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July 8, 2009  
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Texas Attorney General Abbott Files Brief with United States Supreme Court to Protect Texans' Second Amendment Rights
from the Office of the Texas Attorney General
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court that defends Americans’ right to keep and bear arms. The amicus brief, which was filed on behalf of 33 state attorneys general, supports a legal challenge by Otis McDonald, a community activist who lives in a high-crime Chicago neighborhood. McDonald’s work to improve his neighborhood has subjected him to violent threats from drug dealers, but city ordinances prohibit him from obtaining a handgun to protect himself. The state attorneys general argue that cities cannot simply ignore the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and impose a blanket ban on handguns. More


NRA Raises Concerns over Sotomayor
from the Washington Times
The National Rifle Association said Tuesday that it would actively oppose Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation if she is hostile to senators who press her about gun rights. "The cases in which Judge Sotomayor has participated have been dismissive of the Second Amendment and have troubling implications for future cases that are certain to come before the Court," NRA Executive Director Chris W. Cox wrote in a letter to senators Tuesday. More

Mexican Standoff on Second Amendment
After a claim by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that 90% of Mexican drug dealers' military weapons (machine guns, hand grenades and missiles) come from American gun stores was exposed as a lie several months ago, it's back — this time with the imprimatur of the Government Accountability Office. More

Majority Say Gun Sales Up Due to Fear of More Gun Control
from Rasmussen Reports
Fifty-seven percent of Americans say gun sales are up in the United States because of a fear of increased government restriction on gun ownership. Sixty-three percent of men say the threat of more gun control is behind increased sales, compared to 51 percent of women. More

Americans Flex Pistol-packing Power
from The Globe and Mail
A gun-buying boom in the United States, prompted by worries that the new administration might move to restrict firearms purchases, could be coming to an end. There has been a surge in firearm sales since Barack Obama was elected last fall, apparently buoyed by fears that the new President's administration would launch restrictive gun laws – unthinkable to millions of citizens in a country whose Constitution preserves the right to bear arms. More

Texas Study Examining Lead Issue in Dove Hunting
from the Houston Chronicle
Texas has taken the lead in trying to answer vexing questions with which wildlife managers have wrestled for more than three decades: how prevalent is ingestion of spent lead shot by doves, what health-related problems are associated with the hugely popular birds swallowing the toxic pellets and are there viable non-toxic alternatives to lead shot in dove hunting situations? More


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