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Why opposition to gun control has increased over the last 50 years
Washington Examiner
Economist Bryan Caplan notes that support for gun control — specifically, banning handguns or pistols — has decreased dramatically since the 1950s and 1960s. Back in 1959 Gallup reported that 60 percent of Americans favored banning possession of "pistols and revolvers," while now 74 percent oppose banning "the possession of handguns," except by police. Caplan seems puzzled by this substantial change in opinion but, it's explainable by two developments.
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Legalized theft of guns
Ammo Land
An anti-freedom policy has been spreading across United States police departments, the legalized theft of citizens guns. Recently, it occurred in Georgia. This is not about forfeiture laws. They are related but have been covered elsewhere. This is a problem in many urban areas, and it is spreading. The policy is to impound guns, in extreme cases, all guns that officers come across, whether involved in any crime or not, then to refuse to return the guns until a judge issues an order to return them. As the attorney fees needed to obtain a court order can easily be 10 times what the gun is worth, most people do not bother.
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What would have prevented Lanza from mass murder at Sandy Hook?
The Washington Times
We cannot understand how the Sandy Hook Elementary School victims' families feel. But Adam Lanza's horrifying mass murder in Newton, Conn. almost a year ago remains an unresolved pain in the hearts of many Americans. We search for something to blame in order to get closure from both getting justice and acting to prevent a similar tragedy. Unfortunately, that answer remains elusive.
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Firearms Freedom Act ruling appealed by gun advocates
Huffington Post
Gun advocates are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court's ruling against state laws designed to buck federal gun rules. Earlier this year, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district judge's decision against the 2009 Montana Firearms Freedom Act. The measure has since been passed in other pro-gun states.
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Virginia offers wildlife conflict hotline
Smith Mountain Eagle
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has a new Virginia Wildlife Conflict Helpline to resolve conflicts between people and wildlife. The helpline is a collaborative effort between the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and U.S. Department of Agriculture — Wildlife Services.
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Introducing the CrossBreed Purse Defender holster
Guns.com
CrossBreed Holsters is launching a new holster specifically designed for off-the-body-carry, the Purse Defender. It's a modular design to secure a gun in a purse, bag or briefcase. As the number of people who carry concealed increases, so do the many methods of concealed carry. And while not everyone can dress around a holster, everyone will agree: having gun is better not. That doesn't mean it's a great idea to toss a gun in a bag and call it a day.
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Americans, especially women, have decided to defend themselves
Guns & Patriots
Nationally known gun rights expert told Guns & Patriots self-defense is a natural right that motivates the public to support the Second Amendment and encourages us to be gun owners. "The primary reason people own firearms in the U.S. is for self defense," said Tom Gresham, host of "Gun Talk Radio," the first nationally syndicated live, radio, talk show covering the world of firearms, personal safety and gun rights.
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Americans, especially women, have decided to defend themselves
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Nationally known gun rights expert told Guns & Patriots self defense is a natural right that motivates the public to support the Second Amendment and encourages us to be gun owners.

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Virginia: Governor-elect appoints gun control operative to transition team
The Daily Caller
Only a couple of weeks after narrowly winning his bid for Governor of Virginia, NRA-PVF "F" rated candidate Terry McAuliffe appointed the Virginia State Director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Lori Haas, to his 54-member "bipartisan" transition team.

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The International Small Arms Control Standard: The next step of the UN gun ban
Ammo Land
It's named the International Small Arms Control Standard and it has been kept secret for years. It's a child of failure, the failure of decades of attempts to disarm all civilians.

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Northam among speakers at gun violence forum at UVA
The Daily Progress
The Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy will meet at the University of Virginia to present state-level policy recommendations about gun control. The consortium's public forum, "From Virginia Tech to the Navy Yard: New Approaches to Keeping Guns from Dangerous People," will meet from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Dec. 2, at UVA's Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.
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ATF chief faces tough challenge at troubled agency
NPR
For the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, nothing seems to come easy. The agency runs at a fraction of the size of its much larger law enforcement counterparts. Under pressure from gun rights groups, it operated without a Senate-confirmed leader for seven years. And its new leader, B. Todd Jones, only narrowly averted a congressional roadblock to win confirmation this summer after serving more than two years as an interim leader.
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