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Anti-gun Michael Bloomberg recently met with Virginia's democratic gubernatorial candidate
Is Terry McAuliffe looking for an endorsement? It's doubtfull. Money? Maybe. The meeting was much more likely a way for the two to pow wow over how Bloomberg can influence a gun control push in Virginia should McAuliffe get elected. Politico pointed out in its piece representatives and spokesman from the McAuliffe campaign and for Bloomberg refused to comment on the meeting, which they obviously wanted to keep hushed and behind closed doors considering gun control is not a topic that will win over Virginia voters.
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Virginia gun show arrests on track to exceed 12 total
The News Leader
The number of arrests arising from attempts to illegally buy firearms at Virginia gun shows is on track to far surpass last year's total, according to data released by the state police. The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that 39 arrests were made at gun shows over the first six months of this year. The total for all of last year was 47.
Stick to the facts in debate over guns in Virginia
The Sun Gazette
By law, the state government does not license public bars. Any establishment serving alcohol must derive sufficient income from the sale of food to qualify as a restaurant. In simpler terms, Virginia does not have bars. Virginians long have had the right to openly carry firearms, a right that was reaffirmed in 2004 court cases. There has not been a prohibition against openly carrying firearms into an establishment serving alcohol, and even drinking (not a good idea), if the establishment will serve you. The simple version: guns already were permitted where alcohol was served.
Research fails to support gun control agenda, according to Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons
Organized medicine, especially the AMA and the American College of Physicians, is joining with the Obama administration in calling for more gun control measures, but there is no "evidence-based" support for this, states Dr. Jane M. Orient, in the fall 2013 issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.
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Obama approves two more gun restrictions without Congress
In the wake of Sandy Hook, President Barack Obama said he would make changes in gun laws, but it soon became clear he would have to do it by executive order without the approval of Congress. According to The Associated Press, "The new policy will end a government practice that lets military weapons, sold or donated by the U.S. to allies, be re-imported into the U.S. by private entities, where some may end up on the streets. The White House said the U.S. has approved 250,000 of those guns to be reimported since 2005; under the new policy, only museums and a few other entities like the government will be eligible to reimport military-grade firearms."
B. Todd Jones sworn in as ATF chief
B. Todd Jones, a former Marine and U.S. attorney, was sworn in as head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, ending the agency's seven-year wait for a new permanent director. Jones, 56, had been serving as acting ATF director for two years since being appointed by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to clean up the agency in the wake of a botched gun-trafficking operation.
Warning: DC cops under orders to arrest tourists with empty bullet casings
Washington police are operating under orders to arrest tourists and other non-residents traveling with spent bullet or shotgun casings, a crime that carries a $1,000 fine, a year in jail and a criminal record, according to a new book about the city's confusing gun laws. "Empty shell casings are considered ammunition in Washington, D.C., so they are illegal to possess unless you are a resident and have a gun registration certificate," pens Emily Miller in her investigative book, "Emily Gets Her Gun: ... But Obama Wants to Take Yours."
Obama policy would end civilian marksmanship program
President Barack Obama's newly announced executive order to stop the re-import of military-grade weapons could essentially end the 110-year-old Civilian Marksmanship Program. Congress created the program as part of the 1903 War Department Appropriations Act to help citizens perfect their marksmanship. Today, those who receive the antiquated weapons must submit to a background check, comply with all federal and state laws, and be a member of a CMP-affiliated shooting club. Still, Obama worries that many of the guns trafficked through the program end up on the streets.
The streak had to be broken sometime
No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money (blog)
After 38 straight months of increases in the NSSF-adjusted NICS checks when compared to the same month a year previously, the streak has ended. The NSSF-adjusted NICS checks for the month of August 2013 were 2.5 percent lower than August 2012. The August 2013 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System figure of 1,016,559 is a decrease of 2.5 percent compared to the NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 1,042,924 in August 2012. For comparison, the unadjusted August 2013 NICS figure of 1,408,468 reflects a 7.0 percent decrease from the unadjusted NICS figure of 1,514,696 in August 2012.
National gun debate hits close to home in Colorado recall vote
The New York Times
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York and the billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad have each donated hundreds of thousands of dollars. The National Rifle Association is buying political advertisements. New York’s junior senator sent a fund-raising e-mail. And the election has attracted news coverage from as far away as Sweden.
Opposition increases among law enforcement on more Obama gun control laws
The Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association began a mounting list of law enforcement associations, Sheriffs and police chiefs on July 2013 who oppose President Barack Obama and the democrats push to restrict lawful gun owners' rights. CSPOA said, "The following sheriffs, state sheriff's associations and police chiefs have vowed to uphold and defend the Constitution against Obama's unconstitutional gun control measures."
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