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Record US gun production during Obama term as buyers stock up
Bloomberg News
U.S. gun makers led by Sturm Ruger & Co. and Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. churned out a record number of firearms in 2012, government data show, continuing a trend of robust production during Democratic presidencies. More than 8.57 million guns were produced in 2012, up 31 percent from 6.54 million in 2011, according to data released this week by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which has been tracking the statistics since 1986.
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Learning from biathletes
American Hunter
American Hunter contributor, John Zent, writes: "Beyond marveling at their incredible toughness and athleticism, I have been intrigued by gun-handling skills demonstrated by many of the Olympic biathletes in Sochi. The way they transition their rifles from carry mode to shooting position is fluid and fast."
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Connecticut Gov. Malloy, Texas Gov. Perry differ on gun legislation
The Potpourri
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Texas Gov. Rick Perry squared off on gun control issues recently, continuing a debate that began last year. The two chief executives appeared on CNN with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon. Governors gathered in Washington, D.C., for a meeting of the National Governors Association.
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Travis County drives away Saxet Gun Show
Ammo Land
Travis County, Texas, the home of the state Capitol, Austin, is one of the most "progressive" areas of the state. The county commissioners have shown that they have no respect for constitutional rights, and would like to ban gun shows in the county if they could. They attempted to use contract law to weasel around the limitations placed on them by federal and state law. But, they have been a bit conflicted, because to do so would significantly reduce revenues to the county.
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Facebook cracks down on gun posts, sales
USA Today
Facebook is cracking down on gun-related posts. The social media giant is blocking minors from seeing postings of gun sales and will take down sales that don't require a background check or cross state lines. The change is a win for groups like Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which have been lobbying for more restrictive gun policies at businesses including Starbucks, Staples and Facebook.
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If felons deserve the vote, why don't they deserve guns?
Bloomberg View
Suddenly the left doesn't think Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is so crazy after all. A week after U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder made a strong case for restoring voting rights to felons, the Kentucky Senate joined the Kentucky House in approving a constitutional amendment restoring rights to many felons, and Paul prefers the broader version passed by the Democratic-controlled House.
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Facebook cracks down on gun posts, sales
USA Today
Facebook is cracking down on gun-related posts. The social media giant is blocking minors from seeing postings of gun sales and will take down sales that don't require a background check or cross state lines.

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Top 12 reasons for FBI NICS background check denials over the past 15 years
Guns.com
Over the past 15 years of data collected by the FBI's NICS background check system just over a million applicants out of 183 million checks were denied to buy a firearm, almost all for one of 12 reasons.

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Man wearing pro-gun T-shirt thrown out of Texas voting booth
InfoWars
Election officials ejected a Texas man from a voting booth because he was wearing a Second Amendment T-shirt.

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Justices deny review of gun-rights appeals
CNN
The Supreme Court for now is staying out of the hot-button issue of concealed weapons laws. The Justices declined to review two cases brought by the National Rifle Association that deal with whether those age 18-20 can buy and then carry handguns in public for self-defense. The justices gave no reason for denying those cases and a third gun-control appeal on out-of-state weapon transfers.
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MSNBC, HBO scold NRA, NSSF for giving 'young kids access to guns'
Breitbart
On Feb. 24, MSNBC's Chris Hayes was joined by HBO's Jon Frankel to report that the National Rifle Association and the National Shooting Sports Foundation fight to allow "young kids to access guns." To make this case, Hayes opened the segment by focusing on the NRA's failed challenge of a Texas law prohibiting "the majority of 18-20-year-olds from carrying a handgun in public" with a concealed carry license. Hayes said this court challenge on behalf of "teenagers" shows the NRA "apparently believes everyone should be allowed to carry handguns."
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