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Research fails to support gun control agenda, according to Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons
Yahoo News
Organized medicine, especially the AMA and the American College of Physicians, is joining with the Obama administration in calling for more gun control measures, but there is no "evidence-based" support for this, states Dr. Jane M. Orient, in the fall 2013 issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.
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Obama approves two more gun restrictions without Congress
The Examiner
In the wake of Sandy Hook, President Barack Obama said he would make changes in gun laws, but it soon became clear he would have to do it by executive order without the approval of Congress. According to The Associated Press, "The new policy will end a government practice that lets military weapons, sold or donated by the U.S. to allies, be re-imported into the U.S. by private entities, where some may end up on the streets. The White House said the U.S. has approved 250,000 of those guns to be re-imported since 2005; under the new policy, only museums and a few other entities like the government will be eligible to re-import military-grade firearms."
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New laws aimed at boosting safety at Texas schools
As a deadly knife fight recently at a Houston-area high school raised new concerns about student safety, officials said a package of laws that just took effect should soon help thwart such acts of violence. Armed "school marshals" could begin patrolling campuses in 2014 after they complete a specialized training course — in what officials say they believe will the first program of its kind in the United States.
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B. Todd Jones sworn in as ATF chief
Washington Post
B. Todd Jones, a former Marine and U.S. attorney, was sworn in as head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, ending the agency's seven-year wait for a new permanent director. Jones, 56, had been serving as acting ATF director for two years since being appointed by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to clean up the agency in the wake of a botched gun-trafficking operation.
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State law shortens concealed-handgun courses, but will students be prepared?
Dallas Morning News
The law is indicative of Texas' response to the debate over guns after the Newtown school shootings late last year. As many states restricted access to firearms, Texas lawmakers mostly looked for ways to remove obstacles from licensed citizens carrying weapons. Some of the more controversial measures, such as allowing concealed guns on college campuses, didn't get out of the Legislature. But several others passed, making it easier to get and keep a license to carry a hidden weapon.
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Obama policy would end civilian marksmanship program
President Barack Obama's newly announced executive order to stop the re-import of military-grade weapons could essentially end the 110-year-old Civilian Marksmanship Program. Congress created the program as part of the 1903 War Department Appropriations Act to help citizens perfect their marksmanship. Today, those who receive the antiquated weapons must submit to a background check, comply with all federal and state laws and be a member of a CMP-affiliated shooting club. Still, Obama worries that many of the guns trafficked through the program end up on the streets.
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Opposition increases among law enforcement on more Obama gun control laws
The Examiner
The Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association began a mounting list of law enforcement associations, Sheriffs and police chiefs on July 2013 who oppose President Barack Obama and the democrats push to restrict lawful gun owners' rights. CSPOA said, "The following sheriffs, state sheriff's associations and police chiefs have vowed to uphold and defend the Constitution against Obama's unconstitutional gun control measures."
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Iowa issues gun permits to the blind, allowing them to carry in public
Huffington Post
In a move sure to leave gun safety advocates scratching their heads, Iowa is issuing gun permits to the blind. The permits allow legally blind applicants to purchase weapons and carry them in public. Per state law, any attempt to deny an Iowan these rights based on physical ability would be illegal, reports the Des Moines Register. "When you shoot a gun, you take it out and point and shoot, and I don't necessarily think eyesight is necessary," said Michael Barber, a blind man interviewed by The Register at a gun store in Iowa.
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Colorado recall elections viewed as gun control litmus test
The Daily Caller
Lawmakers around the country are carefully watching Colorado's historic recall elections for clues as to whether they can survive passing new gun control laws. "The whole country is paying attention," said John Caldera, the president of the libertarian-leaning Independence Institute. The recalls of Democratic state senators John Morse and Angela Giron stem from their support for the state's new gun control laws, one that limits the size of ammunition magazines and one requiring background checks for all gun transfers.
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