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What's next for gun rights?
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To gun-rights supporters, the Supreme Court's District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago decisions may have felt like a dream come true — the court recognized an individual right to keep and bear arms, and applied that right to state and local governments. Going forward, handgun bans are off the table in the U.S. But judging by a conference hosted by the Fordham Urban Law Journal recently, the two sides of the gun-control debate have simply regrouped, recalibrated their expectations and lined up for battle once again. As definitive as Heller and McDonald may seem, they offer little guidance to lawmakers and lower courts as to what kinds of gun control are still permissible. More



Gun rights under fire in Illinois
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Illinois has moved one step closer to allowing concealed carry of handguns — a right already afforded gun owners in every other state in the nation. An Illinois House committee passed concealed carry legislation, sending it to the House floor for debate. A similar bill failed in the House recently, but barely, and supporters think the outcome will be more favorable this time around. More

National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act of 2012 introduced in Senate
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U.S. Sens. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., introduced S. 2188, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2012. The bill is the Senate companion to H.R. 822, approved by the U.S. House recently. S. 2188, like H.R. 822, would allow any person with a valid state-issued concealed firearm permit to carry a concealed handgun in any other state that issues concealed firearm permits, or that does not prohibit the carrying of concealed firearms for lawful purposes. More

ATF's No. 2: Agency mistakenly used drug strategy in Operation Fast and Furious
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The No. 2 person at ATF says a key mistake in the controversial Operation Fast and Furious was that "a narcotics based strategy was applied to a firearms trafficking investigation." Tom Brandon, who stepped in as ATF's deputy director as part of an effort to clean house after the failed Operation Fast and Furious came to the public's attention, explained that while drug agents sometimes let drugs and money walk to further an investigation, it's not good to do the same for gun probes. More

Students for Concealed Carry celebrate Colorado victory
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Second Amendment advocates on the federal and state stages can take a cue from Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, a national organization fighting for a fundamental civil right on university and college campuses. Students for Concealed Carry on Campus won a huge victory recently, when the Colorado Supreme Court affirmed a lower-court ruling that a policy on four Colorado state university campuses that banned handguns for everyone but law-enforcement officers was unlawful. More

Sheriffs to Kitzhaber: Pull trigger on gun law
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Oregon sheriff's are concerned a trio of gun shootings in Washington state could sway Gov. John Kitzhaber to veto a law keeping secret the identities of concealed handgun license holders. The Oregon State Sheriff's Association championed House Bill 4045 in the 2012 Legislature to protect license holder's private information. Sheriff's offices issue concealed handgun licenses. Thirty-some sheriffs and undersheriffs gathered for the association's spring meeting in Pendleton. Executive Director Holly Russell said the shootings are tragedies, but they should not keep Kitzhaber from signing the bill. More

Landmark case: Maryland argues concealed carry is a right, no reasons needed
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As expected, Maryland has appealed what could be a precedent-setting ruling that declared its "good and substantial" criteria for issuing handgun permits unconstitutional. Judge Benson Everett Legg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Maryland concluded that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to carry a handgun outside the home, thereby striking down a requirement that permit applicants prove to the Maryland Handgun Permit Review Board that he/she have a "good and substantial" reason for carrying a weapon. More

Oklahoma Senate sends House open carry measure
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The Oklahoma Senate passed a measure that would allow for the open carrying of guns. Senate Bill 1733, by Sen. Anthony Sykes, R-Moore, heads to the House after securing Senate approval by a vote of 34-9. Sykes said the measure would allow those who have a concealed-carry permit to openly carry a gun or carry concealed. More


 
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