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Measure to Expand Gun Rights Falls Short in Senate
from The New York Times
The Senate today turned aside the latest attempt by gun advocates to expand the rights of gun owners, narrowly voting down a provision that would have allowed gun owners with valid permits from one state to carry concealed weapons in other states. The provision got only 58 votes, two short of the 6o votes needed for passage under Senate rules. More


No Return to the Wild West
from USA Today
The courts have held that the right to bear arms is a fundamental, individual right under our Constitution. A bipartisan amendment supported by more than 25 senators would ensure that right does not end at the state line, by allowing individuals to carry lawfully concealed weapons across state borders, while at the same time respecting the laws of the host state. More

Sotomayor Dodges Gun-rights Questions
from the Christian Science Monitor
Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor dodged questions about whether she believes the Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental right to keep and bear arms. Judge Sotomayor told senators Wednesday that the US Supreme Court had ruled in 2008 that there is an individual right to guns and other weapons. But she stopped short of revealing her thoughts on whether that right was worthy of the kind of judicial protection afforded fundamental rights like the First and Fourth Amendments. More

Second Amendment Confidential
from The Wall Street Journal
Those watching Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings this week didn't learn much about what she really thinks about judging. But they were treated to an Abbott and Costello legal moment on Thursday between the judge and South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham. In the wake of the Supreme Court's recent decision in D.C. v. Heller recognizing an individual right to bear arms, Mr. Graham wondered what template Judge Sotomayor would use to determine whether that "fundamental right" also applies to the states? More

High Demand for Bullets Puts Strain on Manufacturers
from the Press-Register
Bullet manufacturers can't keep up with demand. In most cases locally, however, retailers are experiencing no long-term, across-the-board shortages. "There are just more people that are panic-buying, and the manufacturers are going to keep smiling as long as they continue to do it," said Joan Garrett, who has sold guns and ammo at Quint's Sporting Goods in Saraland, Ala., for 30 years. More

The Time to Get a Lifetime License is Now
from The Dallas Morning News
Here's the last call for a long-term bargain investment. The commodity in question is a lifetime Texas resident hunting and/or fishing license. In May, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved fee increases of 5 percent for most licenses. Costs of hunting licenses for 2009-2010 will see a slight increase. But the only sportsmen getting seriously gigged by this change are those contemplating a lifetime license. That is why anyone interested in this kind of investment should make their purchase by Aug. 31. More


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