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Bad Medicine for Gun Owners: Confirmation Vote Looms for Obama’s Anti-gun Surgeon General Nominee

NRA-ILA - 11 December 2014 - 7:00pm
As we began reporting earlier this year, President Obama has nominated anti-gun activist Vivek Murthy for the post of U.S. Surgeon General.  Particularly given the president’s determination to reinvigorate taxpayer-funded gun control propaganda under the guise of public health research, confirmation of Dr. Murthy would pose a serious threat to the rights of gun owners.  Dr. Murthy’s résumé of partisan activism on behalf of gun control, in which he specifically leveraged his status as a doctor, is detailed at length in a letter NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox sent on Tuesday to Senators Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Harry Reid (D-Nev.), reasserting NRA’s opposition to his nomination.
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Polls Find Broad Increase in Support for the RKBA

NRA-ILA - 11 December 2014 - 7:00pm
Support for the right to keep and bear arms has sharply increased, and support for restricting gun ownership has sharply decreased, over the last two years, according to the results of a new poll by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.
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Poll finds that more Americans back gun rights than stronger controls

NRA-ILA - 11 December 2014 - 7:00pm
Two years after the mass school shooting in Newtown, Conn., a majority of Americans say it is more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns than for the government to limit access to firearms, a Pew Research Center survey conducted this month found.
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Wisconsin: Beloit gun search offer withdrawn

NRA-ILA - 11 December 2014 - 7:00pm
Amidst backlash from the public, the Beloit Police Department withdrew its offer to inspect homes for illegal firearms about a week after it announced the program.
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U.S. senator wants toy guns to be painted bright colors

NRA-ILA - 11 December 2014 - 7:00pm
A U.S. senator from California suggests that Cleveland police might have known then that the airsoft pellet gun was not a deadly weapon – and would not have fired on the 12-year-old Tamir, killing him. Sen. Barbara Boxer on Wednesday asked the Consumer Product Safety Commission to consider requiring all toy guns, including B.B. and rubber pellet guns, be painted brightly or carry noticeable fluorescent strips.
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Ohio: Major Pro-Gun Reform Legislation Passes and Sent to Governor

NRA-ILA - 11 December 2014 - 7:00am
Yesterday, the Ohio House of Representatives voted to concur on House Bill 234 by a 72 to 21 vote after it passed in the state Senate by a 24 to 6 vote on Tuesday.  HB 234 has been sent to Governor John Kasich (R) for his consideration.  
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Veteran's .45 frightens off thieves, The Gaston Gazette, Gaston County, N.C. 12/05/14

NRA-ILA - 10 December 2014 - 7:00pm
Sixty-eight-year-old disabled veteran Joseph Sapienza was at home in Gastonia, N.C. when he heard a suspicious noise at his front door. Sapienza retrieved a .45-caliber pistol, placed it in a holster attached to a walker he uses to get around, and opened the door. There were two masked men on his porch attempting to get inside. Recalling what happened next, Sapienza told a reporter, “When they saw the .45, one ran one way up the street, and the other went the other way.” Sapienza believes he may have been targeted by the criminals because of his disability. 
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Lawmakers push to revive failed gun control legislation

NRA-ILA - 10 December 2014 - 7:00pm
Gun control advocates in Congress are looking to revive failed legislation strengthening background check regulations.A handful of Democratic lawmakers said Tuesday they plan to push once again for universal background checks on all gun sales in the new Congress, even though they recognize it will be an uphill battle with Republicans taking majority control.
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How to prove a 'special' danger to get a gun carry permit in D.C.

NRA-ILA - 10 December 2014 - 7:00pm
When I was last at the D.C. police headquarters, they explained to me that I can't apply for a gun carry permit just because I need to defend myself in a city with high crime. I had to prove a “special” danger, according to the new law. So that's what I set out to do.
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Growing public support for gun rights

NRA-ILA - 10 December 2014 - 7:00pm
For the first time in more than two decades of Pew Research Center surveys, there is more support for gun rights than gun control. Currently, 52% say it is more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns, while 46% say it is more important to control gun ownership.
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Gun-control advocates are seriously losing public opinion

NRA-ILA - 10 December 2014 - 7:00pm
For the first time since Pew began asking the question two decades ago, a majority of Americans now say that gun rights are more important than gun control — a striking shift in public opinion over both the last generation and just the last few years. As recently as December 2012, in the immediate aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., shooting, 51 percent of people surveyed by Pew said it was more important to control gun ownership than protect the rights of gun owners.
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Ohio Senate approves new rules for Right-to-Carry permits, hunting with suppressors

NRA-ILA - 10 December 2014 - 7:00pm
The Ohio Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would make major changes to the state's rules for issuing concealed-weapons permits, including reducing training requirements and expanding recognition of out-of-state licenses.
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Should all convicted felons be banned from having guns? Missouri Supreme Court hears case

NRA-ILA - 10 December 2014 - 7:00pm
A convicted drug felon believes a constitutional amendment approved by voters in August means he can have a gun — but it will be up to the Missouri Supreme Court to decide if he’s right.
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Piers: I was 'too aggressive' on gun control

NRA-ILA - 10 December 2014 - 7:00pm
Former CNN host Piers Morgan admitted he was "too aggressive" on gun control and "didn't listen to the other side as much as I should have done" during an interview with the Fox News Channel's "Kelly File."
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Delaware: DNREC Advisory Council Defeats Hunting License Fee Increase

NRA-ILA - 10 December 2014 - 11:39am
Last night, the Wildlife and Freshwater Fish Advisory Council for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) voted 5-4 against increasing hunting license fees in The First State.
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John Lott: Media Matters, the facts and me

NRA-ILA - 10 December 2014 - 8:00am
With just one telephone call this year, Erik Wemple of the Washington Post was able to convince Media Matters to let me respond to their attacks on me in the comments section of their website — after they ignored my emails, telephone calls, numerous tweets and posts for seven years.
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Pew Poll: Support for Gun Rights Exceeds Gun Control

NRA-ILA - 10 December 2014 - 6:00am
In a Pew Research poll released Wednesday, 52 percent are in support of the protection of gun rights and 46 percent support gun control. This is the first time in two decades that Pew has found more support for gun rights than gun control.
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Florida lawmaker files bill to allow firearms on university campuses

NRA-ILA - 9 December 2014 - 7:00pm
A Florida lawmaker has filed a bill that would allow people to carry concealed weapons on the campuses of state colleges and universities.
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Connecticut: Second Circuit to hear oral arguments on gun lawsuit

NRA-ILA - 9 December 2014 - 7:00pm
The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday will hear oral arguments in the case of Shew vs. Malloy, a legal challenge to the key provisions of Connecticut's post-Newtown gun control legislation.
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Man told to remove NRA hat at polling place sues

NRA-ILA - 9 December 2014 - 7:00pm
A Douglas County man is suing the county and election officials, saying his civil rights were violated when a poll worker asked him to remove his National Rifle Association hat when he went to vote.
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