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Second Amendment and Gun Control

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The latest news coverage, opinion and information on Second Amendment rights and gun control. The Second Amendment states "a well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed..."

Gordon Van Gilder, a 72-year-old retired school teacher in New Jersey, faced a 10-year felony sentence for possessing an unloaded 18th century flintlock pistol in his car. Prosecutors dropped the charge Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2015 after the story received national attention. (YouTube/NRA News)

New Jersey drops gun charges against man, 72, with 18th-century pistol

By Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times

A New Jersey prosecutor has reportedly dropped felony gun charges against Gordon Van Gilder, a 72-year-old retired schoolteacher who faced 10 years in prison for possessing an unloaded 18th-century flintlock pistol in his car. Published February 26, 2015



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Deep-blue Maryland joins nationwide gun rights trend after electing more Republicans

- The Washington Times

Pro-gun rights lawmakers in Maryland are pushing back against some of the strictest firearms laws in the county with legislation that would expand concealed carry permits, declaring momentum from Republican gains in last year's elections — including a GOP governor — in the deep-blue state and a national trend for making it easier for citizens to bear arms.

John W. Richardson, owner of Topeka Shooters' Supply in Topeka, Kan., demonstrates a holster that could be used to carry a concealed weapon at his gun shop Thursday, April 8, 1999. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Gun rights group sues D.C. over concealed carry laws

- The Washington Times

A gun rights advocacy group filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging Washington, D.C.'s newly enacted concealed carry laws on behalf of three men who were denied permits to carry firearms by the Metropolitan Police Department.

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In this Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, file photo, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg smiles prior to be conferred with the Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur by France's Foreign minister Laurent Fabius, at the Quai d'Orsay, in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

EDITORIAL: Bloomberg's wasted millions

Mike Bloomberg put $50 million into Tuesday's elections, and he doesn't have much to show for it. Someone, perhaps the Koch brothers, ought to treat him to a Big Gulp. The onetime mayor of New York City organized a group called Everytown for Gun Safety, meant to rival the National Rifle Association, and with a lot more money. The new group was supposed to put gun control on the front burner. Instead, the gun-control candidates got scorched on the back burner.

Illustration on gun control in Colorado by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Colorado's Second Amendment wildfire

- The Washington Times

Last year, in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shootings in Connecticut, the Obama administration and then-New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg worked to put together a "coalition of the willing" to join them in a war on the Second Amendment and hit upon Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper as a likely recruit.

Bicyclists make their way down Pacific Coast Highway, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Huntington Beach, Calif. Under statewide regulations taking effect Tuesday, drivers must give bikes a buffer zone of at least three feet while passing. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

It's time for bicycle sense in America

With the senseless killing of a mother walking through Central Park last week by a madman on a bicycle, it is high time that society take a hard look at what is sure to be a thorny issue: Is it finally time to ban bikes once and for all?

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Arkansas: Shall-Certify Legislation Introduced

Published February 28 2015

House Bill 1488, introduced on February 26 by state Representative Tim Lemons (R-43), would require the chief law enforcement officer of a jurisdiction to certify the transfer or making of a firearm, as required by the National Firearms Act, within 15 days if the person is not prohibited from receiving or possessing a firearm by law.

Sign the Petition to Repeal the Ban on Sunday Hunting in Pennsylvania!

Published February 27 2015

Each hunting season, sportsmen across America enjoy hunting seven days per week.  However, Pennsylvania is one of 11 states where hunting on Sunday is restricted or prohibited due to antiquated “blue laws” that have been on the books since the 19th century.

Move to Ban a Bullet Adds to Its Appeal

Published February 27 2015

President Obama’s administration has proposed banning the manufacture and sale of one of the most popular bullets used in AR-15 semiautomatic rifles, a move that has enraged gun-rights advocates and caused a run on the ammunition at gun shops across the country.

Pennsylvania Capital Warned Of Steep Legal Fees For Gun Law Defense

Published February 27 2015

A gun rights lawyer pressed the Harrisburg, Pa., mayor on Thursday to drop his defense of local firearm ordinances, saying Pennsylvania’s capital could be on the hook for hefty legal fees in a lawsuit enabled by a new Republican-backed state law.

From The Vault

In this Jan. 14, 2013, file photo, white roses with the faces of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting are attached to a telephone pole near the school on the one-month anniversary of the shooting that left 26 dead in Newtown, Conn. The second anniversary of the shooting was Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

Newtown victims' families sue gunmaker, seller

- Associated Press

The families of nine of the 26 people killed and a teacher injured two years ago at the Sandy Hook Elementary School filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the rifle used in the shooting.

Official White House photo of President Obama shooting a shotgun on Aug. 4, 2012.

Gun sales hit new record, ammo boom to follow

- The Washington Times

Gun records checks, fueled by a post-Newtown boom of gun sales, hit a new high in 2013, and industry analysts expect ammunition to be the big seller this year as consumers catch up to all of those firearms purchases.

FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2012 file photo, Robert and Alissa Parker, at right, leave a firehouse staging area following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Gunman Adam Lanza opened fire inside the school, killing 26 children and adults, including the Parkers' daughter Emilie Parker, 6. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

Clinging to gun control positions — more change, but more of the same

- The Washington Times

One year after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., all sides of the debate — from President Obama and single-issue groups led by outgoing New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and others to powerful gun advocacy voices — sound much the same as they did 12 months ago in the immediate aftermath of one of the worst shootings in American history.

Witnesses, from left, Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin; Ronald S. Sullivan, Jr., Clinical Professor of Law, Director of the Criminal Justice Institute, Harvard Law School; David LaBahn, Association of Prosecuting Attorneys president and CEO; Ilya Shapiro, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies at Cato Institute; John R. Lott, Jr., president, Crime Prevention Research Center of Swarthmore, Pa.; and Lucia McBath of Atlanta, Ga.; are sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, prior to testifying before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on so-called "stand your ground laws."      (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

'Stand your ground' gun laws produce partisan divide at Hill hearing

- The Washington Times

The passage of a string of state "stand your ground" self-defense laws in recent years produced a partisan divide at a hearing Tuesday on Capitol Hill, with Democrats saying the laws have led to increased gun violence, often targeting minorities, while Republicans questioning the need for a hearing on the issue at all.

National School Shield Task Force director Asa Hutchinson speaks during a news conference at National Press Club in Washington on April 2, 2013. The National School Shield program is a framework to arm security guards in any school system who want to be part of the program. (Associated Press)

NRA-funded task force wants more armed personnel in schools

- The Washington Times

Four months after the Sandy Hook school shooting, a task force set up by the National Rifle Association issued a school safety report Tuesday that calls for more trained and armed personnel on school grounds, arguing the faster someone responds with a gun during an attack, the more lives can be saved.

National Rifle Association President David Keene (center) and NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre (right) greet Mark Kelly, husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, after a hearing Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee on "What Should America Do About Gun Violence?" (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

NRA head wary on background checks, wants better instant check system

- The Washington Times

The president of the National Rifle Association argued Thursday that a universal background check system for gun buyers is both impracticable and unnecessary, but an effective instant check system that includes records of the adjudicated mentally ill would prevent potentially dangerous people — such as the gunman at Virginia Tech in 2007 — from getting their hands on firearms.