now rates barely one in two. More

Firearms Industry Excited about High Tax Revenues
from The News-Press
While the country deals with a period of economic uncertainty, large-scale corporate bailouts and the recent “Tea Party” tax protests, it seems unlikely that anyone would be excited about the federal government collecting an unusually high amount of taxes. But that’s exactly the case in the firearms industry. More

Firearms Sales Figures for April
from the National Shooting Sports Foundation
The upward trend in firearms sales continued in April, marking the sixth consecutive month of significant increases. Data released by the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reported 1,225,980 checks in April 2009. This figure is a 30.3 percent increase from the 940,961 reported in April 2008. More


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