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The Senate is scheduled to begin debate on three proposed gun control bills on Tuesday, April 16. According to Jake Miller of CBS News, the first proposal to be introduced will be the compromise background check bill sponsored by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.).
The Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act, which requires buyers undergo background checks at gun shows and for online sales without imposing federal record-keeping regulations on private transactions, supplants the more restrictive Fix Gun Checks Act of 2013 initially proposed by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
The Senate agreed in a 68-31 vote on April 11 to debate the gun control bills, ending a filibuster threat by 14 GOP Senators momentarily mollified by the Manchin/Toomey compromise. [ Read Full Post ]
It turns out that I was a bit cavalier with my selection of firearms for taking on dinosaurs, at least according to my 9-year-old son who, I’ll be the first to admit, is much more knowledgeable about matters Cretaceous than I.
Specifically, he took me to task for suggesting that a semi-auto shotgun is adequate for velociraptors. Given their diminutive size (33 pounds), I figured that any good tactical shotgun stuffed with buckshot would do the trick.
Bad move, Jack told me. [ Read Full Post ]
A compromise gun control bill that requires buyers undergo background checks at gun shows and before online sales without imposing intrusive federal record-keeping regulations on private transactions has been cobbled together by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.).
The duo unveiled their proposed bill, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act, during an April 10 press conference. It could be introduced onto the Senate floor as soon as Thursday, April 11.
The proposed bill supplants Sen. Charles Schumer's (D-NY) "Fix Gun Checks Act of 2013," which was facing certain stalemate and a GOP filibuster that threatened to bury it before it ever reached the floor. [ Read Full Post ]
Over the weekend I took my two children to see Jurassic Park, which has been re-released in 3D to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the film’s introduction. I find it impossible to watch without putting myself in the shoes of the professional hunter whose job it is to somehow manage the beasts once they escape.
His firearm of choice is a Franchi SPAS-12 shotgun, which has the ability to work both as a semi-auto and a pump-action. The extended magazine tube, oversized foreend and skeletonized folding stock give it some serious bad-ass cred and it’s hardly surprising that it has appeared in numerous films, including the Terminator, the Matrix, RoboCop, and Snatch—not counting a whole host of utterly forgettable action films. (Blastfighter, anyone?)
But I digress. The real question is what is the ideal gun for the job as head game ranger on an island full of dinosaurs?
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New York Senator Charles Schumer's "Fix Gun Checks Act of 2013" won't make it to the Senate floor before April 15 and when it does, it will probably be substantially different than the hotly contested version narrowly approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in March.
Schumer's bill is one of three gun control proposals that the Senate was expected to debate after returning from spring break on April 8. Two bills -- proposals to improve school safety and strengthen penalties for “straw purchases” of guns -- are broadly supported and expected to be introduced by April 12. [ Read Full Post ]
Indiana could become the first state in the nation to require there be at least one armed employee at all 1,915 of its public schools if a bill approved by a House committee on April 2 is endorsed by legislators and signed by Gov. Mike Pence.
The proposed Indiana law, Senate Bill 1, goes beyond legislation signed last month in South Dakota which allocates state funding to provide firearms training for educators and staff who want to carry concealed weapons in the classroom. The South Dakota program is voluntary and school districts are not required to participate. [ Read Full Post ]
Connecticut has become the third state since the Dec. 14 Newtown shooting to approve strident new gun control measures, joining New York and Colorado in requiring universal background checks for all gun purchases and prohibiting magazine capacities beyond 10 rounds.
Like New York, Connecticut already had an "assault weapons" ban, but lawmakers further expanded the state's definition of "assault weapon," adding more than 100 semi-automatic firearms to the list of prohibited guns.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation accused Connecticut legislators and Gov. Dannel Malloy of collusion in subverting opposition by approving a bill "assembled in secret by a small group of state legislators and that never received a public hearing." [ Read Full Post ]