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FBI data shows spike in US firearm purchases in 2011
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The FBI performed a record number of instant background checks on would-be firearm buyers in 2011 as Americans went on an apparent gun-buying spree, according to new government data. The FBI said it fielded nearly 16.5 million queries from firearms sellers last year, checking that customers buying guns did not have criminal records or other red flags that made them ineligible to purchase weapons. More

More and more women embracing gun ownership
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The face of the American gun owner is changing. More women than ever are picking up rifles, shotguns and handguns. And target shooting is one of the fastest-growing female sports. Female participation in target shooting in the U.S. has nearly doubled in the last decade, growing to nearly five million women since 2001. More

Letter to the editor: Exaggerated picture of crimes by concealed handgun carriers
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A New York Times article carried on Dec. 28 front page ("Some N.C. guns in wrong hands") cherry-picks anecdotes, misrepresents data and ignores contradictions to smear North Carolina's concealed handgun permit-holders as rife with criminals. The article matched data between this state's concealed handgun permit and criminal record databases, producing "more than" 2,400 matches. Beyond the fact that all but "more than" 200 were misdemeanors - not necessarily disqualifying for CHPs - the Times' methods are unsound. More

Gun control: A movement without followers
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In the year since the Tucson, Ariz., massacre, in which a Glock-wielding gunman killed six people and wounded 13, the most famous victim, Gabrielle Giffords, has recovered admirably. The Arizona representative has co-authored a memoir and made appearances in the well of the House of Representatives and on national television. What Giffords and her fellow Democrats have not done is use the Tucson bloodshed to achieve tougher gun control laws. More

Holder facing further 'Fast and Furious' grilling
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Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. will testify again before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the Justice Department's response to the controversial "Fast and Furious" weapons investigations in which hundreds of guns were "walked" to drug smugglers in Mexico. Committee Chairman Darrell E. Issa, said Holder - who has been the target of several rancorous House and Senate hearings over the Fast and Furious operation - will be asked on Feb. 2 to address "management deficiencies" within the department that occurred both during and after the botched undercover probe was shut down. More

US named 'most heavily armed country'
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The United States has 90 guns for every 100 citizens, making it the most heavily armed society in the world, a report said. U.S. citizens own 270 million of the world's 875 million known firearms, according to the Small Arms Survey 2007 by the Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International Studies. More

Does concealed gun give cops right to search you?
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A recent decision of the District of New Mexico, United States v. Rodriguez, addresses an issue of Fourth Amendment law that touches on Second Amendment concerns. In a concealed carry state, does police observation that a person is in possession of a concealed weapon create "reasonable suspicion" justifying a stop and frisk for a potential violation of the state's concealed carry law? The court concludes that it does, although that conclusion strikes Orin Kerr (author) as incorrect. More

Take responsibility when carrying a gun
Grand Junction Free Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Yes, some people do very bad things with guns. But stripping law-abiding citizens of their ability to keep and bear arms only further empowers the bad guys. Particularly in cases of domestic violence, attackers often can physically overpower their victims. Besides their sporting value, guns are extremely useful for self-defense. Horrible stories get the most media attention. Often the defensive use of a gun results in the bad guy running away without a shot fired or a drop of blood spilled. Thus, while papers typically devote many follow-up stories to each murder, usually they give defensive gun uses little or no mention. More

Virginia governor cautious on campus firearm ban
The Roanoke Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Virigina Gov. Bob McDonnell would "not be inclined" to sign legislation preventing state colleges from banning concealed firearms in campus facilities, he said recently. "I think it's unlikely a bill like that would pass and I think at this point I would probably be unlikely to sign it," McDonnell said during an interview in his office. Some gun rights advocates argue that gun owners with proper permits should not be barred from having concealed handguns on college campuses. The pro-gun Virginia Citizens Defense League has staged demonstrations at Virginia Tech, Radford University and other state colleges in recent months to protest campus gun restrictions. Activists are pushing for legislation in the upcoming General Assembly session to prevent college governing boards from prohibiting concealed carry on campus. More

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