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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.

House amendment blocking enforcement of D.C. gun laws comes under fire

The amendment would prevent the use of city funds to enforce virtually all local gun laws, meaning police and city officials could enforce only federal firearms laws. The city’s gun-control laws are among the tightest in the nation, restricting the open or concealed carrying of guns outside the home, banning assault-type rifles and high-capacity magazines, and requiring gun owners to register their weapons with D.C. police.

Florida Concealed Carry Permit Holder Intervenes, Stops Knife-Wielding Attacker

On July 16 a “good Samaritan” with a concealed carry permit intervened to stop a knife-wielding thief at an Orlando bus stop.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, witnesses say Thomas Thorpe “attacked Donald Sacco and attempted to steal his bag as the man screamed, ‘I don’t have any money, leave me alone.’” They said Sacco tried to use his cane to ward Thorpe off as he stabbed “several times” at Sacco.
Thorpe’s robbery attempts were foiled when a passerby with a concealed carry permit pulled over, got out of his car, and held Thorpe at gunpoint until police arrived.

Mass. Senate to debate sweeping gun bill

The Massachusetts Senate released its own version of a sweeping overhaul of the state’s gun laws on Monday, including many elements of a bill approved by the House last week.

Rejected gun applicants deserve answers from Illinois State Police

Perhaps Illinois’ latest sunshine flap, in which citizens are being denied concealed carry permits and FOID cards without explanation, will enlighten more people about the far-reaching perils of government secrecy.

Nurse Shoots Carjacker, Breaks Up Criminal Ring

A Milwaukee nurse who shot an attempted carjacker likely helped break up a criminal ring that police believe has been involved in a string of robberies and carjackings as well as a recent shooting.
Two teenagers — a 15-year-old and a 17-year-old — tried to steal Victoria Davison’s car last month while she was in it, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
“I want the keys, car, everything,” commanded one of the teens, according to Davison.

Boston police say career criminal had loaded gun

An alleged “armed career criminal” tried to convince Boston police gang unit officers who found a loaded .45 in his glove compartment Monday night that he was about to drop the weapon off at a gun buyback, according to court documents. The officers arrested him anyway.

New CNN host, John Walsh, wants GPS chips in every gun, says it's not Big Brother

"Besides hosting “America’s Most Wanted” and advocating for victims’ rights, Walsh has been a longtime advocate of background checks and other safety measures. He said he would continue that fight now that he is joining CNN as the host of “The Hunt,” a new show about catching fugitives."

"Walsh said he has suggested that gun manufacturers put GPS tracking devices in every gun so stolen weapons could be easily recovered.
‘Every one of us have a GPS chip in our cell phones. It’s not Big Brother,’ he said.”

Man Charged in BP Agent Brian Terry Murder Jailed Until Trial

A man has been ordered jailed until his trial on charges that he was involved in the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent whose death exposed the botched federal gun sting known as Operation Fast and Furious.

Georgia Expands Guns in Public Places

Bars, houses of worship, and other public establishments are wrestling with what to do about a new law in Georgia that starting on Tuesday dramatically will expand gun-permit holders’ right to carry weapons where people congregate.

Obama’s Biggest Disappointment? Guns

In a statement made at a townhall meeting in Mineapolis President Obama claimed his biggest disappointment was not winning passage of new restrictions on our Second Amendment rights.
The NRA rejected Mr. Obama’s assessment.
“Last year, the Senate wisely rejected President Obama and Michael Bloomberg’s gun control agenda because nothing in it would have prevented the Sandy Hook tragedy,” said Catherine Mortensen, NRA spokeswoman. “The president needs to stop playing politics and start addressing his failed policies.”

Expanded background checks won’t end U.S. gun violence

Gun control advocates have filed an initiative to require background checks for private-party firearm sales in Nevada. If the groups behind the drive collect enough valid signatures to gain a vote on their petition, they’ll still have to overcome the strongest argument against expanded background checks: the fact that determined lawbreakers who want a gun will not respect the laws written to disarm them.

NRA celebrates new Michigan laws exempting gun records from public disclosure

The National Rifle Association on Tuesday praised new Michigan laws formally exempting gun records from public disclosure rules.

Vermont gun importer blames White House rules for layoffs

A Vermont gun importer is blaming the White House for its laying off of 41 workers because the government blocked its plan to bring nearly $30 million worth of antique, American-made military rifles home from South Korea.

New Jersey: Temporary confiscation bill on the move

Families worried about mentally unstable loved ones hurting themselves or others would be able to seek a court order to temporarily take firearms away under a bill introduced Thursday in the New Jersey Senate.

Judge sides with county board; strikes down part of Fla. gun law

Florida Gov. Rick Scott does not have the power to remove Palm Beach County commissioners from office for trying to preempt a state gun law that took effect in 2011, a Leon County circuit judge has ruled.
Circuit Judge John C. Cooper, in an order released Thursday, ruled that provisions in the law allowing the governor to remove county commissioners from office are “unconstitutional” and “a violation of the doctrine of separation of powers.’’