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A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

Supreme Court pushes consideration of N.J. gun case to April 25

The U.S. Supreme Court has pushed its consideration of a case challenging New Jersey’s mandate that citizens show a “justifiable need” to carry a gun in public for protection to April 25.

Kopel: The First Amendment guide to the Second Amendment

Back in 1995, the Tennessee Law Review published a symposium issue on the Second Amendment and firearms policy. That symposium was probably the most influential law review symposium ever published on the topic. (More on that issue, below.) This year, the Tennessee Law Review is doing another Second Amendment symposium. My contribution to the forthcoming issue is The First Amendment Guide to the Second Amendment.

Illinois: Skokie man sues over denial of concealed carry permit

A 69-year-old Skokie man filed a lawsuit Monday in federal court claiming the state unconstitutionally denied him a permit to carry a concealed gun.
John Berron applied for a concealed carry permit on Jan. 5. He got a letter on March 19 that said that the Illinois Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board received an objection to his application and found he was ineligible for a permit. The Illinois State Police denied his application on that date.

Florida: House to vote on insurance rules

The Florida House is scheduled to vote on a bill Monday that would make it illegal for insurance companies to deny policies or charge higher rates solely based on gun ownership.

Gun silencer sales are booming

Sales are booming for silencers, the cylindrical devices used to muffle gunfire. The civilian market for silencers soared 37% in 2013, when the total number shot up to nearly a half a million, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives registry. That’s compared to 360,000 in 2012 and 285,000 in 2011.

Homeowner who shot man not facing charges

Police say the shooting happened around 2 a.m. on Newberry Street in Hartford. The homeowner was trying to pull into his driveway, when two other drivers blocking the way, refused to move their vehicles.

Following a verbal altercation, officials say one of the drivers pointed a gun at the homeowner. The homeowner, reached for his own gun and fired first.

Police say the homeowner is a licensed gun owner, and he will not face charges.

The driver who was shot was taken to the hospital for treatment. According to police, both he and the other driver were arrested.

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Despite deadline, protesters ‘will not comply’ with SAFE Act

Owners of assault-style weapons were supposed to have registered their guns by Tuesday.
But there is no way of knowing exactly how many of these weapons there are in the state and how many were registered under the NY SAFE Act.
The state refuses to say how many were registered, claiming it is confidential information protected by the law.
Gun-rights advocates estimate compliance will be less than 10 percent.

Judge upholds New York’s tougher gun law

A trial-level judge has dismissed a challenge to New York’s new gun law, rejecting legal claims that the law was pushed through the legislature improperly and that its restrictions violate the Second Amendment.
State Supreme Court Justice Thomas McNamara’s decision, announced Wednesday, is expected to be appealed as gun rights supporters continue to protest the 2013 SAFE Act. The law bans the sale of high-capacity magazines and many semi-automatic firearms and requires those who already own such weapons to register them with authorities.

Sen. Cornyn demands answers on DOJ’s proposed firearm tracking technology

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder demanding answers about the Department of Justice’s exploration of “smart gun” technology. Earlier this month, the Attorney General testified before the House of Representatives that DOJ is looking into new technologies that could raise constitutional concerns, including requiring firearms to contain biometric equipment that could store or transmit the personal identifying information of American citizens.

NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox talks to Megyn Kelly about Bloomberg's $50 million pledge for anti-gun awareness plan

NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox talks to Megyn Kelly about Bloomberg’s $50 million gun control pledge.

Bloomberg's New Campaign: Take Guns from Women in Abusive Households

For all Michael Bloomberg’s talk about simply wanting to secure expanded background checks, his newest gun control group “Everytown for Gun Safety” is on a broader mission to take away the guns women in abusive homes could use for self defense.

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Texas: Legislature likely to debate open carry, campus carry laws next year

Like other large communities in Texas and throughout the nation, this city of 1.4 million residents is used to all kinds of political rallies and street protests.
But what made the April 6 gathering in front of a police substation unusual was some gun-rights activists carrying a rifle or a shotgun strapped to their backs. Dozens of them, not all carrying a firearm in full view, were protesting an ordinance they consider illegal because it limits their right to carry loaded weapons.

Connecticut not yet ready to enforce gun law

More than a year has passed since Connecticut enacted tighter firearm restrictions following the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Conn. But authorities there still have no immediate plans to enforce one of its key components, reports the Record-Journal.