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UN approves global Arms Trade Treaty: What does it mean for US gun owners?
Guns.com
The United Nations General Assembly approved a comprehensive global arms trade treaty, concluding a decade-long pursuit to regulate the world's annual exchange of $70 billion in conventional weaponry. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was elated with the result calling it an "historical diplomatic achievement" and declaring, in a statement, "This is a victory for the world's people."
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Report highlights issues with gun running into Mexico
The Texas Tribune
As the gun control debate swirls around issues like background checks and mental health, a new study reveals that gun running into Mexico remains a large-scale problem. In their report, titled "The Way of the Gun," researchers at the University of San Diego's Trans-Border Institute estimated that as many as 253,000 firearms were purchased in the United States from 2010 to 2012 for the sole purpose of being trafficked across the border into Mexico. The figure is nearly three times the amount (about 88,000 firearms) trafficked between 1997 and 1999, when the federal assault weapons ban was in place.
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Colorado democrat doesn't understand high-capacity magazines can be reloaded
The Denver Post
Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette has been the lead sponsor on a federal ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines in two Congresses, saying it's one of her top priorities. But at a Denver Post forum on the gun control debate, the senior congresswoman from Denver appeared to not understand how guns work.
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Obama criticized for using dated, disputed gun stat to sell background checks
Fox News
As President Barack Obama prepares to head to Colorado to push gun control legislation, some are calling into question the validity of a key statistic he's using to tout his message on near-universal background checks. During several speeches, Obama has said 40 percent of all gun purchases were made without a background check. But that number is nearly two decades old and comes from a poll with a relatively tiny sample size.
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Biden lobbies GOP on gun control
The Hill
Vice President Joe Biden is calling his former colleagues on Capitol Hill on a near-daily basis as he mounts a full-court press to achieve new gun control measures. Biden has already held private meetings with Republican senators, including John McCain, R-Ariz., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., according to a senior administration official. The official added that Biden would also be spending considerable time on Capitol Hill in the weeks to come.
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Clint Bowyer's NRA 500 sponsor supports gun safety
USA Today
Texas Motor Speedway is sticking to its guns. After considering a change to the Texas victory lane celebration, Track President Eddie Gossage has decided to keep the tradition of having the winning driver fire six shooters in the air. Gossage had been concerned that a sponsor would be uncomfortable with a driver firing guns after winning the NRA 500.
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Despite resistance in Congress, White House continues gun law push
CBS News
President Barack Obama heads to Denver, forging ahead with his effort to get Congress to pass stricter gun control laws and will hold up Colorado as an example of what he wants to see lawmakers in Washington accomplish. Colorado has gone farther than any state outside the northeast in passing new gun laws. The state now prohibits the sale of magazines that hold more than 15 bullets and requires background checks for all private gun sales. Democrats passed the laws over strong Republican objections. Democrats said they were reacting to last year's massacres at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater and at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
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Legislators in Connecticut agree on broad new gun laws
The New York Times
More than three months after the massacre of 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., state legislative leaders announced that they had agreed on what they called the most far-reaching gun-legislation package in the country. It would require new state-issued eligibility certificates for the purchase of any rifle, shotgun or ammunition; mandate that offenders convicted of any of more than 40 weapons offenses register with the state; require universal background checks for the sale of all firearms and substantially expand the state's existing ban on assault weapons.
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Obama criticized for using dated, disputed gun stat to sell background checks
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As President Barack Obama prepares to head to Colorado to push gun control legislation, some are calling into question the validity of a key statistic he's using to tout his message on near-universal background checks.

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Best states for gun owners in 2013
Guns & Ammo
These days, it's becoming more difficult for gun owners across the country to find safe haven, as the powers that be on both federal and state levels begin introducing a quagmire of anti-gun legislation hindering the rights of law-abiding citizens.

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The ultimate hog gun
American Rifleman
Roving sounders of swine are a growing problem for landowners across the country, but have proven to be one heck of a hunting opportunity for sportsmen.

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10 tips for finding ammo
Guns.com
David Higginbotham, a Guns.com contributor, writes: "Can you imagine my excitement? I have 327 rounds of .22LR. That's it. I just reviewed the new .22LR Walther PPK. I'm in the process of reviewing the .22LR ZIP. I have one of the most badass .22LR's ever made on the way. And this trusted friend informs me that he is standing in front of several thousand rounds. And 550 are selling for less than $20."
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NRA's new site: NRAWomansOutlook.org
American Rifleman
If you are a woman who loves to shoot, hunt or are just passionate about the Second Amendment — or even if you just know any such women — then check out NRA's newest site, NRAWomansOutlook.org! The site is packed full of useful articles, tips, videos and blogs on the topics you want to know more about, presented in practical and fun ways. From a firearms glossary to your questions answered by experts about best ways for women to carry concealed, shooting the AR platform, getting started in competitive shooting and great choices in handguns, NRAWomansOutlook.org will not let you down.
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How manufacturers are dealing with the ammo shortage
Guns & Ammo
The gun-owning American public has seen and been through panic buying before, but never on a level compared to what we are seeing now. At SHOT Show last January, we asked all the black rifle makers if they had any product beyond what was being displayed on the walls of their booths. Their response? No. I also asked ammunition makers if they had any ammunition left on the shelves. "Sure," Steve Hornady told me with a laugh. "I've got .470 and .500 Nitro."
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UN passes international arms regulation viewed by some as 2nd Amendment override
The Washington Times
The United Nations General Assembly signed off on a sweeping, first-of-its-kind treaty to regulate the international arms trade, brushing aside worries from U.S. gun rights advocates that the pact could lead to a national firearms registry and disrupt the American gun market. The long-debated U.N. Arms Trade Treaty requires countries to regulate and control the export of weaponry such as battle tanks, combat vehicles and aircraft and attack helicopters, as well as parts and ammunition for such weapons. It also provides that signatories will not violate arms embargoes, international treaties regarding illicit trafficking or sell weaponry to countries for genocide, crimes against humanity or other war crimes.
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