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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. As we noted before, the White House said the figure comes from a 1997 Institute of Justice report, written by Philip Cook of Duke University and Jens Ludwig of the University of Chicago.
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Senator Reid's new tax on guns
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.
Gun measures may be in jeopardy in Congress
The Washington Post
Sen. Joe Manchin III, W.Va., one of only seven Senate Democrats with at least an "A" rating from the NRA, has stepped in to try to bridge the divide between senators as well as the interest groups on both sides of the debate, said several aides familiar with the talks.
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.
Few states find narrow route to gun control laws
The Wasll Street Journal
From Colorado to Connecticut, a handful of very different states have advanced new gun control laws over opposition that has made such legislation a struggle nationally and a non-starter in most legislatures. How did they do it?
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Virginia restaurant gives discount to gun-toting customers
It's like happy hour with added fire power: "Open Carry Wednesday" at the Cajun Experience in Leesburg, Va., means patrons who pack heat get a 10 percent discount on their bills. Owner Bryan Crosswhite said it's less about the discount and more about the statement.
Second Amendment crumbling as gun-control victories spread
The Washington Times
The Second Amendment got attacked from three sides, leaving gun owners scrambling to find safe ground. While President Obama has lost momentum for federal gun control laws, he has picked up victories with his allies in blue states and at the United Nations. After recent laws passed Connecticut should consider changing its state nickname from the "Constitution State" to the "Unconstitutional State" after Gov. Dannel Malloy signed an extremely restrictive gun control law. The bill passed the state House and the Senate recently.
Gun poll: Most say background checks may bring confiscation
A plurality of Americans believe the federal government could use information gleaned from expanded background checks to confiscate legally-owned firearms, according to a Quinnipiac survey. But the poll also showed support for background checks remains nearly universal. According to the survey, 48 percent said they believed the government could use background check records to guns, while 38 said the government could not. Ninety-one percent favored background checks anyway, and only 8 percent are opposed.
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.
UN passes sweeping international arms regulation viewed by some as Second 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.
Costs, benefits, and background checks
National Review Online
Universal background checks for gun purchases are an attempt to address a legitimate problem: It really is easy for criminals to get guns and it really is hard to prosecute those who sell guns to criminals. While licensed gun dealers are required to perform background checks and maintain records, private citizens may sell their guns without so much as asking a question. To prosecute a citizen for an illegal sale, the government must prove that the citizen knowingly gave a gun to a criminal or bought a gun for the sole purpose of transferring it to another party. In surveys, a large percentage of criminals report procuring guns through friends, family and other private sources, yet these suppliers rarely face charges.
Biden lobbies GOP on gun control
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, 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.
Why Obama is losing on anti-gun legislation
The Washington Post
After each horrendous mass shooting, the left is convinced "everything has changed" on the gun issue and gun control is around the corner. But it never quite happens. The Newtown, Conn., tragedy is no exception. Why is the president likely to get only a sliver of the anti-gun measures he seeks?
Carney: 'Shameful' if GOP lawmakers filibuster gun control legislation
White House press secretary Jay Carney said it would be "shameful" for Republicans to filibuster a Senate gun-control bill, invoking the victims of the Newtown, Conn. elementary school shooting. "It would be shameful to not allow any one of these measures to come up to a vote," Carney said aboard Air Force One. "The victims of Newtown — the 20 kids and the six educators who lost their lives — deserve a vote," he continued. "And that if you want to vote no, vote no. Don't block a vote. That's not doing service to the memory of these kids."
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."
Despite resistance in Congress, White House continues gun law push
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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