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  • February 28, 2011

    Ban on 'Large-Capacity' Magazines Looms-5

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    Since introducing HR308 -- "The Large Capacity Feeding Device Act" -- in mid-January, Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) had more than doubled the number of cosponsors from 42 to 90 by late-February.
              
    Essentially, the bill would re-instate the federal automatic weapons ban on large-capacity magazines, which lapsed in 2004. It is a legislative knee-jerk reaction to the Jan. 8 mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz., that left six dead and 18 wounded, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).

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  • February 25, 2011

    Shooting Down the ATF-6

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    Dealers get reprieve -- for now -- from proposed reporting requirement.

    A last-minute maneuvers by Oklahoma Democrat, U.S. Rep. Dan Boren,  has foiled the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' attempt to  demand gun dealers in four Southwestern states report sales involving multiple semi-automatic rifles.

    For now.

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  • February 18, 2011

    Are Gun Owners Being Dropped From Insurance Policies?-4

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    Insurance companies deny it but bloggers nationwide are documenting instances where gun owners have allegedly been dropped from property insurance policies because, they suspect, they had weapons in their homes.
               
    Travelers Insurance and State Farm Insurance have both allegedly singled out gun owners for exclusion when renewing policies.
               
    In a Feb. 16 news story in The Hartford Courant by Matthew Sturdevant, Travelers declined to comment about specific cases because its dealings with customers are private. While it insures guns from theft, it would not say if owning certain types of rifles and handguns is a risk that Travelers considers uninsurable.

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  • February 14, 2011

    Montana Suppressor Bill Update-18

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    Last week brought some good news for supporters of Montana House Bill 174, which would repeal the prohibition on using suppressors for hunting.

    After the House Judiciary Committee that I testified in front a week ago approved H.B. 174, the bill went to floor vote in front of the full house and passed 72-28. Now it will go into committee in the Senate and, hopefully, be approved by that body as well.

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  • February 8, 2011

    Guns and Doctors-6

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    State Rep. Jason Brodeur introduced a bill in January, that could send doctors to jail for up to five years and fine them up to $5 million for asking about patients' gun ownership, refusing to treat patients who won't answer such questions or entering gun ownership information into any record.
       
    The bill has the support of the National Rifle Association. It is opposed by the Florida's chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Florida Medical Association.
       
    The measure is, in part, a reaction to AAP's guidelines encouraging physicians to talk to parents about protecting children from preventable accidents. This includes the use of booster seats in cars, swimming pool safety and proper gun storage. Second Amendment advocates, however, say physician questions regarding gun ownership are inappropriate privacy violations.

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  • February 7, 2011

    False Alarm on High-ammo Mag. Ban-4

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    A Feb. 2 nationwide alert issued by the National Association for Gun Rights claiming that a federal ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines had been surreptitiously slipped into the FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act was unfounded.
         
    John Richardson, in a blog filed on "No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money" that same day, scoured the proposed act --  Senate Bill 223 -- in the Congressional record and didn't "find anything remotely concerned with a magazine ban."
       
    Despite the false alarm, Richardson warns Second Amendment advocates to keep a wary eye on Congressional procedures in the coming weeks.

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  • February 3, 2011

    Dumbest Gun Law Ever-8

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    Among the Pantheon of asinine gun laws on the books perhaps the dumbest of the lot are those that restrict the sale, ownership and use of sound suppressors. Suppressors—please don’t call them silencers as they don’t silence anything—had the misfortune of being lumped together with machine guns, short-barreled rifles and shotguns and explosive devices in the 1934 National Firearms Act.

    The irony is that while you can argue back and forth about the merits of short-barreled sub-guns—personally, I’m a big fan—there shouldn’t be any debate about suppressors. Put simply, they are the most important safety devices we can attach to our guns—if only our government officials would make it easier for us to do so.

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