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July 15, 2009  
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House Panel Adopts Amendment Allowing Guns in Public Housing
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


ATF Reform Legislation Gains Congressional Support
from U.S. House of Representatives
Hailing a major milestone in the effort to protect law-abiding gun dealers from excessive and overzealous actions on the part of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE), Congressman Zack Space (OH-18) today announced that his BATFE reform legislation has gained the support of over 100 Members of Congress. While the size of a co-sponsorship list does not guarantee a vote on the bill, gaining 100 bipartisan cosponsors shows widespread support and momentum. More

An Uphill Fight for the Right to Carry Guns on Campus
from The Wall Street Journal
Raucous debates over the parameters of the Second Amendment have become a staple of the culture wars. But even on an issue as divisive as gun control, states may be nearing something resembling a national consensus: Guns don't belong in a college classroom. More

Gun-rights Advocates’ New Target: Sotomayor
from Houston Chronicle
Weeks after Second Amendment defenders decided to target Sotomayor's nomination to the high court, it's becoming clear that her views on the rights of Americans to bear arms will become a flash point for Republicans trying to derail her nomination — or, at a minimum, to score political points with social conservatives. The issue is particularly commanding in Texas, where gun-rights advocates and lobbyists continue to press for additional rights, including the carrying of guns on college campuses. More

Lufkin, Texas, Gun Retailers Say Ammunition Has Been Running Low
from KTRE
One East Texas gun shop manager said it's getting better now, but for a little while he couldn't keep enough ammunition. He said he thinks suppliers were running out because ammo was in such high demand. He also said many people were worried about America's future, so they began stocking up. More

Tennessee Law a Gauge for Gun Rights Support
from the Los Angeles Times
Like many Tennesseans, Mary Beth Sauls supports the right to bear arms. But as she sat by a public pool full of splashing kids recently, the 54-year-old grandmother said she was worried about a new state law that may soon allow gun-permit holders to carry their weapons into city parks like this one.The Tennessee law, which takes effect Sept. 1, is the latest in a nationwide push by gun-rights advocates to tear down the legal walls that have prevented permit holders from packing their weapons into previously forbidden territory. More


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