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Key senators reach deal on background checks for buyers
The Chicago Tribune
Prospects for a gun control bill's passage in the Senate got a boost with a bipartisan agreement on background checks for gun buyers. Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., brokered the deal and were scheduled to announce it during a news conference. According to a Senate Democratic aide, the measure would expand criminal background checks for prospective gun buyers to include sales made at gun shows and online. Manchin, expressed optimism that he was near his goal.
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Senate set to vote on start of gun control debate
The Washington Post
The Senate is poised to begin the most wide-ranging and ambitious battle over gun control on Capitol Hill in 20 years, with a vote that would formally start the debate. News of that vote was a boost for the Obama administration, which has lobbied hard for increased background checks on potential gun buyers and for new limits on assault rifles and high-capacity ammunition magazines. All will face heavy opposition from the National Rifle Association and its Capitol Hill allies in both parties.
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Hundreds of Texas educators take free concealed handgun class
Fox News
A concealed handgun training class envisioned by former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle before his death drew hundreds of educators to a Texas school auditorium. More than 700 teachers and administrators attended the all-day session on gun laws and safety at Kennedale High School in Dallas-Fort Worth area, The Dallas Morning News reported. The free class was organized by Dalworthington Gardens Police Chief Bill and Kyle, who was fatally shot at a North Texas shooting range in February.
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Obama invokes Newtown, Conn., dead in pressing for new gun laws
The New York Times
President Barack Obama came before a roaring, enthusiastic crowd, in Newtown, Conn., to remember the tragedy of 20 children and six educators slain at Sandy Hook Elementary School and put new pressure on a recalcitrant Congress to honor them with gun-control legislation. In an impassioned speech that at times took on the tone of a campaign rally, Obama told an audience of 3,100 at the University of Hartford that he came to Connecticut to ensure that the deaths in the school in Newtown would not recede and to remind Americans how important their voice is as the gun debates unfold.
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Ted Nugent adds 'fever' to Texas deer hunting debate
The Associated Press via The Battle Creek Enquirer
Passions soared. Voices were raised. Somebody even talked about stripping down to a loin cloth. And that was before the crowd heard from Ted Nugent. Standing before the Texas House Committee on Culture, Recreation & Tourism, the rocker best known for 1970s hits such as "Cat Scratch Fever" provided the crescendo to a debate about hunting deer raised in captivity.
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Sen. Reid's new tax on guns
The Foundry
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., wants to tax your gun rights. His new legislation charges you a fee that is in essence a federal tax on selling or giving away your firearm and he lets Attorney General Eric Holder decide how big that tax will be.
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Hundreds attend gun control rally at Texas Capitol
Austin American-Statesman
Hundreds of Texans rallied at the state Capitol, hoping to spark a conversation about gun control legislation at the state level and to support a federal effort to implement universal background checks for gun buyers. Many attendees were children, a reminder that it was the mass shooting in a Connecticut elementary school that prompted the country's most recent bout with the issue of gun control.
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Obama's continued use of the claim that 40 percent of gun sales lack background checks
The Washington Post
There are two key problems with the president's use of this statistic: The numbers are about two decades old, yet he acts as if they are fresh and he refers to "purchases" or "sales" when in fact the original report concerned "gun acquisitions" and "transactions." Those are much broader categories of data.
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Key senators reach deal on background checks for buyers
Chicago Tribune
Prospects for a gun control bill's passage in the Senate got a boost with a bipartisan agreement on background checks for gun buyers.

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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.

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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.

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East Texas stores ration ammo as shortage affects law enforcement
Longview News-Journal
A nationwide ammunition shortage prompted Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano to notify deputies in March that they would have to supply their own ammunition for this year's firearm qualifications — something Cerliano had never done in 13 years in office. The sheriff was able to pull the plug on that plan, when the department's bullet order, placed more than 60 days ago, finally came in.
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Double-barreled threat: UN Arms Trade Treaty and universal background checks
Forbes
Do those of us who are determined to defend our constitutional rights to own and bear arms really have anything to worry about? Supporters of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty argue that it doesn't really threaten the Second Amendment, but only regulates international arms trade. And as for the proposed provision for "enhanced" background checks for gun sales that is being brought before the Senate, forget about that too. It's only a "sensible measure" to keep guns out of the hands of bad guys. It has nothing to do with the rest of us. Or maybe not. Perhaps consider that these two prospective developments may have a lot to do with you and me after all. They also have more serious mischief in common than international and domestic anti-gun rights politicians would like us to realize.
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