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Deeds: Gun bill unrelated to son's death
The Washington Post
State Sen. R. Creigh Deeds said that the gun-control bill he proposed for this session was not related to the death of his son, who committed suicide with a firearm in November. Deeds, D-Bath, said the bill is in line with his past efforts to close the gun show loophole, which allows private sellers to transfer firearms without conducting the criminal background checks required of licensed gun dealers.
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Virginia gun sales set record in 2013
As expected, Virginia gun sales set a new high in 2013 with nearly 480,000 transactions statewide, breaking the record set a year earlier. Gun transactions in Virginia totaled 479,253 for the year, a 10.8 percent increase over the previous record of 432,387 transactions in 2012, according to Virginia State Police figures of mandatory criminal-background checks of gun buyers released recently.
Police: Response at Virginia HS was appropriate
Police say its response to a suspicious situation at a suburban Richmond high school was both appropriate and suggestive of a "new norm." Glen Allen High School was put on lockdown as a precaution after police said they were told a male student was distraught and might have a gun. The massive police response included heavily armed SWAT team members.
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Charlottesville Police Chief denies assault a 'knockout game' incident
Charlottesville police are being criticized for taking too long in getting an alleged assault and battery case into the hands of an investigator for an incident that took place on Dec. 20. At a press conference, Police Chief Tim Longo admitted there was a breakdown because they had never assigned an investigator to follow up on the case.
2013: The year of the gun
Following the heinous crime at Sandy Hook Elementary in December 2012, Democrats planned to turn 2013 into the year of gun control. But thanks to the efforts of law-abiding gun owners, the new media, Fox News and the NRA, 2013 turned into the year of the gun.
Why gun-controllers lose ground after mass shootings
The Wall Street Journal
In the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., massacre, gun-control advocates made the most aggressive push to restrict firearms in years. Ultimately, that momentum would fade. President Barack Obama's gun-control effort stalled in Congress. And the majority of gun bills proposed and enacted around the country last year actually made it easier — not harder — to own guns, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
5 of the most interesting things from the Bloomberg anti-gun group emails
A rush to maximize political benefit from the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, bickering over celebrity sponsors and snarky commentary on some of the nation's most prominent politicians are among the things to emerge from communications between former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's New York City Hall staff and executives at the Bloomberg-founded group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
At democrats' request, even Mike Bloomberg is giving up on gun control
After donating $2.5 million to the Democratic Senate Majority PAC, America's favorite Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-independent, former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg, is signaling that his great crusade against guns is running out of steam. The need for new gun laws that was so pressing in 2013, and that Bloomberg and his organization, Mayors Against Illegal Handguns, lobbied so hard for, is apparently no longer so acute.
Federal judge: Ban on gun sales unconstitutional
The Burleson Star
A federal judge has potentially opened a new market to gun dealers after ruling that Chicago ordinances banning the sale of guns within the city's limits in an effort to reduce gun violence are unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang said that while the government has a duty to protect its citizens, it's also obligated to protect constitutional rights, including the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense. However, Chang said he would temporarily stay the effects of his ruling, meaning the ordinances can stand while the city decides whether to appeal.
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Company makes good on leaving Colorado over gun laws
One of the country's largest producers of ammunition magazines for guns is leaving Colorado and moving operations to Wyoming and Texas because of new state laws that include restrictions on how many cartridges a magazine can hold. Erie, Colo.-based Magpul Industries Corp. announced that it was moving its production, distribution and shipping operations to Cheyenne and its headquarters to Texas, making good on a vow it made to leave Colorado during last year's gun control debate.
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