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.
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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
Minnesota state Rep. Tony Cornish says the al-Shabaab threat against the Mall of America should be enough to motivate mall owners to drop their "no guns" policy so citizens can protect themselves.
The National Rifle Association and other gun rights groups are rallying behind a bill currently in both sides of Congress, the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, saying the measure — if passed into law — would only bolster Second Amendment rights.
The Virginia House of Delegates on Wednesday approved a bill to exempt concealed carry permit holders from local prohibitions against carrying or transporting a loaded shotgun or rifle in a vehicle.
The Marine Corps is considering some upgrades to the M16A4 rifles that would make its combat troops deadlier marksmen.
Gordon Van Gilder, a 72-year-old retired schoolteacher in New Jersey, faces a 10-year prison sentence for possessing an unloaded 18th-century flintlock pistol in his car.
Colt Canada has unveiled a futuristic rifle for the country's soldiers that's being touted as a smart system that can automatically engage targets.
The Department of Justice has asked for a 60-day stay of a federal judge's ruling that struck down prohibitions on out-of-state handgun purchases — a decision that could make it easier for D.C. residents to acquire firearms.
Sen. John Cornyn's just-introduced Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would give legal concealed carry gun owners the right to travel with their weapons from state to state without having to worry whether they're breaking law — like licensed drivers do.
A federal district court in Texas overturned a 1968 gun law prohibiting the sale of handguns to out-of-state residents, granting those who live in Washington, D.C., the ability to travel to an out-of-state gun store, buy a handgun and bring it home without a middleman.
A rural township in south-central Pennsylvania is warning motorists that its residents pack heat in an effort to deter crime.
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg reportedly argued Friday that guns need to be kept out of the hands of minorities in order to keep them alive.
An unorthodox theme park has opened less than 10 miles away from Disney World: Machine Gun America.
The father of a New Jersey boy who was 4 years old when he fatally shot a 6-year-old neighbor has been sentenced to prison.
Hollywood's Matthew McConaughey is sparking fury among animal rights activists, who say his side business — allowing people to hunt caged animals at his Texas ranch — is akin to abuse.
The U.S. Concealed Carry Association reported that the NFL repeatedly rejected a firearms safety print ad the group wanted to run in the Super Bowl program, and now one member -- Kevin Michalowski, who edits Concealed Carry Magazine -- is crying censorship.
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.
A little girl in Michigan sent home intruders running for the hills after they saw her wielding a shotgun.
Residents of a small St. Petersburg, Florida, community are outraged after one of their neighbors built a legal homemade gun range in his front yard.
Government authorities in northwest Pakistan have reportedly granted teachers permission to carry concealed firearms in response to the December terror attack that left 150 children and teachers dead.
Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control group financed by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has gone into mea culpa mode for claims it made about firearms dealers that turned out to be wrong — and that may lead at least one to file a lawsuit.
Jan Morgan, owner and operator of Arkansas-based Gun Cave Indoor Firing Range, said business has been booming since her September ban of Muslims at her facility — a decision she said was a matter of public safety.
A Virginia state Senate panel on Wednesday advanced a modified version of a bill that would prevent people convicted of domestic abuse crimes from possessing or transporting a gun.
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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.
D.C. officials have a tough time trying to comply with the U.S. Constitution when it comes to gun rights.
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.
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?
Americans in growing numbers are unhappy about depending on government for survival — life-and-death survival, not just dependence on government for food stamps, health care, housing or even cash.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
A growing number of midstate municipalities are revising weapons-related ordinances due to a new state law that makes it easier for them to be sued by gun rights advocates.
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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.
Attorney General Eric Holder blamed “the gun lobby” for being behind his 2012 contempt vote in Congress, in one of many heated exchanges with House Republicans Tuesday.
A Republican state senator in Oklahoma took a swipe at CNN host Piers Morgan by filing pro-gun legislation in Oklahoma that he named after the vocal gun-control advocate.
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.
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.
The Senate voted Monday to extend a ban on undetectable plastic guns for 10 years just hours before the act was scheduled to expire, but advocates lamented that it didn't go far enough and vowed to push forward to expand it in the near future.
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.
Breaking new ground in the state-level battle over firearms, the Democratic-dominated California state legislature has taken gun control into uncharted territory with a flurry of new bills that target not just firearms and ammunition, but also recreational hunting.
Requests for gun permits are on track to double this year in the shattered city of Newtown, Conn., where a mad gunman slaughtered 20 children and 6 educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14.
George Zimmerman may have been cleared of all charges, but New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg used the trial to advance his own anti-gun agenda anyway, pointing to "the tragic death of Trayvon Martin" as proof positive of the need for more regulations.
In an exclusive interview with One America News' Rick Amato, president of the National Rifle Association David Keene discusses the heated debate over gun control legislation.
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.
A new bill working through Washington state's legislature would allow local sheriffs to enter homes of gun owners to ensure their weapons are properly stored.
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.